It’s been a good month folks! Lots of weird stuff going on mind you, (we’ll talk) but shifting back into art-mode has been rewarding.
As mentioned in my first blog post, I have awoken The Wandering Artoholic in me! It’s alive! What is the The W.A. you ask? Well, quite simply my artistic alter ego.
It all began when I decided to release a tiny drawing journal many years ago based on life which I named, you guessed it, The Wandering Artoholic. I wandered a lot, and I was, and am, an Artoholic. So, you know, it made sense.
The book, or more aptly titled, zine, followed my daily adventures, relationship woes and joys, road-trips and travel, and delved into my psyche and passion for chasing dreams and creating a life worth living. It wasn’t all sunshine, bubblegum and butterflies, but it was honest and helped me work thru stuff, which is my nature and the core of where my art comes from.
Under The W.A. banner I also created an event called, “The Studio X Event”, which I established to display my artwork at the time, as well as to showcase bands, and offer up food and drink from local restaurants and breweries, while building a community of like-minded folks. I ending up holding three or four of these shows over a two-year window and they exceeding expectations! Lots of cool people, doing lots of cool things, and having some fun along the way.
Next up was my podcast, “Movin’ Air with Pat Lackenbauer”, where I interviewed a new guest each week in search of their life story. Another great way for me to source out what we human beings are all about. Not only were they entertaining, but as always, it was the perfect way to identify how I fit into this world of ours. I’m a searcher at heart you see, always have been.
I have to say that project was one of the most fulfilling ventures of my life. One guest in particular remains etched into my heart. I interviewed a woman facing cancer and we deep-dived into her experience. At that point, it was not a forgone conclusion that she was going to die, but the odds did not look good. However, she was a force to be reckoned with and her indomitable spirit was filled with light. I admired her determination and bravery for letting it all hang out on the podcast, but mostly in the daily life she was living. In the end she did indeed succumb to the dreaded disease, but I image she left a great legacy behind, something her children can truly be proud of. That is one person and episode I will never forget. But truth be told, so many of the interviews blew my mind! What a courageous and passionate bunch of individuals. I was honoured to tell their stories.
We did 72 episodes in all with many thousands of downloads. Stats show folks are still listening. Pretty coolness.
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But even before The Wandering Artoholic was a thing, I owned a small indie record label (Hole In The Wall Enterprises), designed CD covers, T-Shirts, concert backdrops, wrote articles for local music mags, and put on rock shows. The artistic and entrepreneurial instinct is strong in this one Master Yoda.
So starting up The Wandering Artoholic “brand” once again has been fantastic. Not sure what took me so long, but I guess most good things take time and often need breathing space.
Over the last month I have sold a number of my whimsical pastel pieces, created a few commissioned drawings of people’s homes using ink and pastel, set up this website, and was asked to display my work in a funky little shop in St. Jacob’s called, “Algonquin Vibes”. So it’s been exciting to shake off the dust and represent once again.
I’ve got a lot more projects in the works people and can’t wait to tell you about them. So stay tuned Artoholics!