Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Jake is interested in booking me for a solo show in 2010 at his tattoo shop. I'm very excited at the possibility of doing this show. His shop is called SLC ink and you should check it out if you live in the area. His shop is part of the Utah gallery stroll which is equal to the art murmur in Oakland.
I'll keep you posted on this.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Here are some pages and covers.
I'm super excited to see what unfolds.
Other than Norah Jones, I've been listening to:
The Black Heart Procession.
They remind me of Devotchka a bit.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
On the art front I have had such a successful year, I have learned a lot. I look forward to creating and pushing myself more next year.
Lately I've been trying to relax and work some things out.. seems fitting due to the nature of the season. It sorta reminds me of this new song from Norah Jones new album The Fall.
I just got the album.. and I love it. Many tracks are different from her previous stuff which is a welcome change. I also like the song "I Wouldn't Need You".
enough of that... this isn't a music review blog.. but I do always try to write about the music I'm into.
I've been doing this fun lil' project lately.. I honestly just happened by it. I found this dinky lil' toy house at work not too long ago and started taking pictures of it. The picture I took got me to thinking with a friend.. wouldn't it be fun to do a photo project with this toy. I carry it around with me every place I go and take pictures of it. In the vein of "The Red Couch Project" or the traveling gnome.
It's turned into a fun side thing to do with all my free time not crunching for a show or event.
Here are some pictures:
You get the idea.. I'm thinking of putting these on my flickr account as a series. All photos are taken with my iphone, it's got a pretty good camera don't cha ya think.
anyway... back to it I guess.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
-having space to spread out.
-sitting at a kitchen table with the sunlight coming through the windows while having coffee.
-having my bedroom be separate from my kitchen.
-sleep and lots of it, deep sound dream filled sleep.
-silence - not listening to someone above me pounding around like they are 3 times their size. Putting Tibetan chants on at a very ungodly volume and hour.
-having a hot spacious shower to melt in.. as opposed to my old shower that you could barely move in.. it was like a hibernation pod or some crap.
-being able to sit on the couch and curl up with dogs.
-having a yard..
I could really go on forever. My last place was pretty hard for me to be in.. I never invited anyone over during the entire time I lived there. It was dark and depressing. I feel like my health has improved by 200%.
ahh.. now back to my coffee and sunshine.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I found myself in the studio last night.. which is great! My studio is in itself a work in progress but I'm happy. I have a little space set up in the garage of my new place. I was sitting by the comforting low rumble of the dryer while I worked. It was perfect and just the way it needed to be plus kept me warm. I made several pages for future books and also was inspired to paint. I haven't painted in a very, very long time. I'm happy for the inspiration and the challenge. We shall see what is to come next.
I need to keep working though because the event is nearing.
What I'm listening to...
Lhasa de Sela's new self titled album - yum
I have recently been enjoying an oldie.. Panda and Angel. I hope they come and sleep on my floor again soon.
Ken Burn's National Parks Documentary.. Pure awesome goodness!!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I especially don't like these
Okay.. but they are sorta cute..... in a phallic sorta way.. which makes it even more gross for me. ew!
The reason I'm chatting about this is that I just had to pull about 300 mushrooms out of my Chinese food.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Paul Solis o drawing
Oakland Under $100 (Black and White PDF)
Friday, October 30, 2009
Sadly, I feel that I haven't had the same gusto as previous Autumn's. I feel just too dam discombobulated.. just like someone that has had three solo art shows, moved homes, and is just trying to wake up most the time (that's me). I think I'm starting to feel the typical Emily Autumn mode start though.
Artistically I'm feeling that it might be time to start journaling again and making my books. It is my first true love with art and I can pour myself out onto paper which I love. I do still want to continue with the shadow boxes, the heart series, etc. I would like to pull together my past styles and incorporate it with what I have been doing now.
Here's to the in-between time of fall and winter. Cheers.
Music I'm listening too (esp. this time of year):
Anything by "Rachel's"
Anything by "PJ Harvey"
Can't get the song "Heavy Cross" by "The Gossip" out of my head.
and so, so, so so many more there are too many to name is in just this one post.
The Hermitage which was just featured on Blogs of Note. I love her style of art and her gypsy lifestyle.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
On the bright, hot, sweaty side of things... when walking Dean tonight.. I got to hear the crickets chirp. I'm not sure I have heard that since I moved from Utah. It suddenly reminded me of all the wonderful summer nights I had growing up.
Now if only I could get some lightening and thunder in the sunshine.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Now I have to try and replace it properly and try my best to match the heart.. since it was already purchased.
grumble grumble grumble.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
In Bolinas they had a cute little farm stand that still used the honor system. I got butter lettuce, zucchini, cucumber, garlic, and an heirloom apple.
This is a very old saloon named Smiley's. I think it was built in the middle to late 1800's. Some strange ducks hung out in there.. but the coffee was strong.
They had a little town museum too.. It basically brushed on the local history and had gobs of artifacts that I adored. This is a beer bottle from a brewery in San Francisco from the early 1900's.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Lanesplitter (Temescal Location) 8/24
4799 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, Ca. 94... damn if I know.
I was so lazy this time around that I didn't make fliers.. I'm hoping that doesn't ruin the whole experience but it is what it is. I still feel that I will bring in some people.
The show has had tremendous success which I am so thankful for. I couldn't have imagined it would do this well. Not only have I almost sold the show.. but I am in demand with commission pieces. I need to get to work!!!
I'm going to try and be more diligent about writing in my blog a bit more and setting up my long lost website, so sad.
Today I'm off on a little driving adventure. We are going up to Marin and then cutting west through a back road to Stinson and Bolinas beach. Should be a beautiful fun day.
Yesterday after work I went to the Country Cheese shop in Berkeley and got some top of the line salami, gruyere, and spicy mustard for a snack on today's adventure. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Don't you just love little mom and pop places that are cozy with quality organic products. They sliced the salami fresh right there and I got to sample everything before deciding on it. The mustard I bought is from the Mendocino Mustard Company, I can't wait to dive right in. Maybe I will have to visit them when I go to Hopland in the near future.
Well I better hop in the shower and wash the stink off me.
Music these days have been:
Roots n' Blues - A retrospective 1925-1950 (various artist) 4 disc set
Doughboys, Playboys and Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing [BOX SET]
Bessie Smith and some old ragtime.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
From top to bottom: "Happy n' Bleeding" - "Round-Up" - "Natural"
All 3 of these are sold!! I think the other trick during these tough times was to make the art small and super affordable. The small boxes are only 25.00 and the large are 100.00 each.
Until next time..
In current music rotation:
Brandi Carlile - The Story (LOVE this album)
Alison Krauss and Union Station - Lonely Runs Both Ways (might be too twang for some peeps but I love it)
Monday, August 3, 2009
The above picture is a 30 piece that symbolizes my life thus far. The center of the boxes are paper mache hearts and each box is different.
Here are some details
Above is one of my larger pieces in the show. And...
I love the piece above, the birds nest is real!
Well I think that is enough for an entrance back to Blogville.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The subject of the book is "Gratitude"..
(it's magic.... in here, come on)