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This is the best of times…

Sixty Minute Man

Vintage skateboard in window, Church of Surf, 3830 Noriega St., San Francisco

Water Color Paintings by Gretchen Del Rio

Wonderful paintings.
"…The images that I paint reflect my emotions and are expression of my life experience. The are not extensively planned, but rather evolve as the painting progresses. I am always surprised by the end result since it comes into being because of what the medium and emotion has suggested.

The paintings are from my heart and I always fall in love with the subject. I believe that we are all connected and, if an image touches you, it is because we all have the same heart even though our paths may be different.

Most of all, painting what I paint makes me happy. The paintings are my own path unfolding. They are an opening door for me and contain my own passion for life."

Hayes Carll & Bonnie Whitmore - Another Like You

Street art by Zio Ziegler, cool-looking surf shop on 3800 block of Noriega, SF - was closed with "gone surfing" sign when I was there yesterday.

Auto showroom with lots of unique vintage autos on Van Ness near O'farrell, San Francisco

Small home out by beach, San Francisco

Gabrielle Garland Art Exhibit Opens Saturday in Chicago

Gabrielle Garland is a prolific New York-based artist whose main focus right now is on homes and dwelling spaces. Her little homes are whimsical and alive. Here is what The Hughes Gallery in Australia wrote about her:

"…Focusing on areas of human habitation, Garland does not seek to directly depict these spaces, but rather to communicate the ways we experience place. To that end she twists the rules of perspective to better suit the shift in focus and vantage point that occurs when we are in a room or outside a building. Memory is integral to the process. Garland takes photographs to remind her of the experience of a space and when translating them to drawings she combines alternative perspectives from different photographs to create 'a kind of virtual collage allowing many different systems of order to exist in a single piece.…'"

 There is a wonderful body of her work at http://gabriellegarland.org/ and an exhibit opening in Chicago on July 22nd (tomorrow): http://www.corbettvsdempsey.com/2016/06/24/gabrielle-garland-2/

Leroy Neiman painting, gallery same block as Buena Vista Cafe, SF Wed nite

3800 block of Noriega, SF, great shops, stores. New to me.

Full Moon on Ocean Last Night

May the sun
bring you new energy by day.
May the moon
softly restore you by night.
May the rain
wash away your worries.
May the breeze
blow new strength
into your being.

May you walk
gently through the world
and know its beauty
all the days of your life.
                                     Apache Blessing

Progress on SMALL HOMES Book

We just finished what will probably be the middle section of the book, "Small Homes in Cities and Towns," 67 photos on some 20 pages. When Rick showed me the finished pages, I was thrilled. Some times I'll muddle my way through a project, starting with no concept of how it will come out, and the whole, as  they say, is greater than the sum of its parts, i.e., synergy.

We've got 200 out of 224 pages done now. I have this great feeling, having worked for so many months, because:
1. we're close to the end (to printers in November, out February 2017)
2. it looks so darned good!

Annual joy: looking at apples on a tree I planted 6-7 years ago -- right outside studio door.