On the Road

Here are a few souvenirs from my  whirlwind tour to San Francisco. I spent some time at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Waiting to see Christian Marclay’s “The Clock”. I watched this piece from 2:32 until 3:27. I could have stayed much longer but the film gave me an incredible sense of how much time I was wasting by watching it. The seats were incredibly comfortable. So of course I napped briefly. I think it was from 2:44 until 2:49

 I really love Jenny Saville's work. This painting is about 10 feet tall. It's super raw but also almost photographically rendered in places. Super fleshy . She's a disciple of Lucien Freud. And I'm a disciple of a disciple of a disciple of Lucien Freud.   I love to take photographs in museums but I almost always get in trouble when I do. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a crazy rule that you cannot wear a backpack with both straps on. It has to hang off one shoulder or else a guard will come over and correct you. Mysterious and strange. like so much Modern Art 2 days ago

I really love Jenny Saville’s work. This painting is about 10 feet tall. It’s super raw but also almost photographically rendered in places. Super fleshy . She’s a disciple of Lucien Freud. And I’m a disciple of a disciple of a disciple of Lucien Freud.
I love to take photographs in museums but I almost always get in trouble when I do. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a crazy rule that you cannot wear a backpack with both straps on. It has to hang off one shoulder or else a guard will come over and correct you. Mysterious and strange. like so much Modern Art.

These pages were drawn in idle and potentially bored moments and turned out to be the best things I got from the trip.

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Watercolor, PITT artist pen, gold ink.

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Watercolor, PIT Pen, waterbrush

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Left: Watercolor, PITT Pen, waterbrush. Right: India ink, dip pen.

11 thoughts on “On the Road

  1. Nice to know you were in my neighborhood! Did you sell many hot dogs?
    These are terrific pages … Love especially the last guy done in black ink … So many details on face and hair. I always get in trouble at museums in San Franciso too. Standing too close, back pack wrong, too many damn rules, I think all the guards are ex teachers or prison personnel! Must be! I always feel like I’m about to be sent to the principal’s/warden’s office! Glad you enjoyed San Francisco!

  2. I love art journals and yours are particularly great examples! I can never understand why photography is so often prohibited in museums and galleries either, there’s so much inspiration but no way of keeping a lasting record of it to take away!

    • This is an issue because artists don’t want copies of their art sold without permission and without compensation.

      • Really? I’ve never heard that museums give artists money from the proceeds of their sales of postcards and posters. The usual reason given is that flash photography exposes the work to damaging light.

  3. Oh my gosh, Danny, I was just at the Picasso exhibit at the Art Institute in Chicago last Saturday, and I got in trouble for taking pictures with my flash on. EXCEPT, I NEVER had my flash on. I showed the guard, but she wasn’t interested. I also got in trouble another year for stepping over a taped line at a Cy Twombly exhibit–I honestly didn’t see it. I suppose this attests to my complete enthrallment of the art? Ha! Anyway, glad I’m not the only one who gets in trouble at museums. I have a blog post coming up about it. I love your artwork; it’s fantastic as always. (-:

  4. Thanks for sharing Danny. Have been following for a little while. Half way through reading your book “everyday matters” and enjoying your artwork and stories :) the drawings in your art journal are lovely reminders of your trip…

  5. These are lovely Danny, even a short trip… reminds us we can make a bit of art anywhere, in any sprig or slab of time that we have to use…
    the pages and the book, close up are beautiful – did you bind this one yourself?

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