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May 6th, 2009
This past weekend I participated in Marin Open Studios. Our studio building, The Isabel Cook Building at 1000 Sir Francis Drake in San Anselmo, CA, had about 100 people in attendance for the two days that we were open, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3.

Some of the people attending were friends, some were art lovers who found us through the Marin Open Studios catalog, the various posters that Wendy Goldberg and I put around or through the Marin IJ and the Ross Valley News. Many people responded to my work in very positive ways. One of the more interesting comments that I received was on my painting called “Cross Country”, which can be seen in Gallery 3 of The woman who was looking at Cross Country said that it seemed like a dream. I thought about that and rolled my eyes back into my head as if to view a dream from the night before’s sleep and started thinking about how dreams have a way of layering places, people, feelings and visions one on top of the other until it brings the sleeper to consciousness and who wakes up wondering what was that all about? Painting, or at least the way I work as a painter is frequently developed like a dream-I’ll start with a variety of images, maybe still a bit fuzzy in the beginning and keep layering the paint and the images until the totality of the imagery comes together as a cohesive whole that makes an image that I have settled on.

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Comment by June K Yokell on May 8, 2009 at 11:41pm
Thank you! If you like, come to a show of mine. I'm installing it tomorrow, reception next Thursday, May 14 to LSarc, 1286 Sanchez Street, 6-9.
Comment by Michael Lownie on May 8, 2009 at 11:22pm
I like the way you think! Yes, I feel that way too...the kind of concentration put into many arts media is very dreamlike, letting the mind investigate layers of activity. Nicely said. Sorry I missed the studios.

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