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Painting is Propaganda

I have embarked on an adventure to paint whatever I want and as much as I can—and to give it all away. When I decided to retire, I knew I wanted a focus to take me into the next chapter of my life. I had to retrain my brain from running a business for so … Continue reading


Leaving oneself is a bold act that can not be undone. 2018 marks the beginning of my 8th decade on this planet. I have moved linearly through time—and along that journey I have collided with many folks. Some of these collusions have bruised me; others have strengthened me. All have had some impact on my … Continue reading

2018: Stepping Away to Step Inside

After reading Maria Popova’s recent blog post, In Praise of the Telescopic Perspective: A Reflection on Living Through Turbulent Times, I was reminded that at the end of each year we collectivley try and assess the year’s events and attempt, through resolutions, corrective measures. Like most resolutions, they usually fall prey to inertia and, for … Continue reading

A Year of Change: 2016.12.31>2017.12.31

The year began with my leaving Mexico on New Year’s Eve for a year in Italy. But 2017 actually began October 1, 2016 when I formally retired from the company I founded on October 1, 1981 with Tom Meyer and Garth Rockcastle: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. I began the gradual disengagement in 2013 when … Continue reading

Back Home 2017.07.08-14.028 Week 28

Last week I visited my children and their families. I also had three wonderful meals with former colleagues at Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. and with former employees from 1989 (John Cook) and 1991 (Joan Sorrano), now friends (Tim Carls, the CEO of HGA Architects was also there). Sharing a meal and good conversation is … Continue reading

USA 2017.07.01-07.027 Week 27

I left Rome for the US on June 30 after sitting in on a critique, the afternoon of 29th, of a design project of the summer program of the University of Minnesota School of Design. Gayla Lindt runs the University’s summer program in Rome. The students, from all disciplines—including architecture, interior design, graphics and retail—presented ideas for … Continue reading

Italy 2017.02.04-.02.10.006

2017.02.04 Day 1 Week 6 I spent six hours today working on the left shoulder blade of my Bargue #2. This one is complex and is taking a lot of patience. I listened to Leonard Cohen, Merle Haggard, Chopin and Dylan’s Bootleg Tapes Volume 1 during my pencil lead dance on the paper. I suspect I … Continue reading

Slow motion asynchrony

Once in a while we are removed from our normal mental and physical routines. For me, the removal came as the result of a bi-lateral hernia operation. For those that know me, I have moved at a fast pace since I emerged from my mother’s womb. I walk fast, eat fast and generally am impatient with slowness. The … Continue reading