Denver-based artist Paul Moschell is one of my favorite discoveries from the weird world of MySpace. His watercolor paintings are a delightful combination of pathos and humor and the eyes of his creations seem to hold the kind of stories you're both intrigued and nervous to hear.
Paulette the Poo Poo Face Puppet Girl would like to hear your whole life story in under 20 words.
Loud Mouth Latoya had a different question from each of her mouths so it was a bit hard to understand her at times. However, several of the mouths asked the same question: how and when did the matchbox series start?
Simple Seleena sat in quiet judgment of me for several minutes before scribbling on a scrap of paper with a quill pen. She then waded up the paper and threw it at me, walking away on an uncertain mission. In the penmanship of a serial killer, she simply wrote: why watercolor?
Suki Suki Sue smashed a fortune cookie against my forehead and let the fortune fall in my soup. I fished it out with the single chopstick she had given me and let it dry a bit before trying to read it. “When the paintbrushes are resting, what do you do to fill the time?”
Lil' Pablo quietly wanted to know what artists inspire you with their music, paintings, films, writing, food or ability to braid barbed wired without injury.
Lil Bleu Smokin Devil Boy said “vegetarians rock” and then put out his cigarette in the piece of angel food cake I was eating and walked away. Somehow he believed he had offered up her question for you. Let's just assume he'd like know how you were first inspired to become a vegetarian and how that evolution has changed your perception of the world around you.
The Lima Bean Queen insisted I ask how fatherhood changed, challenged or altered your life as an artist and as a man.
Penolope the Poodle Girl, of course, wants to know about Sybil. I think she feels a bit threatened.
Saint Sylvester laughed really, really, REALLY hard when I asked if he had a question for you. “Ask about the tattoos, man,” was all he said as he flew away. So, I'll ask. Which tattoo did you get first and how many do you currently have?
Fish Food Freida thinks you should tell us all, in a very loud and clear voice, why art is important.
The title is a lovely sentiment but, frankly, I don't know that I even believe that it's true.
When I made the decision to do a series of interviews of people that have inspired me creatively and otherwise, there were some very obvious first choices. I'm thrilled to say that in the coming weeks you will be introduced to all of them as they have all said yes to my request.
First up is Eric Himan, an extraordinary singer-songwriter I discovered by chance a few years ago. I don't know how exactly I ended up on his page on CD Baby but I immediately fell in love with his music and promptly ordered everything. As fate would have it, I was at WineFest here in Des Moines a couple weeks later and there he was, singing from the stage. I met him briefly that night and found his grace and charm to equal the passion and power of his music.
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UNTIL THE ROAD UNWINDS
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I am a huge fan of music, especially female singer-songwriters. As I begin to roll out the interviews with the people that inspire me creatively, I'll just warn you right now that a lot of them are girls with guitars. I make no apologies for that.
This is a painting I did last year for my first full art exhibit. It's not my usual style because I have a tremendous capacity for melancholy, heartbreak, and "woe-is-me" in my art. Many of the stories and artwork I've created for Once Upon A City are tinged with sadness and this bluesy overtone spills over into the other creative things I do. The songs I write. The "bigger" stories I'm working on. The things I paint.
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It's not easy to actually start something that has been in the incubation period for a long time. It takes a certain amount of bravery to allow yourself to move from Wanting to Having. I think we can be so accustomed to wanting that we forget what it feels like to actually have. And, I suppose, there is a certain amount of fear that comes from actually taking the chance. What if I fail? What if "they" don't like it? What if I end up stuck in a big pile of regret? What if it's too much work? What if I suddenly realize that thing I wanted can't bring me all the bliss I thought it would while I was daydreaming about it? What if I'm laughed at, do something wrong, look stupid? What if my friends never mention the spinach in my teeth or the toilet paper on my shoe?
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