01 February 2015

Sunday Music-Phillip Glass Koyaanisqatsi

It is snowing here in Madison.  I am staying in all day if I can help it.  Luckily I have plenty of coffee and plenty of music to listen to.

28 January 2015

26 January 2015

Music Monday with Henri Texier

Happy Birthday (one day early) to Henri Texier!

Texier (born January 27, 1945) is a French jazz double bass player born in Paris. A self-taught jazz bassist, he is best known for his work in the 1960s with jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. In the 1980s, he was part of the Transatlantik Quartet, which featured Joe Lovano, Steve Swallow and Aldo Romano.

Varech, Texier's third solo outing, is the only CD I own at the time.  I definitely plan on buying more. It's great music to play while I am in the studio or reading.

Give it a listen.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

24 January 2015

I had to post this because it's cool on sooo many levels...

The Incomplete Book List

I am a voracious reader.  My brain gets restless when I can't read.  Recently, on my short bus commute to work, I have even started listening to audio books. It's not the same but it does help.

This morning I woke up and made a book list.  These books have left a lasting impression in some way or another, whether they influenced my thinking, inspired me, or the simple beauty of the writing itself.

With the exception of one or two authors, I have tried to limit the list to one author, one book.  However, usually when I find an author I like, I want to read everything else they have written.  So yes I have read more than one Ray Bradbury, and definitely more Kurt Vonnegut.

Anyway, here goes.  If there is a book or author you think I might like, leave it in the comments

  1. The Light Boxes-Shane Jones
  2. Choke-Chuck Palahniuk
  3. The Last Magician-Janette Turner Hospital
  4. The Dharma Bums-Jack Kerouac
  5. The Journal of Albion Moonlight-Kenneth Patchen
  6. Tropic of Cancer-Henry Miller
  7. Steppenwolf-Herman Hesse
  8. A Brief History of the Dead-Kevin Brockmeier
  9. Neverwhere-Neil Gaiman
  10. Doctor Sleep-Madison Smartt Bell
  11. One Hundred Years of Solitude-Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  12. Nausea-Jean-Paul Sartre
  13. Cat's Cradle-Kurt Vonnegut
  14. Trout Fishing in America-Richard Brautigan
  15. The Romantic-Barbara Gowdy
  16. Hallucinating Foucault-Patricia Duncker
  17. The Dogs of Babel-Carolyn Parkhurst
  18. The Boy Detective Fails-Joe Meno
  19. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting-Milan Kundera
  20. Motherless Brooklyn-Jonathan Lethem
  21. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay-Michael Chabon
  22. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell-Susanna Clarke
  23. Ghostwritten-David Mitchell
  24. The Black Book-Lawrence Durrell
  25. The Razor's Edge-M. Somerset Maugham
  26. Where I'm Calling From-Raymond Carver
  27. Collected Stories-Andre Dubus
  28. Galore-Michael Crummey
  29. Daniel Fights a Hurricane-Shane Jones
  30. A Fairly Good Time-Mavis Gallant

Let me know what you think...

23 January 2015

A Short List of Movies

I love movies.  I have movies on most of the time when I am sitting back in my studio.  Old movies, generally, old horror movies, specifically.  I go beyond just the horror genre when I talk about my favorite movies.  There are movies that are guilty pleasures, the ones I rarely admit I watch. There are also those that have made a lasting impression.

So, I made a list, in no particular order.

  1. Fight Club
  2. Murder, My Sweet
  3. Touch of Evil
  4. Experiment in Terror
  5. The Big Lebowski
  6. Snatch
  7. The Devil's Backbone
  8. Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  9. Frankenstein (1931)
  10. Don't Look Now
  11. The Maltese Falcon
  12. Snatch
  13. The Razor's Edge (1984)
  14. A Fistful of Dollars
  15. Moonrise Kingdom
  16. Away We Go
  17. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  18. The Seventh Victim
  19. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  20. 12 Monkeys
  21. Halloween
  22. Trust
  23. A Night at the Opera
  24. Blue
  25. The Illusionist (2006)
  26. Mindwalk
  27. On the Waterfront
  28. The Last Seduction
  29. Orlando
  30. The Fisher King
  31. Blood Simple
  32. Chamber of Horrors (1966)
  33. Miller's Crossing
  34. My Favorite Year
  35. Becket
  36. The Devils
  37. The Pope of Greenwich Village
  38. War of the Worlds (1953)
  39. Jacob's Ladder
  40. A Perfect World
Bear in mind these are the first 40 that came to mind right away.  There are more.  A lot more.  I'm thinking of more as I sit here, but I will stop at 40 (for now).  The movie titles with the years after them?  I wouldn't want you to think I even finished War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise.  Please...

And yes, this list, upon review, is all over the place.  I make no apologies for my eclectic taste in movies.  I tried to restrain myself from listing all the old (bad) horror movies I enjoy.

Please feel free to comment with your list.  I'm always looking for new movies to check out.

15 January 2015

The Other Blog

Perhaps you've noticed I haven't been posting quite as much here.  Maybe you haven't.

I'm finding it more difficult to juggle two blogs.  I have this one and one on my website.  Since my website is Coffee Fish Press it has mostly my linocut block prints.  Lately. though. I have been using the blog feature as a showcase for my drawings and sketches.  A long time ago, this was my only blog and I used it for all art and writing.

So, I think I might be facing a tough question somewhere down the line.  The options are to make this blog my "sketch blog" and keep the website for just the printmaking.  Or ditch this blog and just make it a "one-stop" website.

I'll get back with you when I decide....

16 December 2014

Sketching Pens

crossposted on www.coffeefishpress.com

I have been taking a short hiatus from printmaking to re-acquaint myself with sketching.  It's a basic skill that I occasionally lose touch with.  I forget how to get out of my own head and see the world around me.  This results in feeling stuck in more ways than one.

My plan, starting this Spring, (and when I'm not doing an art fair) is to venture out into the world and sketch as much as I can.  Whether it is outdoors or in a cafe, I hope to fill several sketchbooks by Autumn.  And then I plan to just keep going.

Of course, there will still be lots of printmaking.  Even though it is only December, the Summer art fair season is looming ahead.  I've already applied for one show for 2015.

I hope you can join me on the journey.

10 December 2014

A Rare Poem Jumps Out of My Brain...

For Kent W.

(On finding that a mutual friend had passed)

And even though it has been six years since his

demise I imagine the true cause of death 

was a profound

bitterness of what he thought the 

world owed him.

I imagine what you are thinking.

I can only imagine because I had stopped

talking to either of you years ago.

I imagine that you mourn him although you know

deep somewhere where rational thought still prevails

that it was he that caused everything

to go downhill for you. 

You climbed into the car even though

you knew he was a bad driver. 

And yet you mourn that his life has come to an end, most likely

from his own undoing.  I myself am glad I escaped

from the influence of one who did not befriend

so much as he inflicted himself in one's life, 

infecting the way one viewed

all the possibilities of beauty.

-Mark B Hill