The birds call out perforating the dawn. We see here what remains on the piece to be done.
It was a weekend of a planned roadtrip that got snafued. So — the weather is beautiful and my ghetto chariot is in the shop. Art ensues.
I have also been taking care of organizing the incredible amounts of bits and pieces, ideas, sketches that lie in my sketchbook, in piles around the residence, essentially nearly everywhere.
Here is one little one panel cartoon that wound up on that ultimately vexing distraction/strange creative tool/casual image repository Instagram as an April Fool’s bit of silliness.
I wonder — what would you get a 6 foot egg sub for — a TV morning show party?
View of the green purse as Spring 2013 is here. All I will say is that challenges creatively that have not been met are being engaged, things small, things large.
Riotgod — as far as my main, most forefront creative demand is going — is well into the creation of its third CD and best offering yet.
Many evenings lately have been devoted to new Riotgod material. Tonight — example of working out writing.
A greater view above — yesterday morning, on the good side of full moon energy.
I sit here at work, entering thoughts in as I come to them. For example: This morning I enter product descriptions for a database, presently attending to a Coogi handbag. This bag is made of synthetic leather and the smell reminds me of a furniture showroom — subsequently reminds me of my father, who was for a good portion of his later life, a furniture salesman. I take deep breaths of the smell.
I have been dividing my time between the 2 songs I currently have to work on for Riotgod and these painted, heart-themed wood pieces shown above.
Music: One song is “done” and the second one took a bit but finally I came to a moment of inspiration late last night just before bed. I wrote down the two lines that came to me and a brief description of what the song will be, theme wise. The moment the true inspiration comes is such a good feeling. I had other ideas and it is interesting how song writing will mirror via process, that of drawing.
I will try some ideas that come initially but much like drawing, sketching comfortable, familiar themes used before, those initial ideas are eventually erased, rejected, with the novel, inspired approach becoming eventually clear.
Tomorrow, I will go into the studio to lay down the re-written melodies and lyrics to the first song and who knows about the second song. I don’t want this to be a rushed affair, this next CD of Riotgod’s.
In my possession are two instrumental files to which I have begun writing new material, melodies and lyrics, for Riotgod.
On the left my important tool, the iPod. I found this iPod on the ground at a festival oddly enough. Its capacity is small but that is just fine.
I start by incessantly repeating the tunes with no particular ideas. I just listen to the stuff over and over and over again. After a while the melody that sticks in my head will become set. This is the first step. If I feel I won’t remember its phrasing, I will sing it, even if phonetically, into the phone.
This phase was last week, immediately after getting the raw material. To cut to the chase I am in what could be called Stage 3 now: lyrics have been written, vocals have been recorded once at the studio with Bob ( early stage ) and then again at home. I really work on it after that. I listen to the vocals recording, also repeating it incessantly. Then — I can memorize the words…an imprint is left in my head. It happens quickly if all goes well. I have not written in a while and it feels good. This upcoming week, the second instrumental will be tended to.
On this night of miserable Euclidean weather, I tend to things such as the above drawing. My visual ideas become clearer to me sketch by little sketch. I have been wanting to construct the visual language I am comfortable with, fusing my symbols together in a way that works naturally for me, freely. Today I did one such sketch…included above. My plan to take this small sketch and project it on to a large canvas. I will do this. As well I will finish the pieces I have been working on, to offer for sale. If I have to manifest this effort initially using only the phone in my hand…so shall it be done. Carry on…indeed.
Christmas Day 2012. After 4 and a half days of holiday break, the first period of experienced shopping, dining, and engaging in general merriment with Elby, I sit at home on Christmas Day. Not a bad day. I placed together an e-book of graphics and sketches, while listening to WNYC.
Home on this un-sunny day. After Skyping with my sister, getting to see some of the N.C Christmas festivities, I listened to the radio and prepared this booklet I called “Holiday Sampler 2012.” I will place it up at Scribd…in fact let me do that now. Click on the image to the left to view a larger version of the image and….here is the link.
As night falls, I edit my Youtube channel, preparing it for more animation, setting a different direction for the channel. Gone are the ancient recollections from the content offered, making room for some creative, new entertaining material.
The moon widget shows the suggestion of a black circle. New moon weirdness — I felt something a bit crazed in the air.
Days: Still Wageslaving it — no description necessary: I came on here tonight ( sounds like I used dial-up to access the web ) to spruce this place up. Oh yes, and just before I was to prepare a video for a friend, a little thing called Hurricane Sandy came to town.
I documented my powerless week and after we finally got back electricity, I prepared a quick soundtrack for this compilation of the week’s moments. iMovie 09 made the experience a herky-jerky affair. I guess that totally fits the entire Sandy experience. Overall, relentless, unforgiving.
(( Riotgod — yes about that — maybe I’ll have something to write home about come January. ))
Coming soon: posts to my Soundcloud that are public — micro-ambient pieces and perhaps finally some proper links for pieces you can buy of mine.
This is my new piece available at Saatchi online. It is actually a smaller drawing presented large, scanned at a very high DPI ( 2400 ) and above it appears as it would be provided by Saatchi as a print on black trimmed canvas. The actual size of the piece is 48 W x 36 H. Prints are available in a variety of sizes.