Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


RIP David "Honeyboy" Edwards

I have loved music from a very young age, singing and dancing is a fairly common love of most children.
My father was a working musician when I was young; that is how the hospital bill was paid.
He played rock and roll and there seemed to always be music playing in the house when I was young.
I had my own record player and would memorize songs and "perform them" after I had mastered the lyrics.
I think my mix was a combination of Free to be you and me and Grease
I was a child of the 70's what can I say

When I got into junior high school I discovered Blondie and Joan Jett and my world radically changed!!
Then followed 80's pop music and into high school it became punk and alternative.
One of my first college jobs was in a music store. I had quite a collection of vinyl by that time and it seemed like a logical choice to see stuff as it was releasing, except vinyl was dying and being replaced by a think called the compact disc. I started buying more vinyl at swap-meets and garage sales...I absorbed my parents collection too. I think I was on a one woman mission to save vinyl.
I was so ahead of my time
When working at this music store I met an insomniac who was obsessed with Jazz, 
I can thank him for introducing me to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.
These explorations lead into Blues and I knew I was home. 
When I met hubby, one of the first albums he played when we sat down for a good ol' make out session was John Coltrane "Love Supreme" and I knew he was magically the one!
Today a legend in Delta Blues has passed away, it is sad not only that another person has left this world, but that a music icon is gone to the stars.
I watched a re-run of the video music awards and was reminded what made me wander from the radio and Mtv. Crap, absolute plastic music. 
then Adele took the stage and performed and I was reminded what was amazing and wonderful about music.
She made me cry, it was so so beautiful.
I am always listening and buying new music, often surprising myself and hubby with new finds.
I think deep down inside I believe it will keep me healthy and strong and sharp.
Thank you David "Honeyboy" Edwards
You sang to my soul, you reminded me that we all hurt and how we can make something beautiful.

Friday, August 12, 2011

What's in a name

OK so for the last two days I have had a series of images ready to leave and enter a competition, except I can not fill out the form because they are not named yet.

Naming my work is one of the most stressful time consuming parts of art making for me.
Sometimes, I get lucky and the name comes to me while I am making it,
or at least a working name...
but these two have so far eluded me.

I use to name everything "untitled" because the stress of finding a name
was overwhelming,
As you can imagine that too created a problem:
"which untitled piece were you referring to?"

I have found that over time my work is coming from a deeper and more raw place...
so it seems like I need to label these little bits and parts that bubble to the surface.

Hence today's dilemma

So to try and jostle an idea to come forward, I do other things...often that cost me money!
It seems the act of spending money makes me flee indoors
and into the studio re-pledging myself
to focus on my art and path and dreams.

I am still not sure why this is the case, but I have currently:
re-newed my passport
gotten new business cards
 lace for a petticoat I hope to sew, in my "free time"

I am still listening for the names

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I am busy with submissions and wrestling my inner party-poopers with chocolate...
so I will leave you with today's wordless image:

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful today that I am not so distracted by bullshit and gossip as to ignore a massive crisis.
I have been listening to the news these past few days and weeping.
People are so hungry and in such dire straits that they are entering war zones in hope
to find food and medicine.
There is no reason for famine, we are an educated people.
We are a compassionate people.
We are sadly, also a people of short attention span.

Our government would rather split hairs then do a job,
and once they have done a half-assed one,
they go on VACATION!

Meanwhile there are people right outside their doors, loosing their homes, struggling to find money for medicine and fighting to have a life.
We have a NATION of starving people who are helpless and we have a responsibility to help those that have fallen or are in danger.
As humans, nothing more.
No agendas, no politics
simply compassion and desire for the good of all
take action HERE
No one will knock on your door, call your home or bother you...
add your voice in hopes to stop a famine

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I have been taking a lot of photos of my veggies
much like a portrait series.
This weeks feature: Beans


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