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!

Blog Post 3.28.12 (It’s been too long!)

Well, I thought it was time for me to write a post, and when I pulled my blog up I could not believe it’s been that long!  I guess I do have a few excuses, I have been pretty busy.  But that has not stopped me before.

View from the new place

View from the new place

One major thing was my move!  I have not decided if I love or hate moving.  I don’t like all the work involved and the hassle involved in moving, but I love the change, the “new”, the “starting fresh” part of it.  Lot’s of great things about my new place.  #1 cheaper, #2 walking distance to my art studio, #3 free cable & #4 direct route to work.  So it’s definitely a good thing.

Rachael Ray at SXSW

Rachael Ray at SXSW

Another major “distraction” was SXSW.  I volunteered again to work SXSW EDU & SXSW Interactive.  I love it!  I actually took vacation time to do it and it was lots of work, but ended up getting in to see Bruce Springsteen in concert!  I was right by the stage, and it was an amazing concert! We also made it to Rachael Ray’s free breakfast! (but never got near the food! my friend waited 2 hrs!).  Here’s a few photos taken with my phone camera.  Boy I wished I could have had my big camera there! 🙂

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

Bruce Springsteen at SXSW

I got a bit of painting done in February (one day I actually painted 5 minutes!).  I submitted a piece to the #TwitterArtExhibit in Norway!  The exhibit is a fundraiser organized my artist David Sandum.  This is the 2nd year he has done it and it sounded fun!  Plus I love the idea that I will have a small piece of art in Norway!

Little Blue Cosmos #3

Little Blue Cosmos #3

I also did a couple of paintings for the Arthouse 5X7 fundraiser, which I got to participate in last year and was fascinating.  If you happen to be in Austin and want to check it out, they will be having 2 events next week, the 5X7 Splurge & the 5X7 Social.  Look at their website for details.

Now I have no excuse to just get busy with my art.  I am a few minutes away from the studio, and I will be participating in the West Austin Studio Tour in May.  So I have lots to get ready for.  This is the first time I really get to participate with my studio in the tour!  I am very excited.

I will get back to posting more regularly.  I have a lot of art “business” to take care of, so I will share some info!

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 Photos 3.18.10 (SXSW- Music Day 2)

We went down to Auditorium Shores to see tonight’s free SXSW Concert, and we wanted to hear this band “Bajofondo”, they are from Argentina & Uruguay.  Of course I like Argentinians, so I had to check them out!  Their music is a mix of electronica/rock/tango.  I loved it!  They were so fun!  Of course I got carried away with the photos, but here’s a few.  Check them out, here’s their MySpace page http://www.myspace.com/bajofondomardulce

Daily Photo 3.15.10 (MacGruber-World Premiere)

Made it to the red carpet at World Premiere of MacGruber, at SXSW Film Festival.  I had to fight my way up there but I finally got some shots.  Some of the Cast and friends were here!

SXSW- MacGruber World Premiere

Will Forte

Val Kilmer

Ryan Phillippe

Kristen Wiig

Seth Meyers

Daily Photo 3.13.10 (Max’s Wine Dive-Austin)

Well, I delivered 4 of my large paintings to Max’s Wine Dive today.  They will be hanging during some special parties they will be having during SXSW and hopefully a few weeks past that.  They will actually be at “MAX’s Underground“, which is downstairs.  If you want to go and check it out, when you go in, just let them know you want to see the artwork, and they will take you down there.  They usually only have private parties down there.

Well, after I dropped of my pieces, I saw this image and I thought it was the perfect “Austin” photo for Max’s!

Max's Wine Dive- Austin

Daily Photo 3.12.10 (SXSW Day 1-Photo Walk)

Thank you Alex Suarez for organizing the Photo walk!  It was fun, and great to hang out and talk to other photographers.

Tonight was the first night of SXSW, Film & Interactive.  These are a few of the shots I took, they are all on 6th St.  We waited outside the Ritz hoping for a glimpse of Robert Rodriguez, but no luck!

Getting ready to shoot...

The Frost Tower and the Austonian

The Driskill Hotel

The Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz

"Predator" showing at the Ritz

The rooftop at Maggie Mae's