Oh what a week it has been. A strange mix of celebration, loss, injury, and victory. Suddenly feels like there is a lot of upcoming stuff to anticipate that I am going to try to frame as INSPIRATION and MOTIVATION rather than STRESS and AGITATION. Sometimes pulling a Pollyanna is the best bet for my sanity. Smile on people.
There has been LOTS of good stuff coming out of the studio. I finished up and said goodbye to the beautiful blue and gold commissioned painting and started work on a big (6'+) dimensional wall piece that is super fun to make and I think its going to be really special when it's done. I'm working on a post that will talk a little about how I typically work these commission type projects that will give some fun behind-the-scenes process goodness.
In the meantime; some recent favs:
FIRE TONIC: tried an amazing homemade version this weekend and am now on a mission to make my own. Equally good for a good morning kick-in-the-pants or kicking a cocktail up a notch or 12.
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS: I'm pro hand-clapping and cursing so this band is a win for me.
LENNY: Lena Dunham's take on a modern, Feminist newsletter
SHADES OF GREEN: We are working with Brandy on a master landscape plan incorporating tons of multi-functional /edible plants and brilliant permaculture concepts. Just looking at this thing makes me happy.
YES KON-DO: I know, I know...you can't walk down the street without tripping over a pile of schtuff that some overzealous kondo convert has decided DOES NOT SPARK JOY but dammit, her approach is great. My interest has been building ever since reading Sanae Ishida's blogpost on "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" early this year and I'm finally tackling some big stuff, making progress, and enjoying the benefits of LESS.
MYSTERY SHOW: I could do a whole blog post on podcasts-I'm always on the hunt for more. They are truly an artist's best friend for the long, solo hours in the studio. I've always loved Starlee Kine from This American Life and her new show with Gimlet is just so fun and clever. I think my favorite so far is Case #3: Beltbuckle.