Monday Poem


Up, up you go, you must be introduced.

You must learn belonging to (no-one)

Drenched in the white veil (day)

The circle of minutes pushed gleaming onto your finger.

Gaps pocking the brightness where you try to see in.

Missing: corners, fields,

completeness: holes growing in it where the eye looks hardest.

Below, his chest, a sacred weightless place

and the small weight of your open hand on it.

And these legs, look, still yours, after all you've done with them.

Explain the six missing seeds.

Explain muzzled.

Explain tongue breaks thin fire in eyes.

Learn what the great garden-(up, up you go)-exteriority, exhales:

the green never-the-less the green who-did-you-say-you-are

and how it seems to stare all the time, that green, until night blinds it temporarily.

What is it searching for all the leaves turning towards you.

Breath the emptiest of the freedoms.

When will they notice the hole in your head (they won't).

When will they feel for the hole in your chest (never).

Up, go. Let being-seen drift over you again, sticky kindness.

Those wet strangely unstill eyes filling their heads-

thinking or sight?-

all waiting for the true story-

your heart, beating its little song: explain. . .

Explain requited

Explain indeed the blood of your lives I will require

explain the strange weight of meanwhile

and there exists another death in regards to which

we are not immortal

variegated dappled spangled intricately wrought

complicated abstruse subtle devious

scintillating with change and ambiguity

- Jorie Graham


Over Under Sideways Down

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
[purchased by Nordstrom]


Everything All At Once Forever

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas
[purchased by Nordstrom]



Oil and Charcoal on Paper


R Allen Jensen's Quadrophenia

In 1979 the Who released a film entitled Quadrophenia, its story involves social, musical, and psychological happenings from an English teenage perspective in 1965. The name is a variation on the incorrect popular usage of the medical diagnostic term schizophrenia as multiple personality disorder to reflect the four distinct personalities of Jimmy, the opera's protagonist--each said to represent the personality of one member of The Who
R. Allen Jensen, is showing this month in Bow Edison north of Mt Vernon Washington at the Smith Vallee Gallery, and in it he is showing each of his distinct personalities, Robert Dante, MAF Hockney, Max Edison, Amanda Stanhope, and Backroad Bob. The above video clip is a short walk through of this show, and although I believe Jensen would see each of these personalities as representing a various aspect of his creative whole, I found myself unsure of what each brings out for him. Subtle differences were apparent, but overall, Jensen's touch, his sense of placement, design and craftsmanship were all in check. I wound up purchasing a work from his Backroad Bob persona, and in this work it seemed more garage like, raw work, simple, direct, but again, Jensen is like this in various ways throughout, it was one of the things, that as a student, I cherished in him. Good show Bob!

The Who - I'm One.mp3


beginning to see the light

The Velvet Underground - Beginning To See The Light.mp3

Just putting the finishing touches on some commissioned works that are headed for Los Angeles[the blue and red works lying on the floor]. The morning light lately has been warm and so energizing...



Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

I've been spinning this painting for a bit, from vertical orientation, to horizontal. I think I'm set for horizontal, and it's also good for me to adjust to more work being horizontal, as I tend to lean towards vertical in most things I make. Horizontal representing the landscape orientation, vertical representing the portrait, who knows really?
Maybe its standing vs laying down?

Saturday Looks Good To Me - Until The World Stops Spinning.mp3


Kimberly Trowbridge

Spent the afternoon visiting with artist Kimberly Trowbridge at her studio in south Seattle. Thanks for the quick invite Kimberly, I enjoyed seeing what you are working on, the conversation, the Farmers Market, and lunch. I needed a battery charge that a studio visit brings and seeing big canvas's in various stages of progress. Discussions on the uses of black, artists that we like, getting to be in the studio all day and south Seattle's odd little places all in check!

Marsen Jules - Coeur Saignant.mp3


Details and Debris

Detail of current adjustments to the painting Pondlife...cont'd

Debris acrylic from when I pull paint from the canvas over the edge onto the pages of old Strangers[Seattle local paper], been keeping these though, I like the happy accidents...cont'd

Stars Of The Lid - Apreludes (In C Sharp Major).mp3