Saturday, May 29, 2010
Standing strong and straight amidst the constant movement of the water.
side note: I dream about being underwater a lot
Another side note: After many years of painting, I finally feel like I'm coming into my true artistic self. Even though each piece is different, there's definitely more cohesiveness to it. or something.
Yet another side note- this painting, and many others can be bought here: www.loveaboveall.etsy.com
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Do I know where I'll be living next month (in 6 months? next year?) negetory
Will we be taking a vacay this Summer? nu-uh
Have any of the plans I've ever made worked out? absolutely not
but I don't think it's by accident that when "researching" for my sheep painting I stumbled across this quote:"David wasn't thinking of being king when he was tending sheep; he was just doing what God sat before him." -John Fisher
I think right now I'm being taught about patience and frustration.
Look at this video! I just saw it on Dr Nick's Blog and was all like omg that's my hood! (Actually, it's about a mile away from my hood- I hang my hat in the heart of Russian Jew country, which is awesome, cause they're awesome. All my neighbors have like five adorable super respectful yamica adorned kids each.
Also, I feel pretty safe here- no one is going to mug me and steal all my cash while I walk to my building... but if they did I'd bet they'd invest it wisely. Only downside: They make me look like the biggest wuss in cold weather- nothing like waiting for the bus in two sweaters, a parka, and snow boots with women in stilettos and knee length dresses talking about how it feels like springtime in Belarus. )
Monday, May 24, 2010
I do not feel even a little bad about "dumpster diving" your terrible landscapes (on exquisite canvas!).
I don't feel bad about sandpapering them down.
and I don't feel bad about painting them black.
I'm glad you don't take the time to create something anybody would appreciate, but moreso, I'm just glad you're too much of a slacker to claim your artwork before it (and it's exquisite canvas) gets thrown out.
Keep on underachievin'!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I'm in love with the cherry blossoms floating around my back yard right now.
Cherry blossoms aren't poisonous to cats, right?
Making our way back to the sketchiness that is the NYC subway system where we'd part ways she gave me some of the best advice for a new New Yorker.
"Listen to your instincts.
If it feels like something isn't right, it isn't."
I don't know how many times I've heard her words echo in my head seconds before I dart away from where my instincts say somethings about to go down.
Like when I crossed the street only to look back and see a mugging and other times, too...
I think living in a city with so many people requires you to turn your instincts up a higher level than other places. Not that you're completely safe anywhere, but in NYC anything can happen any time.
After spending a nice chunk of my life here, I try not to get into situations where self defense might be required, but I've found that tuning into your instincts will serve you well as a first line.
Thistles are awesome.
They're beautiful, but are clearly quite capable of tending to their own defense.
Here, have yo self a juicy little history nugget:
In 1540, King James V established the Order of the Thistle. He and his 12 knights wore a badge depicting a star, a thistle and the words "no one harms me without punishment."
Sunday, May 16, 2010
-moved 7 (soon to be 8) times
- said "adios!" to 99% of our earthly possessions twice
-survived fast food jobs, night shift jobs, ultra-demanding overtime-all-the-time jobs and life without jobs
-survived trying to restore an old as dirt cottage
-Survived living in a teeeeny tiny Caribbean apartment, and an even tinier one in NYC
- survived 1000 pointless fights
- and 100000 odious puns
-He's digitally generated compositions and I'm folk
- he's video games and I'm crosswords
-because we have a strong mutually shared belief system
-because when one of us is all "this sucks and I can't stand it" the other is always "it's going to be ok! We'll be fine without any of our stuff/living a million miles from home/ after we bury the dead cat/ completely broke/ with no privacy. We'll get through it."
-Because we know God won't give us more than we can handle.
Because we're awesome
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
breed: labrador and golden retriever, but looks 100% labrador
hobbies: fetch, fetch, fetch, and FETCH!!!!
Monday, May 03, 2010
There's a freedom in doing something for the tenth time you'll never get the first time. The first version of this piece was a ghosty shell of a dog. One of my biggest artistic hang-ups is the fear of messing things up by doing too much too it. It's a mistake I've made time and time again. Take the same sketch and draw it and redraw again and again and more and more comes out of it. The ghosty version was followed by more intensely colored versions, inked versions, and swirly skies. I don't know about anyone else, but for me it takes a lot of comfort with a piece to be brave enough to start drawing swirls with a pen.