don’t you love it when your friends have good ideas?

For the month of May, I will sketch everyday. I’m participating with some friends in the States. Follow our progress here (from time to time, I’m sure I’ll double post):

My art studiomate let me know I was suffering from post exhibition blues yesterday. I thought helping take down the exhibition yesterday would alleviate some of these, but as it turns out, it’s more about that question, “What next?” Yes, I need sleep and to see some friends I haven’t seen in a while, but I also need direction.

I also need things to be free for a while (after paying for my visa to stay in the UK), and that’s another great thing about art and blogging about it: completely free.


Recycled art exhibition & open studios day

It was an intense art weekend for me, but many things came together in my artistic practice. I am thrilled with the results.

Here are some photos of my work:



















It was also a good weekend for putting art and music together. I played on Friday night at the exhibition, and the final photo is me playing in my studio. It was great to have people’s reactions to my work. One man read my poetry book from last year and laughed aloud at several of the poems. The more I practice as an artist, the more I lean towards humour, using writing, and working with musicians.

It may be difficult to tell from the photos, but on the disks I wrote things that may disappear in our lifetime or that we may miss when we’re older. It was a wonderful few weeks of reflection because floppy disks only ceased production in 2011. I miss them.

I am already starting to think about future projects and in the midst of several involving poetry and graphic design.

It was incredible as well to see what else was going on in the building. I met lots of inspiring people throughout the weekend. So happy to be a part of it all!


“You’re a self-actualized person,” she told me
when I spent the evening in, watching youtube videos about music theory instead of going
to see a film everyone I know has seen

Maybe this is the kind of actualization
that comes when the triangle rests
on its side

I’d rather lean than sit
any day.

some music i love

Midtown Dickens’ new album Home is a must have. It is their third album. When I watched the video featured on their webpage (“Only Brother” – the song they got the song of the day for in NPR), I thought, “They give their lives for their music, that’s why they’re making it.” I am so happy these guys are my friends. I so, so wish I could go to their CD release on Saturday, but it’s okay, I’m making musician friends here in Scotland.

Alabama Shakes are another recent inspiration. I am intrigued by their story. Brittany Howard met her band members in high school. She’s only 23. They got popular based on a 4-song EP. I have a 4-song EP. I find “Hold On” really inspiring. This week, it’s been my motivating YouTube video that helps me get out of bed on these cold Scottish days and do all the stuff I’m supposed to do while it rains and ices and whatever else the sky here decides to do.