Even the Statues are Texting…
…or at least that’s the way it looked when we entered this room at the Met.
I don’t know, even when I know what she’s actually got in her hand,
it still looks like she’s checking out the screen to me.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, June 2016
Two Bluegrass Players
I love these old photos of players wearing suits. Their faces look so miserable but you know when they start to play they are happy. I did this as a companion piece to Kerfe’s lovely tribute to Ralph Stanley. Later I’m going to get my husband to film me singing either “A Man of Constant Sorrow” or “Down to the River to Pray”. RIP Ralph Stanley. He always said his voice was a gift from the Lord above.
The photo I used–off the computer screen.
O Death (for Ralph Stanley 1927-2016)
some say yes
some say no
some welcome Death
some invite it
some force it to stay
some say wait
I’m not ready
some laugh at Death
some curse it
some are too surprised
is Death cold
or is it hotter
or is it on
does Death have hands
does it embrace
does it strangle or
does it cradle
does it bathe
in darkness or
does it bathe
is it a prayer
is it a question
what is this
that I can’t see
Ralph Stanley, who died last week at the age of 89, was a performer of traditional mountain music with a unique and powerful voice. His popularity soared after his version of “O Death” was included in the film “O Brother Where Art Thou”. Hearing him sing it will, to paraphrase Carole King, chill your soul right down to the marrow. But his legacy reaches far beyond one song: using both his voice and his own banjo style, he helped nourish new generations of musicians to preserve the music of the Appalachian region, a singular blend of the songs of its many ancestors.
You can read the words to “O Death” and hear Ralph Stanley perform it here.
Toadstools on a Lawn
So cute! I noticed these while walking the dogs today and went back to take a photo. These neighbors recently installed a lovely stone wall; it took weeks and many stones. There was no cement used, just the right stones. It’s a work of art. The toadstools sprung up in a color matching the wall and are really adorable.
I did the drawing first in pencil and almost left it that way. Also posting the actual shot.
Junk Mail Art: Retribution
Jane Dougherty has a new microfiction challenge. I know this is not what she had in mind, but I couldn’t resist the photo and word prompt “retribution”. It’s definitely less than 200 words…maybe micrographicnovel?
Horse in a Field
I’ve been wanting to draw a horse lately (reverting to the mind of a twelve year old girl?) so today at work had a chance to do one. He or she is trotting through a field of blue flowers with some nice hills in the background.
“Look at everything.”–John Cage
“Do stuff.”–Susan Sontag
“Live the questions now.”–Rainer Maria Rilke
Writers Quote Wednesday challenged us this week to think about happiness. My selection of quotes and poetic and collaged response above.
What’s Going on in your Mind?
Being highly unmotivated today I sat down to watch a movie I’ve wanted to see for a while: Disney/Pixar “Inside Out”. This movie goes inside a little girl’s head and characters control her emotions from a central dashboard. Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust work together in a most amusing way. Little spheres contain memories, good and bad; core memories live in a special container. As an artist I was amazed by the complexity of design and thought in this picture. I paused a couple of times to try and sketch the emotions.
My daughter has suggested to me that my drawings are cartoon-like and that I should try my hand at cartooning. This movie certainly inspired me to try. Here are the emotions Joy and Sadness and then a clip of the family shot off the television.
Self Portrait #15: One More for Man Ray
Man Ray did not have Photoshop, so he constructed his images in the darkroom. Amazing! My Ray-inspired self portrait was produced in digital layers (then printed and stitched), something I did back in the day with frequency, but hardly ever now. I enjoy it, and given time, would do more.
Although first I drew the components. My daughter was luckily home and agreed to take some photos for me to work from.
I think if I were doing this piece again, I would structure it differently, doing an abstract ground of greys first, instead of adding the solid areas later. But it’s digital! so I can always go back and revisit the layers. Also I would cut the hands and faces out before I scanned them, so I didn’t have to deal with “selecting” the part of the images I wanted.
I’m also not sure it’s done…I had thought to do stitching for the dark stripe at the bottom, but I’m undecided. I could layer in a stripe, but I like the texture of the stitching. I do think it needs the balance of dark in that area. What do you think?
So I’m also not sure it’s still selfie day…Teresa? But the 25th is always a good deadline for me to complete the next in my series of 100 self portraits (you can see the ones I’ve done so far here). I could keep going forever with Man Ray, but I think it’s time for a new artistic inspiration, plus I’m itching to do some painted portraits and compare them with my first attempts.