Today was a turning point. Have you ever gone back and started learning the stuff you’ve been faking or avoiding for years?
Do you believe the past is past and done for? Or are pieces of your past like mementos you pull out of a box and re-examine? For years I quoted “Mudcat” of the Boston Islanders. “Don’t call nothin’ up you can’t send back.” This year I’ve called up. . .
Tongue in cheek is an expression that may have originated from sticking one’s tongue into their cheek to suppress the urge to laugh. Pretty Boy is a satirical tune I crafted for a man I dated many years ago. Yes, he was pretty.. but ladies–he called himself a pretty boy! How could I resist writing […]
If you’ve read my collection of short stories released ten years ago, “Flights of Fancy…”, I’d like to hear your thoughts. Why? I’m editing and augmenting that book for re-release later this year. A few folks said that they enjoyed reading one story a night until the book finished. Others wanted more stories with the […]
New Year. Most cultures have a cyclical annual celebration. It’s just a date on the calendar, but it’s a chance to place a marker and consider the road in both directions. Resolutions can be goals we plan to reach or approach to improve ourselves. They can also be land mines set to injure our self-esteem. […]
What happens if I try this? Or put some red here?
INTERVIEW: Madison Wood Crow: When I heard that you are crushing rocks and making your own pigments, my mouth dropped open. What could be more representative of the here and now—the images and materials come from your home space. I respect your privacy. Will you describe your home life, nature, and inspirations.. (to the extent you […]
Dear Friends, Fans, Folk and Family, I’m writing to you like I used to do in the magazine ZMN (Zassafras Music News). My storytelling will still include monkey-mind thoughts, new wishes, news of others, and philosophical doodah… music, drawing, weaving..etc. OK? I’ve been thinking about the visual-acoustic brand that music tattoos on our bones and […]
A circle with two dots and a dash is enough to communicate a human face. A vertical line topped with loops is obviously a flower. A stick figure can represent any motion or emotion. When someone tells me that they cannot draw, it’s not the same as saying that they can’t speak Chinese. Everyone can […]
Do you get scared of images? This was a 20-minute exercise for Studio Bridge #life-drawing. I find the image so scary that I put it in a narrow box. As one who’s never followed super-hero characters, horror movies, or comics, I tried to conjure compassion for this joker by pretending he was more afraid than […]
This is my evenings project, a portrait of Guy Clark. He was a good friend and awesome songwriter.
I once believed that to learn an instrument or a skill, I needed to hide in the woods, a closet, or stay out of sight til no one was around. I don’t believe that any longer. In my early 70s, I fell in love with learning to draw and paint. (Yeah, right. It takes 30 […]
I’m fascinated with people who hold high artistic skills. I lurk and cruise the internet until something arrests my heart and imagination. John Ma’s work has done just that. Because I’m a newcomer to drawing, I did not expect any stranger halfway around the world to answer my beginner questions– much less be as helpful […]
It’s fun to say howdy from our new website. Just so you won’t think I’m putting on airs, here’s a photo of me in my glorious and messy Weavers Shed/ Woman Cave. This lifetime has been a glorious ride, that just increases in “wow” as I go. When the saying, “You are enough, at this […]
Hope you’re staying toasty. Arthur’s been feeding the birds four times a day. I haven’t been able to get to the Weaver’s shed. Playing with sketches and water colors. Brrrr
conversations are lining up. . . Stay warm and safe through the storms. You can look forward to my conversation with Mary Gauthier, songwriter singer and author of a must read book “Saved by a Song”. Direct, honest, and sensitive stuff! We lost an exceptional artist and friend this year, James Yale. His wife, Charlotte, […]
Seven reasons you think you can’t write songs – Part 1 of 7 After he says, “…but all the good songs have already been written, I say. “Not true my clever friend. A song happens at the intersection of a person’s life experience, current musical skills, intuition, and ability to focus. And each of those […]