Just a quick bit of awesome before bed.


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The ‘Bird Song 3’ Mural Happened This Week

About two weeks ago I was asked to submit a design to ArtSpan (my favorite arts non-profit) for a large wall mural.  They have procured some office space in a building on Market Street that I believe they are going to offer artists to recently displaced artists.  Here in the city art studios are being torn down to make room for giant condos.  Several artists are losing their creative spaces as well as their hubs for doing business.

So I submitted a design and kept moving.  I am super duper busy.  That’s not a complaint.  And I was astonished to hear that my mural design was the one they picked for their new building.  In fact, when the Director of ArtSpan, Joen Madonna, called to make sure it wasn’t too much for me to deal with and tell me the good news…..I cried.  You see, it has been a dream of mine since the day I moved to this city to have a wall mural in SF.  This is a city full of amazing wall murals….and I wanted so desperately to be a part of that.  The only real problem was that I have NO idea how to make a wall mural.

ArtSpan actually hired muralist Robert Minervini to help me through the planning process.  Robert answered all of my questions and really supported me in this.  They also provided staff to order supplies, get equipment rented and come paint.  Allison Snopek not only made all of that stuff happen but her incredible attitude and general way of interaction always keeps me sane.  I am so honored to have made yet another art adventure with this fierce and hardworking woman.  Thank you!

ArtSpan also sent out the call for several volunteers to come and make this mural.  So many great artists responded to the call.  Claudio, Rafe, Amy, Megan, Melisa, Stacy, Kristine, Theresa (my wife even painted), Barb (my mom even painted), Dan, Z, James, Joseph, Celeste (another ArtSpan staffer and general bad ass!), Hillary, Ashley, Leah, Gladys, Harvey, Shane, Sonia, Lexi, Adam, Niki, and I am fairly sure I forgot someone (email me)…  You guys kicked ass!  THANK YOU for making our mural what it is!

I feel like we made a huge gift to the city, and people thanked us all week long.  You should all be very proud of ‘Bird Song 3’.  Enjoy.


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Articles Being Written About Me…..

I just wanted to make a quick note.  Things are super busy.  I am having a great time but trying to keep my deadlines all on track.  I have had very little time to drop a bird….That being said I am determined to make it happen this week.  So be on the lookout.

Also….just today an article was published on Broke Ass Stuart’s Blog and site about the Gift Prolific.  CHECK IT OUT!me_copy_grande

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Bird of SF #4 CAUGHT!

Daylight savings time ruined my plan to go horseback riding with my partner this Sunday morning. I had been looking forward to it all week, but, we overslept and missed our window of opportunity.  I found myself brooding in a mood of disappointment rather than embracing the gorgeous, sun filled day bestowed on us. I was ready to be content scouring the internet in my cavernous room for distracted amusement.

I pulled up Facebook and the first post I read was from my friend and a favorite SF artist, Josh Coffy, announcing that he had placed Bird print #4, from his Gift Prolific Project, out in public to be found.  The only clue was a photo of it in front of a sculpture of a young colt and the San Jose street sign behind it.

Ironically, the horse is the most epic creature to grace the earth as far as I am concerned.  I am magnetically drawn to all of them…especially when they are found in the City of SF that I rarely am outside of. However, I only recently came to take note of this beautiful little colt sculpture a few days ago on my way to work at Secession Art & Design.   I have lived and worked in and around this same neighborhood for quite a while so believe the Colt is a somewhat new addition.  OR, I saw it just when I did so I could later find this bird print!

Anyways, I readily identified the Colt in the FB post and without a moment’s hesitation sprang into action to make a mad dash for it.  I jumped out of my reclining state of laziness, grabbed my keys and ran out my front door. I had about a 10 block jaunt of off/on sprinting mixed with speed walking in the glorious Ozone affected Springtime heat before I came upon the Parklet. I spotted the little horse but feared I was beat to the punch in staking ownership of the print. Then, with great elation, I saw the bird singing from a Parklet bench waiting patiently to be claimed. I felt like I had just gone on a treasure hunt and struck gold!  All feelings of previous disappointment were erased by those of random fortuitousness.

Thank you, Josh, and your enormous generous heart. I think this is an incredibly worthwhile and engaging project. While I am lucky to know and call you my friend, I can’t help but be excited for all those “strangers” out there that are going to stumble upon other Gift Prolific birds you and your family place all over our City every week this year, and the impact and domino effect your generosity will inevitably spread throughout the community.  I promise, in my way, to pay it forward.


Thank you SO MUCH to Dianne Hoffman for the letter and the fabulous picture!  Please check out Dianne’s Amazing artwork.  We are working together on a show together that will take place in June at Secession Art and Design!

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Tiny But Mighty Parklet (Birds of SF #4)

It is a beautiful day out there today.  No clouds in the sky just a huge blue mass shining down on my city.  I can feel the warmth of the sun down in my bones.  It’s a perfect day to drop the next bird.  So I load up my bag with the print, my camera, and phone and get the family in the van.  We head towards Noe Valley to meet up with Maureen who is gifting me a really cool Fox skull.  Thanks I always need skulls for my collection!  After we meet we decide we wanna stay close to home today for the drop and jet back to the house.  Then the idea pops into Theresa’s brain that we should place today’s print in one of the coolest parklets in the city.

A few years ago some amazing people got together to transform some empty concrete spaces into very tiny parks.  They would install benches, plants, and artsy fences to create wonderful public spaces for people to hang out and enjoy together.  I really like that people found a way to lean towards more connection with each other.  The parklet we are at now is called Guerrero Park and it was once literally just some concrete.  Now it is a small park with several wood benches and enormous felled trees that create a fence.  This past winter people upgraded much of the plant life in the parklet and it looks so lush and wonderful.  We place the bird near a nice tiny horse statue.  I take pictures.  Darwin rides on the horse for a bit.  Then we head out, back to the cool house to laze about for the day.

Today’s bird piece is a Black Pheobe.  This is one of the first birds I ever identified as a bird watcher.  And today’s parklet is near Noe Valley where we first lived in San Francisco.  It is amazing how far things have come since then.  Have a great day.  Take care.

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Dianne Hoffman has informed me that she grabbed this print almost right after we placed it!  She will send me a  note about it soon!  Congratulations Dianne!

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Sunnyside Landmark…(Birds of SF #3)

I have been up since 6am this morning.  Early mornings are not all that unusual for me.  I wouldn’t normally note this except that ever since I woke up I have been thinking about where to place today’s bird print.  I kind of wanna stay in my neighborhood as I will be at my studio most of the day.  And then it hits me!  The Sunnyside Conservatory would be a great place to leave one.  The Conservatory is on Monterey Blvd. and is kind of a hidden landmark in the city.  The building itself dates back to 1901.  It was once a Conservatory of flowers much like the more famous one in Golden Gate Park.  Owners of the conservatory have included a balloon aircraft inventor who was killed by a locomotive; a woman named “Temperance” who named the conservatory “Sunnyside Laboratories” and planned to turn it into a sanitarium; and an entrepreneur who marketed bottled water fortified with mineral supplements in the 1920s.   In 1975 the building was mistakenly marked for demolition and was almost completely destroyed!  (oopsies!)  When we moved to San Francisco we found it by geocaching.  The older building was in disarray and in need of many repairs.  A few years ago the people of Sunnyside got the necessary donations and signatures together to get it rebuilt.  The new building is a thing of beauty!  Many of the plants and gardens have been on the spot for over a hundred years.  Now they host weddings and jazz concerts there.  Its a really nice place to walk to in my neighborhood and a perfect place to land a bird.

Today’s bird print was created on Friday night at a live painting gig that I had.  I didn’t quite finish it on Friday so yesterday I added a few things.  This is Bullock’s Oriole.  I chose to paint him mostly based on his colors and striking plumage.  They fly through San Francisco in the Summer.  There isn’t really much to illustrate my city in this one, sorry.  Just know that this little guy is a seasonal resident….maybe even here at the Conservatory.  Have a great day.  I hope someone enjoys this little guy and sends a picture to share where they placed it in their home….That’s half the fun of this project.  Take care.

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Stand Tall (Birds of SF #002)

It is a gorgeous day in the city today.  Darwin and I are headed out to drop off Bird #2.  Something about this one is telling me to go to Crissy Field.  I think it’s because I have seen a few Blue Herons up there eating out of the puddles and small bodies of water.  When we get there, we find TONS of people near the Warming Hut.  Cool.  We look around at a few places to drop it…Finally I decide that building a rock cairn for it seems like the best idea – EVER.  Darwin helps.  We laugh and play in the rocks a bit.  Then I set up the print and take pictures.  Just before we leave we buy 2 boxes of cookies from some nearby Girl Scouts….and talk to the girl’s mother.  I blurt out the premise of the project and we start to make our escape.  As we roll out, I look back to see the Girl Scouts and their mom walk over to check out the print.  Maybe it landed in their home.  I hope they email a picture.  Thanks for reading along.  Take care.

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