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Friday, July 29, 2005

New York City.....here we come....

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well today is the day. i get off of work nice and early and head my way down to the airport, curtis in tow, to fly up to New York for the weekend. ive been waiting and waiting and waiting for this day to come and im sooo excited to be seeing the city again, as well as my sister cheryl. we have a nite flight so when we start coming in for a landing we will get to see the city all lit up. man i cant wait to see that. im sure you have all heard over and over again what the purpose of my short vacation is, but i will tell you again anyways. we will be attending the Island Getaway festival on Sunday July 31st at Randall's Island. there we will see some awesome bands that i cant wait to see live. Jem, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Black Eyed Peas, and of course, Dave Matthews Band who will be headlining. all i know so far is that each band is going to alternate playing on 2 different stages and that for the big stage, we have warehouse lawn tickets. thanks charlie! im sure i will have tons of stories and pictures from our city adventures that i will have to share when i come back. hopefully cheryl and her first hand experience knows where we are going around the city on saturday. wish us luck that we wont get lost, although i doubt we will, but itll be fun either way. enjoy your weekends, i know i will be!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

IlloFriday, success!.....Tranquility....


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well here it is guys and gals....a completed (and on time) illofriday from your friend chacha. man some illofriday topics give me these awesome ideas that just hit me while im sitting at work. i was afraid with me having alot to do this week, because of my trip to New York this weekend, that i wouldnt have gotten an illofriday out at all....again. i was mad last week because i was busy on vacation and didnt get to partake on Karma, which could have been an interesting one to battle. but, i really love this piece and i just couldnt wait to get home from work yesterday so i could get out my paints and start crackin. for those of you who might not know, this is a japanese character, or Kanji, for the word Tranquility. anytime i hear very peaceful words such as tranquility or serenity etc., i always have very calming japanese images with the bamboo, characters, and the little birds and flowers in my mind. eventhough i took japanese for a few years back in high school, i still needed to look up this character online. boy my japanese teacher sure would have been disappointed, but there are soo many characters, there just wasnt enough time to learn them all, even for me being one of his top students. i enjoyed what i learned of the language and hope to learn more over the years, i really need to brush up on it...its been a while. hopefully, they will keep japanese in high school so other students can have the great experience with an interesting language just as i did. now back to the piece. just in case you were curious, i drew up the japanese character and just sponged it with acrylics, then i used one of those nerf suction cup darts for the yellow circles, acrylic as well. then i outlined the japanese character with a sharpie and brushed over a blue watercolor wash for the background. enjoy.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

I dont work today....or the next 3 days.....

well just like in the words of the black eyed peas...'pardon me as i celebrate!'....i have been on vacation since Friday, and lemme tell you its been great!! ive been doing soo much its actually been a worth while vacation. i went to west palm beach to see 2 back to back dave matthews band shows with curtis and the gang. then curtis took me to the Pier in St.Pete and then to Johns Pass in Madeira Beach where we did some shopping and had some great seafood for dinner. Today we spent the day in Fort Myers and hit up my two favorite places...Ritas and Sweet Tomatoes. Tomorrow were going to Sun Splash waterpark, saturday chillin maybe bowling, and then sunday were fishing to end out the week. its been great and ive been having a blast. only one more week of work and then its off to NYC baby to see Dave and Black Eyed Peas and Jem and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. im sooo stoked and i can hardly wait. im gonna get to bed now though. i just finished a mondo muffin from perkins and im pritty tired from running around fort myers today. sorry no illofriday this week, dont mean to leave you guys hanging. ill be back in action next week...hopefully. take it easy and ill be checking in later when im back to the grind.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

awesome album...check it.....

Jem - Finally Woken

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so i have found an amazing cd that was put out on Dave Matthews record label. the new cd by Jem is out in stores, and i would highly recommend buying it. cheryl introduced me to her by having me listen to the single 'they.' right then, i needed to hear more and it had sort of a sound to it that i was very familiar with. it sounded like evanescence/poe/ks choice/dido. sooo many artists yet her own unique sound. not only did i like what i heard, i went out and bought the cd which was very nicely priced at $9.99. it really makes my day when a minimum dollar cd purchase is actually worth every penny. i also checked this gurl out because she will be one of the featured artists at the Island Getaway on Randalls Island in NYC, which i will be attending on july 31st. if you dont buy the cd atleast check out some samples. my fave songs on this disc are '24', 'they', and 'save me.' although all the songs definately have their own uniqueness to them. i give this one 2 thumbs up, and nice find, dave, for signing her. enjoy this musical treat!
and on another note, this blog hasnt been working so great and not only could i not post all day, but i logged onto my email tonite and it came up with over 20 emails. mind you i had checked it before i left work for the day. all of my comments from the past 3 or 4 posts have popped up in my email. crazy how this thing has gliches and does crazy things on its own. odd id say.

Monday, July 11, 2005



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here it is. an early one for me. actually, i sort of cheated. i had this one in my sketchbook and really liked it so i wanted to show it off. and what better topic than metropolitan to use it for. this was a sketch i had done a while back, and wanted to make one out of every medium i could find. i wanted to do one out of colored pencils, crayons, paints, newspaper clippings, pastels, charcoals..... anything. but turns out i only did one in pastels, pencil, and crayons. this one is, as you can probably tell, pastels. i started dipping into other pieces that emerged from this one little idea so of course i pushed it aside and starting working on my new ideas. ah well. guess this one can be picked up again sometime down the road and will come out even better than what i had planned. hope you guys like it and i will definately look forward to your feedback, just as i always do. so enjoy.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Jumping the Great Wall....

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well this one just had to be added to the blog de chacha. one of my favorite extreme sports is skateboarding and DCShoeCo is one of my favorite brands and sponsors for this great sport. danny way, pictured above, is probably one of the most talented skaters out there, next to my man bob burnquist of course. sorry danny, bobs been my guy for as long as i can remember. back to the matter at hand, danny is hoping to set a record by jumping over the Great Wall of China on his skateboard. i actually saw a news interview a couple weekends ago about danny and his big jump. he actually has had practice with this on a huge drop in set up that leads right to a vert ramp thats he got out where he lives. supposedly they are going to be airing this live on either cnn or espn, one of those stations, but no times are scheduled that i know of right now. im sure the news and the internet will have something after the jump to put out there for us to check out. if you want more info on this amazing attempt, just go here and read the article or go and check out danny ways official site. i will definately keep my fingers crossed for danny and hope that he not only makes it, but lands safely on the other side. good luck danny and make skateboarding history, next to hawks 900 and burnquists completed death loop.

Thursday, July 07, 2005



well i almost didnt make it this time. but here it is. i decided to take a different approach to illofriday this week. i know its last minute and a bad excuse for not doing something with my paints or pastels, but this is a good way to broaden my medium horizons. i thought i would try using photoshop and use the filters and tools to make my own artwork out of a photograph that was taken. the picture that was altered above, is of me fishing at the Venice Jetties down here in Florida. my boyfriend, Curtis, and I go fishing alot and since its a sport and I do it quite frequently, i thought it would fit the illofriday perfectly and would give me a chance to mess around with a program that im familiar with, but not a pro at. so here it is and i hope you like it. boy once i found that blurring tool, it was all downhill from there. i really liked the way it added those awesome swirls to the water, giving the picture a psychedelic feel to it. after all that fishing, i didnt even catch anything that day. it doesnt matter though, ive made up for it on others. so as always....enjoy.

oh and a little side note.....when cheryl finds out that i used photoshop and actually tried out the graphics world, she will just jump for joy. so here i am cheryl, dipping into your world. hope you like it and maybe you can give me some good pointers.

oh and another little side note....hope you guys like my new photo on here for my profile and comments. its a little sketch that is supposedly a little cartoon version of me. i did it a while back with colored pencils. i thought it was perfect and i think ill stick with it.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Congrats Cheryl....

2005 Jeep

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hey there guys. just wanted to give a shout out to my sister Cheryl, who just purchased a brand new 2005 black Jeep. im not quite sure all the stats on it, but i do know shes loving it and im sure shes crusing around boston enjoying the breeze blowing through her crazy hair. this is a big deal my friends! she was driving around in a 96 mitsubishi that she has had for literally years, and it was bout time she got something nice and brand new for herself. i drove that crazy car a few times, let me tell you it was quite the experience. even being in the back seat was an adventure. if she took a turn too quick, the bowling ball and other junk in the trunk would shift around and hit the back of the seat, punching me in the back everytime. and it was always fun to aim for potholes just cuz you could. i use to drive that car in my previous visits up there, and man i wish i was going up there this year so i could get my hands on that new jeep. i bet it was hard for her to get rid of her long time companion, but im sure she didnt have a problem trading it in for what shes got now. i feel like i should ship her up some fuzzy dice or something to make the purchase complete. well cheryl, congrats and i hope you enjoy your jeep!! heres to you staying dry while you drive home with the top off and hope that the rain doesnt just come pouring down out of no where. oh yeah.....drive safe!!

Friday, July 01, 2005

Live 8 - tomorrow - July 2, 2005....

Live 8 2005

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hey guys. tomorrow is the day that Live 8 is hitting the streets and the airwaves. '10 concerts, 100 artists, a million spectators, 2 billion viewers, and 1 message... To get those 8 men, in that 1 room, to stop 30,000 children dying every single day of extreme poverty.' All over the world Live 8 will be the only thing that people should be tuning in to. there is an extremely talented and diverse line up that you can check out here. i am sooo jealous of anyone that attends any one of these shows. it surely will be a performance to remember. not only will there be various artists partaking in this great event, but something amazing will also be taking place, aside from making a change. one of my fave bands, and yours, Pink Floyd will be rejoining for the festivities and for this great cause. check out the whole scoop on it below. i still havent found any times posted for any of the listed performers, but there will be numerous radio and tv stations broadcast and streaming live from all over the world. check out your listings and definately tune in sometime throughout the day tomorrow and just endulge yourself in the music thats trying to wipe out poverty and hunger in africa. if you want more on the Live 8 scoop, check this out, it gives you a quick run down on what its all about. also go there and sign the petition. tune in tomorrow or youll be missing out on the biggest concert this year. get in the know and check it out. support the cause and enjoy the show.

Pink Floyd reunited...

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yeah I know...no one believed me either when i went around and told everyone the real Floyd was getting back together. alot of people were skeptical about it at first, but after all of the media coverage up until this point, everyone is waiting in anticipation for the show tomorrow nite from London. check out this excerpt i snagged from the internet....

'Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof apparently couldn't get the Spice Girls back together, but he did pull off the long-rumored reunion of Pink Floyd. The band's classic lineup will perform together on July 2 at the Live 8 concert in London, marking the quartet's first live show together in 24 years.
The reunited Pink Floyd will join a lineup at London's Hyde Park that includes Mariah Carey, Coldplay, The Cure, Dido, Elton John, The Killers, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Paul McCartney, REM, Scissor Sisters, Snoop Dogg, Sting, Joss Stone, U2, and Velvet Revolver. Simultaneous all-star concerts are planned in Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, and Rome. A sixth show is scheduled for July 6 in Edinburgh, Scotland, close to the G8 economic conference of world leaders that gives Live 8 its name and purpose: raising concertgoers' consciousness and influencing G8 participants to combat poverty in Africa.
Bassist Roger Waters, who wrote most of Pink Floyd's music and lyrics during the era that saw such classic albums as Dark Side of the Moon (1973) and The Wall (1979), left the band in the mid-80s, then sued the other three members (guitarist-singer Gilmour, keyboardist Richard Wright, and drummer Nick Mason) over their use of the group's name, since they continued to record and tour as Pink Floyd for the next decade.
"Like most people I want to do everything I can to persuade the G8 leaders to make huge commitments to the relief of poverty and increased aid to the third world," Gilmour said in a statement on Sunday. "Any squabbles Roger and the band have had in the past are so petty in this context, and if reforming for this concert will help focus attention then it's got to be worthwhile."'

so yeah....you heard it right. Waters, Gilmour, Wright, and Mason will be reuniting for one show for this great cause. we will definately be checking all the channels and internet stations throughout the day so we do not miss this moment, which will hopefully be an amazing one. so check it out and get in the know. Pink Floyd back together again for one show in London tomorrow for Live 8. dont forget and enjoy the show.