It’s that time of year – you know – when the light is gorgeous and the mornings cool and crisp. Even Rupert will snuggle in the early morning hours in weather like this.
Spring is nice, the birds returning, the blooming everything, the butterflies…
But Autumn, with the smells and leaves and the sun dipping lower and glancing off the bay – I feel melancholy and inspired at the same time.
With the fall comes fall foods and colors. Orange, of course, and pumpkins and persimmons! Yellows with mums and squash and gourds, rust and the falling leaves and flowers. It’s a panoply of color and smells and my senses feel alive!
And Gingersnaps, of course, and persimmon cupcakes, pumpkin bread, applesauce, persimmon butter, pickled squash, chutneys and green tomato and apple pie.
I’ll be in the kitchen!
So I am beginning to think new work is a good thing.
But then again, I am hampered by the daily burdens of looking for a job and wondering what the future will bring.
So here I am, trying to make new work, trying to get workshops going, trying to get in exhibitions, and losing sleep over not having a regular income. Sound like an artist? Yeah, right. Let’s not even get in to what obsesses me on a political level…
So I am working, yes. I am trying to make new materials. I have a million ideas. And I am feeling guilty if I make art instead of look for a job.
But here is the latest – mostly from sketchbooks:
So we head now to the East Coast – Philly first on September 6th, and then on to NYC and the possibilities of the Big Apple.
Some things are not cut in stone yet but as for now the itinerary is:
Sept 6th – Philly
Possible lecture at the University of the Arts (my grad school)
Possible radio interview (Talking to 2 stations)
Definite evening book signing and EVENT at iMPERfecT Gallery in Germantown.
On the September 9th we are doing a panel at Housing Works in Manhattan.
Then doing a reading/signing at Desert Island in Brooklyn on the 11th.
No links as of yet but will post when we have them.
The Philly Gallery event has a call out for mail art – a perfect Cacophonist and 80s/90s art event. So please – make sure you submit! The art will be dada and the night will be fantastic!
The book is ramping up and if you have not found a copy – please – I heard we have sold over half the print run – so get on it. I suggest Amazon.com: <http://www.amazon.com/Tales-San-Francisco-Cacophony-Society/dp/0867197749>
See you on the Other Coast!
Let me pull on your coat about something that’s been bugging me:
It’s only diligence that will make us a complete country again. Fairness, diligence, self-sufficiency, community and yeah, the Constitution. I say if the last 40 years of constitution trashing continues, we should hold ourselves to blame.
Here’s the plan:
Get to know your neighbors.
Vote the well-oiled creeps out of office (and I also mean the ones supported by big money and the lobby crowd, not just the nasty perverts).
Run for school board, water board, state office, House of Representatives.
Make a difference on a local level.
Maintain your ethics and values and stick to them.
Grow your own food.
Learn herbal remedies for simple problems.
Grow those herbs.
Put food up and learn how to bake.
Turn off the TV and get a library card.
Make a disaster plan and share it.
Take a couple of bags of cat or dog kibble to your local shelter every month.
Support shelters in states facing natural disasters with lots of confused, lost and bewildered animals.
Stop to help someone in trouble.
Help carry groceries out to the car of a stranger from the market.
Read Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” and take notes.
Yarnbomb (it brings a smile to everyone’s face).
Kill them with kindness. Really.
Get a sewing machine and learn how to use it.
Stop shopping at stores that support slave labor in other countries.
Buy your food from local farmers. Meet those farmers. Call them by name.
Put party politics away and think about how we can come together, as a nation. To hell with parties. There is only one party – the human party.
Learn to budget and with any extra, consider charity (and do your homework so the money actually goes to the people, not the CEO).
Build a house for someone.
Join the Peace Corps and go overseas to make a difference. We are the only country with a Peace Corps (thank you JFK). 2 years of volunteer service seems minimal to me: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Corps>
Make Arbor Day a major holiday (April 10th): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbor_Day
Love life and live. We are all the same, stuck on this planet.
Let’s stop the petty BS and just get on with living as community.
So already did a couple of radio interviews and this Thursday, at 7pm we launch the book at City Lights bookstore in SF.
Podcast of one of the interviews:
Also doing the Maker Faire on Saturday:
And Green Apple on Sunday:
Hope to see some of you there!
The wheels turn and here it is 2013 and Marin MOCA is back with a fundraiser and 144 participants this year! Proud to be among them!
My entry focused on time spent in Ireland. I found a simple, small guide book and embellished with MY view of the Emerald Isle. Those of you in the bay area – the opening is this Saturday – beginning with a lecture at 4pm and then moving into the museum for the exhibition.
We have several signings and more in the works. Here’s the list as of today:
May 16th: Book Premiere, City Lights, San Francisco. <http://www.citylights.com/info/?fa=event&event_id=1795>
May 18th: Panel Discussion, Makers Faire. <http://makezine.com>
May 19th: Readings from the book, Green Apple Books/Lands End, San Francisco. <http://greenapplebooks.com>
June 6th: Readings and book signings, Pegasus Books, Berkeley, CA.<https://www.pegasusbookstore.com>
June 14th: Powell’s Bookstore in Portland. <http://www.powells.com
Jue 22nd: Le Lux de Jesus in LA. <http://www.laluzdejesus.com>
August – Varnish Gallery and SFAI Lecture Series.
More as it develops. We’ve been invited to the Commonwealth Club but have no confirmation date as of yet. Also to The Explorer’s Club in NYC but again, no formal invite. I expect plenty more invitations around the country. Can’t wait to show off this labor of love. And bring SF Cacophony in to the light. Hope to carry you all with me!!!
I wasn’t, no, I’m not ready to lose friends. To disease, age, unexpected circumstances. So when a friend went from recovery from surgery to bad response, I hoped it would be a minor issue.
Sadly she passed away on Sunday. And while I know it is for the best and her life, and death, are noble, I cannot get over the fact that I will not hear her voice, her funny laugh, see her face, her bright red hair, her positive outlook, her recitation of poetry…
Miss Amelia X Hancock. A dear friend for many years, a talent, an artist, a poet. I hope you are traveling on the other side and it is everything you thought it might be.
I remain your most devoted friend,
Me, Russ Conrad, Louise Jarmilowisc and Amelia after a Night of the Exquisite Corpse event.