Wednesday, May 23, 2007

ah, fun at work

My friend Rie came by today to see if I had my digital camera with me so I could take a picture of this cool, happy little drop she made. Isn't he fun? Ah, I instantly loved him so I asked her if she'd take a picture of me with him. Good thing my friends at work know what a dork I am (and like me anyway)! HA!

the Heartless Bastards

To say music has played a significant role in my life would be an understatement, perhaps. From a young age, I've always been pretty influenced by what I'm listening to. When I was younger, playing the violin, the classical music I listened to filled my heart. The more I listened to, the more I wanted to understand and learn to play. Although I eventually gave up the violin so I could focus on art stuff, my love of music never left. Like most people, I have my faves that I could listen to over and over (and never get tired of hearing), but I also love hearing new stuff. I especially love it when friends of mine recommend something new. Which brings me to the Heartless Bastards. My friend Rachel saw them in concert not too long ago in Lawrence, KS and loved them. After hearing them, she passed their 2006 cd, All This Time, onto me and I immediately wanted to hear more. I recently found their first cd at Half Price Books, which I scooped up and like just as well. On June 2nd, we're seeing them here in KC at The Record Bar. I can hardly wait! (Tickets are still available, by the way.)


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sinking In the Lonesome Sea

In a continuing effort to show some of what I consider to be some of the coolest art/artists out there, I present you with Laura Park. I first saw her work on flickr, and have been a fan ever since. In addition to doing these really cool mixed media paintings (like the one pictured here), my other favorite pieces are the great comics she's done that illustrate the little details of (her) everyday life -- including dealing with creative blocks. She's also done some really swell band posters, tshirts, and lotsa other cool stuff -- all of which is worth checkin' out.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

strange studio item #458

It's safe to say that I have absolutely NO IDEA what this is - but I love it! It's one of those weird, random things that seem to find its way into my studio...and my heart. I don't know why, but I have always loved and have been fascinated with little gadgety things that have knobs and dials on them. I don't know if it's because they make me think of robots or what, but my eyes go ga-ga for 'em. This particular little gem, the Trail-A-Matic, was something that my husband found when we were living in our loft in the River Market. I think he found it in the street. Knowing my love for such strange objects, he snatched it and it's been mine ever since. HA! To see these photos larger, go here.

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VOLTA is out now!

WOW! Bjork's new album, Volta, is out and I am once again amazed and blown away by what is contained within it. This album features a new instrument called the Reactable, which Bjork recently debuted during her first Volta concert in Iceland. As I listened to the album this afternoon while painting, what stuck out the most for me was the tugboat sounds that are placed in between the songs. The inclusion of horns and brass is also pretty striking. Although sometimes infused with electronic beats, the horns stand out and remind me of the Anchor Song from her first solo album, Debut. The coolest thing about listening to her music is that I know I am always going to hear something in a new way. I may have heard the instrument(s) before, but she re-interprets it and re-invents it in a way that becomes new. Be sure to check out the link about the Reactable. It's like nothing you've ever seen before.


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

currently listening to....

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went to go see The Decemberists here in Kansas City. We had never seen/heard them live, so we were really excited. Before leaving the house, Jake checked online to see who the opening band was. As it turns out, it was My Brightest Diamond. Neither of us had heard of them, which added to our excitement. The concert was amazing - both bands were absolutely incredible live. My Brightest Diamond grabbed me right away. Since the concert, I haven't been able to stop listening to their 2006 cd, Bring Me The Workhorse. I haven't had that kind of reaction to a new band/cd a in a long time!


Monday, May 07, 2007

thanks, everybody!

BIG THANKS to everyone who has emailed me or left a comment about my new site! I can't tell ya enough how much I appreciate it. The response has been overwhelming! Special thanks to Liz, who pointed out that I had the link to my store incorrect in my email to everyone - whoops! As it turns out, there's no "www" needed in the address. If anyone else finds anything wonky, please let me know.
Thanks again for your encouraging words.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

brand spankin' NEW!

WOO-HOO and YEE-HAW!! The long-awaited, ever-procrastinated, complete rehaul of my website is finally COMPLETE! I couldn't have done it without the encouragement and support of my husband and uber-codemaster, Jake. He kicked my butt into gear, helped me to understand a teeny-weeny bit of code, and made my vision into a reality (thank you, sweetie!). Never before has my website looked so sparkley! For the first time ever, I will be selling work online, which is a whole new venture for me. Welcome to the new!

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