Friday, April 24, 2015

favorite song friday: low budget

I've been listening to the Kinks album Low Budget lately and am struck by how Ray Davies's songs about how times are tough all over still resonates today — maybe even more strongly than when it was originally released in 1979.

Brothers Ray (L) and Dave Davies of The Kinks

I'm shopping at Woolworth and low discount stores
I'm dropping my standards so that I can buy more


Art takes time, time is money
Money's scarce and that ain't funny
Millionaires are things of the past
We're in a low budgetville where nothing can last
Money's rare there's none to be found
So don't think I'm tight if I don't buy a round

I'm on a low budget
What did you say
Yes I'm on a low budget
I thought you said that
I'm on a low budget
I'm a cut price person in a low budget land

The entire album is great, but "Low Budget," "Catch Me Now I'm Falling," "(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman," "A Gallon of Gas," and "Misery" are favorites.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

sketchbook thursday

The kid and I attend Art After Dark events at our local art museum the Norton on Thursday nights. One of our favorites are when they feature art workshops, like Sketchbook Thursday.

The kid took a photo of me hard at work, sketching from a model from the Norton's spiral staircase (I'm at the far right).

This qualifies as a Throwback Thursday post in that it happened last Thursday, and that I am actually sketching and drawing again, which certainly feels like a throwback, albeit a good one, to me.

Playing with different pencils

The kid came up with a drawing game - to close our eyes and draw something, and then the other person tries to guess what it is. This is her rendition of a ... Can you guess?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

tom & huck: lost in translation

Kids will like the latest filmed version of the adventures of Mark Twain's classic characters, Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, but adults may be left wishing for more.

The film features some of the most memorable moments from Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Tom having to paint a white picket fence, he and Huck attending their own funeral, his romance with Becky Thatcher, and their getting lost in the cave. While it is fun to see these scenes depicted, there is something missing, some sense of urgency or mischief that leaves everything feeling a bit flat. ... Add to that an almost unrecognizable Val Kilmer as Mark Twain, narrating the proceedings, and you have a slightly surreal take on an American classic. ...

Huck (Jake T. Austin, L) and Tom (Joel Courtney)

You can read my complete review on Cinema Sentries ...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

a note to readers ...

Dear regular and occasional readers of my blog, I truly thank you, for checking in from time to time. You may have noticed that lately things around here are a bit picture-heavy recently. I have really been hunkering down on a long-form writing project, as well as doing a lot of art reading for my aspiring docent gig, so I have had to take a tiny step back from blogging. I no longer do weekend posts, but I don't think anyone has missed those.

I am a strong believer in writing, or working, on something creative every day, and I am still doing that, just not with the blog as the primary recipient of my efforts.

I will still be posting the random review or pop culture opinion I can't help but want to share. But I also hope that you don't mind some scenic photography posts as well. And that you stick around. I hope to share some of my longer-form musings as well as my big project with you all in the near future. Again, thanks, always, for stopping by.

xoxoxo e