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Just wanted to show some progress to get a little affirmation. Ashley has already forgotten me. She wants shelves in her studio, screen doors, flooring, and the bathrooms painted too. I’m a week away from finished and this project is already last year.
We’re pretty excited about the Chinese New Year Party later tonight in the neighborhood, following a Shape Note Singing documentary some friends are showing.
Fifty degrees and Sunny in Knoxville.
Best recent google search engine terms which led people to our blog: “army mexican girls” ”how long will it take me to get to pocahontas correctional center west virginia from virginia beach virginia” “are c.c. and j.n. dating?” “bill evans scuba” ”marriage is for hipsters” ”forgot to pee”
Gotta go now, can’t leave my wet edge.
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Ashley and I fit a 10X8 tent, a couple wooden tables, an easel and a plastic crate full of crafts into the Corolla most Saturday mornings. After that we shove paintings and wood blocks into the crevices before jumping in the car and trying not spill the first mug of coffee or slam a canvas in the door. We’re always the last to arrive at the downtown farmers market and find our spot easily because it is the one without a tent.
I park the car and go home to make more coffee, because that is no way to enjoy the first, then grab my guitar and an accordion in today’s case before making the second trip to the market, in which could no way be consolidated into the Corolla load of the first. Knox Janowick joined me today and we did a repertoire consisting mainly of Josh Ritter and Tom Waits with he on the ukelele.
I borrowed the accordion yesterday and I regard it as an instrument of it’s own, but if you can get used to pumping air and not seeing your hands on the tiny sideways keyboard the black and whites can be considered the same. In a moment of boldness I went into “Rocket Man” and later wished I hadn’t. We made about $8.47 and a box of grapes. Knox bought his kids ice cream with his cut
and I may invest mine this week in white acrylic paint. Gotta keep Ashley happy.
Ashley stayed posted at the tent and I brought her buttered bread samples. The salsa guy across the way was pretty good but next year I think I’m going to go for him. I make mine with squash and it’s harder to get it spicy. When faced with a guy trying to sell you a $5 mason jar of salsa AND a $5 CD what are you going to say? If it were me I’d feel the need to take both as to not insult the other.
By the way, I finished an EP yesterday. Kinda excited to feel finished with something. Click “hear Levon” above and have a listen.
[ from a. addair who is listening to Beck (Odelay) ]
When I put an art workshop on the calendar I feel anxious. I’m pretty sure it stems from a lack of confidence or validation. As I’m inviting people via Facebook I’m thinking, “This is shameful. Why should I be teaching anyone about painting?”.
It is from this place that write. First, I am self-taught. I feel the need to make that explicit. Second, I don’t intend to “teach” anyone anything…as “teaching”, in our culture, has come to mean something bureaucratic and one-sided. Rather, I want to invite you to come over and play with me. If you are new to painting, I will share some approaches to entering into the art-making process. If you have more experience, then the workshops are meant to be an opportunity for painting outside of your own art-making patterns and routines. No accreditation, but valuable for those interested.
And to be a bit more concrete, I’ll share an outline of a previous workshop, “Making Art from Knoxville”, which focused on allowing a sense of place to enter the painting process.
Objective: To allow and encourage participants to find their immediate vision and personal language of contemporary experiences rooted in place.
1. ask questions in order to enter into the objective(participants free write):
Where do my interests lie today?
How are these interests influenced by my surroundings? by people? nature? buildings I live in? work in?
What remembered images most interest me?
What sorts of images am I most exposed to? on TV? in books and magazines? on the computer? advertisements? within my environment?
What questions am I pondering?
(There are more, but you get the idea)
2. participants look through books of images, taking note of the things they connect with
3. free write: How do the selected images connect with my interests and daily experience of living?
4. prompt: form a question from the last free write (something you find troubling, interesting, energized by, etc)
5. prompt: allow this question to remain open as you paint about and within this question. Admit doubts and explore explanations. Use the imagery that resonated with you as starting points for visually processing the question. (At this point I ask participants, and myself, to be present and aware with the act of painting and to trust the initial intellectual work by turning off their censors and operating out of instinct.
That is an abbreviated version and, of course, things went delightfully non-linear as I had an eager and engaged student.
I write this to ease my anxiety over being assumed an expert and also to give you more knowledge about what to expect if you are thinking of joining me for the upcoming workshop on October 5 : Making Art from Science.
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[ from a. addair who is listening to Lucinda Williams (Lucinda Williams) ]
[ from a. addair who is listening to Jennifer Nicely (Luminous) ]
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[ from a. addair who is listening to Wayne Shorter (Late Night Jazz, Volume One) ]