posted on May 21, 2008 at 10:25 pm

a period of flux
influences wax n wane
next friday the swedes fly home for good
today is a teacher strike
is that like a lightning strike
the kids are at home all day
was gonna take the little buggers swimming
but its kinda windy n chilly
(it is after all nearly winter)
have sent off all my paintings for exhi in ohio
i believe while im certainly no rembrandt
that a certain kilbeeish style continues to emerge
minna sat down n did some painting for me last nite
she painted over the top of some patterns i had
here i said getting up from my chair
you can paint in this quadrant of the painting
i’d done some pastel stuff
i thought shed fill in my lines
but she started to just paint white splodges on top
at first to my complete horror
then some blue splodges near the white ones
whether an act of bold genius
or just a half thinking response
minna had created something incredibly new within my painting
a new texture i never would have thought of by myself
you see i had locked myself out of that parameter
i hadnt even thought of superimposing something on my pattern
after all the pattern was there to be followed right?
the most simple thing
revolutionizing my painting in its own tiny way
these are the very things i was exhorting us towards the other day
she thought outside my narrow box
and in the most obvious way
she changed my approach to this thing
the thing itself isnt important
the important thing with your art n poetry n songs
is to question every single element n parameter that you have
why why why
why should a song have cymbals?
a poem twice as long or short than you normally write?
limit yourself to 2 or 3 colours
unlimit yourself by throwing everything in there
use archaic words
use technical terms
find the beauty in every day phrases
(deluxe locations just near completion)
play your guitar with a blowdrier
make all the white bits black
dont use adjectives
imitate somebody elses schtick
be the opposite of somebody you hate
use something youre not familiar with
remove something from the piece
take every other snare drum beat out
start singing in a different spot than you normally would
steal stuff n disguise it as your own
spend time on details
be rough n ready
enjoy and forget yourself
actively strive for excellence
say to yourself
this piece im working on is gonna be fucking amazing
and then actualize it
follow through all the way down the line
and if that means you gotta paint tiny dots for a week so be it
if it means erasing that lousy bass part that so n so did
and hes gonna get upset but the songs sounds be it
if it means refocussing re-energizing
if it means having a well deserved break from your work
if it means never overriding your hearts true voice
if it means concentrating with all your mind n losing yourself
suffer for your art?
ha ha
is that what it takes….
as long as your art dont make others suffer
are you any good, boy?
i think so sir…
then get out there son and do it!
yes sir!

27 Responses to “strange days have found me”

  1. avatar
    restaurant mark | 22 May 2008 at 12:05 am #

    inspiring…thanks, as always steve


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    ^jax | 22 May 2008 at 12:10 am #

    Oh I like this one, positively reinforcing, windy,chilly, blue splodges.. the part about forgetting yourself.. thats not learned, is it? thats the key, I am going there…now..

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    veleska1970 | 22 May 2008 at 12:16 am #

    i like the way you think, dear sir!! 😉 kudos to minna for unlocking another direction for you to go. your art will now take on even more richness and meaning.

    speaking of the twillies~~they go home next week? i remember last year how you were so excited that they were coming to spend the year. is the year up already? my, how time flies.

    have a good day, steve.

    lotza love…..

  4. avatar
    the dean | 22 May 2008 at 1:08 am #

    Like an aeolian harp for accompaniment.

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    Paul Lightfoot | 22 May 2008 at 3:41 am #

    Hey SK, thanks for the complement! Haa! Very good. Ladies, He’s sort of right, I can be a bit naughty and I am very approachable be assured, but alas, I am also very much taken. Sorry. :))

    P L

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    markobears | 22 May 2008 at 5:44 am #

    I will do it! And this time I will not make any ceramic weed pipes along with my art. Cause some people won’t put those in the oven.

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    markobears | 22 May 2008 at 5:47 am #

    btw any sculptors here? i’ve never been much of a painter.

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    fantasticandy | 22 May 2008 at 6:45 am #

    a blowdrier eh?
    giving away the tricks of the trade methinks…..

  9. avatar
    captain mission | 22 May 2008 at 7:05 am #

    yes sir

  10. avatar
    Lebrinho | 22 May 2008 at 7:23 am #

    Dylan had a revelation from Hendrix’s version of “All along the watchtower”. Sometimes version 2.0 provides the insight.

  11. avatar
    Lian | 22 May 2008 at 8:38 am #

    That sounds delicious,Paul. 🙂

  12. avatar
    linjo | 22 May 2008 at 10:05 am #


  13. avatar
    Lian | 22 May 2008 at 10:48 am #

    Uh oh!

    it is abosolutely a horror when you are enjoying a movie, and when things getting interesting, there is always a grandma sitting behind you and keep clicking her tongue.

    literally nightmaire.

  14. avatar
    matt davison | 22 May 2008 at 11:54 am #

    yess Sir………..

  15. avatar
    John | 22 May 2008 at 1:48 pm #

    “suffer for your art?
    ha ha
    is that what it takes….”

    Nah, I’d like to make people suffer from my art.

    John Garratt

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    heather | 22 May 2008 at 2:07 pm #

    thanks for the oblique strategies killer!! is someone printing these? are you…with your paintings on ’em…mem? maybe a you and mem card collaboration – I’d buy them! fifty bucks a box – yeah

    sad to hear the twillies are leaving..i thought they’d come to stay forever…


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    golden thorn in my paw | 22 May 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    that rock and roll dreamBOAT shakeing surface of the silver treeeees!!!!!!!!! angelica this ain’t no rerun so get of yo’ god damn kneeees !!!!!

    let all humanity be inspired
    a moon on a stick for every man women and child,

  18. avatar
    Cee | 22 May 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    Ooh, I hate goodbyes.
    Hope the exhibit goes swimmingly!

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    davem | 22 May 2008 at 6:58 pm #

    Nearly always even the very best 6-string players are lousy on bass. They’re generally too busy…the magic is often in what you don’t play…
    Leave it to the killer.

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    mandn | 22 May 2008 at 8:44 pm #

    well what a lovely piece to come back to Orpheus.

    been a bit of a hermit these last few weeks.
    so as if in answer to your plea I am de-hermitting myself.
    see makin’ up words and everything along the way.

    oh and I’m trying out for Roller Derby!
    there’s something I never thought I’d do.


  21. avatar
    davem | 22 May 2008 at 9:17 pm #

    Thinking of you. We know how much you’ll miss your girls.

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    fantasticandy | 22 May 2008 at 11:14 pm #

    capt. beefheart said:
    ‘people forget to leave the spaces between the notes man, and sometimes they are more important than the notes themseves’.
    i agree with him…and of course you too dave!

    i have’nt really spoken about the girls,
    i have two lovely daughters myself.
    i know how it is…
    words aren’t enough…not mine anyway.
    make it a good week eh killer?
    love yer,
    andy L.

  23. avatar
    princey | 23 May 2008 at 12:24 am #

    Hi sk, it’s only 7degrees here in Melby town, brrrr I’m cold and need my sk fix “so cold, so blue, where are you?” 🙂

    Have a lovely day and hope to hear from you soon.

  24. avatar
    kat | 23 May 2008 at 3:34 am #

    sk, can the church play at the exhibit? j/k, a pipedream. i want to check the art!


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    eek | 23 May 2008 at 4:27 am #

    Years ago one of my art teachers gave us the assignment of using three of our favourite colours to make one painting and three of our least favourite colours to make another painting.

    Even now I still remember thinking “Ugh, this is going to be one ugly painting” about the least fave colours one but about halfway through I realised it wasn’t, and that I actually liked it better than the the fave colour piece. And it turned out the paintings using the least favourite colours were in every single case better — some far better — than the ones using the favourite colours.

    Making us use colours we didn’t much like did exactly what you are saying today. It encouraged us to stretch further to come up with an interesting painting and it really does work.

    (See — you really would make a good teacher. 😉 )

  26. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 23 May 2008 at 4:52 am #

    i really feel for you and the clock ticking on your time remaining to spend with your daughters…
    thinking outside the square, ay…minna’s just taking after her old man!
    love always…

  27. avatar
    Melquiades | 25 May 2008 at 6:37 am #

    your words are beautiful insight.

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