Image: Madame Ming via flickr.
Image: Madame Ming via flickr.
This morning, I picked up the keys to my new place. It was a beautiful day. After too much packing yesterday, I managed to wrench my neck, so I took the day off from hauling boxes around to play. My last Sunday before my new world begins.
After picking up my keys, I went to a book club meeting in Studio City, Christine Mason Miller's magical book signing in Mar Vista, and then went to coffee and to show my new place to my friend Katherine. After that, sushi, a bookstore romp and on to Vicki Cristina Barcelona. A simple enough day, but it made me realize how rare it is that I let myself wander and follow only the instinct that tells me what to do next and then next after that. I want more of this in my new life. There was very little room for this in the life I was living before. Or at least I talked myself out of needing it.
I am grateful for a good day, for one more day to pack and then, a new beginning.
What new beginning do you seek today? Don't wait. Start it now.
image: Patrick Q via flickr.
Found it! Here is the conclusion of the piece on Nan Goldin. Also, at the end of the video, there are links to several other video pieces, on Nan Goldin and Patrick Wolf as well as several other artists.
Local artist Christine Mason Miller has a book out! Through artwork and writing, Miller explores the idea of the beauty in everyday life as well as the pursuit of authenticity, even when this is a difficult path.
this book Christine asks us, 'What does it mean to live an authentic
life? By sharing some of her thoughts and experiences she attempts to
peel away the layers of the created self in search of what it means to
live fully open to what gives us the greatest meaning, even when that
is extremely challenging." -From the Foreword by Keri Smith, author of The Guerilla Art Kit
Come join the fun and meet Christine -and the book- at Peach Tree Pottery in Mar Vista this Sunday 1-5pm, located at 3795 Boise Ave Mar Vista, CA 90066 (Just three blocks west of Centinela off of Venice Blvd) Christine will read from the book several times through the afternoon. Don't miss your chance to pick up the book that will be the best gift you can give this holiday season! Both numbered special edition hardcover and softcover books are available.
Not able to attend? You can purchase the book as well as prints from the artwork at Christine's etsy shop. The book will also be available shortly on Amazon.
I mean- how could I not share this. What a strange strange thing this campaign has become. Enjoy the debates!
My friend, Erin, gave me the beautiful book Ballad of Sexual Dependency by Nan Goldin for my birthday recently and as I was digging around looking for artist profiles for the site, I found this one. It is a beautiful video piece of Nan Goldin talking about her work. While it is seven minutes long, I cannot urge you enough to watch it all the way through. Settle in, get the tea, and enjoy. She really shows what it means to make art part of your life and how it can transform your experience of living. Watching this made me want to grab the camera and go shoot right away. There appears to be a part 2, which I will do my best to find and post so you are able to see the whole thing. Enjoy!
Last week, Pamela Des Barres read at Book Soup. Her book, Take Another Piece of My Heart, A Groupie Grows Up was re-relased the beginning of this month. Dubbed "Queen of the Groupies," Pamela is an icon among those who followed bands in the sixties as well as anyone who has ever dreamed of getting backstage and getting busy with a musician. She took the idea of the girl groupie and made it something powerful for women. Her writing talks about love, music, and what it meant for her to grow up in this world.
The most noteworthy part of the event? Not only did Pamela read from her book, but so did two of her exes: ex-husband Michael des Barres, as well as ex boyfriend Jimmy Quill. Des Barres, the champion of love between musician and muse did divorce husband Michael Des Barres over infidelity over a decade ago, but now enjoys a close friendship with him that was inspiring to watch through the event.
This lady is the real deal. Why do I talk about her as a Remabulous Heroine? Because she has achieved the ultimate goal: making the life you've dreamed of a reality, even if it doesn't happen in the way you'd expect. As I have noticed the language people use when talking about the ideal job starting to parallel the descriptions of the ideal mate, I realize that the two goals may not be so different on a philosophical level.
image: Pamela and Michael Des Barres at the Austin Music awards c/o Austin Chronicle.
A friend sent me the link to this great little video about Lauren Porter, a UK artist who uses knitting in her fantastic work. Enjoy...
Here we are at day one of the Ask Remabulous series, and I am questionless. It's funny how this works. Perhaps I am here to ask my own question today, which, given my current circumstances would be the following:
Dear Ask Remabulous,
How do I get it all done? I know so may people who do so much and accomplish so much, yet do it with grace and seem to be so clear in the process. I feel a bit like a panicked creature lately- sometimes wildly optimistic, and other times totally terrified and shut down around moving forward. Is this normal? Is it normal to have such mood swings when making changes? If something is right for you, isn't it supposed to be easy? I feel like a chicken with its head cut off!
Thanks for your help,
Well, Caroline, this is a good starting question. Thank you for sharing it.
image: noodleoodle via flickr