Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saturday

The guys took off with their bikes loaded in the back of the truck for Herman Park. They may ride around by the park, they may go to the zoo, they may go to the Museum of Science, they may do something else completely spontaneous. The mood here before they left was one of somber quiet, with smatterings of insignificant partial sentences. Gordy will be leaving us tomorrow morning. We don't know when we will see him again next time, most likely it is after he does some time in Iraq. Last night I could not bring myself to turn off the news radio in the bedroom as I listened to people speculate what was likely to happen in Iraq following the execution of Saddam.

Life is weird. With the chain of unlikely and unrelated events I find myself here, selfishly loving this young man like my own son, wishing I could do something to make it better, wishing I had words of wisdom to give him, falling sadly short on all accounts, only able to ask him to please wear his damn glasses despite the fact that they are uncomfortable.

He is not ready to go and is frustrated with every moment he spent sleeping or watching TV while he was on leave. His father and I are hardly prepared to tell him goodbye tomorrow. I suppose we will try to treat it like every other time we have said goodbye, like when he left for school in the morning or was taking the dog for a walk or going to work for the evening. We certainly won't let him see us cry. We will wait until we are walking out of the airport like last time. yep.

I know he won't come here to read this, he thinks my blog is boring :) so i feel okay about indulging in a little sadness. I am going to miss him and our private discussions about life/death/humanity/religion... seems every time we get together we have a tendency to "go to the dark side." shit, i hope that he comes back okay.

Friday, December 29, 2006

4:30 on a Friday

It has been dreadfully quiet here at work all week. I am so tired of looking at a computer screen I could poke out my own eyeballs to avoid having to do so ever again.

There are only three members of our crew here at work, we three are distributed throughout the building in such a way that if you drew a line between us it would create a scalene triangle of which the shortest distance is about 50% of the longest of three sides, and the mid-length side is approximately 85% of the longest side. The two people who are located at the points at either end of the shortest side are in cubicles (I am one of those points) so there hasn't been much bantering today at work. Approximately three times today we all got up and converged at some point between us and briefly talked about whatever came to mind.

The three topics d'jour:

1) A discussion about work we were doing.
2) A discussion about a meeting we will have next week updating our coworkers on work we have been doing.
3) A discussion about how quiet it has been here this week.

Right now Gordy and Chelsea are headed toward Austin to return Chelsea to her rightful home. It has been grey, rainy, and windy outside all day.

Random thought #145,300,987,632,140

Most people seem to require the exacting and narrow path of a single religion. However, in my humble opinion, the pinnacle of humanity is being quite able to embrace the good of many religions and philosophies, while tossing aside those bits of doctrine driven by agendas and remain whole-heartedly on "the righteous path."

František Kupka

This information is for Cindy, regarding the "The Yellow Scale" - a painting by František Kupka that is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Following is the description that accompanies the painting.

František Kupka
Czechoslovakian, 1871 ~ 1957
The Yellow Scale
c. 1907
Oil on Canvas

Gift of Audrey Jones Beck

In addition to serving as a self-portrait, this painting explores the expressive power and complexity of the color yellow.
The intense hues combine with František Kupka's confident gaze, the book in one hand, cigarette in the other, to convey a strong sense of the artist's personality--Kupka was an eccentric, sensual man with a lifelong fascination for spiritualism and the occult.
Though he never completely abandoned naturalistic representation, Kupka was one of the pioneers in developing abstract painting early in the 20th century.

MFAH Trip

Expose yourself...


A print of the above photo taken by Michael Ryerson is one of many that hangs on the walls of Anderson Fair. I smile every time I see it. I really need to get a copy of this to have at the house.
Here's a link to the story behind the photo:
The TRUE story as told by Michael

Torrit Grey

Via Robert Genn's newsletter - learned about this interesting "only-comes-out-once-a-year-and-never-the-same" paint from Gamblin

Torrit Grey

Thursday, December 28, 2006

*sigh*

Hanging on to dreams... *
smiling all the while,
the world loves smiles!
thank ya world.

Daily dose of Buddhism

swiped this (out of context) because i like it.

"...even though he attends to the minutest detail of whatever must be done, he never grasps it or tries to make ultimate sense of it, because he knows it has no enduring substance of its own." ~somebody quoting Buddha

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

okay...back to the update:

So's the lasagna was a hit...I had some more for "breakfast" and made Michelle eat some too. We have managed to convince Chelsea to take some aspirin and some tylenol flu stuff...she is not doing well at all.

okay...gotta run...see ya later!

Update :)

Today is Gordy's birthday... I made him breakfast in bed, which ringing my own bell even included fresh-squeezed orange juice of the delicious oranges straight from Gordy's sister's tree down in Corpus Christi. I've been running around doing an ass-load of laundry, dishes, picking up trash, taking care of the farm chores...still in my pajamas!

In a little bit, Michelle will be dropping by for a visit. Michelle went to school with Chelsea and is just like a daughter to me. She has already done a tour of duty in Iraq, came back mostly with wounds on the inside.

Whoops! infact she is here now... they are hollering at me from downstairs...gotta go, more later!!!!

Monday, December 25, 2006

The traditional Christmas Lasagna...

...is now baking in the oven and I am having my traditional 2-3+ glasses of wine to celebrate the last how ever many hours spent in the kitchen roasting garlic, sauteing onions, bell peppers, zuchini squash, fresh herbs and spices, frying up 3 lbs of Italian sausage, stirring a delightful sauce as it simmers away...blah, blah, blah... I LOVE lasagna! Yummmm...I can't wait!

Chelsea, Jamie, Shannon, and Gordon are all here with us. Presents have been opened and every one has been watching their new movies in the living room as I cooked.

Chelsea has the flu, we have been keeping her bundled up and organically medicated for two days now.

I don't have a lot more to say other than if you come here and read this blog (the handful of folks whom I know do) I love you! I love my family so much, i love my friends, I am a very lucky woman for sure. It is times like this when we can be together that I know I would have never done my life differently knowing it would turn out this way.

So on that note... Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

it is by the grace of...

... ___ (insert the deity of your choice) that I find myself compelled to communicate in color, for those artists who are cast off into the "world of word" are held to the highest of all expectations. Nuances of word make it necessary to be so precise that, frankly, it scaires me. One tiny slip of tongue or spelling and you are instantly nailed to a cross.

I post this just so's you know the amount of respect that I have for your art.

of course all this drunken drivel is based on the fact that truly i believe you don't have the luxury, nor liberty of choosing your form of expression... I think it is handed out to you in some weird divine crap-shoot of gifts... "gift" i say, because the ability to express oneself in ways that don't really hurt others is nothing less than a gift for sure.

cheerz and goodnight!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

HOWDY! All is well and wonderful here in Humble town...Hope it is the same with whomever reads this.

Today...

In my typical procrastinating tradition, today I am in vacation so that I can rush around doing all the last minute shopping. Our week is pretty packed here, shopping, attend developers meeting, work, birdy breads, doctors appointments, drive to Corpus, drive to Austin, eegads! I don't do well with a big "todo" list...panic sets in!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Reiterating G's post...

...about Allstate Insurance:

You’re in good hands with Allstate … Bullshit!
Monday, December 18, 2006

Recently we receive a letter from Allstate. In it they say they will not be renewing our home insurance because our home falls into the category of those “most suseptible to significanat wind related damage.”

Now I’m not sure why they would say that. We are about 70 miles from the coast. We have never had a claim on our homeowner’s insurance policy [8 years!]. When I contacted our insurance agent’s office (Ed Dormer in Kindwood, TX) and spoke to Bridgette, she told me it “was nothing personal.”

I asked about our options. She said they could obtain insurance for us through some state-funded plan that was several times more expensive than our current policy. But I would have to first apply to at least one other company and get denied by them.

Oh and yes, I would lose my multi-policy discount with Allstate (I have auto insurance with them as well).

Here is a scan of the letter.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

In about 3...

...hours Gordy will be here from Georgia. He gets to stay until December 31.

Friday, December 15, 2006

all my new paintings...

...that i may or may not have posted pics of.


Smoker


Youth


Man on Bicycle


Church in Nova Scotia


Landscape


Life


Feed the Birds


Landscape


Angel


Blue Tree

Thursday, December 14, 2006

note to self:

LA BELLE ET LA BETE
http://www.playswithknives.com

that will take you directly to here.

Just rolled over...

...to google's beta blog.

Are you a rubber-necker?

I'm just sitting here wondering why many visitors to this blog don't ever say "Howdy!" - are your eyes drawn here periodically as if viewing some horrible car wreck and there simply aren't words to be uttered?... are you shy?... are you too disgusted for words?... you think i'm too weird and might follow you home?... you find it so juvenile/boring/non-essential/so lacking in intelligent thought whatsoever that it doesn't merit a response?...so amused you fall over laughing, hit your head on your chair, and simply forget to comment?...

Talk to me chilidawg! Lemme know you came by... I don't bite, well not very often and certainly not with bad intent. I would really like to know who you are :)

-------Update--------

All right fine, you don't have to say Hello.

Oh my...

Carolyn Cohen sent me an email about this yesterday, and this morning I received a Google Alert about it - so I simply can't ignore it. This fellow chooses to paint with his buttox and dangly-bits, but alas, he has been exposed and now suspended from his day job as an art teacher in a public school for it... c'mon folks! Since time began people have done MUCH stranger things with their nether regions and no doubt gotten away with it.

Lord knows, just with my own eyes i've seen more than I should have of men ATTEMPTING to do much stranger things than paint with 'em. Ah, but THOSE stories belong in another blog.

The story on Click2 Houston News

As a final note, in a show of solidarity... one of my own first butterflies is compelled to wing its sunshiny self to the surface again!



Cheers to rears!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wha???!

Settling down tonight on the couch watching TV I am reminded of something I learned about only a few days ago... the anti-holocaust conference going on in Iran.

I can only say that when events like this can happen in today's world it is open season for every sort of opinion and belief conceivable...if someone can actually deny that the holocaust happened...well, shit, anything goes.

Problem solving moment

On the brief 5-minute drive home from work today I had a lightbulb go off upstairs and came up with two solutions:

1) Get a different job so that Gordy and I get to experience being happy to see each other after a long day at work.

2) Split Christmas into two seperate holidays: One being the religious day for those wanting to remember Jesus' birth, the other holiday being the gift-giving-marketing-extravaganza-family-shindig. Then we wouldn't have so much trouble with the politically correct stuff.

Daily dose from BeliefNet...

It is in everybody's interest to seek those [actions] that lead to happiness and avoid those which lead to suffering. And because our interests are inextricably linked, we are compelled to accept ethics as the indispensable interface between my desire to be happy and yours.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama


Cool! Something about his selection of words makes me think the Dalai Lama has a little techno-geek dwelling within him.

Recent update to my website

I thought someone might enjoy this update to my "artist bio"...

But how it really got started...

Born in Raritan, New Jersey in 1963, Belin attributes a life-time love affair with creative expression to a handful of early childhood experiences. Beginning with a kindegarten teacher who after viewing a family portrait painted on ceramic by 6-year old Belin, stated: "Jeez! You should NEVER seek a career as an artist! This is awful, you really should have tried a little harder to do something nice for your parent's Christmas present!" Little did the teacher know she totally stoked the fire of Belin's soon to be well-documented rebellious nature.

A year or so later after Belin and her younger sister, Cheryl, came to find themselves living with an estranged (as well as strange) native-Texan mother-of-step in Poughkeepsie, New York - Belin was caught stealing balloons out of her teacher's desk after she decided to give the balloons away like Robin Hood to the rest of her classmates. This act resulted in being carted off to a psychologist once a week for approximately a year. Included in those awkward visits were numerous batteries of evaluation, including many requests to graphically represent family members as well as her feelings in order to grock deeper insight in to the workings of Belin's assumed deranged state of mind.

After coming to live in Texas and upon returning to life with her mother, at 14-years, Belin's rebelliousness again won her a seat in the office of yet another trained professional in the study of physchology... by this time she had become quite adept at creating pictures representative of her emotional state and people close to her, for she received numerous accolades from her doctor and who's resulting diagnosis accurately stated: "She is merely a rebellious teenager, and will eventually grow-up."

And so it goes...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The 2006 Geminid Meteor Shower

(passing this on from my birding group)
Dec. 12 , 2006: The best meteor shower of the year peaks this week on Dec. 13th and 14th.

see caption"It's the Geminid meteor shower," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, Alabama. "Start watching on Wednesday evening, Dec. 13th, around 9 p.m. local time," he advises. "The display will start small but grow in intensity as the night wears on. By Thursday morning, Dec. 14th, people in dark, rural areas could see one or two meteors every minute."

The source of the Geminids is a mysterious object named 3200 Phaethon. "No one can decide what it is," says Cooke.

The mystery, properly told, begins in the 19th century: Before the mid-1800s there were no Geminids, or at least not enough to attract attention. The first Geminids appeared suddenly in 1862, surprising onlookers who saw dozens of meteors shoot out of the constellation Gemini. (That's how the shower gets its name, the Geminids.)

Astronomers immediately began looking for a comet. Meteor showers result from debris that boils off a comet when it passes close to the Sun. When Earth passes through the debris, we see a meteor shower.

For more than a hundred years astronomers searched in vain for the parent comet. Finally, in 1983, NASA's Infra-Red Astronomy Satellite (IRAS) spotted something. It was several kilometers wide and moved in about the same orbit as the Geminid meteoroids. Scientists named it 3200 Phaethon.

Just one problem: Meteor showers are supposed to come from comets, but 3200 Phaethon seems to be an asteroid. It is rocky (not icy, like a comet) and has no obvious tail. Officially, 3200 Phaethon is catalogued as a "PHA"—a potentially hazardous asteroid whose path misses Earth's orbit by only 2 million miles.

If 3200 Phaethon is truly an asteroid, with no tail, how did it produce the Geminids? "Maybe it bumped up against another asteroid," offers Cooke. "A collision could have created a cloud of dust and rock that follows Phaethon around in its orbit."

This jibes with studies of Geminid fireballs. Some astronomers have studied the brightest Geminid meteors and concluded that the underlying debris must be rocky. Density estimates range from 1 to 3 g/cm3. That's much denser than flakes of comet dust (0.3 g/cm3), but close to the density of rock (3 g/cm3).

So, are the Geminids an "asteroid shower"?

Cooke isn't convinced. 3200 Phaethon might be a comet after all--"an extinct comet," he says. The object's orbit carries it even closer to the Sun than Mercury. Extreme solar heat could've boiled away all of Phaethon's ice long ago, leaving behind this rocky skeleton "that merely looks like an asteroid."

In short, no one knows. It's a mystery to savor under the stars—the shooting stars—this Thursday morning.

Really?

truly...
what color do you see?

misc desktop image...

Discarded roses

Clicking on the above image will load a really big graphic for you to pilfer if you want to use it as a desktop image.

Breakfast of Champions


Almost every morning for the last "??" years I am greeted in the kitchen by a naked man preparing the days provisions for our flock of pissy parrots. Okay, well not fully naked, as typically, there is either a parrot or some type of adornment involved- be it a scarf on "cold" mornings (as pictured), a gun belt, ankle weights, a safari hat, perhaps an iPod from time to time... just makes me smile... and yes I got his permission before posting this!

hee hee. admit it, its funny.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Best solution for your penis...

Is it just me or are the penis spammers getting more creative lately with their subject lines? Last week I found myself cracking up at work with the latest batch of emails seemingly concerned with my penis length. I wish I could remember what they were so I could share, but just within the last 4 hours here are a few along the lines of what I am talking about:

"Take your award - Mr. Smallest Johnson 2006"

"Hei Comorade with small thing!"

"Where did you get so small one-eyed monster?"

"Why do you have so small sausage?"

Its 52 degrees and raining outside

So this morning i called my girls to pester them again about making Christmas lists for me. I woke Chelsea up at 10:30, 5 minutes before her alarm was set to go off, I robbed her of her last 5 minutes of sleep! :)

I'm sitting here now with my hair soaking in nasty dye, I've had the stuff fer awhile but found that i was intrigued with all the new grey I have now and was letting it grow out. The night before last Gordy was hugging me and said "EW, looks like it is time for a touch up on your color!" So what the heck, I like the red, cover me I'm going in again. Funny how I am not much for artificial stuff and yet I sport my own fair share of it. Also funny how often I get compliments on my hair color from stangers - they tell me how much they like my red hair, old men in particular will make comments to the tune of "My how I like red-headed women!" I always feel the need to explain that it is not natural and I would be happy to hand over the dye name and number so they could sport their very own.

on a more somber note...Today is the Life Celebration/Memorial service for Rex Bass. I like very much the whole idea of celebrating a life rather than focusing on the sadness of losing a loved one or friend. You know those scenes in movies, where the parade of people walk through the streets of New Orleans, playing music and holding the coffin above their heads? I don't know if that ever happens now-a-days, but the concept fascinates me.

When Rudy died I found the most comforting part of accepting the loss was when I sat around with old hippy friends, some of whom i had not seen in a long time, some i had never met, telling stories about the wonderful-happy-joking man we all knew and loved, and for those moments we were all connected in a way that was much deeper than any other time i had spent with friends.

I recall sitting in the funeral home making arrangements for his cremation, the juxtoposition of his death being one of the saddest things i had ever known at the time against sudden outbursts of the jovial shenanagans his wife, his "connection" and myself participated in was so surreal... but we KNEW that Rudy would have adored such shenanagans and most assuredly been heading the silliness up. At one point while waiting for the funeral arranger to rejoin us in the break room and finalize the arrangements I lifted my shirt and flashed a gardner working outside the window... i thought when I did it that the glass was reflective and he could not see me, minutes after I had displayed myself to his unresponsiveness he stopped what he was doing, set down his tools, grinned and waved hello to me.

We roared with laughter and swore we heard Rudy laughing with us.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

thoughts...

Wow! When I look at this picture of you Mom, it takes me back places i have never been yet are strangely familiar. Perhaps the little girl in the swimsuit there in the middle seems so familiar to me because she was the one ever-quietly-present and watching from inside the much different mom who raised me?

wild!

On a completely different note, I can NOT believe that Charlie Fisher allowed you to have the swimsuit your little friend borrowed - showing belly-button?!!!

Love you Mom!

Well then!

I'll take the CHEESE (and the bacon for that matter) - throw in that box o' crackers and yas got yourself a deal! Goodness, I'm flattered with all this bribery to get me to post. I just wish I had something to say that would make all your efforts worth while!

I stole from time this morning - slept in until eleven o'clock. Came upstairs to my smoking/painting place for that always splendid first hot cup of coffee and a nasty cigarette...i'm writing this blurry-eyed and still within the realm of my sleepy disjointed thoughts.

I was having great dreams this morning as I attempted to remain asleep as long as i could get away with. For some reason one of my favorite morning pastimes is to lay there in bed after slowly waking up and sort through my dreams categorically reviewing what parts were based on real stuff and what parts should be relegated to fantasy.

I have this belief that it is our dream world that has the potential to make the reality of our really old age (like nursing home age) at the least tolerable, at best a splendid limitless "2nd life."

Thursday, December 07, 2006

whoops... slackin off again!

Been a wee bit busy the last few days and still not feeling to great. I am annoyed as heck because for reasons out of my control I have to cancel my doctors appointment today that I have waited almost a month for.

On a more uplifting note, tonight is the Art opening for "Imbued" at Elderstreet Artist's Lofts. After work I'll be picking up Martin and scrambling to get down there. It should be a fun night. Of the six paintings I have in the show, I included the one I did recently of Cheryl. I am quite interested in seeing what type of feedback I might get from that painting.

After work yesterday evening I came home to find a box on the front door step waiting for me... A big box with the words "Grow your own Mushrooms!" printed on it. I immediately grinned knowing full well the ONE person who would send just such a box...Mom!

I plan on documenting the progress of my little crop of portobella mushrooms.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Getting caught up...

This past Saturday was the Yale Street Arts Market (sadly enough, I forgot to mention this before Saturday.) It was a great day for the market. This time the Heights had "MistleToe Madness" festivities going on in conjunction with the market. Trolleys, horse drawn carriages, and carolers were all over the heights. A truck-load of Santas showed up at the market and sang their untraditional and colorful renditions of typically traditional Christmas songs. Businesses all around the Heights handed out free drinks (sponsored by Bacardi) so I wasted no time at all making my way to the closest "free drink station" for some warm wassail and rum...yum!


Hamming with some of my very most favorite peoples... Carolyn and Mitch Cohen, at the Market. I stole this pic from Mitch's set on flickr.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Oil Painter's Journal: Color Mixing Secrets

I read this artist's blog every day, today he has a great post regarding his personal thoughts on the "science" of color-mixing. After a few passes through this post it still reads like a koan, but i am determined to make sense of it none the less.
Oil Painter's Journal: Color Mixing Secrets

Thursday, November 30, 2006

This morning I learned about the artist Marlene Dumas by following a link on ArtNewsBlog to an interview by ArtInfo. I find this female artist fascinating and instantly fell in love with her piece "Jule-die Vrou" from 1985.

I know very little about today's artists and their works and as exciting as it is to learn about each one, in some ways I am saddened because I feel with every bit of exposure I get I am even less likely to find my own place in art.

I am not satisfied to think that my work should be relegated to the world of "yet another hobbyist." But with each new artist "discovery" I make, I realize how my work falls short of having the kind of impact I get from viewing the works of other artists.

For me it is not about a desire to become a great or famous artist, it is however, most certainly about wanting to create great works...works that have impact. Works that fully express what it is inside me that I feel compelled to say in a language of colour and stroke.

Perhaps I am on a safari of sorts right now, not settling completely into specific subjects, colors, themes, or application techniques... hoping that I find the one style that truly feels as if it is "mine" and takes me down its path of new discoveries.

I think I should learn something from this interesting response of hers to one of the questions asked:

Q: As well as the lecture, you’ve also been doing some teaching in the painting studios. How important is working with students for you?

A: I see teaching as a very important thing, and not only because I teach them things, but also because we have a dialogue, and you see what you really want. You find things out. I still believe in the Socratic dialogue. Art is really something that you learn from being around people. My own experience in South Africa was that the art school was part of the university, so I learned such a lot in general, not just about painting.

I am from a generation that seems to want to copyright their inventions, but I am not one of those artists who think they invented everything. You are part of a tradition. It’s the same as when people write books—they have read other books that they relate to. Painting is part of a visual tradition.

The worst kind of artist is one who thinks they’re so wonderful because they don’t understand that there have been all these wonderful things done already, and that you exist in relation to that. Just because an artist from the past is dead doesn’t mean the work is dead. Art is something that relates you to the past, and hopefully to the present as well.

Boy, would I love to take classes from her!

Also, I really like the description (especially Dumas' own quote) of "Jule-die Vrou" on Saatchi Gallery's website:

Jule-die Vrou is a disembodied portrait painting framed in extreme close-up; only the model's eyes and lips are fully rendered attributes of seduction and sexuality. The rest of the painting is obliterated by a corpulent fleshy pink, suggestive of femininity, sin, violence and womanhood. The contrast between representation, and abstraction suggests a psychological disparity, where morality, representation, and social convention are questioned.

‘I don't have any conception of how big an average head is, I've never been interested in anatomy. In that respect I relate like children do. What is experienced as most important is seen as the biggest, irrespective of actual or factual size. In the movies everything is larger than life and yet you experience that as real(istic); all my faces are much bigger than human scale. From blowing up to zooming in, for me the “close-up” was a way of getting rid of irrelevant background information and by making the facial elements so big, it increased the sense of abstraction concerning the picture frame. The elimination of the background also did away with the place of being and environmental context.'

‘As the isolation of a recognisable figure increases and the narrative character decreases (contrary to what one might initially assume that this lack of illustrative information would bring about), the interpretative effects are inflamed. The titles re-direct the work, however, they do not eradicate the inherent ambiguity. One cannot interpret the painting of Jule-die Vrou without entangling some of the root metaphors applied not only to the female, but to the idea of portrayal in general'. Marlene Dumas, 1992.

If I had lots of money, i think this painting would be staring at me every day in my house.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

wild kitties

Wild momma kitty has disappeared for going on three days now... left behind are these two itty bitty hissing spitting wild things in my shed.

Wild #1


Wild #2

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

yes...

i did eventually take A bath.

I'm afraid my Hootie has been swallowed alive by a giant coffee conglomerate and I will never see or hear from her again.
Chels is being sabotaged by "friends" looking for an excuse to get out of their responsibilities.
Gordy wore sandals (and that is all) this morning while preparing the bird-feast.
I am not able to paint during the week because I can't stand painting in the dark.
I am in javascript hell with my company's new website.

i think that covers everything at the moment :)

Friday, November 24, 2006

i need a bath

been painting for two days straight... get up, drink some coffee, paint-paint-paint, drink some wine, fall asleep.

I just realized i should probably bathe.

yep, that would be nice.

hope all is well and wonderful with you'n.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

cause Mom asked fer it.

in context

first paint study of Cheryl

Making family Gobbleween calls...

Called Dad, it went like this:

*ring* *ring*

D: Herb here.
M: Hey Dad!
D: Whos this?!
M: I believe I am your oldest known daughter.
D: Alissa? and how's your Mom...whas her na...
M: Juanita! She's fine.
D: What is she doing lately?
M: Oh you know, she still prefers to hang out with the donkeys.
D: *Gaffawing* You are nasty!
M: Yeah well I come by it honestly.
D: HAPPY THANKSGIVING DEAR!
M: HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU TOO DAD!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

CHEESE

is good.

Happy North American Thanksgiving.

yep.
Simple common sense should govern human behavior first and foremost before referring to any legal guidelines as to what you can and can't get away with in today's world.

If every instance of not using common sense was allowed to play out in its entirety without intervention, it is likely natural selection would soon create a deficit of people functioning without it.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Via Colori Houston 2006


What a great weekend for doing street paintings! I met so many nice people and got to catch up with artists whom I haven't seen in awhile. I think Via Colori was a great success and can't wait to do it again next year. This was by far one of the funnest art events I have participated in awhile.

My square sponsor was Knapp Chevrolet of Houston, who donated $1,000 dollars to sponsor my 6'x6' square... as an added bonus I got my picture taken with Knapp's Mascot "Snappy." I think someone told me that sponsorships alone raised $200,000 for The Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston.

Here's a link to the rest of my pics on Flickr.com

Friday, November 17, 2006

random thought #145,300,987,632,135

thinking about this painting by Klimt of Adele Bloch-Bauer...would it make good street art? hmmmm...
Tonight there is an artist get-together for the Via Colori thing at Winter Street Studio... needless to say, over the last week I have actually started to get a feeling for my way around the area of Winter Street and Elder Street. Martin showed me a different way to get from Humble to Elder Street and it is a lot less complicated than the route I had been taking.

Saturday's schedule is looking like this:

9am - 12pm Via Colori
1pm - 6pm Art Crawl at Elder Street
7pm - 10pm Cigar Box Auction at M2 Gallery

No Problemo! right?!

Last night I stayed up at Elder Street working until 11:30pm. The studio that Tim Snider and I are sharing for the art crawl is a two-room place with a small bathroom. Tim has TONS of work he has amassed over the last few months so he is taking the main room and I am taking the smaller one. Most of the paintings I brought have been seen before, in fact, I am tired of looking at them and am really beginning not to like them. I know I was tired last night and in not such a great mood - my thoughts as I turned out the light to my room and took one last look around at my work was...damn! this looks like some kind of wanna-be artist's blue-light-special-garage-sale. I am so ready to wrap up present commitments and take some time to develop where I want to go next with my work. I hate being insecure about my work and envy those artists who just "know" they are good, never doubting themselves for a second - that would be so nice for a change.

At my insistance, my sister sent some great pics of herself, I have a portrait in mind i want to do of her and am looking forward to getting started on it. I'm going to paint her on a 3'x4' canvas. Cheryl and I had a discussion once about my attraction to painting women who have had a slightly-less-than-wholesome life, particularly when it comes to men. Of course, Ophelia & Leda are my two favorite fictional characters and i think it is appropriate to do paintings of Cheryl and myself within this context. I feel there is much of "me" in every painting i do of Ophelia and Leda, so now it is time to paint Cheryl and I can't wait to get started on it.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Artist Kelly Moore

I have admired this artist's painted works on many occasions since learning about him a year or so ago. Despite my reluctance to join the MySpace crowd, getting to see his new works on nearly a daily basis is one of the few reasons I am glad that I did join MySpace. Kelly Moore posts works that are poetry and painting (sometimes scribbly-sketches and sometimes assembled things too) all woven together - telling a story, offering a perspective, delighting over something, dreaming, perhaps licking a wound, or the occasional political rant. Go see his stuff fer yourself, i bet you will like it.

Kelly's MySpace Blog

random thought #145,300,987,632,134

I am an unsightly contradiction...
don't like excuses although I hide behind them myself.
don't like lies but have been known to live some.
don't like drunkards yet can sure tie one on.
don't like to be forgotten although forget all too often.

Monday, November 13, 2006

ribbit

my thoughts are like toads
some times I can embrace them
and they become magical things
other times i embrace them
and they just piss on me.

Friday, November 10, 2006

lightening


if all goes well with uploading, clicking on the pic will give you an image big enough for a desktop image...cheers!

Stormy Weather

On the western horizon there is a fantastic electrical display happening...distant rumblings can be heard...nice.
Pensive thoughts about cheese toast.

When I was a wee-one in NJ still with my sis and my mom in the log-cabin-like house that had lilly-of-the-valley all over the backyard... my favorite food was grilled cheese and tomato soup... infact, my memories would like me to believe that the ONLY thing we ever ate back then was spaghetti noodles with butter (instead of sauce), grilled cheese and tomato soup, and the occasional bowl of oatmeal... i am pretty certain mom added a little more variety to our diet than just those three dishes, but THAT is what 5-year-old-me would like to have 43-year-old-me remember none the less.

Years later, upon first coming back to live with my mom, which happened to be one of the happiest days of all my days leading up to that point in time... I sat on the floor of her house (I don't recall much furniture in the living room) with her and her boyfriend and ate my very first piece of open-faced-broiled-cheesy-meltdown on RYE with odd seasonings hippifiedly thrown in the mix. IT WAS HEAVENLY!

Hence, I believe it was destiny to have this long-term love affair with my comfort-food of choice-cheese.
HOOT! Oh you make me smile out loud! TROUT?!! indeed.
and so here i am six minutes away from midnight wondering if i am the only person awake here in Humble. I know at the very least there is an old blonde Lab panting like every breath might be his last sitting right next to me. Ever since G Jr. left to join the army, the old boy has decided that hanging with me is allright.

Just had two marvelous pieces of cheese toast (bread with butter and slivers of sharp cheddar cheese broiled to perfection) and finishing off a margarita i have been nursing for two and a half hours...nice cheesy stuff.

I was just thinking about how much i like having a blog...my boss says it is all about vanity: publicly displaying ones metaphorical dirty look-at-me-looky-looky undies for the world to see, as if the world would give a ratsass... i like it because it is the only journal I have kept for this amount of time and still been able to locate it. Although it is not a literary work of art, it IS capturing the random snippets of monologue one has with oneself throughout the day, of which at any given time someone might encounter and perhaps intersect with by adding some of their own random stuff, making happy random dialog... not to mention, what i will, sometimes it is just nice to have a reference as to precisely when one was cheesy-buttery-toasty-tequila-happy on any given night in their life.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Some naked stuff I've been working on.
This one is done...

This one is still in the beginning stages.

I talked to Ashley today (with Via Colori) I am really excited about being able to participate in this event and happy that something like this is happening in Houston. I am also happy because I know that the artist Michelle Macy will be there and I will finally get to see her - it has been a LONG time and I miss her smile.
I'm wondering what is up with the research on cultured meat.
Here's a great article on new-harvest.org (from last year) about cultured meat that helps one not immediately react with "Ew, that is GROSS!"
This just in from Chels... "Molly" a Schnauzer cruising the hood in Austin. Molly seems to have a strong resemblence to "Chi" - only cleaner, and well, groomed. Chi hates to be clean and groomed.

G-man popping in fer a "Howdy!"
Good Morning! There is so much happening in the art world right now, I think I'm on the verge of a panic attack. Coming up on Saturday, November 18th: The Art Crawl. It is looking like perhaps I will be sharing a studio with the very talented artist Tim Dean Snider... But Gordy will graciously be filling in for me at the Elder Street Artist Lofts until I am finished for the day working on my 6'x6' square of pavement on Allen Parkway for Via Colori (this event continues on through Sunday the 19th). THEN, also happening Saturday night is the Hight Cigar Box auction at M2 Gallery in the Heights.

Elder Street Artist Loft is one of the nicest artist collectives in Houston, I learned about this place during the last inner-corridor art crawl. That was when I got to see the studio of the artist Susan Goettsche, she lives and works in her studio, as well as hosts public art events like the "Compelled" show a few months ago, and the upcoming fund-raiser for the Crockett Elementary Fine Arts After-school Program on December 2nd.

This Sunday the plan is to meet up with Terrence Boggs and Tim D. Snider to look over the two-level studio at Elder Street and determine what needs to be done for lighting and hanging preparation. I am kind of excited about this as it fulfills my desire to see what it would be like to actually have a working studio. I know Gordy would be happy if he didn't have to trip over all my paint stuff scattered about the house.


On another note, I have been mulling over what I wanted to do for Via Colori, and I'm thinking about doing a copy of one of my favorite pastel works by Degas but I'm having a hard time deciding if I should do something original instead. There is an artist orientation on Friday the 17th and maybe after I hear what they have to say I will make a final decision... I'm so flaky, can't ever make up my mind!

Adding to my panic because it is coming up real QUICK... "Imbued" at Elder Street which should be a great exhibition, the turnout for Elderstreet's last show was fantastic.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

hmmmmm...

Kinky's voters showed dismally... or well, perhaps there just weren't enough of 'em. Every where I went I heard his name and felt sure that he would have a stronger presence in the numbers race. I did hear many people waver between Bell and Kinky... i did too. I also heard people say a vote for Kinky was a vote for Perry. It looks like that is exactly what happened.

NYTimes election results for Texas:

Perry: 1,708,833
Bell: 1,302,251
Strayhorn: 786,109
Friedman: 551,325
Werner: 26,619

If you add Kinky's votes to Bell's then you have Bell winning by approximately 100,000 votes.

So i wonder who DIDN'T vote, (according to the news this morning 50% of registered voters did NOT) and who would they have been likely to vote for if they had. How many people have i heard say "I'm so disgusted with everything that I won't vote at all." If all those people got off their duffs and voted, what would the election results look like today? I wonder. To all those registered voters who elect not to vote i say this: Political change comes slowly, even slower to those who don't vote. You have limited opportunity to make small changes, small changes add up to large changes, so stop making excuses and vote. Every time you choose not to vote you must come to terms with the fact that you are less likely to see anything politically different in your lifetime then what you dissapprove of now.

And now for something completely different, I had not seen my cell phone since last Saturday night and FINALLY stumbled across it this morning whilst doing the farm chores. Pitiful little device had lost all its charge...poor little dead, neglected cell phone. Everything is gonna be okay now, momma has you on the charger and you'll be like new in an hour.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Testing image posting :)

Time for a new start!

Going to post a link to the archived blog asap...tired of having to fix hundreds of html documents every time i was forced to republish the whole blog. Anyway, 'nuff complaining outta me...be back later.

Harvey the Hurricane, control (NOT), and cats

Today was a day of diligence. I cleaned the Nubby Buddha and managed to change ALL their litter boxes, plus the inside litter boxes, and bir...