Happy 11th Birthday Museworthy!!

Here we are again, friends. Observing another “blogaversary” for this little modeling/drawing/painting/sculpture/music/animals/museums/NYC online journal called Museworthy. We reached the ten year mark last year, and that was extra special of course. But it’s all special to me. Meaningful in a way that is both a comfort and an enrichment. It’s an opportunity for me to connect with you, my wonderful readers, and share various incarnations of art, life, and beauty, both visual and verbal. I’ll repeat what I always write on this annual post, and that is a heartfeltย thank youย for your visits here, whether they be regular or sporadic, and for your emails, comments, contributions, and friendships. It all means a great deal to me. And to you ‘quiet’ visitors who subscribe and read, I know you’re out there. I see you and I thank you. Blessings to all …

So Fred Hatt and I did it again with our yearly photoshoot, this time at my house instead of Fred’s studio. He loved the natural north light of the bay window and felt strongly that we should take some shots there. We agreed on using this one for the blog. I like it because it’s a little strange, with the eye, the hair and the hands on the wall.

Perhaps because I turned 50 years old this year I’ve been plunging heavily into nostalgia these past few months, recalling the music, the trends, and the cultural and historical watersheds that I and my fellow Gen Xers lived through as children of the 80s. We had no Internet, no smart phones, no Netflix, no 24 hour cable news, no social media, and definitely no blogs! But as the ‘bridge’ between the postwar era and the digital age, my generation learned how to adapt and fend for ourselves; the latchkey kids weaned on MTV and afterschool specials, having the shit scared out of us by the AIDS crisis and Three Mile Island and the ‘War on Drugs’. We managed to come out on the other side as free thinkers, improvisors, and entrepreneurs, with a dose of slackerdom mixed in. Winging it into adulthood. Cynical but not nihilistic. Finding our way to rewarding, productive lives if we could. Art modeling came to my rescue after years of Gen X-style wandering. Better late than never! Where we go – where we ALL go – from here is anybody’s guess.

Which brings me to our music selection for today. In addition to the blogaversary, today is also a Music Monday, and the song I chose very much reflects both my personal mindset these days and the indelible song memories of my youth. In my junior year of high school one of the coolest bands ever, Talking Heads, released their album Little Creatures.ย I bought it and played it as soon as I could and had a blast. This is the video for the song “And She Was” and I hope you listen and enjoy its catchy, cheerful, imaginative vibe. The video is great fun, kind of like a surrealism mixed media artwork. Many days lately I feel like the girl in the song, ‘floating above it’. Other days I pray for the strength to float above it. Here’s David Byrne and Talking Heads.

With love and gratitude, Claudia ๐Ÿ™‚

26 thoughts on “Happy 11th Birthday Museworthy!!

  1. Gutsy. It takes lot of self confidence to go naked at this age. Hats off

    • artmodel says:

      Jugaaduwriter,

      Thank you, although I wish it wasn’t seen as ‘gutsy’ for a middle-aged woman to show her nude self. That’s one of the many things that makes art modeling so special and superior to the standards of the broader culture – all bodies are valued for their inherent, artistic beauty.

      Claudia

  2. ksbeth says:

    congrats, and here’s to many more –

  3. SiverBlack says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

  4. scultore says:

    Heartfelt congratulations and admiration for the effort in keeping this up! Its wonderful to get a shot of great writing and humanity in this day and age.

  5. Grier Horner says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed your plunge through nostalgia. And I’d like to thank you for 11 years of a blog that is entertaining, thoughtful and literate. Fred’s pensive photo fit the post’s mood perfectly.

    • artmodel says:

      Grier,

      Many thanks! You’re another longtime Museworthy reader and I’m so grateful. And I agree about Fred’s photo. It’s expressiveness and composition work so well for the occasion.

      Thank you again! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Claudia

  6. Bill says:

    Happy birthday to Museworthy! Another great collaboration on the photo — very autumnal in mood — and I’ve always been a fan of natural light. So . . . on to the next 11 years?

    • artmodel says:

      Bill,

      I actually handled your “next 11 years?” comment with a sliver of confidence! Not absolutely certain I can do it but the mere suggestion doesn’t freak me out, so I guess that’s a good thing!

      So glad you like Fred’s photo and yes natural light imparts such a distinctively different quality than artificial light. I fully understand artists’ love affair with it.

      Thanks so much for your comments, dear friend ๐Ÿ™‚

      Claudia

  7. Fred Hatt says:

    Happy blogaversary, Claudia! It has been such a pleasure knowing you and following Museworthy over the years! I want to credit you for finding the cropping and deep shadow look that makes the photo pop! You have a great eye. And the Talking Heads video is a classic. I believe it was made by cutting out and hand-animating color Xerox copies – a subtly different look than you’d get now with digital methods.

    • artmodel says:

      Fred,

      I didn’t know that about the Talking Heads video. That’s super cool! I’ve watched this video so many times and it’s a wonderful trip every time. And I appreciate your comments about my amateur ‘photo-editing’! Only two simple adjustments and it just hit the right note. No Photoshop. Not bad ๐Ÿ™‚

      Fred, you are so very dear to me. Our friendship, and our collaborations, enhance, inspire, and strengthen my life in ways beyond measure. You are truly my best friend. And you have contributed to Museworthy significantly over the years. These anniversary posts could not happen without you.

      Thanks for your comments, and for being you …always ๐Ÿ™‚

      Claudia

  8. artmodelandrew says:

    This is post is way more awesome than an after-school special. First, congratulations on the blogaversary and another most excellent photo collaboration with Fred–I see you emerging from a dark place toward the light. Second, the Music Monday bonus is a brilliant nostalgic selection: a great song and a very creative video for its time. Finally, on behalf of Museworthy readers across the globe:

    • artmodel says:

      Andrew,

      Some of those afterschool specials weren’t bad actually, but I’m glad Museworthy is better! ๐Ÿ˜† I love your interpretation of Fred’s photo; emerging from dark to light. That’s wonderful, thank you friend. And I’m delighted that the Talking Heads video/song is so enjoyable to everyone. I loved the song then and I love it now. David Byrne just did a concert here in Queens a few days ago:
      http://www.brooklynvegan.com/david-byrne-returned-to-forest-hills-stadium-after-35-years-pics-video-review-setlist/

      And I must say that I’m the one who’s “not worthy”! Your readership, and all the subscribers to Museworthy, humble me with their visits. With every post I publish, I quietly hope that at least some of you find interest, enjoyment, beauty, and wonderment in my selections. I’m sure that I miss the mark sometimes, and other times I hit it. I’m just honored that folks keep coming back either way.

      Thanks again, Andrew. You are one of my very oldest, original readers and supporters. Blessings and love, my friend … ๐Ÿ™‚

      Claudia

  9. Dave says:

    Happy 11th Birthday, Museworthy! I love the photo and the brilliant musical choice. The Talking Heads definitely provided the soundtrack to my formative years.

    I just saw David Byrne and his current 11-piece band play in Detroit a few weeks ago, and it was absolutely terrific. I hope you get a chance to see him.

    Finally, thank you for all of the wonderful and informative posts and for the offline advice. Hereโ€™s to at least another 11 years.

    • artmodel says:

      Dave,

      Thank you so much! I know exactly how you feel about Talking Heads. They were unique, inventive, and fun! How wonderful you got to see David Byrne recently. I posted a link in my comment reply to Andrew above about his concert here in Queens a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t there but I wish I could have gone! Yes, I hope I get a chance to see him.

      I so appreciate your kind comments about Museworthy. Your participation on this blog has been so meaningful, personal, and intelligent. I truly love having your voice here, and your art modeling experiences and insights.

      Thanks again Dave! Much more blogging to come ๐Ÿ™‚

      Claudia

  10. kdmedina says:

    Miss Clawdy, I am just catching up with you!

    Yes, yes, and yes to the memories. Absolutely with you, though a few years older. Gen X is under appreciated, as predicted.

    Glad youโ€™re still going. You inspire me.

    • artmodel says:

      Ken,

      Thank you so much! Yes, still going ๐Ÿ™‚
      My readers, my friends, and my art modeling work inspire me. I appreciate all of it.

      Good to hear from you! Hope you’re doing well.

      Claudia

  11. Artlover says:

    Happy Birthday,Museworthy. As a big fan of nudity in art I always enjoy reading your blog.

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