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Don’t Fear the Freaks

“Freak” is a thorny word for me. It has many definitions, some of which I don’t mind (the green-hued sunset was a freak occurrence) and others which make me cringe (just look at that freak). It can describe a plethora of things or events – that movie freaked me out! Those penguins were gettin’ freaky at the zoo.

There’s an argument to be made that people have a certain amount of power over how words affect them. Can you take back the power of a word by claiming it as your own? Gloria Steinem brought this question to the forefront when she tried to take back the C-word.

While my battle with my F-word may not be as socially raucous, it brought up some interesting emotions for me with this piece. Social media and the news are brimming with angst, anger and fear. My response to distance myself may seem passive to some, but using this small F-word as my metaphor, I’ll say this: We all have the power to define words any way we want. I choose to focus on the pleasant attributes of the world by using the positive power of words. While some may use freak in a hurtful way, I will choose to use it in its most zany, surprising and enduring senses. And that starts with not being afraid of this piece of thorny lexicon. So cheers, friends, to not fearing the freaks! freak-show

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New Exhibition, New Art!

Next week, I’ll be moving my art from the Snoqualmie City Hall over to Sigillo Cellars! I’ve been working on a few new pieces that will be on display. Here is a sneak-peak at my latest. It’s a work-in-progress, and I’m very excited about where it’s headed. I’ll be showing the month of October at Sigillo, so be sure to stop by. I plan on having a reception too, so keep an eye out for more details 🙂 Happy Fall!!img_7552

Showin’ It All In Snoqualmie!

My art is up! I’m so excited 🙂 Come take a look at the Snoqualmie City Hall for the next three months. Jason helped me prep and hang 10 pieces, and they look great. My thanks to Jason, Pam and Marie for helping me crest this next level in my art-venture ❤️

Almost Ready: City Hall Exhibition

For the past three weeks I’ve been preping like crazy, getting ready for my first public exhibition! My work will be on display at the Snoqualmie City Hall for the summer. I’m excited, nervous and a little frazzled, but so thankful to have this experience. Here are a few of the pieces I’ll be showing. I finished up the last of these

Personality 18x24
How do You Embody the Full Expression of Your Personality?
Truth 18x24
See Your Truth, Speak Your Truth

over the weekend, sent them in for printing today and just bought a whole set of frames. Next steps between now and Friday: install mounting hardware, put art in frames, hang frames at venue, have a glass of wine and relax 🙂

Truth 

My latest work in progress. Being able to see through the cloud and realize your truth is hugely important. Then, once you realize that truth, stick to it and speak it into existence. That’s how you make your truth real. 

To Horn In Or Not?

 

Horn In Full

My journal is now complete. Totally finished. It’s a bittersweet feeling, but I have to say, I’m glad it ended on this note. One of my favorite pages in my journal is the one here, on the left side of the image. It’s titled, “Good Friends Feed Your Soul.” It was a lot of fun to create and makes me smile when I look at it. The flap on the right, which covers the words of the other piece gives it a whole new meaning. “To Horn In Or Not” takes Good Friends from an intimate, first person like setting, to a third person observation.

I think we’ve all felt like we were out of the loop at some point. We see people talking, laughing, sharing a moment in life and can’t help but be a little envious. For me, it often depends on where I’m at, how I will react to a situation like that. Sometimes I’m jealous or even annoyed to see other people having a good time when I may not be. Mostly though, I’m happy to see people making the most of life. Being among friends is a privilege. When I experience that first-hand, as in the Good Friends piece, I try to remember that there are people around me who may want to join my circle, and that I should practice open and welcoming eyes. When I’m on the other side of the page, I remind myself to feel glad that sometimes, it’s ok to be your own best friend for a minute. Either way, enjoy the moment.

Horn In Single

 

Being Right

I was driving home the other day, letting my mind relax and wander over my week, when this question struck me: How important is it to be right? It’s funny what your mind will tell you when you give it a chance to talk. I pondered the idea… Being right can be satisfying – I want people to think I’m smart, quick and in-the-know. I get pleasure out of feeling like I have something relevant to say or teach. Digging deeper though, I realized that often, when I make it a point to be right, it inherently means that someone else in the conversation is wrong. When I’m wrong, my first emotion is usually embarrassment. I feel I’ve failed at portraying all the things I like about myself so much when I’m right. I feel silly, shy and sometimes even stupid. My face turns red and all I want to do is prove that I wasn’t entirely wrong – Something I said must have been right!

Going back to the question, I think sometimes it can be important to be right, but not as often as I may be inclined. Being a writer, I have a tendency to correct people’s grammar. ‘I wish I were’ instead of ‘I wish I was’… Ultimately though, I’m happiest when the people around me are happy. So, in a selfish way, it’s to my betterment to not make others feel inferior even under the guise of helping. When it’s important, sure, find a nice way to point out that someone may be mistaken. But first really ask: How will my being right affect the situation? Probably, it wont make anything better. So relax, chuckle on the inside, and remember that the important things in life are lifting others up and having fun. Don’t be a fun-sucking smartypants.  Being Right F2

See Yourself

The completed piece – See Yourself: You Can’t Hide From You. I love the vivid colors! Something that doesn’t come through in the photo is how opalescent and shiny the ink is. I’ve been diggin on iridescent colors.

See Yourself

I’ve read quite a few resolution lists lately and I think this speaks to my goal for next year. Being yourself can mean a lot of things, and for me it means not forgetting the value of what makes me happy. Society commends sacrifice, and there is a place for that, but we also need to allow ourselves to be a little selfish with the things that define our person. Don’t lose yourself in making others happy, most likely they want the same for you. Embrace what inspires you and brings you joy.

Work in Progress

My latest work in progress. I should have this one finished up tomorrow night. This isn’t where I saw it going from the first stage. I originally planned to do something involving a human spine but, haha, that didn’t happen. I’m excited to see where this ends up tomorrow.

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