You can see a bit by The Lost Art, a musical performance by Kevin Pope, slideshow by Lori 16mm, stand-up & acting by Mr. Chad Hopper, and MORE. Plus, there will be an art therapy exercise, quizzes, and a bushel of prizes. Be ready for Thanksgiving by practicing your jokes on us and collecting recipes, this Thursday.
This is a picture of the metamorphosing studio. As you can see, the tripod on the floor represents the intention to start working on the video art project that was mentioned several posts ago. The grumbling heard quietly throughout this month of not-very-many posts is the sound of being behind on so many things, as always. Mostly I am behind on reaching my goals of self-representation on the web (both here and at r-e-r-t.org), but it is moving along, inch-by-inch.
I had a partial furlough this past week (and this current week), during which I had hoped to get caught up on those and other things, like preparing for TONIGHT’S WORKSHOP, but things tend to never really go as planned. However, I am still glad for tonight’s forum, where I am going to get to work with others on a project that is still so mysterious to me. I’m excited to see what happens!
(And here comes my philosophical rambling of the week:)
At-home vacations can be good times to reconnect with the balance point between your practical needs and your high-falutin goals, and through that, to redefine your priorities. At the beginning of my “vacation” (which wasn’t really a total vacation, but was at least the idea of freedom), I was overly anxious to CLAIM my time and use it as selfishly as I could (i.e. by focusing on the stuff on my art to-do list). Having to battle that against other responsibilities, I got kind of exhausted by that emotion fairly quickly! Now that I’ve had enough of “my own” time that I’ve gone ahead and “wasted”, I feel that my outlook is more balanced (i.e., my greediness has subsided). So, what I’ve learned is:
#1. I exist not (only) to serve, but to INSPIRE. This is what I should remember when I am forgetting to save enough space for creative work, or when I am doing something for someone else just because it is my habit to do so. I have a creative inner child, here, Hello!
#2. On the other hand, the ability to structure time in a way that leads to accomplishment requires maturity. I have tended so far in my life to work really well within externally-drawn boundaries (school, themes, deadlines, etc.), and, in fact, I rather depend on them for my motivation and determination. (That’s one reason why I do so much collaborative work.) I need to develop my own inner authority figure whom I can trust, follow, and be accountable to; until I do, I better be grateful to those external structures (i.e. “day jobs”)!
#3. Never underestimate the importance of warm-ups! (Sweeping is one of my favorites.)
I met a new Austin Time Exchange buddy today and cleared some paths in her living labyrinth! Wow, it is amazing. Smells so good, like lemon trees, geraniums, roses, and life.
You’ll have to check her out (Mary Kraemer – Rosa Milagrosa) during E.A.S.T. in 2 weeks!
Also, for those in Austin, TOMORROW -and every 2nd Sunday- there is a social orientation to ATEN (Austin Time Exchange Network) with potluck to follow! If you want to get involved and start trading work hours with other Austinites, come out to Soma Vida (on Rosewood) at 5pm!
And speaking of E.A.S.T., definitely keep an eye on the Co-Lab schedule, for there is going to be a very special week of Happenings there. >heart<
Leah commissioned me to make a “dark (balding) clown” wig for Next Halloween (I happened to finish a year early)…
and it turned out pretty GOO-OOd! Now accepting pre-orders…
Instead of making a Dia de los Muertos altar, I just managed to finish my beerbox mask in time for the Butthole Surfers show. I wanted to get it on to the stage so that they would accept it as a gift, but it ended up just on the ground on the side of the stage. <:-/
Who knows where it ended up?
IN OTHER NEWS!
what? Well, there’s a new show at Po’Boys, which I would like to post pics of, and Side Sauce (new compilation CD by Night Viking & Friends) is allllmost done, and the puppet theater needs to be documented, completed (with help!), and used.
That’s some news!
Highlights: The most STUFF ever. Our team of sellers did very well — Leah with her giant-tarp Bag Sale of clothes, Monkeypants with his media (books/music/magnets), and etcetera. Mike was absent but delivered a crib full of more mutant soft toys, several of which had the laughing voice boxes that took a long time to quit. I think the creepiest one of all was the one that died early, the rubber Satanic-baby-head on a string. <!>
One person was disappointed not to find any dead-people slides or skull belts. (!)
The guy from Reno left with a whole new life, though. (!)
I had so many expectations beforehand (as always); I wanted to make a bunch of spooky-awesome stuff like Halloween/Reincarnation Wreaths, car crash earrings, hanging baskets, a panty-hose mask-making station, and of course an Awe-Inspiring Puppet Production in Mini’s (awesome) Theatre… But, well, we did what we could! I set up store in the studio, and that felt good.
Had some fun for sure.
The writings/”To Do lists” leading up to Junk-a-thon are sitting next to me in a box (there are many). I guess I’ll have to do something with them now!