Blog Post 3.31.13 (Artists, Artists, Artists…)

Stevie Nicks at SXSW 2013

Stevie Nicks at SXSW 2013

A few weeks ago I volunteered at SXSW and was able to attend a couple of interviews with musicians (Depeche Mode and Stevie Nicks).  It was fascinating to listen to their answers about their artistic process.  They were asked about how they come up with the music and songs, their inspiration, and do they struggle with ideas, and they had a lot of the same answers as painters would come up with.  That got me thinking that I needed to get a dancer’s perspective as well, see if it was the same, so who better to ask than my father (Eugene Slavin)!  He was a ballet dancer, and choreographed many dances in his career, and a lot of his answers were the same!  I found out that ideas, inspiration, creativity is very similar no matter what your artistic outlet is.  Here are several of the answers I heard:  I play the music and the lyrics just come out, I read or watch movies for inspiration, I look at art and listen to music to get inspired, I see a dancer or hear music that inspires a dance.  I think when the creative brain is engaged, when we see or hear ‘it’ we just instinctively know it.

It was interesting asking my Dad about his artistic process (I had never spoken to him about it before).  The one difference it seemed was that a lot of the choreography was dictated by the talent the dancers, or what their strengths or weaknesses were.  I guess if us painters were limited to just paint with specific materials it would be the same thing, or a musician only able to use specific instruments.  Getting creative with what we have is what we have to do when the creative bug strikes!

Daily Photo 4.24.11 (Play Me, I’m Yours)

Today I thought I would share a photo of one of the pianos around town.  There are several towns that have had pianos around town as part of “Play me, I’m Yours”.  I realized that they will just be around Austin till the end of the month, so there’s one week left to check them out.  We happened to find a young man playing it when we went to Doug Sahm Hill this evening, and it was wonderful!  I think I will try to photograph the rest of them if I can this week, and I hope to find people playing them!  If you happen to be going to play one of the pianos, let me know!  I will try to come by and get a photo.  Check out the website http://www.artallianceaustin.org/play-me-i-am-yours.html for more information.

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

Play Me, I'm Yours-Austin

My SXSW experience and photos (3.27.11)

I really wanted to go to SXSW, but the badge price was a bit pricey for me, so I decided to volunteer.  I was lucky enough to volunteer with the interactive crew, and the team I was on, was awesome (I was most interested in seeing the interactive portion).  One thing I ended up realizing is that it was too hard to see the panels I was interested in, if I was working (will keep that in mind for next year).

This year they had SXSW EDU, which from what I understand was mostly for teachers and administrators.  I found some of the talks quite fascinating, specially with everything going on with school funding etc.  Great ideas for merging technology with teaching, I hope they try at least a portion of those ideas.  Then I worked the meet up rooms, which were a big hit.  A great idea for networking with like minded people in whatever topic you were interested in.

I got to listen to a few panels (that day job just gets in the way! 🙂 ) But I definitely want to catch more panels next year.  I was able to sit in and listen to the keynote speaker one day (Seth Priebatsch) and was blown away.

The parties were something else!  You could just walk a few steps and there was free alcohol!  But having a badge is almost a must for that! (To get into the good parties anyway).  I actually met and spoke with people more during the parties than anywhere else, so it was a great networking opportunity!  Also RSVP for parties EARLY!  I found Do512 had the best listing of parties (official and unofficial).

Here’s just a few photos.  Most were done with my EVO phone, the one day I took my camera I could not get into a party! 🙁

Frog Design Party SXSW

Frog Design Party SXSW

SXSW World of Tweets

SXSW World of Tweets

Interactive! Port-a-potty

Interactive! Port-a-potty

CNN Grill SXSW

CNN Grill SXSW

SXSW iPhone Developers Meet Up

SXSW iPhone Developers Meet Up

Pepsi Max Lot- SXSW

Pepsi Max Lot- SXSW

Mashable Party- SXSWi

Mashable Party- SXSWi

Gowalla SXSW Party

Gowalla SXSW Party

SXSW Interactive Closing Party (Foo Fighters were playing)

SXSW Interactive Closing Party (Foo Fighters were playing)

SXSW Posters

SXSW Posters

Bands Everywhere

Bands Everywhere

Foo Fighters Limo- Cruising through Austin

Foo Fighters Limo- Cruising through Austin

SXSW Party at the W

SXSW Party at the W

Seaholm Power Plant SXSW Party

Seaholm Power Plant SXSW Party

Parking Lot Party- SXSW

Parking Lot Party- SXSW

6th St SXSW

6th St SXSW

British Music Embassy SXSW

British Music Embassy SXSW

Jammin on 6th St

Jammin on 6th St

Line for Perez Hilton Party- SXSW

Line for Perez Hilton Party- SXSW

Daily Photo 2.27.11 (My iPod)

Tonight I was hanging out on my front porch, listening to some Led Zeppelin on my iPod, having a Margarita and enjoying the weather.  When I saw the blue light glow on my player I had to see if I could photograph it!  Not the best, but it’s a start.  May need to try this one again!

My iPod

My iPod

Daily Photo 1.30.11 (A Hot Winter’s Day)

I thought I would have a bit of fun with my photo today.  I am not sure I was all that productive today, but it was 80 degrees in January here in Austin, Texas.  I refused to turn on the air conditioner, so all that was left to do in the afternoon was to hang out on my front porch!

 

A Hot Winter's Day

A Hot Winter's Day

 

 

Daily Photo 12.3.10 (My new creation!)

Finally! I have been trying to work on this for months, and it has been one obstacle after another, but I finally finished one of them.  It’s my Luminescent Lamp, a small version of my Luminescent Vines, which was part of the Collaborative Project I did with friends back in August (it is at Authenticity right now).  I finished this one just in time to take it to Authenticity Gallery for tomorrow night’s Holiday Sing-along and Downtown Stroll.  Let me know what you think!  I plan on doing several more in varying sizes & shapes.

 

Luminecent Lamp

Luminecent Lamp

 

 

Daily Photo 10.9.10 (A Candle for John Lennon)

I lit my John Lennon candle in honor of what would have been his 70th Birthday today.  Yes, I have a John Lennon candle!  Thanks to my artist friend Bill Stidham.  Check out his fabulous artwork (specially his “Sacred Heart” Series) on his website, or go see him if you are at ACL!

 

My John Lennon candle

My John Lennon candle

 

 

Daily Photo 7.9.10 (Almost Sunset at The Oasis)

We were at the Oasis tonight for my daughter’s Birthday Party #1 (she is planning on partying all weekend!)  We went to listen to the Eggmen, a Beatles cover band.  They are so much fun!  I definitely recommend them!  It was a bit cloudy after this shot, so this is the best “sunset” photo I could get!

View from The Oasis

View from The Oasis