Last week, on the most perfect May day ever created, me and my friends dressed to the nines and headed out to a gorgeous meadow with our friends Bluebird and Dylan from the band Lasher Keen, to shoot their new music video. Without giving anything away, I will say that there were nymphs, satyrs, chasing, dancing, and magic... here are some behind-the-scenes shots to wet your appetite!
Big meadow, and big oak
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...
our hostess, Bluebird, getting punchy
me and Summer, making eyes at the camera again
scene from a surreal picnic
Beautiful Bluebird and Summer
Bev stuffs the satyr's pants
Crystal ball gazing...
the masked dance
Serenading us while we dance
walking back to the road at the end of a long, inspiring day
I'll post the video here when it's done (you know these things take time!) but meanwhile, you can enjoy the INCREDIBLE new Lasher Keen album here.
additional photos by Bev La Fae, Julia Boorinakis-Harper, Bluebird Gaia, and Jessica Henry
I know it's shocking, but I don't actually have a smart phone... which is fine with me, most of the time, except that this means that I also don't have a small camera that's handy at all times. Lately, however, I started constantly carrying a little camera in my bag, and as a result, I have been taking soooo many more spontaneous photos. Here are some scenes from the past few weeks:
me and our kitten, Lily Belle
my friend Kirsten from Arabesque Aromas making a new friend
wild life/ still life
band members making wishes
Rainy Day Chia at the studio
Band, about to play a show
They bought us champagne!
Lily Belle, from the outside looking in
Kirsten and I at our favorite Chinese restaurant
more yard art
Inside a friend's fantastic cottage
In the interior of The Phoenix Rose, Nevada City
What better way to bring in the May than with beautiful friends, music, and food?
The sacred ritual of women- getting dressed
A Victorian ghost floats down the stairs
Leonna Sapphire prepares beautiful food in the kitchen
A Hungarian skirt, and roses for head wreaths
Girls grab instruments and walk to the May Pole site, preparing to call the men forth with the pole
The pole is placed firmly in the ground, and the dance that weaves the ribbons begins:
Contests to choose the May Queen and May King- the ladies jump over a broom, while the men, with backs to us, play music. When they stop, the last person over the broom is out.
The ladies play music for the men in the same fashion, as they do an egg toss:
Our beautiful Queen and handsome King!
Hanging with sweet friends:
Me and the Sugatroll
Getting a head massage from the Queen herself:
At night we dance between the double bonfires, for protection
Happy May to everyone!
You might have noticed the Mount Whateverest tshirts flitting through my Etsy shop lately. I am having so much fun exploring the world of iron ons..... transforming cool shirts into Band Shirts with a nip, a tuck, and applied heat.
I am starting my third month at the studio, and I've really settled in... it's my home away from home. It's soooo nice to be able to spread everything out and leave it there, if need be. Space truly allows opportunites for creation. I am so grateful!
My mom came up for an Easter visit, and of course I had to take her to see the tulip display at the Crystal Hermatige Gardens in North San Juan:
There are 13,000 Dutch tulips in this garden, artfully arranged to make the eyes happy and the heart sing.
We brought Kirsten from Arabesque Aromas with us, because her middle name is Tulip... and because she smells really good.
I literally get chills looking at this part of the garden. This year, the white Dogwood and purple irises were in bloom at the same time as the tulips, which usually does not happen, and the effect was like a painting come to life. Kirsten helped to complete the look:
Here we are, feeling the Italian vibes of the gardens, and pretending we are in one of our favorite feel-good movies, Enchanted April:
Me and mom!
If you are in this area in the Spring, I really recommend that you go out to the Crystal Hermatige... these photos turned out well, but it's nothing like seeing the flowers in person!