We look to celestial bodies and direct our prayers, changes, incantations, proclamations–we pitch them up to the skies, as though they’ll be caught, as though we’ll get an answer. Continue reading “This is Where Your Prayers Go”
I love my family of birth. I can’t imagine life without my mom or my sister and her family. That’s all there, intact and wonderful.
I love my family of choice, those friendships acquired and maintained over the decades, from college to a decade in NYC to my years here in Austin.
And I’ve recently realized that I love, very much, my family once by marriage and now by choice. Continue reading “Families by Marriage and Choice”
Thought I’d share three smaller acrylic works, each 6″ x 12″. All painted with palette knives, then stamped with circles, then highly glossed. I tend to keep at least one smaller canvas going whenever I’m working on a larger one–something to work on while waiting for paint to dry. 🙂 Continue reading “Circles”
There are many good reasons to paint each day. Here is one.
The last few days of 2014 may well have been the best of the year. Actually, the were the best, and–with my fingers tightly crossed–I hope they’re the map for 2015. I spent these days laying down the basic tracks for the new album, love & blood.
Charles, my husband and collaborator for most of the past decade, died on December 9th.
It was peaceful; he can rest now. Charles told me, more than once, what he wanted his epitaph to be, and I think he’d like that I’m sharing it now: “Here lies Charles Rieser. He threw ice at the clouds.” Continue reading “Charles”
Some paintings just jump out of my fingers as if I’m simply the channel through which they’re born. Others take true labor, enormous consideration, and months of adjustment until they are done. Witness I Felt Like the One on the Left. Continue reading “I Felt Like the One on the Left”
Celebrated in Mexico and other lands, Day of the Dead was completely foreign to me until I moved to Austin in the late 90s. A full-on Yankee gringo, and I confess it struck me as a tad morbid for awhile there–a national celebration that includes everything from mad gravesite altars to skulls made of sugar. My tribe can’t quite wrap its collective head around doing more than placing a few solemn flowers by a headstone every now and then. Continue reading “Day of the Dead, Part 1”
Today is my birthday, a pretty good day to give a great deal of thanks–even though that thanks feels insufficient. Continue reading “When a “Thank You” Just Isn’t Enough”
But I wasn’t.
The Kickstarter campaign for my next recording is now officially two weeks old, and it’s going gangbusters (92% funded as of this post)!
So for all creatives and makers and DIY’ers out there, I thought I’d share a few very quick lessons learned in case you’re thinking of finding support for your next project. Continue reading “Lessons Learned From Two Weeks of Crowdfunding”
It’s a big day for me. Scary, too.
I just clicked the “launch” button on the crowdfunding campaign for my next project, Love & Blood. Continue reading “Crowdfunding for “love & blood” Has Begun!”
“Change. It ain’t what it used to be.”
My ex said that to me once, apropos of almost nothing, and it made me laugh so hard I had to grab a pen and write it down. Continue reading “Change: It Ain’t What It Used to Be”
Here in Austin, we don’t have a lot of exotic trees. We have multitudes of sturdy and steady Live Oak; they only shed their leaves as new ones emerge, giving us year-round greenery. We have gnarly Mountain Juniper trees with branches like witches’ fingers, Continue reading “Austin’s Trees & Things That Live in Them”
I had dinner recently with my good friend Carla Black, founder of Rockrgrl magazine and MEOW (Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women). She spent decades as a tireless advocate for women in music. Sadly, that’s no way to make a living, so she’s recently jumped the wall and will make her first million selling precious Austin real estate. You go, girl. Continue reading “You’re Pretty Good… For a Girl”
I live in a quiet, working class neighborhood on the south side of town. The streets are wide, but the homes are small. Even though there’s genuine cultural diversity on these blocks, the houses are homogenous. It’s pretty safe, the taxes won’t kill you, and I think of it as one of the last few truly affordable areas to buy a house in south Austin. Continue reading “My Romantic Neighborhood”
I just finished this painting, Surface Tension. It’s watercolor and acrylic, 36″ x 24″.
You know how you can fill a glass to the brim and even add just a little bit more so the water seems to rise above that rim? And then just one drop too much brings on the spill? Continue reading “Surface Tension”
In my circle of acquaintances, I am the Queen of the To-Do List. I have a daily, weekly, and monthly list. Mostly, they serve me well. Occasionally they’re a big ball and chain, and I ignore them all for a week or more… until it’s clear that shit still needs to get done. Continue reading “Comparing To-Do Lists”