Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Mazatlan, Sinaloa

I've spent some time in Mazatlan recently. One of the delights seen on my walks through the colonial part of town is this big bicycle scuplture made of sticks. The artist, Janeth Berrettini, a Venezuelan, sent me this picture and a note, "Amigo Charles, aqui esta la imagen prometida, la obra se titula 'Bike the Way', espero la disfrutes. Muchas felicidades para este año nuevo, Janeth Berrettini.
Another nice experience in Mazatlan was visiting artists studios as part of the 2nd annual "Open Studio Tour" organized by a former Bay Area artist who now lives in Old Mazatlan, the area of the tour. Find out more at

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Guaymas, Sonora

I've been in Guaymas many times in transit between Phoenix and southern Mexico. It's a historic port city in the sonoran desert. Father Kino settled Guaymas in 1701. The bay is attractive and edged by cactus covered hills. When the Jesuits were expelled from New Spain the Jesuits in this region, which extends up to Arizona, were rounded up for deportation at Guaymas. (1767 - The Jesuits are expelled from New Spain, as they are considered dangerous because of their riches, their influence over the Indians and their independence towards the government.)

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Puerto Peñasco

Bueno, estuve una semana en Puerto Peñasco por la primera vez. Se encuentra el puerto 3.5 o 4 horas de Phoenix, atravesando el desierto vacio. El puerto esta pasando una etapa de crecimiento impresionante. Miles de condos y casas se estan siendo construidos. Hay un ambiente emocionante de prosperidad y por supuesto, la pobreza de siempre. Me gustaria tener un departamento barato alli como escape de Phoenix, pero es dificil encontrar algo economico se debe a precios muy altos entre la comunidad americana y bastante complicada buscar alternativas mas baratas entre la comunidad mexicana por falta de casas disponibles. Igual que hay un flujo enorme de americanos del norte al pueblo como turistas y residentes hay un flujo grande de mexicanos del sur entrando para aprovecharse del sueldos dos veces mas que se encuentran en el sur y centro del pais.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Palms, Cooler Unit, Smoggy Sunset

I've been taking long walks in the mountains of Sunnyslope and along the streets of the neighborhood.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Sold Painting: Kiss it Goodbye

Fortunately, the internet gallery I'm associated with, PaintingsDirect, notified me of the sale of another painting. That makes 3 this year. I assume lowering my prices instigated the sales. I'll be sending it to the office in New York today. I'm glad to see it go and at the same time feel attachment to it since I consider one of my better older works (1997).

This sale has retrieved a memory of an experience from the past. In 1984 I moved to New York. I had a car that was essentially in sound condition. Due to my almost desperate financial status I had to sell it for a few dollars to a junkyard in the Bronx. It had been vandalized, windows broken etc, and I had no funds to repair it. When I made it to the junkyard I started to relate my misgivings. The owner stopped me with, "Kiss it goodbye". I quit complaining and took my few dollars. I didnt purchase another car until 21 years later, this year.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Is the Sun in your heart?

the title comes from an idea in a book by a vietnamese monk im reading. its about mindfulness and the use of breathing to bring our attention into the moment. in a helpful way. he says he cured himself this way when doctors were unable to do the same for a long term health problem he suffered from. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

If its hard to feel the sun in your heart you easily can feel it on your skin here in Phoenix. I blended a shot of palms i took yesterday with another shot I took on a drive last winter. the fog i encountered was on the road from Tecate to Mexicali in Baja Norte.

Monday, September 05, 2005

2 poems

last year when i returned from mexico i began suffering with miserable prostatitis and sought solace reading some poetry and biographies of poets. i was interested in the life and relationship of james merrill and the poems of james shuyler. james shuyler spent the end of his life in chelsea (the hotel chelsea, i think). i worked for 13 years at Fashion Institute of Technology, 27th and 7th. it's just a few blocks from the hotel on 23rd street.

I was inspired to write some poems. here are a couple:

Cristina (Andrew Wyeth Painting)
by Charlos

Mudder, out you borned the Bronx
Toxic putang
Dem ugly weeds cuts you
Dey be mad cuz they aint upstate
On a hill under some
White girl's ass.

The campaign 2004
by Charlos

My friend left me high, in the clouds
Metaphor? no we were peaking
At kilamanjaro's summit
Wathching the candidate for high office
Smile, son at his side
Really? No we were at the convention
And his son was part of his body
Needing to be set free
Like a good joke
In front of thousands of delegates
Collectively crowing like as many birds passing
Closer Abuv abuv abuv
Away away
Testing, tap the mike in the big hall
Sun in the shadow of the candidate
He ought to be a winner, huh, big guy
Brrrrrr cold and dark night sky
With eyes to see it all over your head
Fast grab the penguin feather parkas
And race away on wings of those silly beasts
Away from a system whosun is
Not its center, something greater is
Concentrate and slowly fly away
From the flame like a protestant moth
Saying no to desire
Until you're weightless
in front of a blue moon