Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blogs I follow.

Look I'm really not a very good blog-man. I read somewhere that people who don't blog everyday aren't really bloggers. Someone else told me that you aren't an artist if you don't make a living as an artist. These sort of statements aren't helpful to me so I'm sorry I have to spread them here too. I'll say it now that you can be whatever you want as frequently as you like.

Anyway. As I look around at other people's public writings and photos of projects, it spurns me to write more frequently. Its much like having a studio with other artists and how that is motivation to work.  They are in there working while you watch that funny-as-hell tv show stream by you.

Here are some recently discovered blogs that I want to share with you. If you look to the column to the right of this writing, you will see "Allies Blogs". Some of these are friends, some of them people that I admire, and some are both. I guess I admire all my friends (insert a happy wink).  I could write a but about all of them, but here are just a few.

I hyperlinked their names, too.

Matt Harding - Just found out he has been blogging. He's about to wrap up his MFA in the ECU sculpture department a year after I did. His sculpture explores formalism in very unique way.  Looks to me to be mostly process-oriented and inspirational photos with short descriptions.  I like his blog because I like shiny metal stuff, pin-stripping, and Matt's a real cool guy.

Chris Koch Goose Hunting in Chicago - Another very young blog with just a few posts. Chris was my first roommate in college at SAIC. He studied painting there and went on to study philosophy at University of Chicago. He has seriously studied piano and Leadbelly-type songwriting, bicycle repairs and I'm not sure what he's doing now.  So far Chris's blog has featured Goose Hunting in Chicago (which is the name of the blog) and his thoughts on yoga. You will have to sit down for a good few minutes to read his posts, they are intelligent, honest, and funny.

John Dovydenas - PDX Picnic. John is another good friend from my SAIC days. His blog is about his Portland Oregon food cart that is totally rad. It looks like an old Lithuanian chapel or the Prancing Pony from the Lord of the Rings...but on wheels. I remember John always cooking great simple dishes and loving to serve them to his friends. So its neat to see him serving Portland his dishes. If what I've read is correct, he bakes his own bread, smokes his own meat, and grows most of the herbs and salads in the durn cart! He posts photos with descriptions, he's also a bit of photographer and this makes his photos very nice.

In one of his posts he says that the food-cart industry has inflated and its hard to find a spot in Portland: Come to NC! There's plenty of room for funky food carts!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention my metals girlzzz!

Liz Steiner - Atomic Rabbit - Liz is really good at this while blogging thing. She posts process shots, talks about books she's reading, exhibits she's curating or getting ready for. Her jewelry work uses string, river stones, found objects, and precious metals within a Zen Buddhist frame of mind (feel free to correct me Liz if I'm wrong).  Liz did her MFA at ECU and now lives in Kinston, NC.

Lisette Fee - Eilisain - Lisette finished her BFA at ECU and is now renting a studio space from Art Avenue Contemporary Gallery and Studio (another blog post for another day). She's also pretty good at updating her blog with inspirational music and articles with process shots and tidbits of her life sprinkled in. Her jewelry work uses animal parts like bird talons cast in silver and other precious metals. We have heard that Jack White is now in possession of one her talon rings. She also has huge list of other bloggers in the metalsmithing field.

If you have a blog or know of a blog you think I would enjoy, please be a sharer!

That's all for today. I'll try to get back in here again soon. Take care and have a nice day.


  1. Great idea for a post! I didn't know Matt blogged, I like all his 'beer drinking shed' references. yeah, we need to ignore those dumb statements about 'artists do this or to be an artist' yadda, yadda, yadda. we make our own rules!

  2. Thanks for the link Andy- got to see some other cool blogs- Lisette's is a pro. Matt.