As I write this, the sun is shining for the first time in days, robins are rooting about gathering nesting material, roofers are shingling a neighbor's house, and I am in the process of converting my boys' swingset into a pirate ship. These are rich, vibrant times. If you care to read, here is the latest bit of news and an update from my little rapscallion corner of the world.
Introducing The Daily Piece
Q: What is The Daily Piece?
A: I recently awoke from a dead sleep at 4am with an image in my mind of a tiny bird nest perched in the bowl of a smoking pipe attached to a slab of old board. I, too, thought it was odd – both the waking and the image – so I jotted the idea down. (Over the years I've trained myself to write down these middle-of-the-night ideas so as not to forget them. Sometimes they're good, sometimes trash. Either way, one must obey the muse.) The point, I suppose, is that these Daily Pieces are one-of-a-kind, random sculptures or quirky folk art pieces, singular creations of mine. They will be available only once, never to be duplicated again, at least not on purpose, and when they're gone, they're gone.
Q: Why? What is the point of TDP?
A: Well, why not? I enjoy having eyes and hands that work, and I aim to use them for good. If these artistic efforts helps me fend off sadness and maintain an equilibrium of mild sanity, then all the better.
Q: Are they available for sale? If so, where?
A: Yes, you silly goose, of course they are available in the webstore of my website in the wide web I am slowly spinning. As lagniappe, each piece will be inscribed to its patron-purchaser.
Q: Do you do commissioned pieces?
A: Do pigs enjoy wallowing in their own filth? (Heck yes!)
Q: As the name implies, does that mean there will be a piece every single day?
A: Maybe, maybe not, probably not. When the muse woke me at 4am, TDP was the title in my brain; one learns to go with these things. Besides, I like the name "Daily Piece," as if the word Piece were a play on the word Peace. See what I did there? This is intended to be a no-pressure exercise for me. These creative oddities might be monthly, bi-weekly, annual, perennial, or I might make only one every third gibbous moon. Either way, it is meant to be a NO STRESS creative outlet for yours truly. Hopefully, you will enjoy them too, and if they don't cause you to think, at least maybe they will cause you to smile.
Q: Will you be the only contributor?
A: If we are lucky, no. My wife, Danielle, will hopefully on occasion contribute her own brand of uniquities (e.g., painted glass vases, sewing pieces, homemade baby stuff, etc.) to The Daily Piece. If we are doubly lucky, my sons -- if they can figure out how to focus long enough -- may contribute something for sale…. you know, to contribute to their as-yet unfunded college fund.
Announcing Far Side Of The Sea: A Photographic Memory
"Hardly memorable except for being memorably forgettable, the overlooked objects of earth, with their long and determined memories, don morose decay and disintegration as artful badges of experience, failure, not least of all courage. Their spirits are willing. The world's inanimate ephemera is all-too willing to tell their stories using the voices given them, in the slow, persistent, quiet cadence of their patiently enduring spirits. With eyes to see and ears to hear, it is unwise for us to ignore their relinquished dreams and memories floating on the wide sea among the skeleton hopes, the corroded flotsam, chaos, and rabid ghosts they have seen on their long journeys."
Thus begins my book, Far Side Of The Sea: A Photographic Memoir. In it I pair photos I've taken with an essay piece I wrote from the point of view of the subject matter, giving these inanimate objects a voice with which to tell their stories. Still in early draft mode, I hope to publish the book later this year. In all likelihood, I will be publishing it in association with The Rabbit Room Press. Printing costs will be substantial, and I will more than likely embark upon a fan patronage campaign as I did with BiRDS OF RELOCATiON to help get it out into the world. Please be on the lookout for that coming announcement. Thank you in advance for your interest!
House Concerts: The Fragrance of Soup and Song
Here is a recent piece I recently wrote about my fondness for house concerts titled The Fragrance of Soup and Song. If you see I'll be in your area and would like to tag on a show, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't see your area listed, contact us anyway, and we'll make some plans to get there as soon as possible. If you would like more information about how house shows work, we would be happy to tell you more.
Some places I'll be playing this spring/summer:
Huntersville, NC / Birmingham, AL / Oak Ridge, TN / Lawrence, KS / Topeka, KS / Liberty, MO / Wichita, KS / Franklin, IN / Ambridge, PA / Colorado / Texas / Wisconsin / Illinois / Oregon