Sun, Nov. 6th, 2005, 06:23 pm
|Your Birthdate: September 2|
You're so intuitive, it's like you have a sixth, seventh, and eighth sense.
You connect with others freely and easily - and you tend to have many best friends.
Warm and caring, it's hard for you to close your heart to anyone.
Affection is like air for you - you need to give and receive it to survive.
Your strength: Your universal compassion
Your weakness: Your unpredictable mood swings
Your power color: Mauve
Your power symbol: Butterfly
Your power month: February
This past several weeks... actually the past 2 months or so have been a whirlwind of activity. Last Friday marked my 26th Birthday. Many of you wished me well and made that day very special for me, so i would like to say Thank You, to all of you who did. Yesterday I finished with the bulk of moving into my studio, still have to pack up a couple more small boxes and take them over, then i have the task of unpacking and setting up my studio... This should prove interesting and fun since i had the help of a few family members who just threw things into boxes, not knowing the method to my madness of what only looks to them like junk. I barely have time to do this now, but I promised and failed to make good on my promise to post this work in progress last week (I hope you'll forgive me Lin).
As with almost all of my work, there are many layers of meaning as well as media involved in making this piece. Layers of magazine cutouts as well as image transfers made through a special immersion process create a portrait of women, old and young, living their multi-layered, multi-facedted lives- dancing, working, sweating, crying, communing with God and their children/families... Images of celebrities and women of interest to me- women whose lives are & were studded by pain and struggle as well as blessed and cursed with glamour, talent, beauty, brains and legendary voices and careers, such as Lady Day (Billie Holiday), Marilyn Monroe,Betty Boop (hehehe), Emily Dickenson, Natalie Merchant, Coco Chanel, and The Black Madonna. These images build a base to which the painting is applied adding further depth and meaning to the piece.
A fist clutches a butterfly- her life and her innocence violated, her beauty and power made only more evident by the one that violates her and tries to keep her from freedom. On another level this image represents and is dedicated to anyOne or any Group of people who have ever been oppressed, enslaved, violated, betrayed, rejected or neglected, or "kept in your place". Your beauty and strength will always overshadow and haunt your oppressors if they dont change their ways. Be watchful that you dont become an oppressor as you learn to fly.
More about this piece, and more photos of progress soon to come as it unfolds and reveals itself to me. Also, if you're at all interested, i will be posting pics of my studio space, here in my bedroom/office/studio (the before pics) as well as pics of my new studio, in Historic Southend as it takes shape and becomes a home and haven for art making. Thank you for your time and for your love and support, for believing in me and for encouraging me to make fear my doormat and stomp on it as i take hold of my dreams and to all those who have been coming to my journal over the years. Love and blessings to you all.
So, without further ado, here is my work in progress, first painting from my new series, Black and White and Red [/Read] All Over.( Details...Collapse )
( More photos of R.Collapse )
This is my friend,R. R. Is homeless and has only one arm and his legs are both lame, one in particular is very lame. He lost his arm and recieved the other injuries when a propane tank exploded at his work many years ago. I met him about 6 years ago when I saw him painting an angel in a small nook of trees off the side of the road. That day I stood there and talked to him for several hours, until long after dark. His angel stayed illuminated the entire time, there were no street lights close by and he had no flashlight or other source of light on. We spoke about art, about God and about family. After this chance meeting, I started to run into him in various places around town and each time I would spend hours talking with him, not realizing how much time had gone by. Over this past 6 years, I have been given much in the way of life lessons, spiritual council, and inspiration by this man. R. is a very talented artist and I am proud to say a very close friend of mine. Sometimes months go by and I dont see him, but hardly a day goes by that I dont think of him and pray for him several times. I love this man, he has been such a wonderful friend and mentor. Many people have scoffed at me for sitting on the side of the road (me being a white girl living in the south) for hours into the night and often into the wee hours of morning talking to this black homeless man, but they are missing out. They do not see anything more in him than the color of his skin (which shouldnt be an issue anyway) and a rough, sometimes dirty, somewhat eccentric man with one arm and a terribly exaggerated limp (more of a shuffle and drag). I often wonder why people do not use their gut instead of their eyes and their assumptions to decide whether or not to talk to someone. The lessons and the council and friendship that I have recieved from this man is worth so much more than I ever could have expected that first day when I hopped out of my Dad's car and went over to speak to him. Though there have been many times that I have given gifts and offered food, money, and other necessities to him, this man once took the $15 that was in his pocket and gave it to me because he said he knew I needed it more than him... That was on a day that I had no food in my house and no check coming to me for several days. R. may very well be my guardian angel. I know that there are many people who know him around this city and have been touched by his generous personality and his tenacity. I feel so fortunate to have met him and to be his friend.
Wed, Jun. 16th, 2004, 02:23 am
a month I would be...February
a day of the week I would be...Miercoles
a time of day I would be... Midnight
a planet I would be...Saturn
a sea animal I would be...anemone
a direction I would be...North
a piece of furniture I would be...a chaise lounge
a liquid I would be...Electric Lemonade
A tree I would be...Oak or Cypress
a bird I would be...a swan
a tool I would be...a jigsaw
a kind of weather I would be...partly cloudy
a mythical creature I would be...a unicorn
a musical instrument I would be...saxophone or drums
a color I would be...purple
an emotion I would be...elated
a sound I would be...thunderstorm
a car i would be....Rolls Royce
a song I would be... Help by Joni Mitchell
a book, I'd be written by... David, the psalmist
a place I would be...Savannah
a word I would be... supercalifragilisticexpalidocious
an object I would be...a paintbrush
a body part I would be...eyes
a facial expression I would be...cocked eyebrow, nonchalant
a number I would be...7
Sun, Nov. 23rd, 2003, 03:47 pm
this client is screwy
Virginity like bubble, one prick, all gone.
>Man who run in front of car get tired.
>Man who run behind car get exhausted.
>Man with hand in pocket feel cocky all day.
>Foolish man give wife grand piano, wise man give wife upright organ.
>Man who walk through airport turnstile sideways going to Bangkok.
>Man with one chopstick go hungry.
>Man who scratch ass should not bite fingernails.
>Man who eat many prunes get good run for money.
>Baseball is wrong: man with four balls cannot walk.
>Panties not best thing on earth! but next to best thing on earth.
>War does not determine who is right, war determine who is left.
>Wife who put husband in doghouse soon find him in cat house.
>Man who fight with wife all day get no piece at night.
>It take many nails to build crib, but one screw to fill it.
>Man who drive like hell, bound to get there.
>Man who stand on toilet is high on pot.
>Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.
>Man who fish in other man's well often catch crabs.
>Man who fart in church sit in own pew.
>Crowded elevator smell different to midget.