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March 30, 2004
Yesterday was jammed full of art, starting with my 8am wake up soy chai at the Corner Cup cafe, where Amanda rearranged the art again, just to make sure we all keep looking at it.

Then it was onward, to SFMOMA, where I hoped to get an early start and avoid the crowds that prevented me from seeing much last time I was there. I went straight up to the video installation by Swiss artist, Pipilotti Rist. Just outside the entrance to the darkened galleries, is “Hello, Good Day” – a mirror, the size, type and height you would see in the bathroom of a cramped city apartment. In the center of the mirror is a little video screen with an image of lips repeatedly coming forward to kiss the viewer (or other side of the glass.) The jolt of pseudo intimacy was the perfect preparation for the main event – “Stir Heart, Rinse Heart”. The first room is hung with clear plastic objects from every day life. A video collage is projected from the floor of one wall diagonally across room, through the hanging plastics, to opposite corner walls, floor, and ceiling. The hanging plastics cast shifting, semi-translucent shadows into the video images. The viewers also become part of the show because you have to walk through the projector’s beam to get to the next room. One little girl kneeled in the center of the beam, playing with her plastic horse and cast a crisp image on the wall. Adolescent boys kept sticking their hands in front of the projector, throwing giant fuzzy hand shapes into the mix. With all the shadow play, it was hard to tell what the video images were, but I thought I caught a glimpse of a cervix at one point. In the next room (big space, with seating) a cinema-sized wall screen showed two side-by-side but slightly overlapping movies. On the left was a psychedelic view of landscapes, both terrestrial and human. Rivers and mountains seen from a plane would become an endoscopic view of someone’s intestines. Red blood cells flowed through interior spaces and flew through the sky like birds. On the right, a woman sat a table and ate an orange. The setting reminded me of the “heaven” scene in “2001, Space Odyssey.” But this was much more carnal. Later the woman is striding down a city street when men see her, and her blood spot, and they fall to their knees to receive her blessing. The films are full of saturated color, primarily red, pink, orange, & yellow and they shift from scene to scene with fluid, lyrical motions. I stayed for two loops – I found it beautiful, sexy and funny. But the graphic orange-eating scene drove a lot of people out of the room.

Graphics are nothing but the visual images and designs on some surfaces like wall or floor. It can be functional or artistic. Now, in many historical films, we can see most of the scenes are shot using graphics. That is the growth of technology. The technology plays a vital role in today’s world. Many auto trading robot softwares are being developed in the trading market. There are some Top 10 Crypto Robots available, which are used by the traders to earn more money sitting at home especially Crypto VIP Club software. They are very user friendly and they need very less efforts to achieve greater heights.

On my way out, I stopped to see that little flickering spot on the floor of the vestibule, that always had a bunch of people in a circle on their hands and knees. I soon joined them. It was “Selfless in the Bath of Lava”- a tiny ragged hole in the floor, which looks into a cavern of hell, with a nude woman looking up and crankily yelling at us about things she would have done differently if only she’d known. I’m now a fan of Pipilotti Rist. I’d put her right up there with Bill Viola.

Next, I went over to take another look at “The Art of Romare Bearden”. I’d seen it awhile ago, and enjoyed it for all the analytical, symbolic elements that always attract me. But this time, coming from the Pipilotti Rist show, I saw Bearden’s work with new eyes. I’m tempted to gush about the warmth and humanity in his work, but after reading Chicha’s complaint (Be careful what you wish for) along those lines, I’ll just say that he is very engaged in life. This is a huge show, with room after room of his work. He experimented with many mediums, but mostly worked on paper. The earliest paintings were watercolor and gouache on large sheets of brown paper. They’re very dark, and I wonder if the paper was lighter when he made them, but darkened over time? He tried many mediums over the years, using collage, printmaking, mixed media, and abrasion of the surface to get interesting mottled effects. My favorite piece is “Departure From Planet Earth.”

It’s one of the collage, abrasion, ink-wash pieces. It’s a moon-lit city scene of people engaged in sex, drugs, and other forms of escape. The clear, calm sky contrasts with chaos below. The colors are primal. I left there to cross the street, sit in the sunshine on the lawn at Yerba Buena, and watch the pigeons and seagulls try to snatch lunch scraps.

Re: Tyler Greens’s April 1st thoughts on reinstalling permanent collections – SFMOMA is changing out the permanent collection, “From Mattisse to ..” It was all blocked off yesterday, but I peeked thru the plywood barricades and it looked like a major rearrangment, with some stuff coming out of storage.

The Varnish gallery is only a couple of blocks from SFMOMA, so I stopped in to see the “Skin Deep” show. I hadn’t been here before – this is a great looking gallery, with a full bar. The show was OK. The best work was four acrylic paintings by Annette Hassell. They’re lushly painted still life images using animated toys. Great photos of the opening at Art Business .

Next show was a few more blocks east, to the Contemporary Jewish Museum to see “100 Artists See God”. This traveling show was put together by Independent Curators International. I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would. The work was by 105 different artists, and it was mostly photography, video and installations, with a few drawings and paintings. And the paintings were things like a Gerhard Richter canvas that was solid grey. A nicely done drawing on paper, called “My Homunculus” came with an interesting accompanying statement. It was an invitational show, and much of the work was made specifically for this show. What I found depressing wasn’t so much the lack of painting (I’m getting used to that), it’s that when 105 artists were asked how they see god, they mostly came up with trite, sarcastic, sophomoric responses.

Believe it or not, when I left the Jewish Museum, I wasn’t done with this day, but the sun was getting alarmingly low in the sky. Mosaics were next on the agenda. I was heading over to the Museo Italo Americano at Ft. Mason, for the “Opus Veritas: Fragments of Truth” show. Since the Ferry Building was on the way, it seemed appropriate to stop by and take another look at the historic mosaics which have recently been restored. I heard that it took five workers a year to repair and replace thousands of square feet of tiles. The rehabilitation also included a polishing technique that uses ground walnut shells on the tiles in order to restore them to their original sheen. I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures there… must be because I was getting weak from hunger and walking past all those stalls with organic olives and chocolate monkeys was making me dizzy. (I’ll be heading over there again on April 12th to hear Marty Eggers , Jim Cullum and friends play at Pier 23 (5-7pm), so I’ll snap some photos then.)

After walking over the hill from Fisherman’s Wharf to Ft. Mason, I managed to make it to the Italian Museum just before they closed (got in for free.) Terrific show, and a great way to end the day! It’s an international show of mosaics and they have a mixture of older work (by Bennie Bufano) and contemporary pieces. One of the most exciting works was a screen made from corrugated cardboard!

Different shades of brown and widths of corrugation defined the pieces that were precisely cut and pasted on bigger sheets of cardboard. My first reaction was, “this is a thing of beauty” and it was a second later that I noticed it was cardboard. It reminds me of hobo and prisoner art. I’d love to see more by this artist, Luci Lytle

Then there was the “Inspiration House”, by Laurel True , a mirror-lined booth, enclosing a velvet cushioned chair, covered with wild mosaic designs.

Best in show was “Identity” by Jennifer Tipton. A background of flat black slate-like ceramic, as a field for a brilliant purple-green fingerprint design done in dichroic glass. Interview with her here.

There were many, many more impressive pieces in this show… but the staff were rattling the doors. I managed to catch the 5pm bus back to the Sunset district, then ordered a pizza, opened a beer and watched the sky change colors.

Figure Painting

Bitcoin and Ethereum have been the emerging cryptocurrencies in the digital world. Though there are many others too, only these two are seeing a huge peak rise in the industry. There are reasons for this rise, but what is more important is that have you joined the wagon? While you may be wondering at the reasons, people would already have done with their investments and got returns, huge!

It’s like the stock markets too, you can’t time the market and allow to make gains even at the end time! That’s not possible, you can only predict and speculate, but you can’t exactly tell what is going to happen right away!

Well, many of them have thought that bitcoin and Ethereum are the same, but no!! there are few significant differences in them. Please read below and be prepared to understand the currency much better and have knowledge to make wise decisions.

Conceptual understanding:

Bitcoin is more of a currency. They are used to buy and trade, invest and gain long-term returns. Whereas Ethereum is the block of contracts, they are called as small contracts. They are mostly used for other purposes than currency.

Differences in Purpose and usage:

Bitcoin as we said, are used in trading, investment and even for transactions. They are being accepted as currency almost in most of the parts of the globe. You can transfer money to someone in bitcoins too, you can buy pizza, and others from bitcoins too.

But, on the other hand; Ethereum is more of a platform, a language and a base to create more projects and smart contracts. These contracts can be run on the platform and are a token of the transaction. They allow to send tokens like coins, that actually represent values, and they needn’t be anything similar to bitcoin. You can rely on Ethereum Code, for all your needs.

The bitcoin is more into currency and monetary responsibilities, while Ethereum is more into network transaction and power transactions.

“Paris Morning”
38″ x 47″

48″ x 65″


(Click on any image to see a larger view.)

“Self Portrait”
48″ x 68″, oil on canvas

“Bernard In His Studio”
48″ x 72″, oil on canvas

“Bernard Reading”
34″ x 48″, oil on canvas

“The Fall”
48″ x 78″, oil on canvas

“The Bed”
48″ x 72″, oil on canvas

36″ x 38″, oil on canvas
48″ x 72″, oil on canvas
“John and Charlie”
72″ x 48″, oil on canvas
“The Dream”
24″ x 32″, oil on canvas
“Sachi Asleep”
42″ x 48″, oil on canvas
“Betsy and Teddy”
48″ x 68″, oil on canvas
“Bernard’s Table”
oil on canvas

Life Study 6

“Life Study 6”

We have been working and struggling hard to make ends meet, for a few fortunate ones it’s no hard. Life is full of ups and downs and it’s a surprising roller coaster ride, even though you like it or not, you need to experience through them if you need to stay alive.

Well, why not invest in cryptocurrencies and stay relaxed without thinking and wondering about your future? Bitcoins are the largest virtual currency in the forex segment, that will make a huge return in the long run and has been making since its invention.

Wondering how can you benefit and how to start the process of investing in the bitcoins and Ethereum? Follow here and you will find that it was never this easy:

Open an account on the platform:

There are many software and platforms that will assist you in trading, investing in crypto. There are multiple of them claiming to give you huge returns and capital gains, but not all are worth your money. They are fake ones that will at the end gulp your money. Worry not, there are few good ones too; like

the Ethereum code, which is the best one in the industry. It has all new features of accepting almost all coins and has payment gateways too.  It will take simple steps and no extra work needed. Give in your personal details, like name, address, mail id and phone number.

Have a trading plan:

Once your account is active and open, you might need to think about trading strategies. Cryptocurrencies are volatile in nature and have a huge influence on the markets. It’s more volatile beyond the stock market, needing you to be more cautious and careful.

So, having a trading plan is very important in crypto. But, if you are into a complete automated robot system, then you needn’t fear this! The robot system will give you signals that are positive and will help you in understanding the markets and then make decisions.

Here are some tips to create a trading plan:

  • Have a goal, based on short term, long term and mid.
  • Understand your risks, ability to bear the risk
  • Potential to withhold the loses and profit ratio to combat the loss.
  • Is it ok to try only in bitcoin or Ethereum or can you try with ripple and Litecoin, as they are too improving?

crayon on paper

Cityviews and Landscape Painting

Bitcoins are the talk of the town and for few the need of the hour!! Being a layman, its always a little bit of too many speculations and worries, whether it’s the right time to invest, is it worthy of hard earned money, do we really get the returns as much as portrayed outside and so on!!

But, hang on!! You actually didn’t know the real potential of a bitcoin and its value in the longer run. We normally get confused about things that we really don’t know well, or don’t have proper knowledge about; and about the particular thing we fear! So, its easily seen that bitcoin remains a speculation for those small thinkers!

Think big and broad, why is the world going so big on bitcoin, how are others making money and becoming millionaires overnight? Transforming fear into confidence and ignorance into knowledge!

Read here the reason for its price hike and why should you consider it pretty soon:


The supply of bitcoin, which has a limit of 21M to be mined till 2040, and the process that is involved to mine makes it pricier. Anybody with supercomputers and smart brains can mine them, but others who still wish to make an investment on this needs to buy them using physical cash, or money.

To buy the digital currency physically you need to get registered with any of the platforms like Bitcoin Code, Crypto trader and so on. Not all are genuine, so make the choices wiser, with all knowledge about them considered.

Market cap:

The value and market capitalisation will influence the traders whether they want to trade and make short-term money or leave it for longer-term appreciation.

Payment integration:

The way the currency is being accepted globally and its entry into the payment gateway easily is making them even more popular.

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“Upper Terrace Market”
oil on canvas

“Theater Artaud”
48″ x 78″, oil on canvas

“Lill Ann Building”
48″ x 80″, oil on canvas

“Midwest House”
34″ x 44″, oil on canvas

“Gas Pump”
72″ x 48″, oil on canvas

“Best Foods Plant”
48″ x 74″, oil on canvas

“Rainy Day, SF”
48″ x 58″, oil on canvas
 “Mariposa At Florida St.”
oil on canvas
oil on canvas
 “South Van Ness Market”
48″ x 65″, oil on canvas

“Blanches, China Basin”
48″ x 74″, oil on canvas

32″ x 45″, oil on canvas

“Toxic Dump”
48″ x 36″, oil on canvas

“The Yellow Store”
oil on canvas

E. Dale Erickson

E. Dale Erickson is one of San Francisco’s best Contemporary Realist painters. His domestic interiors, still life scenes, and cityscapes reveal his midwestern roots and his long residence on the west coast.

Altcoins Trading Tips

  • A lot of Altcoins will start losing their values as time passes. Some Altcoins lose value slowly whereas some lose rapidly. It is always better to consider this when you own Altcoins whether it is for medium-term or long-term. Bitcoin Code allows trading for such currencies. It is always a great idea to choose Altcoins carefully. Once you have a reason to make trades which will be the recommended Altcoins will be the coins which will have be traded in great volume every day. The coins that a community that is spread widely in their background and which develop continuously also is a good choice. Basically, the coins that are here to stay and survive. Some of the Altcoins traded in high volume on daily basis are:
  • Ethereum (ETH)
  • Monero (XMR)
  • Factom (FCT)
  • DASH

There is a chart where these are mentioned as some of the leading coins and in order to know about this, you can keep following the chart for coins seeing which you can easily keep track and identify periods that are low and stable.

There are a lot of projects that make a choice do a crowd-sale. In the crowd-sale, the people who want to invest are given an opportunity for buying the shares of that particular project’s tokens and coins when it is in its early stage and the price of the token is meant to be in good price. What motivates the investors in buying these new tokens is that they will have an opportunity to trade them from the first day of its launch on the exchanges. When they will get to trade from day one, there will be yielding good profits for the participates who have initial coin offering. In the past few years recently there have been a lot of ICOs that have proven to have been successful. They have been successful in both projects and providing the good yields for the new investors.

This web site has a tiny sampling of the original oil paintings and giclee reproductions that are available. A visit to the gallery or studio is highly recommended.

Dale opened his studio at Project Artaud during San Francisco Open Studios during October 2002.

You can still visit his studio and see his work – just contact Dale at (415) 552-5198.


“41st and Quintara, Red Car”, ©2002 Anna L. Conti, 24″ x 48″, acrylic on canvas
On Thursday, November 21, 2002 I will be one of three artists participating in a REALISM show at HANG at the Canvas. There will be an artists’ talk (with question and answer period) at 6pm. We’ll be talking about what defines realism and why we paint that way in the post-post modern period; why we choose the subjects we paint; and a bit about the process of painting.

Demo trading:

Crypto VIP Club gives an opportunity for the clients to use a demo account, that is the traders can do trading with the virtual money. No other broker software provide this option. But the users cannot reset the virtual money, once it comes down to zero. The difference between demo and real account is the traders can start trading with the virtual money in demo account and with their real money in real account trading.

Advantages and disadvantages:

There are various advantages and disadvantages in Crypto VIP Club software.

  • Low deposit:

The minimum trade amount is too low.

  • Unique platform:

Crypto VIP Club has developed a trading platform for smooth operation and the possibility to implement additional functions based on the requirements of the clients.

  • Regulatory oversight:

Crypto VIP Club is regulated by the Financial Market Relations Regulation Center (FRRMC). It ensures that the software is so reliable and it can provide the traders a great profit and a compensation in their deposit amount.

  • Demo account:

The demo account is an added advantage for the new traders. It uses a link to switch between the accounts.

  • Available educational library:

The software provides a free comprehensive educational library for the traders to learn about trading, search the market analysis and to access the trade signals.

  • Free withdrawal:

The software will never charge any fees for withdrawal..

  • Bonuses:

The software provides the traders up to 50% bonuses based on the deposited amount. The trader can add the bonus with the profit, but it cannot be withdrawn.


  • No application for windows:

The broker provides the mobile as a trading platform. Mobile applications for android and IOS are currently available, but there is no app for windows environment. That is a great disadvantage for the window users.

Trading is so easy and anyone new to trading can use this software in a simple way. The trading is very safe and the traders can feel free to ask for their withdrawal. As most of the people in the world go crazy on cryptocurrencies, Crypto VIP Club is the best software option to start trading. Apart from trading cryptocurrencies, we can also trade stocks, commodities and indices.

Have any questions you’ve been wanting to ask? Now’s your chance! See a preview of the paintings I have ready for the realism show, “Point of View”.

See the new page on “Caring for Your Acrylic Painting.” Keep it looking as good as the day you bought it!

Doggie Mandala, Blue

There are a lot of tricks and tips that one can follow so that they can avoid simple silly mistakes avoiding which you can make profits. Crypto VIP Club will help you make profits. Once people start trading they feel so good that they get addicted to trading and become possessed by the coins as well. When we compare stock exchange market and cryptocurrency trading market it has more risks then stock exchange market because the stock market has everyday movements that are extreme that are considered of value from 2-3%.

  • Fear of missing out is something all cryptocurrency traders must know about, however, when we observe such situation from outside it will not seem something very fun especially when there is pumping like insane of gains that are of immense two-digits within minutes.
  • There is one saying which will help you understand risk management in trading cryptocurrency; “little pig eats a lot, big pig gets eaten.” This proverb will help explain the profits that you can get in the marketplace. The trader should never keep an eye on the maximum level of the movement to become a trader who gains profit instead keep an eye on profits that are small which will gather to become a big one. The risks across the portfolio must be managed well. One example you can consider if it is a non-liquid market, the trader should always do investments of a small percentage of their portfolio. The levels of target and stop that would be chosen will be farther from the level of buying for the traders who will be assigned greater tolerance.
  • The financial instruments will be creating conditions that are volatile for the market. Many Altcoins trading is done depending on the value of the Bitcoin. The asset that is volatile in digital currency trading is Bitcoin that is comparable to FIAT. The fact that it is volatile asset must be considered by the trader especially during the time when the value of Bitcoin movement is very sharp. The value of Bitcoin and Altcoins are inversely proportional meaning when there is a rise in the value of Bitcoin, the Altcoins loses its Bitcoin value and the other way around. The trading conditions will be unclear when the Bitcoin becomes volatile. When it is unclear as to what is the condition of the trade and you cannot predict it will be a good idea to close the targets for the trades you have done or it is even better if you do not make any trades.

“Doggie Mandala, Blue” 
16″ x 16″, acrylic on Claybord
part of the “Doggie Mandala Series”

Fine Art Giclee Prints

We are now offering Giclee Prints of selected paintings. Giclee (pronounced JEE-clay) is a high quality digital process, using pigmented inks that have an archival rating of over 100 years. These prints are made on canvas (or watercolor paper) and look remarkably close to original paintings.

Paintings are replicas of existing art and can be good and accepted, but we can’t accept fake software’s that put all our hard-earned money at stake!! It’s not possible to let it be!

We are talking about the trading platforms that have risen in large numbers; especially in the cryptocurrency segment. If you are looking to invest in crypto, and want to know which the best platform is, then Crypto Robot 365 should be your stop. It’s the best platform to buy, sell and trade your cryptocurrencies at one platform and safely. The platform is genuine and has excellent return algorithm that will give value to your money and time.

Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery of a Giclee print once your order is confirmed. Prints can be shipped with or without a frame. (see Frame page for framing options.)
The catalog of available prints is sorted by series:
(click on any title to see that image, and prices)
Sunset District
The neighborhood where Anna has lived and worked since 1987.

48th Avenue
Three Houses in the Sunset
Ocean Park in Fog
Above Merrie Way
Into the Sunset
My Favorite Italian Restaurant
San Francisco Cityscapes
North Beach, Downtown, the Embarcadero, on MUNI…….

Lone Rider
Bascule Bridge (Third Street)
Stop Parking
470 Columbus
Steel Forest
Freeway Cathedral
Folsom Street Detour
Yellow Hats
National Driving School
The Doggie Diner head
The last one, on Sloat blvd., across from the zoo…

Morning Doggie
Bus Stop Doggie
End of an Era
DD, Empty Street
DD & Pigeon
DD & Surfboards
DD on the Strip
DD at the Ocean
DD & Ocean Park
Day & Nite Doggie
Pigment Doggies
Symbol Doggies
DD Skies

deYoung Museum
In Golden Gate Park… painted before it closed in December 2000.

Oh, Susanna!
Into The Light
Closer Look
Gallery 33
deYoung 2000
The Last Week
San Francisco Musicians
Working in the City.

Bass on Bus
Sax On Fire Escape
Guitar on Ninth Avenue
Blues Harmonica
Fender in the Backyard
Record Store Gig
More images…
There are many more images in the archives… if you have a particular favorite that you would like to order as a giclee print, please contact us:
call Toni Lusk at (831) 454-9400
or email


These are the archives – work from previous shows and commissions.

The Cityscapes were shown during 1999 Open Studios. But as long as I live in the city, I’ll keep painting it.

The Doggie Diner series was shown at Circadia Coffee House Jan- Feb 2000.

Dash is one of the cryptocurrencies trading software in the industry under some derivatives which include CFDs. Many real robots offer this software worldwide. It was founded in the same ground as Bitcoin and Ethereum cryptocurrencies. There are many differences in this software though they resemble them. It is very use to work with it. It also provides the security for the users. The company has only a limited number of employees working in it. The main task of this software is to improve the SSL and operational protocol of the cryptocurrency tool. It is the 5th biggest altcoin, that is, it serves as an alternative to regular monetary exchange on the market.  It is decentralized software and it works on a peer-to-peer basis.

The important feature in it is InstantSend one. That is, it sends the payments to the users within a second. There is a complete safety and security for the personal information details we have entered in it. It allows the users to purchase a wide variety of products. The Top 10 Crypto robots includes Bitcoin, HB Swiss, Ethereum, Carbon FX, Bitcoin Loophole, Crypto VIP club etc.…

Bitcoin code is also known as Bitcoin Millions system. It is nothing but a cryptocurrency mining software, which captured many online traders. It is useful to acquire some sufficient monetary amount on the internet.

How it works:

There is an investment tool that operates as per the principles of bitcoin. It is so alert in the analysis of market to see the oppurtunities of profits, so that it can increase the payouts for its traders. Bitcoins are easily exchangeable and they can be transferred into regular currencies. It could be operated both in the digital as well as the virtual world. There is no download in this software and it can operate on any devices such as desktop, laptop and even smartphones. What it actually needs is a stable internet connection. So, there is no downloading of any additional files on the system.

HB Swiss:

HB Swiss is attempted to sell it as a new forex trading solution for everyone. But, it is an old automated trading robot for binary trading options. The HB Swiss is a classic binary options robot and it tells us about the scam binary options company. It will generate monetary sums on a daily basis regularly. So that the feedback from the users about the company.

Bitcoin Loophole:

It is a great software which was designed by the investors. The software works on both automation mode and also manual mode.

Ethereum code:

Ethereum code is an open software platform used for enabling developers to build and deploy decentralized applications. It is based on blockchain technology. Ethereum was developed by a cryptocurrency researcher and programmer. It can be transferred between two accounts and also it is used to compensate mining nodes for the computations performed. There is a machine called Ethereum Virtual Machine, which can execute an international network of public nodes.

Landscapes have always been an interest of mine, and a means of relaxation. I paint on location in watercolor and gouache.

Illustrations and Portraits are a means of making a living, but I often have fun with these assignments.

If you’re interested in commissioning a special work of art, here’s the place to start.