Painting Lizards

When our session ends at Djerassi, we're asked to leave behind an artist's page as a memento of our visit.  Because one constant of my time on the ranch was seeing lizards, I thought it would be fun to try to pay tribute to the many different kinds of lizards that live on the property.  Everywhere you go on the ranch, you'll find at least one and often many lizards--scuttling away under a tree stump, fleeing around the side of the house, or diving into the tall grasses leaving only the memory a brief, sharp rustling.

"Escape from Earth" and the strange-but-true story of Leonardo's founder

The journal Leonardo was founded in 1968 in Paris by kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina. Malina saw the need for a journal that would serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. But before all this, Malina was an American scientist. The new book Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket by Fraser MacDonald tells the story behind the story.

The Meaning of Rocks

Some years ago (before GPS), my friends and I stopped at a Forest Service office in the Trinity Mountains of Northern California to inquire how to cut through to the nearby Siskiyous, which lay to the east.