Thursday, March 31, 2011

Saw it on a button...

Tea Party sounds better than Mob of Racist Homophobes.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I'm a fan of all things Wicked, and was thrilled ages ago when the mass market paperback boasted the musical's logo.  I was even more happy when Son of a Witch came out with a cover illustration that mimicked  the original.  I loved that they found a way to continue the iconic imagery of the first.

I was less than thrilled when this cover came out for A Lion Among Men:

Not to disparage anyone's work, but I was hoping for the same type of imagery as the two that came before.  I gave it a go...

It's a bunk version, but a decent idea...some gifted designer could do something cool with this and make it fit with the other two!

I used black acrylic paint, metallic pens, watercolor paper and some scrapbooking letters.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Finished Pages

Here are those pages from the other day with the extra bits finished...

Again, with the feet.  Seriously. 

Oh, and there's another found poem in the mix.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Art Journals, Altered Books

I'm doing an art journal with a group that gets assignments via email every so often, and in the summer we'll get together and look at each others' books.  So far, there's been a pair of themes per email, and you can choose one or the other, both or do whatever else you wish. 

Out of the first pair I chose "technology," and threw a bunch of stuff together that to me represents steampunk (Somehow I manage to make things literary--If the theme was "sports" I'd probably do Quidditch).  I cheated a bit by using scrapbooking materials instead of being really artsy and making everything myself.  I dug around in a junk drawer to find anything that could be put together to resemble cogs and gears.  The idea with these journals is to do as much 3D stuff as possible, so some of these little bits and bobs lift up to reveal different things like the definition of steampunk, covers of books and posters of movies within the steampunk genre. 


This theme was "before and after" and I decided to show my process of "zombification" using pictures from a few Halloweens ago. 

I painted the pages with black acrylic paint and after it dried, i junked it up by rubbing it with sand paper.  I have one more picture to add to the bottom right that's a negative, and again you can pull up the pictures to see zombie movie posters and book covers (Night of the Living Dead, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, etc.). 

I just realized that this picture is uncropped, and you can see my shoes.  :)

I'll post more from this book later.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Found Poetry and Self-Visualization Collage

I got these ideas from Kiley at We Were Going to Be Queens and A Portrait Project.  These are some found poetry pieces that I did by simply cutting up a bunch of magazines, and throwing stuff together without putting a ton of thought into it.

The same sort of idea done in images is a self-visualization collage done like so...

Kiley's cooler, better versions are here and here!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kvetha Fricaya

Nerds rejoice!

At long last, we have a date, name and cover art for the new (fourth and last) book in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle.  Inheritance will release on Tuesday, November 8th of this year. 

Paolini was a mere 15 years of age when he began writing the first book, Eragon (wonderful book, horrible movie), and he'll be just shy of 28 when this last releases.

{Short break here...I'm at the public library, and we all had to herd downstairs.  Something about tornadoes and hail outside.  Hopefully my car is still here.} 

Anywho...if I wasn't so impressed with this author's accomplishments and such a big fan of the results, I would probably be sickened by his talent and its realization at such a young age.  But I'm not, so good on you, Christopher, and please keep writing past the Inheritance Cycle.  I can't wait to see what comes next.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quote of the Week

"And from now on, I don't care if my tea leaves spell out die, Ron, die -- I'm just chucking them in the bin where they belong."      

--Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

To every Sean, Seamus, Molly and Erin--Happy St. Patrick's Day. 

Some Guinness was spilt on the barroom floor
when the pub was shut for the night.
Out of his hole crept a wee brown mouse
& stood in the pale moonlight.
He lapped up the frothy brew from the floor,
then back on haunches he sat.
And all night long you could hear him roar,
"Bring on the god damn cat!"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Chicago Photos

Here are some pictures I took in Chicago on my birthday last year...

In the Skydeck at the top of the Sears (Willis) Tower
Art Institute of Chicago
Cool fountain at Millenium Park--the faces change
The bean thingy at Millenium Park
Me being touristy
Under the bean
A ticket to Billy is what made me want to hop the train to Chicago. 
I also went up there to see Wicked a few times while it was there.
Art and an art admirer
Art and another admirer...
...and another
Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, grain harvest and fertility watches over the Chicago Board of Trade Building.  Now it deals in money, but it used to deal in grain commodities.  When you eat "cereal," you're giving a nod to this lady.  The power of myth!

A Musician close to Union Station


My dad was born on this day in 1936, which makes him 75 years old today.  I was the last of six children born to my parents, so my parents are ten or fifteen years older than most of those of my peers.  The year my dad turned 38 was when I was born, so I'll be 37 on my next birthday.

I talked to him on the phone today, and we discussed all of the things that have changed in his and technology, medicine, etc.  He said that he read somewhere that some intellectuals in the forties had made the pronouncement that everything that could be invented had been, and that there would never be anything new under the sun.  We laughed about that and said that we are pretty much The Jetsons, sans flying cars. 

If I live to be 75, it'll be the year 2049 (Is that even right?  I'm an arts and humanities person).  I wonder what life will be like then.  Hmmm...

Happy Birthday, Dad.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Power of Myth

I never got around to posting anything about this really wonderful book, which is an interview of Joseph Campbell by Bill Moyers.  I'm pinched for time, so here are a few quotes.

Campbell:  There's nothing militant about Jesus.  I don't read anything like that in any of the gospels.  Peter drew his sword and cut off the servant's ear, and Jesus said, "Put back thy sword, Peter."  But Peter has had his sword out and at work ever since. 

That one resonated with me deeply.  I feel that in the last ten to fifteen years, American Christianity has morphed into something completely different than it was in my childhood.  I feel that for a growing number of the population it's about one third religion, a third Republican politics and a third American patriotism.  To borrow the above metaphor, I've seen this combination cutting people to pieces, and I can't stand it.

Moyers:  Whatever it is we experience we have to express in a language that is just not up to the occasion.

This one resonates as well, but on a positive note.  Life is amazing.  People are wonderful.  There's so much to see and do and create that we can't pack it all in to a lifetime.  Truly--words fail.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cherry Uncordial

I went with two friends to see roller derby last night, and it was the first time for all of us.  We're totally hooked and can't wait for the next bouts.  Yes, indeed, we are Johnny-come-latelys who went because we really enjoyed the movie Whip it! and I say a big hats off to those who already knew it was cool. 

You have to understand, I stopped caring about spectator sports when I no longer had to show up to games wielding my saxophone.  The day of the Super Bowl this year, I (a.) didn't know it was Super Bowl Sunday, and (b.) didn't know who was playing.  Right now, even, I'm vague on who won.  Maybe the Packers?  I don't know what a Packer is, and I don't know from where they hail.  All of this is to say, the fact that by the end of last night I understood some of what I was watching and cheered in the right bits is borderline miraculous. 

The title of this post is my favorite roller girl name of the night, and here are a few other great ones...

4 Leaf Cleaver
Ana Slays Ya
Cat A. Clysmic
Dora the Destroyer
Jane Ire
Slammy Faye
Zooey DeFatale

Our girls, the Naptown Roller Girls won both bouts.  Booyah.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Where I'd Like to Go

As promised, here's where I'd like to go...let's see...before I turn 40.  I mean realistically.  If I chose everywhere I really want to go, the whole map would be red.

I'd like to go to the UK and spend a decent amount of time there--not just enough to do a drive by of London and go home.  I added France just because it could possibly be combined into the same trip, and I really want to see this place...

This is my family's ancestral castle.  Technically, I guess it's a chateau, but it looks like a freakin' castle to me.  Of course, we have absolutely no stake in it.  Here is the library, which floors me.

Painful.  Seriously painful.

Two legends spring from this place.   Legend one, Richard the Lionhearted died here and was buried somewhere on the grounds (though, it's known that parts of him are buried elsewhere).  Legend two, Brangelina took a look, but alas, passed on it. 

If you're interested, it's up for grabs at a mere 25 million American dollars.

Here's where I'd like to go within the states over the next two or three years.  I'll probably repeat some old haunts, but these are previously un-redified places...

Pennsylvania, because my sister lives there; New York, because you can take the train into the city from where she lives; Vermont and New Hampshire, because a college friend of mine lives in Maine (repeat) and I could road trip it to see her.  That would be one long ambitious trip, and I'd have to eat up a big chunk of vacation time, but there you are.  Utah, because I'm one of those non-LDS girls who wants to see all of the LDS stuff over there.  It's just one of those things. 

We'll see if I can fit this stuff in within 3 and a half years.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Where I've Been

So, this is sort of a cool thing.  You can go here and check off all of the states and countries you've visited.  It's a little bunk, since you could have just visited one city and the whole state or country highlights, but it's still pretty cool. 

Two of my countries outside the U.S. were bonafide answers, and two are a little dodgy.  I was in Ukraine and Ireland for two weeks each.  Austria is highlighted because of a day and a half layover, and Mexico is red just because a friend and I walked over to Tijuana for about six hours of shopping.  Yeah, I know.  I still counted it.  Also, I haven't been to Alaska, but since I chose the United States, it's highlighted on the second map.  I didn't count any states where I've just been in the airport--New York would be one of those.

I think I'll do two charts of where I'd like to go (and maybe could realistically go) within the next few years. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Close Encounters of the Hooded Kind

Epic.  Monumental.  Transcendental.  Mythological.  Overstated?  No!

Here's a review of last night's concert including some pictures of Idina in all of her purple, barefooted glory.  Though it's pretty glowing, the reviewer doesn't mention weeping like a fool multiple times, so I'm not sure he appreciated the experience on the same level as my friend Amanda and I did. 

To answer your question--yes, we were two of the many creeps who hung around in the cold to get a glimpse of her afterward.  Here she is...

My devotion to Mrs. Diggs is to do with the emotions that I have wrapped up in the shows Rent and Wicked.  To hear songs from the both of them out of the pipes of one of the original cast members was just divine. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Idina Menzel

I'm jazzed about going to see Idina Menzel perform with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra tomorrow.  She is Rent's original Maureen, Wicked's original Elphaba, and Glee''s mom. 

With baby Walker and gorgeous husband, Taye Diggs