Jed goes West
I worked in San Francisco long, long ago so it was interesting to note the small changes in California life, rather than the big changes in the White House.
Cash has disappeared - even the smallest purchase is now on the contact credit card (no pin number - you are supposed to sign the receipt).
Watching American TV would turn you into a hypochondriac - all the commercials seem to be for over-the-counter medicines "but talk to your Doctor before taking"
SFMOMA is Modern Art West Coast and I spent a few puzzled hours trying to work out what the exhibits were all about - they were certainly not art as I know it, dramatic ideas rather than performance: Robert Rauchenberg took a de Kooning drawing and erased it almost completely displaying the result as "The erased drawing of de Kooning"
The next gallery contained a room-sized vat of bubbling mud - and so on and on it went.
My friends were producing happier work that I think you would like - Kate Solari Baker -images of the varying seasons in Napa Valley vineyards.
Mik Katagawa - figure sculptures like the one below that Degas would have loved.
And me? I did some drawings of the Half Moon Jazz Band at Moss Beach ...
... and the wonderful Davenport Landing on the Pacific Coast where the whales were spouting just off shore. Also - love the warning sign on the beach.
But a little sad news to keep our feet firmly on the ground: Stamford University Press decided not to go ahead with an American version of my book (damn!)
Jed April 2018