Thursday, October 12, 2017

Me and My 20ks

Tristan caught me lounging, waiting for night to fall so I can switch on my 20,000 watt lights.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Akunin

It's been 6 years since the last translated Boris Akunin novel hit the shelves.  For Erast Fandorin junkies like me, the new english version of "All the World's a Stage" is a treat some never thought would come. There are three more books to be translated.  Hopefully they can come on a quicker timetable.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Snow It Up

Been working on a Christmas campaign.  The art department is adding fake snow to a southern California tree.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Life of a Mantis

Our Desert Willow mantis has stuck around the longest.  She ate bees, flies and caterpillars.  WL fed her, as well.  One day a skinny, slender gentleman caller flew in to pitch some woo.  Her belly got even bigger.  She laid her egg sack and is back to normal size again.  Her belly back to dark green.

Gaffer63: Garden Standoff
Gaffer63: Under the Desert Willow

Sunday, October 08, 2017


Planted some foxtails and society garlic around the base of the new planter.  Will see how they fill in and adjust in a few months.

Banco in Situ

Passion Piece

Worked a few weeks ago on a choreographer's passion piece.  Very glam rock and stylized.  Was good not to be selling toilet paper for a change.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Banco in Situ

There are lizards everywhere

Birds and Sage

Along the west fence, we planted 2 Mexican Bird of Paradise plants.  It took about 10 minutes before a butterfly checked out the open flowers. And behind the Desert Willow, 2 sages were added against the rock wall.  BTW the Dudleya near the garage is in bloom now.

Gaffer63: Banco in Situ
Gaffer63: More Desert Willow

Shooting Lautner

Last week we got to shoot in a famous John Lautner home.  It's great to be able to explore an iconic piece of architecture and live with it for a few hours.
Below, Tristan checks out an angle on the glass bottle studded roof.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Saabs Leave

WL sold his Saab 99 and 900 Turbo to his mechanic a few weeks ago.  The day of reckoning happened Sunday morning when they were towed away.

Gaffer63: Saab 99
Gaffer63: Saab In Motion

New Planting

Out back around the new container, we planted another mock orange to continue the line down the fence and a Pink Honeysuckle to cover the fence behind the planter. Along side, we put in 2 Feathery Cassias to frame the planter against the background.
In front, we got rid of an underperforming sage and grape vine and planted a Lemonade berry to complete the west side hedge. It's larger brother looming over the newbie.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Variety DP

Just finished up the week working on a commercial with DP Anthony Hardwick...... who also happens to be in this week's Variety magazine.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Crane Dancers Resized

I've been working on the homes artwork lately. This piece I bought in the late 80's and put it in a store bought frame.  I took it down to the guys at Curve Line Space to see what they could do.  As soon as they took off the old glass, the colors, contrast and depth of the aquatint jump out at me.  They trimmed the original paper and made the picture about the art instead of the matting and frame. It's amazing what a good frame will do to enhance a piece of art.
The artist Sara Amatniek died in 1996 but I think she would have approved

Gaffer63: After the Storm
Gaffer63: New Anna

Planter Seated

We wrestled the planter onto it's stand in the garden this morning.  Will have to wait a few months to plant.  We filled it with water today to help the backyard fauna during these blisteringly hot days

Friday, August 25, 2017

Beautiful Sunrise

It's gonna be hot this weekend

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Massive Planter

We found this huge planter for cheap the other day.  Originally cast for a Las Vegas hotel, the size is a bit big but the deal was too good to pass up. 36" diameter and solid concrete.... WL and I could barely move it, let alone lift it into the back of the Saab.  Somehow we didn't breakdown and this morning, we cleared away a tree and some bulbs that WL has always hated.  We poured a small concrete pad for the beast and are figuring out what to plant in and around it.

Banco in Situ

Mantis Feeding

Every morning it's a search for where our mantis is today.... and what color.  While in the eaves, WL fed our guy some caterpillars.  He was hungry enough to snatch the stick from the hand.  Doing some pruning on the Spanish Broom out front, I spied a younger version, also munching on caterpillars.