ka! cow bunny looks perplexed by it's canary egg cargo.
happy weekend xo
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
(my secret is a cherished list from a birthdaycard from all the animals that currently lived within arm's length of the kitchen in 1999)
(why I love twitter? i find different artists who are tweeting and we keep eachother tweet sharp and focused on our work).
My friend, Foxfire is leaving for Africa this week and is blogging about how many pairs of underwear she will pack (possibly one or maybe two) link here.
Who do I think I am!? Seriously, I am social media-ist. An Artist grateful for an audience and kindling kinship of others that are here on the Planet. I am an entertainer, entertaining first myself and then benefiting from the laughter or grins of others seeing my ridiculous antics - like a parrot with fat legs and funny feet walking, or attempting to run across a floor. I am like a Parrot - who desire full inclusion into a social network, full acceptance. Complete Love and trustworthiness going both ways.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Later at the surprise reception (I hadn't known there would be wine and food after), staring at the blank bricks walls feeling a tangible longing to hang my new work up I realized the idea of submitting work for the Firehouse had returned full force.
While napping before driving to the show I was with my old friends from High School at a bar that overlayed my old neighborhood (Leawood Drive, New Castle, PA) where my actor neighbor lived adjacently, Mrs. Nord and my new neighborhood (Newbuyrport around the vicinity of the Firehouse). I had to leave my friends quickly to enter the Firehouse and looked down at myself and I was wearing a full length red dress, the same one that another person was wearing who was on stage getting ready to read. What? I woke up from the nap feeling quite ready to entertain the idea of getting up on stage at some point. Maybe I will venture into 'The Random Acts" next November or audition for next year's "New Works shorts? Somethings to look forward to.
In the meantime, I am looking forward to Marc Clopton's written play "Alice in Wonder Glass" premiering this Feb 11th at the Black Box Theater in the Tannery. Dan Hanson has been making the lyrical and sculpted furniture for the event and they will be auctioned (time and place tba). http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=144078960640
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
It is not ever a 'slow' night as the seisun is known for it's rapid speed, both a thrill and inspiration. I've been playing fiddle going on nine years now. Some pieces like 'The Swallowtail Reel' I knew to play fast. Now I spend my early morning getting everything up to speed so I am not only correct in jumping in to the playing pot, but also not rude in playing poorly!
If you like Irish (scottish, english, celtic, cape breton) type of traditional tunes you may be overjoyed to be at Port Taven on State St. in Newburyport on a wednesday eve. (with instrument or as listener - beginners are always welcome to sit on the fringe!)
Monday, January 18, 2010
I take my music as serious as my art. holding both lightly as fluff in one hand and as heavy as gravity would allow in the other. Singing and playing fiddle are like the blood for me. keeps things moving freely. My art-making is like my bones. They build me up. keep me here on earth. both are so important.
Friday, January 15, 2010
i know i said i would attempt to blog everyday but i am thinking every other day now.. i am not going to capitalize my 'i's' because my sleeve will go into my paint if i move that way. my recent canvas is sitting in front of my this, studio laptop.
i also am finding the joy of typing a draft in the morn and not publishing until i have some kind of photograph to show for myself. yesterday i took some photos of the baby tiger, canary hastening back into it's nest. just like i did out of sheer exhaustion of pushing myself too hard re: paint and fiddle.
basically most capitol letters are out while i am typing in this manner.
i learned something valuable yesterday and this morning....(ice is falling off my roof right now)....the art of not working too hard. that's right. that's what i said. i think it is un natural to work to the point of too much. what is called for is a focus and refocusing of a particular goal, intended progress ----- not the overdoing.
i'm serious about this.
I think I finished the painting just now so now I can cAP.
There are plenty of environmental pressures that seem to squeeze in on my cells sometimes propelling me towards a desperate enbarkment - a ridiculous journey even for my mind, before I make a move. The best way to deal with this while it is occurring is to either clean up something and through out old stuff, or take a nap.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
And back to the new canary baby, Tiger. simply so adorable and looked at me while i was talking to it today without shrinking back into it's nest like it usually did before when I attempted a direct conversation.
Monday, January 11, 2010
The new little baby puff is adorable. I call him tiger. Super alert today, 3 weeks old and seems ready to jump out of his nest.
My interview with online Cool Newburyport Today blog came out today (I havnt read it yet! ;o) see following tiny url:
Artist Profile: Tobin Eckian http://bit.ly/8zhNr0
Friday, January 08, 2010
this is a little 8 inch square box i built out of cardboard, tape and plaster. i glued a print into it and painted it, wired a safety wire in case you were small enough to fit inside and be walking along the edge. there are some blue beads on the wire to look at also.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Monday, January 04, 2010
Sunday, January 03, 2010
They are a wee bit on the smallish side. about 40 pages. A lot gets put down in them and easy to forgot what I do actually jot down and to even see it in low lighting. SO here is what I do, am in the process of doing right now
I enter things sequentially (instead of the way i used to do it by just opening it up where there was a place to write and jotting down a fiddle tune whilst looking in the dark at a Port Tavern session).
I am going through my last journal and pulling out the bits that need to be transferred into the new one: things like lists of jigs and reels I am working on, the names of the animals I plan to make into softies (small 6 inch stuffed wool handpainted things I make), Wall fluffers (new things I am making...same as softies only made with paper, both stuffed with wool)...and so on.
It's all very exciting.