Stone Sculpture – The Soft and Hard of It

Working hard stone is much more difficult than sculpting softer material like marble that moves relatively easily with the experienced use of chisels and hammers. Working hard stone punishes one’s bones. Granite and Basalt, high up at 6 on the Mohs material hardness scale, are prone to shearing and splintering and thus, often require sculptors…

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Aphrodite Asparagus (a.k.a. “Our Lady of the Asparagus”)

In 2016, motivated by the desire to find a fitting classical centerpiece to adorn my wife’s new garden, I began researching classical sculpture related to nature’s inherent beauty. Remembering the myths of Aphrodite and her Roman counterpart, Venus, the goddess of fertility, agricultural bounty and springtime, I decided it would be appropriate to honor that…

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Christmas Crabs, Angel Hair, and the Way the Cookie Crumbles

This restrained 2020 holiday season, I have decided to speak of two traditions from my own family: Pasta with crab and Italian cookies.  Although I am confident this pandemic will be over soon, with the passing of several loved ones this past year, I felt it important to memorialize this, in case things fall apart…

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The Trellis

This is the first blog describing the sculptures that are installed at LaSalle Reserve. Two years ago I decided to re-design my garden on Maury Island, Washington where my wife, Barbara and I  have converted what had previously been a family home into a “venue.”  The project is complete now, and is suitable for corporate retreats,…

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The Challenge – adapting a screenplay from a successful book

The business of screenwriting is messy. What goes into the final script, who gets credit, and who gets paid almost always become contentious issues – the subject of lore and lawsuits. When I was at CalArts, my mentor Alexander MacKendrick told me the story about how the famed writer, Ben Hecht was led through the…

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Italian Translations for Widow Walk, Isthmus and The Fairness of Beasts

Solipsis Publishing is pleased to announce that the Italian translations in PAPERBACK and Kindle for Widow Walk, Isthmus, and The Fairness of Beasts –  titled:    –  L’Approdo   Isthmus   La Clemenza delle Bestie are now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.It. Translated by the talented team of Francesca Cosi and Alessandra Repossi, these editions would be…

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Watch the First Widow Walk Video Teaser!

Scroll down to see the first of eight “pre-pitch” teasers that we will use to bring Widow Walk to life in a different medium. the plight of one strong woman pioneer and her family and first nation peoples caught in a growing clash of cultures.   CLICK HERE:   [KGVID]https://www.garlasalle.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/My-Teaser-1.mp4[/KGVID]

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A Hunting Story

On a recent hunting journey, I had the good fortune of being able to take a rifle shot at a magnificent elk from 1,000 yards. It was a moment where everything came together like the gears of an invisible clock — all the planning, the thinking, the training, and the movements. It was indeed an epic hunt —…

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Grandpa Santa

As Christmas approached after my fourth birthday, my grandpa Alphonso told me with great pride that he and Santa Claus (a.k.a. St. Nicolas) were from the same town – Bari, Italy.  Grandpa knew I adored Santa.  I guess it was obvious to him and everyone else because, beginning the day after Halloween, my other favorite holiday,…

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