Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Doodling under duress 3

I'm exhausted. Didn't have much strength to doodle, but I did manage to get a Hokusai inspired wave down around page 20 of my notes, as well as a sketch of Bodhidharma.

Don't say I never gave you nothin'!


Monday, June 29, 2009

Self-reliant style

Mystical Buddha, limited edition (100) print on paper
Available on Etsy

As I'm studying Elementary Statistics, I am reminded of
reliability and validity.

Reliability relates to consistency. If you're using a test to find something, do you find the answer consistently?

Validity refers to measuring what you aim to measure. Sometimes people make up experiments and they think they're measuring one thing, when in fact they're measuring another.

Which made me think of my recent romp at Sproost where I "discovered" a label for my interior design style: Rustic Revival (I scored 100% as loving this style).

I went back and took the quiz again and this time came up with something completely different. Rustic Revival wasn't even on the map!

What this means is that the quiz is not reliable: It does not find the same answer (the style of the quiz taker) every time or even most of the time (I took the quiz several times just to see the randomly selected pics of beautiful rooms).

However, it might be valid: I think what the quiz measures is the underlying principle of design one enjoys.

Rustic Revival or a mix of other styles essentially says that I like to mix things up and that I like a harmonious fusion of opposites (see my post on the concept of "opposition" in design theory), rustic and reviving or not!

Okay, back to homework. Thought I'd share what I'm learning.


The desert without sand, light without heat

I found this camel sconce on Z Gallerie's site and love its quirkiness.

I am mesmerized by images and artifacts of the desert or hot places (The Sheltering Sky, The Fall, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are three favorite films), which is strange, because I have very little tolerance for heat.

Let me correct that: I can tolerate heat, I just don't like it.

(By the way, this sconce probably would give off a little heat and fire danger--a votive goes inside it from the looks of it.)

Besides the romance (again) and whimsy of this piece, I do think about the Muppets and their "Pigs in Space" sketches where a team including Miss Piggy travel in space--in a ship shaped like a pig.

You would think that they'd travel in a ship shaped like another animal that's not them, but I guess the argument could be made that we travel in rocketships shaped like a part of us who are not female.

Our very biology determines our designs and concept of the divine, don't you think?

Purveyor of Symbols, mixed media on canvas, 36" x 36"
Triptych (three panels), finger painted


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Breakfast of Champions

I saw this on a friend's desk at her work. I thought, "Hm, newspaper, cookie, and some Liquid Paper--now there's a healthy start!"

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Oh! I know! I know!

This is what we can do with discarded fake Christmas trees!

Okay, apparently Elementary Statistics, or waking up at what I consider an early hour, makes me punchy.

I finally had the opportunity to get up close to one of these faux tree cellular towers. They're weird.

They've got bark on the bottom--or maybe the base is real tree--and then the top is like a gigantic fake Christmas tree. I kid you not.

And I know my fake Christmas trees.

Don't those antennae things look all spaceship-y? Like they're nacelles or booster rockets?

Anyway, sorry for the poor quality of photo. It's from my mobile.

Isn't it funny that Japanese tourists had the right idea all along?


Friday, June 26, 2009

I hate the 80's (but the cartoons were good)

This is a good-bye to Michael Jackson, and a portion of my childhood. My condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

Doodling under duress 2

I have to take Elementary Statistics.

I can't track down my ex-professor and the program I'm attending won't accept that I passed Research Methods (which had statistics as a prereq) as proof that I don't need to take Elementary Statistics.

The class isn't that hard. It's fun, in fact (I do tend to lean on the rational, Vulcan side of things). However, it's just one more thing I need to do on top of everything else. Hurumph!

Being a multitasker and advantagist (doesn't that sound better than opportunist?), I have tentatively decided to doodle again on my notes. It's so high school, but whatev.

The above started off as a rocket ship that looked too phallic, so I added wings on it and it turned into the ship G-force flew in (remember that show, Battle of the Planets?), and then added a hasty sketch of Mark, the leader of G-Force. I tried to make his eye all anime, but failed.

You'll notice that the doodles get more complex as the class progresses. It's not because the class is getting easier or that I'm paying less attention, but that I'm getting into my doodling!

See the doggie? And see that I don't know what a pug looks like? It certainly doesn't look like what I scribbled over there.

Pugs are one of my favorite breeds, too. How's that for realizing I don't pay as much attention to the world as I think I do?

Here, you can see a poor excuse of a star lamp. I want a big brass or copper star. I think they're pretty.

They have some that are poked with holes and made into lamps. Those are pretty, too.

Danger! Will Robinson! Danger! There's variance ahead!

This is what happens when I get all involved without a photo reference. The Batman and outliers, how funny is that?


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I Employ Magical Thinking by Kate Miss

By Kate Miss, proprietor of For Me, For You on Etsy

Chad from Us and Them won this delightful digitally manipulated photographic work of art on Kelly's blog, Design Crush, for coming up with the best superpower in one of her Win It contests.

As a student of counseling psychology, I have to say that I laughed and laughed and laughed when I saw it.

It's perfect, and it's available on Etsy in Kate Miss's shop, For Me, For You.

Go get it.


It's Wednesday--have you been to the Edison?

The Edison, a Depression-Era steampunkish styled restaurant-lounge
Photograph from LA Weekly

The Edison in Downtown Los Angeles's oldest private power plant is a sight to behold.

I found it while browsing the steampunk blogs (you'll find them on the right side menu on my blog) and was just blown away by its beauty and romance.

I haven't been there yet (soon!) but have enjoyed the virtual tours on the web site, with photographs done in High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography (something I learned about from my friend, photographer, and fellow blogger at She Sews Seashells).

Seriously. You. Must. Visit. The Edison.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Random variables

I am taking Elementary Statistics. It's supposedly part of a prerequisite (Research Methods and Statistics) for my master's program. Next year, they are making it a requisite and including it in the program. I don't know where they're going to shoehorn it in.

I don't need to take Elementary Statistics (I took Research Methods and statistics was a prereq, so you'd think...), therefore I am now searching high and low for a 13-year-old syllabus to prove my point or anybody in the psych department who can help me, but of course the chairperson, who is also my ex-professor, is off for the summer. Sigh.

The department secretaries are doing their best to help me and I am contemplating chocolate offerings of gratitude, even if nothing ends up being resolved.

Oh, and how's this for randomness? Apartment Therapy did this piece on red and gray as a color combo. I thought, "Wow, I've been thinking about that a lot (especially as I consider going monochromatic in my art, with single colors used sparingly), how appropriate!"

So I click over (I'm subscribed) and what do I find? A "Where's Waldo" with the color red. Seriously.

I'm red-green colorblind and I can hardly see crimson in any of the photographs they offer for inspiration! The gray just looks like what green looks like to me.

I can see red when it's brighter (I can see tones better than hues). So this was a piece on "brown and gray color combo" for me. Tragically funny, yes?

Try watching a movie like Color of Night with me or traveling through Painted Desert, Arizona. I'm a barrel of laughs.


Monday, June 22, 2009

California Shabu Shabu South Coast Rules!

Food, family, and friends. Need I say more?
Photo by Alex Dezj

I promised
pics and this time, I get to deliver (well, my brother's friends deliver, and on his most excellent blog)!

Click the above pic to be taken to my brother's blog, where you can read about both "soft" grand openings (private grand openings) and view his photo album of both wild nights.

Invite Beauty,


Friday, June 19, 2009

Oppositional Design Theory

Photography by Nadya Lev
Modeling by Kit Stolen
I realize that I am one of those bearers of trivial and specific information. It is a fault of mine that I assume people know what I'm talking about, although I make my assumption so as not to be condescending or pedantic.

I had thought steampunk was a well known genre and aesthetic (silly geek, genres are for fans!) but apparently I'm wrong. My friends who have a firmer grasp on mainstream reality have no clue and ask me to repeat the word "steampunk" several times with a puzzled look.

After my explanation, they still have that puzzled look. It's kind of cute, like a squirrel holding a nut and daintily gnawing at it while sitting on its haunches.

Anyway, steampunk (a term coined in 1987 by author K.W. Jeter [the Wikipedia page is better for info on Jeter than his web site]) is a subgenre of science fiction that imagines a world where steam technology reigns--whether in a parallel 19th century Victorian-era England--or in a futuristic utopia or dystopia that never was. It's like an extended, romantic, sometimes dark love affair with the Industrial Age.

An example that cropped up in the mainstream (but not necessarily labeled, hence the "Steam-what? Say that again. What?") can be seen in the movie, The Golden Compass, based on Philip Pullman's popular novels. The movie (blech), League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is also within this genre, and as a flick is far inferior compared to its source material by the inimitable Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill.

Yeah, I have a point!

I've been a fan of steampunk for a long time, but as I researched material on the Internet, I realized a few things:
An interior designer unfamiliar with steampunk described it as an example of "opposition" within design theory--design elements that work together because of their differences rather than similarities, and usually in an unexpected way.

Steampunk is usually set in the 19th century.

Refined + rugged = hot.
What do these realizations point out?

That I'm in love with the 19th century (as much as I'm in love with the Tang Dynasty, which lasted from the 6th-10th century by Western dates)--a period of fusion and opposition, synthesis of east and west, exploration and adventure, elegance and rusticity, apocalypse and renaissance.

There's a dark side, too, of course--imperialism, colonialism, and other unpleasant social ills that end in -ism. Don't even get me started on what the European countries were doing to China during this period.

So, this all makes everything make more sense to me. This is why I love the Millenium Falcon and Firefly. This is why Star Wars is strangely beautiful when, amidst high technology and rayguns, you have Western people dueling with swords made of light while wearing kimonos.

I love the contrast of old and new, the romance of a near-derelict ship held together by love--flying through space or propelled by steam. People surviving and inventing and rebelling against tyranny (the suffix "punk" to genres like cyberpunk and steampunk imply this).

The combining and assertion of cultures and identities is what I've been doing since being born in the United States.

It's what I express through my art.

And what, I am finding out, is my passion.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hello, Good Bye

On my quickie trip down to my brother's restaurant's grand opening, the multi-tasker in me scheduled a meeting and delivery.

Billy Mallery of malleryscores, who inspired Deep Focus, recently became a dad. I hadn't sold Deep Focus yet so I offered it to him as a gift. "It'll go perfectly in my daughter's room," he wrote.

Deep Focus, oil on canvas, 30" x 24" NFS

Within a few hours, I was face to face for the first time with the talented composer himself! It was a pleasure hanging out briefly with Billy (I was zipping back up to Northern California and couldn't stay long) and meeting his partner, daughter, and checking out the beautiful vegetable garden he had just started (which also inspired me...one day! One day I shall eat vegetables grown by mine own hands!).

Snowfall, oil on canvas, 30" x 24" SOLD

Also last week, I delivered Snowfall and said good bye to that sweet painting. I really enjoyed having it with me for the short time that I did and loved looking at the eyes, which would change from dark blue to flashing sapphire depending on the light and angle. I'll miss that Original Finger Painting.

And there's more to make!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Past the halfway mark

Two weeks left until the close of my solo show at Pacific Thai!

(Just thought I'd remind anybody who hadn't gone yet.)


Monday, June 15, 2009

I just love me some blogs

From the blog, Us and Them

I was talking with a friend about how one day, I was feeling really queasy. Pretty much ready to hurl. I ate a few pieces of ginger candy which usually helps, but my nausea kept coming back.

I knew I was anxious about a big project, but it's been years since I've felt this badly in my body about something in my head! Usually I can calm myself down--meditate, go for a walk, paint, do biofeedback, etc. Nothing was helping and "sitting with it" as the Buddhist teachers suggest wasn't doing much for me.

So after dinner, a friend and I walked into Crate & Barrel. Or Pottery Barn. I swear on the Oxford English Dictionary that they're the same. (Or not different enough, you pick.)

Wouldja believe it? I totally relaxed. No nausea at all.

Granted, the interior design of that store is calming. Very tranquil, elegant, and comfortable.

My friend on the phone, however, thought it was because interior design itself calmed my anxious nature. Wow. Really?

She also thought that this was why interior design would have made me a happy clam versus psychotherapy, but HA HA. Too late. (Or I'm not willing to quit and switch, you pick.)

I tested her theory (on the basis that even if interior design did calm me down, then I could definitely pursue it in full force as a hobby--for myself, not professionally. It was a piece of self-knowledge I was after) and yep, it's true. I mellow out like a junkie with his junk when I experience good interior design.

And this is why there are a bunch of new design blogs in my blogroll, under "Invite Blogs" to your right. I'll change them out as I please (and if they're not posting after like 5 months). They inspire and relax me, and I hope they do good by you, too.

Additionally, in plundering the blogosphere for visual tranquilizers, I checked out other recommended blogs. Above is a pic of the Us and Them blogger's son. The blogger ("Captain Dumbass") won a 2009 Hottest Daddy Blogger award or something like that. I find this picture hilarious (and you'll find out why when you check out his blog).

Fathers blogging about their children are kind of a novelty. I'm glad this one has a whacked out sense of humor (not sure how it'll affect the kids, but they look like they're having fun, too).



Doodling under duress

We had an exercise in class to demonstrate "expressive arts therapy" and using the expressive arts, such as drawing, to help our future clients express themselves if words weren't forthcoming.

I don't like to draw on demand.

I don't like to draw in public.

I've had the unpleasant experience of drawing in front of others and having people respond with sad, self-deprecating remarks like, "I don't want to draw ever again" or "Wow, I can't even draw a straight line" (yes, you can, with a ruler like most other people!).

There isn't much control one has over another in the usual circumstances. I can't manipulate how other people will feel when confronted not only with art, but also with artmaking and the artist.

Personally, I'm uncomfortable with singing in public. Oh, I'll do it quite loudly and with nary a care in the world in the car or when I'm alone, but I will freeze up and break into a cold sweat if I ever have to do it front of other people, and that's an understatement. I just won't do it.

So I sympathize with people who feel self-conscious about their artistic abilities. I still encourage, I still coach, I still work with students who want to make art and feel better about making art, but I would never force or ask them to do it unless this is what they wanted and we were collaborating to remove the inhibitions and negative self-talk about the right to express ourselves creatively.

Anyway, so we had this exercise in class. I think it could be useful with clients open to doing such an activity, therefore I'm keeping it in my therapy toolbox. I'll also keep in mind how uncomfortable I felt about this activity.

But hey! Y'all get a sketch out of it. I'm obsessed with circles and circularity as my friend Ed pointed out a while back. You can really see it here. It helped that the instructor gave us a sheet of paper with a circle on it (she didn't say we had to draw inside it, but I did). It's supposed to be a "mandala" because it's circular, but it's anything but (it's a cross without Jesus, a crucifix with; them's the rules of naming something what it is!).

I also didn't choose to use color, although it was offered.

I think this doodle says a lot about me. There's a tree that's surviving and a wave that's going to crash into it. It's all beautiful and there's going to be struggle, but things will be what they will be, and I hope--expect--the tree to survive.

I'm not so much about the new hotness. I'm all about the old and busted.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Congrats to my bro! Calshabu South Coast is a go

Kung Fu Rice Boy Makes Good
from my brother's blog, California Shabu Shabu

Pics are coming, but I wanted to offer my congratulations and admiration to my brother, Leonard, and his business partner, Ash, for opening up their restaurant--finally!

After many delays documented on their eminently readable
blog (written by my very talented brother), many of which would make a Russian epic seem like a walk in the park, they had their "soft grand opening" (for family and friends) on Friday and Saturday.

I sped down on Saturday from Santa Cruz, enjoyed food, drink, family, and friends, slept, and came right back up to Santa Cruz. That's about 800 miles in 48 hours. I've done more, but I was also younger then. Oy, my back!

Anyway, please visit his and Ash's incredibly hip restaurant, California Shabu Shabu, for delicious food, great service, and fun ambience!

California Shabu Shabu South Coast
801 Baker Street Suite A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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No need to be a Twit

I was talking with a friend about Twitter and my Daily Successes and I wanted to clarify some things.

1) Like, OMG. People are reading my Daily Successes! That's wonderful. And I've received feedback that they're inspiring. Great!

2) My friend enjoyed receiving the Daily Successes automatically by email--he did this by subscribing to my blog via RSS. There are other ways to subscribe to my blog. Check out the menu to the right!

3) Like some other friends, he isn't interested in signing up for Twitter or following me on Twitter. Totally understandable--and you don't have to do it to follow my Daily Successes!

4) If you like my Daily Successes and don't want to join Twitter or follow me on Twitter, you don't have to! Just pop into my blog and again, look to the right. See the section titled "In the Studio..."? You can read my Daily Successes and not have a thing to do with Twitter!

5) I know how nice it is to have blog posts delivered (I subscribe and follow all the blogs I read; it's more effort than you think to visit a blog versus having it passively delivered to your inbox). If you seriously miss the Daily Successes here, let me know. I might change my mind. Again.

6) Until then, I don't want my Daily Successes to overwhelm this blog because my artmaking and documenting has slowed down. So they're on Twitter until there's a boycott, petition, or doe-eyed begging to bring them back to this blog.

Friday, June 12, 2009


I found this lovely statue at Ross.

Yes, Ross: Dress for Less.

I mean, can you believe it? A Buddhist temple guardian.

Seriously, you can find cutesy angels, rabbits, and all sorts of Western ephemera at Ross, but I found a Buddhist temple guardian.

It was labeled "demon" or "Chinese demon" on the tag, but it's not. This is funny to me, because that's historically what happens to divinities foreign to Western religions, in contrast to Eastern religions, which tend to absorb the gods of other cultures into service (this temple guardian was probably a god in his own right before his believers converted to Buddhism).

To be fair, not all gods are turned into devils by belief systems such as Christianity--they can be converted, too, into saints (look at how Mary is revered almost to the exclusion of Jesus by some Catholics).

I've also noted that in Buddhist stories, when the righteous encounter demons, they fight and the demons are subdued and then given the option to convert to Buddhism (or be destroyed). They usually convert to Buddhism. It's a kind of "come to Jesus" moment, innit?

But you ever notice that in contemporary Western (usually Christian-influenced) stories, redemption and salvation isn't really the goal? It's the complete destruction of the evil other who will never see the light. Think about all those big explosions you see at the end of Hollywood movies where the villain gets it. There's an idea of the good, the bad, and the unforgiven. What about the mislead and ignorant?

Right, so where was I? (Procrastinating my homework.)

This guardian is actually one of two. I couldn't find the other one and I'm still searching (at Ross). It's been a couple of years or more. Anyway, one of his names is "Ah." Notice the mouth and how it forms this vowel?

The other of the pair is also known as "Mm." His mouth is closed.

Together, they form the holy sound, "Aum" or "Om," which you can hear in the beginning of the Battlestar Galactica main title theme I posted some days ago. The idea is that one is sound and the other is silence, and the two form a containing whole.

In other words, they guard.

Placed at the front of Buddhist temples, their fiercesome aspect is said to scare away evil spirits and protect the Dharma (the Buddhist teachings) and its practitioners.

In other words, they guard against the ego.

Wow. At Ross. Seriously.

Invite Beauty,


I'm sending Daily Successes back (to Twitter)

I'm having a great time (okay, it's really, really hard, but still) with the Daily Successes but they're taking up a lot of airtime on my art blog, and I know that's why y'all are here.

So, I shall put my Daily Successes back on my Twitter stream exclusively. You can still read them, share yours, encourage me, and inspire others--my Twitter stream is to your right under "In the Studio..." You're also welcome to follow me on Twitter, too.

If you do a search on Twitter for #dailysuccesses, you'll see that's how I've organized them for easy discovery (and if you tweet your own successes, please use this and let's start something!).

Thanks again for all your continued support.

Invite Beauty,


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I made breakfast and lunch at home. Yay for cereal and eggs: anytime food!

  2. I had my annual physical. Haven't had one for three years! I don't go to the doctor unless there's something bugging me, but I am a big fan of preventative medicine...this doesn't mean I don't procrastinate (and for three years, jeez) or that I don't have anxiety about going to the doctor. So I'm proud that I got off my tuchus and went! My doctor's wonderful and very sweet and compassionate. I got a great recommendation from her about a dentist, since the one I went to (like two years ago) was rude--he didn't believe that I floss every night (I do, even when I'm on vacation) and practically accused me of lying; prior to him seeing me, I had to deal with racist comments from his hygienist (e.g., "Where you from, Chinatown?"). No wonder sedation dentistry is a trend!

  3. I studied. I'm still studying. I have to get back to studying. It's ethics and law, which I love. Not so much the CYA stuff, but the dilemmas that come up that test and clarify one's values and principles.

If you find the Buddha at Target...

I'm super picky when it comes to images of the Buddha (well, I'm picky when it comes to what I find beautiful, period).

There are conventions of Buddhist art I've incorporated into my own work, such as the three rings on the neck. (This started during the Tang Dynasty, when Rubenesque body forms were considered beautiful.)

I've seen some Buddha statues where the head is lowered in an almost slouching position. Not my favorite depiction.

I'm also not partial to the Thai representation, where the bun on the top has transformed into a divine flame usually shown as a sharp point. Interestingly, the bun at the top of the head has been explained to me (by Chinese Buddhists) as the location of a special "second brain" which allowed Sakyamuni to achieve enlightenment.

It's fascinating to me how the Buddha was an Indian man but he's rarely conceived of as one. This is similar to how some Protestants have told me that Catholics aren't Christian (usually, after I point out that there's a special someone hanging on the crucifix, they're very startled).

I find it unnerving how we appropriate and then become accustomed to our appropriations, as if they were always what we thought and anything else, including historic or factual evidence, becomes a heresy of sorts.

Anyway, I found this Buddha statue at Target and it's a testament to the good stuff they sometimes carry. I once told my mother that I wanted to "buy a Buddha statue" and she immediately corrected me:

"You do not buy a Buddha. You invite one."

Invite Beauty,


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Daily Successes x 3

These are Daily Successes for Monday, Tuesday, and today.

  1. I scheduled a full physical exam.
  2. I varnished my latest painting.
  3. I ate a salad.
  4. I went hot tubbing.
  5. I started journaling again.
  6. I walked to get groceries.
  7. I received great feedback on my ethics and law paper.
  8. I found new and wonderful design blogs.
  9. I worked out.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Dry, my pretty!

After waiting several days for the paint to dry (I use PaintStiks, which are supposed to dry in about 24 hours, but this isn't always the case--humidity and the specific color are just two factors that influence drying time, and the Ivory Black I use on the sides takes a while), which I know isn't like waiting months for wet oil paint to dry, I varnish.

I'm still looking for an environmentally-friendly varnish, but until then, I use Kamar Varnish and it protects the painting from bugs, dust, etc. once it's dried, plus it gives the work a nice, almost "wet look" shine.

I varnish a portion of the back, too, where I put my signature, chop imprint, and date. The varnish protects the un-gessoed canvas so that the ink from my pen doesn't bleed through into the artwork on the other side. Theoretically, it shouldn't bleed through without the varnish, but I like to play it safe--it's a quality assurance thing.

The torn and flattened paper bags I use as tarp underneath the painting have been with me for about three years. When I first started, I would tear them up, use them, and then recycle them. But then I realized that they were getting varnished and heck, why not reuse them?

In a few hours, the varnish will have dried enough for me to move the painting to a drying area where I let it "fume" for several weeks. It actually takes that long for it to be completely dry and to stop smelling all funny and stuff.

Okay, I've got to get back to work.

Invite Beauty,


Sunday, June 07, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I discovered my interior design style. I have been struggling with all the different styles I love in interior design--from Zen Minimalism to Vintage Modern to Rustic Revival. Talking this over with a friend and taking Sproost's style quiz clarified a lot for me. (My result from the quiz was 100%--that's ONE HUNDRED PERCENT--Rustic Revival, which combines modern and country sensibilities; this helps me to understand why I'm so attracted to Zen Minimalism with its clean, modern lines but emphasis on natural, worn materials and Vintage Modern with its mix of Mid-Century classic and retro cloned furniture).

  2. I made a great restaurant suggestion, Bijou in Hayward. Funny thing is, their interior design (especially the colors) matched my blue-river-stone-green-bamboo-black-wood aesthetic!

  3. I got my blood drawn. Despite my anxiety and procrastination for the last five years, I finally went in and have started the process of getting a full physical exam. I should have been at the doctor's office about two hours earlier than I arrived, but, you know...I got busy!

Design makes me happy

I found this on Apartment Therapy. Putting aside my love of infomercials, I love design. The more portable and multi-use the better, but this may be not putting aside my love of Japanese transforming robots.
I'm not sure why certain things Dror has designed moves (like the clock--it's fun that it "opens up" but I'd just leave it in one position, unless I had to pack up my yurt and run or something), unless it's just something he loves to incorporate into all his designs. The bookshelf is fun.
I can't wait to check these pieces out when they debut at my local Target. I've read IKEA has some new stuff coming out in August, too, and I'm eager to kick back in a showroom when they're on display!
I entertain easily, don't I?
Invite Beauty,

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I scheduled a full blood panel. I've been meaning to check my cholesterol and well, I hate going to doctors. So I've avoided going for like five years! And my friend has been getting on my case 'cause I'm not getting any younger. I go in tomorrow morning to draw blood. Yay. Also looking forward to scheduling a full physical exam, which will probably involving being poked elsewhere. Yay.

  2. I borrowed some videotapes on sex therapy for study. I'm really looking forward to studying sex therapy, as I'd like to specialize in it when I become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

  3. I studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in my Child and Adolescent Therapy class. I love this form of therapy and have been applying it to myself. The Daily Successes are an example of actively challenging irrational beliefs and distorted cognitions (thoughts), such as filtering (ignoring the positive and accentuating the negative) and discounting (dismissing positive events or compliments). It's amazing how easy it would be each day if I had to come up with Daily Defeats! But this is a way of thinking, and the idea behind Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, one of the most researched, supported, and effective therapies out there, is that how we think influences how we feel, which then influences how we act. So, I'm changing how I think with Daily Successes. It's hard.

To the right: Between Heaven and Earth, oil on canvas, 12" x 36", available in my shop.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Daily Successes

1. I worked out.

2. I did my first role play as a group therapist.

3. I finished a paper.

To the left: Journey of a Thousand, oil on canvas, 12" x 36", available in my shop.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I played Laser Tag for the first time.

  2. I ate fresh fruit.

  3. I walked to town and back three times.

To the right: See and You Shall Find, limited edition (3) print, 13" x 19", available on Etsy.

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Where is the art?

I was out on a walk last week and had my camera with me. I took this one picture.

I love the sweep of this tree, and its barrenness I find particularly appealing.

Most likely a photo reference for a future painting. As I get settled into my new session of grad school (and finishing up a prereq through summer school), I look forward to sharing more art with you than I have in the last half year (I know, I know).

In the meantime, see if there's something you like in my eBay or Etsy shops!

Invite Beauty,


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Daily Successes

1. I finished my latest painting by painting the sides black. It's drying now.

2. I am catching up on my school reading.

3. I am again realizing the role interior design plays in my life. It actually calms my anxieties, so I've been skimming design sites and blogs during my study breaks. Ah.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Daily Successes

  1. I shucked corn.

  2. I finished reading Why Is It Always about You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism. Interesting book. I learned a lot about unhealthy and healthy narcissism. I don't agree with everything, especially the spiritual assessments (narcissists are created partially because people don't believe in an authoritarian god), but it's food for thought (solipsism in religious or philosophical beliefs is irritating and self-serving regardless of context).

  3. I ate my avocados. I hate it when they aren't ripe, then suddenly they're all ripe, and if I don't eat them quickly enough, the majority of the pack goes bad and I've wasted food.

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Daily Successes x 2

A Garden Elsewhere, tote bag
Available in my Cafe Press gift shop, Everyday Beauty

  1. I worked out.

  2. I went to bed early.

  3. I supported a bummed out friend.

  4. I paid my bills.

  5. I did my laundry.

  6. I let myself imagine a beautiful garden I'd like to create.

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