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Ocean of Snow

Without being at home, with many things to do, but at a desk without access to the Internet, and no books or magazines, there was nothing to do but write. So I wrote a short poem about yesterday's moment in the field.

Ocean of Snow

Wind blows a field
of white waves,
lighter than salt.
Flecks melt into my eyes
as I lean against a tree,
mammoth rivulets of bark,
and watch black branches
scrawling waving calligraphies
on the squalls.

-
Now I think it 'cut up' prose, really. And yet when I format it in paragraph form it doesn't quite work. It's neither, then. Which is why I call what I do prosepoetry.




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Miniscule progress...

It's not that I have nothing else to say. It's been a difficult and a beautiful Christmas.

I post miniscule progress... the band of orange behind the Lady and the Chimera ... needs work... and surely I shall not leave the Lady quite so unmanifest, raw... who knows...


From The Lady and the Chimera

And a detail...


From The Lady and the Chimera

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The Lady and the Chimera wish you a Happy Christmas, a Joyous Noël


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The Lady and the Chimera, 12"x9", 30.5x23cm, oil on canvas, 2009. Click on image for larger.

Little painting progressing to nearly finished.

The scanner takes such a good image. There were enough dry patches for me to hold. Once the sky is painted I'll have to wait 6-8 months until it's dry to get a scanned image. Of course, I'll take one with my camera and show you long before then!

It's Christmas Eve. My tree is up, decorated and lit. The apartment isn't clean yet, but there is time. A little celebration tonight, and family tomorrow. I cook all day - new since 2007 - and I love it in ways I never thought I would. It's all beautiful.

♡xo♡xo

Merry Xmas and Happy new year!
Joyeux Noël et bonne année!
ia orana e te noera i te matahiti api! (tahitien)
Mung Chúa Giáng Sinh, Cung Chúc Tân Xuân! (Vietnamien)
arahaba tratry ny Krismasy, ny taona! (Malgache)
merii kurisumasu, akemashite omedetö! (Japonais)
zwayé Noèl et bone-érèz ané! (Creole Réunion)
Joyeux noël et banané! (Creole Maurice)
feliz Natal e feliz año nuevo! (Espagnol)
buon Natale e felice anno nuovo! (Italien)
selamat Natal e selamat tahun baru! (Indonesien/Malais)
shèng dàn kuài lè, xin nian kuai le! (Chinois)
bon Natale et pace e salute! (Corse)
Krismas ki subhkamna, nav varsh ki subhkamna! (Indhi)
feliz Navidad, feliz ano novo! (Portugais)


♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo


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The Lady and the Chimera- beginning to apply paint


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How's The Lady and the Chimera coming along? Applying paint very thickly, unusual for me. Because the canvas is so small (12"x9"), I'm using a tiny sable brush. Applying the paint without thinning it takes time, which I'm rather enjoying. Because the oil paint is thick it's going to take time to dry, I'd estimate 6-8 months.

The images are imaginary - meaning not based on a drawing of a photograph or model.

If you click on the picture, you'll go to the album for this painting at Picasa, and if you'd like to see the original chalk sketch click on the tag, 'The Lady and the Chimera,' and you'll get to the album itself, such as it is, with its two images of the little painting-in-progress.


Photo too dark and fuzzy, but that's ma desk, set presently for painting. The whole rest of my room is practically bed; my workspace, like the painting, very small.

I maintain that it's not free 'time' that you need to create, or 'space,' or an easy life, none of these things in abundance are the magical ingredient, no, not at all. It's allowing whatever it is, the energy, to flow. You could paint in a corner in the dark and if you were open to the energy, a painting would emerge.

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'Dance of the Solar Wind': A Short Poetry Album and Solstice Gift

  

direct link: Dance of the Solar Wind

5 tracks ... 16:41

1 Dance of the Solar Wind ...  2:29
2 Light Catches Diamonds ... 4:33
3 Love Letters on Sand Mandalas ... 0:59
4 Roses and Hands ... 0:33
5 Meridians of Culture ... 8:07


Album description
  "rich text with pleasing undulating voice and music"  - Brenda Clews' poetry performance pieces 


1. Dance of the Solar WindI wrote this prosepoem in 2007, and recorded it that year. In 2009, I added some Garageband piano loops.
2. Light Catches Diamonds was composed 2007; recorded 2008; in 2009 paired with 'Because,' from "Go Away Blues," by Buz Hendricks of Jazz Street Trio, with permission.
3. Love Letters in Sand Mandalas. Originally recorded in 2005, I added a background of ocean and shells to the recording in 2009.
4. "Roses and Hands"
In the dream, her hands
felt like flowers.
She couldn't explain it.
In her palms, flowers,
like roses, only immeasurably
enfolded, multi-petaled,
deep dusk rose-pink,
soft and fragile
and intricate
and very, very
sensitive.
5. Meridians of Culture. Experimental avantguarde music in the background: 'Lambkins Black,' by Gabriel Garrod of Alphacore, with permission.
_
Image, Pulsing Hea(r)t, Eye of Ra, one of my paintings - click on cover for larger size


Dear beautiful readers,

A Solstice card, and gift.
In this deep dark, may the light shine on you.
You are radiantly beautiful.

Wishing you the best of the season
in all ways.

Much love, Brenda ♡xo♡xo

'Dance of the Solar Wind' - a short album of poems with music that is Creative Commons licensed, free to download, with light and blessings.☼


(All these pieces are at SoundClick, so you may have heard them previously. Hope you enjoy!)




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Oh, Jamendo, be thou patient with me


From Lifedrawings
Album Cover for Dance of the Solar Wind, a short collection of prosepoems (lightened and brightened a bit on the smaller Jamendo version, posted below - the album is not published yet, will add link when the album is publicly available).


I haven't painted The Lady and the Chimera because I've been working on a short album of prosepoems for uploading to Jamendo. It's been a challenging process. After my first upload of the poems, before the album had been moderated, so not public, I realized I had neglected to remove the blurb at the end of my recordings with the date, my blog url, etc.

That required extensive searches through 3 hard drives looking for the original Garageband file that had the voice recording and the music so that I could remove the voice without affecting the music. Sometimes I had to re-do the voice recording and Garageband is a bit frustrating in that it doesn't allow you to have two Garageband files open simultaneously. Anyway, that was all done.

I uploaded again.

As soon as I heard the first poem and part of the second I cringed. The sound levels were too far off for comfort.

Second delete. I'm not a musician and I don't have a mixer, only Garageband, Audacity and my ear. While I attempted to line all 5 recordings in one file in Audacity and run a "Normalize" filter on it, the sound levels still were uneven.

Oh, sure I allowed clipping at the upper and lower ends of the sound wave, and then later decided that poem could be quieter but it was clipped and that entailed going back to the original and going through all the loops to get an unclipped version back in its place that then had to have its volume increased.

Eventually I did it by ear as best I could. This one up .02 decibels, that one down by -1 decibel.

Lawd, it's not perfect by any means, but it's the best I can do. Except for the beginning bit of the prosepoem, not the intro, which I quietened, of Light Catches Diamonds, and don't touch the sound because within seconds it decreases, it's listenable on earphones without changing the volume every time a new prosepoem begins.

The prosepoems span four years, hence the difficulty.

It's a short album, about 16 minutes. It contains, Dance of the Solar Wind, Light Catches Diamonds, Love Letters on Sand Mandalas, Roses and Hands, and Meridians of Culture. Not necessarily the best grouping of my work - I could have done a love poem album, and a jazzy one, rather than this mix.

Wanted to try it out, that's all. To see. These pieces in themselves were time-consuming processes. All except one half minute one, they have a music background. That's been a new development for me this year. Jamendo is a music site. I hope the moderator passes my album of prosepoems.

Anyway, besides the anxiety over the volumes, I've been having conniptions over the album cover. A friend thought the red pencil self-portrait more striking, but I liked the brown, so I upload to Twitpic and asked for feedback. The brown self-portrait was unanimous among those who responded.

Only in the middle of the night I had a vision of another album cover, and in the morning remembered this painting, Pulsing Hea(r)t, Eye of Ra. So I began working on the album cover pictured above, which took hours, and I think it more appropriate to the title and the contents.

Jamendo is not allowing me to change the cover even though the album hasn't been moderated yet and is not public.

This means re-uploading, a 4th time. Oh Jamendo, be thou patient with me.

Here's the original one I posted for voting on:


From Lifedrawings

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The Lady and the Chimera- first, a sketch on canvas



The Lady and the Chimera, 12"x9", 30.5x23cm, chalk drawing on bone black acrylic on canvas, 2009. Click on image for larger.

The words within the school of fish say, 'peace of the doubly confounded.'

We sewed an opened seam of my daughter's favourite stuffed bear, years old now, 'Honey.' Yesterday when I worked in the toy store a woman bought a beautiful soft bear for a 70 year old woman, a puppet actually, in which she was going to stash chocolate. My Chimera is sort of a cuddly stuffed animal, but a mystical mythic creature too.

The Chimera wears a crown.

There are flowers beneath the woman's feet.

The ocean moves behind her like her wings or a shawl.

Perhaps she's a Venus image, or a rendition. The Zephyr blow Venus to the shore where the Horae wait with a cape of magnolia blossoms among the magnolia trees. Which is slightly different to this image, so I'm not sure.

I'm going to try a Tanya Wolski technique of beginning with a black canvas and moving towards colour, the white. In Wolski's recent paintings the black outlines of the figures is the background peeping through. Sometime I will do a post on her work - I think her one of the most talented artists working today.


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Lifedrawings

It's been a busy week and I haven't much accomplished, but I did finally populate a Lifedrawings page at my website. Or, rather, found the images between two computers, and, determined to move out of Flickr, uploaded them to their own album at Picasa. The drawings are mostly from 2005-2006.




Or click on a direct link:

Lifedrawings


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Joe Halder's radio show: The Falling Room

This request is so well written, and his show so interesting, a paean to experimental sound artists, that I copy in as is. I'd like to promote and support Joe Halder's show on a community radio station, CFBU, at Brock University in Saint Catharine's in Ontario. He writes:

Thank you for your reply and permission to play your music/poetry. Here are some facts about the show;

-the name of the program is “The Falling Room”

-“The Falling Room” is a 1 hour show
-“The Falling Room” will broadcast live on Fridays at 8:00PM (EST)
-the Friday live broadcast will also be recorded and re-broadcast on Tuesdays at 12:00AM (the rebroadcast time may change but the live airing will remain a constant)
-you can visit the radio stations website, at cfbu.ca  and click under “program schedule” at the very top of the web page, to view when “The Falling Room” is scheduled to be broadcast
-listeners may choose to hear the show live through the cfbu.ca website. There is a “listen online” link at the top of the page. Depending on where you live, you will have to figure out what 8:00PM or 12:00AM is in your time zone.
As the host of “The Falling Room” I have been on air since April 2009, broadcasting every Friday and Tuesday.
The focus of “The Falling Room” is to feature primarily independent artists who produce experimental, minimalist, ambient, spoken word and avant garde music that falls completely outside the mainstream of commercial music and radio. Since April 2009 I have featured over 70 independent artists that fit the format of the show.
On occasion I have aired more well known artists such as Brian Eno, Pat Methany, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Tangerine Dream, Laurie Anderson, Jean Michel Jarre, The Golden Palominos and Michael Oldfield.
Thanks for unlocking your material on Soundclick, I will begin to download your works and listen to them for potential future broadcast.
To give Artists an idea of the show’s format, I encourage them to listen online at cfbu.ca on Fridays at 8:00PM. I also have a sampler disk which I can mail out featuring some of the past Soundclick artists that have been featured as well as more well known artists.
Here is the contents of “The Falling Room” Sampler Disk
Album: The Falling Room Sampler
Artist: Various
Label: Self Release-Independent

Artist                                        Song

1.   Cometa *                            The Secret Life of a Butcher 1
2.   Omnitoner*                         Ravin Angels
3.   Indian in the Machine *       This Song May Put You In
                                                a Trance
4.   Cometa *                            Light Spiral
5.   Tanakh                               November Tree
6.   Rain Tree Crow                   Blackwater
7.   Richard Truhlar                  From the Imaginary Music
                                                Codex
8.   Michael Chocholak             Tom Badger
9.   Tanakh                               Gently Johnny
10. Indian in the Machine*        First Contact & The Second Coming
11. Omintoner*                         Ghost Dance
12. Phenotypo*             Number 3825 Please Receive
13. DRT*                                   Windoh
* Soundclick Artist

In response to your question about letting you know when I broadcast your material, I will email to you in advance the production sheet (playlist) for the show which will include your work. In addition, if you would like a copy of the show in which you are featured I can burn it to disk and send it to you. I have included the production sheet for December 18, 2009 show, as a sample.
Lastly, if you have any friends or acquaintances who are artists whose material might fit the format of the show please ask them to check out my webpage at
Thanks again.
joe


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Two new pages at my Art & Writings website

Been working on my Art & Writings website, put up two pages: "Women in Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter, 2008-2009," and, finally, a "Lifedrawings" page, and redid the Navigation Buttons. You can see the Navigation Buttons below every post, and they are active links to those pages at my website - and you can see which page with a mouse-rollover. I've changed a few of the images, with intention to change the last three whenever. I only put up this website last June but already it is filling up. I've been working on it for 12 hours straight today, finding images, re-sizing them, dealing with html, positioning, layout, etc. etc, and was up till 3am last night a-werking on-the-website.

☆sort of tired☆ of .( ․or perhaps high from°☆.․ ․:)♥staring at a pixelated screen♥:))))♪♫¸¸


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Ocean of Snow

Without being at home, with many things to do, but at a desk without access to the Internet, and no books or magazines, there was nothing to do but write. So I wrote a short poem about yesterday's moment in the field.

Ocean of Snow

Wind blows a field
of white waves,
lighter than salt.
Flecks melt into my eyes
as I lean against a tree,
mammoth rivulets of bark,
and watch black branches
scrawling waving calligraphies
on the squalls.

-
Now I think it 'cut up' prose, really. And yet when I format it in paragraph form it doesn't quite work. It's neither, then. Which is why I call what I do prosepoetry.




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Miniscule progress...

It's not that I have nothing else to say. It's been a difficult and a beautiful Christmas.

I post miniscule progress... the band of orange behind the Lady and the Chimera ... needs work... and surely I shall not leave the Lady quite so unmanifest, raw... who knows...


From The Lady and the Chimera

And a detail...


From The Lady and the Chimera

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The Lady and the Chimera wish you a Happy Christmas, a Joyous Noël


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The Lady and the Chimera, 12"x9", 30.5x23cm, oil on canvas, 2009. Click on image for larger.

Little painting progressing to nearly finished.

The scanner takes such a good image. There were enough dry patches for me to hold. Once the sky is painted I'll have to wait 6-8 months until it's dry to get a scanned image. Of course, I'll take one with my camera and show you long before then!

It's Christmas Eve. My tree is up, decorated and lit. The apartment isn't clean yet, but there is time. A little celebration tonight, and family tomorrow. I cook all day - new since 2007 - and I love it in ways I never thought I would. It's all beautiful.

♡xo♡xo

Merry Xmas and Happy new year!
Joyeux Noël et bonne année!
ia orana e te noera i te matahiti api! (tahitien)
Mung Chúa Giáng Sinh, Cung Chúc Tân Xuân! (Vietnamien)
arahaba tratry ny Krismasy, ny taona! (Malgache)
merii kurisumasu, akemashite omedetö! (Japonais)
zwayé Noèl et bone-érèz ané! (Creole Réunion)
Joyeux noël et banané! (Creole Maurice)
feliz Natal e feliz año nuevo! (Espagnol)
buon Natale e felice anno nuovo! (Italien)
selamat Natal e selamat tahun baru! (Indonesien/Malais)
shèng dàn kuài lè, xin nian kuai le! (Chinois)
bon Natale et pace e salute! (Corse)
Krismas ki subhkamna, nav varsh ki subhkamna! (Indhi)
feliz Navidad, feliz ano novo! (Portugais)


♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo


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The Lady and the Chimera- beginning to apply paint


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How's The Lady and the Chimera coming along? Applying paint very thickly, unusual for me. Because the canvas is so small (12"x9"), I'm using a tiny sable brush. Applying the paint without thinning it takes time, which I'm rather enjoying. Because the oil paint is thick it's going to take time to dry, I'd estimate 6-8 months.

The images are imaginary - meaning not based on a drawing of a photograph or model.

If you click on the picture, you'll go to the album for this painting at Picasa, and if you'd like to see the original chalk sketch click on the tag, 'The Lady and the Chimera,' and you'll get to the album itself, such as it is, with its two images of the little painting-in-progress.


Photo too dark and fuzzy, but that's ma desk, set presently for painting. The whole rest of my room is practically bed; my workspace, like the painting, very small.

I maintain that it's not free 'time' that you need to create, or 'space,' or an easy life, none of these things in abundance are the magical ingredient, no, not at all. It's allowing whatever it is, the energy, to flow. You could paint in a corner in the dark and if you were open to the energy, a painting would emerge.

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'Dance of the Solar Wind': A Short Poetry Album and Solstice Gift

  

direct link: Dance of the Solar Wind

5 tracks ... 16:41

1 Dance of the Solar Wind ...  2:29
2 Light Catches Diamonds ... 4:33
3 Love Letters on Sand Mandalas ... 0:59
4 Roses and Hands ... 0:33
5 Meridians of Culture ... 8:07


Album description
  "rich text with pleasing undulating voice and music"  - Brenda Clews' poetry performance pieces 


1. Dance of the Solar WindI wrote this prosepoem in 2007, and recorded it that year. In 2009, I added some Garageband piano loops.
2. Light Catches Diamonds was composed 2007; recorded 2008; in 2009 paired with 'Because,' from "Go Away Blues," by Buz Hendricks of Jazz Street Trio, with permission.
3. Love Letters in Sand Mandalas. Originally recorded in 2005, I added a background of ocean and shells to the recording in 2009.
4. "Roses and Hands"
In the dream, her hands
felt like flowers.
She couldn't explain it.
In her palms, flowers,
like roses, only immeasurably
enfolded, multi-petaled,
deep dusk rose-pink,
soft and fragile
and intricate
and very, very
sensitive.
5. Meridians of Culture. Experimental avantguarde music in the background: 'Lambkins Black,' by Gabriel Garrod of Alphacore, with permission.
_
Image, Pulsing Hea(r)t, Eye of Ra, one of my paintings - click on cover for larger size


Dear beautiful readers,

A Solstice card, and gift.
In this deep dark, may the light shine on you.
You are radiantly beautiful.

Wishing you the best of the season
in all ways.

Much love, Brenda ♡xo♡xo

'Dance of the Solar Wind' - a short album of poems with music that is Creative Commons licensed, free to download, with light and blessings.☼


(All these pieces are at SoundClick, so you may have heard them previously. Hope you enjoy!)




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Oh, Jamendo, be thou patient with me


From Lifedrawings
Album Cover for Dance of the Solar Wind, a short collection of prosepoems (lightened and brightened a bit on the smaller Jamendo version, posted below - the album is not published yet, will add link when the album is publicly available).


I haven't painted The Lady and the Chimera because I've been working on a short album of prosepoems for uploading to Jamendo. It's been a challenging process. After my first upload of the poems, before the album had been moderated, so not public, I realized I had neglected to remove the blurb at the end of my recordings with the date, my blog url, etc.

That required extensive searches through 3 hard drives looking for the original Garageband file that had the voice recording and the music so that I could remove the voice without affecting the music. Sometimes I had to re-do the voice recording and Garageband is a bit frustrating in that it doesn't allow you to have two Garageband files open simultaneously. Anyway, that was all done.

I uploaded again.

As soon as I heard the first poem and part of the second I cringed. The sound levels were too far off for comfort.

Second delete. I'm not a musician and I don't have a mixer, only Garageband, Audacity and my ear. While I attempted to line all 5 recordings in one file in Audacity and run a "Normalize" filter on it, the sound levels still were uneven.

Oh, sure I allowed clipping at the upper and lower ends of the sound wave, and then later decided that poem could be quieter but it was clipped and that entailed going back to the original and going through all the loops to get an unclipped version back in its place that then had to have its volume increased.

Eventually I did it by ear as best I could. This one up .02 decibels, that one down by -1 decibel.

Lawd, it's not perfect by any means, but it's the best I can do. Except for the beginning bit of the prosepoem, not the intro, which I quietened, of Light Catches Diamonds, and don't touch the sound because within seconds it decreases, it's listenable on earphones without changing the volume every time a new prosepoem begins.

The prosepoems span four years, hence the difficulty.

It's a short album, about 16 minutes. It contains, Dance of the Solar Wind, Light Catches Diamonds, Love Letters on Sand Mandalas, Roses and Hands, and Meridians of Culture. Not necessarily the best grouping of my work - I could have done a love poem album, and a jazzy one, rather than this mix.

Wanted to try it out, that's all. To see. These pieces in themselves were time-consuming processes. All except one half minute one, they have a music background. That's been a new development for me this year. Jamendo is a music site. I hope the moderator passes my album of prosepoems.

Anyway, besides the anxiety over the volumes, I've been having conniptions over the album cover. A friend thought the red pencil self-portrait more striking, but I liked the brown, so I upload to Twitpic and asked for feedback. The brown self-portrait was unanimous among those who responded.

Only in the middle of the night I had a vision of another album cover, and in the morning remembered this painting, Pulsing Hea(r)t, Eye of Ra. So I began working on the album cover pictured above, which took hours, and I think it more appropriate to the title and the contents.

Jamendo is not allowing me to change the cover even though the album hasn't been moderated yet and is not public.

This means re-uploading, a 4th time. Oh Jamendo, be thou patient with me.

Here's the original one I posted for voting on:


From Lifedrawings

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Ocean of Snow

Without being at home, with many things to do, but at a desk without access to the Internet, and no books or magazines, there was nothing to do but write. So I wrote a short poem about yesterday's moment in the field.

Ocean of Snow

Wind blows a field
of white waves,
lighter than salt.
Flecks melt into my eyes
as I lean against a tree,
mammoth rivulets of bark,
and watch black branches
scrawling waving calligraphies
on the squalls.

-
Now I think it 'cut up' prose, really. And yet when I format it in paragraph form it doesn't quite work. It's neither, then. Which is why I call what I do prosepoetry.




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Miniscule progress...

It's not that I have nothing else to say. It's been a difficult and a beautiful Christmas.

I post miniscule progress... the band of orange behind the Lady and the Chimera ... needs work... and surely I shall not leave the Lady quite so unmanifest, raw... who knows...


From The Lady and the Chimera

And a detail...


From The Lady and the Chimera

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The Lady and the Chimera wish you a Happy Christmas, a Joyous Noël


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The Lady and the Chimera, 12"x9", 30.5x23cm, oil on canvas, 2009. Click on image for larger.

Little painting progressing to nearly finished.

The scanner takes such a good image. There were enough dry patches for me to hold. Once the sky is painted I'll have to wait 6-8 months until it's dry to get a scanned image. Of course, I'll take one with my camera and show you long before then!

It's Christmas Eve. My tree is up, decorated and lit. The apartment isn't clean yet, but there is time. A little celebration tonight, and family tomorrow. I cook all day - new since 2007 - and I love it in ways I never thought I would. It's all beautiful.

♡xo♡xo

Merry Xmas and Happy new year!
Joyeux Noël et bonne année!
ia orana e te noera i te matahiti api! (tahitien)
Mung Chúa Giáng Sinh, Cung Chúc Tân Xuân! (Vietnamien)
arahaba tratry ny Krismasy, ny taona! (Malgache)
merii kurisumasu, akemashite omedetö! (Japonais)
zwayé Noèl et bone-érèz ané! (Creole Réunion)
Joyeux noël et banané! (Creole Maurice)
feliz Natal e feliz año nuevo! (Espagnol)
buon Natale e felice anno nuovo! (Italien)
selamat Natal e selamat tahun baru! (Indonesien/Malais)
shèng dàn kuài lè, xin nian kuai le! (Chinois)
bon Natale et pace e salute! (Corse)
Krismas ki subhkamna, nav varsh ki subhkamna! (Indhi)
feliz Navidad, feliz ano novo! (Portugais)


♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo


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The Lady and the Chimera- beginning to apply paint


From Lady and the Chimera

How's The Lady and the Chimera coming along? Applying paint very thickly, unusual for me. Because the canvas is so small (12"x9"), I'm using a tiny sable brush. Applying the paint without thinning it takes time, which I'm rather enjoying. Because the oil paint is thick it's going to take time to dry, I'd estimate 6-8 months.

The images are imaginary - meaning not based on a drawing of a photograph or model.

If you click on the picture, you'll go to the album for this painting at Picasa, and if you'd like to see the original chalk sketch click on the tag, 'The Lady and the Chimera,' and you'll get to the album itself, such as it is, with its two images of the little painting-in-progress.


Photo too dark and fuzzy, but that's ma desk, set presently for painting. The whole rest of my room is practically bed; my workspace, like the painting, very small.

I maintain that it's not free 'time' that you need to create, or 'space,' or an easy life, none of these things in abundance are the magical ingredient, no, not at all. It's allowing whatever it is, the energy, to flow. You could paint in a corner in the dark and if you were open to the energy, a painting would emerge.

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'Dance of the Solar Wind': A Short Poetry Album and Solstice Gift

  

direct link: Dance of the Solar Wind

5 tracks ... 16:41

1 Dance of the Solar Wind ...  2:29
2 Light Catches Diamonds ... 4:33
3 Love Letters on Sand Mandalas ... 0:59
4 Roses and Hands ... 0:33
5 Meridians of Culture ... 8:07


Album description
  "rich text with pleasing undulating voice and music"  - Brenda Clews' poetry performance pieces 


1. Dance of the Solar WindI wrote this prosepoem in 2007, and recorded it that year. In 2009, I added some Garageband piano loops.
2. Light Catches Diamonds was composed 2007; recorded 2008; in 2009 paired with 'Because,' from "Go Away Blues," by Buz Hendricks of Jazz Street Trio, with permission.
3. Love Letters in Sand Mandalas. Originally recorded in 2005, I added a background of ocean and shells to the recording in 2009.
4. "Roses and Hands"
In the dream, her hands
felt like flowers.
She couldn't explain it.
In her palms, flowers,
like roses, only immeasurably
enfolded, multi-petaled,
deep dusk rose-pink,
soft and fragile
and intricate
and very, very
sensitive.
5. Meridians of Culture. Experimental avantguarde music in the background: 'Lambkins Black,' by Gabriel Garrod of Alphacore, with permission.
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Image, Pulsing Hea(r)t, Eye of Ra, one of my paintings - click on cover for larger size


Dear beautiful readers,

A Solstice card, and gift.
In this deep dark, may the light shine on you.
You are radiantly beautiful.

Wishing you the best of the season
in all ways.

Much love, Brenda ♡xo♡xo

'Dance of the Solar Wind' - a short album of poems with music that is Creative Commons licensed, free to download, with light and blessings.☼


(All these pieces are at SoundClick, so you may have heard them previously. Hope you enjoy!)




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Oh, Jamendo, be thou patient with me


From Lifedrawings
Album Cover for Dance of the Solar Wind, a short collection of prosepoems (lightened and brightened a bit on the smaller Jamendo version, posted below - the album is not published yet, will add link when the album is publicly available).


I haven't painted The Lady and the Chimera because I've been working on a short album of prosepoems for uploading to Jamendo. It's been a challenging process. After my first upload of the poems, before the album had been moderated, so not public, I realized I had neglected to remove the blurb at the end of my recordings with the date, my blog url, etc.

That required extensive searches through 3 hard drives looking for the original Garageband file that had the voice recording and the music so that I could remove the voice without affecting the music. Sometimes I had to re-do the voice recording and Garageband is a bit frustrating in that it doesn't allow you to have two Garageband files open simultaneously. Anyway, that was all done.

I uploaded again.

As soon as I heard the first poem and part of the second I cringed. The sound levels were too far off for comfort.

Second delete. I'm not a musician and I don't have a mixer, only Garageband, Audacity and my ear. While I attempted to line all 5 recordings in one file in Audacity and run a "Normalize" filter on it, the sound levels still were uneven.

Oh, sure I allowed clipping at the upper and lower ends of the sound wave, and then later decided that poem could be quieter but it was clipped and that entailed going back to the original and going through all the loops to get an unclipped version back in its place that then had to have its volume increased.

Eventually I did it by ear as best I could. This one up .02 decibels, that one down by -1 decibel.

Lawd, it's not perfect by any means, but it's the best I can do. Except for the beginning bit of the prosepoem, not the intro, which I quietened, of Light Catches Diamonds, and don't touch the sound because within seconds it decreases, it's listenable on earphones without changing the volume every time a new prosepoem begins.

The prosepoems span four years, hence the difficulty.

It's a short album, about 16 minutes. It contains, Dance of the Solar Wind, Light Catches Diamonds, Love Letters on Sand Mandalas, Roses and Hands, and Meridians of Culture. Not necessarily the best grouping of my work - I could have done a love poem album, and a jazzy one, rather than this mix.

Wanted to try it out, that's all. To see. These pieces in themselves were time-consuming processes. All except one half minute one, they have a music background. That's been a new development for me this year. Jamendo is a music site. I hope the moderator passes my album of prosepoems.

Anyway, besides the anxiety over the volumes, I've been having conniptions over the album cover. A friend thought the red pencil self-portrait more striking, but I liked the brown, so I upload to Twitpic and asked for feedback. The brown self-portrait was unanimous among those who responded.

Only in the middle of the night I had a vision of another album cover, and in the morning remembered this painting, Pulsing Hea(r)t, Eye of Ra. So I began working on the album cover pictured above, which took hours, and I think it more appropriate to the title and the contents.

Jamendo is not allowing me to change the cover even though the album hasn't been moderated yet and is not public.

This means re-uploading, a 4th time. Oh Jamendo, be thou patient with me.

Here's the original one I posted for voting on:


From Lifedrawings

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The Lady and the Chimera- first, a sketch on canvas



The Lady and the Chimera, 12"x9", 30.5x23cm, chalk drawing on bone black acrylic on canvas, 2009. Click on image for larger.

The words within the school of fish say, 'peace of the doubly confounded.'

We sewed an opened seam of my daughter's favourite stuffed bear, years old now, 'Honey.' Yesterday when I worked in the toy store a woman bought a beautiful soft bear for a 70 year old woman, a puppet actually, in which she was going to stash chocolate. My Chimera is sort of a cuddly stuffed animal, but a mystical mythic creature too.

The Chimera wears a crown.

There are flowers beneath the woman's feet.

The ocean moves behind her like her wings or a shawl.

Perhaps she's a Venus image, or a rendition. The Zephyr blow Venus to the shore where the Horae wait with a cape of magnolia blossoms among the magnolia trees. Which is slightly different to this image, so I'm not sure.

I'm going to try a Tanya Wolski technique of beginning with a black canvas and moving towards colour, the white. In Wolski's recent paintings the black outlines of the figures is the background peeping through. Sometime I will do a post on her work - I think her one of the most talented artists working today.


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Lifedrawings

It's been a busy week and I haven't much accomplished, but I did finally populate a Lifedrawings page at my website. Or, rather, found the images between two computers, and, determined to move out of Flickr, uploaded them to their own album at Picasa. The drawings are mostly from 2005-2006.




Or click on a direct link:

Lifedrawings


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Joe Halder's radio show: The Falling Room

This request is so well written, and his show so interesting, a paean to experimental sound artists, that I copy in as is. I'd like to promote and support Joe Halder's show on a community radio station, CFBU, at Brock University in Saint Catharine's in Ontario. He writes:

Thank you for your reply and permission to play your music/poetry. Here are some facts about the show;

-the name of the program is “The Falling Room”

-“The Falling Room” is a 1 hour show
-“The Falling Room” will broadcast live on Fridays at 8:00PM (EST)
-the Friday live broadcast will also be recorded and re-broadcast on Tuesdays at 12:00AM (the rebroadcast time may change but the live airing will remain a constant)
-you can visit the radio stations website, at cfbu.ca  and click under “program schedule” at the very top of the web page, to view when “The Falling Room” is scheduled to be broadcast
-listeners may choose to hear the show live through the cfbu.ca website. There is a “listen online” link at the top of the page. Depending on where you live, you will have to figure out what 8:00PM or 12:00AM is in your time zone.
As the host of “The Falling Room” I have been on air since April 2009, broadcasting every Friday and Tuesday.
The focus of “The Falling Room” is to feature primarily independent artists who produce experimental, minimalist, ambient, spoken word and avant garde music that falls completely outside the mainstream of commercial music and radio. Since April 2009 I have featured over 70 independent artists that fit the format of the show.
On occasion I have aired more well known artists such as Brian Eno, Pat Methany, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Tangerine Dream, Laurie Anderson, Jean Michel Jarre, The Golden Palominos and Michael Oldfield.
Thanks for unlocking your material on Soundclick, I will begin to download your works and listen to them for potential future broadcast.
To give Artists an idea of the show’s format, I encourage them to listen online at cfbu.ca on Fridays at 8:00PM. I also have a sampler disk which I can mail out featuring some of the past Soundclick artists that have been featured as well as more well known artists.
Here is the contents of “The Falling Room” Sampler Disk
Album: The Falling Room Sampler
Artist: Various
Label: Self Release-Independent

Artist                                        Song

1.   Cometa *                            The Secret Life of a Butcher 1
2.   Omnitoner*                         Ravin Angels
3.   Indian in the Machine *       This Song May Put You In
                                                a Trance
4.   Cometa *                            Light Spiral
5.   Tanakh                               November Tree
6.   Rain Tree Crow                   Blackwater
7.   Richard Truhlar                  From the Imaginary Music
                                                Codex
8.   Michael Chocholak             Tom Badger
9.   Tanakh                               Gently Johnny
10. Indian in the Machine*        First Contact & The Second Coming
11. Omintoner*                         Ghost Dance
12. Phenotypo*             Number 3825 Please Receive
13. DRT*                                   Windoh
* Soundclick Artist

In response to your question about letting you know when I broadcast your material, I will email to you in advance the production sheet (playlist) for the show which will include your work. In addition, if you would like a copy of the show in which you are featured I can burn it to disk and send it to you. I have included the production sheet for December 18, 2009 show, as a sample.
Lastly, if you have any friends or acquaintances who are artists whose material might fit the format of the show please ask them to check out my webpage at
Thanks again.
joe


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Two new pages at my Art & Writings website

Been working on my Art & Writings website, put up two pages: "Women in Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter, 2008-2009," and, finally, a "Lifedrawings" page, and redid the Navigation Buttons. You can see the Navigation Buttons below every post, and they are active links to those pages at my website - and you can see which page with a mouse-rollover. I've changed a few of the images, with intention to change the last three whenever. I only put up this website last June but already it is filling up. I've been working on it for 12 hours straight today, finding images, re-sizing them, dealing with html, positioning, layout, etc. etc, and was up till 3am last night a-werking on-the-website.

☆sort of tired☆ of .( ․or perhaps high from°☆.․ ․:)♥staring at a pixelated screen♥:))))♪♫¸¸


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Ocean of Snow

Without being at home, with many things to do, but at a desk without access to the Internet, and no books or magazines, there was nothing to do but write. So I wrote a short poem about yesterday's moment in the field.

Ocean of Snow

Wind blows a field
of white waves,
lighter than salt.
Flecks melt into my eyes
as I lean against a tree,
mammoth rivulets of bark,
and watch black branches
scrawling waving calligraphies
on the squalls.

-
Now I think it 'cut up' prose, really. And yet when I format it in paragraph form it doesn't quite work. It's neither, then. Which is why I call what I do prosepoetry.




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Miniscule progress...

It's not that I have nothing else to say. It's been a difficult and a beautiful Christmas.

I post miniscule progress... the band of orange behind the Lady and the Chimera ... needs work... and surely I shall not leave the Lady quite so unmanifest, raw... who knows...


From The Lady and the Chimera

And a detail...


From The Lady and the Chimera

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The Lady and the Chimera wish you a Happy Christmas, a Joyous Noël


From The Lady and the Chimera

The Lady and the Chimera, 12"x9", 30.5x23cm, oil on canvas, 2009. Click on image for larger.

Little painting progressing to nearly finished.

The scanner takes such a good image. There were enough dry patches for me to hold. Once the sky is painted I'll have to wait 6-8 months until it's dry to get a scanned image. Of course, I'll take one with my camera and show you long before then!

It's Christmas Eve. My tree is up, decorated and lit. The apartment isn't clean yet, but there is time. A little celebration tonight, and family tomorrow. I cook all day - new since 2007 - and I love it in ways I never thought I would. It's all beautiful.

♡xo♡xo

Merry Xmas and Happy new year!
Joyeux Noël et bonne année!
ia orana e te noera i te matahiti api! (tahitien)
Mung Chúa Giáng Sinh, Cung Chúc Tân Xuân! (Vietnamien)
arahaba tratry ny Krismasy, ny taona! (Malgache)
merii kurisumasu, akemashite omedetö! (Japonais)
zwayé Noèl et bone-érèz ané! (Creole Réunion)
Joyeux noël et banané! (Creole Maurice)
feliz Natal e feliz año nuevo! (Espagnol)
buon Natale e felice anno nuovo! (Italien)
selamat Natal e selamat tahun baru! (Indonesien/Malais)
shèng dàn kuài lè, xin nian kuai le! (Chinois)
bon Natale et pace e salute! (Corse)
Krismas ki subhkamna, nav varsh ki subhkamna! (Indhi)
feliz Navidad, feliz ano novo! (Portugais)


♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo♡xo


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The Lady and the Chimera- beginning to apply paint


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How's The Lady and the Chimera coming along? Applying paint very thickly, unusual for me. Because the canvas is so small (12"x9"), I'm using a tiny sable brush. Applying the paint without thinning it takes time, which I'm rather enjoying. Because the oil paint is thick it's going to take time to dry, I'd estimate 6-8 months.

The images are imaginary - meaning not based on a drawing of a photograph or model.

If you click on the picture, you'll go to the album for this painting at Picasa, and if you'd like to see the original chalk sketch click on the tag, 'The Lady and the Chimera,' and you'll get to the album itself, such as it is, with its two images of the little painting-in-progress.


Photo too dark and fuzzy, but that's ma desk, set presently for painting. The whole rest of my room is practically bed; my workspace, like the painting, very small.

I maintain that it's not free 'time' that you need to create, or 'space,' or an easy life, none of these things in abundance are the magical ingredient, no, not at all. It's allowing whatever it is, the energy, to flow. You could paint in a corner in the dark and if you were open to the energy, a painting would emerge.

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'Dance of the Solar Wind': A Short Poetry Album and Solstice Gift

  

direct link: Dance of the Solar Wind

5 tracks ... 16:41

1 Dance of the Solar Wind ...  2:29
2 Light Catches Diamonds ... 4:33
3 Love Letters on Sand Mandalas ... 0:59
4 Roses and Hands ... 0:33
5 Meridians of Culture ... 8:07


Album description
  "rich text with pleasing undulating voice and music"  - Brenda Clews' poetry performance pieces 


1. Dance of the Solar WindI wrote this prosepoem in 2007, and recorded it that year. In 2009, I added some Garageband piano loops.
2. Light Catches Diamonds was composed 2007; recorded 2008; in 2009 paired with 'Because,' from "Go Away Blues," by Buz Hendricks of Jazz Street Trio, with permission.
3. Love Letters in Sand Mandalas. Originally recorded in 2005, I added a background of ocean and shells to the recording in 2009.
4. "Roses and Hands"
In the dream, her hands
felt like flowers.
She couldn't explain it.
In her palms, flowers,
like roses, only immeasurably
enfolded, multi-petaled,
deep dusk rose-pink,
soft and fragile
and intricate
and very, very
sensitive.
5. Meridians of Culture. Experimental avantguarde music in the background: 'Lambkins Black,' by Gabriel Garrod of Alphacore, with permission.
_
Image, Pulsing Hea(r)t, Eye of Ra, one of my paintings - click on cover for larger size


Dear beautiful readers,

A Solstice card, and gift.
In this deep dark, may the light shine on you.
You are radiantly beautiful.

Wishing you the best of the season
in all ways.

Much love, Brenda ♡xo♡xo

'Dance of the Solar Wind' - a short album of poems with music that is Creative Commons licensed, free to download, with light and blessings.☼


(All these pieces are at SoundClick, so you may have heard them previously. Hope you enjoy!)




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Oh, Jamendo, be thou patient with me


From Lifedrawings
Album Cover for Dance of the Solar Wind, a short collection of prosepoems (lightened and brightened a bit on the smaller Jamendo version, posted below - the album is not published yet, will add link when the album is publicly available).


I haven't painted The Lady and the Chimera because I've been working on a short album of prosepoems for uploading to Jamendo. It's been a challenging process. After my first upload of the poems, before the album had been moderated, so not public, I realized I had neglected to remove the blurb at the end of my recordings with the date, my blog url, etc.

That required extensive searches through 3 hard drives looking for the original Garageband file that had the voice recording and the music so that I could remove the voice without affecting the music. Sometimes I had to re-do the voice recording and Garageband is a bit frustrating in that it doesn't allow you to have two Garageband files open simultaneously. Anyway, that was all done.

I uploaded again.

As soon as I heard the first poem and part of the second I cringed. The sound levels were too far off for comfort.

Second delete. I'm not a musician and I don't have a mixer, only Garageband, Audacity and my ear. While I attempted to line all 5 recordings in one file in Audacity and run a "Normalize" filter on it, the sound levels still were uneven.

Oh, sure I allowed clipping at the upper and lower ends of the sound wave, and then later decided that poem could be quieter but it was clipped and that entailed going back to the original and going through all the loops to get an unclipped version back in its place that then had to have its volume increased.

Eventually I did it by ear as best I could. This one up .02 decibels, that one down by -1 decibel.

Lawd, it's not perfect by any means, but it's the best I can do. Except for the beginning bit of the prosepoem, not the intro, which I quietened, of Light Catches Diamonds, and don't touch the sound because within seconds it decreases, it's listenable on earphones without changing the volume every time a new prosepoem begins.

The prosepoems span four years, hence the difficulty.

It's a short album, about 16 minutes. It contains, Dance of the Solar Wind, Light Catches Diamonds, Love Letters on Sand Mandalas, Roses and Hands, and Meridians of Culture. Not necessarily the best grouping of my work - I could have done a love poem album, and a jazzy one, rather than this mix.

Wanted to try it out, that's all. To see. These pieces in themselves were time-consuming processes. All except one half minute one, they have a music background. That's been a new development for me this year. Jamendo is a music site. I hope the moderator passes my album of prosepoems.

Anyway, besides the anxiety over the volumes, I've been having conniptions over the album cover. A friend thought the red pencil self-portrait more striking, but I liked the brown, so I upload to Twitpic and asked for feedback. The brown self-portrait was unanimous among those who responded.

Only in the middle of the night I had a vision of another album cover, and in the morning remembered this painting, Pulsing Hea(r)t, Eye of Ra. So I began working on the album cover pictured above, which took hours, and I think it more appropriate to the title and the contents.

Jamendo is not allowing me to change the cover even though the album hasn't been moderated yet and is not public.

This means re-uploading, a 4th time. Oh Jamendo, be thou patient with me.

Here's the original one I posted for voting on:


From Lifedrawings

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