Time ago I came across this beautiful and intense short film by Charles Eisenstein and I love to share it with you here. If you haven’t seen it already please take ten minutes of your day and watch it. It’s very powerful it will touch your heart and emotions! ❤
Wonderful Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, 90s Shoegaze pop music artist, has organized a Charity auction fundraising for the new UK, Devon’s Deaf Academy project to open on April 2020. Rachel Goswell is personally involved with the Academy and sensitive to the problem of hearing impairment because affect her 9 years old son Jesse. Rachel and her husband Steve Clarke recently formed “The Soft Cavalry” released their debut album which includes the song “Bulletproof” and the interesting and beautiful Video performed by the duo in sign language.
Rachel Goswell expressed her motivations behind the Bulletproof video in a press release: “For a long time now I have wanted to do a video that incorporates BSL (British Sign Language) due to my son being Profoundly Deaf with no hearing. He also has additional needs with CHARGE Syndrome that brings many added complications. I live within two worlds both Hearing and Deaf; and have learned a lot in the last nine years about the many barriers Deaf people can face in our society. One of the main points I was taught very quickly is how music is accessible to Deaf people. Of course music can be felt through vibration but visually I feel so much more could be done to enhance the experience. We made this video with the support of Sign Up BSL to translate ‘Bulletproof’ so that the song flows properly in BSL. Sometimes with signing videos – they can be a literal translation of the words (Sign Supported English) which will make little sense to the Deaf viewer. Our hope is that we have achieved this and also that one day as my son gets older and develops his language skills he will be able to understand this song.”
During the past couple of months since Rachel announced the donation of one of her guitars, numerous bands and artists connected with her. She gathered and will auction off amazing generously donated items from great bands, musicians and creative artists. The auction lots includes unique Music and Art collectibles, memorabilia signed items, screen prints, set lists, shirts, jewelry, signed albums and lots more. Just to name a few, Rachel Goswell donated one of her loved guitars signed by Slowdive members, the band also donated a variety of rare items. A long still growing list of over sixty unique items is ready for the upcoming auction, includes donations from The Cure, Cocteau Twins, Mogwai, The Cult, Low, Ash, My Bloody Valentine and many more.
I am honored that I was able to contribute and donate my art for this great cause, give help for deaf children to have a new beautiful place. I have donated two prints a “One Of A Kind” Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my recent watercolor paintings a portrait of Robert Smith “THE CURE” and of Frightened Rabbit -Scott Hutchison Tribute. Prints are OOAK Hand Enhanced with gold ink and feature hand written words from favorite songs! Since Rachel shared them on her Instagram I can share them here in preview.
Auction will take place in few days on eBay. Bidding open on 14 November through 24 November 2019, you will find a direct link to the auctions on the Deaf Academy website at newdeafacademy.org.uk all the proceeds are donated for this great cause 🖤
Auction will be run via eBay, and lots will go live between 4pm-11pm UK time on 14 November
Here there is the list of almost all the wonderful unique items up for auction including mine.
Alabama Shakes – set list Alcest – bundle including LPs, book and distortion pedal American Football – tuning chart, set list & handwritten signed lyric sheet for ‘I Can’t Feel You’ (signed by full band and Rachel Goswell) American Football – tuning chart and signed LP Angel Olsen – ‘All Mirrors’ limited edition clear vinyl Ash – bass drumhead Ash – set list Ash – signed snare head Beach Fossils – vinyl bundle Carolina Russo – Robert Smith fine art print Carolina Russo – Scott Hutchinson fine art print cEvin Key – bundle including Skinny Puppy tour poster, signed t-shirt and Download LP Chapterhouse – Die Die Die t-shirt Chapterhouse – Freefall t-shirt Chapterhouse – Mesmerise tour poster Chapterhouse – signed Pearl 7″ Chapterhouse – Whirlpool poster Chas n’ Dave – signed poster Cocteau Twins – framed poster David Bowie – ‘Ziggy’ screenprint, by Argentinian artist George Manta Dead Oceans/ JagJaguwar/ SecretlyCanadian – vinyl starter kit from these 3 labels, including signed LPs from bleached, Shura, Slowdive and Alex Cameron, and LPs/7″s from Angel Olsen, Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band and more… Devendra Banhart– screenprint, by Argentinian artist George Manta Ed Harcourt – set list Editors – Black Gold vinyl test pressing Erased Tapes – the bundle from this independent record label includes a selection of signed records & sheet music from Penguin Cafe, Hatis Noit, Douglas Dare, Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm, Ben Lukas Boysen & Masayoshi Fujita Foals – screenprint James Bates prints– ‘Trust in me’ screenprint James Bates prints – ‘Smiley Smile’ screenprint James Bates prints – ‘Transmission’ screenprint James Bates prints – ‘The Soft Cavalry – The Soft Fuzzlets’ screenprint Japanese Breakfast – bundle includes baseball cap, two pins and signed CD of Soft Sounds from Another Planet Keane – bundle including signed 37″ drumhead, tour poster, eco bag, water bottle and badge set Low– bundle consists of Mimi’s signed mallet and brush, End of the Road set list and End of the Road screenprint poster Lush – lyric book Manic Street Preachers – Leeds set list Manic Street Preachers – Newport set list Middle Boop fine art prints – ‘Be Excellent to Each Other’ screen print Middle Boop fine art prints – ‘If you put your mind to it’ screen printMiddle Boop fine art prints – ‘Stay Out of Trouble’ screen print Middle Boop – Weird World Cup coasters Mogwai – signed cymbal Mogwai – signed Vox Phantom guitar My Bloody Valentine – bundle consisting of signed white label vinyl remastered release of Loveless, a black Loveless t-shirt, a signed vinyl copy of the re-mastered Isn’t Anything, Isn’t Anything t-shirt, signed copy of mbv on vinyl, mbv screenprint tour poster, and a Devi Ever FX Vintage Fuzz Master pedal signed by the band Nick Mason – signed poster Peter Hook and the Light – signed set list and drumsticks Pet Shop Boys – USA edition of Pet Shop Boys, ‘Actually’ vinyl, signed. Richard Hawley – set list Sharon van Etten – Leeds Uni screenprint poster Sharon van Etten – bundle including Remind Me Tomorrow vinyl and CD, and signed art print of album cover Slowdive – Gordon Smith guitar, signed by the band Slowdive– 2017 tour poster signed by Rachel Slowdive– Green Man festival screen print Slowdive– Green swirl t-shirt Slowdive – Just for a Day t-shirt Slowdive – photo print by Drew Reynolds Slowdive – ring and candle bundle Slowdive – Slowdive Buenos Aires screenprint Slowdive– Slowdive Souvlaki long-sleeved t-shirt Slowdive – Slowdive Souvlaki short-sleeved t-shirt Slowdive – rarities bundle – highly collectible from Rachel Goswell’s personal collection.
Comprises of: Original Press Photo from Souvlaki era for SBK Records; Sunday Records – Blue Flexi disc featuring “Take Me Down” & “Beach Song” originally recorded in 1988; Very early Slowdive Demos Cassette, featuring ‘Love Me”, September Chills” and “Jesus”. (All items signed by Rachel) Slowdive – ‘Sugar for the Pill’ 12″, signed Sonic Cathedral Singles Club – limited edition subscription of 7″ singles, artists include Slowdive, Luna and Andy Bell Sylvaine – Bundle of: Silent Chamber, Noisy Heart signed LP, Wistful and Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone signed digipak CDs, Silent Chamber, Noisy Heart limited edition signed cassette tape, & Sylvaine art print, complete with lyrics of “Mørklagt” handwritten on the back Tanya Donnelly – Handwritten signed lyric sheet for ‘Christopher Street’ Tanya Donnelly – Handwritten signed lyric sheet for ‘The Bees’ The BlackRyder – bundle consisting of limited edition Vinyl of both albums – The Door Behind the Door & Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride (Plus CD) (Included are hand written lyrics by Aimee for songs on both records), and two t-shirts – 1 x Medium (Ladies), 1 x Large (unisex) The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary signed 12″ with lyrics written by Ian Astbury on the inner sleeve – from Ian Astbury’s private collection The Cure – two anniversary box sets, signed by Robert Smith The Fall – set list from Exeter Phoenix gig 29/11/2010 The SoftCavalry – bundle consisting of a vinyl test pressing of the debut album by The Soft Cavalry signed by Steve & Rachel, and hand painted artwork ‘The Soft Fuzzlets’ The Specials – The Special AKA Supersize artist proofby Morgan Howell Trafford Parsons – Princess Leia Rebel Rebel silk screenprint by this UK-based artist Wayne Hussey – Zoom A2.1u pedal, signed Will Young – set list, Plymouth 25/11/2011
All items have been kindly donated and all proceeds from this sale will go directly to Exeter Deaf Academy (registered charity number 1124523). Monies raised will go towards the building and fit out of a new world-class Deaf academy, providing a unique deaf friendly designed learning and living space for Deaf children and young people, supporting them to thrive.
I am sure this Charity event would be a great success!
A Special Thank You to Rachel Goswell
This is my second Haiku of the 2019 inspired by one of my favorite song lyrics. Last week I posted my first one title “Dark” Inspired by a song of The Cure. I started this “Favorite SongHaiku Series” inspired by my friend at Cyranny’s Cove! and I have seen others getting inspired to do this as my dear friend Syl he posted his beautiful Haiku “When The Wind Blows” inspired by one of his favorite songs. I like to do this very much and thank everyone that join in! Today I was inspired to write a second Haiku by one of my favorite songs “Harlem River” by Kevin Morby l love the sound of this song and especially this specific version of 9 minutes long I love the long instrumental part in the final of the song. I often listen this song on repeat while painting! I am sure you will enjoy the song and if you are brave enough try to write your Haiku pick your favorite song!
Try to write your Haiku from your favorite song it’s fun, a great practice and very challenging…
How to do it? Go through the lyrics and use the words that more speaks to you to create your Haiku be careful to keep the words in a way that combined in your Haiku will remain the song! Yes I know isn’t easy but you would be surprised!
I am thinking to make this as a weekly or monthly Challenge where we can all post a link to our song’s inspired Haiku!
What do you think will you be interested to participate?
Let me know and I will think how to create the event here on my Blog! Any suggestion is welcome 😉
Leave me a comment if you like the idea so that I know I wont be alone…. ❤
Hope the New Year found you all well!
Today post is my first Haiku of the 2019 and I have to say that I wrote this Haiku in a whim right after I read the Haiku posted by my dear friend Cyranny, you can read it at her Blog Cyranny’s Cove! She inspired me to create my Haiku using the words of one of my favorite songs, I also illustrated the Haiku with one of my older watercolor paintings (Prints available in my Shop!) I loved to do this and to write my Haiku I actually played a bit with the words and I have changed the sequence from the official lyrics but I was able to keep the sense and meaning of the words in the original song! Check it out this is the beautiful song “A Forest” of The Cure…I found a video that has the lyric on screen!
I think this is a great idea if you love music and love to write Haiku it is pretty challenging to create a Haiku from the words of a song…Sure it is a good practice I suggest you to pick your favorite song and try! What do you think?
Collaboration Album Cover Design and Album Release!
Today I am so excited to share with you something beautiful about this collaboration and great project I have been working on. After almost one year of collaboration with my dear friend Electronic Music Composer “Nu-San” from Scotland, I can finally share that his album is out now! What a great accomplishment for Nu-San and for me too! Congratulations Sandy!
I loved to be the chosen Artist and creator of a commissioned Original Painting designed to be the “Album Cover” for Nu-San new album “Nu Nostalgia”. I am sure that you remember some of my updates and previous posts about this creation and exciting project. A couple of days ago I have received some nice photos from Nu-San and I am so happy to finally be able to share them and let you see the finished product the album “Nu Nostalgia” is beautiful and alive now! My artistic part in the project “The Cover” turned out just the way I had envisioned it and it’s a Gatefold style Cover, when it opens, you can see my whole painting! I love Nu-San choice of the colored red vinyl record it match greatly with the color of the roses in my painting. The vinyl is a unique and collectible piece available in a Limited Edition of only #248 copies it can be Pre-Ordered now contacting Nu-San directly on his Facebook page!
The Official Album Release date is the 1st January, 2019 !
This is a wonderful album in all the creative aspects from the beautiful music and lyrics recalling the memories of a lifelong as the songs “Past Time” to “Come With Me” the music drives you in with the hauntingly sounds of electronic darkness and hints of techno in a world of Gothic accents that creates intense atmospheres a sure experience to listen and a great album to add to your LP records collection. A CD version would be released soon too! To Pre-Order The Album “Nu Nostalgia” Limited Edition red Vinyl record contact via DM Nu-San on his Facebook Page.
The Album Cover and Original Watercolor Painting Details: The Original artwork for the Cover is my watercolor and ink painting in my signature style. A custom request in the specific size of 12 x 24 inches. This is the result of our great collaboration a very unique custom commission for me which I am very proud. I am happy that I can reveal all the details about this project. It all started when last November 2017 I was contacted by Electronic Music Composer Sandy Bain aka “Nu-San” from Scotland, UK. Nu-San loves my art and owns other paintings and my Limited Edition Prints. At that time he was working on his new album and had a starting idea when he asked me to create a Painting inspired by a “Gothic haunting style” in my own style that he wanted to use as the album cover for his new album, the rest is now history, this is the outcome.
A wonderful project that I am so honored, grateful and thankful beyond words that Nu-San wanted my art to illustrate his music. I love music and love to support music artists with my art. I always wanted to create an artwork that would be illustrating a music album as the “Cover ” this is a wish come true for me and for Nu-San as he has multiple albums in his discography but they are CD version, this is his first Album produced as a Vinyl record and CD.
This project and watercolor painting is also included in my Collection “ART FOR MUSIC”a series of artworks created and inspired by music artists and collaborations.
My Original painting: is a watercolor and ink portrait in my signature style with a hint of Gothic and a light feeling of darkness reflecting in the light tones of colors. Nu-San asked me to include ravens birds, a graveyard scene, a castle and gave me the freedom to create and develop the idea. I enjoyed painting this atmospheric portrait while listening to his music to be able to deliver the spirit of Nu-San in my creation. We are very happy about how the painting turned out and now to see the Album as finished product is a great joy! The Original Painting is owned by Nu-San and beautifully framed and displayed in his home! I think it looks beautiful, the painting is now available as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints signed by me!
❤ PRINTS Pre-Order the Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of my painting:
This painting is available in a very Limitedand Special Edition for a small run of only #25 Fine Art Prints. Each print is numbered and hand signed by me, print size is small as 5×11 inches centered in a A4 size paper. Quality Fine Art Prints on acid free heavy weight 210gm matte paper, semi-smooth surface, high quality inks. Printed in my studio by me. A Certificate of Authenticity is included. If you are a Nu-San fan or you like to order one of these beautiful fan art prints of my painting you can now! Special price of $25 + Shipping $4 within USA $6 International. Just fill in the order form to purchase here on my Blog! >>>Order Prints here!
If you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Nu-Sanis a solo project and independent electronic music producer and composer from UK Scotland. He has composed original chill out and dance tracks and creates unique haunting sounds and techno music, that’s the way I can best describe the sound of his hauntingly music. If you like this music genre please check out his new album “Nu Nostalgia” and watch on YouTube the video for the song “Come With Me” included in the album.
If you would like to discover Nu-San music you can visit his You Tube Channel and follow him on other social media links:
My Inktober 2018 Series is now available as Limited Edition Signed Prints,
If you like any of my drawings, you can order exclusive Fine Art prints here in my Shop
I hope that you enjoyed my video!
A special thank you,
goes to my friend Viktor Norðir and his Band RiGNA FOLK for the beautiful song “Sol” featured in my video.
You can also watch the Rigna Folk live recording video of the song “Sol” from the “Théâtre Noir” Sessions RiGNA FOLK is a band from Germany If you like the music in my video, I suggest you to check them out!
During last few days I had a little break from painting to relax my mind and recharge after the full creative month of October!
The 31 days drawing INKTOBER challenge is a commitment and I wanted to stay focused during the whole month, without missing a day. It was my plan from the beginning to use Inktober to create a new drawing series and collection inspired by the prompts. The 31 drawings are available in my Shop as Limited Edition Prints. If you had your eyes on a drawing visit my Gallery and If you missed my October posts, or you’re new on my Blog, you can see and order prints of my Inktober drawings visiting my Gallery, I am happy I made it to the end without missing days. I thank you for following my Inktober and for your on going support and encouragement.
I cannot believe we are already in November, where the time goes?
Here in US where I live the weather still warm and feels not really Fall, is actually more of a “Summer” weather and is nice to spend outdoors evenings until last. These days we’re having intense sunsets in Southern California. Yesterday on my evening walk I took this video, for you to see the beauty and feel the magic of the sky! The intense color was overwhelming! What a great gift from nature! I am happy I was able to witness this sunset and capture this video. I love to share it with you, in hope to brighten your day where ever you are!
Note: No edit were made on the video, no filter, the colors are just as I took it with my iPhone!
Last November I have collaborated with the Rigna Folk creating a video displaying a selection of my recent paintings having as soundtrack one of their beautiful songs.
If you follow me maybe you remember my Blog post, if you are new you can read it here:
A special Thank you, goes to the Band RiGNA FOLK for the great idea and suggestion to me, to create this video as combination of their music with my art. And I am honored that they let me use their beautiful music as soundtrack to my paintings! Thank you so much Viktor Nordir.
Who follows me for longer time knows that I love music, but also that I have a very specific and not so commercial taste and I love to introduce you with the bands I like or discover! I also have posted here on the Blog experiences attending live concerts, Interviews with independent artists and videos! I like to use my Art collaborating with music artists. I have created paintings and portraits dedicated to music artists as Fan Art! My collection is named “Art For Music” as an independent artist myself, I love when we can support each other or I can support someone else dream.
This video happened magically while replying each other comments on Instagram!
Viktor, frontmen of the band had this idea, while commenting on my recent paintings and I found it to be a awesome idea that I had to bring it alive!
I think the song I chose is “Zone II” from their album “Astropolis” and it match greatly with my Art.
On the Rigna Folk website you can read their Blog Post about this: Collaboration with two artists from the US and Macedonia
RiGNA FOLK is a band from Germany, we follow each other from a while now, I love their music and they love my art! I think is beautiful to cross paths!
They are a great indie band! I love their alternative, post rock music “Rigna Folk is a band that creates a parallel world. A rainy, dreamy world that, supported by music, is constantly changing and expanding: sound-painting like Sigur Rós, pictorially like Pink Floyd, as experimental as Radiohead”. They produced several Albums and their discography is growing more with a coming very soon new album!
Recently they performed a great cover “David Bowie, Space Oddity song” you can find it on their YouTube channel!
If you like this music genre, I really suggest you to check their music out!