Sweet Home New Orleans

This last Saturday I went to an art show and benefit to help displaced musicians and other cultural peoples to return to New Orleans after Katrina. There were over 5000 musicians in New Orleans before Katrina, now there is an estimated 600, and if you know anything about the big easy, you know that the music is a very important part of the culture of the city.
It was sponsored and hosted by some people I know. They live here but have a love of the big easy so much so that they have an apartment just on the edge of the French Quarter. They have many friends there as well, many artist and musicians among them. They felt that the needed to help, and esp now since the news has been pretty quiet about it, out of site out of mind. Sara is an artist so she created 46 paintings that were all emotionally charged about the event and after effects of the hurricane and the government’s help or lack there of.
They did it up right, the flew up a well known musician from N. O. to perform. A local spoken word artist preformed, I think he had ties to N. O. They had beer and wine and what they called “Katrina-Ritas” a dirty looking margarita to simulate the dirty water the hurricanes caused. And what is a benefit for New Orleans with out food, they had beef, shrimp and oyster mini po’ boys and muffalata’s. All very well done I must say. Even though the event was invite only, they made out very well. I heard a nice number but the source is not the most reliable so I will refrain from going into it.
I wish I had my camera on me that night, I would have loved to get some photos. Plus I was all dressed up!
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rut and ask

What a rut I am feeling like I am in right now, it is not par se a creative block, but more of a get off my ass and get something done block. I have things I want to do and really need to do but I feel lethargic and uninterested in doing anything except maybe my habitual activities. These habits need to be broken, no, smashed into pieces to get me into a better mind frame. I need to start by experiencing something new every week, breaking insecurities, and not allow others to control my actions and emotions. To start out I feel that I need to document my progress in this endeavor both here and in other public and not so public forums.
In all truth, I started doing things that I have never done before this last week, I eat oysters (in a po’ boy mini sandwich) on Saturday and Sunday I went for breakfast at Sunny Side Up, which I have also never done. More on the documentation in a new post.
One other tool I am going to do is a project I am calling “5000/five” it will be an ambitious project for sure, but I think I want to save the official announcement until I have all the details figured out.
One last thing, and this is taken from an inspiration of mine, Pete aka clarkelane.com, to open up the floor.
Please ask me any question you would like to about my art, my philosophy, my life, my love, anything you want, just leave your name so I know who is asking what. I will answer these questions starting April 1st and answer them in the order I have received them.

untitled (compresed nude girl)

oil on canvas
i painted this last weekend, it has this physiological feel to it, i am unsure what i think of this one at the moment.
I would really like some feedback on this, if anyone would be so kind.

photoshop fun, it is a learning curve

a photoshop image that i made with the help of a tutorial from a was doing, yeah, trying to learn the photoshop like no bodies buis…
my thought is to try to create something on this theme but with my own flare, will post when done…