August 20th, 2011

August 20, 2011 § 2 Comments

It’s a Saturday… I am at work. In fact, I just found out I will be here 7 days a week now. I’m indifferent about it.

 

Anyways,
I just uploaded a few new photos to the “Paintings” page.. so check it out if you can. I’d like to hear what you have to say. 🙂

4 Minutes Left

August 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

My work day is almost over, but I haven’t been on here much at all this week so I wanted to pop in.

 

Tonight is the Perseids Meteor Shower. We will be joining our friends out in the fields where they bail hay all summer. I can’t wait.

 

It’s the little things that make your day.

August 8, 2011 § 4 Comments

  Like this cup of tea on a rainy, cold summer morning.

Monday Morning.

August 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

7:45 came very early this morning…

It’s August but there is dew in the air (it might even be rain..?) and it’s about 55 degrees. If you ask me, I think it’s a bit refreshing. However I do realize that I will be required to pretend like it upsets me just for the sake of small talk today. No one lets you get away with your opinions when you work at the front desk of a successful real estate agency- not even when it comes to the weather. So I find that it is best if I just agree when someone says, “What’s with this rain, huh? It’s summer, where’s the sunshine?”

People really do ask me these silly questions and it’s as if they always expect me to actually know the answer. I spend a hefty chunk of my day just listening to people complain about things that will never matter in a week. But it is my job to stay positive and to keep these people motivated. Afterall, they’re the ones signing my pay check every month. But what happens when I don’t have any motivation? And what happens if I don’t feel like being positive today? I guess that’s just what I’m trying to figure out.

 

Abstract 2011

August 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

 

   Title: “Lazy Days In Los Angeles”

   Acrylic on Canvas

   Painted with a little help from my friend, Jordan. Not too bad for someone that’s never touched a paint brush before. 🙂

Update

August 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s a Saturday…and just like every other Saturday, I’m at work.

I’m not complaining, though. It was a little rough waking up this morning because I didn’t go to sleep until almost 3. I had to be to work in Corvallis at 9 and I made it, but just barely. Margie brought me Starbucks for breakfast and that was definitely the best part so far.

I feel accomplished today. I worked my hands to the bone yesterday both at work and at home. Mostly at home. Let me take a minute to just reflect on my evening:

I walked in the door at exactly 6pm and as I pushed it open Jacob was on the other side about to leave. He informed me that my roommate, Alex, was asleep so he was just about to head out. He then decided to hang around for a while longer and we got food. He also came with me to pick up some band-aids and hydrogen peroxide so I could nurse the razor wound on my ankle. Once we got home I immediately decided to start sketching in my new sketchbook (photos to follow) and he left.

No more than half an hour later,  Alex woke up and we hung out a little before he decided to leave to go do laundry. So I was home alone once again and I couldn’t even complain. I ran through the apartment picking up clutter and trash until I was satisfied. I rounded up all the t-light candles I knew I had and I spread them out across the living room. I lit each candle as well as two incense sticks and turned it to Feist on the iHome. I have a very large canvas hanging above my couch in the living room. It’s not blank but I’ve only just begun to lay down the background. So I dumped out my bag of paint and started to go to town on the canvas, all the while it was still hanging on the wall. This way I won’t have to tamper with that cheap easel. I think I’m going to do that more often.

After about an hour into the painting I decided to put on a pot of tea. I served myself a mug of chamomile and Elderberry and sketched a bit more in my book. By that time the guys had all arrived. At first I was a little embarrassed to be caught listening to classical music, drinking tea, and basically meditating. But I was surprised by their reaction… Lately they show a lot of interest in my hobbies and I feel that I am connecting with them on several different levels. It’s very refreshing and you would understand if you saw me a year ago. But of course I will not go in to that right now. I am in a beautiful place right now. For them to understand me and let me in last night was flattering and I am finally feeling secure.

My Hobby.

August 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Koi- Acrylic on Canvas
A Mothers’ Day Present

When I started this painting I never envisioned it this way. I’m so upset with my camera though because the fins and the scales look extremely dull. In reality it’s actually metallic bronze and gold, as well as some silver in the lilly-pads.

 
I’m proud of myself, though. Since I graduated high school two years ago, this is probably the second painting I’ve actually started and completed. My Junior and Senior year I was enrolled in all of the advanced art classes and I worked my butt off, but I hated my teacher. She was the kind of person that would literally draw on your canvas because it “just wasn’t speaking to her”. Talk about hindering someone’s creativity. Ever since then I feel as though I am dealing with some sort of anxiety when it comes to a blank canvas. I always have to please everyone.
 
Needless to say, a real artist cannot sit there in that state of mind. Lately I am trying to find any and all ways to fuel my creativity and inspiration. So please, if you like what you see, tell me! If you don’t, TELL ME! I need critisism.. but constructive critisism.