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Archive for October 2004

Bed is bed…

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Yesterday was pensive, and sobering. Today is bed, and tv – Halloween marathons on many stations -so cheap horror abounds. And yet I have to haul myself out and get on with some chores -poke my slothful self into a semblance of achievement.

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October 30, 2004 at 1:54 pm

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There’s understanding, and then there’s understanding….

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Thank you, Thor.

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October 28, 2004 at 3:38 pm

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Protected: The attraction of distraction…

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October 27, 2004 at 3:57 pm

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The change…

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After seeing D in them for a couple of days, and finding myself shivering every time I set a tootsie out of bed today I realize that it is now officially unionsuit season. So I’m in one now, a short sleeved off-white number that’s missing a button off over the belly.

On an utterly unrelated note, Beavis and Butthead on MTV2 is reminding me that Stone Temple Pilots used to exist. Remeber how much we had to see of them and how much they sucked?

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October 23, 2004 at 3:32 pm

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Thumpa thumpa…

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Lately, every time I click on the update screen I get a slight constriction in my chest. How can I bend this format to my needs at the moment? The hestation I feel is what led to me posting two memes yesterday: when in doubt, flirt.

For those who don’t know, my life is one of great topsy turvy ness these days. I’ve been lucky enough to have some things happen that are making me re-evaluate my personal life. I’m trying to practiice honesty and adventurousness. I know that there is some work that will need to come out of this. It’s been a lot of taking in, and very little putting it out. And yet here it is weeks of me making the same feeble announcements. And I think now I’m actually going to request that you not comment on this post, mostly because I’m suspicious of my own comment cravings here. A little too much asking and not giving. At least another species of it.

Lately I’ve been buying art books: books of other peoples’ sketchbooks, catalogs of old master drawing auctions, photobooks of people having sex and an atlas of human anatomy. I tote around three different blank books everywhere I go, along with a case that contains pens and a full compliment of drawing pencils. Some how I think I’m going to make drawing a more integrated part of my daily life. I can’t tell if it’s working or not. I can see my artistic practice on the other side of an oh so thin glass wall, I can almost touch it, but not.

A quick flash of the studio in my head: I need to start throwinfg some stuff together again – things are feeling too premeditated, too worked out – too plodding. I don’t want to return to the piles of crap everywhere that I used to have, but when I start feeling like this, this constricted, it’s usually a sign that there is something pressing within me and that only my unconciousness can manifest it.

Typing that makes me realize that I have not been giving my work process its due, not honoring it as the best part of myself. It’s time to work towards improvement on that front.

Oh yeah, that’s what this forum can be for.

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October 21, 2004 at 1:02 pm

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Protected: Or do you prefer this one?

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October 20, 2004 at 3:46 pm

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Protected: I find you endlessly fascinating….

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October 20, 2004 at 3:28 pm

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Passing before my eyes…

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What I’ve read in the past month or so:

Invitation to a Beheading – Vladimir Nabokov
American Genius – Lynne Tillman
Phallos – Samuel R. Delany
Faraway Places – Tom Spanbauer
Nightwood – Djuna Barnes

Lots of novels for a change. Nightwood is a re-read. Ages ago it seems, I used to come home and read, leaving the tv off. Perhps I’m coming to the end of my current viewing cycle. I’d be glad to return to the written word for a while.

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October 20, 2004 at 12:00 am

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Protected: Droppin bombs….

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October 14, 2004 at 5:05 pm

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Fishy fry….

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It’s wearying when you provide the topic for your next therapy session by somthing you do in your current session.

After agreeing to it last week, I somehow managed to forget that my appointment was now going to be an hour earlier. So I showed up at the regular time only to be met by my therapist who seemed slightly peeved and who of course had someone else arriving in scant minutes. SO no appt. this week and next week we’ll probably be discussing the implications of my “memory lapse”. Luckily I received a wonderful talking to from my friend Jeff last night.

Other points of interest?

The house is a mess again.

I have essay to write.

I’m drawing a little bit.

I bought a little painting of Fred Flintstone going bowling from a guy on the street. It was a day of groovy artists selling stuff on the street; one guy had delecate prints made from his pinhole cameras, one had a weird painting of popeye as a rasta and then there was the fred guy who had dozens of tiny freaky canvases with things like Bush in drag, straihgt couples combining into surreal blobs and the one I bought. In it Fred looks slighty guilty and has his waterbuffalo lodge hat on.

(reality here…I’m forcing myself to post because I changed to a page view that includes my calendar and it freaks me out to see all the empty date boxes I’ve been leaving recently)

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October 8, 2004 at 5:28 pm

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