Every year, I hope to find that perfect, heart-felt gift everyone wants to find under the tree--the Universal Remote. --I'm aiming to own at least 22 of them.
Not on your list? How bout the iphone/wii/knock-off handbag/blah/blah/blah... Somehow online shopping has brought on a unique socio-side effect: The same 9 things in EVERY brick and mortar store.
The fix? Ah! I'm so glad you asked! Ralph and I will be there for the OPEN HOUSE (read: FREE FOOD AND VINO) next Sunday, Dec 6th. We'll both have new pieces up, including that perfect Universal Remote substitute for someone special. 211 East First Street, Sanford, Florida - 407-323-2774
This week's been kinda busy. If you're in the Orlando area, Ralph and I will be doing a live art benefit tonight at BackBooth (tix available at the door). Also, Ralph was selected as one of 5 artists participating in the FUEL TV Mtn Dew tour here in Orlando this weekend. Click for details...
Just finished this piece.
I struggled over the caption but I like the dual
meaning of this. On the one hand it could be the
occupants of the house referring to the strange
creature outside. The other meaning is a message to
him as he sets out to live a life beyond his home.
when stuff slows down, the thoughts start tugging my time. I can loose an hour deciding what to do next.
Like this morning.
Could cut canvas, could stretch some abstracts. Could work on the online listings. <-- see that? That's another chunk of my life I'll never get back. One of my favorite second-hand scenarios was relayed by one of my college professors-- who's also a runner. A student asked him to train him to run. The professor told him to run every morning for a month, then come back and talk about it.
This photo was actually taken by that professor-- my drawing teacher at UCF. --I'm guessing '94ish? I need to go paint. Somehow I have confidence the rest will fall into place.
"Just who or what is this Elbow you have been going on about"?, you may be asking.
I'm glad you asked. I first heard their music on Pandora, an internet music site that allows you to program to your musical tastes. It's pretty cool and they have exposed me to some great new music. Anyway, I had one Elbow song in rotation on my Rhapsody playlist and then Tracy & I started delving into their whole catalog of music. We became fans, especially Tracy who would play them non-stop all day and paint. The live show recently in Atlanta was the icing on the cake. It was absolutely perfect. A great venue, the last show on their American tour and a very appreciative crowd. Our one sample clip from the show taken with our digital point and shoot didn't quite do them justice so here's a sample of them live at Abbey Road studio. Grounds For Divorce
I just received word 3 of my portraits will be on display for the next 1st Thursdays event at Orlando Museum of Art. Come on by. I'll be there... Kayfe! 'll be there too. Thurs. September 3rd..if'n yer in the area. Also, I'll be live demo'ing a painting for an art benefit Ralph and I are doing at Back Booth in Orlando September 10th - doors open at 10pm. I'll post more info when I get it..
A shot from the show at Center Stage in Atlanta with Elbow.
They were absolutely amazing.
It was an inspiring event that I'm so glad we were able to see.
The music was fantastic and the band put on an incredible show.
The rest of our trip we spent meandering the back roads in search of abandoned places .
We found a bunch. Here are some images and more to come.
Elbow! What a show! They played in Atlanta, and we took off to see them (an early b-day present from Ralph). It was more amazing than I had built up in my head all these months! A couple clips from the show here:
I kinda got lost in my world this week. Feeling a bit under the weather, so I'll make this update short. Gallery show this weekend-- Saturday night's the reception if'n yer in the Orlando area. Come see me, intro yerself, and bring me a glass o' vino (it just helps me log the name with the face--no, really.)
Playlist this week's been kinda slower-- some old Talk Talk, Elbow, Sia, Keane, Nouvelle Vague, Yann Tiersen..
oh yah-- and paintings! Gimme some new blood. Who's on your playlist? New read? Who's this week's hero in your world?
Writer's block used to scare me. Not necessarily at face value, but the fact that it could turn bad if not managed--not unlike if you can't sleep, trying to force yourself to sleep only making it worse.
Malcolm Gladwell in his book "The Outliers" refers to the 10,000 hour rule-- paraphrasing, it's the magic number of hours someone needs to practice in order to attain a basic level of achievement in their field. Twyla Tharp in her book "The Creative Habit" tells of a painter friend who's productivity would depend on identifying whether it was going to be a 'painting day' or not early, thus planning his time to work with that-not fight it.
Today I painted this Bruce Springsteen. I've painted him before, but haven't been completely happy with the results. I like the way this one turned out. --and clicked off a couple more hours toward that 10,000 hour mark.