Monday, January 31, 2011

so long january

So, in less than an hour of posting this, the first month of 2011 will soon make way for February. I usually make an effort to stay indoors as much as possible in January, but this year was different. I found myself outside for extended periods of time, camera in tow, taking pictures and listening to my surroundings. As a kid, I grew up with a creek (we called it a "crick") and woods in my back yard, and I spent hours on end back there. I find I'm still drawn to these places, and as dead as the woods may seem this time of winter, they're surprisingly brimming with life. I found that spending this time outside is perhaps one of the most refreshing, (excuse the corniness) and life affirming things I can do. Words can't really explain it, nor should they have to. I'm glad it finally snowed some in January, which is when all these photos here were taken. My favorite part is when the snow and ice begins to melt and you can see and hear the water running down the trees and hills and into creeks, streams and ponds. These sights and sounds also cause me to look forward to the arrival of spring, which is right around the corner now.  

Sunday, January 30, 2011

surrender to the night

10" x 8", mixed media on watercolor paper, made for the Illustration Friday topic "surrender", while listening to some excellent music. 1/2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

best music of 2010, steve's picks

I decided this year to back off on my own reviews of some of my favorite albums from 2010 and leave it to the people who do this kind of thing for a living. I also decided to let the dust settle from all the "best of" music lists from the end of 2010 and post mine at the end of January 2011. I know, as with last year, I missed quite a few and almost thought it might be a better idea to wait until mid 2011 to do a post like this, after playing catch up. Whatever the case, these are some of my favorite albums from 2010 below. Links are included if you want to read up on them some, and I also threw a little listening sample up there with each title. If you like this kind of stuff (yes, I prefer the more electronic music-side of the spectrum) contact me via e-mail for a free mix CD sampler.

Gold Panda: Lucky Shiner (Ghostly International)

Pretty Much Amazing review HERE.

Autechre: Oversteps (Warp)

Themilkfactory review HERE.

Mrs. Jynx: Shark Carousel (Planet Mu)

Boomkat review HERE.

Ital Tek: Midnight Colour (Planet Mu)

Drowned In Sound review HERE.

Pantha Du Prince: Black Noise (Rough Trade)

MusicOMH review HERE.

Casino Versus Japan: Night On Tape (Attack Nine)

A Strangely Isolated Place review HERE.

Toro Y Moi: Causers of This (Carpark)

Boomkat review HERE.

Tsone: A Sea Beyond Reckoning (Audiotalaia)

Download full release for free ( w/ Archive. org reviewHERE.

Oneohtrix Point Never: Returnal (Editions Mego)

Boomkat review HERE.

Proem: Enough Conflict (n5MD)

Cokemachine Glow review HERE.

School of Seven Bells: Disconnect From Desire (Vagrant)

Boomkat review HERE.

So Percussion, Matmos: Treasure State (Cantaloupe Music)

URB review HERE.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

dust bather

8" x 10", acrylics and black Pigma Micron pen on watercolor paper, made for the Illustration Friday topic "dusty", 1/2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

blog feature at "be @ home" best of the web #16

Thanks to the good people at the Pocketchange site, my Go Flying Turtle blog got a little shout out this week as part of their Be @ Home, Best of the Web series.  Several other great blogs and sites were mentioned as well, covering a wide range of subject matter. With so many interestring blogs and websites out there, it was a nice surprise to find they found my blog worthy of a look. You can see the rest of their Best of the Web pics for this week HERE in the meantime.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

thirsty chicken

* 10" x 8", mixed media on watercolor paper, made for the Illustration Friday topic "chicken", 1/2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

artist feature in carpaccio magazine, issue 22

Check it out folks, Carpaccio Magazine, issue 22 has officially dropped. The theme for this month's issue is "I have fear of ...", and it's been a real treat seeing all the different artists' takes on this subject, ranging from humorous to downright frightening. I've got four works of my own in this month's issue, which I feel very fortunate about since this is the second month they featured some of my art. January's issue will be digital only, like December's, however they will be doing a roundup featuring the best from the past couple of issues, releasing a compilation in physical form soon. As always, Carpaccio did a fabulous job, and the artwork inside is pretty spectacular. Check it out and get inspired when you get a chance.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

saturday at brandon park

Yesterday afternoon, after dropping Kris off to work, I drove past the local bowling alley in Leesburg, where there was an unusually enormous vulture hovering around above. I ended up turning around my car to get a closer look. I only wish I had my camera because the vulture was not too threatened by my presence and I could have gotten some real nice shots. At least I got to see it up close though.  So, I ended up racing back home after a few minutes to get mine and my wife's cameras with the intention of returning to the bowling alley parking lot. Well, the giant vulture, which was a turkey vulture because of it's reddish, bald head (see the photo just above) was now perched in some nearby trees along with a bunch of smaller black vultures (no red, bald heads). I got some decent shots, but ended up spending a good hour just hanging out and enjoying the chilly air and peaceful sights and sounds around me, including some mallard ducks and an elusive blue heron who makes an appearance every now and then around the area. I really should do this kind of thing more often, as well as learn how to use my wife's neglected Rebel SLR. 

update: I just found out from a friend of the passing of Trish Keenan, who was the lead singer for the wonderful band Broadcast, who died this morning at 9:00 AM from pneumonia complications. If you followed my blog from the beginning, you might recall some concert pics I posted, as well as a couple album reviews I did for her band. I really loved their music and Trish's voice, and it's so hard to believe she's now gone. This is truly sad news to lose someone so young, who was a true creative visionary. These photos are dedicated to Trish and the band.