Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Best News I've Heard All Day...


The Guy* called me at work to tell me that he'd WON tickets to see STS9 (and Umphrey's McGee) in July I was so incredibly excited!

My life has been crazy lately, between work and school, and getting ready for our trip to South America (in 2 weeks!!), so, when he told me that we were definitely going (as I hadn't even had time to think about getting tickets) I literally jumped up and down.

With that said, blogging may be taking the back seat to everything that I have going on right now...at least for a few days.


(These photos are from a small, awesome Sound Tribe Sector 9 run in Hawaii, on Maui and Oahu in 2005, such fun!)


*my husband, and partner in crime.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Crapple:

While doing some much put off sewing today I realized that the best reason for not taking summer school is being able to catch up on the heaps of projects I have around my studio. Plus, I have a degree, so all the art classes I've been taking, are really for my own knowledge and enjoyment. I may take a class at an arts center or gallery, but as for credit classes--well, I deserve a summer break!

Also, not only do I have my own art projects to work on, I really want to work on/unveil some new items for the PinkBird Creations shop. And, I could use a break from making art that someone else "tells" me to. The art assignments are getting old, like this one, I lovingly call "Crapple" because, well, we had to draw and apple, and I am not at all happy with how this came out. Hooray for a Crapple-free summer!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tofu Success!

I've attempted to make tofu on only 2 other occasions, and both times it came out a slimy, disgusting mess. But, tonight we tried this fantastic tofu cooking method, "Dry Fry," which you can find here. We cut and dried the tofu, then "dry fired" it to get all the liquid out of it--this part took awhile. Once we marinated it and tossed in some veggies, peanuts, and Kung Pao sauce, it was delicious! If you have experienced a Tofu Disaster, I highly recommend this awesome, easy, method!




Wednesday, April 23, 2008

More Faces:

In drawing class, we had to draw our facial features again. This time I did my eye.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Green Apple = Soggy Apple






My shoes are still wet from yesterday's crazy thunderstorm in DC. We went to the Green Apple Music Festival and were lucky enough to at least see Umphrey's McGee (I was told they then called the show off due to the weather). These pictures were taken before the rain really started to pour. They had a pretty decent spread of "eco-booths," though we didn't see much yummy vegan/organic food, which we were expecting. For a free show, the line up was awesome, too bad for the rain. Great fun for a Sunday though! Go Earth Day!

(You can stream the show here).

Thursday, April 17, 2008

PinkBird's Travel Pointers (Volume IV):

It seems that a lot of people I know are in the traveling mood...my sister is going to Belize, a friend just got back from New Orleans, and another is planning a cruise. So, with travel on my mind and the minds of those around me, it must be high time for another edition of PinkBird's Travel Tips:

1. Remember, just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you’ll automatically become someone new--with a new fashion sense. It’s fine to want to blend in to the place you’re visiting, but just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you should back all those “what-if” or “someday” clothes that hang in your closet. If you never wear it when you’re home, chances are you won’t wear it while cruising the streets of Venice, or hitting flea markets in New England.

2. Regardless of where you are, when you’re checking into your hotel pick up a business card, notepad, or pen from the counter with the hotel’s name, address and phone number on it. Keep this with you, you never know when you’ll be riding with a cabbie who doesn’t know where you’re hotel is located, or if you have had a long night and simply don’t remember the address.

3. Travel with a unique wallet or coin pouch (in addition to your money belt/clip, and of course don't keep all your money in one place). This is not something I would have thought to do intentionally, but a few years ago while on an extremely crowded bus in Mexico I was standing, holding the bar, being jostled and practically groped. As the bus began to slow for a stop, I looked up and saw that the man who had been next to me was holding my change-purse/wallet in his hand. I’d been pick-pocketed. I shouted and grabbed at him, and got my wallet back (much to the surprise of the man and the people on the bus). I think it helped that I had a distinctive wallet.

4. If you haven’t heard of Seat Guru, now you have. Go to seatguru.com to help you find the best seat on your flight.

5. Today's last tip is actually something my dad told me about. You see, we have backpacks/travel packs that we love and that we've had for years (and I don't think Kelty makes them anymore). We've taken these bags everywhere! When the something on inside lining of my bag started to wear away my dad suggested using Shoe Goo to fix it. I simply used an old paint brush, and painted it over any spots that were thin or had small tears. Good as new! A few things to note if you do decided to use Shoe Goo to fix your luggage or pack. Use it outside or in a very well ventilated area. Also, it does carry a Prop 65 warning so use it with care.

(For more PinkBird's Pointers, click here).

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

we made faces:

Monday in my Drawing class (I drew my lips):


Monday, April 14, 2008

Master Study:

After much thought, and research, narrowing down, and debating (on a whole heap of artists, on a list given by my professor), I have decided to do my "master study" (for Drawing) on Vija Celmins. I chose this artists for a laundry list of reasons. There is something about her work that speaks to my soul. Her art is amazing. She takes ordinary objects and gives them so much heft and presence on paper they come alive while remaining so still. It's so simple and grand. The way she handles graphite is like magic. For a moment you may think it is a spiderweb or solar system rather than a hand drawn/painted image of the subject.

Sometimes in my drawing class, I almost have to force myself to do the work if I am not interested in the subject matter. I find that I must remind myself that it's not wholly about the subject, but the work--the study, medium, mixing, technique, the art itself--not what "it is" (this is not a new idea: here's a previous blog about it). For my own renditions of Celmins' works I feel I will be focusing more on the medium and technique than the subject matter. Perhaps that's what I like best about Vija Celmins' work. I'm more interested in her use of lines and tones than in her subjects. She has an ability to get so close to her subject and meticulously and realistically creates objects on paper that subject, context, and media meld into a whole creation.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Moblogging:

This is my first attempt at mobile blogging. Here's a rainy spring path near my house...

Friday, April 11, 2008

it's a pepper!


Still working on tones with compressed charcoal, this time I was working in the kitchen!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Early Works:

Recently, while visiting my family in Chicago, I came across some drawings I did when I was a child. I'm not exactly sure when I did these, though I would guess around the ages of 5 to 7.

This one is a drawing of my dad...he looks just like this, only well, I've never seen him wear a top hat.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The Contender:

Yesterday my Art teacher chose (2) students to be in the student art show (which I was in last semester). This (unfinished work) was one of my pieces she was considering, or as she put it was a "contender." Needless to say, she did not pick my work, but instead picked work from the 2 people I figured she would--because their work is amazing. I'll be honest, I'm a little disappointed, but only a little. I may not be in the art show, but I was in her top 3! And, she could only pick 2, so, depending on how you look at it, 3rd place (or 1st runner up) isn't too bad. Now that's looking at the glass as half-full! Taking art classes has really helped me to learn more about myself and the things I can do. A few months ago I never would have thought I could do well in an art class, let alone be in an art show. Taking my novice skills into consideration--with some more time and practice, I can only get better. My teacher also said that I have "many more art shows ahead," and I hope she's right.

Monday, April 07, 2008

before 30:

Well, I turned 29 yesterday (but still got carded when I went out!) so, I've been thinking about the milestone that is turning 30....I decided to do a "before a turn 30" list, and probably the best part about it is that I realized how much stuff I have already done! But, I still was able to make a list:

Before I'm 30 I would like to:

1. Check another Continent off "my list" (right now, 5 out of 7 isn't bad..), so, travel South America.
2. Get my nose pierced
3. Realize and internalize that surrender is not the same as apathy. Surrendering to the Universe is not giving up or giving in.
4. Send a postcard secret to PostSecret
5. Live for everyday beauty--not just the "big moments."
6. Stop thinking there is something/anything about life that needs to be changed or fixed.
7. Stop carrying around old ideas of myself that have nothing to do with my present life (and maybe they never had anything to do with me to begin with).
8. Paint more.
9. Draw more.
10. Give away my paintings and drawings (see #8 and #9).
11. Run PinkBird Creations as if my life depends on it--because in some ways it does.
12. Read more books. Where does the time go? I used to read all the time, now I have a stack of five half-finished books on my nightstand...and they've sat there for months.
13. Start doing Yoga more regularly again.
14. Go to ACL and/or SXSW.
15. Blog everyday. (or almost).
16. Do something physically adventurous (that I haven't done before).
17. Only say "yes" for a day.
18. Edit and add to this list!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Saturday, April 05, 2008

(Secret) PinkBird Birthday SALE!

My 29th Birthday is on Sunday (April 6th)....so, I’m having a (Secret) PinkBird SALE!!!!

All kinds of goodies are ON SALE....but only until Monday, April 7th. Happy Birthday to me (and the gifts are for you!!!!)




Thursday, April 03, 2008

Tonal Adventures:

I haven't been talking too much about my first ever Drawing class...probably because for the first half of this semester we've mainly been doing line drawings (of cardboard boxes) and were not allowed to erase. In class we have been doing some "intense looking," in order to learn to draw well without the need to erase. Finally, we've entered into shading, tone, and value using compressed and vine charcoal. These are my first attempts at this:



This last drawing (is unfinished and was done in class--photos taken with my cell phone) my teacher said, "is one of those drawings that makes you want to wake up in the morning and sing." I guess that's a good thing.