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Items: 4 paintings by C. Leonard & J. Smith + Mecca Normal

Four new paintings added to Tsuchida Cottage gallery collection:

1 x Cat Leonard (Australia)

3 x Jean Smith (Canada) // joining existing 2 which likely appear elsewhere in this archive

Bonus: painter Jean Smith is also the vocalist in groundbreaking/interesting band “Mecca Normal” and included a few items in the packet

Memo: As you may know, other artists on display at our home gallery are: Noriko Miyake, Michal Korman, John Ferrie, Timothy Wilson-Hooey, Vincent Gornall… several others

Recently, in miscellanea (kitchen morning, messy studio with new gear and records +)

These things don’t necessarily connect yet I keep remembering the importance, yes important, I’ve documenting the beautiful mundane of a life I’m so grateful for, ergo:

Our adorable kitchen set up as seen from our table with the fruit, skin cream, water craft, French press coffee, a pot of stew on the stove and that beautiful blue tile, glimpses of artifacts, squash, chopsticks & an oven – all through diffused light
Continue reading Recently, in miscellanea (kitchen morning, messy studio with new gear and records +)

Post’d: commemorative card for Sensei’s visit

Commemorative postcard, view 1

My Doctor – who is a practitioner of seitai (a Japanese healing modality, not quite Reiki, shiatsu, acupressure, chiropractic nor massage – but a little bit like each of them for lack of a better explanation) has become a very pleasant friend as we bond over a mutual affection for vinyl. In fact he gifted me the magnificent Yamaha GT 2000 turntable. He also seems to enjoy my art projects and displays a few of my pieces around his otherwise serene office.

I’ve wanted to spend some time with him just listening to records so he can see the beautiful machine in action in the now tidied up, electrical and cooler-equipped kura storehouse studio – and today was that day.

Commemorative postcard, view 2

We listened to parts of seven different records (Debussy, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia, John Coltrane, Nat King Cole), gently looked through several scrapbooks (Shimane, Kyoto, Nepal), enjoyed coffee and gelato and he enjoyed at least seven cigarettes.

He signed the guestbook (again as he is a two time visitor) and I made him a commemorative card for the occasion involving elements connected to the various conversations we enjoyed together.

Commemorative postcard, view 3

If you’re curious, the reverse side is a print of an oil pastel painting of a brilliantly orange (like the envelope) house near my Ayurveda hospital in Kerala, India. Not my best painting but it was the first time I’d made a painting in several years after the “illness“ started and my brain started firing again. Thailand and Nepal are also included as they were part of my healing ramble #Ongoing

Also sent him home with a bunch of table grapes and a Corona melon, yes really.

Painting, magnifying glass, hat and poster – not necessarily commemorative

I should’ve snapped a picture of the both of us together but here is a hat purchased in Port Townsend Washington instead (with a Jean Smith painting and a Tintin Expo 86 poster behind).

Tsuchida Cottage Art Gallery (in process)

New addition by Jean Smith (see also: Mecca Normal) / this lady reminds me of someone, somehow… do you know who?

Needs properly hung but wanted you to say “hello”.

Also, glimpses of:
* Miyake Noriko
* Grateful Dead pacific Nw box by Roy Henry Vickers  (thanks Trev!)
* Gravelly Beach series (me)

Elsewhere in house: Michal Korman & many others (this is a note to self to document further)

Note: There is another by Jean who is doing so many interesting projects to build an Free Artist Residency (FB)  somewhere in BC… check her interviews for more of her great story.

Diary: Get on the Omnibus (annotations from the fog)

Winderness Hotspring painting by Noriko Miyake

Lots on my mind to riff about sometime about with various dangling topics & conversations unfinished and yet the days go by so quick, ergo:

* libraries (lost in Showa)

* meeting Ed Abbey (for Heads Lifestyle)

* my next postbox paintings/poems

* Ryoko’s new Fluevog shoes(!) /

below (note: Vancouver company but these came from the Amsterdam store in the magnificent box with extra treats. She will look so great in these, and hopefully can wear in her next concert sometime this autumn if things well, get safer.) + I kept an eye on the sale section and special sale days to find just the right pair at well, a good price and this was my third attempt

* Dennis Kearns & Quinn Hughes &
* Canucks family cook book circa 1981 (contents thereof)

* paintings by Noriko Miyake (She’s local to our area but spends a lot of time in France making her vag!na goddess art. We have 2.5 of her pieces. Purchased this “wild hot spring” as a surprise “momma’s gift” for Ryoko Olson) & Jean Smith (she’s rocking it so well right now)

* reducing humidity for book and record archiving in kura barn

* Fast Times (film & soundtrack etc)

* Itami’s “The Funeral” film

* scheme for house modifications/extension (safety & efficiency)

* so many letters out in the post, absolutely fantastic custom and complicated… And time-consuming(!) but so worth it

* Ichi-Stan’s CDN paperwork / checkmark #io

* The Queen never getting to know the pleasure of making a perfect grilled cheese sandwich

* further annotations re: hemp in Japan (state of & unpublished artifacts)

* recap #daveo50 / 190+ posts project

* wild boar sausages & inflatable pool (+ impending typhoon)

* how i ended up in Japan this time around

* how are you?

* condolences for losses (i see you)

* yes *the illness* persists #chronic #complex yet research drastically increasing (note: One strange /good thing is with *the virus*, there’s suddenly a lot more attention and awareness and research going into CFS/ME vis a vis so-called “long haulers” / Would be so wonderful to see so many people get so much of their lives back #MillionsMissing)

* “Hollywood” Scurlock (for Dark Poutine Mike Browne) #weird

* etc

* full email box #trying

* autumn is best season in Japan

* questions??

> in the meantime…

Note: The reality is, I wrote this as a little bit of “stuff I’m thinking about but I can’t do anything about right now“ list when I was in a crash mode from my silly consortium of syndromes.

(When I “crash“ I can only be in bed with the lights off, audio playing but not video, no outside light or noise,… but my head is swimming with ideas of stuff I really really want to do but can’t. In this case, three days of almost complete an activity aside from bathtime with baby.)

Dictating out a “laundry list” of thoughts, helps the brain calm down and well, means I’ll maybe address the topics eventually… maybe.

“Champey” Fluevogs for Ryoko (bit of another Noriko Miyake painting)

Fondly, dvo