Rarely these days do I make it to a concert but a friend of ours follows all the local band scenes and has convinced us that 2013 will the year of concert going. First up, the Smithereens. I liked them “back in the day” and still like them now. They can still rock a show and appear to have the stamina from 20 years ago; although like all of us, have aged in appearance.
We saw them over the weekend at the State Theatre, an old movie house turned concert venue and not too far from us in Virginia. I had never been there before and really liked their cabaret-style set up. I like the Birchmere as well, closer to us and a more intimate environment, but this open and spacious layout took the lead. I didn’t know what to expect, the Black Cat maybe, which I would have liked but would have felt over age. Not quite the cane set (like the Birchmere mostly) but we were within age range, if not underage here. Although, a birthday this week may put me over the quota. :0
We got there early to snag a table and fortunately, were able to do so. Otherwise, we would have been standing in the pit in front. It wouldn’t have been bad but with a table, we had a place to hang and actually had good food. I had a pretty decent shrimp po’boy but too piled high to close the sandwich. Ahh, I didn’t need all that bread anyway. From our viewpoint (table in darkened area on right in back from the stage in this picture — they have since added balcony seating), we could see the stage pretty well and the pit was designed on a declined slope to not block the vantage of the table onlookers. Smart! I like their interactive website page too.
If you’re not familiar with the Smithereens, don’t get them confused with The Smiths, which I always tended to do. They are different, one being American (New Jersey, good old boys) and the other Brittish, but their sound for some songs seemed similar to me. Seeing them at the concert helped to identify and separate their differences even more. The Smithereens played their classics: Blood and Roses, Yesterday Girl, Only a Memory, and Top of the Pops, which I didn’t realize was the same song I listen to at least twice a week while still (admittingly) exercising to a Cindy Crawford video. 😉 We were all up our of our chairs, dancing (the only ones it seemed) when they played their finale A Girl Like You.
Pat DiNizio, lead singer and guitarist, has the same recognizable voice that is just as strong as the early years. Dennis Diken, the drummer, played one of the best solo performances for the drums that I’ve heard. Their recent sound has gotten more contemplative and even jazzy. Here’s Especially for You that we were able to record via the link below (give it a minute to load) and an earlier version for comparison.
I was surprised by the timing of receiving a google alert regading Goyte and Kimbra — both of who’s music I had heard but didn’t realize the extent of their reach at the time — and then I saw them perform on Saturday Night Live this past weekend.
How uncanny. I had just discovered this information on New Digital Landscapes, Word and Art by Walter Smith regarding Goyte’s creative process for producing the song Eyes Wide Open. This documentary is well worth watching to see the in depth strategy and time it took to put this piece together. You would never know upon just listening the amount of work involved but the music has some extra layering and sound pitches that make it unique and the background story makes it all the more interesting. For instance, I never knew a “musical fence” existed. If you’re ever Down Under, like these artists are, you may want to go try it out yourself.
And then there is Kimbra, the New Zealand Katy Perry of sorts but with more unusuality to her work, an equally talented singer and performer. I really like her Good Intent song and video. You can Kick Start the Weekend early with this one:
Very cool websites for both but Kimbra’s had me really looking — especially when her eyes moved. Creepy yet clever.
Where does one find love this Valentine’s Day or any day for that matter, in the heart of Panama. Evidently, the producers of show The Bachelor think so too.
My husband and I celebrated his milestone birthday recently by going back to “his glorious roots,” Panama City, Panama, where he was born. He was only a newborn when his father was stationed in the Panama Canal zone so he doesn’t have memories from this time but we had fun visiting where he and his family had connections and created some new reflections on a modernized Panama.
We started our trip in the heart of the Gamboa Rainforest at the Gamboa Resort – pretty nice and really the only place to stay on the Chagres River right at the point where it cuts into the Panama Canal. From our observatory perch from the jungle tram, we were able to see many cruise liners, tankers and various other sea-faring vessels pass through the Panama Canal. We learned what a major engineering feat it was to build and how thousands of lives were lost in the process. Panama is currently widening the canal to further increase traffic and commerce.
We passed Noriega’s new home on the way there. He was our neighbor, just down the road from where we were staying.
We had to go over the railway which had been converted into a one-way bridge by covering the tracks with tar. Gamboa is a birder haven and they were everywhere, including in the jeep in front of us, going very slowly, scouting for rare birds.
Then there are the leaf cutting, worker ants that we came upon while walking on a forbidden trail — without a guide, “because it can be peligroso – dangerous.” Well, oops…good thing we didn’t venture too far on another path at night. We actually got scared to go further on that one after we saw bats and thought we hear growling. There are jaguars in the jungle here.
We did however, wander upon a two-toed sloth which was very close to us near the ground. He saw us and then he started slowly but faster than you think a sloth could go right back up the to the top of the tree. We later found out that two-toed sloths can be very dangerous and they only come down from the tree about once a week to do their business….Poor guy. I’m sure we left him in a bad fix.
Tarzan goes jungle vine climbing
I could go on and on about this trip but I just want to give you a few more highlights with pictures and suggest that the secrets that we discovered in Panama may no longer be secrets now that The Bachelor was filmed right where we were for last week’s episode. They stayed at the Trump tower (see the last couple of posts). It was uncanny seeing on TV the same indigenous Embera tribal village that we visited in the jungle and even the same Las Clementinas restaurant that I thought would be lovely to return to, for it reminds me of New Orleans and is also a B&B. We had the best food of our trip there and the most friendly service. Our waiter even knew Peter’s godfather in Panama. Here’s the nutshell of our remaining Panama trip (without even cracking the full nut) in pictures.
Embarking on a trip to Embera Village
Swimming hole on the way to the Embera Village
Being served lunch at the Embera village - baked fish in home-made hibiscus/ leaf cups
Getting Tattoos -- not only an art form but the dye helps to keep the mosquitoes away.
Las Clementinas Restaurant in Panama. They had their own custom wallpaper of family and historical portraits. Very cool!
On our tour back in the city we got to see where Peter was baptized as well as a day in the life of living in the San Felipe or Casco Viejo, old city of Panama.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Path to San Felipe - the Old City in Panama
A parrot fish is a proud catch at the fish market in Panama, where we had the best ceviche.
Panamanian Indian with beaded socks
Colorful building in the area where Operation Just Cause took place
Just one of the many lovely homes we saw in San Felipe, with a water view
It was hot while we were there — about 87 – 90+ degrees and humid in the rainforest. We were forced to cool off — many times and Balboa was our refreshment of choice.
Balboa beer is our favorite pick in Panama
You can’t beat the sunsets in Panama, particularly poolside.
Panamanian sunset, pool side at the Intercontenintal Hotel
I’ll leave off where I began with a look at Panama City — our final view before leaving — until we return for it’s a romantic spot to leave your heart in Panama.
Although Veterans’ Day has past, I did not get a chance to discuss or show my support in a blog post so I want to mention a few items of note in this one. We have so much to thank our Veterans for. I’m thinking of this as I travel to New Orleans for a family reunion. I think of my many blessings of family as Thanksgiving comes around and the incredible sacrifices military families have given with service and loss to their country — all for our gain and to preserve the American way of life and freedom.
Heading out-water color_Cervantez via Washington Post
A Huge Responsibility_oil by Sgt Martin J. Cervantez via Washinton Post
This last painting is interesting to me because the light on the military personnel’s shirt in the foreground is painted in such a way to suggest that the commander has a priestly robe – the duplicity of wearing both military garb and performing the role of making life and death decisions. I’m not sure if this is intentional, but it’s what I first thought of when I saw it.
Ocean City Veterans Mural by Carla Migliaccio via Shore News Today
Since I haven’t added music here in a while, here’s a little Talking Heads, Life During Wartime, to Kick Start the Weekend. I always feel like I should be doing an aerobic exercise when listening to this music. As it turns out, I probably was when dancing to it in college but now, just watching the video wears me out!
This is a mix mash of multiple interests and the start of my Wednesdays-once-a-week posts, so I’m calling it the Charleston Shuffle. It starts in Charleston from previous collected sites re an interesting way to do an art fundraiser + sculpture that I really like, then it moves to museums and music, all reminding me of the Charleston dance and back to where this began.
What a great idea to save the palette for each painting and then offer it up in an auction for a fundraiser. This is what The Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association’s Palette and Palate Stroll accomplished in this summer. $250,000 for visual arts scholarship has been raised in the past and divided between Redux, the Gibbes, and the College of Charleston’s art programs. This event paired 20 artists’ palettes, representing 10 galleries along with 10 restaurants, with the paintings for which they were used. A simple, yet brilliant idea that gives insight into the creative paint process used for each artwork.
Fred Jamar's painting and palette
Karen Ann Meyers' painting and palette
Another artist that Redux Gallery showed was Susan Meyer back in 2008 and her Installations sculpture, Together, which I really enjoy. Looking at her work, I’m pretty fascinated with her ability to have so many textural layers in her work and the color is captivating.
There was an entire section of the Washington Post called Museums: Technology but for the life of me I could not find the same online. It showcases all of the upcoming local/DC museum exhibit listings for the rest of the year and discussed whether apps for iPhone and iPad were worthwhile using while viewing an exhibit. Answer, not really because unless you look at the artwork instead of the screen, you’re not really viewing it as it was meant to be seen. You’ll be once removed like the character Brick in The Middle, who experiences life, even while in Nature, through books and what they tell him he is viewing. Love that show. (Axl, the teenage son character is the epitome of mine.)
Now, here’s another museum post worth reading about a new proposed melting pot, National Museum of the American People and how it might soon exist from concept to creation. Here’s the only link I could find to the museum listings I mentioned previously but unfortunately it’s not the same as in the paper, which allows you to circle the ones you want to attend — so much for technology.
This post was set to draft and never posted last week – so it is now the post for this week…After my last post regarding collaboration of collective art media and initiatives that generate positive public art, I was inspired to think more holistically in my blogging approach. It is not the quantity, well sometimes it is in the blogosphere where it can be only about the SEO rankings, but the quality of posts generated. After reaching over 500 posts — this is my 512th — I’ve decided to cut back to one post a week. I realize this is bucking the trend of posting more not less but time, mental health, my other business and my family are all more important. It takes quite a chunk of time to write blog posts and I’ve been doing this since 2008, so no fly-by-night here, but with more things needing my attention, there is just so much time to be able to spread my self any thinner. I had thought about ending this blog altogether, although, I have always received enjoyment from writing it, in particular due to the discovery of all the new things out there each day. I would never be able to post all of the 60 pages of 12 entries on each that I’ve collected to write about over the years. Some of them, although interesting, are out of date, needless to say.
This is the end of the month and start of a new fall season so it seems an appropriate time to switch my posts to Wednesday’s Once a Week. I’ll still keep reporting on all of the same topics, Murals and Kick Starting the Weekend won’t go away but they will share the post time and will most certainly alternate with other subjects. That is what this blog is about — many subjects with Art being Everywhere.
On this note, I saw this texturized painting, which reminds me of of a sculpture, called “hope” by Segun Aiyesan and thought about the past meeting present and it seemed to sum up my state of mind. Blogging has been an education – always reflecting on what has come before in relation to what is new and there is joyfulness within the search, correlation and discovery. I thought this interview on Next with the artist was quite interesting to learn that he was self taught, coming from an engineering background and to learn about his creative process and what inspires and drives him to create art. Learning about this from other artist’s perspectives gives introspective insight that is always enlightening and often inspirational to me.
Segun Aiysean's sculpture
Michelangelo's Creation of Man
You see the reference right? On a humorous note, I’ve been saving this mural below and can’t resist posting now….and how cyclical it is. This mural, a spoof on God’s Gift to Woman, is by Studio Vertu, as described here on The Huffington Post, and painted in Cincinnati (see last post, where this one started).
George Clooney as God's Gift to Woman painted by Studio Vertu in Cincinnati
Now you know what is weird about this trail, is it leads me really full circle, back to my decorative art business. I’ve been following this group for their Fresco Wall™ technology, where a mural can be commissioned and ordered as a portable fresco to install — either permanently or with Velco®. This has been interesting to me ever since I first learned about it over a year ago in my Faux Finisher magazine, which has since stopped publishing. I’ve been following because it generalizes the same concept of my decorative painting being transferred to a wallcovering substrate that is independent of the wall and in my case, removable and reusable, Casart coverings. We’ve gone one step further in being able to also customize the work.
I can’t leave this without sharing recommended readings for the following: 1) Blogging is Big Business (2008 / WTAE.com) — where the state of blogging started (when I began) to although not saying goodbye yet but cutting back, and Saying Goodbye (ArtTalk – Chicago, 2009), which states some great parting sentiments regarding art reviews from writer Kathryn Born – well worth reading.
Finally what you’ve all been waiting for, a little music to Kick Start Your Weekend (and in this case, your week, as this is posting late ) — a collective One Love by Bob Marly by various artist around the world through the effort Playing for Change.
The second part of this two-part post about two artists who stood out among the crowd at Old Town Alexandria’s Art Festival.
Part 2 – Jim Roberts does Gyotaku = Japanese for Fish (gyo) + Rubbings (taku). He had a large triptych that I wish I had photographed of what looked like a large grouper. It was wonderful and was printed on handmade rice paper.
Jim Roberts, Gytoaku print starts with a fresh catch, in this case grouper
Perhaps you may remember doing fish prints at camp? Well, this takes it to whole new level and scale (no pun intended). What I like most about his prints are actually seeing the scales. This brings reality to the artistic print that can’t be overlooked. It adds character to the print that would not exist without the subject. In this sense, you can fish for your dinner in a double way — both immediate and with the future purchase of prints.
The Gyotaku print
Jim Roberts, book on Gyotaku
Not all of his prints are black and white or monochromatic. I love these colors in his fish prints below and the movement of water suggested with the ink or paint used in the process.
Jim Roberts, Yellowtails Rising, Gyotaku
Jim Roberts, Rainbow-Trout, Gyotaku
I’m partial to blue and green myself.
Jim Roberts, In the Zone, Gyatoku
Radiohead’s new music upload, Mrs Magpie – Modeselektor RMXto Kick Start the Weekend is below. They are appearing as Saturday Night Live’s musical guest this coming weekend to kick off their new fall season. It will be interesting to hear what, if any, of these new songs or remixes that they might play. Their music has been heading in a dubstep direction. Here’s a pretty fascinating video from alberito80 to help visually explain, as it mixes this electronic music style with fine art masterpieces. See if you can recognize some of the paintings. Here is some of Radiohead’s newer music.
Lotus Flower (+ disjointed dancing that a bit disconcerting if not mesmerizing to watch).
Supercolider, which I like and has some meditative repetitiveness that is more typical of their older music.
Tough week — trying to get ready for a potential media blitz and possible TV spot so there was no time for me to write in advance of a post today like I wanted.
Except to say, I saw two very interesting artists at the Old Town Alexandria Arts Festival last weekend who stood out among the rest. This is a two part series to profile them in each post.
Jupi T. Das‘ exquisite, labor intensive and creative papercut art. Here are excerpts from her artist’s statement, and what I like is noted in teal:
All the paper cuttings of this site are artist’s self-creation.Each of them are hand cut one at a time.No commercial reproduction procedures are used for mass production…The art of paper cutting is a process of hand cutting a single piece of paper and turning them into a beautiful design is the soul of my work….
It is my hope that others will see the influence of different cultural elements in my artwork and realize the connection between a dying art and my creativity and enjoying it visually. I create, so that the energy and the enthusiasm that I put into each piece will bring as much joy to people as the process of creating them brings joy to my life….As a full time artist my goal is to breathe life into this dying art and inspire others to create.
OK, I like a lot, for this is art you can savor. Folk art silhouettes that tell a cultural story. I truly appreciate the intricacy and time it takes to be so precise in one’s work. Giving a dying art the credit where it is due is more than admirable. She gives a wonderful accounting of the history of papercutting. Having an art history background, I find this fantastic and I learned a lot. Clicking on her video will give you an intimate inside look to her process, execution and the talent of her work as well as its importance. I am particularly fond of the butterfly papercutting. Of course it was one of the highlights in her display and costs the most. What can I say?…She said, when I asked her how long it took typically to complete. She said she could do one or two of this size a year. It all depends on the intricacy and the size. Notice she adds color to some of her papercuttings, which make them even more unusual and striking.
Butterfly Garden via jupisart.com
Peacock Mandala+ other works courtesy jupisart.com
Ahh, its’s now a work week again and I’m still thinking of memories of the beach, wishing we could have that relaxed pace all year long. But alas, we’ll just have to reflect on these times that help make vacations all the more appreciated. Meanwhile, here are some stunning beach photos that will leave a lasting impression.
Light painting on Britain’s beaches by Jamie Wardley from the UK’s Daily Mail.