Joe Linton is giving a bicycle tour of the L.A. River, Saturday, January 24, at 11am. If you have a working bicycle and live in the L.A. area, you don't want to miss this. Joe wrote a most readable and usable guide book titled "Down By the Los Angeles River," on Wilderness Press. The great thing about this book is that Joe wrote the text and also illustrated it; I love his interpretive hand-drawn maps and his illustrations are great. If you have even the slightest interest in exploring the L.A. River and are not sure how to get started, Joe's book is a superb guide. Our family has used it for a number of riverside (walking) expeditions that have gotten us out of the house and a little more familiar with our beloved city and the river around which it was founded.
A couple of months back I sent Joe an e-mail about an outing our family had just gone on, using his book, and he posted my snapshots and e-mail on his blog.
A friend is curating a group show that's opening at the Lucy Florence Gallery on January 17. She asked me if I'd like to participate, and, well, now I'm in over my head.
I'm doing a piece called "Aleph" (which has nothing at all to do with Wallace Berman), that's really just the Hebrew letter painted in my interpretation of a Japanese calligraphy style.
The problem is that the style I'm attempting to imitate was perfected by great masters who spent years practicing their craft. I've had maybe two weeks, and it's been a long time since my last painting class in high school, when the focus was other people's graffiti books anyway.
Why did I bring this up? Because if you're in town I'm inviting you to have some free wine and cheese—perhaps even fruit—and look at artwork by some other people that'll probably be good. Also, I believe that hard work is its own reward; so while my "Aleph" may indeed be pretty crappy when all is said and done, I've put a lot into it, and it feels good.
Nutri-Bud Broccoli. It's difficult to get a sense of scale from this image, but that broccoli crown is about four inches across. If we harvest and eat this one, it'll be our first, after scores of unsuccessful attempts and too many weak and discolored seedlings that didn't make it.