Caroline’s Art Studio

 

My tiny little art studio in Asheville, North Carolina

My tiny little art studio in Asheville, North Carolina

I am really lethargic on this cloudy Asheville day. Despite all the coffee I have had, I am just feeling ultra ultra relaxed.  But that’s okay.  I refuse to feel guilty for just taking it easy on this Friday.  I do have to work in a few hours, but I wanted you to drop by my studio, so I can show you some of my paintings.

On these cloudy days I daydream of the turquoise ocean.  I enjoy putting a floppy hat on, digging my toes in the sand and swimming in the ocean.  I am in love with the beach.  Here is an inspiration that got me started painting in 2006 from a Vogue Magazine.  I love this model blowing in the conch shell in the oceanic breezes.  The model’s name is Daria and the photoshoot was in Hawaii.  

a picture out of a 2006 Vogue Magazine that inspired me to paint

a picture out of a 2006 Vogue Magazine that inspired me to paint

And here is the painting that I did from this inspiration.

"Sea Blower" acrylic painting by Caroline Pond 2006

"Sea Blower" acrylic painting by Caroline Pond 2006

 

I have done many paintings since 2006 and will show some of them to you on my blog later on in time.  I love having music, painting and blogging as my creative outlets.  So much fun. 

Happy Friday and I hope you have a lovely creative weekend…… CHEERS!!!

I am working on Rosie the Elephant right now.....

I am working on Rosie the Elephant right now.....

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Spring Postcard Contest Time

Hey there my sweet readers.  Hope your Ash Wednesday is wonderful.  Have you decided what you are giving up for Lent? I am not a Catholic so I am not sure what Lent really is.  I know I don’t dig cleaning the lint screen from my dryer but to give something up for lent, like ice cream or cheese or wine, now thats a different story.  Wow this is tough.  Big thumbs up for those who practice that.  Now I do dig Mardi Gras. This is the first year in many that I did not go to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana to celebrate.  I love to Zydeco dance and I love country Mardi Gras celebrations,  but this year I had to take it off so I could go to Jamaica.  

These are sample postcards of photos by Jon Weiner.......

These are sample postcards of photos by Jon Weiner.......

 

So folks, let’s get down to it. I feel like its contest time.  Here is the deal.  Leave me a comment on this post, and tell me what is your favorite American city and why????    I am going to do a drawing next Wednesday on March 4th, 2009.   The lucky winner is going to get 3 fun postcards from me during the Spring months.  Entries will be drawn from a fiddle case by my roomate Audrey.

Now, this is my first contest so let’s see how it goes.

Much Love,

Caroline

The Golden Hour

This is my favorite light of the day.  Photographer’s favorite time of the day to take photos.  This photo was taken in Corona del Mar where my sister and I went last year to visit her in-laws.dsc01464

Today is Monday and I dream of the sun warming my body.  I wish it was a tad bit warmer outside.  I am ready for this Winter cold season to be over with.  Just be patient Caroline.  Days of warmth are just around the corner.  

I have a day off and I plan on checking many items on my to do list off. 

Caroline’s To-Do List

  1. drink coffee
  2. yoga
  3. floss
  4. call georgie back
  5. set up a coffee date with Wendy
  6. have lunch with Danya
  7. start thinking about preparing taxes
  8. clean room
  9. book some NY shows for Snake Oil Medicine Show
  10. practice ukulele or fiddle
  11. water plants
  12. strip sheets
  13. go to bank
  14. start a new painting
  15. eat veggie tacos with Kevin and Billy

Have a Rocking Monday Y’all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Squirrel Nut Zippers Photo Recaps

Joshua Weinfeld my sweet photographer buddy from Chapel Hill, just sent these to me and I thought I would share them with you.  These are photos from October 27, 2008 when I played with the Squirrel Nut Zippers in Atlanta.  That was so much fun.  To see the story from that event just check out my blog post here,  https://carolinepond.wordpress.com/2008/10/

Up on stage with the Zippers, photo by Joshua Weinfeld

Up on stage with the Zippers, photo by Joshua Weinfeld

 

photo by Joshua Weinfeld

photo by Joshua Weinfeld

 

Hanging with Katherine Whalen, she is sooo cool.  photo by Joshua Weinfeld

Hanging with Katherine Whalen, she is sooo cool. photo by Joshua Weinfeld

 

I feel so honored to be hangin with the lovely Miss Katherine Whalen, photo by Joshua Weinfeld

I feel so honored to be hangin with the lovely Miss Katherine Whalen, photo by Joshua Weinfeld

tHe ReD ChAiR

My roomie Audrey has a few fetishes and one of them is to collect cool furniture.  dsc010931Last year she was really into tables, this year our living room looks like its having a party with all the chairs congregating in there.   Audrey loves chairs and she has the knack of scoring some really cool ones.   She has a really nice crushed red velvet chair that she wants to sell.  Its really artsy, but its kind of gothic, with bat wings and its not her style.  So, my roomie is going to put it on craigslist to try to sell it.   Well, it was my idea to take a picture of it to heighten the advertisment and then of course I decided that I wanted to be in the pictures.  The ham that I am……

Me luggin the chair to the great outdoors for the photo shoot.

Me luggin the chair to the great outdoors for the photo shoot.

So here is the photo shoot of this event.  I should be busting a move, paying bills, doing taxes, meeting friends for lunch and practicing my uke.  Man, do I ever get side tracked.

 

i love the frozen over cest pool we have in our front yard.....nice....

i love the frozen over cest pool we have in our front yard.....nice....

 

 

Here are the photos.  Have a lovely day……

PS, If you want to buy the chair let me know, but you know what, I think I am getting attached to it now…. Ha ha…   By the time you read it, I will probably keep it for more photo shoots.

 

me acting tough to match the gothic chair

me acting tough to match the gothic chair

 

 

I begged my neighbor Charles to take the photos because Audrey had to go to work.

I begged my neighbor Charles to take the photos because Audrey had to go to work.

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I Love to Busk

Snake Oil Medicine Show has been busking for years.  Last Friday when busking with The Space Heaters, it just warmed my heart.  This is a pastime I hope I never give up.  Its joyful and you can practice your licks on the streets and it makes people happy.  Also, its fun getting some pocket change to spend it in the city that you are visiting, like getting a cup of coffee, a shot of wheat grass or a postcard.  Its so fun.  Busking is a great way to practice your ham skills and cut up and get people to step on up and don’t be shy and be a part of the fun…….

Here is a photo that our wonderful tour manager of Snake Oil Medicine Show took of us in Boulder, Colorado on Pearle Street a couple summers back.

 

photo by Billy Herring.  Andy Pond, Sean Foley, George Pond and Caroline Pond

photo by Billy Herring. Andy Pond, Sean Foley, George Pond and Caroline Pond

Knoxville Love

I crossed over the mountains yesterday into Knoxville, Tennessee where I met a swing band called The Space Heaters to do some performances.  We played 4 times to be exact.  We did a live radio show on  Blue Plate Special on WDVX    http://www.wdvx.com/programs/blueplate.html

Linda Dicus took this shot of us.  It was great running into her.

Linda Dicus took this shot of us. It was great running into her.

 

 

 

We also jammed in the Market Square outside, ate dinner at Tomato Head, played at the Time Warp Tea Room and The Bistro at the Bijou.  So we were busy, but we sure did have a blast.  I sure do love Knoxville, what a cool town. 

It was nice to get away and just immerse myself in music all day long playing swing music.  We had twin fiddles, myself and Jason Baker.Leo Johnson was the singer and guitar guy, Adam the comedian drummer and Ray Ring on hot ukulele.

http://www.spaceheaterswing.com/the_band.html

A good time was had by all.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!!!!!!

I Love My Life

I do love my life!!!!  I am so happy where I am right now.  I love all the challenges, the experiences, the lessons and the people in my life.  Folks all the time ask me ,what am I going to do in the future ,and I think well I am already there doing what I want to do.   I am living in the present, the very now.  This is where I want to be.  I am creative here I am not creative in my future or in my past. This is where its happening.  When I think of the past I get sad and blue about some stuff and when I think about my future I get anxiety.  Yes, I do have some fun goals, like to be a violin teacher full time, travel to South America and maybe have kids.  But right now, I am happy being here.  I travel, I play music, I write in a blog, I work and live in Asheville.  I choose to be happy!!!!!

Believe me, I am not perfect and I am definitely not a saint and I have been down in the dumps numerous times in my life.  These experiences are what make me me… My deepest and saddest moment in my life is when I lost my sweet beloved baby brother Jed, 4 years ago on February 9th to a car accident.  He was only 28 years old and he got snatched away quickly from this world.  He was my sweetie pie brother that is bigger than life to me.  But I still have to say I love my life still.  This is how my brother Jed would have wanted me to carry on.  Jed was my shining light on this planet, he taught me to live my life in a positive manner and to not talk negatively about anybody.  Jed is still with me everyday.  He had such a zest for life.  When he was eating dinner with the family he always said it was the best meal he ever had and wanted to know what was for dinner the next night…

 I choose to keep positive and to smile and to dip into all life’s adventures and not feel guilty about anything.  I don’t let my ego run my life, I let my heart do all the talking.   I challenge you to do the same my friends.  If you are not in the place that you want to be then you can be the change.  Just like Ghandi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ”  If you don’t like what you see happening in the world then you be the change.  

I don’t particularly watch the news , I feel like ignorance is bliss for me right now.  I make myself aware on important news stories by checking it out on the internet, but I just don’t feel like I need to bombard myself with such negative news about murders, fires, car accidents and the like.  It is not in my workbook to live in fear and litter my mind with such negativity. 

Another Ghandi quote that I love, “A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes.”

Okay there are no pictures on this post, this is just my heart writing it out on the internet just letting you know how I feel.

I love you very much my family, friends and fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Much Love and Inner Light,

Caroline Alton Bazemore Pond


10 Awesome Things That Happened Today

You know I love it when my days are good.  Believe me,I have my share of sucky days, but today was a stand-out awesome day and these are the 10 reasons why.

1. I woke up to a egg delivery to my bed.  A delicous omelette and a refreshing glass of orange juice delivered to me by a smiley nice guy.  What a great way to start a sunny morning

2.  I wore a short sleeve shirt all day long and wore no socks….. Kicking it 80’s style.  No socks with my shoes…..

this is so 80's style.  no socks with shoes and the peg and roll with the pants.  Too funny

this is so 80's style. no socks with shoes and the peg and roll with the pants. Too funny

 

3.  I went grocery shopping and got fresh kale, a giant bag of lemons and a huge yellow mum flower.  I am inspired now to go grocery shopping and only get yellow things.  Maybe next time all green things.  Next Tuesday all Orange things.  Okay I am being silly…….

I LOVE YELLOW.......

I LOVE YELLOW.......

4.  My pen pal sent me a poetry book, a card, a chocolate bar and a parrot brooch..  what a sweetie

5.  My flu or Island dengue fever or whatever the hell I had is officially gone.

6.  I talked to my sweet little daddy and mommy today

7.  My niece Josie sent me her first valentine’s day card

Josie's 1st Valentines card

Josie's 1st Valentines card

8.  I played my violin for the first time since returning from Jamaica

9.  I ate a delicous tempeh avocado melt with sweet potato fries from Usual Suspects for dinner

10.  i did not have to work all day long

Yeh Baby, Today Rocked my Face off.  Hanging in 70 degrees Asheville stylie……. I am HAPPY… Cheers…….

Rainbow Country

I am feeling a bit of Rainbow Country….

Jennifer Heeder, Orion, and Caroline in Rainbow Country underneath a rainbow......  Photographer I believe was Mel Mac

Jennifer Heeder, Orion, and Caroline in Rainbow Country underneath a rainbow...... Photographer I believe was Mel Mac or Georgie

It is sunny and beautiful here in Asheville and I am finally back on my game.  I am healed.  Yey!!!!

Here is a beautiful video with Bob  Marley’s awesome song “Rainbow Country”   One of my favorite songs.

 

Much Love, Sun and Light……………..