Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I wrote a book. Fictionalized biography. called it August Travels but plan to do a final version and may change the name.
It took a year to write, every Friday i worked on it for 9 or 10 hours.
Then i painted faces, and wondered - are they all me? self portraits? some look like me, some don't. but some of me in each one. Everyone we meet enters our life, enters a bit of who we are. So i am all the folks i have ever met?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Every day in Facebook, there he is in the right-hand ads column. Workout Secrets, Etc, like from Hugo Ramsey and his Get Your Six Pack blog. Bless his heart i hope Hugo's ads in FB are worth it, and he is getting customers. enough to cover his future legal fees.
All American Guys owns this shot. That's easy to know since they put their name on him. How it got cropped into an ad on Facebook is unknown. Copyright, copyright!!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
oh my Wow - they kicked her out of Hospice! I have five women friends and family who are battling cancer this year. some are fairing better than others. but they all are doing well with the fight itself. the one friend, with end stage cancer who is not up for surgery and chemo since it has spread so extensively - well she has gotten stronger. she not losing weight and must find assisted living. After 8 or 10 weeks in Hospice, they're throwing her out.
baby, baby, baby:
This year five women we know are having babies. I did a list of really the very best baby names ever. I then sent it to them all. Last night Minda gave birth to Lucille Dali and so now, four more new ones to come. I don't think Lucille was on my list.
internet domain registration, oh my;
I have maintained a web site for "me as artist" since 1999. Last Friday i heard that my web host for alexnorwood.com was going out of business. I'm digging around to stay the course. messy internet domain, registrars and hosts - and guess what? nothing is free. And then our internet access at home is kaput...gone bye bye for now and wasting lots of our energy.
one single painting;
This painting is the only picture i made after September 11, 2001. it took me a couple of months before i could even consider "making art." it all seemed too trivial.
This painting in oil was about 32 x 32. The name, Evil Quarters came quickly. Only produced this one painting that year - I moved to writing a book of my fictionalized memoirs. After about 12 months, when i finished the book, my paintings of faces began. The faces were all faces from the book, people i've know. Or sometimes, maybe, the faces were also self-portraits.
Evil Quarters, was in some shows, then stretchers warped and i cut it off the frame, and rolled it up. Later it got grommeted in the top corners, and hung that way for awhile. Then i was re-stretching it - smaller now, and ended up cutting it too small. I decided i didn't really like it anyway and was done with it - or maybe it was that i had ruined it, and was pissed off. In any case i destroyed it, so it's gone. Artists get to destroy artwork, our own stuff anyway. Most of us give ourselves permission to do that.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This is the humongous Stephansdom Gothic cathedral in the middle of Vienna, with Matt. That is Anna's shoulder passing to the right. Coming by this massive structure was awing. I was stunned and enthralled by is scale, stark yet detailed, silent but tingling with a 1000 years of human activity. I dream about our first night in Vienna and passing this church.
After lamely admitting i'm not sure where opla plaza is going, i decided it is going forward and going just fine. review of art and photography. sexual identity and diversity. spiritual experience. cultural trivia and observations.
This fella in a very full posing strap from the 1950s is a favorite of mine. A bit of male barbie doll, and a lot of brand new man-ness. Love the hair cut and the composition. Sepia seems perfect.
I wonder what he's looking at.
And before i drift off too far, i want to offer my other now sepia-colored film work from VCU 1971. This surrealistic epic, starring Lew Lott, is a dreamy -and for me - satisfying trip. I like how it documents our neighborhoods in Richmond from 38 years ago.
Rest & Activity was a big theme of the Maharishi. I learned TM (Transcendental Meditation) in Richmond in 1970. i meditate every day, and it helps. I didn't meditate for lots of years, it was off and on. Life is off and on, rest and action.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Laura Lashley has had a blog for years (Laura Lashley) that has been fun and seems more updated than her web site. Same deal for me - i keep looking for something easier than a dot com. (alex norwood artwork) And more Internet 2.0 -interactive -easy - free- like my facebook and myspace which i have found interesting for years.
I have to admit i am not a blog reader per se. But i do like to look at the pictures...an Andy Warholism of mine. He was the giant influence in art school in the late 60s. So, here's to Warholian dreams, my film work from senior year, 1971, starring Maureen McCarron and Emily Wicker.
Friday, April 3, 2009
So opla plaza is a state of mind, not a place on the planet. And the opla plaza lounge is somewhere within the plaza - it is a place to dream and relax and re-create.
cheerios from alex