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Archive for November 2004

Better him than Affleck….

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November 30, 2004 at 8:52 am

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Blinky…

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In my frenzy to get from one place to another today I somehow lost my reading glasses in their case. Did I leave them in the studio of a student? in the antique store? in the fast food place, where i know I had them because I was using them there?

As a child I lost things all the time and was chided about it to such an extent that it has made me frantic about slapping my pockets and checking everywhere when ever I’m about to go out any sort of door: I check for wallet, keys, money and in my bag I tend to carry a crazy excess of items, just in case. Some how I got vague this evening however, and thus I now miss my frames, which were kinda pricey when I bought them ten years ago. I have other glasses, but ….

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November 29, 2004 at 11:42 pm

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Sullen skies….

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Yesterday, I spent almost the entire day indoors, prepping the house for our holiday dinner. It was clear and cool out as I could determine from my one rapid jaunt out to buy ice. I was glad to be continuing the work on the house. Today, I woke up desperately wanting to go outside, but now sloppy rain is gusting against my window, and things look raw and unwelcoming. If any work gets done today, I think it may have to be around the drawing table in the middle room. Not such a terrible prospect but no where near as fun as the idea of actually getting out and geting some excercise and seeing some new things.

So last night I had my first dinner party ever in this apartment. It only took me three years to do it. I wish I could say that I did anything other than host. thornyc did all of the cooking, making lamb, baked stuffed squash, steamed fractal broccoli, and cranberry ginger chutney. He is a man that not only knows where to order food, but also how to cook it. He also washed many more of the resulting dishes than any cook should ever have to do. badfaggot braved ill health to make it over, and bearbait and his significant one Darrin was able to join us at the last minute. There was actually room in the living room to set up a table and seat five comfortably, and I felt the best part of holiday feelings looking around the table: realizing my great good fortune at knowing remarkable people and having the chance to bring them together.

Afterwards Thor, Matt and I settled in to Watch “Memories”, an anime anthology. I fell asleep during the third and final of the episodes and only dimly remember Matt offering to drive Thor and his cookware home.

Today I have leftovers in the fridge, and some additional thoughts: It was great to finally be able to make use of things that I had purchased on a whim at one point or another: napkin rings, table legs for my drafting table, candle holders, bowls, all the stuff that tempts you in the housewares department at Ikea, things that in one way had been compulsive shopping, those things could finally provide me with the oppurtunities to lead a more enjoyable life. I also notice that as I clear space, I want to clear more, to sort and eliminate a lot of what I have accrued: case in point a stack of plastic bins in my bedroom that have bits and pieces of the action figure collection in them. I feel like I can condense them down to at least one if not move the whole thing into a much smaller package. Initially it was enough to get everything into the bins. Now I can contemnplate really dealing with a lot of this stuff.

I want to get over to the studio today. Hopefully the rain will ease up.

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November 28, 2004 at 11:16 am

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Round midnight…

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A place holder entry so that I can can fil in today’s box on my calendar. A delightful dinner, a clean house good friends.

And a pie from mom.

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November 27, 2004 at 11:38 pm

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November 26, 2004 at 9:40 am

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November 25, 2004 at 11:34 pm

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The office….

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…is dead.

Tiny bits of clicking. No classes. Midtown becalmed and holding its breath. I’m leaving early in a few minutes to head down to the shrink. And then I think some figure drawing. Oh yeah – TV fast is still on.

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November 24, 2004 at 3:07 pm

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And here’s a…

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…little five card nancy to show you what my life is like these days – the first five panels are from thornyc and the last five are picked by me:

There we go: fixed from before. Thank you for your patience.

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November 23, 2004 at 5:19 pm

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Tomorrow belongs to…

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Filing.

Dealing, or beginning to deal with the files at home is making realize that I need to deal with my files here – sloppy and disconnected. I’m yawning now just at the thought of organizing my piles of paper her,probably because I can’t do it in the way I like to at home: sitting on the floor, lying down, wandering around and generally looking foolish while I pick away at the problem.

Going through the boxes of loose documents I did yesterday was shocking, because it meant that I ran across documents from just about any time from the last twenty years or so – in some cases longer. I found absurd letters from ex lovers, grant applications, meeting minutes from The Bergenfield Bears Lodge, copies of the zine “Thrift Score”, performance scripts, and many receipts. As I was doing it I was talking to my mother about her inability to get my aunt to deal with her piles of stuff. So now I can see how far it can go. I found notes for projects that I never executed, drawings people had given me, loan agreements and many announcements for shows. By not dealing with this stuff, I was cutting my self off from acheivements as well as committments. I realize that email has killed the postcard, something I loved getting and sending. I have a much stronger impression of the texture of my life, but experienced through random jumpcuts. I suppose the next phase is to put it in some sort of chronology. I wonder what that will reveal…

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November 23, 2004 at 4:59 pm

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Lost in space….

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By dint of much application and supportive encouragement from badfaggot, my living room is clearer than it ever has been, and I think that all of my files are finally in the same place. Five bags full of paper wait on my landing for Wednesday’s garbage pickup. Excuse me while I go stare at the expanse in wonder for a while.

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November 22, 2004 at 11:04 pm

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