San Francisco locks

My lock portfolio is about to get a massive infusion. I’ve seen some great ones around the world lately…out for a walk in Camden, then in San Francisco, and especially in Venice, where Lefteris and I spent last weekend. For today: locks of San Francisco. Well, the first is from Burlingame, but the rest are from the Mission district. I love the juxtaposition of the various lock/jail/freedom/free/finance messages. I would’ve shot this even if there wasn’t a physical lock there! I thought these door buzzer locks were interesting (love the one with “bottom, middle, top” in a vertical list…). But[…]

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Marrakech and Essaouira

It’s only been, like, weeks since I went to Morocco–and what can I say, it’s taken that long to get enough perspective to really edit my photos. I hated them all when I got back; let’s just say it’s a LOT harder than I’d expected to get the shots that really captured what I wanted to about the place. So hard in fact that in most cases, I couldn’t. It’s taken a few weeks to move on from this and appreciate what I *did* get. Here are a few–or take a look at the whole album. Great place to sit[…]

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505: Complete (for now)

Like 200, this one is done by virtue of the fact that I’m gone and can’t work on it anymore. Had some issues with the gloss/matte mediums that haven’t been problematic before, which I’m sure is due to using lighter paint colors. So I think I will go back and highlight that when I return, but it’s done for now: The numbers are there, at the bottom…

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200: Complete (mostly)

This one is similar to 641 and 407, but unfortunately the numbers themselves are impossible to see straight on… …but they’re there: When I get back from the summer abroad, I may go back and make some adjustments to bring that out–maybe paint the number in a slightly “off” color or something, then go over it again in the matte finish. Love the texture in this one, though. Very happy with that!

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200: in progress

Last night I did the texture; today I did the color. I think it’s clear by now that these are done with latex house paint. Today I had the yellow paint mixed and they could only do a semi-gloss because of the pigments–so when I add the numbers in a matte finish, I’ll also gloss-ify the rest of the color field. Hoping to do one more of these before I leave for London on Thursday, but who knows… I really enjoy these paintings. The paint is mixed directly on the canvas, and the more of this I do the more[…]

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0350200450: Complete

Numbers cut out and affixed…the third one in this series will be in the works before too long, though my travel schedule has a way of getting in the way of that since these paintings take a lot of time. It’s amazing how putting the numbers on gives me such a tremendous “AHHHHHH” feeling, like everything matches and all is right with the world. Hurray!

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407: Complete

With the addition of the numbers (again, painted just in a matte finish), this is complete! Like 641, it’s latex and acrylic paint over modeling paste on canvas. These paintings really have to be seen in person to get a real feel for them. Details:

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407: in progress

It was a busy weekend painting-wise. This will be a companion piece to 641; there could be more to come, too. I’d like to do some that fade off to white instead of black, I think, or that fade from one color to another. And I feel like orange (5) is getting neglected a bit. At any rate, the paint work on this is nearly done, and the numbers are printed and sitting on my floor, ready to serve as templates for the matte finish… Details:

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