Friday, September 29, 2006

A New Treat...

I was running errands near Chinatown when I passed by this cute little hole-in-the-wall place of Layfette Street. It had these interesting machines with molds and tiny little cakes and moving parts. I had never been there, nor had I ever tried these little cakes before, so I was skeptical.

I asked the man for the vanilla cream ones, but he had run out of them. I said, "Oh, okay. Thanks anyway." And proceeded to walk out the door. He handed me a cake and said to try it. I thanked him again and walked out the door. I got about two blocks away when I decided to pop the delicious little cake in the shape of little ear of corn into my mouth to find a wonderful surprise! They were good. Very good! And even though they ran out of vanilla, I went back and got an entire little lunch box of chocolate ones. I was not disappointed.

Thursday, September 28, 2006


One of my great joys is finding treasures. Whether it's the bargain at the market or a bookshelf on the street or a glass "sculpture" at an empty bar, I have a great deal of satisfaction locating unexpected delights. One of my other happiness is in books. I love looking at them and holding them and pouring myself into the pages. I am especially fond of art books.

Today I stopped in at the Barnes & Noble down the block from my studio and found a wonderful treasure! Occasionally they have used and discounted art books at this particular location. At the bottom of a stack at the last bookshelf in the very corner was Terry Winters: Paintings, Drawings, Prints 1944 - 2004 ! It was in perfect condition and marked well below price. I was amazed at how inexpensive it was. Add to that my 15% off any item discount and my Membership Card and you're talking about a grand prize!

It has truly made my day!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Odette New York...

Tonight I was fortunate enough to make my way over to Bond Street to check out my friend Sarkilahti's jewelry. It was a Launch Cocktail Party and trunk show for Sage New York Showroom. It featured works by Odette New York (Sarkilahti's company), Rebecca Hass, Mother Daughter, Dindy Fisher, Gilbert & Gilbert, and Eric Bonnin at Phurniture. She featured works from her newest line of cast pieces. Her new work, I think has a playful and lighter feeling and really captures a sense of drawing. I am particularly fond of her older work with a very clean and elegant feeling.

Her jewelry work can be seen at:

Sarkilahti is also an amazing painter and her paintings can be checked out at:

I really believe that if she keeps working at it, that much success will come her way!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Another Year...

So today is my birthday. It's funny to look back over this past year. My last birthday was spent packing up and readying myself to leave. This birthday is a home-coming of sorts. I'm back in New York now, making work and loving it.

This past year has been really challenging and very rewarding for me. I spent the year in Asheville and am only now just returning to my life back in New York. Everything still seems so foreign and alien to me. The familiar foot-paths are still not yet what they used to be. Each day I quietly hope that I will fall back into place, but the truth of the matter is that I've changed and can't so easily just be who I was.

I think the biggest thing for me is that I've had a lot of time to forgive myself. That must sound crazy. Why would anyone have to forgive themself? But I think that ultimately I blamed myself and held myself responsible for things that were completely out of my control. That blame was a poison that made it hard for me to enjoy life. It was a bitter that underscored even the sweetest of moments.

I also came to the realization that my artwork is essential to my sanity. It must seem so self-centered to non-artists. But my work I think gives me sanity and that through my growth as a person, my art has always provided the solution and answer to the problems. To look back over the work I've made over the last year, I see that I hid in it. That I created with my many many many collages, a camuflouge that I psychologically and emotionally escaped behind. I resorted to the mechanical and methodical and obsessive cutting and pasting of paper to heal spiritually. It was my mantra.

So here is another year past, with high hopes of much to come.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

More Collaborations...

During the party we decided to make some art. We actually did two different processes at the same time. For instance, the first drawing is an exsquisite corpse drawing where each of us had a section and did our own thing. It was funny because we had the person who was drawing the exsquite corpse keep time. Upon finishing, the artist would have to call it out.

Here are some pictures of us ellborating on this idea. It was really fun to work on a collaboration with all the other folks who came to my party.


Some what at the last minute, we decided to have a birthday party/house-warming party. I've recoiled in my shell a bit since I've moved back and wanted to have an opportunity to connect with a lot of different people from my past. Working and going to school however has spread my time thin and I really haven't had time at all to plan anything out.

Earlier this evening, a rather impromptu celebration happened. Laura Belkin came up from DC and Seth came down from Boston and a couple of other friends made the trek out to our apartment even though the L train, our primary source of mass transit was down and people had to brave the JMZ line and a brisk walk in the dark.

Here are some pictures from the event. It was really mellow and relaxed. Even not that many people got the opportunity to come, it was still nice to see everyone who did get a chance to stop by and enjoy the food, wine, and good company.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Studio Pictures...

Here are some pictures from my new studio. Not too much is going on in it as I'm sort of still settling into it. It has been a couple of weeks, and it feels like time is moving by so quickly. Where does the time go? It slips out and away from me so easily.

In one of the pictures, it's easy to see the large piece that I'm working on right now. It's a different process since I usually work on smaller pieces and in bigger series. It's a nice artistic challenge.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Midnight Collaboration: Modern Art...

After our treasure hunting walk, we stopped at a wine store and picked up a couple of bottles of wine.

We headed back to the apartment, with our loot and our wine, contemporary pirates of the post-post-modern age.

Paper, clay, graphite and charcoal were brought out after we had had our fill of wine and we created a collaborative work. It was a blast to just play and let things flow. Sometimes I miss just making spontaneous works with other people. There's a magic in the process, and although it may not be the most technically strong piece, it was a great exercise.

So from pirates, we became artists of the modern sort. Perhaps it was all inspired from our trip to MoMA the night before.


We have been furnishing our apartment with things that we've found out on the street and have had some real gems. We've found loads of lamps, books, bookshelves, desks, chairs, tables, dressers... all sorts of good things.

I thought that last week I had hit the jackpot with an antique dresser I found. Sheila helped me retrieve it in the rain one night. It was pretty heavy because it was solid wood. BUT Seth, Sheila and I went for a walk and I found the best treasure yet!

We found this beautiful lamp with an etched post, marble base, and lovely cast of a mer-horse. We've fondly called him "George", pronounced the Spanish way!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Eternal Sunshine...

Sheila in front of a Kandinsky.

Sheila and I in front of a Klimt.

Sheila and Seth in front of a Chagall.

Sheila and I in front of the sculpture fountain in Rockerfeller Center.

After our busy morning being fashionable, Sheila's friend Seth from the meditation retreat came to visit from Boston. Although I was pretty tired from an early morning and then working all day, we went out. First, Seth and I took Sheila to her class at the Art Student's League. He's a really nice guy and we spent some time walking around and talking.

Then he and I went to the MoMA while Sheila was in class. As it turns out, she ended up dropping out of the class because of the toxic conditions of the room and joined us walking around the museum. It was a lot of fun!

Afterwards, we walked down to Rockerfeller Center and then went on over to Williamsburg. Even though it was a rather rainy day and a long one, we had a good time and made our own sunshine.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Fashionably Lovely...

Here are a couple more pictures from our adventures at Fashion Week. The first picture is of Sheila and one of the characters from Project Runway, Vincent. The next is of us in the tent. You can't see much behind us, just our big faces. The last is of striking a pose on the steps in Bryant Park. It was rainy.

Round TWO...

Today, before I headed into work, I found out that I was one of the semi-finalists for the Swarovski Create Your Own Style contest. I'm very excited and hopefully I'll make it through the next round.

Project Runway...

Sheila and I were lucky enough to attend the Project Runway final project. It was quite lovely to be able to see these people who we've watched on television for months up close and personal. It was a lot of fun and I could swear that Heidi made eye contact with me. Of course we were pretty much right in front of each other. :-)

Enjoy the photos. I imagine one of the final challenges was to design a bathing suit and the surprise twist was that there were FOUR designers showing their collections. I would have snapped some shots of the dresses, but my camera isn't that great.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Abnormal Psychology...

One of my newest classes is Abnormal Psychology. I think the inherent flaw in this course is that there is so much of a gray area and so many different sources stating absolutes. The way the information has been presented so far is a bit scattered and very much with a heavy bias towards one way as opposed to others. I don't know if I necessarily like it or not.

It's also a bit scary. One part of the class is devoted to watching case studies of individuals who range from mild afflications to severe cases.

The other part is that we're given diagnosis sheets where you evaluate the subject. It is so easy to answer the questions yourself... and sometimes with a "clinically crazy" result.

However, there was a quote that I quite liked.

*In volume two of the 1959 American Handbook of Psychiatry lobotomist Walter Freeman writes:

What the investigator misses the most in the more highly intelligent individuals is the ability to introspect, to speculate, to philosophize, especially in regard to the self... Creativeness seems to be the highest form of human endeavor. It requires imagination, concentration, visualization, self-criticism, and persistence in the face of frustration, as well as trained manual dexterity...

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Tidal Waves...

It has been quite a while since I last posted.

I thought about making an entry for each specific thing that has happened since I last wrote, but decided against doing that in the efforts to save some time.

I've been very busy now that school has started and I'm working in my studio. Most of my classes seem interesting. I'm particularly curious how the children's literature class will turn out. Sounds like a lot of fun. I got my own studio by myself. I picked a very strategic location and now I have an entire studio! I'm excited about all the work that I'll be able to make there.

I've also been quite busy with work still. I am no longer at the Bryant Park location, but instead have been transferred to another location downtown. I've seen a lot of old faces and it is nice to reconnect with them. Though I am still not quite in my element just yet.

It hasn't helped that I've been under the weather lately. I've really been pushing myself so hard lately and I'm not used to it and it is certainly taking its toll on me.

An unexpected thing happened. I went with a friend to visit a jewelry store and was offered a job there. I'm not certain if it will work out or not, but it seems like a really great opportunity. I just hope that the position hasn't been filled yet. I met the owner and got a really great vibe from him. Well see how it develops.

Ope, Sheila, Emily, and I have started Project Runway nights at Ope and Emily's apartment. They've got cable and TiVo, so we go over there to watch it. It's a lot of fun. We try to make an event out of it by having food. It's a good thing that the apartment that she's in has TiVo... otherwise, I doubt we'd be able to have our infrequent gatherings.

Heather Wynn came to visit and it was great having her. I felt really bad that we couldn't entertain her more. Both Sheila and I have crazy schedules and it would have impossible to stay with her the whole trip. It was sad to see her go, but I'm glad to be able to get into my new schedule without distraction. Maybe I'll be able to update my blog more regularly once I'm more accustomed to the work-load.

It feels as though I've been swept away by a tidal wave. It is an unsure feeling, but a good one. There's a freedom in this floating. But it is hard since you have to keep paddling and paddling to get anywhere.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Coney Island...

Sheila and I both had today off. It was a rare treat. Both of us work quite a lot. She had to go to the DMV to get a new license and we decided to make it a field trip day and go to the one in Coney Island. I would have taken pictures of the lines and the various people we saw there, but photos inside the DMV are prohibited and I didn't want my camera to get taken away.

When we finished up at the DMV, we explored the boardwalk and pier. Lots of interesting characters there. We treated ourselves to a Coney Island lunch of salsa cheese hot dogs and chili cheese fries. All of these foods have particular arts to eating them without making a huge mess. I'm not so much a hot dog fan, but since Sheila had one, I went along and it wasn't so bad.

The weather was perfect in my book. It was slightly chilly and very windy with a sea breeze off the water. It was nice because there weren't massive crowds and it gave the whole area a slightly forlorn and creepy feeling which was really interesting.