Monday, November 24, 2008

Art for Music

I've always thought that it would be great fun to design CD covers for bands. But did I ever work toward that? No, it was just an idle thought made without seeing myself actually doing it. Which is funny in a way for an idiot savant graphic designer, but I never thought about it until last week when a very dear friend whose husband is in a blues band based in Red Bluff, Downtown and the Feelers, asked me to help them with the design for a new CD they were going to have done by Christmas.
The name of their new album is Strange Things Happen. This thrilled me no end as most of my art could be described that way! So after getting some input from them, I came up with about 4 different designs for them. So which design do you think they liked the best? If there is anyone out there that reads this (yes, I'm talking to both of you) and either emails me which one or puts it in the comments, I'll send you a small print of the image - without the name of the CD on it of course! Happy Guessing!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Have Some Cheap Fun

One thing you can doTONIGHT that WON'T cost you an arm and a leg is to come see the Experiments in Performance & Music at Asylum Gallery (behind the gray fence at 25th & R Streets in midtown) at 7 pm.
I've written a performance text which you can read here and will be performing with an old friend, Tim Dougherty and the star of our show: Mike Crain, a phenom of a composer, percussionist and digital musician. We're accepting donations for the event which will also include some tasty beverages and a talk back with the artists. It should be fun and funny and hope to see you there!
It will be like a Brooklyn type art performance event, right here in River City!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Art & The Economy

Looks like folks are starting to tighten their belts a bit. This thought was born after being at the St. Mary's Fine Art & Craft sale on Saturday. My friend Cherie and I shared a booth and at first I thought the slow sales were due to our work not being representative enough for the folks that were there to raise money for the school's programs. People did attend, but were not parting with their cash...sigh.
So I went around to some of the other artists who were offering more "normal" wares and found that their sales were down by 60% over the previous year. It's really too bad that folks didn't support their local artists. Better to spend money that will stay in our community than to spend it with corporate giants like... well you know.... I hate even naming them.
One thing you can do this weekend that WON'T cost you an arm and a leg is to come see the Experiments in Performance & Music this Friday at Asylum Gallery (behind the gray fence at 25th & R Streets in midtown) at 7 pm. I've written a performance text which you can read here and will be performing with an old friend, Tim Dougherty and the star of our show: Mike Crain, a phenom of a composer, percussionist and digital musician. We're accepting donations for the event which will also include some tasty beverages and a talk back with the artists. It should be fun and funny and hope to see you there!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Come See Me and Cherie Hacker this Saturday

Cherie Hacker and I will be showing and selling work at the St, Mary's Fine Arts & Craft Show, Saturday November 15th from 10 am to 4 pm. Not only will you see our work, but the work of many other fine artists and crafts people PLUS live entertainment and a kids' craft area and an art raffle.
It's all happening at the Giovanni Hall, 58th & M Streets in East Sacramento. Admission is $3 advance (call 452-1100 or email smartisanfair@yahoo.com), $5 at the door and free for kids under 12 years old.
All proceeds will benefit the children and programs of St. Mary's School. Both Cherie and I will donate work for the art raffle. We'd love to see you there.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Photogenics Show in Woodland

Thanks to everyone who came out to my one-night only art show for First Friday in Woodland at George Streng's Photogenics studio in historic downtown Woodland last night. Special thanks go to George for inviting me to show my work there, Dan Garlock for helping me to hang it on Thursday and to the Daily Democrat newspaper for publishing a great article (click on word article) about the show! Both Cynthia Burdick (Ms. Cynstone) and I had a great time and are eager to go back sometime next year if George has a spot for us.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

After Tuesday's election I do think that we have a much better chance at peace in the world now. I wasn't going to get political at all during the election season as most folks are up to their eyeballs in political fu... (fu means stuff and I stole the usage from Joe Bob, the guy who used to 'review' b-flicks in his own politically incorrect way). But I couldn't help myself on Monday when I had to post Obama's photo.
But I should be blogging for peace, although it is tied to politics . Here's a book to put on your reading list about how we can see peace in our lifetimes: Women, Power and the Biology of Peace by Judith Hand.
In nutshell she proposes that women rule the world because of certain biological and gender based reasons that you'll have to read the book to find out because I don't want to misquote her and it's been some time since I've read the book myself. (I think that has to be my best run-on sentence of all time.)
if you think this is crazy, then think again about little boys playing with soldiers and turning anything and everything into guns to kill people. Then do some research on violent crimes and you will find that probably 90% of them are committed by men.
Or I should say men who have not reconciled with their feminine sides. Those men who are not overshadowed by ego and who realize that we all have male and female sides to us, those men are fine. It's the ones who are afraid of that female side and afraid of women in general who use violence for power and control, those are the guys who need help. Or we set up a special penal colony on the Moon. That would help the economy!

Monday, November 3, 2008

D-Day Tomorrow

For all of you who have not cast absentee ballots like I did, (smug smart ass that I am)and if you confused about the boatload of propositions on the ballot, check out the League of Women Voters. The are issue based and non partisan. Just make sure you get out there and vote.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Birthday

To Me Brudder.... the one, the only, Atomic Elroy! Hope you're having a great day and liked the card I sent...