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Monsters!monsters!!
the world is filled with monsters...
I’m a monster too! but i won’t eat you
But I’m not soft... there’s scales... and shells... and teeth and nails...
with growling and roaring
with lack of sociability
a master of faux pas...
I can belch at will
and break wind in public
my fine motor skills are particularily gross...

I have no fear in the face of those others...
will not let it show...At home i can rest
No weakness out there...
The biggest... the baddest... the one to be feared

At home i can rest...
and take off the armour...
curl up with a book...
and the ones that i love

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Intelligence... what is it?... there’s folks with a lot of facts that thinks they is smart... there are those who just know... though they ain’t been schooled...

Come to think of it... some of the clever-ist folks i know - didn’t get taught in school (though some got “up tight”)... some because they just skipped more than they went - others ’coz they were never even enrolled.

Now a book can teach you many things -but so can your fingers ’n’ toes... your tongue ’n’ nose... eyes... your ear... your natural grasp of the phenomena unfolding before you... the experience you have while engaged in the moment... the googling you do in the quest for answers... the people you meet... the mistakes you make... the skin that thickens at the points of contact... the the practice of getting perfect...

The stuff they can’t teach you...

it needs to be learned.

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Under the  BedOn-A-Sunday morning... my sleep was kinda torn... people in the streets... making noise... all night long...

not that it was constant... but a few scattered incidents can really take a toll... And then there were the dreams... the bad ones that cause an interruption to the sleep...
me-shouting-muffled-cries... the awaking with a start...

that same dream... the cellar door opens on its own... and something is coming-coming-coming... not that i ever see what it is... but the anticipation makes me quake... and ultimatley wake... and I shout out and i shake -

How many times did that happen last night? 2? 3?... Once is enough for me... What’s it about? Can’t say...

but it signifies to me — something unkown emerging from my own depths... something that is scary because it's not in keeping with the norm... and may cause un-comfort... and maybe fear...

But maybe it’s just such a large monster— it won’t fit under the bed...

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A little explanation about the process.

I didn't really have a set plan... at some point when I was thinking about making videos (a few months ago) I had the idea that i'd like to create some sort of spontaneous drawing to accompany a song... the idea was to have an image in mind and create it with the song as a soundtrack... i figured i would just do screenshots of the piece a it progressed and "fit" the stream of screenshots together to the music - so not actually "drawing to the music" - more like, as i said before, add a soundtrack to a time lapse recording of the creative process.

But when I was trying to come up with a piece to do next - and inititially thinking of a different song and a different concept all-together - I started messing around with an open source screen capture program (CamStudio), my Wacom tablet and Corel Painter Sketch Pad.

I realized that i could capture a sound playing on my computer and my on-screen activity at the same time - as a video - in real time...

After a couple of test runs and choosing a likely song - I was still trying to come up with an image that i would try to complete by the end of the song...

Then I did the drawing that you see in the video - no set image in mind, i just started drawing - reacting in the moment - to the lyrics and thoughts i was having while listening to the song...

I think that the process allowed me to remove my internal censors and to access a more direct response to the song (psycho babbling artsy type...heh!)

The drawing isn't so mush about a finished piece of art as it is a process and a documentation of the process... as it was occurring...(Lord knows that i'm a bit embarrassed by the drawing... don't want it to be taken as an example of my "artwork" - or maybe i do)

Anyway... hope this doesn't take the fun out of it for you... just some thoughts and explanation...

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Just finished up a new video. Sort of a “Stream of consciousness” thing - I drew while listening to one of my songs... Didn’t really have a plan - just sort of let it happen. I think I like it...

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