crushed

I’m a pretty positive person (learned behavior–and not from my parents), but I have to say that tonight I’m feeling a little bit like the shell in this picture.

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Giraffes are everywhere!

When you look for giraffes, they are everywhere. Even if they are just stickers on the window of a car in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Yakima.

Ended up getting sick and drove out a day early to see family and recuperate. Wishing I’d brought some of my art supplies with me, but oh well! At least I thought to bring Robohontas with me!

Grim’s Butterfly Lounge

This may not be art specific, but it is still relevant! Basically, I’ve had a really fun last few days, which was much-needed. One of the places a friend and I stopped at last night was Grim’s on Capitol Hill. We both got grilled cheese sandwiches (see photo above) that were delicious. The drinks were perfect. Even the salad and soup that came with the sandwiches was great. Oh, and the space is really amazing too! In general, all of the ingredients combined to make for a really great sensory experience.

It wasn’t open when we got there, but we did go up and peek on our way out at the upstairs Butterfly Lounge (pic below). Such a cool and unusual space. I love that somebody dreamed that up. I was really sad when Grey Gallery and Lounge closed, which was the former occupant of the space, but at least something just as good is now installed there.

Studio

Well, I’ve got my studio space now! Still packing and moving things in, but I spent a little bit of time this morning painting and it was really nice. I think this is going to be good.

Still lots of change happening, but getting more used to it. Ending a long term relationship really sucks! But that isn’t news to anyone…

Devastation

I took this picture this past weekend when I was on a walk with Bryn. It makes me think of so many things. There was an asphalt area next to the sidewalk covered in moss, and a root from a tree (most likely) was breaking through. I took a close up shot, but there was a lot of moss. It was like a miniature landscape with a long fault line running through it. Made me think of the devastation in Japan. And then of the devastation occuring in my personal life. I know what I’m doing is the right thing, but it is hard to basically ruin someone’s life out of nowhere. Doubly hard when you really care for them. Of course, I haven’t had to live through a major earthquake and then tsunami, so things could always be much, much worse.

Started a new painting, hopefully it will help me process things. Should find out about getting my studio space in Fremont this week too. Also, am going today to meet with a former classmate about a potential opportunity. Generally, I’m positive about my life. Just kind of a down patch for the moment. It has been a rough weekend. But things will get better.

Never regret anything that once made you smile

The title of this post is the title of this piece. I needed to photograph it for my website and thought I’d also put it up here. Ah, what a week it has been.

I did go to the opening of the “Full Slice of Pie” show at Twighlight Artist’s Collective on Thursday. It was fun! And I liked seeing all of the work there. Talked to one of the curators and she said that my piece had gotten lots of compliments. My friend who was with me commented that mine was also one of the more “different” works on display. I realized that she was right. Most of the other work being shown was nice, but not necessarily very original. I’ll take that as a good sign.

“It was never between you and them anyway.”

Dropped off my piece for the DameBuilder show that opens this Thursday. I saw some of the other work and it looked pretty cool. Plus, I hadn’t been to Twilight before, and it was such a nice little space! I have another painting in progress as well. It is interesting to see how these have been changing.

Speaking of changing, there are still things happening in my own life too. Starting a new position at the end of the month that I’m looking forward to. It is with the same company, but in a different department. Also, I’ve been extending my reevaluation of my life into areas that I wasn’t expecting to. Kind of scary, but better to really explore and face these issues than ignore them. Life is too short.

Ran across a quote that was written on Mother Theresa’s wall in Calcutta:

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
…If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

Those last two sentences really got me. I’m not really religious at all, but whether it is God, the Universe, or however you choose to look at things, it is true. I can only control what I do and how I react and the type of person I choose to be. So who do I want to be?