Monday, December 10, 2012

How time flies... no matter what's going on. ;)

So, I came in to Blogger to read someone else's blog and see that I haven't written anything since 2010!  Well, at least not here, that is. ;)

I am always writing some long-winded musing or other somewhere online.  It's funny, to me, that I have never been able to keep a blog going.  The thing is, I'm more of a reactor than not... I see something and respond to that.  When it comes to creating new content, it mostly comes out in my music and my visual art rather than in writing.  When I was growing up, it was just the opposite.  I wrote prose, poetry, essays, rants, journals, letters, postcards, and on table napkins every single day.  I think I needed to communicate something - or felt I did - all the time in those days.  I had no idea who my audience was or could be but it was urgent that I found out.

Now, I still have things to communicate but I think I feel I can reach people more successfully through music than through prose.  Also, a lot of what I do in the visual arts is more for myself or groups I belong to than to the world at large.  Interesting thought.

I really like an artist named Thom Woodruff.  If you don't know his work, check out this page on his website featuring his series 'Freak Parade':  I first saw his work in an Ovation TV video which was actually very cool but it doesn't seem to be available there any longer.  He has a very interesting style and it was great seeing him at work in his studio and talking about how he achieves certain effects in his paintings.  There is much in his work which speaks to me at a semi-conscious level while other things are right on the surface and I like those as well.  Freak Parade is about 'all things aberrant' and, of course, that is of interest as well.  I have spent so much of my life outside of the mainstream that what is aberrant to most people just seems like everyday reality to me.  I like it when someone can get that down on canvas (or in print, like John Irving did in books like Hotel New Hampshire and The World According to Garp, not to mention my all-time favorite book of his The Cider House Rules).

Another thing I've been enjoying lately is an unusual TV series called The Eagle (Ørnen - En krimi-odyssé) - we watched it through Netflix.  It's a smörgåsbord of Danish, Icelandic, Swedish, & Norwegian language, culture, and places.  That, alone, would make it worth watching for me since I've studied Scandinavian languages and lived in a Scandinavian country.  But, my husband Graham (who is British) also finds it fascinating.  I think it's because the pace, the approach to subjects being discussed, and the general ambience are all different from what one might expect from any other modern Western country.  If you try to watch it on Netflix, do it through the computer rather than your BluRay Player or whatever - there is a problem with the subtitles (there aren't any!) unless you use your computer to access the player.  At times, I enjoyed that since it was good practice for me but Graham didn't enjoy it at all. ;)

That reminds me, I need to contact Netflix and let THEM know!  lol  Will do that now. 

Lator gators.



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