Sunday, March 1, 2015

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

Last Wednesday, Kman and I went to see Miss Tess and the Talkbacks.  What a great group!  Here's their website so check them out.  How shall I describe them?  Patsy Kline/Stray Cat-like Brooklyn Hipsters with a blues-bending guitarist?  I don't know.  All I know is that I loved them, and they were probably one of my top groups I've seen at a local venue.  Loved their song "Downtown," the way their harmonies would swell together.  Good grief, it looks like all of my clips from that night are too big for Blogger to upload correctly.  Well, check out the 1st for about a 5-second clip to prove I was there. Ha!  Ignore the 2nd--I can't remove it for some reason.  Just check their website for more.

I drew a quick sketch of their gear before they began, and wanted to draw each of them.  I only managed a bit of the guitarist.  By the time I got to the bassist, I was getting lost in the music and put that pen down, people.  This one is a fairly rudimentary drawing, but you know, just trying to show how I'm always at it and how you should be, too! (-;



Full Circle

Happy March 1st!  

It's been snowing since last night.  Snow on top of snow.  It feels warmer, though, and the snow is gentle.  I feel hope that Mother Nature is about to turn a corner.  Nonetheless, I don't think She wants us to forget that all seasons are favored, and She isn't about to short shrift the current one.

I thought I had finished this last night, but ended up putting more contrast into it this a.m.  I was listening to Led Zeppelin's, "Rain Song" while doing so--it's gentle, beautiful strings and gradual crescendoing underscored the cyclic nature of the piece (or at least it did in my mind.)

My husband said on his phone, he initially couldn't see the face in the roots.  I darkened it a little below to enhance it.  I used circles because of their symbolism:
The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement... (Hermes Trismegistus)). 
In any event, I'm very happy with this one...took a long time, but I was in a meditative state so it didn't matter.

Here are a few other pictures of what I woke up to this Sunday morning.   Pussy willows wearing a coat of snow.  March, I'm glad you're here.

Led Zeppelin's  "The Rain Song"

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Seasonal Straddle

It was warmer today, and we're in the last week of February.  
It's a miracle with promises of tulips around the corner.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chicken Soup for the Bod

Hey all!  My "About Me" says I talk about food on this blog, but I've decided to stick to art and/or art inspiration on livedrawpaint.  If you want to see my foodie creations, jump over to my for things like this luscious elixir below.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Nate Milton "Feelings" Video

Being a fan of celebrating the loveliness of little things in life, you'll understand why I am equally in love with this sweet video I found on Vimeo by Nate Milton called "Feelings." In his words, "For three weeks, I wrote down any thought, image or memory that gave me a tingly feeling. I animated the list, and what it accidentally became was…" Enjoy! At the end of the clip above, there was a link to another video. Here is a gem of sophisticated canine humor (a category I just made up, but in light of the upcoming Oscars tomorrow night, one that the Academy should definitely think of including!)--I was laughing out loud! I'm imagining he took inspiration from the film "Amelie" as the French narrator says things like, "Orson detests the rain. He enters it to spite it and to piss on it." "Orson is depressed. He's been painting morose watercolors (omg-love it!) and thoughtless still lifes." This Nate Milton is a genius!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Three Deer

Driving home a new way tonight, I saw a wondrous sight.  Three deer crossing the road in front of me.  Such a beautiful gift from nature set against Her less generous gift of cold winds and swirling snow.

Watercolor, Acrylic, and Ink
140 lb. Arches Watercolor

Sunday, February 15, 2015

RIP Philip Levine

Goodbye, Philip Levine, Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, and champion of the working class.

Quote from interview with the Paris Review:
"I realized that I wanted to enter my life exactly as I had the first time, but with one huge difference:  this time I wanted to love my life and myself."
And this beautiful line of observation from his poem, "The Last Shift" on the closing of the Detroit Packard plant (Hear in his own voice from the Detroit Free Press here):
"A police car dozed across the street, its motor running. I could see the two of them eating jelly doughnuts as delicately as two elderly women and drinking their coffee from little styrofoam cups."
When a writer or poet dies of such import--no, I will say of any import--I visualize their beautiful words, swirling around and within their souls, down into the ground, into the flames, into the sky, forever and always intertwined with their essence of existence and a gift to anyone--that number ever diminishing--who will hear and read them.

Click here for the NY Times Obituary

Click here for Comcast's Obit, which was very good, but which disappeared from the main page after just a few hours to be replaced by a star's 2nd pregnancy announcement.  For a reason such is this, I write this blog.

Any finally, this excellent clip of the film, "Packard:  The Last Shift."  Please watch, it's so good, haunting, moving.

 How he started.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Falling Hearts

Falling Hearts

8" x 10"
140 lb. cold press watercolor paper
Acrylic, gouache, ink

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Annie Lennox Put A Spell On You 2015 Grammy's

Annie Lennox SHUT it DOWN!  This woman had the entire Grammy's audience in the palm of her hand.  Hozier was lovin' it, too!  Here is true musical greatness!  The fireworks really start at 2:44.  Watch it and bow down to a master vocalist!

Annie Lennox (with Hozier) 2015 Grammy's
Here's the link.  

Let me just say, I was feelin' a little glum earlier in the day (see my prior post), but this performance, I feel empowered and ready to take on the world.  Thank you, Annie.  It will go down in history.

Here's this post from theremina on Tumblr:  Annie on Ageism:

"There’s this youth culture that is really, really powerful and really, really strong, but what it does is it really discards people once they reach a certain age. I actually think that people are so powerful and interesting - women, especially - when they reach my age. We’ve got so much to say, but popular culture is so reductive that we just talk about whether we’ve got wrinkles, or whether we’ve put on weight or lost weight, or whether we’ve changed our hair style. I just find that so shallow."
–Annie Lennox (born 25 December, 1954)
Happy 60th birthday, you badass!

Blue Veins by The Raconteurs

The grey skies have got me down.  This song by The Raconteurs got me out of it.

Listen, I ALWAYS have music playing.  I don't just post songs to flush out my blog posts.  This is just how much music means to me and always has.  You ever hear of that theory that if you're feeling down, listen to something that correlates and it will bring you up?  I think it's true.  Anyway, I felt better after listening to this 12 times in a row. Ha!  Truth is, the last week and 1/2 I have been watching/playing on my computer, "It Might Get Loud," the 2008 film about music--the love of the guitar, mainly--featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White.  Wait, what does that have to do with anything?  Oh yeah, there was about a 2.5 second clip on "Blue Veins" so I had to listen to the entire thing.  That's how I got here.  Glad I clarified that for myself!

Here's what I drew while listening to it.  I could have done something productive, like get my tax receipts in order, but, uh, no.  Not happening.  I suppose it might look scary to some, but you can't worry about that.  If I did, I wouldn't be drawing/painting anything.

The Grammy's are just under an hour away--hope you're going to be watching them with me.

Blue Veins - Raconteurs Live in Holland
This concert is phenomenal--thank you mlove87 for posting it!  
See my post on "Bang Bang" and/or "Ax Man" for another spectacular song.   
Wish I could have been there...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Jack Kerouac - The Haunted Life

I've been reading Jack Kerouac's The Haunted Life.  Did you know that Kerouac thought that he had possibly lost the manuscript in a taxicab?  Turns out that was not quite the case.

According to the Todd Tietchen in the book's introduction,

"The lost manuscript resurfaced as an entry in the Sotheby's auction catalog in June 2002, fifty-eight years after its disappearance.   The manuscript had been willed to the seller by his longtime domestic partner, who claimed to have discovered it decades earlier in the closet of a Columbia University dorm room. ...Kerouac had spent October 1944 living in Allen Ginsberg's dorm room at Columbia..."  
Tietchen continues:
"While the thought of his manuscript making the rounds of Manhattan's streets in the backseat of a yellow cab probably struck Kerouac as both poignant and romantic, the truth of the matter seems to be that he had left the manuscript in Ginsberg's room after accepting a berth on the merchant vessel Robert Treat Paine (only to jump ship in Virginia and head back to New York).  Why he subsequently lost track of the manuscript is impossible to say, though, true to its title, The Haunted Life eventually rematerialized in public sight like an apparition whose business in the world had been cut unexpectedly short."
Isn't that last sentence fabulous...rematerialized in public sight?  Let's luxuriate in the beauty of words.

Well, I don't know about you, but I also believe in poignant romance.  Here is my imaginings of Kerouac pounding the streets the NYC, desperately wondering which cab speeding by him carried the missing pages of his potential masterpiece.  Perhaps the sheets were flying out the window, taking on a further life of mystery, swirling through the air and absorbing more life than what already was contained on the page.

P.S.  I just thought of something!  Have any of you seen 2000's Wonder Boys with Michael Douglas and Robert Downey, Jr. and originally written by Michael Chabon in 1995?  (One of my top ten favorite movies by the way.)  There is a scene at the end of the movie where innumerable pages dance there way off into nowhere as well.  I'll have to watch that DVD for the 358th time.

February 7, 2015.  HEY peeps, here's an update, and it comes courtesy of Buzz Bain, a FB friend, from Oregon.  Check out the original blog post at   and check out the video of Kerouac's artwork from the New York Public Library's Kerouac collection.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Transcontinental Baby and Dog - For Sale

Transcontinental Baby and Dog

16" x 20"

I think you can actually see the shimmer in the background and the textured clouds in this shot.

Greeting from below.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Floating Features

Floating Features

I wanted to keep this loose, off-center--to allow the eyes and the mind to fill in curves and angles.
To see something from the center, left, and right, 
turning it around and around in order to open perception.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project 2015

Hey out there, are you joining in on The Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project for 2015?  This time around, my theme is "Ladders."  Here's a little look at the front and back covers.

Front Cover

Back Cover

I really struggled with choosing a subject, and almost went with "Circa."  Gawl darnit!  I mean, I can think of 20 things I would do with that now.  Oh well, one step at a time...Ladders--get it? Ah, ha, ha!

I've been participating in The Sketchbook Project since 2010-2011.  Here they are in order:

My first--I think there were 80 pages in this one and I filled it to capacity.  Sketchbooks after this year had about 30 pages.  This one is called "Coffee and Cigarettes."  I'm not a smoker girl, but I love Jim Jarmusch's quirky, independent film, "Coffee and Cigarettes" SO much, that I was OBLIGATED to make it my theme.  Anyway, up to this point, that one is my favorite.  Super loaded with words and drawings.

"Coffee and Cigarettes"

Oh, and guess what?  Here's my tribute to director Jim Jarmusch within this baby.  I talk about seeing his great film, "Mystery Train" at the Art Theater (where Roger Ebert used to have his annual film festivals. Chaz, his wife, continues the tradition).  Ah, memories.  

And P.S., do you remember my recent painting called "Picasso Baby" inspired by Jay Z's song of the same name?  Well click here and go back to it, and you can watch the video of it.  Jim Jarmusch is IN that video, too.

I completed two more in 2012: "Sandwich (I dubbed it "Sandwich & Sandwiched Between") and "The Last Word Spoken."  A piece from the latter was included in a published 5-volume set called "The Sketchbook Project - Limited Edition."


Here's two tidbits from "Sandwich" - "Sandwiched between work and home":

Below: Based on a real sandwich:  The Twinkie Wiener:

"The Last Word (ever, ever, ever, ever) Spoken"

Here's a few selections from this one (I figured I'd include some of the most memorable words every spoken as well. That's the instance of my inclusion of Coco from "Ice Loves Coco."  By the way, where did that show go?)

Below is the Sketchbook Project's "Limited Edition."  I have all volumes. My piece is in Volume 5.

Cash in Angles, 4 Colors, and Glitter - SOLD

HBO has been rerunning, "Walk the Line" this past week.  That movie is so fantastic--I had forgotten how much so.  It's one of those (like "The Godfather") that once you start watching, you can't pull yourself away from it.  I always was amazed that Joaquin Phoenix didn't receive the Academy Award for his incredible portrayal.

Anyway, I needed some Johnny today...something weird is happening in the atmosphere.  We're on the precipice of both a new moon and a looming snowstorm.  I have an obligation that I don't want to do, and I feel out-of-sorts.  Mother Nature, heavy with a still grayness, aligning with cosmic duty is causing me unrest.  I was going to draw that pic. of Johnny giving the finger to the camera, but I'm kind of tired of being misinterpreted so I didn't.  I like this one though.  I don't know if you can see it, but I ran scratches through the painting to give it a little edge--or maybe it was just to reflect my edginess.

Angling Cash

Johnny Cash - I Walk The Line 1958

And P.S., here's one of the best performances on the fall 2014 run of "The Voice."  Craig Wayne Boyd doing his version of Cash's classic.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Postcards From The Edge - NYC- Visual AIDS

Last December my friends, Lanie and John, encouraged me to send a postcard into NYC's "Postcards From The Edge," a benefit for the organization, Visual AIDS* and hosted by the Luhring Augustine Gallery, 531 W. 24th Street, NYC.  A sneak preview takes place on Friday, January 30th, with the actual benefit Saturday, January 31st and Sunday, February 1st.  You can bid online right now on some of the super famous participating artists, like Ai WeiWei, at Paddle 8.

I had been drinking a lot of blueberry smoothies at the time, and so I made this fellow, who found himself turning into a blueberry smoothie after imbibing just as many as I had.

Too Many Blueberry Smoothies

I'm so proud to be one of the participants.  For more information and a list of all artists, click here.

*From their website:  Visual Aids is an "organization that produces AIDS-focused contemporary art programs and provide supplies and assistance to artists living with HIV/AIDS, many who are unable to continue producing work without such support. All Postcards From the Edge proceeds support the programs of Visual AIDS."

UPDATE:  2/7/15  Here's a link to some of the pics from the 2015 NYC Visual Aids event:  2015 Visual Aids
AND Seriously, I really think my postcard is at the bottom (in the bottom row--1st one visible in the row) in this Steven Rosen pic-:  

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Tube of Lipstick

I was thinking of calling this "Rum and Coke."  Or even better, "She's Got the Jack" (Jack, Jack, Jack).  Hmm.  Well if you love AC/DC, you'd know where I'm coming from.

Anyway, I'm sticking with "New Tube of Lipstick."  Is she meeting her new date from  Is she stood up?  Or taking herself out for a solitary cocktail just because she looks so hot with her new vermilion shade of lipstick?  I leave it up to you to fill in the blanks, dear reader.

She's Got the Jack - AC/DC

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ghost Horse - SOLD

This idea came from the following:

I was watching an interview between Johnny Depp and David Letterman last night on YouTube. Depp was talking about filming 2013's "The Lone Ranger" and how as he was falling from his horse, "all I saw in front of my eyes were these muscular horse legs,the striations of muscles moving, a kind of death machine.  And one word popped into my head, 'hooves'."

This particular clip also had the added bonus of allowing you to practice your Italian.  Ciao!

So often I don't think I get the detail photographed well.  
Here's a close-up so hopefully you can see a bit more in this particular painting.

Johnny Depp on David Letterman

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chicken in the Corn - Brushy One String

Do you know the song, "Chicken in the Corn" made famous by Jamaican Reggae singer Brushy One String (Andrew Chin)?  I came across this about a year ago, probably after the first 3 million people had already seen it. ha!

Anyway, it is the catchiest tune ever, but what is truly amazing is the music this man gets out of his one-string guitar.  I mean, it is incredible.  Just try to get the tune out of your head once it's happy lyrics are implanted there--c'est imposible!  I thought I'd make a painting inspired by the song while listening to the song.  Worked for me. (-;

(This piece is heavy with oil paint.  I made it last week, but was trying to let it dry a bit.)

Oil and Acrylic

Brushy One String - "Chicken in the Corn" (From Luciano Blotta's RiseUp Movie)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dreama Johnson Kattenbraker

  Dreama Johnson Kattenbraker

Meet the dreamy, beautiful, edgy work of Dreama Johnson Kattenbraker.  I met Dreama back in '97 or '99 at the Naperville Riverwalk where I fell in love with a woman's ceramic head that she had made.  I wanted it so much, but it was out of my budget.  I have utterly regretted not getting that piece of artwork to this day!! (There's a lesson here of course--if you ever love a piece of art, no matter what--get it!  It's one of those things that beautifies your life and soul for the remainder of your days on earth!)

Years later I asked Dreama if she still had it, but it had been broken in an accident.  Sob!  If only I had sent her bi-weekly checks for $20 for awhile!

It was a little like this piece...hmm, a little bit:

Anyway, Dreama, like her art is beautiful, intelligent, complex, creative, and a staunch animal lover.   The next time I ran into her she was showing her art at the Peoria Art Fair (you may not know it, but the shows I listed are some of the highest-rated fairs in the country-that's how good she is.)

Earlier that day I had just rescued a cat, and as we talked about our day, I mentioned it to Dreama.  What does she do, but sell me 2 beautiful goblets for a hugely discounted price for the good deed!  I have never forgotten her kindness.  I wanted to post the two goblets here, but I have them at my mom's house where we used them as guests at a tea party.  I'll update this post as soon as I get a snap of them.)  Here's a sample of her work:

Secrets from Bird 

Here's another favorite of mine--so, so beautiful!


I initially only knew Dreama as a ceramacist, but she is a painter as well.  To see more of her work, visit her Facebook page here.

Her son, Scott Kattenbraker, is also an artist, as is her daughter-in-law, Lisa Telling Kattenbraker.  It's a family affair!!  Which....makes me think of this:

Sly and the Family Stone - "Family Affair"