Friday, July 31, 2009

Crazy Creatives?

When you're an artist, it seems as if many times you get that "you're out of your mind" look when trying to describe projects you are working on. Or when you meet someone and they ask you what you do, you reply that you're an artist, but then they ask, what do you do for money. The linkage of money and success in our culture is truly despicable, IMHO. I've started to ask people I meet what their passions are, instead of about what kind of work they do.
In doing some research on my application for the Montalvo residency, I came across this very interesting blog:
I think Charlie, the guy who writes this blog, is very perceptive about how creatives are looked down upon by American society. What do you think?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hot off the Presses...

This is a new piece called Opera Dreams that I created last week. It combines a photo of my best model (guess which one) along with an image I photographed from a video on the computer along with an image from my trip to Romania. Of course my method is always rather intuitive so I can't really answer questions as to the why I would put these images together. But I hope that it evokes something for you, dear reader!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Brava, brava

Goes out to Deborah Ayers, my good friend and fabulous pianist, and the rest of the totally talented musicians who make up the Montage Music Society of Boston. Why the applause? Because their incredible CD the "Starry Night Project" is now being carried at MOMA-NY's gift shop! Woo hooo.
If you like contemporary classical music, you have got to get this CD. Montage was able to commission some of the finest composers to write pieces based on art of the 20th century. You can get more info at their website HERE or copy and paste the following into your browser:
They are a remarkable group of musicians who have a great sound together. Can't sing their praises long or loud enough!
Ms Ayers and I have know each other since 1976 - when she didn't hurt me too much when I couldn't hear the harmony line when she played it with the melody for a song I was learning for the melodrama we worked in out in Colorado. I think we did end up having me stand next to someone who was singing that harmony line. I've gotten a wee bit better now... but that's why you will rarely see me upon the musical theatre stage!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Why I love Peter Sellers

I first began to suspect that Peter Sellers, the theatre and opera director, could be a kindred spirit when I heard/read about him using a stack of newspapers as a character in a play. I have the honor of being nominated for an artist's residency at Montalvo and went to their website to see what was there and found this incredible speech Sellers gave this past March. He's a true visionary and I hope that one day I have the honor of working with him! It is an hour long, but a fabulous hour you will spend listening to a visionary. He truly understands that we are all human beings on the same planet.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Get along little doggies...

down the Santa Fe Trail... which we actually drove on going from outside Albuquerque to Santa Fe.
However, this photo is from our trip getting there through Nevada and Arizona this past May.
The photos are up at the flickr site which you can click HERE
Or if that doesn't work, copy and paste the following into your browser:
First reader that can tell me what the photo is, and give me the state it was taken in, gets an 8 x 10 of it!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

5th of July

is not a French holiday, but Bastille Day is coming up on the 14th! But the images to your left are French stamps!
I participated in a mail art project by Laurence Bucourt at his blog here. Or if that doesn't work, try copying and pasting the following into your browser
He mailed out a little booklet he made of all the entries to his mail art project - 145 mail artists from 23 countries took part in it.
"They will be exposed to the Open of the Association, 5 rue de Mandava has Gradignan, 26 and 27 June and the exhibition of workshops, has the Church-Gradignan CAYAC from 2 to 6 September 2009."
What I think this Google translate means is that they showed the work on the 26th & 27th and that they will again show the work in September. Very cool to think that I'll have work in a show in France. Now, to get more work over there, go visit and sell the work! Wheeeeeeeee

Saturday, July 4, 2009


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator [NOTICE THEY DIDN'T SAY GOD?] with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

John Hancock

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Thursday, July 2, 2009

That really kind of says it all, doesn't it. I snapped this in the elevator of the El Cortez Hotel during NadaDada Hotel in Reno. I can't make out who signed it though.
but the good news is that the photos are up at the Flickr site finally! So go here or if the link doesn't work, try cutting and pasting the following