Wednesday, July 7, 2010

painting in the parking lot

dj-nina-painting

dj-nina

painting-in-progress

nina-painted-arm

dj-nina-painting-2

nina-painted-hand

dj-drawing-portrait

dj-vanilla-beans

dj-earrings

nina-goggles

nina-dip-pen

dj-painting-pavement

dj-nina-tennis

over the weekend i read this: OLATHE KANSAS !!!!!!!!//AUSTIN TEXAS but first KASKASKIA ISLAND concert tomorrow /////waxed brunhilda for trip -all clean //need to change oil too pack trombone[s] PAPER /road food//SKIF OUTFITS //

and then this:

wiillllll be heading to olathe //monday -sometime //then to austin for trombone festival need any coffee ?????????? really good bean!!!!!!!!!!shade grown organic//kenyan///costa rica//mountain blend how about a painthing portraits of the nina??????!!!!

this meant that our good friend and favorite painter-poet-musician-metalsmith-designer-illustrator-creator dj kennedy was packing up brunhilda (his car) and making a pit stop about 40 miles from us on his way to texas. (if you have a second here's the primer on dj.) hell yes, i was going. and we should have ALL gone, but the four year old was being too four for our liking, so we decided she'd stay behind, and I'd take the mix-and-match artsygirl. "you HAVE to take nina," my husband said, "they're kindred spirits." off we went to the horn doctor, a trombone warehouse wedged somewhere between a cornfield and I-35 in southwestern olathe. "wanna paint?" dj said to nina. she grinned, he gave her a huge panel of what might have once been the side of someone's barn, and they turned my wide-assed car into a true portable studio, where they painted for nearly three hours while trombones honked their tromboney honks in the background.

so it was an awesome evening. as always when i see dj, i went home with my brain buzzing and arms full. a beautiful painting to add to our collection of his portraits, a gorgeous hand knit shrug from his friends at skifo, a bottle of vanilla beans and vodka, a load of coffee, three sweet little silver rings, two sets of copper and silver leaf earrings, a decorated bumper, a girl covered from head to toe in paint, and lord knows what else, i have to go check my car. but most of all it made my heart sing to watch two of my favorite people create together, two of the most free, uninhibited people i know. and again it reminded me that i have to find a spot at home where my babe can go apeshit with the paint, in a spot that won't drive ME apeshit. this is her language, this is her way.

47 comments:

cath c said...

you just made my heart grow three sizes with this post. i was feeling grinchy. thank you for sharing your wonderful creative friend and daughter being free.

Buffalo Lucy said...

Fantastic!!

●• Thereza said...

wow i can tell you girls had so much fun!
and i have a polka dots dress just like artsygirl :)

Christie said...

I am absolutely in awe of people who can take the ordinary world around them and turn it into magic. Extraordinary.

rachel awes said...

i'm in love
that love is
so
near
you
& look
at the
colors
freely
flowing
from it!
beauuuuuuuutiful, aimee!
(& peace to you
in your card-making
& all that is
before you
& within you).
xox

NANCY LEFKO said...

Pure Joy !!!

Sarah said...

Oh wow! That is so lovely! What a great way to spend three hours. Your friend sounds great and he and your daughter have done lovely work!

Shannon said...

this is about the coolest post i've ever read. seriously- your daughter and dj have inspired me SO much. thank you thank to all of you for reminding me that there are such amazing, creative souls in the world living freely and being themselves. i can't wait to pull off on the side of the road...and paint. i must load the trunk. and please tell me more about the tennis rackets! the photos are fab.

beth said...

wow...i would have driven to meet up with him, too....

heather smith jones said...

When I look at that photo of her with the goggles she somehow looks so much like you. Not that I imagine you with goggles, but something about the angle of her face. So sweet.
What a great time! She's going to look back on that experience and I'm sure many others and be so glad you're a fun mom. :)

Candied Fabrics said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing! How awesome, the merging of these 2 kindred spirits!

S.E.Minegar said...

Love this! You make lovely memories!

Domestic Scribbles said...

Awesome! Her smile says it all.

Jennifer said...

Great post! and thanks for sharing a creative adventure! I needed to hear about an art adventure...such joy and whimsy. Plus, doesn't everyone name their vehicles??? I certainly do. :-)

suzanne cabrera said...

SOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!

This is spectacular.

alix said...

woooosh! what a trip, wish I had made it with you!

Traci Bunkers said...

That sounds like so much fun!

painted fish studio said...

this story kicks ass, and i want to read it over and over again because it makes my head buzz. i think you need to make this post into a little book...

peggyfussell said...

LOVE this!!! Every drop of it! Thanks for making my heart sing so.

AG Ambroult said...

Oh yeah. Can't wait to see what comes out of. Your hand, after this inspiration stop in the trombone pkg lot. What a lucky girl she is to have a mom who cares so much about her creative spirit. Off to learn more about dj!

joanne said...

It is hard to know what to say, except to just echo everything that has already been said in these comments, and to thank you so much for sharing the magic... again.

Nicky Linzey said...

Wow Aimee, what a great story - isn't this what life should all be about!

Izzy said...

so insanely cool... can i come next time??

nacherluver said...

This story is very inspiring! I struggle with self-expression. Probably why my blogs bomb. I supress and edit and question and judge myself. Been working hard on finding ways to allow myself to "be". Went to the link on DJ and also the one of your daughter. Such free expressing people! So fearless of who they are! Man, did I need a dose of this today! Thank you for the story, the inspiration. What an awesome road trip and gifts to boot!
Ye-haw!

hanna-happenings said...

You are such a wonderful person Aimee! and Your girls couldn´t get a better mom!
I think that artsygirl N. has a blog of her own waiting round the corner. I would love to read it :)

Christy said...

WOW!

Natasha said...

Freedom - freedom to create, to paint the world in colors that are bold and adventurous, to embrace being absolutely, positively who you are are things that inspire me more than ANYTHING in the world. To not just "create" art but to be the art is my goal and without this post and the three radiant souls in it - dj, Nina and you - I might not have fully realized that. Thank you for this gift! What an amazing voyage. I LOVE that dj is in the world, that Nina is already coloring the world (she has so much to give and teach!) And that you are who you are giving so much color to the lives in the world - just read these comments to see that!

Now, I'm going to dunk myself in paint and cartwheel around my home - a human paintbrush hehehehe I only wish I had some trombones ;)

Lynda said...

This post made me smile :) Thanks for that. Be free!

la ninja said...

what can one say apart from
ra-ma-la-ma-la-ma-ding-dong! ;)

bethanstritton said...

Nina is just beautiful and what she and DJ produced was awesome. I am so inspired. This summer my plan is to unplug the TV and I'm collecting ideas to replace the "zone out". I think freedom with the paints will be added to the top of the list. Am thinking about clearing our redundant shed and created a kid art studio. That's the only place their creativity isn't going to destroy my home! Thanks for a fantastic post Aimee.

Kelly Warren said...

what a blessing! how neat to have someone like that in your life!

~Valentina~ said...

This post is sooo beautiful!Super inspiring :)

Lori said...

Awesome! What an inspiring post. She kills me in those goggles- so adorable.

Jane said...

I love this! What a great time must have been had painting and playing. I love the polka dot dress. Yes....find a spot for your artsy girl to create big, messy, gorgeous paintings :))

cactus petunia said...

Wow! You can bet she'll never forget that day!
She's very lucky to have such artsy mentors.

Veja cecilia said...

what an awsome thing!!

aimee said...

thank you!! i had no part of this painting fiesta - i was just the enchanted spectator. i feel so lucky to have these creative spirits in my life. i've learned so much from both of them.

freebird said...

That is absolutely the neatest! I wish I could do something like that! Lucky, lucky Nina.

BT said...

This has to be one of the most heartwarming posts I've read on any blog aimee. What a wonderful chap and I'm so glad you took your little Picasso along to paint with him. She will remember it for ever I'm sure. ~hugs~ to you all.

kendalee said...

What a fabulous, inspirational post Aimee! In every way - fabulous!!! Thank you for sharing it.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh WAAOOOWWW!!! So much freeeeeedom! What an amazing friend and incredible, energetic, and generous person. I cannot tell you how happy this post made me. Artsygirl looks like she's in seventh heaven. Your gifts are marvelous, but I think that portrait is priceless, polka dots and all!

WA WA WAAAAAAHHHH

That's my trombone imitation.

And whoa, did I read correctly? 50 illustrations?????? Whoaaaa! Good luck and don't forget to have fun along the way.

xoxo

dj kennedy said...

HEY AIMO !!!!!!!
thnx 4 making this blog AND sending it 2 me /// it was lotsa fun
playing painter w nina //she did get a little wild --it was great watching her attack the squeezed out colors //and to keep the colors from getting ''muddy''
most of all it was great seeing you if only for a moment and sharing a slice of your life
like the delicious gooseberry pie in blackwater missouri
from the granny pie lady
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the original idea was to do a more regular portrait of aimee and nina
but then i forgot about that in the action painting mode
only to do the drawing in paint over the abstract
in some ways i felt the abstract was enough
but then a more completeness
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no time to design /fabricate the frame --these are architectural in nature
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thanks so much for all your comments
it is wonderfu having a friend like aimee
and her husband jared who understaands artsyville types

Katrina said...

what a wonderful post! i love it completely.

Inner Toddler said...

this just about made my heart burst into a zillion pieces. And if she doesn't just look like a little mini you! holy moly! two for the road, you two!

michelle allen said...

you are awesome! such a cool painting too. i think i would like your daughter :)

Carmen said...

This whole post makes my heart sing Aimee. Passion rocks. xoxoxox

Erin Butson said...

omg. can i move in and be your daughter. you're my new mom hero. love it.