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Oct. 7th, 2012

The Perils of Collecting Morbid Antiquities and How to Clean a Hooter

I recently decided to start taking a small break from buying and reselling antiques to doing things more for myself. I have been neglecting my sketchbook, the medical shadowbox frame art piece I've needed to finish, the skull saint art piece, various headpieces... my music... *sigh*

I need to go back to the art supply store [was there last week, but got so caught up in getting the framing supplies for my Harry Clarke original that I forgot everything else] for the velvet backing and some quilt padding for the shadowbox. Once I cutdown a new plywood backing, it shouldn't take me long to get the box made. After that it is all about assembly, heh.

With the weather turning, I am eager to start seriously working on artwork as it is perfect to keep my mind busy when days might be less than ideal for going out in...

... then again, it seems like prices have taken another upswing in the realm of morbid antiquities. I just can't find the deals like before. Oh, I find a piece here and there with some serious digging [scored a hospital instrument tray at a garage sale last weekend], but the choicest pieces have sometimes price tags far beyond retail value on them. Even if I am just buying for my own personal collection, this is unreasonable to me.

One of the newest additions [and biggest prize] in my collection is my owl mount. It came to me from a couple living in a wood stove heated house and from another couple in a similar house before them. He was well smoked, but thanks to some research, I acquired a bottle of glass cleaner for wood stoves and got quite a bit of the gunk off of him. He is still a bit darker than normal, but looks far brighter and fluffier. I'm going to leave him alone now. Wiped him down well with some distilled water then blow dried him using a toothbrush to brush his head and breast down. Adorable. The fellow asked me if I wouldn't mind sending a photo to him when I got some cleaning done to him, so I will probably send him a photo tomorrow. =)

Apr. 2nd, 2012

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When you are with someone abusive and controlling they manage to make you believe everything they say. Even the strongest, most independent person can have those tiny insecurities hidden away dragged up and used against them. You feel like you are drowning under a massive weight and if only for that person are you able to tread water... barely. The idea of surviving without them is not negotiable since they make you believe life without them would be worse for you... so you just keep taking it.

For some, there's never a point reached where they accept that drowning has to be better than this. When I hit that point I let go of that rotten piece of drift and it was amazing... I could do anything.

Still, the controlling, abusive person is going to keep trying to assert their control on you, but you will see it from an entirely new perspective. It is a joke. You wonder how you ever listened to that shit from the beginning, how it had any sort of power.

The last thing it ever said about me [to my knowledge] was I was doomed to spectacular failure.

Aside from what I have accomplished with my music [which I need to work on more], I recently accepted a job offer from the office of one of the best surgeons in Seattle. It has taken about a year and a half of stepping up slowly from office to office, but I finally made it.

Time isn't so massive to me anymore... and in no way will my life ever be a failure.

I'm planning out my course of action with school for the fall. I have been working on some really great art and restoration projects [including the restoration of a gorgeous Victorian pinch toe coffin I recently completed and am now searching out the perfect memorial plaque for the lid]. Music has been coming along more in the form of live performances rather than recordings for the time being... but the opportunities and outcomes have been amazing. I chatted with an amazing artist last night at an oddities store [at which a number of pieces from my own collection were at after a great meeting previously with the owners] opening regarding some possible collaboration work on pieces involving Victorian mourning.

I feel like I'm on the verge of something amazing... I just need to stay the creative, hungry for new experiences and knowledge person I've become and it will all come together. I do feel like I'm in the perfect place for all of this to happen... every day I am inspired by the gorgeous mountains and water that surround me.

Now that the weather is warming up I'm looking forward to connecting with people more and getting out of the house to do more stuff. An Occultural Movie night with Northwest Film Forum, another night down at Velvet for goff musics and artists, Oneohtrix Point Never playing over by UW, Justice playing later this month... thinking of having a big yard sale to do some spring cleaning and enjoy some sunshine... time to get active!

No... failure isn't in my vocabulary and with that, there's never a reason to even think about such hideous negativity ever again.

Up and up and never looking back!

Mar. 5th, 2012

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Last night I became motivated and cleared out a significant bag of dvds from my collection. Today I took it over to the local cd/record/dvd/book joint and they took most of the stack for $40 of store credit. I am pleased enough as I didn't care for any of the dvds and can use the credit for more records... was a bit down that someone had long ago bought the vinyl copy of the Forbidden Planet soundtrack, but I'm sure I will find something later. Instead I purchased a copy of The Golden Bough as a "jail book" or "bus book"... one of those hefty texts you carry around as a just in case if ever stuck on a bus or in jail and might need something to do... not that I think anyone of my own upstanding character would ever end up in jail.

I cleaned out a stack of books long ago, but am feeling the desire to do so again as well as dispose of some tshirts, etc that I don't feel attached to in any way. I guess spring is here and with it, the longing to clean out dusty corners and overfilled closets.

On the other hand, my growing hoard of surgical instruments and accessories has me pleased. I am currently searching for a dress form to place my surgeon's gown on alongside the pair of 1910 surgeon's shoes I acquired and schell bag. I'm sure I will creep myself out for a significant amount of time thinking someone is in my home when I come in in the dark, but it will look so so nice.

I have a pretty sizable pile of art projects and music I need to be working on. The most important is my getting things together for the Here/Now series March 10. This will be a radically different environment for me, and whereas I am looking forward to it, there is quite a bit of worry and fretting going on. I am going to spend the better part of this week not playing around and working seriously on it. I also need to focus on the third album and, hopefully, getting more shows lined up. Then there's the art pieces... two major large ones [three if you count my completing the refinishing of my victorian coffin] and a few art frames needing work.

Haha... I should make a priorities list with the art pieces and stop my daily coming home from surgery and passing out... coffee will probably be figured into these equations. =)

Dec. 5th, 2011

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Had to smirk a little bit when I finally admitted to myself that the only reason I look at saucydwellings is to refresh my gratitude for not being boring as fuck.

Dec. 3rd, 2011

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I spend most of my time on tumblr... nothing terribly thoughtful in the way of prose, but I post a ton of photos and images I come across. I suppose it is mostly useful to me as a storage space for things I like to look at.

I bought a coffin at an antique auction recently. It was dated as a Civil War era toe-pincher. Since then my job, which once provided me daily amusement, has become a slight bit of a drag as I spend most of my days longing to be home working on the refinishing of it. All of the silver has been taken off and polished, just need to replenish the wood and do some light repair work to the lining before retacking it.

I also need to start work on album #3. Might put a few tracks out on compilations soon... will just need to set to work sorting out who is looking for contributors.

Nov. 9th, 2011

Writer's Block: Hobby Lobby

What do you like to collect?


Oct. 1st, 2011

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The new album is out for all! I had to do a fast label change as the previous part decided to take the beautiful artwork done by Joe Morgan and essentially destroy it using fonts similar to COMIC SANS and I was having no part of it.

Thankfully, the talented Mystified was open to having Pavonine on his roster and I am exceedingly grateful!

I'm going to stop the rambling and just post the link to an album I have been promising for a long time now. =)


Sep. 2nd, 2011

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New Pavonine available through Absence of Wax. You can listen to it at my Soundcloud or you can download it through the linked image above. =)

Jun. 15th, 2011

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The new Pavonine album is finished.

Going to work up title, track names, etc.

There will be changes made to soundcloud, etc...

woah... this is nice.

May. 30th, 2011

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Been adding to the soundcloud again.

Started getting a great deal more exercise in... well, it isn't hard when the weather is absolutely lovely. Yesterday went on a approximately 5 mile walk/hike around Discovery Park's trails. Today we're thinking of hitting up the Greenlake paths for a nice walk. Started off by cleaning the house up a bit since we're leaving for San Francisco this Wednesday.

Time to head out soon... the weather is looking like it is going to be perfect again today!

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