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Jean Synodinos | Austin, TX

This is Where Your Prayers Go

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”

Families by Marriage and Choice

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”

Circles

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. ūüôā Continue reading “Circles”

One Good Reason to Paint

There are many good reasons to paint each day. Here is one.

 

 

 

Magical Thinking

My marriage, like many relationships, was full of magical thinking–the search for beautiful patterns demonstrating that, well, everything’s going to be wonderful after all.

Continue reading “Magical Thinking”

When Work Makes the Dark Days Light

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.

Continue reading “When Work Makes the Dark Days Light”

Incongruous

Incongruous is the only word to describe this month. As the definition below suggests, things are “not in harmony.” Continue reading “Incongruous”

Charles

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”

Blue Eyes & Lips

Well, not so much blue as teal, really. Continue reading “Blue Eyes & Lips”

I Felt Like the One on the Left

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”

Day of the Dead, Part 2

In the last post, I shared some color photos taken in a nearby Mexican cemetery on Day of the Dead, photos from the left side of the graveyard, with gravesides of the more recently departed. Continue reading “Day of the Dead, Part 2”

Day of the Dead, Part 1

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”

When a “Thank You” Just Isn’t Enough

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”

I Wish I’d Been This Smart as a Kid

But I wasn’t.

 

Lessons Learned From Two Weeks of Crowdfunding

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”

Night & Day

I just sold this painting to a wonderful couple up in Salt Lake City, I couldn’t be happier about it, either. I learned a lot doing this particular canvas. Continue reading “Night & Day”

Crowdfunding for “love & blood” Has Begun!

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!”

God, I Love This Quote

Change: It Ain’t What It Used to Be

“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”

Fizz!

Summer colors, popping. That was the goal. Continue reading “Fizz!”

Fun Times: The Murder Ballad

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a painting, “Mercy,” and the song to which its loosely connected. Continue reading “Fun Times: The Murder Ballad”

Quarter Notes

I’ve been taking a fresh look at this painting, “Quarter Notes,” which is about a year old now. I remember thinking at the time that it seemed too easy, but that’s a ridiculous way to think about creativity. Continue reading “Quarter Notes”

Yes! That’s it!

 

 

See what else Hugh MacCleod has to say at gapingvoid.com

Austin’s Trees & Things That Live in Them

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”

You’re Pretty Good… For a Girl

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”

Original Sin

 

This is my first favorite painting, the first one that made me go, “yeah, I want that on the wall.” And it hangs over my bed against a red, red wall. Continue reading “Original Sin”

My Romantic Neighborhood

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”

Surface Tension

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”

Mercy, Mercy

I’ve been doing some painting that aligns in some way with songs I anticipate recording this fall. This one, “Mercy,” contrasts the overwhelming force of nature against those of us occupying space on the planet. Continue reading “Mercy, Mercy”

Comparing To-Do Lists

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”

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