no work all play

i drew this the other night while watching a movie, and today i added some watercolor. i stuck to primary colors, which i kind of like – but i think i’m going to invest in some better/more diverse paints soon. these watercolors were probably under 5 dollars and i’ve had them for years..i guess it’s good to use what you have. which is probably the most anti black friday statement i can make. haa, what a gross day, right?

use what you have.

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music // 08

happy thanksgiving! brent and i are headed up to his sister’s place for a big meal later this afternoon. i’m missing my own family today – but am SO thankful for all the in-laws i have down here. the house will be filled with lots and lots of kids, brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents, and plenty of love and ridiculousness. should be fun. hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend, wherever you are.

p.s. this video…i watched it last night for the first time, and the harmonies almost made me cry. enjoy.

compassion

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have compassion for everyone you meet
even if they don’t want it
what seems conceit
is always a sign
always a sign
always a sign
for those you encounter
have compassion
even if they don’t want it
what seems bad manners
is always a sign
always a sign
always a sign

always a sign
of things no ears have heard
always a sign
of things no eyes have seen
you do not know
what wars are going on
down there, where the spirit meets the bone
down there, where the spirit meets the bone
down where the spirit meets the bone

for everyone you listen to
have compassion
even if they don’t want it
what seems cynicism
is always a sign
always a sign
always a sign
always a sign

always a sign
of things no ears have heard
always a sign of things no eyes have seen
you do not know
what wars are going on
down there, where the spirit meets the bone
down there, where the spirit meets the bone
down where the spirit meets the bone

words: lucinda williams | compassion – from the album down where the spirit meets the bone

photo: iphone | austin, tx

volunteering

brent and i went to a volunteer orientation yesterday for an incredible non-profit in our community. i was so inspired and moved…and really can’t wait to get started. volunteering is one of the goals i have for year 26 (see here), and after talking to the women who are leading this effort i felt like i was in the right place at the right time. i don’t even know where to begin to describe this organization, they do so much. such as:

grow food in three huge gardens that they then distribute throughout the community. they have chickens and goats that provide meat and eggs (and they’re going to start making their own goat cheese). they have bees that provide honey. they just planted over 300 fruit trees on their property. they have businesses around town that donate coffee, water, and bread. and each week they make up packages of food to distribute to the 25 or so residents they provide housing for in east austin.

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they also offer cooking classes and community events. employ their residents by letting them work in their gardens and with their animals. and overall believe in building friendships and a community with and for the homeless – they hope to maintain a relationship and keep them in their community long term, not just get them on their feet and out the door. they want these people to feel like they belong somewhere, like they have people they can go to. it was easy to see the passion and love coming from the two women leading today. they know the residents by name. they call and check in on them throughout the week. they know what physical ailments they have. they talk to them on the phone. they have a real relationship with these people. there’s no pity. just love. 

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so, needless to say – i can’t wait to get involved. brent and i are going to be a “distribution team.” which means two saturdays a month we’ll pick up food that has been washed and packaged from the community center and distribute to 3 or 4 residents. it will be the same residents each time so we’ll actually get to know them and build a relationship. i already feel like this is going to be such a growing and learning experience for me, and i can’t wait!

you can check out more about the organization here.

photos: iphone | austin, tx (these photos have absolutely nothing to do with this post. but whatever…photos are nice)

turquoise and gold: 9/26 – 13/26

as promised, here is another batch of paintings. i’m officially half way!

i think these are my favorite so far. forcing myself to do so many paintings with such a limited color palette has been a good way to discover what styles i like and enjoy. i’m definitely liking the organic and loose style best.

today was beautiful, 75 and sunny. perfect day to have off work. hope you’re savoring your weekend as much as i am. xox.

click on any image to view in gallery mode. (do it! it’s a much better view)

turquoise and gold: 5/26 – 8/26

i spent some more time painting last week. this batch isn’t my favorite…but when you’re creating 26 of anything you’re bound to like some more than others. the next batch is much more organic looking – and i’m preferring that at the moment. but it’s fun to experiment and try a bolder approach. the solid gold one was a mess up – i didn’t like the original painting so i painted over the whole thing in gold…but then i kind of liked how that looked with the old showing through a bit. so i left it. it’s been really nice to have a reason to sit down and paint – even if it’s a made up reason.

work has been killing me lately. i’ve been feeling unfulfilled and bored – so it’s really nice to have a creative outlet. i’m hoping to wrap up this series by next week, and then i’ll be on to the next. i don’t think i’ll be doing 26 of every project – it’s overkill, haha. i started to get bored thinking about posting them one at a time so that’s why i’m going to post them in batches from here on out.

i’m thinking of making some throw pillows for my next project – a woman gifted me her sewing machine and i’ve been meaning to figure out how to work it. i’m also thinking of doing a series of letters – letters to authors, historical figures, heroes, family i’ve never met, etc. i think it could be interesting…but maybe just to me. we’ll see.

have a wonderful friday and a safe weekend. i have plans for breakfast with a friend tomorrow, but nothing else on the calendar – and i’m veerrrry happy to have a slow weekend. i’ll post another set of paintings tomorrow. xox.

click on a painting to see a gallery view.

learn more about this series here, and the overall project here.

you and i

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we are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. the potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of arabia. certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than keats, scientists greater than newton. we know this because the set of possible people allowed by our dna so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and i, in our ordinariness, that are here.

words: richard dawkins | unweaving the rainbow: science, delusion and the appetite for wonder

photo: iphone | austin, tx