Monday, January 30, 2012

30/366 (2012): The Brett Dennen Phenomenon

Last May, Brett Dennen taught Holly and I how to dance after his concert at The Orange Peel. Don't worry Holly, I won't post the video.

Since then I've noticed this freaky trend. Almost every store I go into plays Brett Dennen while I'm there. It seems that all the department stores, groceries, hardware stores and office buildings have gotten in on the game. Doesn't matter what city, what time of day, weather, whatever — Brett is playing.

Is this some cosmic coincidence? 

And just today a friend and her nine-year-old daughter came over. I was by chance listening to Brett when they arrived. The little girl walks in my front door and says, "Brett Dennen! I LOVE Brett Dennen." Did I mention she's only nine years old?

Then later in the afternoon, I went to Micahel's and guess who's playing as I walk in the door? You got it, Brett Dennen. Phenomenon.

Brett, you're my musical shadow. Thanks, man.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

29/366 (2012): Abandoned Nest

I've been on the look-out for nests, they are everywhere. I found this abandoned one in my yard. That white stuff is not ice (it's been too hot for that), it's some kind of white polyester material.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

28/366 (2012): Laundry Line Days

Another unseasonably warm day begged me to use my laundry line. Nothing smells 'I Love You' like line dried sheets. An out-the-window line makes it easy and handy to go green. Besides line drying makes clothes last longer and that's good news for my Avett Brothers zip up hoodie.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

26/366 (2012): What A Tease!

On this 65°F Winter's Day, 
this man could seduce us all into thinking that summer is here to stay.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

24/366 (2012): A Rainy Day Camellia

The camellia is native to China and was named to honor the 17th century German Jesuit missionary and botanist Josef George Kamel. The symbolic meaning of the camellia is desire, passion, gratitude and refinement. A pink camellia means the giver is longing for you, a white one means s/he thinks you're adorable.

Monday, January 23, 2012

23/366 (2012): Is This The Work Of Sid Phillips?

Buzz: "You mean that happy child?"
Mr. Potato Head: "He ain't no happy child."
Rex: "He tortures toys just for fun."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

22/366 (2012): Valentine's Day Vignette

My dad used to send out Valentine's day cards to all the fabulous women in his life. I've carried on and expanded this tradition by making my own. Here's a glimpse of my art studio and this year's cards.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

21/366 (2012): Party Decorations

Attended a transformation tonight. From work place to night club, dramatically accomplished with candles and up-lighting. Magical and weird all at the same time.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

19/366 (2012): Is It Diabetes Yet? An Ode To Paula Deen

An employee at of one of the eight Harris Teeters conveniently located near my house has a sublime sense of humor.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

18/366 (2012): Bookbinding Workshop at WCA

 Tonight I attended a traditional Japanese bookbinding workshop at WCA
This is one of the two books I made in class.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

17/366 (2012): Lunchbox Records

This is a self study in iPhoto Edit Tools. I thought I'd share the results of the Before and After with you.

My subject for this study is a metal sign which resides in the back corner of Lunchbox Records, the cool indie CD & record store located on Central Avenue in Charlotte. Thanks to Scott (owner of Lunchbox Records) for showing it to me and letting me take the picture.

This is my Before with some initial cropping.

This is my After with even more cropping plus I made adjustments to the exposure, contrast, saturation, definition, highlights, shadows, sharpness, de-noise and temperature (all in iPhoto). This was my first time playing with Adjust and I can't wait to otter around with this tool some more.

Monday, January 16, 2012

16/366 (2012): Handmade Campaign Art

While this poster doesn't have the same sophistication as a Shepard Fairey, I appreciate it's Bohemian effort.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

15/366 (2012): My Corn Cob Love Still Shines Bright Decades Later

I'm a Cob Head. When I was in college, I studied this building in depth not just from a text book but physically too, soaking in every circular inch. Simply put, my professor was obsessed with Marina Towers and so by default was I. Imagine my joy on April 23, 2002 when one of most beloved bands used the corn cobs on their album cover. Oh Wilco, swoon my heart!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

14/366 (2012): Are YOU tough enough?

Come on out to the Roughest & Toughest Brawl at the National Guard Armory in Monroe, North Carolina on January 27 & 28 for your chance to win the title of the Roughest & Toughest in Union County. Win The Title, Trophy & Money! Confirm it with Yourself. Prove it to the World!

Friday, January 13, 2012

13/366 (2012): The Great Gummy Bear Spill of 2012 (or How To Embarrass Your Teens In Two Easy Steps)

They implored me to NEVER do that again. Seriously?
Believe it or not, taking pictures of randomly spilled gummy bears in the parking lot is NOT the MOST EMBARRASSING thing I've ever done.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

12/366 (2012):Portlandia

Last night I watched my first Portlandia and now I can't wait to watch more. The first season has only six episodes, so I'm savoring each sketch, each twenty-two minute episode just to make the absurd hilariousness last. Women & Women First Bookstore is probably most definitely almost similar to but nothing at all like a place I loved hanging out in during the 90's.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

11/366 (2012): Playing With Yupo Paper

I bought some new-to-me-paper because this artist/saleslady I met couldn't stop telling me how fantastic Yupo paper is and how it just rocked her world when she first discovered it. Of course I was skeptical! But after just one play date, I must admit I'm hooked. Thanks, Bonnie.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

9/366 (2012): Unsung Founders Memorial at Chapel Hill

Sculptor Do-Ho Suh created this memorial that honors the men and women of color who helped build the University of North Carolina. It was installed in 2005 on the McCorkle Place lawn.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

8/366 (2012): Occupy This!

There are only five tents left at Occupy Chapel Hill plus one broom and one dust pan. Not only are these protestors some of the most educated but the tidiest to occupy any American city.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

4/366 (2012): Jellyfish

We got up early to watch the sun rise at the beach last week. The clouds were thick and after a hopeful and gorgeous blood orange/magenta start it fizzled to a dud. But the light was just right to capture this washed up jellyfish.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

3/366 (2012): Star-Bellied Sneetches

Found this trio of star-bellied sneetches last week on a green electrical box on 1st St N/Ocean Front N in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2/366 (2012): Concert Painter/Idea Sprouter

An artist painted his way through the 2011 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam last month in Asheville, North Carolina. Capturing him in action sparked the idea for this project.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

1/366 (2012): Sun Rises On A New 365 Project

Sunrise at Jacksonville Beach, Florida. I like how the gull (lower right) seems to be watching and enjoying the sunrise too.

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