I was inspired by a little article on the Darling Magazine blog to create this simple little list. The List of Ten. Rather than focusing on when things will happen in your life, take a moment to celebrate & cherish Ten simple things that you love in your life right now.
Here’s a link to Penny Hunter’s article: http://darlingmagazine.org/list-of-ten/
& Here’s my list of my 10 favorite things at this very moment:
1. Trader Joe’s New Mexico Pinòn Coffee Grounds
2. Morning walks with my roommate
3. Cracking open a vintage 1970’s National Geographic
4. A thoughtful text from a friend
5. The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan Prayers
6. Holding hands with my boyfriend
7. Japanese printmaking
8. The light that comes through my lace curtains
9. The tartness of a nice grapefruit
10. The sunny February weather
What’s your List of Ten?
"Being an artist is one of the highest callings you could receive from God. Take it up or leave it aside."
— Barry Krammes, Biola University
Digging through some old files, trying to get my desktop all organized, I found some old 35mm film experiments (damaging film)! Thought I’d share!
These are from a boiled color roll:
And these are from a color roll that I developed in the b&w process (and are SO old that they are from when I was living in NY—oh my!) :
Hope you enjoyed these!
I started a new internship! I’m working at Paul Loya Gallery in Culver City.
It’s a brand new spot & is really awesome, you should check it out! Come visit me on Wednesdays!! The new show Tom Fruin: Locals Only opens a week from today, September 7th. You can check out Tom Fruin’s work here!
Lena & I are finally all settled into our new place in Long Beach & we are loving it here. Cooler weather, free yoga on the bluff, endless walking-distance coffee shops…could not be better. [Pics of the new place coming soon!] Might I add that I am also becoming quite a skilled parallel parker!
Tomorrow I have a day off. Now, I’m all about that, everyone loves a break, right? The thing is that I really wish I had less of them, I actually enjoy working. As much as I despise Snow White (and was terrified by it as a child), she & the 7 dwarfs had something figured out…they whistled while they worked. We have forgotten how to work cheerfully. God has given us all gifts that are meant to be used to his glory & if we get off of our lazy butts, we can actually gain joy from our work! We were created to work & in my case, created to create. I long for the times that I can truly have a routine to my work—get up at the same time every day & rather than become bored with the monotony, remember that his mercies are new every morning & that I have been given a new opportunity to press into my routine and make it count. I am deeply deeply longing for that kind of ritual.
Here’s what my “work” involved today:
a) Step out of my comfort zone & visit somewhere new (this is always rewarding)
b) Cooking my own lunch at a restaurant (WHAT!? Yes. Today I paid someone else to cut up my food so that I could cook it. In reality, this is called ‘Shabu’. It is AWESOME. It’s a Japanese-style of dining where you are handed all of these fresh proteins & veggies that you get to stir around in boiling seaweed water and dip into the most deliciously concocted sauces….all while (at least for me) looking like an idiot for still not being about to properly use chopsticks. How long have I lived in California? I feel like I should have accomplished this feat by now…it really is a vice of mine!
c) Made a hand-bound hardcover book/journal. (This was prep for a workshop that still in its planning stage) It felt good to return to book arts after a temporary absence.
d) Help Chris with his homework a.k.a. story of my life! Really though, it’s what you do when your boyfriend is in design school and you’re a trained photographer—you work together & make something beautiful! I love that we can make stuff together, the man has some pretty fantastic ideas that are always fun to help make into a reality.
e) Design & order business cards (!!!)
That’s all for now, folks! May God sustain you & bless you as you work with excellence for his glory!
i’m not really into that selfie thing, but i may have forgotten to mention that i got my hurs did last week!! Got me a summery ombré!! Apparently, you have to look like a CRAZY person in order to have it though…proof:
As I sat through traffic this morning on the 91 I could not help but think about the absence of if it in my near future! In a matter of days, I will move to this beautiful city:
and will only be three miles from where I work! Praising the God who made this a possibility! It’s all happening so fast! BYE-OLA & Hello, Long Beach.