Every time I've been to Paris I've rented a small 4th or 5th floor walkup apartment. You walk in the street front small door inside a massive door to a courtyard. After climbing the stairs you look out the window and behold the rooftops of Paris!
I painted this on a map of Paris using a Paris metro card as paintbrush.
For someone from San Francisco there's a familiar feeling in Lisbon. There's cable cars, trolleys, even a Golden Gate bridge! Granted, the architecture is a bit older and there are more red tile roofs. This view is the walk up to São Jorge castle on the hill overlooking the city.
This was painted using a trolly map of the city as paintbrush.
map.los angeles 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.flora 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
If you walk across the Golden Gate bridge and head into Sausalito, look back over your shoulder for a well deserved view of the city on the hill.
Painted with a vintage Golden Gate bridge postcard as paintbrush.
map.nyc.2 12” x 48” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.sf5 28” x 48” gallery wrapped on birch panel SOLD
map.lisbon 14" x 11" gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.madrid 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
Spent a week on this island in the Aegean with no cars. Rode a horse to the top of a mountain, swam out to a buoy, climbed and descended more steps than I can count and sat on Leonard Cohen’s stoop. This view is just around the corner from his house. Painted on a map of Hydra with a Koundouriotis Mansion ticket as paintbrush.
map.napa.2 18” x 24” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
After being in the cool vibe of Paris, arriving in Rome was like a big welcoming hug! Walked in the footsteps of history until I had blisters, seeing everything from the Colosseum across the Tiber to the Sistine Chapel. Ended more than one day with a plate of cacio e pepe! Painted on a Rome map using a Rome metro map as paintbrush.
I was guided around Madrid both times I've been there by those two Madrileños, Nicole and Rachael. Fell in love with its tempo, charm and food! They took us to old favorites and hidden cafes that we never would have discovered.
Painted on a map of Madrid using a Madrid metro card as paintbrush.
map.hydra 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.nyc 48” x 12” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
Lunch at Oxbow then a ride up the 29 and down the Silverado Trail. Painted on a map of Napa Valley using a cork as paintbrush.
I spent the day with Michelle drinking Scribe wine and eating salads made by Julia and Rachael. A grand dinner was made at the hacienda and in the morning with coffee, this was my view. Painted on a map of Sonoma using a scribe cork as paintbrush.
map.monterey 28” x 11” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.roma.3 14” x 11” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
map.sffairmont 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
map.scribe 18” x 24” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
map.paris 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
I spent 3 nights in San Jose del Cabo and ate at Flora Farms 2 of them. It’s farm to steps away table great food and drinks that’s down a dusty dirt road in Baja. I painted it on a collage of Flora Farms placemats using a Flora’s Farm Bar menu as a paintbrush.
The view across the East River from Brooklyn at the Empire State Building!
Painted with a Wythe Hotel card as paintbrush.
The cabbie doppelganger, best moussaka and the moving maze that is the Athens Bazaar, all in the shadow of the Acropolis. Painted on a map of Athens with a Cabby's card as paintbrush.
I moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to go to CalArts. For a Jersey kid everything was new and really different. The coast was to the West, the urban area seemed to go on forever and it was at first very disorienting. That first week we went up to Griffith Observatory at dusk. As the sky went dark and the suns last rays left, the lights came on throughout the city and music filtered up from the Hollywood Bowl. It was transcendent! Painted on a map of L.A. using a vintage Dodgers postcard as paintbrush.
Looking over at the city from Jersey always reminds me of a fantasy I have. It's a hot August night about 3:00 in the morning. I'm driving through the Lincoln tunnel in a 1961 Continental convertible, rounding that curve in the tunnel and the lights are whooshing over head and the suspension is just floating to the sounds of the Rolling Stones 'Can't you hear me knocking', that part in the middle of the song where it becomes an instrumental and a sax comes on and there's no other cars and I hit the city and it's jumping.
Painted on a NYC map using a subway metro card as paintbrush.
map.athens 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box
I'm told there are 450 steps climbing the Filbert steps up to Coit Tower. It felt like more, but it's well worth it. The gardens and the view back to the bay are incredible! The works projects murals inside the tower are enough of a draw. Add in the view back at the city from the top and it's something you must do.
Painted on a collage of San Francisco maps on a birch panel using a BART card as a paintbrush.
The first time I visited Monterey we went to the pier. There was an old fashioned organ grinder and monkey dancing with a tin cup. I put a quarter in the cup and the monkey jumped up and kissed me on the cheek! There was a group of us and everyone started putting quarters in the cup for a peck on the cheek. Michelle with a sad face said "I don't have any quarters, I only have a dollar bill. Will he take that?" The organ grinder smiled knowingly and nodded yes. Michelle dropped the dollar in the cup and the monkey jumped up and tongued her mouth! It was the first time that I laughed so hard that I cried.
Painted with a card from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
One grand boulevard with trees
with one grand cafe in sun
with strong black coffee in very small cups.
One not necessarily very beautiful
man or woman who loves you.
One fine day.”
― Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Painted on a map of San Francisco using a City Lights Postcard as paintbrush.
map.citylights 14” x 11” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box SOLD
At the top of Nob Hill on the California cable car line sits the grand old hotel the Fairmont. In its basement it houses the infamous Tonga Room tiki bar where it rains inside and has the stickiest floors in the city!
Painted on a San Fransisco map using a cable car ticket as paintbrush.
map.sausalito 24” x 18” gallery wrapped on 1.5” birch box