This is the first in a triptych of self-portraits, which I have loosely titled "Conversations with Goya":


Graphite on paper, 18 x 17 inches
I will reserve the artist statement about the triptych until all three self-portraits are finished, and I am not sure that "Conversations with Goya" will be the final title, but it will work for now, and, in truth, Goya is my current muse.

Music Ephemera

Total ephemera for my music-loving friends: I wanted to share this in case you have not heard the One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Music From Kerouac's Big Sur soundtrack by Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard.  I do not know a lot about the film, except that it relates to Kerouac's cabin and the writing of the novel Big Sur, and Patti Smith is involved (must be good).  It has been a while since I heard the details on WNYC's Soundcheck in October and only now have I gotten my little mits on the cd...
Lets just say that Gibbard provides the bennies for Farrar's downers (in Kerouac language...).   To tell the truth, I am not a fan of Kerouac - the writing is too brusque (I like lush and poetic), and I have never cared for self-destructive behavior (in writers or artists), but Farrar has integrated words straight from Kerouac text and molded them into songs...add some rhyming and an ethereal pedal steel and yes, I am in.
I cannot hear the song Willamine enough - strange, beautiful, elusive...I posted a live performance below (love the you tube!).  I really wish that I had seen these guys when they played together in NYC: