Sunday, May 31, 2009

Daily Successes x 2

This is for Saturday and Sunday!

  1. I held my emotional center when somebody dumped on me. It's hard to separate your own feelings from what others insist you feel, such as guilt, shame, and anger, especially in the midst of a confrontation. Before, I would have felt shaken. This time, I felt prepared.

  2. I increased my weights. I did this sooner than I thought I could, but I handled it alright. Macho, macho man.

  3. I am planning a garden.

  4. I found a tasty, organic Belgian ale. It's made by Bison Brewing Company in Berkeley, California.

  5. I met a friendly and generous person. You know, there are some cool people out there. Find more, make friends, and be one.

  6. I helped my mom by translating a contract.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Daily Successes

See and You Shall Find, bumper sticker
Available in my gift shop @ CafePress, Everyday Beauty
  1. I started my fourth of ten sessions for my graduate program.

  2. I ate something out of nostalgia and will not have to eat it again.

  3. I made people laugh.

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Please excuse the interruption

There will be a student art show from June 2-4 at Pacific Thai. My exhibit will resume on Friday, June 5.

Please support the arts and check out this brief show before it leaves on Thursday! And then come again to my show if you haven't yet. It's waiting for you.


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Details of Snowfall

For the full Original Finger Painting of Snowfall, please visit my gallery.

For the full Original Finger Painting of Snowfall, please visit my gallery.

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Daily Successes

  1. I cooked at home.
  2. I took out the garbage.
  3. I went to bed early.

Prayers, heaven flung, fall back to earth

The mournful chanting in the beginning of Battlestar Galactica's main title sequence (originally used for the UK version but eventually used in the North American version, too) has always attracted me.
Here's the translation from The TV IV (it's a wiki for all things TV):

The lyrics for this song are in Sanskrit—they are the Gayatri mantra, the most revered mantra in Hinduism. This was the UK main theme song for season 1, and as of S2E01 it became the main theme of the US version as well.
OM bhūr bhuvah svah
tat savitur varēnyam
bhargō dēvasya dhīmahi
dhiyō yō nah pracōdayāt
This can be translated in many different ways, and one of the possible translations is:
O earth, atmosphere, heaven:
May we attain that excellent glory of Savitr the God:
So may he stimulate our prayers
This breaks my heart, especially in the context of Battlestar Galactica, which is the story of fleeing refugees (there's something of the Twelve Tribes of Israel in this saga). It sounds like a lost child crying for its parent.
So many prayers seem this way to me, and I think what hurts is the pain it must take to call out for help.
And the possibility that there will be no answer.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I went to therapy. I love it, had a great time.

  2. I finished some paperwork.

  3. I hung out with new people. I went to a volleyball game on the beach and then went to dinner with the players on a whim. I love being spontaneous.

Sneakier Preview! Cherry blossoms and white cat

I've sharpened and fuzzied up a few things since taking this photograph last night--I had planned to post it but debated whether to post this almost-finished Original Finger Painting or just wait to post the actually-finished Original Finger Painting.

Given that I photograph in daylight for the best colors, the final pic will have to wait until possibly tomorrow, but I reserve the right to keep it sorta hidden while I fuss with it.

With each painting, I experiment with something new. I change the way I paint something--like the cherry blossoms--or push something a little further--like the cherry branches.

It amazes me what I see after a rest from the easel, on the same painting. Humbling, really.

My mother says that my paintings have improved, but I think she's partial to my recent realistic images. Like many people who generously share their opinions on my art (one person stopped me recently to tell me that she hates cats because they urinated on her furniture when she was a child and so she was disturbed by Meow and Zen), I take it as their opinion and thank them for sharing it (and how they experience the world) with me.

(For the record, I don't measure the quality of art based on its realism, and I was sorry that person had cats pee on her furniture. Maybe she deserved it. Oops, did I just write that?)

I don't make art for the accolades or criticism or to feel like I have a life purpose. I make it because I can. I make it because there are people making ugly in the world. It's something I do and there are times I wish I could do things that other people can do, like play music with soul, but I've got my own mystery bag of tricks and that's that.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Daily Successes

Death as a Maiden, oil on canvas, 18" x 36"
Finger painted

  1. I finished my latest painting. I probably will fuss with it a little more, but it's pretty much done.

  2. I have made a tube of toothpaste last for over a year. It's not enough just to recycle--reducing one's use is important, too! So is reusing (but not your used toothpaste. Gross).

  3. I finished season one of Battlestar Galactica.
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Monday, May 25, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I painted. It's been awhile, but I finally made some headway on a commissioned painting of a white cat.

  2. I ate leftovers. I went to a Memorial Day Weekend BBQ yesterday and brought back food my friend wrapped up for me. Delicious!

  3. I was very patient with the crazy traffic today as tourists were leaving to go back home. Usually, I get very, very, very annoyed.

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Sneak Preview! Snow falling on a cherry branch

My thanks for my patron's patience with this commission! (If you'd like to commission an Original Finger Painting or a limited edition print, please contact me.)

Anyway, it is finally off and running (I might have mentioned a white cat in one of my newsletters, Inviting Beauty, to which you might enjoy subscribing) and I thought I'd share.

The background awaits filling in, and I will be adding details to the cat and tree branch once the paint dries. I'm not sure if I'll go with the treasured cherry blossoms in this Original Finger Painting--I might just go with some golden clouds in the Japanese style along with a delicious blue sky.

I've also included the rough sketch for this piece. The eyeless cat is kind of weird!

I stopped pencil sketching my paintings about two years ago when I realized I could save time by just gettin' down and painting. I think it brings a spontaneity to the image, and makes it more fun for me, too.

Now, while things are drying, I'm going to set myself to other tasks.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Daily Successes

Out on a Limb, bumper sticker
Available in my gift shop, Everyday Beauty
  1. I drank a lot of water today. I usually don't like to drink water, but I'm rediscovering the joys of ice water.

  2. I read for pleasure and education. It's about Narcissistic Personality Disorder and the book is called, Why Is It Always about You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism by Sandy Hotchkiss, LCSW. Enlightening and highly recommended, as well as sometimes upsetting. The book invites a compassionate and clear look at oneself, as well as strategies for dealing with those self-absorbed, entitled people in our lives from family and friends to coworkers and celebrities.

  3. I worked out. I went at it with the weights this morning for a couple of hours. Watching a DVD between sets lengthens the workout time, but it also makes it more pleasurable and bearable. Finished A Scanner Darkly, a science fictional account of Philip K. Dick's struggle with drug addiction. It was an oddly engaging film, and I noticed my ability to pay attention to people's speech patterns to identify them, even when I couldn't recognize the voice itself (there are these "scramble suits" that undercover cops wear in the future that preserve their anonymity). I'm not sure I would recommend this film, but I've enjoyed other adapted works by Dick, such as Blade Runner, Total Recall, and Screamers. I've yet to subject myself to Next and Paycheck but I do have a high cheesiness tolerance (except when it's hurled at me).

  4. Lit candles and am enjoying a bit of candlelight this evening. Why the heck not? It calms me and creates a mystical ambience.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Daily Successes

The Mynah Escapes, limited edition (5) print, 13" x 19"
  1. I went to the San Jose Flea Market. This is supposed to be the biggest one in the country. Apparently, it was also featured in the novel, The Kite Runner. Eh. No big deal and won't be going there again, but I can say I've been there now.

  2. I helped a friend with choosing and getting his bathroom fixtures. So I'm not an interior designer, but I'm an artist and I have an opinion. Actually, I have lots of opinions!

  3. I explained things like boundaries, narcissism, control, and shame in Chinese. Makes my mouth and brain tired, but I'd like to master psychological talk in all the languages I speak eventually. Might as well start practicing.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I walked to an appointment. I have this practical side that dislikes exercise for exercise's sake, and prefers it to serve a purpose. In this case, the aerobic exercise of walking got me to an appointment.

  2. I made meals at home. I love eating out, but I'm also practicing self-nurture and frugality.

  3. I finished a book. I am passionate about books and have more unread than read ones in my personal library. I have also been allowing myself to read books I enjoy, including coffee table books, and now I'm fantasizing about being an interior design photographer for any of Taschen's line of international design books. I'll never run out of things to do when I grow up!

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Daily Successes

Rest, limited edition (5) print on unstretched canvas, 11" x 8.5"
Two (2) remaining
Benefits Surfrider Foundation (click pic for more info)
  1. I ate fish instead of a hamburger.
  2. I made myself tea and drank it from my thermos.
  3. I continue to help a friend design his bathroom.
  4. I went to the bank.
  5. I allowed myself to rest from schoolwork.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I sketched and posted my sketch on my blog.
  2. I worked out.
  3. I did laundry.
  4. I got hit in the chest by a wedge of Jarlsberg cheese. Why I think this is a success I'm not sure, but I thought it was really funny and so did the SUV-full of laughing young women who drove past (my friend threw the cheese at me from across the street, intending for me to catch it, but I had thought he was only miming and joking and looked away).

This is your brain on--Oh, shiny!

Yes, an actual sketch!

This espresso maker hasn't been in use for about a year and a half.

Besides sputtering and leaking if I didn't get the seal right (and making a mess I would have to scrub off on my stove), I only drank coffee if I had to get up super early (for me) in the morning. (I also drank it because I missed my experience in Italy in the earlier part of this century.)

When I stopped having to get up super early, I stopped drinking coffee.

Recently, I've been titrating higher amounts of caffeine (beyond my preciousss iced tea) to get through my rather busy and stressful days without falling asleep in the middle of everything, which I am wont to do when I'm overwhelmed.

To be economical, I decided to make my own coffee, although I do still enjoy going to cafes with friends, and especially supporting neighborhood businesses like

Anyway, I decided to do a quick sketch of this version of a crack pipe (Ceci n'est pas une pipe craque to misquote Magritte). I was rushed for time, kneeling, and hell, high on a double dose of espresso, but there ya have it.

It's funny, once I make it a habit, I do sketches from 30 seconds to 2 minutes and they look relatively good. This one took almost 8 minutes (I time myself: to keep a good record and to give myself a realistic sense of how long sketching actually takes) and I'm hardly satisfied.

Oh, and I wanted to share about the coffee: I got it like almost two years ago from Trader Joe's, it's shade grown and fair trade, so nobody had to clearcut rainforests or exploit workers for my java. I ground it at TJ's and kept it in the freezer.

According to true addicts, er, aficionados, this is a terrible thing to do, it destroys the aroma and taste. Yeah, um, here to tell you it ain't true. I've been having great cups of espresso and I can tell a bad cuppa joe. My taste buds are attuned to tea which is by far subtler and more varied than coffee.

Right, last thing: I added two teaspoons of organic, raw sugar to my espresso. I usually never do that because I don't like sweet things and I like my espresso pure. However, this was freakin' awesome--I loved it. Makes me wonder what I cheated myself out of those years I did drink regularly.

Why didn't I give myself this gift earlier?
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I came home from work and went for a long walk.
  2. I ate a protein bar instead of fast food.
  3. I read a book for pleasure.

Stand by We

I first came across Playing for Change on unblunder and have since found them on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr (as well as YouTube).

Please spread the word!

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I started an email campaign for Netflix to offer captions on Instant Play. Please see previous post for more details. The image, The Quality of Mercy, is of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), who is "the one who listens to the suffering of the world."
  2. I worked out. Whoo, it's been a while.
  3. I am practicing acceptance instead of resistance. Worrying solves nothing.

Say what?

The Quality of Mercy, available in Little Beauties Art Card Set April's Serenity
Please click on image for details

It's come to my attention that Netflix, a movie delivery service that uses the mail (for DVDs) and the Internet (for "Instant Play" films), doesn't provide an option for captions on their Instant Play videos.

Considering the technology we have at hand and the Americans with Disabilities Act*, this is an egregious oversight.

What this means is that people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Impaired who are members of Netflix will not have access to Instant Play, which is part of some of their memberships. It's unfair to the customers, and it's unjust to people who are part of a society that's moving towards enlightened inclusivity. (We're the land of the free and equal, after all.)

It is not the disability that disables the person, but the environment. Remove the impediments to participation and people will participate.

Please write a respectful email requesting that Netflix provide captioning as an option on their Instant Play so that all members have equal access.

You can contact Netflix via their
Public Relations department (and believe me, this is about relating to the public).

My thanks to the help I received from random
Twitterers who saw my message and responded with a suggestion and by re-Tweeting my message in their own Twitter streams.

I love it when people work together for the common good. Yes!
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*A friend on Facebook let me know that the ADA may not cover companies like Netflix because they are not providing "public accommodations" but instead are just providing a service. However, she also makes a good point that letting the free market decide means that customers can make an impact through how and what they demand from suppliers!

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Daily Successes

Little Beauties Art Cards: Black Bamboo Blue Cat
Ten 5" x 7" cards & envelopes

  1. I saw Star Trek finally.

  2. I helped a friend design his bathroom.

  3. I drank water instead of soda.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I supported a friend by going to his music show (and had a great time!). I think it's important to do support as well as say support. I try never to assume that people just "know" that I care about them. Anyway, I'm exhausted today, but I still went, and I'm glad I did. I rarely ever go to music shows and it was nice breaking a preconception of myself and doing something different. Heh. I do enjoy novelty (must be the masochism).
  2. I went for another walk today. I haven't had a chance to workout this week and it's making me antsy. I feel like I'm doing something by walking, and I also feel like I'm working up to working out again (for which I have a lot of resistance, and I don't mean weights).
  3. I explained how saying "should" to someone could feel shaming and stop this person from listening to what the speaker had to say--and I did this in Chinese! I have been thinking of visiting Taiwan and studying psychological language there so that I have the option of serving a Chinese (Mandarin) speaking population without sounding like I'm eight-years-old.
  4. I sketched. I did a quick sketch of my instructor on a handout.
  5. I finished the third session of my program today! Seven more sessions to go...

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Daily Successes

Little Beauties Art Cards: April's Serenity
Five (5) images, Ten (10) 5" x 7" cards & envelopes
  1. I finished two papers today. I think I've mentioned this before, but despite being a creative writing major back in college, I tend to find writing a tortuous act and will procrastinate doing it. The two papers I finished were relatively easy, I don't know what the heck I was stressing about. Anxiety sure can make life suck.
  2. I finished the second of three classes for the session. Each class I complete, each session I finish, means I'm closer to my goal of being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This makes me happy.
  3. I went to my therapist and had my check for her all prepared. I'm very proud of myself for this. I had intended to have my checkbook on me both times previously, but I think it was my unconscious resistance to therapy that made me leave it at home. This time, ha HA! I wrote it ahead of time and had it with me. And then she told me that she can now take credit cards! Oh, well, it's still a success.

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N.A.D.A. means Not Another Depressed Artist

Alright, I just made that up, but it seems to be true. There is a preponderance of depressed artists out there, and I tend to be one of them despite the bright colors of my artwork!

More accurately, I should say I'm a dysthymic artist. Dysthymia, or Dysthymic Disorder, is a longstanding, mellow, personal party pooper kind of depression. Think goths, German Romantics, and basset hounds.

The German Romantics (according to a class I took ages ago) had this idea known as weldschmerz which is often translated as a "sadness about the world." I doubt this only affects humanities majors, but there you have it, codified into philosophy (danke and double danke for schadenfreude, German brethren!) and making me wonder again if it's normal, after all, to have an outlook on life tinged with sadness.

It certainly fits in with Chinese culture, where fatalism reigns, but I think I do take it a step further being the sensitive soul that I am.

Anyway, I don't have typical Dysthymia. In fact, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision or DSM-IV-TR (it's kind of the Satanic Verses of the psychology world, politically formed and culturally limited, but required because managed care only sees discrete diagnoses; still, it can be helpful for conceptualizing problems, which in turn helps with treatment), I have it With Atypical Features.

What that means is, I can still get happy when something I like happens.

It's nice when this pervasive sadness lifts for a moment, and my moments have gotten longer and longer with hard work on changing my perspective and doing things that improve my mood. It's basic Cognitive (thinking) Behavioral (doing) Therapy, one of the most research-supported forms of therapy.

I'm sure seeing a therapist is helping me, too, and I'm grateful this is a requirement of my program, not only for my own issues (which I want to work through so they don't affect my future clients), but also for the experience of being a client. I can't say men OB-GYNs get this kind of opportunity!

Medication is also an option. It's something worth trying because the results have been startling (on the good side). I know I've wanted to "do it without chemicals" but seriously? Everything's chemicals when you don't artificially separate the mind from the body. You ever been around someone who gets grumpy when he's hungry? (Guilty.) So why not meds if there's a chemical imbalance or something going on giving me the blues all the time?

Okay, I'd better get back to the two papers I'm writing.

And hey, cheer me up by doing more than
watching artwork of mine in my shop. Support a living artist (me) and make me a YAHA--Yet Another Happy Artist!

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Daily Successes

Little Beauties Art Cards: The Valley and I set
Ten 5" x 7" cards & envelopes
Story on the back
  1. I sent my mom photos. I'm not accustomed to taking photographs and then going through the trouble of editing them and then sending them, but I did it this time to show my mom a special place near where I live.
  2. I picked up my textbooks. I don't know why, but picking up my mail always feels like such a hassle. Strange, because I used to look forward to it.
  3. I walked home from dinner with a friend. I've been too busy and overwhelmed to give my body/myself the gift of exercise and movement. It feels great to walk, letting the air pass over my face, breathing deeply, feeling my muscles work, and seeing the neighborhood at a slower pace.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I have kept up with my Daily Successes. Dude, it's hard coming up or seeing successes in my daily living!
  2. I had a wonderful talk with my mom. She's a smart, caring, amazing woman. She continually surprises me with her ability to grow.
  3. I negotiated successfully with my cable company. After this week of no Internet and other mix ups, I'm glad they were as professional and respectful as I was about honoring their contract with me.

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Group, group, group, shoo be doop doop doop

Last week, my class had a bit of a meltdown. I can't say much because I need to respect the confidentiality of the class, but let's just say that it had to do with process (the "how") and not so much with content (the "what").

Anyway, thought I'd share this funny video to lighten my mood.

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Daily Successes x 3

Serenata Plata, oil on canvas, 18" x 36"
Finger painted

Sorry, problems with Internet access since Sunday, so here are my Daily Successes from Sunday until Tuesday, with tonight's posted later in the evening (gimme a chance to do something!).

  1. I accepted the help of a friend. This is hard for me to do, I usually think I have to do everything myself and prove I'm independent, invulnerable, yadda yadda.
  2. I took a walk on the beach as a break. Along with not asking for help, I tend to work diligently until I fall down! Taking a break is a challenge for me, and living so close to the coast, you'd think I'd go for walks there more often. Great and satisfying success!
  3. I relaxed about not having Internet access. I do so much requiring the Internet, it's also nice being reminded that the world (and my world) keeps turning even if I don't log on for a few days.


  1. I reorganized my live/work space. I like to shake things up regularly, but sometimes it's hard getting motivated to move things around.
  2. I took a nap. I go, go, go! So to acknowledge and let myself rest and recuperate is a huge success.
  3. I was patient.


  1. I socialized with acquaintances and got to know them better.
  2. I stood up for myself and others who felt silenced in class.
  3. I did a huge recycling.

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

The making of a Daily Success

I want to give more background to my Daily Successes, so that others can understand what makes them successes.

To begin with, success is personally defined. My successes are relative to me and yours are to you.

That means if I hate getting my mail and I got my mail today instead of putting it off, that's a success.

If you hate doing laundry but you did it regardless of how you felt (emotional congruence in psych-speak), that's a success.

For some people, getting out of bed is a success, and it's nobody's business to judge whether that's a "worthy" success or not. There's enough judging in the world that I think we can afford to focus some healthy attention on ourselves.

On some days, it's mind-grindingly hard for me to come up with even one success. I have pretty high standards for myself (which is to say, I'm still practicing and learning self-acceptance).

It's worth it to struggle, though. It shows me the state of my mind, and what I think about succeeding at something every day.

But just think of it! Three successes a day! If I'd been thinking like this a decade ago, I'd probably be ruling the world by now or at least feeling good about life (and myself) a lot more often.

Anyway, so some background. I might add these to each Daily Successes posting as I go, or I might add them sporadically like Easter Eggs on a lawn. I don't want to justify why something's a success, but to give my readers an idea of why it's a success to me I think is encouraging and gives meaning to "I flossed today."

That said, I want you to know it's taking a bit of guts (and not narcissism I don't think) to post my Daily Successes in public. I could be embarrassed that I think getting mail is such a hassle! However, I'm sharing my successes because I think it's important to be another voice for positive focus and change; one baby step at a time and eventually we'll all be running.

So, why is it a success for a professional artist like myself that I handed out my art show postcards to complete strangers?

Well, it's hard for me to talk to strangers. I've learned to do it, to be sociable, but I tend to be shy about my own work. We're not taught to talk about ourselves--it's seen as boastful.

But self-promotion is necessary for the self-employed artist, so each card I hand out is a success (and I'm damned proud of it) that challenges my shyness and residual shame about being an artist and making art.

Thanks to LH of
She Sews Seashells for inspiring this post!

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Daily Successes

A River Runs through Us, oil on canvas, 18" x 36"
Finger painted
  1. I gave a presentation on Narcissistic Personality Disorder and its treatment.
  2. I supported my friends' new cafe, Cafetal.
  3. I handed out my art show cards to complete strangers.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Daily Successes

Carpe Diem, Limited Edition (3) on stretched canvas
12" x 15"
  1. I studied for my final.
  2. I gave a presentation in class.
  3. I dropped off my financial aid forms.

A friend shared with me that "Seize the Day" (which is what Carpe Diem means in Latin) can be initialized as "STD."

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Bayou Contessa features George Dureau

George Dureau working in his studio

George Dureau is one of my favorite artists. He's based in New Orleans, one of my favorite cities. I've longed to see his art and will, one day (that'll be a Daily Success for sure).

I was introduced to his work in the design book,
New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence. I fell in love with his art, his sense of style, and the passion with which he lives his life. I'd love a home like his or at least get the chance to tour it.

Bayou Contessa is a wonderful blog by Julie Neill and she featured him and his latest abode last year (the book was pre-Katrina).

I had seen her post and ooh'd and ahh'd over the photographs she scanned from New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles. I'm going to share her feature of
George Dureau with you.

So jealous!

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Dude, that's awesome

I love that doing these Daily Successes has inspired other people to do them, too (go, Mom!).

I'm still tweaking the format in the different venues (blog and

This is hard to do. Daily Successes are challenging. There are days when I'm close to midnight and I think to myself, "What can I consider successes? Did I have any successes today? Can I find three?"

Ask me what I didn't succeed in doing (otherwise known as "failed to do"), I'm sure I could come up with a laundry list. Don't get me started.

But I guess that's the point: getting started about something and then running with it. I don't want to end my day with Daily Defeats (okay, that's kind of funny). I want to get started--I want you to get me started--I want to get you started--on ranting about triumphs miniscule and ginormous.

I've started to think about what successes I will report, and what successes I will accomplish so that I can report something.

The Daily Successes are definitely having an effect. Thanks to Joe for recommending this activity (it's also a meditation, if you think about it, or a contemplation).

I would also add that the sharing part is really nice. It's not just encouraging, I also feel closer to people, to their source of joy. It's a sweet thing, to finish my night by sharing my successes with you, with my mom, and with my friends.

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Daily Successes

  1. I interviewed a child for homework.

  2. I got to know my friend's husband.

  3. I sold a set of Little Beauties Art Cards: Meow and Zen

Little Beauties: Meow and Zen
Ten 5" x 7" cards & envelopes

I was just telling a friend about my Little Beauties line of art cards tonight! They're printed on the first ever, 100% postconsumer recycled, professional quality matte photo cardstock.

Each one is personally hand stamped with my signature chop, too!

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Daily Successes

Raven Laughs Again

  1. I worked out.
  2. I brought a sick friend dinner and dessert.
  3. I bought textbooks for the next session.
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I'm bringing Daily Successes back

Call of Nature, oil on canvas, 18" x 36"
Finger painted

I'll still post them to Twitter, but maybe as a link back to my blog. I might keep them in the form they are now. It's a good opportunity to spread cheer and inspire I don't want to miss.

Here's a collection of Daily Successes you might have missed if you weren't following me on Twitter. (It's mixed in with other people's Daily Successes, or Tweets with the keywords "daily successes".)

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Just so we're clear

Fugu!, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24"
Finger painted

Cinco de Mayo (seen-ko day my-o), which means "Fifth of May," is not Mexico's Independence Day (September 16) like "Fourth of July" is for the U.S.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over a powerful French army in The Battle of Puebla.

Like some holidays in the U.S. celebrated in the name of cultural groups (e.g., St. Patrick's Day for the Irish or Cinco de Mayo for the Mexicans), these holidays are not a big deal in their country of origin. Better yet, they aren't commercialized or associated with beer companies.

I'm sure I've written about this previously on my blog, but Mother's Day was similarly commercialized by the greeting card and floral industries. It was originally a day for mothers to protest war and the taking of their sons for the military.

Interesting, don't you think? Things have not always been as they are now or will be.

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