Effort vs. Success

Effort is more important than so-called success because effort is a real thing. What we call success is just the manifestation of our mind’s ability to categorize things. This is success. That is failure. Who says? You says. That’s all. Reality is what it is, beyond all concepts of success and failure. ~Brad Warner, Think […]

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Two Wednesdays

Five former colleagues, four glasses of wine, three schmancy cocktails, two beers, two creative spaces, and two Wednesdays later, I have brought my collage total to four. 100th Monkey Studio is an open art space that feels very cozy: two group tables ringed wall-to-wall with art supplies of every kind. For a scant twelve bucks each, we walked over […]

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Rocket Man

I met him because he took a picture of my drawing of his whimsical wood and metal rocket ship perched on a rusty old wheelbarrow. His name is James Todd Rouse, a sculptor in the applied crafts program. I wish I’d at least pursued the artist names of the other two pieces I drew at Saturday’s Pacific Northwest College of […]

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Writhe

Because the snake around the figure model is real! This month’s Dr. Sketchy event featured another unique and lovely model (well, two, counting the snake), booze, prizes, and the great music and ambiance created by the organizers and the bar space itself. I also reconnected with three folks from Friday’s Drink-and-Draw, and my old housemate. […]

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Oda

 Ten years ago I bought a set of stationery cards called Goddesses. A set of twelve with four each attributed to a season. It never occurred to me to think beyond my writing desk and its curated pleasures to Mayumi Oda or I would have known more about her significant contribution to Japanese screen […]

IMG_1569-0 March 12

Spring

Every year my town has The Big Fake Out. The rain stops, the sun shines, temperatures and good will climb day after day, week after incredible week … And then it ends until spring properly begins in 6-8 weeks. Despite the inevitable end, we love a good tease. I spent Saturday in my “sun park” […]

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Hawai’i

It’s been a long time coming, but I began a visual travel diary. I went to Hawai’i for a friend’s wedding and had plenty of downtime and the luxury of penciling in, painting later, and/or returning the next day if I needed to. It was a satisfying first attempt and I’m keeping the new little […]

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Open Collage

“Why did I stick that whale to that lady?” The Independent Publisher’s Resource Center (IPRC) hosts a monthly event Open Collage Night, where one has the opportunity to reflect on such decisions. I don’t remember ever doing collage, but suspect that somewhere between Kindergarten and twelfth grade, maybe lightly attached to intermittent Sunday school attendance, […]

IMG_0633 January 30

Kristen

This portrait began life as the lovechild of Hillary Clinton and a Japanese Oni. I know because I took a few early pictures to document progress, which has been S  L  O  W. Funnily enough, when I took the first photos, it was because I felt I was off to a great start (likely from imbibing my aunt’s […]

IMG_0410 December 09

Into the Woods

This is my second Thanksgiving on my Aunt’s twenty acre farm. It’s domestic in the way of humans imposing landscaped-order on nature, and wild in the ways of nature just beyond the circle of light cast by the little boiler house that provides a permanent scent of firewood and heat for the humans. Rejuvenating by day, and for this […]

IMG_0010 November 11

Fairy Fall

Last Saturday morning I made a last minute decision to meet a fellow Urban Sketcher in NW. I made a calculated decision to bring some pastels because they’re too messy to explore in my small space.  It turned out to be a glorious fall day – not entirely the chill November day I anticipated. Thus, when […]

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