|It's staying lighter for longer - could Spring be somewhat upon us?|
|And this is the cleanest you'll ever see it!|
|I keep pictures all over my studio so I'm always inspired by those I love...|
Finding alternative pathways...
Strange Examples Of Art That You’ll Love and these alternative mixed media techniques.
I've also been trying to read up on artists who's style I may not personally resonate with. For example, I was reading an interview with Andy Warhol, and there is something to be said for appreciating art in a different way once you have context, or what the author's personal values are. I love when art can be a momentary glimpse into a stranger. These are some of his more interesting takeaway quotes.
Here's another artist who really inspires me...
Jordan Matter is an amazing photographer and artist in every sense of the word. And a really nice guy. Way, way back in the days of being 17, I was lucky enough to have him do my headshots.
|We shot on a beautiful afternoon in the Cloisters - a lovely museum with beautiful grounds|
|Every photograph is more amazing than the next - definitely get this book!|
|But I think Brandon and I are a close 2nd? (22nd...)|
Thank you, thank you Jordan Matter for inspiring all of us to find the beauty in the dance of everyday living! You have truly discovered the dancer in all of us and the music heard 'round the world.
I have yet to get new headshots after my coma, but that will happen. For now, they are a nice reflection on what was...
|Me and my one-of-a-kind parents|
It's hard to appreciate - let alone remember - what you once had when there is absolutely no way to ever return to it again.
This was a blanket I made out of felt - each image is based off of a favorite childhood photograph:
|Sort of puts a whole new meaning to "baby blanket..."|
But then I feel all the beautiful blessings in my life - things that never would have happened had I trailed along different pathways.
And for that, I am Gutless & Grateful!"Picture Frame." You can listen to the audio clip at that link, with my brother Matt accompanying me on piano. Or you can watch me attempting to strum it on guitar (how I usually compose) here. (The piano link's a bit better!)
|Some pastel journaling|
"See the bubbling in my eye?
There's a tear that longs to fall.
See the girl so scared and shy,
stands there reliving it all.
Will she ever once reclaim
what was rightfully all hers?
Fill another picture frame
Pictures say a million words...
...Picture more, you can have it
This is yours, go on, grab it
Little child, little spark
show a smile
show your heart."
Family, memories, etc. also remind me of a beautiful song by Tony-Award winning Broadway composer Maury Yeston called My Grandmother's Love Letters. It reminds me of how sorely I miss my own grandmother, who deserve a post of her own, so expect that sometime soon!
|Gutless & Grateful: A Musical Feast|
When I premiered Gutless & Grateful at the Triad in October 2012, it was my first real dive into the musical theatre pool after what seemed to be a lifetime of medical intrusion - even though pre-2005, I had never had any health problems in my life. As one doctor told my family when I was first in a coma, "You are now entering an alternate universe that the outside world knows nothing about - the ICU. Your lives will forever be changed."
|Amy: A Tragi-Comedy|
|Opening Night! Triad, NYC 2012|
|My and Jerold Goldstein, my musical director and friend since I was a bratty13 year old!|
Now, in terms of the important things I'm really grateful for...
Shmura matzoh is in the grocery store this week!
I'm not even kidding that matzoh is my comfort food. Is that weird?
(Let the Passover countdown begin...)
I eat matzoh every day - Passover or not - hey, you can do a lot of cool things with it! (Besides substitute it for cardboard, I swear.)
|I am actually snacking on this as I blog today...|
And if the cake thing is too much of a to-do for you - this is how to basically turn everything into pizza, which is fine by me too.
In the world of non-pizza recipes: These mini comfort foods are adorable
Cheese-related: these Oaxan cheese sticks might be the best snack idea ever.
Don't forget dessert: make your own girl scout cookies at home
But here's recipes for people who don't like dessert (for Valentines day, but still lookin' good)
And if you'd love to copy some great Olive Garden food, here's how you can have an Olive Garden date night at home, thanks to the wonderful Six Sister blog.
For some animal inspiration, check out this amazing humpback whale footage, which would be very appropriate to watch while listening to the Free Willy theme song...
These are 25 of the most amazing roads on earth.
These 37 Books Every Creative Person Should Be Reading.
And the most inspiring of all: these are things you never knew about Tic Tacs!
Keep some inspiration in your heart today - just find it anywhere. In your journal, in the dancers among us, in a Tic Tac...