Meanwhile, back at the Sidereal…

Sheila and I have been dialing in the acid bath for the perfect etch. Well, mostly Sheila, I usually just do what she says, ” Do not put your hand in the acid, please.”

Since this is a new shop, she has been ramping it back up for production work. Anyone who has ever moved understands, everything changes! All of that motor memory from the last place has to be discarded. New pathways in the brain must be formed!

Soon we’ll be etching for real, but until then a few photos of Sidereal Press and it’s environs:

There be critters:

The pool:

Back in the shop, we gather around the hotplate:

Sheila inking a plate:

And one of our many tests of the soft ground:

Quote of the Day

Sick.In bed. On a GORGEOUS Seattle Saturday. Ugh. Trying out a laundry list of cold medicines to alleviate MULTIPLE symptoms. Don’t worry. Not at the same time. Watching college basketball with the sound down while leafing through Pauline Kael’s “For Keeps.”

Damn Straight!

I almost spewed herbal tea on my lap when I read this line from her review of Return of the Jedi from 1983, “Yoda looks like a wonton and talks like a fortune cookie.”

Thanks Pauline.

Ideat Magazine

Ideat, a culture magazine based in France, sent a journalist and photographer to report on Seattle. Somehow they ended up ay my studio after First Thursday. Actually, Deborah Paine was their tour guide that evening and we work together at the City of Seattle

From L to R: Tod Gangler, Deborah Paine, Jean Michel de Alberti, Jean-Claude Figenwald

Tod Gangler, Seattle based photographer, was our translator. Jean Michel is writing the piece, and Jean-Claude was the photographer. They were in the midst of an intense week of experiencing Seattle. They changed hotels every day, ate out every meal, had tours of cultural destinations, and had about an hour of free time a day. Sounds grueling.

We had planned to have a few beers in the studio and go out for Chinese, but ended up just hanging out. I think they were relieved not to have to go out for dinner. It was a fun evening. I look forward to seeing the spread. Until then, “Vive la France!”


In January Rebecca and I got to visit briefly with Marc Dombrosky and Shannon Eakins at Marc’s show at Platform. My post about “Neverland” here. They have relocated to Las Vegas while Shannon pursues her MFA. We miss them.

Marc recently sent me a gift of one of his lovely embroidered pieces. Thanks Marc! I have it in the studio beside a pair of Marc and Shannon’s “Tacoma Drinkers.”  These are leather beer holsters that attach to your belt loops for two fisted drinking.

It should say "Wet Beer."

Plus we have this:

T-Town should by a gross of these!

We hope to visit them in Vegas soon.

Weapons, Curiosities, Beer, and Boats

There are no WMD’s or guns in my humble studio. I have two “weapons” besides the makeshift (screw drivers, hammers, nail guns, cauldrons of boiling oil, etc.).

Officially known as Joan of Arc’s sword (for Rebecca’s Halloween costume two years ago) it is actually based on Aragorn’s sword in Lord of  the Rings.

Rebecca lets me keep her sword in the studio, alas it is plastic, though it does have the advantage of being light.

Brass knuckles, Travis’ parting gift. For those late night rambles around the ID. Certainly not as awesome as Debra Baxter’s version, but they’ll do in a pinch.

How about a brass knuckle sandwich?

Now for the curiosities, beer, and boats:

Above the fridge, Bill Whipple made a sculpture (or maybe a joke) about my work by attaching an iron ball (hidden) from an ore crusher to a homemade kite string spool. Below Bill are a couple of pieces from John Grade who has the space next to mine. If you haven’t seen his work – get cracking. He has an installation at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham through April 10.

And in the fridge, growlers from Georgetown Brewery.

And last but not least, my friend Shawn needed some space to outfit his boat for which he received a commission.

Daily Studio #6

My large drawing is finished (at least the drawing part). Still deciding whether to add color. I’m choosing from over 300 acrylic paint amazon, I like to use these paints because you can use them on nearly any surface and can use unique tools like palette knives, string, and more to paint with them.

A detail:

My two other projects:

Enough to keep me busy, plus I started four more small paintings. Jeez…

Michael Schall and Dan Webb.

Michael Schall at Platform. Makes you want to put down your pencil, this guy is that good. Not just little drawings, either. Case in point:

Battle at Sea, graphite on paper, 70 x 94 inches, 2008

The detail is crazy, plus he gets some serious shadow:

Hoover Dam, graphite on paper, 36 x 60 inches, 2010

Then, when you are finished with THAT pile of rigor and dedication, check out Dan Webb’s show at Greg Kucera Gallery. Get another dose, this time the sculptural equivalent.

FORTRESS, 2009 Carved wood (Cedar) 44 X 28 X 29 inches

Check out this beauty:

WOODYLION, 2009 Carved Redwood 32 x 14 x 11 inches

Now it’s time to go back to the studio and get to work. Or, if you’re a collector – get out the checkbook.