You *are* pretty, but you’re a Rock!

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Joan of Art

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Imagine my surprise when a side trip to see one of April Claggett’s paintings in a juried show revealed that an old friend I had known casually for years was an accomplished artist.  As it turns out, Joan Barrows had an entire lobby devoted to her stuff (in multiple media). Oil, photography, watercolor, and some plants.

In the lobby show, there were two works that particularly caught my eye, both in black and sepia oil.  One was a wren’s nest. It’s in the pile now. You can definitely sense Joan’s photographer’s eye here.

Joan Barrow's work.

I like the dark in this piece. The dark reminds me of some of Monet’s boat paintings. Funny how my memory of the nest piece as experienced in NH is different than its more sepia reality now.

I bid on (and won) a chicken too.

Joan does chicken.

One of my favorite aspects of our growing art collection is the pieces created by friends.

Spring begins, 2012

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Crocustulip tips and sunshineCornus florida buds..look for progressive movement this spring.

Early Spring Peeper – Pseudacris crucifer


Poor little guy had an early awakening from dormancy when we moved some wood down to the house. It’s back out in the leaf littler now.ImageImageImage

We’ll Take Original Music Any Day

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Birthday week was a really good one for original music with appearances in multiple cities.

We went to hear Ditched by Kate on the 25th at Jammin Java. Front man Phil Rossie put on an excellent show and even made an unscheduled appearance in the white stretch limo we hired to ferry our posse around.

Landon's white stretch was way more fun that we figured.

Mixing Liberals in the limo during the show was one of my favorite aspects of the limo idea.

Somebody had lots of fun.

Then in San Francisco on the way back from Firefly, the taxi driver, jrod indigo, was playing some very interesting funk/soul…his own. Like a cross between Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. We bought a couple of CDs.

The very next day, the inestimable Alexa Weber Morales, onetime editor in chief of Software Development magazine, played two all original latin jazz sets during our BSIMM Mixer. I sat in on a couple of tunes with the band.

Django meets piano jazz.

The intarwebs has not stamped out original music yet!

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