Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Wunderkammer, Cabinet of Curiosities



New Favorite word - Wunderkammer!!  Cabinet of Curiosities. I came across an article about this mode of collecting from as early as the 16th century in a Vogue magazine, of all places.  (Check out the above link from wikipedia.....) Needless-to-say this made me feel better about all my crazy collections of  "curious items" that I have everywhere. There are people who don't understand and there are a lot of people who share my love of hunting & gathering & displaying!! It's always a pleasure to meet one of those kindred spirits. I never could live the new zen life style, although it looks so great in photos. Only problem is moving all this stuff. That's why they started museums i guess!! 

"We live in a rainbow of Chaos"  Paul C├ęzanne 

My computer workspace, a bit cluttered, but that's how I like it. I love my mac. Funny how I used to argue with my ol' buddy Harold Gee back when I got my first computer, a PC - I always said that all computers were the same.....  HA!!  there is no contest....., sorry Harold! Well he is a photographer extraordinaire & needs the best tool. I should have listened earlier, ah well, live & learn....  
 In this pic there is a pic of Dennis Hopper on my screen - i was looking up his art after having a very strange dream with him in it (i thought maybe there was some deep hidden meaning, didn't find any). On my wall from left to right is an abstract painting by Michael Kokiko (whereabouts unknown), Doll by the magnificent Page Moran, Doll by me, print by Mark Rowley, Obama print from move on.org, james brown nite light by James Descant and a crazy cat lady action figure from accoutrements still in it's package. (an xmas gift from best buddy ellen in new orleans)  

So.... I was going to try to start reading the "Artist's Way", still haven't gotten into it yet. Jeez, slow mover that I am. While shopping on amazon, i found a wonderful book, "An Illustrated Life, drawing Inspiration from...."  by the artist Danny Gregory. Well, he's been blogging for 5 years - his story is amazing and really inspiring. (read his blogs....books) I can't believe I never saw his work before, (i just got this "blog" thing last week.....)   He now says he's "gone drawing", taking a break from blogging. Somewhere, I read that "the Artist's Way" was one of his favorite books. It's so funny how things like that happen. You drag out a book, dust it off, and then you find another artist by mere coincidence who praises the book, which all inspires me to draw!!! DRAW!!!