Category Archives: Bit of the ordinary

Something from everyday goings on.

Artistic Accounting Week 6

Well, James & the Giant Peach opened, that was the big thing I created this week. It was a bit of a rush this past weekend, which delayed the posting of this. But the Shows were very well received. It is interesting how the different parts got laughs from various members of the audiences. there is a definite sense of humor for kids and adults. And older adults versus younger ones. That was to be expected, but this brought it back to the forefront of my brain. I did some last minute sound cues this past week and some Qlab work. But it was very gratifying to see everything come together. And without too much stress. the shorter show was totally part of that. We were able to do runs of the show and works some parts each rehearsal, and still not need the entire time. And the extra time was really needed by Shawn Paul to do lights and projections. And I wasn’t worried that it wasn’t going to get done. I knew SPE would take care of the show. And he did a great job. After opening he mentioned that he wanted to do more and felt bad that he didn’t. That is of course the life of the artist right there. Never satisfied with your own work. But the product on stage was great. it looked really good and complete. I wonder if other directors have the same faith in their designers? Some do I am sure. But I really understand the limitations of time and resources. You just have to make choices and decision based on what you have in front of you, never might the restrictions and complications and ‘could be’s. I think I did a good job with that.

Michelangelo’s Handwritten 16th-Century Grocery List | Open Culture


A nice peek into the mind of the day to day of an artist.

Source: Michelangelo’s Handwritten 16th-Century Grocery List | Open Culture

The daily routines have always been interesting to me. Is it because I strive to have a routine? Another thing that is intriguing in the post is:

John Updike once wrote that “excellence in the great things is built upon excellence in the small”.

Which to me is linked to the idea that quantity leads to quality.

Found via Austin Kleon

Sizing Up 40 Iconic Villain Hideouts | GeekDad

Any villain who’s ever had a plan has had a lair—but not all lairs are built to the same standards. Some, like the Chum Bucket (headquarters of the nefarious Sheldon J. Plankton) are miniscule, while others, like the Death Star (and the similar-sized Mega Maid) are massive moon-sized monstrosities.

This fun infographic from Movato Real Estate presents a diverse list of 40 hidden hideouts, luxurious lairs, and humble homes, ranked by size.

via .

Reading in ‘prison’

IN this tumblr post be Austin Kleon, he quoted an article where someone talks about reading Proust while in prison.

The people I know of who’ve read a stupendous amount of books in a certain period of time have lived in a kind of sparse, prison-like existence. When the depression hit, Joseph Campbell moved to a shack outside of Woodstock, New York, and read nine hours a day for five years. When I[Austin Kleon] was 20, I spent 6 months in Cambridge, England living in a room the size of a broom closet, and that’s when I read Shakespeare, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Joyce, etc. At one point, Genis’s father tells him to read Ulysses in prison, because “he wouldn’t have the willpower to get through it once he became a free man.” My friend was in the Peace Corps for two years in Africa, and he said all there was to do at night was smoke weed and read. He read a couple hundred books.

I can relate to that. When I did an internship at the Seattle Repertory Theater as part of my graduate work, I rented a bedroom in a house. All I had was a mattress, CD player, a drafting table, a Wind up alarm clock and books. Lots of books. I read over 50 books in that three month period. A lot of art history, John Irving, and Dickens. Besides missing Ann, it was a great time. Taking pictures of seattle, exploring the city, painting and reading.

A 1945 Code of Ethics for Theatre Workers Surfaces | LA STAGE TIMES

I saw this shared online and thought it was worth saving/sharing here. It is “A 1945 Code of Ethics for Theatre Workers Surfaces”from the LA STAGE TIMES. Definitely something I should be sharing with my students.

1. I shall never miss a performance.
2. I shall play every performance with energy, enthusiasm and to the best of my ability regardless of size of audience, personal illness, bad weather, accident, or even death in my family.
3. I shall forego all social activities which interfere with rehearsals or any other scheduled work at the theatre, and I shall always be on time.
4. I shall never make a curtain late by my failure to be ready on time.
5. I shall never miss an entrance.
6. I shall never leave the theatre building or the stage area until I have completed my performance, unless I am specifically excused by the stage manager; curtain calls are a part of the show.
7. I shall not let the comments of friends, relatives or critics change any phase of my work without proper consultation; I shall not change lines, business, lights, properties, settings or costumes or any phase of the production without consultation with and permission of my director or producer or their agents, and I shall inform all people concerned.
8. I shall forego the gratification of my ego for the demands of the play.
9. I shall remember my business is to create illusion; therefore, I shall not break the illusion by appearing in costume and makeup off-stage or outside the theatre.
10. I shall accept my director’s and producer’s advice and counsel in the spirit in which it is given, for they can see the production as a whole and my work from the front.
11. I shall never “put on an act” while viewing other artists’ work as a member of an audience, nor shall I make caustic criticism from jealousy or for the sake of being smart.
12. I shall respect the play and the playwright and, remembering that “a work of art is not a work of art until it is finished,” I shall not condemn a play while it is in rehearsal.
13. I shall not spread rumor or gossip which is malicious and tends to reflect discredit on my show, the theatre, or any personnel connected with them-either to people inside or outside the group.
14. Since I respect the theatre in which I work, I shall do my best to keep it looking clean, orderly and attractive regardless of whether I am specifically assigned to such work or not.
15. I shall handle stage properties and costumes with care for I know they are part of the tools of my trade and are a vital part of the physical production.
16. I shall follow rules of courtesy, deportment and common decency applicable in all walks of life (and especially in a business in close contact with the public) when I am in the theatre, and I shall observe the rules and regulations of any specific theatre where I work.
17. I shall never lose my enthusiasm for theatre because of disappointments.

A look into my Daily Practice

I began this year with a resolution. I usually don’t do New Years resolutions. I believe that if you want to change something, you should just do it and not wait for a certain date to begin.

But this year I began with a goal, one that have not been able to keep up with. But the goal was to draw every day. I kept up with it for a week. Once I started up on campus, my daily sketch dropped away.

But I have been trying to weave daily practice back into my routine. There are two of them below.

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I think drawing is an important part of looking at the world around you. And the only way to improve a skill is to use it constantly. And drawing is a skill I want to get better at. Lately I have been drawing with a pen rather than a pencil. I do this to break out of the usual habits. I usually sketch in pencil. But that always looks the same. How do I change that? How do I come to the same page with fresh eyes? My answer is using a different tool. It has been a change too. Not being able to erase, having a limited range value to draw with has made me think more before setting the pen to the page. Which is good.

Now the hard part is to keep doing it everyday.

“World War II on a Paradise Island” – Can you say South Pacific Research?

Found this online:

Rare color photographs of a moment lost in time, faraway from home in a tainted paradise. Buried in the bowels of the LIFE archives, I stumbled upon this unique glimpse into the island life of American soldiers stationed on the Tawara Atoll, located in the Gilbert Islands of the Pacific Ocean. Captured by photojournalist J. R. Eyerman in 1944, the year before the war’s end.

via Messy Nessy Chic.

It is an amazing glimpse into WWII life that would be perfect visual research for a production of South Pacific.

Four guidelines from Scott McCloud

Great talk by Scot McCloud, who is comics artist and author. Watch his talk below:

And what Garr Reynolds pulls out from the talk is exactly what resonated with me:

What Scott is saying is that there are many ways to pursue a vision based on what can/may be. People are doing this in science, the arts, politics, personal endeavors, etc. What it all comes down to, says scott, is this:

Learn from everyone

Follow no one

Watch for patterns

Work like hell

These four guidelines will take you far indeed as you create your own life story. via Presentation Zen: Scott McCloud: Presenting comics in a new (media) world.

Four guidelines to follow.

A Story of the West Side before Lincoln Center

Great research for anything happening in NYC in the fifties or of course for West Side Story.

“New York stands on the threshold of a brave, new era in the performing arts,” lead a New York Times article in April 1956. “An integrated center to serve the theatre, opera and operetta, music and dance is well into the planning stage.” To build that integrated center, of course, meant doing a little urban renewal: bulldozing the tenements, shops, and light industrial spaces spread out across coveted acreage in the neighborhoods of Lincoln Square and San Juan Hill.

via Ephemeral New York.

The photos are from the New York City Parks Department Archives.