Having A Little App Fun…

So, I got a bit sidetracked today playing with a caricaturing ios app called MomentCam. Made one for each of the two things I most love doing: Playing the ukulele and making art. One drawback of the app is that it does not have a full-beard option or the option to make the beard white. Although, you can choose white for the head hair. So, I opened up a second ios app called Pixomatic and grabbed my beard from a selfie and dropped it onto the other image. Also used Photoshop on the Mac to add tie-dye pattern to jacket, etc.

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Preview Party for the Naudain Street Art Collaborative Group Show…

The Naudain Street Art Collaborative (NSAC) just had it’s Preview Party and Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) Fundraiser (Ticketed) on Friday, July 7th, 2017 followed by the free public opening of the annual group show on the 8th. The NSAC is the brainchild of artist, Bhavisha Patel. Her studio/gallery is Art and the Ageless Gardens and is located on, you guessed it, Naudain Street in Philadelphia. Bhavisha, along with 9 other neighborhood artists, myself included, exhibit in a series of shows throughout the year, each featuring works from two artists in the group, in addition to the annual group show.


Were You At Woodstock?

Don't Feed The Hippies

Part of the activity of any artist is getting your work out in front of potential fans who could become client/collectors. One of the ways in which I do this is through entering my work in juried shows. While the key benefit to getting accepted to such a show is the exposure to the buying public of your work, a side benefit is hand-delivering your work to the gallery when the gallery is far enough away to make the cost of packing and shipping it roughly the same as a road trip and overnight stay. The Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY is one such place. It’s a three-hour drive from Philadelphia and only about forty minutes from a wonderful airB&B we like in Woodstock – the town, not the music festival of the same name.

The 1969’s counter-culture music event actually took place in Bethel, NY., sixty miles from Woodstock. So why was the three-day-long festival of art and music called Woodstock? Well, the investment group that financed the festival was Woodstock Ventures (and is in Woodstock) They could not secure a local venue large enough to handle the projected crowd of 250, 000, so they held it at Max Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel. Good thing they did, because 500,000 showed up. But I digress.

The town of Woodstock, population 5,884 in the 2010 census, has embraced the whole notion and historical significance of the festival that bears its name. There’s plenty of tie-dye, new age shops and bookstores, organic produce, hip restaurants, and a weekend flea market (right across the street from the airB&B we stayed at). Buddha images and statues abound. The Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Buddhist Monastery overlooks Woodstock. Even the local real estate office had a Buddha on their sign.


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And through Columbus day, there is the 2017 Woodstock Guitar Sculpture Exhibition. Dozens of guitar-shaped artworks installed on the sidewalks and in shop windows. On October 8th, they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Family of Woodstock Crisis Hotline.

If you like drum circles, there is a Community Drum Circle in the center of town every Sunday from 4-6. Check out the short video I shot below. Got me swaying and foot tapping. 

Needless to say, being an old hippie and all, I enjoy the vibe in Woodstock, NY. And please ignore the “Don’t Feed The Hippies” sign. Or, better yet, let’s meet for brunch at Oriole 9 on Tinker Street. You never know, you might run into Deva Premal & Mitten, as Betsy and I did during our last visit.

Curious about where I got my cool threads? Well, I used to be a guest blogger at SoulFlower.com, and I love their stuff so much, I just can’t stop mentioning it. Check ’em out.


Help Celebrate 1,000 Friends On Facebook…

Facebook recently let me know I now have over 1,000 Facebook friends. If I had you all in a big room right now, I’d feel compelled to share an original ukulele (oo-koo-lay-lay) song or two. And I just realized that if each of you sent me just $2.00 (less than a cup of coffee), I could finally afford the professional ukulele I’ve had my eye on for some time. So, let’s give it a shot. You can send it via PayPal to my account. Just log in to your PayPal account and click on Send Money. Then type in burnell@ravenswingstudio.com. Or you can send it to 2301 Naudain Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146 USA. What a way to celebrate!

And while you’re hear, lend an ear to my most recent ukulele song, “Give That Boy Cremation.”

And a big thanks to those who’ve already done so. Share if you like the song. That would be most appreciated.


Original Ukulele Song – “Give That Boy Cremation” – by Burnell Yow!

When you are dead and gone my friend… 

Like this song enough to learn it and perhaps cover it on YouTube? You are not alone. After several requests for the words and chords, I have included a link to download the pdf – here and in the description for the video on YouTube. All I ask is if you post a cover of this song on YouTube, please send me a link. I’d love to see and hear your interpretation. Thanks.

Download lyrics w/chords at http://bit.ly/2mNiR4f


New Series – Opening March 4th, 2017

Ritual Totems


2016 POST Open Studio Tours, Oct. 8 & 9, Noon till 6…

Open Studio EventCome one and come all to Raven’s Wing Studio on October 8&9 from noon till 6 pm. Meet Philadelphia artists Burnell Yow! and Betsy Alexander. And be granted an audience with the world-famous feline musical diva, Nora The Piano Cat. Hope to see you here!

2301 Naudain Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146


Color Is A Drug I Can’t Live Without…

I Want All The Colors

Color is life. Life is color. I went through a period in my life when I wore mostly black. It was cool. It was artistic, intellectual, hip. Can’t say for sure when I changed my mind, but it was around the time I began my Digital Abstract and Digital Mandala series. And now color is the drug I can’t live without. Nor would I ever want to try.



Trash Artists Burnell & Betsy Filmed and Interviewed by Phylandra McFaddin

Philadelphia Dumpster Divers: Betsy and Burnell from Phylandra McFaddin on Vimeo.


My Time As A Member of the Vibe Tribe

Seems like only yesterday I was contacted by one of my favorite online clothing and accessories stores, Soul-Flower.com, about joining their 2015-16 Vibe Tribe of guest bloggers. Six posts later and I, and the six others in my Tribe (each contributing 6 posts throughout the year), turn over the reins to a new group of flowering souls for the 2016-17 season.

On the off chance that you may have missed one or two, I’ve attached links to my six inspired posts below, starting with the most recent. Please visit and check out the posts, mine and my other Vibe Tribers’, and if you’re into cool threads for kind heads, (and who isn’t, right?), then check out the great hippie and festival wear and accessories that Soul-Flower.com has to offer.

The links to my posts are as follows, with the most recent first:

6) The Cats Of Raven’s Wing



5) Whatever You Are, Be That


4) An Urban Oasis Grows In Philly


3) On Becoming A Time Lord


2) The Philadelphia Dumpster Divers: Upcycling Trash Into Treasure


1) Celebrating The Here And Now

Hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing and sharing them. And if you want to make sure you don’t miss any of my future posts, please sign up for my newsletter using the form in the column to the right.

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