Oct 19, 2016
Oct 17, 2016
The other day I had a dental appointment. There was time to kill beforehand so I sat on a Brooklyn stoop to enjoy the afternoon autumn sun. Women of all ages passed by where I was sitting. Everyone of them gave me a big smile and said hello. Even though I just got a shave and haircut, it didn't seem reason enough for all of them to be so smiley and friendly with me. A particularly beautiful girl turned the corner and I could see her looking at me and smiling from ear to ear. Finally she stopped right in front of where I was sitting and said, "I love your socks." I was wearing a pair that were bright orange with small black polka dots. My sneakers were army green old school Adidas with orange threads and orange highlights. You get the idea. Take into account my groovy hat, fancyboy scarf and stovepipe pants with hand-sewn fabric around the cuffs. It was at that moment that I realized it was my style they were in love with and not really me. Oh well, I'll take it.
Oct 12, 2016
Genetically modified food is one of the great controversies of our time. Supporters point to wonderful possibilities of nutrient-packed food and solving world hunger, while critics fear unknown effects on human health. I personally don't want to eat tomatoes that have been crossed with lemons in order to give me more vitamin F. I'll skip the potato-squash which contains fish oil. I'll stick with old fashioned fruits and veggies like escarole, cooked with actual garlic. Even us vegans have to be careful of our food being tampered with Word on the street is that Arnold Swartzenegger has recently become vegan. How about them apples.
Oct 10, 2016
I've gone back to ceramics after a long hiatus. This is the first in my new series. It is a wall hanging sculpture. It's based on the drawings I've been doing about becoming vegan. My pieces are about the mistreatment of animals as a way of life for supplying us with cheap food sources. There are more of these to come. Even the ladies in my pottery studio are impressed with my new direction. Trust me, they are not an easy crowd to impress. So I'm pretty happy about that. All of this goes back to my friend Sue Rose, who introduced to me the idea of doing ceramics. I owe it all to her. She also does ceramics not so much to make plates and bowls but to do it as sculpture. I've talked a lot in the past about how I surround myself with geniuses. When one has the ability to do that, it will effect your own work because you are up close with other people working on the highest levels. I know I am on the low end of the totem pole but I keep at it. At least I'm on the pole. Every once in a while I actually succeed at something.
Oct 5, 2016
Old technology was pretty cool. You were not able to drive around in your car while talking on one of these, unless you had a really long cord. They actually worked perfectly. It proved we didn't all need to be connected ALL THE TIME. There used to be things like relaxing and vacations where no one could get a hold of you. Weather I'm driving or standing on the corner, I always look to see if people are on their phones while driving and more times than not they are. Maybe so called, dumb phones are not really all that intelligent after all. Bring back cords and payphones.
Oct 3, 2016
Sausage is a really good reason for people to become vegan or at least vegetarian. I was searching the types of items that have been discovered in said product over the years. That would be unwanted items. If you think about it, no one would eat one of these suckers knowing that gross, disgusting things like toenails sometimes end up in them. You would never put any of these things in your mouth on their own but hide them inside a sausage, no problem. None of those horrifying ingredients would be found in an eggplant. That is why my sausages are zucchinis,squash and cucumbers.
Sep 28, 2016
When I walk through Williamsburg Brooklyn and see all the hipsters strolling around, I wonder if they think they are being original. Hipsters have the odd facial hair, dress in a very odd manner and wear sunglasses with white rims. Most have a skateboard tucked under their arm too. Well sorry to inform you that I helped usher in your dumb look many decades ago. Plus I could actually skateboard. This is me racing at about 80 miles per hour in Barrett Park on Long Island. I could actually do this move using 3 skateboards stacked on top of each other. Too bad no photo exists of that action.
Sep 26, 2016
Everything passes away. That's the way of nature. As the season changes from summer to fall, I watch the leaves and temperature drop. At the ocean I was collecting dried seaweed and the tiny roots of plants that got washed into the ocean. All of this makes me think of the poor animals raised to be food. Unfortunately they don't get to pass away naturally like the leaves on the trees. I did this drawing as a symbol of natural versus forced deaths. I am back in ceramics and as you will soon see, this has started to influence my pottery. Stay tuned.