Danny Gregory and I Discuss Visual Journaling From May 2008: Part one of a two-part podcast. Danny Gregory, author of "An Illustrated Life," talks to me about journaling, art media, and materials…The second part is in the same location. Be sure to check out the great interviews he does with other artists included in his book!
Finding Bits of Time Ricë Freeman-Zachery, author of "Creative Time and Space," talks to me about finding time to be creative. (Taped October 23, 2009.)
I have a great computer guy, but every once in a while he finds something on the internet that he probably shouldn't tell me about because then I spend too much time watching it.
Today's video link is just such a video. OK Go is a band that evidently has been making these incredibly entertaining and complicated videos for ages. (I guess I live in a cave; I'm always the last to know.)
"White Knuckles" is a favorite of mine. All the dogs are amazing, but the black and white terrier mix, Popcorn (I think he's called), the jumpy one, and Bunny, what a cutie, are my favorites..
Through the magic of the internet we can enjoy the antics of this group (musicians and canines) at home.
If the first few minutes of the documentary "The Mighty Uke" don't fill you full of joy and the next several minutes don't make you want to jump up, rush out, and learn the ukulele, then go to the doctor because there's something seriously wrong with you.
I found this delightful short film a couple weeks ago while channel flipping (I think it was on IFC or Sundance).
No, I'm not going to go out and learn the ukulele. I have to focus! But I did have to take several calming breaths to prevent myselve from seeking lessons.
Watching this film made me smile harder than I have in weeks, or months. And it also made me feel even more certain that we need to do everything we can to support music education in the schools.
So please check out the clips on their website, rent or buy the full documentary, and let a little joy into your life. (And if you take up the ukulele, drop me a line.)
Above: the Wet Paint staff—the folks who help you when you go in for supplies and information. From left to right, back row: Jill, Darin (store manager), Paul, Kate, Virginia, Tim, Verra, Justin, and Greg. From left to right, front row: Ann, Beth (owner), Kristina, Anna, Allison, and Liz.
Mark your calendars for a special art opening. Join the staff of Wet Paint for an exhibition of their artwork on Friday, April 3 from 7–9 p.m. at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street, St. Paul, MN. There will be live music also. (The show will be up until April 30.)
You see these folk all the time when you pick up your paints, paper, and brushes. They answer your questions about media and tools and supports. They listen patiently as you outline all the reasons you’re stuck in your own art, or as you explain jubilantly about your latest coup. Now celebrate their artistic expressions. Put some art to these helpful faces. Come and see what the artists at Wet Paint have been working on in their studio time.