Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for..,

ART!
Hang on a moment, I'll get there.  It's time for a wee bit of reflection.

Well, here I am again blogging away for the A to Z Challenge.  Last year my posts were all about death, which kind of makes sense since this is the "Death Writer" blog and I have a book written that is all about death.  But, ya know what?  I don't want to do that this year.  This year I want to wing it.  I want to fly by the seat of my pants and be spontaneous. In other words, I want to live.  So, each night I'm going to write the first thing that starts with the corresponding letter of the day.  It's like a psychological test of sorts and anything can happen.

So, why am I going to write about art today?  Well, my husband, the love of my life is an artist.  Last week, I saw a post on Facebook about grants for artists and one of them had my husband's name all over it.  Painter over 45?  Check.  And guess when the deadline is?  Today.  We had seven days to complete an essay, an artist's statement, a resume, an application and assemble ten jpeg images of his art.  Oh, and he happened to be out of town at the time.  I am not one to cower away from a ridiculous deadline, so I gently encouraged my husband to hop on this crazy get a grant train and get er done!  And as I'm typing this, he is putting the finishing touches on his artist's statement.  If anything, it allowed him to focus on his art for the week and maybe think about what he wants to accomplish in the next year.  It's a win-win situation.

So, here is a pic of my husband's handiwork when he painted backdrops for touring rock bands.  I loved this image.  It was done for the band Slayer and was designed by Paul Booth.  Erik just recreated it on a 24 x 40 foot backdrop.


Scary, huh?

Well, my fellow bloggers.  I'll keep this short and simple.  I look forward to meeting you in the next month.

28 comments:

  1. First - it's awesome that you're doing the A-Z again. Next - I love the winging it idea. I winged it in 2011, my first A-Z, but last year, as co-host, it was a different ballpark. Now, I'm back to winging it...and I'm doing just what you are...night before I'll tickle the keys and see what spews forth.

    I'm noticing a lot of wingers are out there this year. Some of the best posts, during a challenge like this, come from those eureka moments!

    Have fun.

    And...I'm crossing my fingers for your husband!

    Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

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    1. I think there is a lot less pressure when you wing it. Plus, it's more fun. Ya never know where the letter will take you.

      Good luck with the challenge and thanks for popping in!

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  2. Congrats on the first post and your husband's art work looks great. I admire your bravado in winging it - usually my preferred way to do most things! Unfortunately, my work schedule just won't allow me the time to completely wing it so I have at least started to write my posts to give myself a bit of a head start. Good luck with the rest of the challenge and I look forward to seeing what you come up with along the way.

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    1. Thanks! I'm headed over to your blog in just a moment to see what you're doing.

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  3. Yay,Pamela! Love to see you back again! Love that you are doing random posts too - kinda fun to have no boundaries - heh?
    Cool art!

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  4. YAY!!! I'm glad you're doing this...and I'm a winger myself! BTW, your husbands picture ROCKS!! Very impressed! :)

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    1. I'm glad I'm doing this too. It's fun to feel part of the blogosphere, if just for a month.

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  5. As a fellow winger I'm glad you've joined the living so to speak (ha ha) I write every day what ever strikes my fancy. I did pre write three posts (no fun) Daily writing is the best way to embrace the challenge!
    btw you're husbands art is amazing and out of this world!

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    1. Thank you, Jen. I've been thinking about what I want to write for "B" tomorrow, but I'm trying wait till tonight.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Good start, Pam! And WOW to your fella's artwork...it's amazing!

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    1. Thank you. He is quite talented with a paint gun and a canvas.

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  7. Wow, that's quite an artistic poster. I think you're very brave to wing it. But you also seem to be very creative, so I look forward to seeing what you've got. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

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  8. Good luck to hubby! And I hope you enjoy living this year. :)

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  9. WTG, Pam! Way to wing it!

    You know, it's funny, but even though I've read several of your essays (which actually do contain a substantive portion of your life story!), I feel like I only know about 5% of what your own real everyday life is like. I am really looking forward to seeing your posts this month - and I am REALLY looking forward to getting the answer back on Erik's grant! (Way to push and make it happen, ma'am - fingers crossed in the meantime!)

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    1. Heck, I can't wait to see what you do! I'm looking forward to learnin' me some grammar:)

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  10. Your husbands art is amazing!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog.
    So glad to hear you are "winging it" too. So many people mentioned that they had all the letters planned out and had even written ahead. I am taking it day by day and going with whatever inspires me in the moment!

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure there are thousands of people who have applied for this grant, so he just might need a bit of luck to nab it.

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  12. Wow, very cool image, Pam - I can just imagine how that looks on a 24 x 40 foot scrim! Best of luck with the grant, and looking forward to following you merrily through the alphabet again this year!

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    1. It was pretty dark and evil looking.

      Thanks!

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  13. I loved this first post, and I have a feeling it's going to be a lot of fun following you this month! Best of luck to the love of your life, and to you!

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    1. Hey Jim! Yay! I'm so glad to see you again. It's been awhile.

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  14. Wonderful artwork there.I will look forward to all your posts in A to Z challenge.

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