Thursday, February 26, 2009
Talking about arrangements; here’s another one. Scot and I met Irene at a Williams Family Thanksgiving out in Brown County. She’s another one who just sort of took to singing-out, later rather than sooner. I know she felt a little green here, playing with Jerry, Scot and Kenny, who were all so thoroughly seasoned . Jerry really wanted to find a female vocalist for the BC (Basement Collaboration) to work with, and the boys saw great potential in Irene. They even charted out a little group identity, calling themselves, Blue Jazz. Scot did a fun mock-up of a poster for the group, but sadly, they only got three rehearsals.
Once again, Scot is sharing one of his arrangements, in this case for “Jambalaya”, a favorite Hank Williams song of his. Irene doesn’t take long to feel like doing a little skatting. As the tempo jells, so does the playful interplay between Scot and Irene—which when they really get going—is charming. Scot liked Irene’s timing. She could sort of start early or late, but arrive just on time.”
Today’s artwork speaks to the idea of interchange. I always wondered about the significance of a mermaid in a boat? This mermaid doesn’t look caught to me. She seems to want to be there? The piece is an example of some of Scot’s earliest, strictly digital artwork. His mom gave him her old Apple computer when she upgraded (say in 1995?). Scot took it, more to help her get rid of it than wanting it, but from the moment he set it up, he was hooked.
He came to love Claris Works, which is what he used to create this piece. He always claimed that some of the older, simpler programs did things that were often lost in the newer, better, bigger versions. He used no drawing pad and stylus here. He drew this one with the mouse! When it came time to print it out, he had to use such low-res files that huge pixilation was obvious. He loved that. He saw that is had he same effect as Impressionism, and felt that the pixilation showed us the way the computer thought about the work.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Well, for the last couple of days, I have had to come home late and sit the seat of my pants to the seat of the chair--my daily blog entry having yet to made. Same tonight. That’s all right. We’ll get there.
We're circling back around to the old Plank Road. For those joining in, that means Scot is playing bass, singing harmony, and stomping out the percussion. John William is playing acoustic guitar and singing lead vocals. For today, I've choosen a lovely version of John Prine’s immortal, “Angel from Montgomery.” Scot was a big fan of John Prine’s. He identified with him early. John Prine has had an amazing “career-at-the-edges”--an identification that intrigued Scot.
I think Scot always felt he had career-at-the-edges too--grateful for the successes he had, but always kind of thinking that maybe something bigger might happen. I personally think it was Scot’s karma, this time around, to be a great man, in a simple man’s life.
The artwork for today is a hand-colored dry-point engraving. This was a very popular image. We could print these things up on our little $100 Dick Blick press. “Just like printing $50 bills,” we’d say, as that was how much we could sell them for at art fairs (once they were painted and matted). Scot would fire-up his airbrush and we'd go to town.
Originally we called this piece, “Pilgrim.” It did not sell well with that name. We knew it was a great image, so we tried another name. We changed the name to “Dreamer” and it immediately became a top seller. Dreamer – Pilgrim--interesting?