I was totally thrilled to win this gorgeous art book, Absurdity is my friend: art and stories from the desert, last week from the Ever-Fabulous Ricë Freeman-Zachary over at the Voodoo Cafe. It's by artist Kelly Moore, and I can't express why I love this guy, and his art, any better than I did in my comment on Ricë's giveaway post. This is what I wrote:
"I first heard about Kelly when you wrote about him originally, and I instantly fell in love with is work. (I've also subscribed to his newsletter since then, which is always quite interesting, to say the least!)It's true! Just look at this.
I love his creative spelling and his poetry. I love his dark birds, and his ongoing issues with getting MOMA to exhibit his work. :0) I love the variety of imaginative creatures and faces he paints. And I LOVE his use of color, because I can feel his art as well as see it. There is a raw truth and genuine-ness to his words and his art that I haven't found in too many other artists. I would rather look at one of his oily on wood pieces than another ho-hum landscape on a proper canvas any day."
|from the book Absurdity is my friend, by Kelly Moore|
Isn't it fabulous?!
And here's one of my favorite poems.
|~ Kelly Moore|
You can get your very own copy of this gorgeous book, which Raw Vision Magazine has described as:
"An attractive book which is an impressive documentation of Moore's work"Raw Vision knows about these things, since it's the the world's leading magazine on contemporary folk art, outsider art and art brut.
Kelley's website is http://www.kellymoore.net/, where you can see a lot more of his art, read his poetry, sign up for his newsletter, AND order his book. There's also a growing list of independent bookstores which carry it. :0)
There is also some pretty terrific photography in this book, and on Kelley's website, by his partner photographer Kat Livengood. Her website is at www.katlivengood.com and she's on facebook, too, at https://www.facebook.com/katlivengood.
Kelly paints and shows his work Spring through Fall at the Tesuque Pueblo Flea Market just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Thank you Ricë and Kelly! I LOVE this book!
So that's why I really, really like the internet (usually). All that art! And the fantastic people (like YOU!) from all parts of the world that I couldn't meet any other way.
Then there are days like today, when the internet just seems like an obstacle to getting things done. Actually, it's probably not the internet, but I refer to almost everything having to do with the computer as the internet. My husband tries to correct me and tell me what the real situation might, or might not, be. And, I'll admit it, when he starts to speak computer to me (he can write software, because he's a design engineer), I start to speak German to him. Ha! Then he can see what computer-speak sounds like to me. A foreign language. Am I right?
Anyway, my Yahoo e-mail address has been kicking me out of my account whenever I try to send an e-mail, and it turns out that only a small portion of each e-mail is actually sent. (I can't tell you how many e-mails I sent before I realized this. That was even more annoying) The rest of the e-mail is floating around out in the ether somewhere. And I certainly don't remember all the eloquent phrases I've written by the time I've already hit "send" and come to find out that most of them were lost.
I did manage to doodle a bit in a sketchbook!
I've been thinking about our roots, the ones we're born with, and the ones we put down for ourselves. We each have to decide for ourselves how far down those roots should go. But for me, I don't ever want my roots to keep me from reaching and flowering as much as possible.