Category Archives: art

Body painting and portraits at BURNING MAN

I am so grateful I was able to attend one of the largest, and certainly the weirdest festivals in the world. I carried around my art supplies and made some drawings of the friends I made.

One day I painted peoples bodies with stencils and an airbrush gun. It was so fun and I let many interesting people.

This is the festival to go to to see art in the desert and dozens of outrageous art cars and ride your bike alongside thousands of others flashing LED lights. I hear there is a lot of drug use at this festival but I abstained and still had a wonderful time.

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This Patch of Sky

For epic chugging orchestral shimmering post rock with cello and keyboards, look no further than Eugene’s “this patch of sky.”

Fooble the dragon

Dragons are real and magic is real. You can see Fooble perform kid’s shows and he will explain how he learned the ancient secrets and can help you realize your potential for magic. I saw them at Oregon Country Fair. They also perform at other events including faerie worlds.

Noah Mclain performed with many guests including JenUine the unicorn. Check out their website here.

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Mary Lambert and Mal Blum

Mary Lambert is an amazing talent. She received lots of attention when her vocals appeared on the top 40 hit “Same Love” by Macklemore but she writes her own songs and they kick ass! Her funny and heart wrenching songs such as “Lay your head down” will make you tear up and giggle. She says she loves Harry Potter, Sarah McLaughlin, and that cheese makes her cry and assault weapons are terrible and… well you just have to hear it.

Just listen to them and try not to burst into a smile! I’m not sure I’ve ever heard any song that captures what it’s like to be head over heels in love as well as “hang out with you.”

I first saw Mal Blum over ten years ago at open mics in New York such as at sidewalk cafe. I thought they were often the most talented person performing among many great acts. Their songs are touching and personal. Listen to them here.

Nellie McKay #2

Nellie played at the Wow Hall for us on an antique piano.

When I saw her last she was performing a musical she wrote about the trans man jazz band leader Billy Tipton. many of the songs were traditionals from the era when Billy was playing. There was lots of political humor and relevant comments on gender and race. Thank you Nellie for being so wonderful and feisty. Great backup band too!

Nellie glows and and she radiates talent and humor. Her cover choices are fascinating and delightfully reimagined and her originals are charming and quirky. I drew her years ago too! Check out this old post

https://isaacparis.com/2015/05/12/nellie-mckay/amp/

Thick

Thick is three badass women from Brooklyn! Listen on bandcamp.

Woohoo! Go thick or go home!

Stovokor

Stovokor are from Portland, Oregon. They dress as Klingons, sing in Klingon, and have humorous stage banter. They told us we were honored to be in their audience and sang about honor and glory in battle. They are on Bandcamp and sometimes play in Washington and California at sci fi conventions.

I know the arms and guitars get to be confusing and messy, in my defense, a six member band is a challenge to fit on a single page.

It was fun to watercolor many shades of grey and black. I sprayed India ink on the bottom of the page.