Whew. I don’t usually work on Saturdays and today helped confirm why not. Insanity! Craziness! Nonstop!
But I’m going to go back to yesterday, when things were so much better. Yesterday was unexpectedly awesome. Bryn and I drove up to Bellingham to drop off some of my work for a show at Blue Horse Gallery that opens next week called “The B.E.S.T. of First Nations.” It was a really great fall day with some sun and some clouds. I hadn’t been to downtown Bellingham and it had that crisp, fall, college-town feel to it. The gallery was in transition with construction, but I got to meet the curator and everyone seemed really nice. And then we went to the Chick-Fil-A on campus at Western Washington University which is the ONLY Chick-Fil-A in Washington State. It was delicious! I also had to go into the student bookstore and stalk the office and art supply section. I love the smell of office supplies. And art supplies. Especially college bookstore supply sections.
The picture above is from the drive home. I thought that the cloud formation was pretty cool and then the sun was right there too. After a stressful day today, in my head I’m back at the student cafe at Western, sitting at a table by the window looking out at the water, munching on a chicken sandwich. Suddenly, everything seems better.
I took this picture when I had stopped by Cornish yesterday to have lunch with a couple of friends. There’s a “B.U.F.U. (By Us For Us) Gallery” up on the sixth floor in a tiny room, and the current “show” appeared to be a do-it-yourself graffiti installation that was open for anyone to participate in. Paper, plastic, and panels lined the walls. Canvas covered the floor. Open cans of paint and brushes sat in the middle of the room. And I found that one, curious quote written on the wall: “fuck your HiPSTER triangle art.”
Of course I immediately took it personally since I seem to have become obsessed with triangles in my art lately. But on reflection, I really don’t know who or what it is in reaction to, and I doubt that it is me. I’m certainly not a hipster (nor do I think anyone would mistake me for one) and I graduated last year. This leaves me with one question. What IS hipster triangle art? I want to know!
Apparently this is an authentic Pocahontas costume. I did see some little girls wearing it (with a feather in their hair). Although most of the little girls dressed up were wearing other princess dresses and had glittery fake attached to their heads. (It was bad.)
There was also this “Native” medicine bag being sold right above the Pocahontas costume. Lame.
There wasn’t much of Pocahontas around aside from the costume for sale. But there was this huge statue hanging from the ceiling at the big store at Downtown Disney. I do kind of like the idea of using a paintbrush as a paddle!
At the American Adventure show at Epcot, there is a brief, stirring moment with an animatronic Chief Joseph. Nice to have that included, although he’s still portrayed in a typically romanticized way. And of course it is the, “I will fight no more,” quote, which nicely plays into the official version of the founding of America.
I did run into Pocahontas posing for pictures in two different places! Here she is in Animal Kingdom. I got a picture of me with her at Epcot, but that one is on Bryn’s phone. I’ll have to track it down…
There was also a scene in Phantasmic with Pocahontas being rescued by John Smith. Or maybe it was the other way around? I missed capturing that one, but you can see them at the top of the riverboat with a bunch of other characters in a later scene. If you look closely.
The restaurant at the Mexico pavilion at Epcot has a pretty cool pyramid. The volcano erupts every now and then too and sends a fireball out.
And, of course, the Canada Pavilion has some Northwest Coast carvings. Kind of felt like home, except not quite. (The trees and plants were all wrong.) Also, the carvings didn’t look quite right. Perhaps they were lacking that patina that comes from all the rain here? The style also looks a little different from what I’m used to seeing, the shapes are more “blocky.” But that could just be a stylistic tribal difference. These types of carvings and totem poles aren’t actually indigenous to Seattle, we just have a lot of them around now.
Origami cranes at the Japan Pavilion, Epcot.
I ran across a collection of scraps of paper that had quotes on them that I’d found inspirational. At least some of them are from high school and instead of throwing them away when I was cleaning up my desk (or wherever they had been) I had tucked them away in a box. They still resonate with me. Whoever I was at that point in time, there is still that part of me present today. One of my favorite ones is rather long and concerns “attitude.” It is often difficult to remember this lesson when I’ve had a bad day or things seem like everything is wrong. But in reality, it is true. How I choose to approach a situation will often affect it’s outcome and, at the very least, my own experience of the situation.
“Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.”
Charles Swindoll – Theologian
For instance, I was skeptical about whether Disney World was really that cool of a place to go on vacation to. But once I was there, I embraced the ability to be a kid again and had the time of my life. Good thing I chose to do that instead of being cranky about it!
This morning I woke up and was having some coffee and a blueberry waffle. I flipped on the Xbox and was looking in Netflix to find something to watch while I ate. I saw that Seasons 1 & 2 of Art21 were on there (a PBS documentary) and figured, “Why not?”
Well. I didn’t even get through the whole first episode. Laurie Anderson’s introduction was a little “woo woo” for my taste, although not without merit. But the first artist profiled was Richard Serra, and I had to stop and turn it off after watching the part about him. My education in interior design has certainly made me think about “place” and “space” and all of those things in ways I never used to. Learning more about his process and how he looks at and builds his sculptures was fascinating. And inspiring! I especially loved seeing some views of the installation of his piece, Charlie Brown, in the Gap headquarters in San Francisco. A picture of it is above, and conveniently, it also has the address of the site where I found it.
You can also watch the episode here if you are interested. Apparently, you can watch all of them online!
Wilson the Woodpecker
I was in the shower getting ready to go to work today and Bryn runs in and tells me to hurry up, that there is a big woodpecker outside. Well, it turns out, he was right. I’m sitting here right now, minutes away from walking out the door, and I can see him right through my office window as I’m typing away. He’s digging into a dead tree and has been working at it for quite some time. (Bryn says his name is Wilson.)
Okay, so this is one of the good things about NOT living in the city!