Transition

 

So the move is now in it’s final stages. Almost everything is in the new place, but I still have to get a couple of loads tonight of those last little things and then go back tomorrow morning and clean. I’d been in the last place for three years, which was the first time in a while that I hadn’t moved at least once a year. It was a small space, but we managed to pack quite a bit in there. One thing about packing, it always ends up creating mountains of things…

 

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The new apartment is nicer in some ways (bigger!) and worse in others (more noise from neighbors), but overall I’m liking it. My current job is right next door, so I can just walk to work, which is pretty cool. I saw a rabbit outside the other day when I was leaving, just sitting there and chewing on the grass. One of my favorite things though, is the view. Sure, the windows might be a little smaller, but compared to the previous view, the new one is SO much better! 

 

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I much prefer looking out a window and seeing trees to staring across the street into someone else’s apartment. There has been a lot of change these last couple of months, but it has all been pretty positive. And I’m also trying to stay more aware of how I’m doing. I do tend to want to do everything. And although I’ve managed to get a lot of art applications in recently, I did have to stop and tell myself yesterday that I was going to have to not apply for a couple of public art calls that were due yesterday and tomorrow. It was just too much to do and not enough time. I’d rather be able to spend time and put together a strong application than submit something half-assed. Besides, one of them will likely be available next summer so that I can apply then.

 

Okay… back to finishing moving.  

Indian Princess Project

 

Ever since I took a course on Indigenous Visual Perspectives from the Institute of American Indian Arts back in 2007, I’ve been much more aware of American Indian stereotypes in popular culture. It isn’t a subject that is new, but I’ve had ideas about how I might approach it from an artist’s perspective for a while. Finally, I’m feeling ready to start approaching this. Of course, I’ve also been putting together grant proposals relating to a larger print-related project I’m going to be starting this fall… Still, I like having multiple things to work on at once. I can devote most of my attention to the prints and working with learning about traditional designs and how I interpret them, and then take breaks from that to work on something a little less rigorous. My initial supplies arrived in the mail today and I’m excited to see where this goes!

 

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Giant Pacific Octopus

 

We were at the Seattle Aquarium the other day and they had TWO octopi on display! These things are so super cool! However, it was kind of sad too because the one shown in the picture would try to swim and then smash into the side of the tank. As much as I love zoos and aquariums because I can watch animals, I also don’t really agree with keeping animals in captivity for entertainment purposes. Well, at least if they’ve been captured from the wild. No matter how “authentic” of an environment they try to make it, it still isn’t really going to be the same as the animal’s actual natural environment. And some of these displays are just so small for the size of animals they hold…

 

Well, I did enjoy watching him/her swim around. It was pretty active, I’m wondering if they had caught it recently and it was trying to escape? I’ve heard that they can be really crafty in finding ways out of their tanks. There is also a tale of how a guy staying at a hotel on the Seattle waterfront was fishing out of his hotel window and ended up catching a Giant Pacific Octopus, which he promptly donated to the Aquarium. Not sure how long ago that was, but it is cool to know that these live in Puget Sound. 

 

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Orange Poppy

 

The weather was pretty nice and mild this winter/spring, but now that June has arrived it has been on the rainier side. Sun is out today though, and I happen to have the day off so it has been pretty nice. I do have to say, a good way to spend the morning is going to get coffee and then taking a nice leisurely walk. There’s a nice neighborhood “pea patch” garden and the poppies are in bloom right now. Great colors, especially in the sunlight. Very vibrant. (And there are lots of bees! I like bees!)

 

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Rainy June Days

 

Last night at work, a coworker had left and then came back to tell us that there was a huge rainbow outside. It was late evening and had been raining a little after a fairly sunny afternoon, and there it was, a large rainbow spanning the sky. It wasn’t one of those half-ones either, it was a full half-circle. Somewhat faint, but still clearly visible.

 

Things like that always seem to lift my spirits. It’s like the bald eagle I often see sitting on a lamppost or sculpture right next to the 520 bridge on my way to or from Bellevue. There is something comforting about seeing that eagle. And I was shocked last week when I saw two eagles sitting there on two separate occasions. Double the comfort? Indeed.

 

I’m still thinking about my triangles, and ran across this snapshot I’d taken back at the Tlamasklit (spelling is probably wrong) Cultural Center when I was in Pendleton in May. It is just a simple band of tile that was in the men’s bathroom, but there they were, more triangles. And of course, my printmaking has been ALL about triangles! It was comforting to find that simple gesture there in that bathroom, much the same way it is comforting to see a rainbow or an eagle. It might seem small, but it feels really nice.

 

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Random snapshots

 

Found these while rummaging around in my iPhone. These are all from the past month or two. One of the things about technology and having my cellphone that I love, is that I pretty much always have a camera with me. It may not always take the best pictures, but usually I’m more interested in the memory behind the image than in capturing exactly what I saw at that moment. Just the image can remind me of the experience of having been there. I’ll have to post some more images later. I found a bunch of cool things that I’d forgotten about.

 

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Bryn standing on a rock at a beach near Deception Pass

 

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I’m not big on heights and it was a LONG way down! Cool seaweed formations in the water…

 

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More rocks and water near Deception Pass

 

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Seattle skyline from a ferry – with a really cool collection of clouds

 

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Sunset while driving across the 520 bridge (hence the blurriness)

 

 

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California poppies in bloom on a sunny June day

Movin’ on up… to the Eastside…

 

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So I’ll be moving at the end of the month. Bellevue isn’t far from Seattle (just across Lake Washington), but it does have a certain reputation for being more conservative and consumer-oriented. After living in and close to downtown Seattle for so long, it’ll probably be a bit of an adjustment to suddenly be living in the suburbs again. One nice thing though, is that the apartment complex we’re moving to is right next door to where I work. I can’t imagine an easier commute!

 

As I’ve been working on various art-related applications this month, I did start to think about what it might be like to be an Artist living in Bellevue. I know they have a big annual Art Fair and the Bellevue Art Museum is pretty cool too in what it does. But I got to wondering whether there were studios where I could take classes or would I have to come back to Seattle for that? A quick internet search led me to two places that sounded promising: “The Studio, Fine Art Classes” and “Bellevue Art Studio.” Further investigation determined that both of these places are geared—of course—toward children.

 

I see this as both good and bad. I’m saddened by our societies notions that the older a person gets, the less okay it is to engage in creative pursuits. Additionally, people usually only seem to be impressed by artists when they can command huge prices for their work. Otherwise, it isn’t usually looked at as a “serious” occupation. On the plus side, however, it seems like there could be more opportunities to become actively involved in creating/shaping the arts scene on the Eastside.

 

The rest of the month will be focused on work, finishing up applications, and moving. And my main plans for the rest of the summer (art-wise) are to spend time thinking and writing about my professional goals. What do I want to do? Why do I want to do it? How will I achieve these goals and on what sort of timeline? By the time fall rolls around, I should be ready to start buckling down and spending some more serious time on creating work again. Which isn’t to say that I’m avoiding making art this summer, just that I’ll likely be more focused on the organizational and business aspects of my practice. Oh, and generating ideas! I’ve definitely got ideas!