July 16, 2006
Hello Good Peoples, wonderful to have some time to share a bit of my world here with you today. I’m sure most of you have been
W.E.S ’ing as much as myself over the past month. ( Work, Eat, and Sleep )
Aside from all the W.E.S ‘ing, I have had the opportunity to getaway to South Padre Island, spend a few weekends at Krause Springs, and visit two of my favorite
music venues (Marias & Gino’s). It is hard to believe how fast this year is going. Less than a quarter away from planning holidays with the family. Where does the
Very soon it will be time to begin work on the next Texas Music Calendar and a few others that we hope to have ready for purchasing come 2007. We had so much
success with the 2006 Calendar that we have decided to move forward with the 2nd edition of the Texas Music Calendar. We have not completely decided which
part of Austin to share in the other calendars. Austin has such a wide and diverse community that we can not decide. We still plan to create the Marias Taco
Express Music Calendar, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those when you pay her new establishment a visit. This will be up and running before the new
year I believe.
I have been so busy lately that I have not really had the opportunity to photograph what I love the most (Musicians). I received an email from Michael Shay the other
day and he has recently returned from a long trip to Venezuela. He returned with a Cuatro that he has fallen in love with (an inflated ukulele with the strings tuned
funny). I am looking forward to hearing him play this while sharing the gift of his vocals.
The Michael Shay Band is gearing up to record a new CD, "Portrait of a Heroine" in September, at Cenozoic Studios...but in the meantime, he will be performing a
lot on cello, with his accordion-player friend (Lisa Shawley). As a duo, they are called the Just Desserts, but she has a trio called the International Tubadours (with
a tuba player and mandolin player) which Michael is playing while the tuba player is on vacation. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday in July and August (July 22, August 8,
August 22) at Casa de Luz (1701 Toomey Rd, www.casadeluz.org).
Another wonderfully talented favorite of mine, Larissa Ness, will release her new self titled Acoustic E.P. (A cd containing 5 original songs with only the soothing
sounds of voice and piano, as per her fan's request.) She will officially release it simultaneously with her new
website! (www.larissaness.com) However, since it is under contruction at the moment, her performance dates can only be viewed at www.myspace.
com/larissamusic For the next couple of weeks you'll have to check that to find out where she will be playing.
Jes the Adventurer will be sending his update close to the end of this week so I should have this ready for viewing Friday if all goes as planned. Jes is also looking
for some one to take over his Condo located here in South Austin. Check out his webpage for more details or give him a call If you or anyone you know of is
interested (297-7117). I'd be in it right now if it had a 2nd room for my kiddo! Vey nice place and "very" affordable. It's condition and location are a"Win Win"
Well dear folks, for now I am off to snoop through several weeks of photography at the spots I spoke of above. Exciting to have so much to work with! The sunsets at
both Krause Springs and Padre along with some Mountains in New México are going to make some wonderful Art. Thanks for dropping in again, enjoy the
Photography/Art, and most importantly…”Keep Smiling”. Respectfully, Wesley : )
Above: To Give New Life
I captured the Sunset while on the way to Amarillo last Sunday after photographing LZ at Marias. If
you drop into Marias ask for the Mango Margarita! Yummy!
Above: LZ Love
LZ performs at Marias every Sunday with many others. To view more photo's of LZ click
the Taco Pup template above.
June 23, 2006
Hello Austinuts! Nice to actually have a few to update my site. I have been working like a crazed bee over the past few weeks and have not had the time to get out
and about for new photographs of potential Art. The photo's I am sharing with you here (Started this a few days ago!) are of LZ Love. LZ (along with many others)
dedicate their Sundays to perform at Maria’s to raise money for worthy causes here in Austin.
Very soon Maria will have her new restaurant open (Directly behind the old one!) and this has me on the edge of my computer chair. A friend of mine (KC with
www.rockycreekproductions.com) helped Maria design her new website and to install the sound system that she will have in the establishment. From what I gather
she went all out and has a killer system that will surely blow us away. Im not sure how much longer until it is actually open but my gestimation is that it will be a few
Work will slow down here in a few weeks so it may not be until then before I can get out the way I am accustomed too. Today I plan to take my Son and friends to
Krause Springs for a swim and BBQ! Those of you who enjoy nature, waterfalls, ropeswings, and spring fed water should make a trip to Krause Springs. The
place totally rocks and with our rivers being low the way they are it is definitly the hot spot to go. Seeing is believing so check out the Krause Springs website out
and get your family out there while the gettin's good.
Tonight I hope to make it to Gino's Bar and Grill on Stassney Ln. Dixie Beal, Mark Parish, & more will begin their jams at about 9pm so come by if you have the
opportunity. Mark Parish is unbelievable on his 6 string. I can hardly wait! I haven’t heard Mark perform since the last SXSW event that I was able to attend.
Wow…where does the time “go”!
Well friends, I’m off to pack the cooler and load the car for the watering hole. Thank you for retuning to the site, and I hope you enjoy the Art with LZ. More to
come soon so don’t be a stranger.
Have a Wonderful Day, Wesley
Above : Photo's of Clifford Antone that I was able
to get while at a memorial benefit that was held
Left: The Reign of Spirit
Bob Schnieder was one of the first musicians I photographed at
Antone's. Im not sure of who's hand is playing the Bass but it was in
the Antones folder so I decided it looked kewl enough to use.
Above: Atmotsphere of Soul
Gary Clark Jr. takes the stage at Antone's to share his blues. The photo of Clifford was captured at the Austin Music Awards.
Above: Clifford accepts his award at the 2006
Austin Music Awards.
Journal Update: 1 June 2006
Hello friends! Hope everyone had a wonderful May. I have been doing well, but have not been getting out as much as I would like to. Work and Fatherhood have me
extremely dedicated, and I find that these two things have become a primary focus of my attention these days.
My kiddo is out for his school break, so every opportunity I have to appreciate our time together has been taken advantage of. He is getting older now (12) and I can
see his attentions moving beyond me, so I guess in return I am left feeling at a loss. I can remember myself at his age and a time in life when spreading my wings
became more of a priority than spending time with Dad fishing or Mom shopping. I guess to sum it all up I just hate to see him grow up to fast the way I did and miss
out on the things that I regret letting slip away.
Jes the Adventurer has returned to the states from his latest adventure in the Netherlands. I will surely miss reading about his adventures and publishing his photo’s
but the good news is that his adventures will continue. Be sure to keep up with us in this transition and prepare yourself for new and interesting life experiences that
are to come. Jes has a great opportunity that he will soon embark on and he plans to share this with all of us. In addition to this he has a “great” condo that he is
trying to let go of at a great price here in South Austin so if you need a kewl place to live give either Jes or myself a ring. He needs to have the place taken over by
the end of this month I think.
The photo’s I am sharing with you today are to commemorate the memory of Clifford Antone. Clifford has moved on to his afterlife, but has left his spirit and love of
music with all of us. My first experience with Clifford I will never forget. I was on my way inside Antone’s to deliver a piece of Art that I had created for Mike Towers,
but before making it to Mike, Clifford asked to see the Art. He liked it so much that he asked if he could put it up on the wall. This made me feel very good, as he
became one of the first supporters of my Art. This played a big part in helping me to gain the confidence I needed to continue my artistic endeavours.
I hope to celebrate my Birthday tomorrow night at Antone’s so if your up for some killer blues try and make it down. There is no cover till 11 pm and they have a
wonderful line up with Tracy Conover starting. Tracy Rocks!
Well friends, I need to move forward with this day and finish some Art that I started. Thanks for dropping in and stay tuned for more to come! Respectfully, Wesley
Above: Inner Circle
Austin (Drums), Sharon (Bass), Rodney (Key Board), and Hambone (Harp) using the unity of their brain power to mold a memory at Dharanas Party!
Journal Update: May, 2006
Greeting friends, neighbors and martians. I say Martian due to the fact that grumpy imposters live around us and it takes people like ourselves who have like
minded souls to tolerate their inadequacies and injustices. To much of it going on in the world to carry on about it right now though. I use my Art and surround
myself with those who I love to deal with those who seem to have the power to drain the spirit.
Which brings me too the Art work that I am sharing with you here today. The photo's and Art were taken this past Friday at Dharana's first Friday picking party. This
makes the 3rd party of Dharana's that I have attended and like all the others, I had a wonderful time and met some wonderful musicians. I enjoy these picking
parties so much because I play guitar and sing but tend to be a little shy about it. By attending these parties and getting to know folks a bit better, I am becoming
more comfortable with sharing my music and improving on the guitar.
I put my guitar up for about 3 years due to an X- GF that did not like hearing my music. Looking back, I see how pathetic this was to allow someone to manipulate
me into to letting go of something that I have held so dear my entire life. Smacking For head, Shame on me!
There will be many other parties to come as the musicians here in South Austin have parties often and promote their music on a kewl website known as Austin
Nights! I you would like to know of kewl gigs or possibly need to promote "your" music you should check into it.
Not sure what is in the agenda for the weekend. I have been so busy with my other 3 jobs that I have barely enough time to get the beauty rest I so badly need...lol.
I did not go to Wendlefest, and have not heard any feedback on it. Instead I went fishin out by Camp Ben on a friends property and caught about 10 crappie and 25
large mouth bass. WAAAAAAAYYYYY kewl fishing whole. Best Ive ever had the luck of fishing in.
The theme music you are hearing today is by a band called Undertoh. A friend of mine (Mike/Bass) turned me onto this CD today and I decided to share it with you.
His band primarily plays in San Antonio but they are ready to venture out and play here in South Austin. If any of you regulars out there can provide me with any
tips on some kewl places I can get them into for a jam, let me know! I have a few in mind, but the more the merrier. Click here to view their website!
In closing, I would just like to say that I appreciate your coming by to check out the site. It is now close to 9000+ hits. My goal when I began this site a year ago was
to hit 10,000. Did not make but I am very pleased with the results and even more over the feeback from the many like minded souls that take the time to give it.
Above: Harp On
Gary Primich on the Harp playing with the Imperial Golden Crown Harmonizers Sunday at Marias Taco
Express! The Harmonizers collect proceeds every Sunday that are contributed to worthy causes. Gotta love
it! Click here for a few audio samples!
Above: Him's is sooo happy to be at Eyeor's! One of the best smiles of the day I think!
Right: Kris Brown rocks out at
Eyeor's! If you enjoy Reggae at it's
best you need to catch one of his
shows! Kris Brown's site!
Above: Some of my favorites from Eyeor's Saturday! If I had more time I would share more but I
guess it will have to wait until I have the time to produce Art that will capture a few of these
memories indefinitely! ( :
Journal Update: May 1, 2006
Morning all! Hope everyone had a splendid weekend and that your eyes are white, bright, and ready to take on the first day of this Month. To be honest mine are
still sticky and having trouble getting bright and white…lol.
I decided to use this morning to update the site and share some art that I created on behalf of Marias Taco Express. Marias has a new website with some of my
photography so be sure to pay a visit to their new website.
The two musicians I have used for this art are Carolyn Wonderland and Gary Primich who plays with The Golden Crown Harmonizers. Both musicians are locals
and are extremely gifted. I could carry on about Carolyn for days…she is truly “wonderful”. If memory serves me correctly you can catch her at the Saxon Pub on
Tuesdays. Check her website for upcoming gigs (I have tied a link in the caption of her Art).
The other photo’s I am sharing with you here today were taken at Eyeor’s Saturday. I can easily say that one of the highlights of this day for me was watching
Chris Brown perform. I have been trying to catch Kris for awhile and now that I finally have, I can say that I am a loyal fan. Reggae is his specialty and like many of
you, this is one of my favorite styles of music to dance and listen too.
Unfortunately I am unable to create Art of the Eyeor’s event due to my busy schedule this week, but when I do I will surely have it here on the site for you to
As for the rest of you music lovers, the next musical retreat that I hope to attend will be held on May 6th (Wendlefest). I have not attended A Wendlefest event but
from what I have read, it sounds like another perfect weekend in the making. Music, camping, fishing, dancing, and plenty of smiles. One couldn’t ask for a better
ride. Click here for info. on the Wendlefest Event!
Wish I had more time to share with you right now, but the minutes of this day are turning into hours quickly and I have a ton of things to do before work. Thanks
for stopping in and I hope all of you have a week filled with blessing. Respectfully, Wesley
Journal Update: April 21, 2006
Good Morning folks! This update comes to you with information about a very important cause. A friend of mine, Margaret Moser (Austin Chronicle Staff Writer) is promoting an event at Antones
that will benefit victims of Hep C. I am posting the email she sent me this morning in hopes of getting this information out as far and wide as possible. Hope your weekend was wonderful
and that your Monday is that of tolerance. I will see you back here soon with Art of Carolyn Wonderland and The Harmonizers performing at Marias. I plan to attend the Hep C 13 Guitar
Rumble and hope that some of you will be able to attend and share a smile.
Margaret Moser's Notice:
I'm helping promote the 13 Guitar Rumble: The Link Wray Invitational
at Antone's on Wednesday April 26 because the show is dedicated to
awareness and education of Hepatitis C. I'd like to say that the
disease is near and dear to my heart but really it's in my liver. I'm
entering the last three months of my 11-month treatment. It's been
awful and I am one of the lucky ones, showing positive results.
A few things about Hepatitis C:
- Someone you know has Hepatitis C
- Hep C is mainly contracted through IV drug use but has been
contracted though sharing dollar bills and straws for snorting coke
and speed, and through tattoo needles.
- You might have stopped partying 20 years ago and it can still come
along and bite you in the ass.
- A very few of the many musicians with Hep C include Alejandro
Escovedo, Tony Scalzo, Ray Benson, De Llewellen, Doyle Bramhall
- A few of the notable Texans we've lost to Hep C in the last year
alone include Jesse "Guitar" Taylor, Randy "Biscuit" Turner, T.J.
McFarland, Chet Helms
Here's the GOOD NEWS. Hep C is can be very treatable. Here's the BAD
NEWS: More people we know and love will die from this disease before
it's all over.
The 13 Guitar Rumble is the first of several Hep C awareness shows
I'll be working on. The $10 will be well spent toward fighting this
disease, the worst enemy of the music community. No need to RSVP and
if you have a personal mailing list or friends you like to email,
please forward this!
Take the Edge Off
Gary Clark Jr. and Corey Keller performing together at The Continental Club during
Happy Hour last Wednesday. Gary and Corey are fabulous musicians. For more
fantastic photo's of Gary and some of his tunes visit his website!
The Lions Mouth
I hate spiders but this albino beast is awesome.
Journal Update: April 18, 2006
Hello Austinuts! Glad you returned for another update and I’m glad that I have the time to share a thought with you right now. I am usually at work or away dealing
with other prospects…lol.
I missed out on the Marley Fest; so, I ‘m afraid that until I have one of my neighbouring friends supply me with a few of these photo’s I will not have anything to
publish. No worries, I do have a few friends who are ready and willing and I am sure they will not disappoint us. ( :
Hope you enjoyed the art and theme music of Abra Moore this past week! If you have not made a visit to her on My Space….DO! She is wonderful, and the song,
Big Sky’s, is the bomb.
I plan to share some Art today of Gary Clark and Corey Keller that I was fortunate enough to photograph at the Continental club this past Wednesday. Gary Clark
Jr. has taken the honour of entertaining South Austinites each Wednesday during the happy hour. I happened by (on my way to the Japanese Car show on
Gualdalupe) but when I saw Gary’s name, I made a quick detour to the nearest parking spot…lol.
The second piece of Art I am sharing today is that of a spider! I happened by this messenger of the Native American Indian while passing a tree filled with blossoms
and working bee’s this past weekend. I, being the nose minder that I am, noticed a lonesome bee on it’s backside at the tip of one of the buds, and unable to fly like
its many counterparts. At this point, a spider the exact same color of the blossoming flowers had become the focus of my attention.
Something I would like you to notice while looking at this Art is the image of the spider feasting on the Bee. It was not until I downloaded these images onto the
computer that I realized that the Spider and the Bee had an audience. If you click the photo and enlarge it you can see the fly’s that are feeding on the predator
and the prey. I count at least 5 fly’s (Maybe 6…lol).
As for this weekend I plan to attend the Old Settlers Fest at Camp Ben Mc McCullough! Click here for the info. on the details and the whereabouts’. The Old Setllers
bash is a wonderful musical retreat and is perfect for those of you who love camping. Camp Ben has a wonderful spring fed creek with a perfect swing to catch
some distance on so try not to miss out.
In closure I would just like to say “Thank You” for making this site a success and “Thank You” for all of the positive feedback. It is things like this that make
everything worthwhile and savourable for what is to come.
Before the Minds Eye
San Andreas Mountains in New
Mexico made for a nice piece of Art.
The sunset was taken...scratching
again...smacking forehead! I was
able to photograph the mountains
while out of town on work.
This poor little Martian crashed and
burned in Roswell way back when...lol!
Found him in a museum while in New
Mexico, I'm sure you have encountered
some of his comrads while attempting to
drive in Austin's 5 o'clock traffic...
Above: Work has me traveling around quite a bit these days! These were taken while on a trip to New Mexico! The Mountains were a wonderful site for someone who has never
seen anything larger than Mt. Bonnell here in Austin.
Below: The Krause Springs Escape. (1 of 2)
Krause was a blast! For a few bucks you can camp, swim, and enjoy the beauty of the Hill Country to it's fullest.
The Springs that feeds the
swimming pool area above
the 40' waterfall that flows into
the swimming hole.
Day started out a bit grim! These poor truckers had a
mishap a few miles into our drive to the springs. Held
us up about an hour. Seemed like 4 with the heat of
the road scrambeling the tires of my Mazda!
This is a shot of the falls that
flow down from the
swimming pool above the
Double click on this and
check out the Indians face
in the rocks here!
Kewl chair....eh! Its located at
the balcony that looks over the
falls that feed the swimming
A 2nd set of falls that
rock potatoes! No
Another view of the falls that show a cave
entrance to the bottom left! The cave is about
20' by 20'. Scarey, but "way kewl!"
Should I stay or should I "go", this
swimmer is thinking before moving into
the dark cavern of the falls!
One of my best bra's,
"Ask Mikey...he'll try
Below: The Krause Springs Escape. (2 of 2) This time we decided to camp out. Be back with this and
South Padre later! "Time for a break!"
This is part of the Mr.Krause's garden that surround's the
perimeter of his home. He paid engineers to cut this from the falls
located on his property. Seeing is believing!
This trip brought a beautiful sunset rather than a
hot pavement while on the way to camp!
Same beautiful sunset! Can hardly wait to use this
for future art when the right musician jumps out at
Used the flashlight instead of the flash on the
camera to bring out the image of our hideous
little friend! This gives you more of the feeling we
had while coming across this little demon that
seemed to move in the waking shadow of the
flashlight we carried!
"The Grendle of the Falls!"
We met this scarey
grendle while hiking
around the swimming hole
in the wee hours of the
pitch black night!
While setting up the tent
these bugs decided to
crash our picnic table! We
made the mistake of
leaving the latern on the
table next to all the "food!"
Makes me want to go
and swim at Krause!
After our first night, I found
this Lizard close to the the
lantern that hung in a tree
close to our camp site.
The bugs that crashed
our table are inside his
belly now, look how fat he
Another angle of the
2nd falls that I
while on a hike
perimeter of the
river that opens up
into a lake.
Below: South Padre Island get away!
One of the
that took our
My kiddo's first time
being buried in sand!
Nice view of the beach from
Needs a musician don't you
I guess it would be easy to say that I am addicted the beauty of
sunsets! I was able to watch the sunset each of the 4 nights of our
stay, but only managed to see the sunrise once. My sunburn hurt to
bad to get my butt up out of bed...lol!
Title: Tuneful Overture
Michael Clay performing at Marias over a Sunset taken at South Padre Island. Ive missed
having the time to create a memory worthy of setting as a screen savor. ( : Click here to visit his
August. 7, 2006
Hope the weekend was admirable and enlivening. My weekend was filled with somnolence. Most of my time was spent here at home with the family overeating and
watching silly movies. Juggled the thought of going to Krause Springs but the heat talked me into staying indoors to appreciate the kewl air of the air-conditioned
The past month has been a trying one emotionally. I have lost some people very dear to me last month and the loss still overwhelms the thoughts that can bring
balance. They say that deaths come in three’s, well...my Grandmother used to tell me that! The loss of my Aunt, a Cousin, and 2 Friend’s have me beyond
understanding. It may take awhile to heal from the absence of these loved ones, but I am thankful for the memories and thankful for the many wonderful friends and
family that are supportive during these times of misfortune.
I have not had much time to work on my creative side, but this will end today with photography captured at Marias last Sunday. The past few weeks have brought a
ton of photos to work with from several musical gatherings. The kiddo returns to school on the 15th, so this will allow the time needed to complete several other
projects that my partner, Paulette Linville, and I have begun. We hope to have 3 to 4 Calendars available by October that will capture some of our local musicians in
action here in the beloved South Austin area. More details on this soon, but rest assured we plan to knock your socks off. ( :
Don't mis this....Undertoh will be playing soon at the Rockin’ Tomato (September 9th). I work with the bass player and he assures me hat we will "not" be disappointed.
The notice is a bit early, so I plan to give you a heads up prior to the gig. They are new to the Austin scene but when it comes to music they can run with the best of
them. Check em’ out on My Space!
Think I will close for the time being friends. There are a ton of things to work on that I need to share with you before the day ends tomorrow! Depends on how many
distractions come about in the remainder of this day. Still have to treat the yard for the four comrade’s itching away in the back yard…lol.
Yours Truly, Wesley
Title: Jim Litherland
August 28, 1947 --- July 12, 2006
Above: Thought it would be nice to share a few photo's from one of the ejammer parties I attended that was held to comemorate the memory of a dear friend, Jim Litherland. I created this art
of Jim today from a photo that was taken at Dharana's 1st Friday party a few weeks ago.
Jim Litherland 1950-2006
Jim was such a robust man, full of life, love, music, and charm with nothing less than the persona of a perfect gentleman. He will be greatly missed ("always") and these photo's will carry on
to help us to never forget the charisma that Jim shared with all of us.
Jim will always be in our hearts, remembered through our music and most of all the friendship circle that we share. The circle that Jim held so dear to his heart and that he loved with all his
Below: Mairas Taco Express on South Lamar is a favorite place to catch some great tunes, meet some fantastic like minded souls, and eat some tasty mexican cuisine.
Blackfoot- Train, Train