Welcome to Club Seal

This is my little clubhouse where I seal birch, wooden panels in the blazing sun.


What did you think I did here?

I’m in the middle of finishing up sealing 13 panels, in both small and medium sizes, and I’m doing them all at once so I don’t have to do them one at a time as I feel like making art on them. I want to be able to just grab them and work on them right away.

At this very moment, I am waiting for the last 15 minutes to pass so I can go out there (I say “out there” because I am “in here,”  in the office where I keep my computer) and block-sand the first coat of the last five small ones. i will also apply a quick second coat. Then I will wait an hour before I go out there to sand and apply the last coats to all of them.

And that’s it! I’ll be done. I LOVE this stuff! I want to marry it. It takes just three coats: two light sands in between and that’s all! Beautiful! If only I knew about it a million years ago, who knows what I could have been painting all this time? Whelp, I’ll never know. Now we shall see what I do with it, right? No pressure.

Now I say two light sands, but maybe you read on the Exodus Project blog about how I was sanding with my palm sander all day the other day. That was because I was getting rid of the old sealer. I may have been wasting my time, but I really didn’t think this stuff would go on top of it since the old sealer was oil based. I didn’t want to risk any crackling, so I sanded it off. Just an extra day of labor. Oh well. Better safe than sorry.

Okay, I better go put those sealer coats on out there. I’ll be right back…

I’m back. Isn’t that weird how that was 40 minutes for me, but only a split second for you? I mean, depending on fast you read.

It’s a crazy assembly line going on today:




Plus, I’m still dicking with this painting that I started eons ago (it seems). You can kind of see where it’s going now though. The composition comes from the drawing I happened to make inside of Stephen Hines‘ copy of Carol Es une Monographie de Lignes.


Also, while I was out there in the studio, today’s Club Seal, I also sanded and put the final coats on the other eight.  So they are DONE! Woohoo! I was gone for a while actually.

Now it’s 4:20. You know what that means my friends. Ha! For me, it means what most of you think it means, but it’s slightly different for me, so I’ll be right back – then I’m heading outside again to check on that last coat, because as soon as those last five panels are dry, I’m going to give them a light sand and throw on the last coat as soon as I possibly can. Why? Because I want to be done with them!

So I’ll be right back again.

I’m back again, but now it’s after midnight because not only did I totally finish all of the panels and cleaned up, but I then had to shower and take off to my kabbalah class at Temple Beth Israel. It was a particularly great class tonight too, where we talked about the Tzimtzum. I love this stuff! It aligns with what I have always felt to be true about how the universe became. It’s something I felt since I was a very young child as a matter of fact.

Anyway. Good class tonight, as I said.

I got home around 10:00 and made some food and watched a little TV. Now I’m so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open, but I am thinking about tomorrow and how much I want to get started on the new pieces. I just hope there are enough hours in the day…

Oh! And by the way, please excuse my new blog that is currently under construction. It is in the middle of getting a new, streamlined look. It’s not quite there all the way yet, but it’s close. This is the basic layout now – just the one column. It’s better for smaller devices and cellular telephones. The only thing that is changing will be the top header area. I’m giving it a little more personality. Just as soon as I am able. Stay tuned! :)

Wow! 1:17. Time for bed all right. Sheesh.

And what am I the news? I keep telling you guys what time it is.

I Wood Seal it Differently

I am about to bore the pants off of you by talking about wood sealants. Be forewarned. I really don’t know what good it’s going to do you to read on, unless you like to make some kind of fool out of yourself. That, or you want to pick up some information about sealing/sizing wood panels for fine art – because this isn’t a blog about cabinetry. I wouldn’t know the first thing about sealing that kind of wood, would I?

Anyway, over the last week I have been researching out how to construct my new ideas because, like my oil paintings on the birch panels, I want to be able to partially show the sealed wood on the painting itself, like so:

Red Scarf, 2013. Oil and pencil on birch panel.

Minute By Minute

I’m starting to feel better. Day by day, little by little. I’m sure of it now.

Today was a busy day. I’ve been pretty busy since Friday actually. I even worked on my birthday. Mjp said, “I wouldn’t expect anything less from you.”

I don’t usually talk about gifts I get. I think that’s stupid. But in this case, I just have to tell you what I got for my birthday because it became the greatest compliment I have ever received.

Michael got me, and personally framed, a screen print of The Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.

If you don’t know what that is, it is an antique bill that John Lennon bought one day and hung up on his wall. He liked the looks of it I suppose, because later it inspired him to write the song of the same title.

By The Sacred Monster

Rough Patches (Cross-post from The Exodus Project)

It’s no secret that I’ve been experiencing some rough patches lately. I guess it had to get worse before it could get better. I’m just waiting for it to get better now.

Still messing with this piece:


Three Days, No, Two Months of Frustration

I am actually going to post the following, not because I’m stupid, but because I want other artists out there to know that we all hit brick walls sometimes.

I wrote the following the other night as a private post. I do that sometimes. I use this blog as a kind of “Dear Diary” and do not make all the posts public since, believe it or not, I get even more personal than I already do. But I decided to publicize this rant and lay myself out on the train tracks.


I did this interview with Angela Romeo of Colliding Worlds TV in Palm Springs back in February when I was at the 2014 Palm Spring Fine Art Fair with Shulamit Gallery.

It features fellow gallery artist David Abir, who is first up. I come in towards the end of the show at 17:59.

I’m a bit nervous, but I suppose I shouldn’t have told you that.

Enjoy! :)