Sunday, March 29, 2009


I am making a bowl in ceramics class and I decided to decorate it with Runes. I love alphabets but never seriously looked at the Runes. It's overwhelming because there are so many different sets of runes: German, Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon, Latinized etc., and the experts disagree, but at least the information is there on the net and I've been studying yesterday and today and can now write two different kinds. I think I'll stick with the Scandinavian because they are my heritage. Here are some of the inscriptions I contemplate using on the bowl.
I also build a fence today to give us more privacy in the back yard. Brian, who lives in the studio in the back, helped me, and he is a pro, so we did it in a couple of hours.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


A picture says more than a thousand words - but what does it say?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I thought I had everything under control, but then I touched the wet painting with my sleeve - and the plans had to change.

Monday, March 16, 2009


I'm planning a teapot and with my engineer mind I designed it in detail. My teacher was duly impressed!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


I watched "Nomad" with the Mexican actor Kuno Becker tonight. It's a highly romantic epic from Kazakhstan. The landscapes of central Asia are something else and the story of friendship, love and destiny called a few tears out of me.
Or was it just the smoke?
This is Kuno Becker in a somewhat different setting!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


It was a nice rainy weekend and I finished this painting also.

In between painting I read. I just finished 'Famous all over town' by Danny Santiago,a story about Chicano life in LA narrated by fourteen years old Chato. It's a great book and was quite famous when it was published in 1983. Later it caused some controversy when it was revealed that the author was an elderly white man, Danny James, who had worked as a counselor in the Chicano community.
The book is an easy read and funny too, and it seems authentic. I recommend it!