well, “wood”n’t ya know.

some things happen for a reason … no, all things happen for a reason.

robert galusha

 

driving through the outskirts of austin in the dreamy hill country, andrew and i were doing a little “junktiquing”. we’ve gotten good at it. in our search (on my crutch i call an iphone), i found “robert galusha” on the map, just around the corner from the little shop we were poking through. it was meant to be.

we pulled up to the office space – “robert galusha design” stenciled on the door. i knocked as tiny butterflies formed in my belly. a middle-aged gentleman opened the door, wearing weathered skin, kind blue eyes and a long gray spiral ponytail. i don’t think robert was as amazed as me that i “found” a galusha in the texas hill country. but he was generous and happily shared the anecdote of his business and how he got to where he was. robert is a very skilled carpenter, with chairs and furniture filling any sort of would-be empty space in his office. he teaches classes out of his live-in shop full of all kinds of mechanical toys. every tool one may need to craft decorative and/or functional wooden pieces was probably in that room. robert is very colorful, talented and welcoming and i look forward to gaining knowledge from another galusha artist.

robert galusha design : etsy  :  rgd info  :  article

robert galusha design

go go gadget galusha!

sunshine fest.

the first-ever sunshine fest took place here in austin, put on by the young men’s business league of austin, and benefits austin sunshine camps. lots of good music and good food combined with great people and a great purpose.

i was able to support the event by being a sponsor. donating design time and photography services were fun for me and a good way to meet new people. the crowd at the event had a blast with singing and dancing. i’d say they did a great job with the gathering.

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sxsw for the ears

so, there’s a lot to cover in this arena. i’ll skim it and spit out the highlights that stood out to me.

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i didn’t anticipate being aggressive about any music at all. as a friend so eloquently put, looks like urban outfitters took a *$%# on 6th street.” makes me giggle … especially because i love the random trip to uo. anyway, the events were great, but the crowd was thick. an estimated 200,000 came to the festival this year. sheesh. but, thanks to a few hints and encouragements, i ended up enjoying myself and getting into a few more events than i anticipated. samsung, gracias!

the stubbs party was a super bonus as OMD gave a stellar performance with lots of dancing, dramatic arm flailing and heavy dance beats. growing up with their music in the 80s and having a revival in college made for a great passionate predecessor to seeing them live … on stage … 2 ft away. tv on the radio, the kills, moby and several djs appeared, as well as yo gabba gabba.

saturday night was my last night to squeeze out the last bit of energy i had. i acquired a last-minute free vip pass to the perez hilton party. it wasn’t as big of an event as i thought, but i did get to see liz phair, which was pretty awesome (flashback to the GALS). and these lovely chics? best performance, hands down:


(it’s a long video, so just take a peek. they were seriously awesome.)

sxsw appealed to other senses than just the ears, of course. i connected with a few local and regional printmakers, which had me inspired and motivated. flatstock 29 (presented by the american poster institute) was taking place in the convention center. lots of posters and artwork for sale and display. andrew vastagh of boss construction, dan grzeca, geoff peveto of the decoder ring design and gigposters.com were among my favorites at the poster convention. there were so many talented printers.

so, sxsw was taxing, but worth every moment.

sxsw film

this is my first year to attend sxsw and it’s been quite the ride so far. the film portion of the festival has been going strong with loads of screenings (some of which are friends’ works), great parties and lots of networking. oh, and rosario dawson told me she liked my hair … bonus!

eric martin’s narrative short “fran’s daughter” premiered this past saturday along with several other shorts. high five to eric for the film passes for atxavenues.com and myself. lots of talent in just a couple of hours. another great film was “dragonslayer,” edited by lizzy calhoun from arkansas.

being an illustrator, i think the screening that had the most impact on me was the animated shorts. “a lost and found box of human sensation” blew me away. the story was deep but relieved you at times with its wit. as for the animation and imagination … pretty much the best.

last night’s sxsw flm awards after-party at maggie mae’s was pretty swank, too. beat-boxing, free lonestar AND we scored some “youtube socks.” mmhmm. clever.

hamilton pool

i have been a little homesick lately. my family are my best friends and their being in another state can really stink some days. luckily, a good friend of mine came to visit from home, which subdued the empty belly. lily is a great photographer who just moved back home to little rock from new york. we drove northwest from austin for a few hours then headed towards hamilton pool. it was beautiful! (not including the young hipster couple making out by the water, ruining the mood with bad techno music from their little stereo they brought along).

huge dripping icicles hung from the ceiling, mimicking the stalactites. soft green moss grew on the rock and leftover ice from the recent winter “storm” looked like bones perched on the stone. the naked trees looked like skeletons against the blue sky. it was exactly what we needed to get away, an impromptu photo shoot with the most enlightening, inspiring creature … nature.

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e.e.g. over easy

“and above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets
are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
-roald dahl

since relocating from little rock to austin, my brain has been on overload. after this summer’s voyage through the west, i thought i would have time to digest all that experience and squeeze out loads of concepts and art. but it’s like a big mental constipated mess … only with colorful imagination instead of, well, poop.

about a year ago, living in little rock, i decided to stay through winter and spring, go to peru in the summer of 2010, then move to austin by the end of summer. it is a transition i had contemplated for some time to push my boundaries, but the timing had always been off. moving seemed scary and difficult … so naturally, it was attractive.

through self-motivation (and a little rejection & humiliation, of course), i had built up a strong professional career in art and design in little rock and was widely accepted. it was more than i could ask for. when you relax in your own shoes, they fit so much better. when the time came to follow through with my plan, it was at an incredible juncture – the title of arkansas times “2010 best arkansas artist” was awarded to me, and i was blown away. it fueled me to push forward with the move, knowing i had the support of home.

it has taken a month or two to settle and find a place for living and creating in austin. but it’s been found. the little workspace is rugged and perfect and the community is creative and driven. after sharing studio space with my mother or brother, working out of the bedroom, the kitchen, the bathroom, the yard, i now have a place to call my own. to step out of the everyday and dive in. i am very thankful for the little barn.

la grange – luna approves

the good news for you guys is that i’ll be posting new work soon and you won’t have to read my rambling tangents as often! you’ll just get to see that energy used on art. and i can’t wait.

God bless difficult changes, for bright and shiny ones are soon to follow.