During the Coronavirus, 2020. Oil on canvas. 48 x 72 inches. Unlike the other paintings in this harbor series, “Memories, Dreams, and Reflections” focuses on emotion and ignores the actual perspective and construction of the bridge. I wanted to paint a night scene, so William and I drove to the harbor to refresh my memory… Continue reading Memories, Dreams, and Reflections
House paints on paper, 2019. 55 x 98 inches. This is the top of the new Long Beach bridge while it was being built. It reminds me of the old clipper ships. When I mentioned this to one of the engineers, he replied, “Well, the laws of physics do not change.”
Charcoal and pastel on paper, 2019. 55 x 76 inches. This image depicts ironworkers on the new Long Beach bridge as they construct the framework for the roadway of the bridge. This framework will be covered with wood, set on the scaffolding, and filled with cement. The wood is then removed and the cement is… Continue reading The Harbor Meets Mondrian
Woodcut and linoleum print. 11 x 15 inches.
Watercolor, tempera, string, on a wood base with a plexiglass cover, 2019. 14″ x 19″ x 8.5″ deep. (See blog for more detail.)
Tunnel books originated in the 1700’s and were inspired by stage sets. However, its name has a surprising source. In England, this form of book was used extensively to advertise the newly built tunnel that went under the Thames River. The tunnel itself was a joke. It had cost more than 500,000 pounds (a considerable… Continue reading Tunnel Books
All of these images were begun on location; a couple were completed in the studio. They are larger than the painted studies, roughly 20″ x 30″. Materials used include charcoal, tempera, cray pas, and Inktense.
These are small drawings and paintings done on location at the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project throughout 2018 and 2019. Materials used include tempera, watercolor, walnut ink, Inktense, pastel, and charcoal. See the blog for more information about the project.
This was my first image of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, completed in 2017 before I had greater on-site access. I completed two small studies in watercolor on location, and from them created the final image in the studio. Old and New Bridges at the Harbor, tempera and pastel. 20″ x 25″
I have been documenting the progress of the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in Long Beach for over two years in observational landscape paintings. I was motivated by the powerful and complex images in the Port, and the historical significance of this construction. My work has focused on the linear qualities of the landscapes and… Continue reading The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project
Once located in the LA Harbor in San Pedro, the Japanese fishing village is no longer there. The owners and residents were victims of forced relocation to concentration camps during WWII. Currently there is a monument in their honor which gave me a nice place to set up my painting gear. These images, a tempera… Continue reading The Japanese Fishing Village
Excerpts from my Journal: Part 1. Written on November 11, 2018 and edited 2021. We have been going to paint the construction of the new bridge since the last day in August, 2018—a little over two months ago. The day Yu Ji had a memorial for Domenic Cretara there was a film, including some of… Continue reading The Bridge Project: How it all Began
Excerpts from my Journal: Part 2. Standing on the top of the bridge is a spectacular experience and painting from it is surreal. We have been so privileged. Right now the two highest pillars of the bridge, which will form the suspension part, have not been joined to the east and west ramps. The ramps… Continue reading The Top of the Bridge
Excerpts from my Journal: Part 3. I love the belly of the bridge as much as the top. From the time we painted in the parking lot at Connolly Pacific to now, it reminds me of Brueghel’s Tower of Babel. There are staircases that climb up the sides of the bridge pillars, made of metal tubing and… Continue reading Under the Bridge
Excerpts from my Journal: Part 4 There has been a lot of curiosity about what we are doing and enthusiasm for our project. Every day, one or two workers stop by to see our work. On some level, our project is a validation of their project, or at least a confirmation that the public appreciates… Continue reading Those who build the bridge.
Excerpts from my Journal: Part 5. In drawing and painting the bridge, so many associations from history creep in. Technology really does build upon itself. As one engineer pointed out, the laws of physics do not change. So, I look under the bridge and see the Tower of Babel. The top calls to mind old… Continue reading Technology
Excerpts from my Journal: Part 6. Written November 9, 2018; edited 2021. Kathryn and I, on the east ramp. We knew it was going to get hot—86 degrees—but we did not know the winds would be so fierce, up to 77 miles per hour! Kathryn insisted we get there before sunrise, but there was a… Continue reading The Day of Fire and Wind
ECHO PIER: Excerpts from my Journal, Part 7. Written April 20, 2019; edited 2021. The image above shows Kathryn under the structure of our imploded tent. From mid-December to mid-March we took a break. Holidays first, then weather. An unusually cold and wet winter, much needed rain but not conducive to outdoor painting. Echo Pier,… Continue reading Echo Pier
DURING THE CORONAVIRUS: Excerpts from my Journal, Part 8. I stopped going to the bridge sometime in the last half of 2019 and began to compose large images based on the observational sketches completed on location. When we went into the first lockdown for Covid19 on March 17, 2020, I began an imaginative painting… Continue reading During the Coronavirus