Friday, January 30, 2009

She Wants To Find Frankenstein

My talented friend Lorene Herrera posted a blog of interest to me yesterday over on She Wants To Find Frankenstein and i want to help her out as best as I can. Turns out she was in a car accident and although she is ok needs some financial help, so please go take a peek at her ebay listings and buy some art or visit her etsy shop and buy something there. Thanks friends! ;-)
ebay listings:

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

We're All Mad!

I did up another flyer for our anniversary bash...I couldn't pass up such a perfect picture of the Beatles drinking tea. It was fun choosing hats to put on each Beatle and this party in general has been fun and creative to plan. I can't give away any surprises though but I hope everyone is on the hunt for the maddest hat to wear to the party!

Monday, January 26, 2009

All Systems Go Go!

photo courtesy of Dylan Hollingsworth Photography

Me and my Go Go gal pals the Lolli Dollies are gearing up for our next event and another new routine. Go Go dancing can be so gruelling sometimes! I'm hoping we can get our new routine recorded to video so we can show all our fans out there in youtube land. But anyway, dance practice is what I do Mondays and Fridays for now until the end of next month. Sure beats the boring ol' gym if you ask me! Wanna know more about the Lolli Dollies? Visit the myspace page and keep up with the she-nanigans here!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mark Your Calendars

We're turning 5! This is going to be a really FUN event, I hope everyone can make it out to help us celebrate! There will be Tea and Such and lots of Nonsense and Dancing. Wear your maddest hat, dress like a Cheshire Cat or come as you are...or come quite bizarre! The weekend will be very fun with the Smoke doing their dance party on Friday and then our anniversary bash Saturday....your poor feet won't know what hit em!

Friday, January 23, 2009

I Just Want To Be With You

I am working on the followup painting to the one pictured above and I must say...I can't stop thinking about it. I longingly gaze at it as I throw my scarf on before I zip out the door to work. I promise to spend time with it "the very next day" I say, before going to sleep. I stare at it. I scheme. And this weekend I will finally have time to spend painting. I can't wait. A little obsessed? Perhaps. Every time I finish a painting I get a little goosebumpy just thinking that I'm that much closer to my very own show. Someday...but for now I'm having so much fun creating them.

Five For The Hive

I like to randomly pop into the Etsy forums and ask for the next five people to respond to me. Then I feature their shop. Here are todays Etsy offerings, enjoy!

mchen has a wonderful little shop full of screenprinted shirts that all come from her original illustrations. I like her stylized tree and animal prints but the tornado really spun me the right way. I think because I live in Texas and I know a girl who is obsessed with twisters. You can also buy some of her sweet illustrations on cards and she has a nice offering of unisex shirts available for sale in her etsy shop!

hollyzhobby is most definitely quilting. Aww, just like my Mom! Quilts are great because everyone can use one and the ones I have I really cherish, knowing how much time and labor that goes into it..makes it so much more special. I really liked the 'Cats on the Loose' quilt pictured above. I bet my cats would too! Looking to get cozy? Visit her shop on etsy!

lindab142 got me with the name of the pendant pictured above, the 'bumblebee heart pendant'. I'm a sucker for bees, what can I say? She has a lovely selection of jewelry made with beads as well as some random goodies like thank you cards and book beads. I thought this was a pretty piece and timely for valentines day, who will bee your valentine? Go peep her shop here!

And because only three people responded to my etsy posting today I'm going to give the next two people who leave a comment on this post a nice little spotlight today. Good luck!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Snapshot: Dylan Hollingsworth

Some things are easy to write about and some things aren't....such as beautiful photographs that already speak so many words that your own language fails you. I first encountered local photographer Dylan Hollingsworth at one of my own parties. He was shooting all the guests and at the time I had no idea what the pictures were going to look like but the cat had style and a certain way about him. I think it was the way he flamenco danced while shooting, leaping up and clicking his heels and darting around while the subjects eyes lit up with glee. That is when I knew I had better see how his photos came out. I was amazed at the angles, the colors, the imagination and most of all the very personal way his photos spoke to me. Like I said, some things just can't be given justice through the art of words. Some things just must be taken in with the eyes and the viewers own thoughts. And so I leave you with some select photos I love, so super real as to be unreal and so full of life you're bound to be sucked into this wonderful artists vivid world....

a portrait of the artist Dylan Hollingsworth

for more captivating photos please visit Dylan Hollingsworth's website

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Art is Happening: Kettle Art

Kettle Art is on the ball! Heres the info on their next exhibition:

On Saturday, January 24, 2009 Kettle Art proudly presents 'Empire of Belief' a one person show by Judith Lea Perkins. Judith was one of the original founders of Kettle Art way back in the Fall of 2005 and has consistently participated with the gallery since. She traveled to NYC with us in June of 2007, shown with us in Miami in December of 2007, and was one of three featured artists in the March 2007, Skulls Babes and Spakley Guns, along with Marie Sena and Cathey Miller.

Judith's works are all hand carved blocks that result in one of a kind print ensemble pieces. No two are anything like the other and all are nothing short of incredible. This show runs through Saturday, February 14.
for more info visit: Kettle Art on myspace

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Attended: "Stand By Your Man" A Tribute to Bonnie and Clyde

Notorious outlaws, art and beautiful hats inspired by Depression era America...of course I was in attendance. I was also excited this art/fashion show was a mere few blocks from my house in Oak Cliff. "Tara to the T Studios" shopfront gallery was well attended with the guests milling from viewing the art of Joey Seeman to trying on Tara Tonini's smashing new line of chapeaus, that's fancy French talk for "hats". Both artists, a notorious couple themselves, were there to answer questions and generally be charming.
Joey Seemans art consisted of some large and small acrylic paintings of everyone's favorite outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde. The couple was depicted with ghastly blue skin, rendered in the muralist fashion of the WPA with a touch of tattoo artistry creeping in. Some paintings were done on shot up car doors, a grim reminder of the infamous demise of the gun toting bank robbers.
Tara Tonini's feathered and bejeweled felt hats were elegantly displayed in vintage luggage and antiquated shelving, beckoning viewers to try them on. She had an array of hats for men and women as well as hair accessories- all hearkening back to the era when things were much simpler and somehow more glamorous. When I asked for pricing on her unique one of a kind line I was amazed at how affordable everything was. Tara told me "I want my friends to be able to afford these". At that price I walked out of there with a hunter green beauty with coral jewel work and my pocketbook intact. In these times of economic hardship that's something to tip your hat to!
Did you miss the closing reception for this show? Visit these sites to view, purchase and get more information :
Stand By Your Man on Myspace and

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sharing Creative Spaces

What will make a starving artist more depressed than the fact that they're a starving artist? Not having a work space, that's what!
So it came to be I found myself newly moved into a new hive, organizing my lifes accumulations (and my boyfriends), trying to find a place for everything and neglecting one of the most important things to my spirit. My creative space. So I've been here almost 4 months without picking up a paintbrush and I began to feel a little despair sinking in. Nothing feels worse than just being a drudge worker at a 9-5 with no creative outlet. So I remedied that and in a hurry!
I love seeing peoples creative spaces, even if it's just a little table wedged into a nook where one can sit down and create.
For the time being I am having to share my creative space with...well, the whole house and the majority of the house members are my cats. We will see how this works out because as you can see they already have staked claim on my drawing table.
But I would love to see everyones creative spaces too, it is almost as inspiring as the art one creates. Feel free to send a link to a picture of your creative space or email me the pic at and I'll post your little workstation...make sure to tell me what you create there and a link to your work.
Mine is still a work in progress because I still need to stake out a corner by the window to do my actual canvases at. But here is the little area I carved out in my dining room and some ideas for using votives as brush holders.

decorative ceiling fan blades adorn the wall, owl graphic by One Up Designs, supply baskets and magazine bins from Family Dollar, table resurfaced with wood grain contact paper (Family Dollar), green Ikea storage boxes make great hideaways for scrapbook paper and paper goods!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Five for the Hive

The bee is back to bringing you little nectar gifts from etsy. Do check out these shops while you're buzzing about the web...

Randomocity, Inc. It's kind of been my thing of late. Randomness. I just love this ring and the little wire wrapped jewelry over at Randomocity's shop. Word to the wise- she's got a sale going on... and FREE SHIPPING. Two of the loveliest words in the English language. Go make your hands, necks,ears and wrists happy!

Some things aren't random at all. They coincide exactly with your thoughts in such a way that you can only say..."cosmic!" and be a little afraid. Who knew etsy sold spices? So just as I was thinking it was time to find some new herbs and spices to add to my kitchen who happens to just magically appear but Purposedesign and what's this? Another sale?! The spicy gods are with us! Theres a whole range of spice and tea kits to choose from and you can make your own custom kits. Novel idea! I've been wanting to learn the art of making tikka masala at home and I think the Indian spice kit is calling my name! Check out this shop and the sale which is going on until Jan. 20.
Bellacosaart is a bright sunny shop full of a variety of things, namely handpainted scarves, jewelry and paintings...and the paintings are on a variety of things as well. Even a spoon! Inventive and fun, I was quite taken with these blue bell silver wire earrings (pictured above).

AliciaRose22 makes itsy bitsy girly things. Drawing inspiration from her two daughters her store is full of little bracelets, hairclips and small dainties like any girl should want. The "bashful" bracelet (pictured above) is for the wee woman to be. Would be a sweet little giftie for the next little birthday party.

Remember my post on THANK YOUs? What a perfect little card a fuzzbuzz like me could give to thank everyone of you for reading my blog! EllePaperie has some fantastic little paper goods in her shop..namely cards and for so many occasions. And I do believe a lovey dovey little holiday is just around the corner so be prepared this year with unique one of a kind finds from etsy!

Around Town

I'm part of this group called Etsy Dallas and it looks like they're about to revamp the whole shebang and allow new members in. Be sure to check their blog and apply if you're interested, hit the link-
Etsy Dallas Blog.
Also in the world of craft- my darling friend Tara of Tara to the T is having a closing reception on her Bonnie and Clyde show. The details are on the flyer

looks to be a cool event. Outlaws+ cool hats+art= I'm there!
In not so wonderful news or even Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner)finally escaped and is no longer with us. Thanks for some great shows Number Six!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Blog recommended!

I am just loving catching up on all the crafty projects over at Maked. One of the things I want to learn to make this year is bath salts and possibly even soap. I am almost certain that Maked can get me inspired, let's trek over and get crafty!

Hit Random

I'm all into my Operation Bruce Lee project right now. And this image on etsy made me smile. It's called "Carnival in Italy" and it can be found in the etsy shop called Martha Haskins who also goes by Alexandra Whatton? Maybe I'm confused but what a great image. She has some fun pineapple ACEOs I'm also quite fond of. Go have a looksee!
This is a random post so onward we go... (wait, maybe you want to know what an ACEO is and I'm being an etsy nerd...ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals)

On the first day of the new year I got good news in my inbox, which is rare...usually I just get SPAM and stupidness. But the good news was that my favorite sushi restaurant which went BYE BYE (sayonara!) in 2008 will resurface in April to be exact. This makes me as happy as a little ハマグリ (Clam!)Sushi on Mckinney is making a comeback and I will for sure be there with my chopsticks come April reopening time.
Speaking of sushi, here is one novel idea I came across on

His name is Sushi Ed and as it states on the site "Meet Sushi Ed
- a benevolent bean whose interest it is to show everyone a way to see the good fortune all around --- because it always is.

For just $1 ($1.75 international) - a fortune card meant just for you will be sent in the most cheer-packed mini package you ever saw. Your fortune will feature a teenie-tiny photo of your bean friend, Ed."
This is the cute creation of
Girlgolite whose got some cute felted stuff over at her etsy shop. Go peek!
More randomness from the random file- I've started a new book called "Beginning Mindfulness" by Andrew Weiss. It's like a ten week study in practicing being mindful. I really need this as my brain is always racing. ALWAYS. I know you can't tell by how cohesive todays blog was. Not random and scattered at all! I'll keep everyone posted on how the book works out for me.
The band is still finishing up the album at Hai Tex and it looks like we're getting our old practice room back so that means WOOHOO- NEW ROCK! New Rock is good. I've been experimenting with ads on myspace, let me know if you see this one around:

and the photos we took recently were all very beautifully and graciously done by David Mausey of Mausey Fashion Photography and were taken in the beautiful nowherelands of East Texas proper. Luckily no cows had left behind fan mail for us.
Ok, random is as random does. Sayonara sweeties!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

So Sophisticated

Some things just make your heart so happy it hurts. Ouch.

Dallas Doings


from eleven to two

Drink Specials


from Kettle's myspace bulletin:
Kettle will be cooking for 2009. To kick this year off we're starting w/a neighborhood movie night that surely will kick ass. No cover charge and visual overload supreme.
Following this our next opening will be a one person show by original Kettle crew artist, Judith Lea Perkins, on Saturday 1/ 24.
Mark your calendars accordingly because both nights are not to be missed
So DO!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Free Love...Tuesdays?

Yeah, I know. Last year it was Free Love Fridays and it had a great ring to it. Alliteration. Awesome. But I'm being random and spontaneous the way I can be so today is Free Love Tuesdays without rhyme or reason or..alliteration.
I have neglected my etsy shop for awhile. I've been bad. It looks like the hurricane hit my little shack by the sea and only little remnants are left. Just a sign I was loved and bought from last year is all. Just more space for new things. But i peeked into that little magic section where people give you a heart if they like your shop and lo and behold...some freakin' unbelievable cuteness I swear!


little lychee tree magnet

upset stomach magnet

peanut butter and jelly sandwich magnet

Crazy cute little woolen magnets are just the perfect thing to decorate your fridge with. I think the upset stomach magnet would serve as a good reminder that too many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will make for a tummy ache! Too cute, I love em, I love em!
Check out these cuties at ChrisCreatures shop on etsy:

My Life Was Saved By Rock and Roll

photo by David Mausey
Does anyone know what a relief it is to release an album? Especially one that shoulda been done and gone like 3 years ago? Well, I can't wait to feel that relief and it's coming soon. We have about 2-3 more sessions at Hai-Tex studio, mixing down this 11 song monster (12 songs? maybe? hmm?)and then we'll be set to master and press. No foolin' this time, it's the really, real deal.
I'm working on artwork, photos, layout and schemes for the rest of the month. The only thing delaying this sucker is cash flow. Thanks economy!
Keep up on the release and future show dates here:
The best thing about releasing this beast? Moving on with 2009 and new songs at long last. Yep!

Monday, January 05, 2009

The Lost Art of "Thank You"

Call me old fashioned but I believe in saying "thank you" when someone does something nice for me. In this day and age "thank you" notes seem outdated but it would be nice to bring back the lost art of thank you- even if it's verbal or a nice emailed message. (This works fine for me, email...less paper, less's the thought that counts!)

A lady at work (who is not a close coworker) took the time to shoot some photos of my paintings while they were hanging up here at work. She developed them and gave me prints. I was so surprised and grateful! I had no idea she had done it. So for Christmas I made sure to pick up a little extra something to give her for the holidays to show my thanks. The art of showing thanks...we need to do it more often.

I think it is most important if you're giving a gift to a recipient and you can't be there directly to hand it to them. Then you have no idea if they even got it or appreciated it-if you never hear from them about it. A simple thanks, it really isn't that hard. I think I'm going to design some thank you cards this year, a reminder to myself to always thank the kindness of others in whatever little form it is shown.

Here are some excerpts I found online of interest... THANKS for reading! ;-)


When should I send a thank-you note?
Here are a few common occasions where a thank-you note is appropriate - an an example of when one is inappropriate.

Whenever you receive a gift, send a thank-you note. If someone sends you a gift (that's more than just a product promotion), this is a great opportunity for such a note. This is particularly true with Christmas and other personal gift-giving occasions, though for personal notes, you should use blank, hand-written notes.

Whenever you interview for a job, send a thank-you note. This is true whether or not the interview went well; in either event, you should show appreciation. Why? Even in the worst case scenario, it taught you some things about yourself.

Whenever someone does something for you that is helpful for either your personal or professional life, send a thank-you note. I find these are the most powerful ones in terms of building a network of people that you can regularly connect with. I'm not typically the most social person, so when I am able to make a significant contact with a person, I make sure to follow up, because those individuals may eventually become your co-workers, your clients, or potentially your friends.

Whenever you establish a new professional contact, send a thank-you note. This doesn't mean that you should send a note to every person that gives you a business card. Instead, wait for encounters that are actually meaningful. What I do is if I spent time interacting with someone and some genuinely fruitful ideas come out of the meeting, I'll take their card and jot down a quick note on the back as a reminder. Then, when I have a few moments, I take the cards with notes on the back and issue thank-you notes to those individuals, using the jotted note as a reminder.

Avoid sending thank-you notes to the same person more often than every six months. I've found that more often than this creates a sycophantic impression, which is a negative. One note is great; five notes is creepy.

In short, I'm a big believer in the power of the thank-you note. Time and time again, I come across individuals that I have thanked via note in the past and I'm already ahead because I have an established positive relationship with that person."


and this one is kinda long but kinda funny, enjoy:

"Question: I have a crushing inability to write proper thank-you notes. Can you offer me some guidelines? –Helen

Answer: I was wondering when you were going to ask that question, and frankly, I'm a little disappointed it took you so long. Somewhere in between your mom making you sit down with your Peanuts® stationery and you shooting off an email, you completely lost touch with the concept of simple thank-you notes. Now that you're a grown-up, an email just won't do, and more is expected of you than scratching out 'Thanks for the present, you rock!'

Grandma might not say anything to you, but trust me: She and her friends are probably at this very moment sighing over how young people today just don't have manners.

As extra motivation, I will also grudgingly tell you the hidden secret of thank-you notes: They improve the frequency and quality of the gifts you receive. People like being appreciated, and if they feel you actually notice the nice things they do for you, they're more likely to give an encore performance. Do not, however, use this as a strategy to avoid writing thank-yous to those who regularly give gifts you do not like. Every gift deserves a thank-you. Even the 'Keep On Truckin'' blacklight poster your crazy Uncle Alvarez gave you when you moved into the dorms.

I assure you, writing thank-yous is easier than you remember. Get yourself some stationery, plain note cards or a selection of attractive postcards (yes, postcards are perfectly acceptable!), and proper postage. Avoid the pre-inscribed 'Thank you!' cards in loopy script, as there are times you'll want to write notes where that aesthetic feels all wrong. Better to choose paper you like. Stay away from full-size sheets—note cards are best, as your message will be brief, and would look silly swimming around on a page that large. Store all of these items somewhere easily accessible and preferably in plain sight so you won't hesitate too long or forget too easily. Say, the top drawer of your desk or on a bookshelf at eye level or below.

If you want to know when you get a genuine pass on writing a note, the litmus test is simple: Do I live under the same roof as the giver? If the answer is 'yes,' you need not write a thank-you note (although a thank-you Post-It might be a nice touch).

I'm not going to go all Miss Manners on your ass and get into the social intricacies and delicate situations that surround thank-you note writing, as I was taught that a solid thank-you note will transcend all complicated situations—and I have seen no evidence to the contrary.

There is a six-point formula to the proper thank-you: Learn it, know it, memorize it—and it will never fail you.

1. Greet the Giver

Dear Aunt Sally,
That's the easy part, but you'd be surprised how many people forget it. Dale Carnegie taught us people love to hear their own names and Direct Marketing is sure we also love to read them in ink. That's right, ink. Blue-black is always the number-one choice, but black will suffice in a pinch. Don't let a whimsical marker color be the most stunning part of your note: instead let the words sing without the amplification of rainbow hues. Even if your handwriting is poor, you must still hand-write your notes. Do not type them or, worse, use a word processor. No excuses.

2. Express Your Gratitude

Thank you so much for the slippers.
This first paragraph seems like it would be the easiest, but it is actually the most complicated. Beware the just writing trap. You are not 'just writing to say' as in I am just writing to say; that's stating the obvious. If the giver is reading, clearly you have already written. Therefore use the present-perfect tense, which essentially means write as if whatever you say is happening in the moment.

Also—and this is important—never directly mention money. 'Thank you for the hundred bucks' could instead be 'Thank you for your generosity.' All cash denominations become 'your generosity' or 'your kindness.' If you feel the giver overspent, the farthest you can go is appreciated: 'Your generosity is appreciated,' or 'It is such an extravagant gift—your kindness is appreciated.'

If you're writing to thank someone for an intangible (such as them putting you up at their place while you were in town for the weekend), first define what the intangible thing is, and then make the gift sound as attractive as possible. In other words, don't say: 'Thanks for letting us crash at your place.' Instead say: 'Thank you for your hospitality.' Don't worry if it sounds too simple; the point of writing the note is to create a simple expression of a heartfelt sentiment.

3. Discuss Use

It gets very chilly here in the winter, so they will get a lot of use when winter comes.
Say something nice about the item and how you will use it. Let's say it's something you actually love and use incessantly—then say so: 'Ever since I got the slippers I have only taken them off to shower and go to work. I'd wear them to the office if I thought I could get away with it.'

But don't lie, even though some etiquette books may tell you it's okay. After all, there's always a truth that can be extracted. Let's say you hate the slippers. How to say thanks? Find the one thing about them that's nice and discuss it—but don't get carried away. 'They are such a lovely shade of blue' works, and is more honest than 'These slippers make my heart sing like a choir of angels,' which is overkill. If it was a gesture, like letting you stay at their place, you can follow the lines of 'It's so nice to make a personal connection while traveling. I really appreciated my time with your family.'

If the gift was cash, allude to how you will use the money, but do not itemize your planned purchases line by line, instead simply say: 'It will be a great help when we purchase our new home/toaster/lava lamp/whatever.'

You can get arty here, but not flowery. It's a fine line. Small, realistic statements like 'I put the flowers on the kitchen table and they are still looking fresh and beautiful after a week,' or 'I don't know which is more fun, actually using the Cuisinart, or reading recipes and thinking I could do that in the Cuisinart!' Having fun is alright, so have at it.

4. Mention the Past, Allude to the Future

It was great to see you at my birthday party, and I hope to see you at Dad's retirement in February.
Why did they give you the gift? What does it mean to your relationship with the giver? Let the giver know how they fit into the fabric of your life. If it's someone you see infrequently, say whatever you know: 'Mom tells me you're doing great at Stanford, and I hope we cross paths soon.' If it's someone you're in regular contact with: 'I'll call you soon, but I wanted to take time to say thanks.' If it's some errant family member you have little or no contact with, simply go with 'You are in my thoughts and I hope you are well.' Nice, right?

5. Grace

Thanks again for your gift.
It's not overkill to say thanks again. So say it.

6. Regards

Simply wrap it up. Use whatever works for you: Love, Yours Truly, With Love. Then sign your name and you're done.

What's Not There

Any news about your life. This isn't the time to brag about your new job, a hot girlfriend, or number of surgeries. The thank-you is exclusively about thanking somebody for their kindness. While you may want more than anything to show them once and for all you amounted to something, this is not the forum. Save that for your annual Christmas letter.

Now get it in the mail. Even if your friends and relatives aren't of the note-writing variety, be the one who sets the precedent. Thank-you-note writing is one of the loveliest traditions to have been utterly compromised by the information age. Let's start a movement to revive a little gracious living."


Sunday, January 04, 2009


Here I be!
My move into the new hive caused this bee to go into nesting mode. I've been all about decluttering, purging, cleaning and organizing. I neglected my blog but I'm back! Of course all that stuff isn't done yet (will it ever be?) but I'm trying to find the balance in things. All work and no play will just make me tired and grumpy.
The holidays were sweet and mellow, like a fine honey...the way they should be. I got some nice little gifties for a few friends off (go etsy!) and also at the Jingle Bash the Etsy Dallas team threw at Sons of Hermann Hall.
The holidays also left me with it's own present - a couple extra pounds- but I was expecting it.... almost anticipating it...Christmas stollen and Panettone (which I never tasted since my cats decided to throw it in the floor), chocolate covered gingerbread cookies, wines and fine cheeses and of course the uber-rich dinners. I'm not complaining, it was fine living for the taste buds but now it's time to pay the piper. I'm back at the gym with a renewed zest and Operation Bruce Lee resumes again! I got a neat-o Bruce Lee action figure for Christmas to help remind me about OBL.
My paintings are back home with me and it's nice to have them around so I can be inspired for the next canvas. I'm about 70% done with the one I was working on before I moved. I have it out in full view in my bedroom so I can see it all the time and let the creative process do it's little subconscious cooking on it. I plan to start on it as soon as I carve out a little creative room for me to work in.
I've been reading lately as well, something I had long neglected thinking I didn't have time for it. I'm reading Eugen Herrigel's "The Method of Zen". It's a little uphill reading for me and I fully intend to read it about 3 times to grasp all the concepts and then maybe read it another 3. It's a good challenge to my brain and I welcome reading his "Zen in the Art of Archery" next.
I saw a cool art show (still on view at the Dallas Museum of Art) called "Take Your Time". The artist is Olafur Eliasson and it really is a wonderful show that kinda defies my words. It is all light,color and intangibles, mist, shadows and perception. That truly is my best description of this installation artists exhibit. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be in Black and White definitely step through the multi faceted mirror tunnel and take a look yourself. Here's a photo I found on the web of the tunnel.

Ok, so we've gotten into the moving, holidays, my reading and art...all that's left to cover is my music. The album is in it's last stages of mixing! I go in the studio today to tweak all the little annoying things that irk me then we're laying a few little lush extras onto it and voila! I expect to start pressing in a few weeks. Not a bad way to start 2009, new album, new painting and a new zest for being where I am at the moment.
Happy New Year readers, hope this year is all you make of it!