Saturday, June 29, 2013

Some days

You just gotta sleep on it. 4 hrs from testing out the man bunny for his mate and painting a lot...

Thursday, June 27, 2013


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RhondaK--- A Short History of Tides -- Excerpt...

The fishermen didn’t even notice me. They likely thought me someone’s way too young wife.  The rush of air on my face on the bridge was irresistible and I had to look down at the white caps where two forces clashed slightly, daily forever and ever. Tide to tide.  If I fell in, I wouldn’t be swept or sucked away to anywhere. I longed for that anywhere.

The wind under their gulls’ wings ruffled with something I wish I felt in my heart.  Flight is a power.  To drop and stay from stream to stream as things change, fall and stop. To fly knowing this, an act of defiant love.

“Catch anything?” I couldn’t resist the time honored question.  He was rough, maybe in his 40s but looked dependable.  Flannel shirt undone so it hit my stomach as I walked by.

“Lordie, no.  This day the dagburned things aren’t biting.  Well, I should say, they aren’t biting my hook.  Hoover over there, he already got himself a mess of fish.”

His empty bucket slid a bit in the wind and he put his foot in it. “I’m about to give up.”

“Any chance, “ I say dreading the risk, “you’re headed North?” 

He appraised me on several levels. As a woman. As a girl. As trouble. As a pregnant woman. A young girl. And trouble again. 

“I wouldn’t be…” the wind picks up, “..trouble.”

He takes in the sky. The promise of rain. The fact no one is looking at us. The fact no fish are biting. That this is a day of troubles but perhaps acts of grace. And my hair is flying around my angelic, sunburned face.  Getting caught against the rough skin of my lips.  I know that I looked like I was going to cry.

“Are you in a hurry?” he asked.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Short History of Tides - by RhondaK

Fourteen year old Michelle's most intimate secret is about to be revealed. Instead of waiting for that moment, she decides to take the hero's journey up A1A trying to find the words for her falling apart world. Working her way north on Florida's A1A, she meets saviors, criminals, kidnappers, treasure hunters, hippies, fishermen, ghosts and ultimately a solution to a question of love and her place in history.

From sand dune to fort to tourists to tides, Michelle walks her walk and rewrites her place in Florida's history.
ry Crews whiskey shot in the back corner of a bar now resting under the soul erasing wall of Cinnamon Beach.
This short fiction is a bit of young girl Hiassen, Sebold's Lovely Bones, Hoffman's Blue Diary with a touch of a Harry Crews throwing back a shot of whiskey in a bar that doesn't exist any more.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Revenge of the armadillo

Getting out of my car this morning at the swamp library, I stumbled over a small hole and fell down on the knee I had surgery on 8 weeks ago.

What a small hole. Just enough for a heel of  shoe.

That's when I remembered the armadillo I had snuck up on last night walking to my car.

It was fun scaring him straight up into the air. He even did a squeaky toy eek as he landed 3 feet away in the bushes.

But lying in the ground this morning I felt a twinge of guilt towards my 4 clawed friend. 

It was totally score 1 armadillo.

I still have a crazy armadillo painting I want to paint.

The Aztecs called them turtle rabbits.  That face does look familiar....

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

LIVE Interview tomorrow June 12 at 9 am ISH.

TUNE IN TOMORROW For my interview on a COLOR FULL PROGRAM: 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, on WSLR 96.5 FM -- I will be exuberant!! Yes I will!!

Tomorrow's ARTS TALK will investigate three radically different perspectives on the visual arts from 9-10 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, on WSLR 96.5 FM. Rhonda K (the celebrated native Florida Folk artist who's changed the visual landscape of Anna Maria Island, Cortez and environs) will share the inspiration for her exuberant images. Matthew McLendon (the curator of modern and contemporary art at The Ringling) will take us on a guided tour of the mind through "Witness to War," "American Moderns," and other world-class exhibitions opening this month. Nancy Hall (a Sarasota-based visual artist who works on canvas and fabric) will let us in on her new gallery and its visions of tropical paradise. Tune in tomorrow for all the colors your radio can deliver!

Monday, June 10, 2013

July 12 2008... Writing, planning, working

And That's when I stopped drinking tequila.....( signs as conversation starter...)

A dr. I met at Billy Bob's had me paint: Dr. Stevens...professional troublemaker.

Life and knowledge aren't linear...go out and spin some donuts. ( written during eLearning seminar after "online course most failed- statistics" - " 'Chunking'" AKA 6 items to a bullet ( which isn't strictly correct.)

Captain Mark orders a red sign.,. "I'd rather be drinking beer and fishing thinking about God than sitting in church thinking about drinking beer and fishing,?"

We're all prawns in the game of life.

I wasn't born in Xxxxx but I got here as fast as I could.

Siesta Key
If you aren't barefoot you're overdressed. / green
It's wine:30 / pink
BYOB paradise ain't cheap
Flamingo sign/green
Seriously Krazy,

July 12, 2008

SKOB employee wall of shame
Kerry's sign
Fish sign for couple
painting go ANI -burdette's dog
Dift inn ...I love the nights

RK-it's all mind over matter...if you've lost your mind, it doesn't matter.

RK- we share such beautiful things in this life..let's dance and sing songs never sung.

Step off the edge..fall into life.

Write crazy pineapple things

RhondaK writes ( further )

A boat's history is a sequence of celebrative degradations. Of polish and splendor. Of splendor to surrender.

Look out across the bay seeing jet skis whine like leaf blowers at 6am boiling seagrass beds into lifeless strips.

Spoon bills -- life is short spoon more.
Fiddler crabs --fiddle around!
We are all prawns in the game of life.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Continuing digitizing journal 2006-7: show lists, ideas, to do lists RhondaK history

Show list 2006.

Beer kills weak brain cells. That's why the more you drink the smarter you get.

Don't gaze me bro. Andrew Meyer, 2007. University of Florida.

Gave up drinking ( worse 15 minutes of my life.)

Another word for luck is persistence.

Laugh at your problems - everyone else does.

Beach bar - where the shunned shine.

If it isn't a barstool, I' m not sitting on it.

Seen it all. Done it all, can't remember most of it,

Today is the yesterday you'll be embarrassed about tomorrow.

The tide always changes.

Life is too short to stay sober.

You show me yours, I'll show you the door- potential RKism

There is no I in team, but there is in WIN. - michael Jordan

Have you had all your shots today?

Who put the stop payment on my reality check?

Starve feeds, feed dreams.

Work is for people who can't hold their liquor. Dog: licker

Time is never wasted when you are wasted all the time.

Eat right. Exercise. Die anyway.

The booze hound is off the chain.

The Whip and Sip lounge- you've been bad and it's all good?

In case of emergency--place butt on barstool.

Work. Curse of the drinking class. Oscar Wilde

Leave room in your garden so your angels can dance.

Life is fast. Slam on your beer brakes.

I always give into beer pressure.

Please find my phone so I can call my cigarettes.

There will come a day your children will figure out YOU are the people you warned them about.

4 scores and 7 beers ago....I wasn't this happy.--RK ism

Why go to Margaritaville when you've got all the paradise you can drink right here?- RK ism

My give a damn broke and I'm not going to fix it.

This bar is R rated; strong language, brief nudity, adult situations

I used up all my sick days so I called in retired.

Beer is cheaper than don't drive-drink!

The road to ruin is a hellluva drive. RK ism

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

Ow 2/08/07

Getting ready fot the Cortez Fish Fest
Which I don't do:

Leave signs at Star Fish to find me at Sea Hagg
Build modest, but high end inventory for CFF
Finish Rich's signs
Paint Jeep doors


To do list:

1) update etsy to 10 products--tiki signs 3, mermaids 1
2) do written inventory
3) ask Florida Secrets to mail newsletter 2 some addresses
4) retread self promo
5) identify big events. Starve to do one.
6) ask people what I could do better
7) how can I use $100 a month to promote myself
8) identify classic sayings and add to show
9) sign up for Van Wezel first Fridays. Get app. Don't faint and cry like a girl.
10) how to minimize costs. Should I leave Siesta Key? No...should enjoy key.
11) what works: Star Fish Company, Gulfport, Billy Bob's, Restless Native, Etsy, Thieves Market