Friday, September 11, 2009
Here is one of the art works we have outside. It sold the other day and we were so pleased.
I can not get this picture to straighten out. I think I have sleep dep...but here is Stagg outside a Whole Foods busking. We've been having a blast with doing this and as I said earlier we're slowly but surely selling some paintings. Below you can see a bunch of background layouts for some new paintings which seemed to go rather quickly once we put them outside. Within a week of making them, these are all gone to homes. The reason I've included these photos of Stagg's busking is because last night we went to our book club meeting and we took paintings with us to display outside the bar after we had our book club discussion. Talk about time management!!!! Stagg and I are always joking about time management because I am obsessed with doing things in multi-tasking ways and overlapping activities. I used to work in a book store in Vancouver and I decided to try to read all the trendy "self help" books. I've read so many self help books it's hilarious. I just wanted to explore that whole transformative world self help books are also super sellable. I always wished I could come up with some idea for one. I mean some of them are quite funny with the most simple formulas..." don't sweat the small stuff. I mean really? That book sold like crazy! "all I even needed to know I learned in kindergarden". Whew. "Tuesdays with Morrie", I Ching, Deepak Chopra, Covey, The Art of War seriosuly it's a fascinating genre. I read a shit load. So we're always "time management" and which is code...for oh gee..."Candy has a full schedule planned look out!". All those self-help books actually turned out to be a good addition to bar tending skills so don't laugh too hard at me! You can't laugh harder than I laugh at myself. Now if only I could apply those books to myself har!
Last night we had our fourth meeting of "The Skylark Book Club". So far we've read and discussed Slaughter House Five, Pattern Recognition and this last session was The Gospel of John. Wemet last night at The Skylark Tavern in Pilsen and it's just the best place. Great snacks, cheap beer and cool atmosphere. We want to move down the street. We will move down the street. We are going to have a film office and painting studio and a great big kitchen for all our friends and family to just drop by and a gallery. We've put that out to the universe.
There is Stagg and Miguel. The girls didn't get in the picture maybe next time. Oops. We had another great discussion ranging from what the Word in the story of John means to all of us how it might work as the birth of language, visual language, the original use of the word Samaritan. I had no idea that a Samaritan was looked upon as a slur back in those days. I was not familiar with the story so this was a good experience to hear how each of us interpreted or responded to the story. We are a mixed bag of folks. We have formed this group to discuss various spiritual, ethical and religious views of life, faith and skepticism and humanistic values. Sort of just an idea of lets see what we find out about things with each other via stories (the stories and narratives are not restricted to verbal language so it can be a book, a movie or magazine article or art work). I was amazed at how different each of us felt about this story. Stagg was really into the section about the sword and nature. Tony explained that for him when he reads this it is a motif for his life as a Puerto Rican-American. It demonstrates the way to live, by getting out into the world and sharing food talking with others and living large and helping other people. Embracing the full fun of life within social compassionate realm. The story of the woman from Samaria is about standing up against racism and haters. I interpreted the story as some of these things as well as a guide to the oral tradition of recording the celestial skies.
Jin J.X Shabazz, musician and man about town, and Tony, social activist, food organizer for service and man about Pilsen.