Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I love them.

One of my favorite parts of having time off: pets.

Another part: travel. I'm headed out to Colorado tomorrow to celebrate New Years in snow and mountains. I'm crossing my fingers for decent weather in Chicago as I wrap up some last gifts and pack up, and I'm counting down the hours until arrival at DEN.

Happy New Years everyone!

At home.

If I ever were to do an installation piece, it would be inspired by the tree across the street, behind the house one over to the right, as seen from my third story windows. And most importantly, my materials would be nothing more than light and air.

One day, I may dream in art again. But not right now. There are other dreams right now.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A tribute.

...Some of the products of time spent alone and of the giving spirit. They're silly and small, I know, but I feel great about getting so much done. Things like this are more meditative than anything else, and it's given me a lot of time to think and relax.

Lately, I've been having lots of "unconscious bubble-ups," as a dear friend once said, and they include certain people I have been fortunate enough to know and they've made an unmistakable and lasting impression on me. The majority of them were people who fleeted in and out of my life (chance encounters, high school acquaintances...) and for whatever reason...though I'm willing to bet it's the recent full lunar eclipse of a moon in Gemini...the things these people have had in common stand out to me and I have become all the more grateful for the opportunity to have known them once and always. They're spread throughout the country, and a few are overseas but they are all so distinctly inspiring and admirable to me, even though I may never have the pleasure of encountering some of them again. These were people who had such remarkable energy and personal solidarity that they now let out little sparkles in my memory. They are luminescent. They are timeless. They are unconditional. And during times of reflection and quiet, I see them, for an instant, in my mind, like beacons, for whatever reason, and I am happy. To these people, though I make the assumption that most will never get this thank you, I want to say that I am grateful to have met you and I truly hope that you are where you wish to be and that you are happy there because you deserve it. There are people through whom I have felt genuinely connected to the ground and through whom I have felt truly connected to dreams, and I wish them only the happiest of holidays and only the best in the year (and years) to come.

Thank you for being here too, for it is far too complex and far too simple to ever be easy. And we all help each other, though we may not even be aware.

Happy Holidays, everyone.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

the latest...

Snow has happened. And so has daylight savings time. Which means...the light has changed! Lovely. And it also means the best holidays of the year are here! I have been a print-making machine in an effort to have lots to give and lots to do. Linoleum blocks, craft paper and frames are everywhere in the apartment and I am nowhere near done. But it's been a thoroughly enjoyable process. (I also threw in a few pictures of the shelves because the last few weeks have very much been about creating functional and home-oriented things). Decorative framed images count as functional. Yes, they do.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


It is finished! Unfortunately, wide-angle lens capability is not yet in my bag of tricks, so a combination of photos will do. It is Buns-tested and mother-approved. Now we'll see if it gets grandmother-approved...Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Here is the progress thus far on ze quilt! Perhaps half-way to completion and perhaps completable within the next week...unless another literary magazine catches my eye. I will just stay out of bookstores.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A few more...

Here are a few more images from our get-a-way. And a short video of the drum circle and park gathering we were fortunate enough to have stumbled upon. The cow-bell started the rhythm and the drums followed and then the rest. I wanted so badly to interview or just quickly question someone about how it was organized. But we were in a rush, as the trip home was still ahead of us and then there was the whole me-not-being-fluent-in-french thing. Unfortunate. So glad we got to see this though!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


We spent a beautiful weekend in Montréal. It was great to practice my French and, luckily, I found it came back quickly. Plus, the whole city is practically covered in flashcards, as most everything is spelled out in French and English. We explored the Musée D'Art Contemporain de Montréal, among other things, but mostly spent the weekend walking, familiarizing ourselves with the city. It was my first time visiting, and by the time we had to leave, I very much wanted to stay. Only a four-hour drive, but vastly different than home. Small businesses and odd eccentric shops were thriving, countless diners, cafes and small restaurants to explore, music and art everywhere, a city that promotes bicycle-use, red wine that smells like brie cheese, and an overwhelming number of generally friendly, patient and beautiful people. It was just beginning to get cold too, but there wasn't snow. It is one of those northern cities that's made for winter. I bet it is gorgeous. The plan is to go back soon.

We saw a multi-media piece at the museum that was created by two professors here at SU. It is one of five finalists in the competition for the Sobey Art Award. Alex and our roommates contributed to the piece, assisting the artists Duke and Battersby with the construction of some of their 3D pieces. It was great to be there and hear Alex say, "I made that...and I sanded that." The competition is judged Thursday.

We stayed at the Montréal Youth Hostel and it was wonderful! In addition to great lighting, we also had bananas, jams, toast, coffee and more jus d'orange than anyone would ever need. More photos of the city soon. I'm also about half way finished with the quilt! That'll be up soon as well. Ciao!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Animal figure drawing was fun! The rabbits were brought by the local SPCA, and I think I will start volunteering there...yay.

Here are some of the little sketches, and Orsage, one of our fabulous models.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I entered a few paintings into the Madison County art show a few weeks ago, and I was delighted to have had two of them place. These have been seen before, but the ribbons are new! First and third for Josh and Alex, respectively. There was an awards presentation Friday, and my mother was gracious enough to document this event...shlumpy but happy, I stare into her piercing Carl Zeiss lens, and ask myself, why she is photographing me and not just the paintings. (Alex's face makes the local news)

In other news, I am making a quilt. I can swiffer and swiffer but there will always be Bunsworth's cat hair and dust-bunnies in the batting. I will just have to be allergic to our blanket.

I've been back at woodworking. Last Friday, I built a shelf on a whim, because we needed one. And the recent addition of a jigsaw to the collection of power tools in the house means future impulsive building is likely.

Election night makes me nervous as I watch the results come in on the various news-feeds and maps. So I bury myself in the new issue of Tin House and
enjoy this latest literary find. The cover, portraying Sargent's Madame X, with a Tin House tattoo on her chest, caught my attention. And coincidentally, they are based out of Portland...another sign that the Northwest is calling my name.

Animal Figure Drawing at the Community Folk Art Center this Saturday at NOON! And the answer I've been waiting for: RABBITS! We're drawing bunnies. Come if you're free and want to enjoy the company of rabbits and local families trying their hands at bunny portraits.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Recent Doings...

I offered to do photo coverage on some of the alumni events for the Dean's office so here are little layouts of some of those shots. The first group is from the opening of "The Original Art of the Funny Papers" at XL Projects downtown. Brad Anderson and Robb Armstrong were two of the attending alums. The second group of photos is from an Industrial Design Alumni panel discussion held downtown at the warehouse.

Friday, October 15, 2010


If I were in or near Nantes, France, I would go see this exhibit. I love photography. With a dash of political protest, a hint of passionate humanitarianism and a fair amount of wit, it's delicious.
I'm reading One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and couldn't be more enthralled. Ken Kesey is a new literary hero and I haven't been this struck by a book since Tropic of Cancer.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


New Job! This one, thankfully, is longer term ("indefinitely") and may actually be what keeps my portrait project alive. It let's me sleep a little more and it puts me in contact with exactly the people I need help from to make the project happen. Thanks Karma. And thanks University College.

Animal Figure Drawing is a go! I will be leading a group in animal figure drawing next month. I'm looking forward to the details on this one, and in the meantime, I keep drawing. Thanks, Richard Williams, for introducing me to the ball-point pen as the most important drawing tool. There are no mistakes in ink. And thank you, Julee Cruise and David Lynch, for the best Twin Peaks soundtrack ever and for the perfect weird music for today.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

the hum of fluorescents

My accidental sketchbook is a Steno Book. And it is being filled with animal appreciation relaxation sketches. I've been doing this all day. I'm done with people portraits for a little while, unless the project gets a surprising and sudden second wind. And I've never really worked on landscapes or animals in oil before. I think it could be really beneficial. I'm grabbing a tent and heading out to the High Peaks Saturday. Maybe I'll even take a day off.
And I think this illustration is fantastic! In a humorous, fun way.

We Shall See

Latest news: today I await a call regarding an animal figure drawing class. I might end up teaching it. It would be the most fun I've had earning money...ever.

I feel discouraged, as participation for my big project isn't turning out to be what I hoped. So, in the meantime, while I figure it out, I'm making a quilt and doing linoleum prints of dogs to give to my friend as a house-warming gift.

I saw a Cyrus Mejia exhibit up at the Community Folk Art Center. It was titled "Dogs in Transition." It reminds me art can be fun while still having a purpose outside of itself. I needed that.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


The doodling journal has begun again.

Reading Nordic mythology on wikipedia all day...and it finally makes sense...using mythological characters in art. They are ready-made symbols of human experience.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

seeking alternatives

The Project continues...

Job hunting (sampling) continues...

Reading "Museum Legs"and enjoying it thoroughly...

I have no idea what October will bring, other than, of course, the unforeseeable. And Halloween.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Still Happy.

This is a fairly large canvas to kick my butt back into's my transition piece to get me back in the swing before the big projecto begins. Now lacking a social life, I'm left with two things to do: work and work. It's proving very conducive to inspiration and follow-through. Thank you Jupiter in Aries for finally showing up (astrology...I can't help but love you).

Tomorrow I have a meeting with the student Veteran's Club. I'm going to present my idea and ask for participants.

I'm going to invest in an audio recorder to compliment my little HD video camera (thanks Alex) and I'll have everything I need to dig in.

In the meantime, applications to full-time positions are in progress as the long-term goal of teaching at a university becomes consciously realized and the action plan (plenty full of short-term goals and challenging milestones) unfolds...

Life is good. I'm excited for the surprises and plans of the near future...smiles and crossed-fingers.

Friday, September 17, 2010


Someone was practicing Yann Tiersen upstairs in Crouse College.

Today was a great day.

My emailbox and phone wait for a highly anticipated answer to arrive.

A canvas has been readied!

I feel momentum.

These are by a new-found inspiration, Dmitri Belyukin, who has been a very big part of the motivation and direction I am taking with a new project. There is so much to learn, and always will be.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Twiddly dee...first day at work. I've been listening to the piano performance majors (or perhaps just one of them) practice all day upstairs. It's been lovely. For many reasons, today was a slow day...getting familiar with papers and numbers and ways of doing things. But these things don't take more than an hour. I read some seems there will never be a solution to the voting machine problem. And the Middle East still has many unresolved issues. This is not news.

So I decided, as I listened to the music majors practice, and saw all the students with their books at lunch, that I wanted to "study" too. I went through facebook and picked friends to draw. As long as there are no assignments to be done at work, I think it's okay to "doodle" rather than sit with nothing to do. So long as there is legitimate down-time...I'll continue to do this. If I pick you to stalk and draw...don't panic. It's only because I love you...and miss you. Not creepin'.

I liked this photo because this is the face he always makes when someone has played a practical joke on him and he's about to break out laughing a split second later. He's got such a fun range of expressions.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New York New York

We went to New York with the intention of attending an all-day festival. But then, PS1 and the MoMa found us, and who were we to turn away? We spent most of the weekend walking, familiarizing ourselves with Brooklyn and Queens. Saw some really great graffiti work and a special exhibit of Matisse work.

Port Authority is no more fun than it ever was. Though I still like bus-rides.

Work with the Dean's Office begins soon. I'm excited to be back on campus. Though, there's an important thing or two that must be accomplished before full work-weeks start up again. It was a good weekend...lots of inspiration and feelings of new direction and possibility.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


On my birthday, I quit my job and started a new one. And I feel great about this.

Tomorrow, I have the day off and I'm going to spend it sketching in the halls and gardens of Constable Hall.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


A cat kneads into my stomach as I think about a few things...firstly, how much I like fluffy ginger cats. Secondly, whom to paint. And then...all those other things.

I have a hard time working for working's sake as opposed to working for the sake of building something...a personal trait I had not really known about myself until just now. It isn't about the work ethic. I derive much personal satisfaction from working tirelessly if it is for something worthy of the effort. And I'm getting a clearer picture of the kind of goal that would be worthy of the effort. In the meantime, I come to a much more thorough understanding of the corporate world and why I am a full supporter of local and small business. And always will be.

No more getting my toothpaste from wal-mart.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Like riding a bicycle.

Today, I am buying a canvas, to put all my other canvases to shame. Because I miss paint.

6' X 6'

Sunday, August 15, 2010

here and there

Sometimes I get discouraged because I don't spend nearly "enough" time with a sketchbook...but all of my intended-to-be sketchbooks end up being covered in about this percentage of writing over drawing anyways. I should just start calling it a journal...of sorts.

These are old (about 2 years). I've been going through old things and noticing trends here...drawings on napkins and writing in sketchbooks...

Monday, August 2, 2010

Bad Music/Audio Doodle

I have no access to a scanner here, nor do I have my camera. I can't upload any new images so I'm left to clearing out my media files and bringing back some old things.

This audio file isn't of these two people playing...they are far better than I am. This is what I consider an "audio doodle," which from me means bad music. But I feel the same way about playing with music as I do about playing with imagery, so I dabble, regardless of a lack of formal teaching. This clip is from February 20th. I was home alone with my keyboard and this was the result.

Side note: I walked three miles to find a Borders in Charlotte and started reading Seven Years in Tibet. It's giving me a new interest in Oriental art and design, as Harrer's descriptions of what he sees are beautiful.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

4 kids in a coupe.

Training continues...

I hear from locals that North Carolina is nice. Though I have very little evidence of my own with which to agree or disagree. Soon, the day off and then the exploring.

But, in the meantime, I notice I'm already beginning to adopt an accent (must consciously stop this) as I study and play with recent photos...

Friday, July 23, 2010

tweetley beep


Progress towards applying for a booth at the Salt City Urban Market!

This is farewell for two weeks...
à tout à l'heure!

Monday, July 19, 2010


Lots of time spent playing and relaxing in the last couple of days. A 43 mile bike ride has left me stiff and loungy on the couch, uploading and editing photos. A week until job training. That leaves the next few days to finishing up the business card prints and the portrait.

Life is good.

Monday, July 12, 2010


A job offer!
I suppose if I were to go in any direction professionally right now, it would be photography, so there really is very little hesitation in regards to accepting the offer that's been made.
I'm excited about the opportunity to learn the ways of a professional and successful studio.

Though my "free time," which for me means crafting/arting/painting/etc. time, will be cut down, I'm willing to make the bet that this will be worth it, for however long it lasts. This is something creative and people oriented that I am sure I will enjoy.

Training in North Carolina, here I come!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"Don't give me a double chin this time."

I am happiest when I'm busy.

Job interviews
Portfolios and applications to complete and submit
Drawings for secret project
Filling up new leather backpack with books, pens, and paper and filling in the spaces
And lots of music making

...the ukulele was the key all along.


Much of my sketchbooking time goes to illustrating dreams.

People Watching

My first leg of the trip started out with a train to Buffalo-Depew that was running an hour and a half late. And when faced with a long wait and blessed with company while doing has no choice but to draw the company...even if it is made up of strangers.

This man was my favorite.

And with this, another sketchbook is given to The Shelf.

After 4,100 miles around the country (excluding the West Coast, unfortunately), another moleskin is filled with ramblings and scribblies.

Reflections upon completion of journey:
-Everything really is bigger in Texas
-Everything is also brown in Texas
-New Mexico is as beautiful as I always dreamt it would be
-The sky is turquoise in the southwest
-Segregation and socioeconomic divides are still very real and very apparent (disappointing)
-Aspen likes art of Aspen Trees
-Blowing up high definition scans of insects and printing them on German watercolor paper is a successful and surprisingly fantastic artistic expression
-Artist whose work is referred to in previous remark is also proof that at 60, you can still get a Fulbright Scholarship
-Step 1 (biking up a mountain) is ALWAYS worth it because of Step 2 (biking down the mountain)
-North Platte, Nebraska? Who knew?
-And road trips with an upset cat get more interesting when upset cat turns out to be master escape artist