Friday, January 30, 2009

CONQUEROR

Here is the online version of my winning photograph articley thingy.  

and because of the ICE STORM OF 09, i've had no power or heat and am staying on the floor of my mom's art studio with my boyfriend, dog, and cat.  its like a weird slumber party.  we drank whiskey and played scrabble and i cried about my dead brother.  my mom has a poem in her studio that i wrote about him the night he died.  once a year i cry about him and explain to one lucky person the depths of the heartache i've been carrying around inside.

cest la vie.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

MANIC MONDAYS

so in the tradition of many blogs i've read, i'm starting a list of things that inspire me (art, decor, photos i take, blogs or websites) to be posted every monday, because everybody needs inspiration to begin the week.  I've started to redecorate my room and i hope to draw from these crazy dreamy places that people actually live in....










some of these photos are from the selby.  hope you enjoyed!



Saturday, January 24, 2009

obamaaah


ahh as in relief.  

and my fucking camera broke so i won't have any new crafts up until its fixed although i've been making A LOT.  maybe i can get my scanner up and running.  stay tuned.

Friday, January 16, 2009

yes, that's great for you. but what about me!?



So, I entered photo-graphy in the LEO contest, no big deal-- I thought maybe I had a chance.  I also persuaded my boyfriend, Nick, to enter because he has loads of artistic talent but he's creatively inactive.  I told him which of his photos I liked, including the one above.  The image of the bird taking flight against the background of a water-damaged wall is not only aesthetically beautiful, but it also touches on a personal level because its from a Katrina-ravaged squat in which we stayed in New Orleans.  So we both entered this contest-- him in B&W and me in color.

This morning, Nick got a call from LEO telling him he won 1st place in the B&W photography contest which includes being published in LEO, $125 cash, and a party in his honor.  I was happy for him, but as he was listening to the lady on the phone, I mouthed, "I told you so, I told you so!" which is kinda bitchy, I guess.  My jealousy had kicked in.  All I was thinking is that he would have never even been considered unless I had helped him print his photo, color-correct it, and basically spoon feed him the directions on how to enter (he didn't care enough to look up the rules online).  Oh, and I even (thank god) caught a mistake he made by signing his name on the photo which it clearly states in the rules is something that automatically disqualifies you.  I begrudgingly blacked out his name and even lent him the 3$ entry fee that he has yet to pay back. 

I was happy for him but still feeling that I deserved at least a sweet, "Gee, girlfriend, thanks for encouraging me to enter this contest.  I couldn't have done it without you!"
But instead, he was like, "Stop gellin'."

So, he checked his email like the LEO lady told him to do and ( over his shoulder, what do I see?) my email address was also in the CC heading.  After checking my own email, I found out that I was awarded with something, but they didn't specify what place or if it was merely an honorable mention, etc.  So I wait and wait and wait what seemed like a half hour, but was at most five minutes, for the call I knew was coming.  Turns out that I had been awarded none other than FIRST FUCKING PLACE for my color image entitled In the Reeds (it's meant to be viewed in a larger format in all its detailed glory, oh well)

Isn't that cute?  The Winning Couple!  But seriously it's freakin' weird.  I wonder how many people entered the contest, who judged, and all sorts of factors that would lead up to BOTH of us winning first place?   I suppose our selections were both filtered through
 the same 2 brains as we bounced thoughts off each other trying to edit down our own selections.  This seems to support the notion that there exists some sort of "universal taste" (or at least a LEO taste) that we both appealed to.  I dunno.  I'm just happy I got some recognition.  Feels good.  Oh, yeah, the money doesn't hurt.

Also, I got accepted to this show which is super cool, because some Kentucky artists who I also admire are featured in it.  I guess if I just put the effort into getting my stuff out there then I will likely get rewarded.  

Woot.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

something completely different.



making these necklaces.  seems i can only find bird images that fit these semi-spheres to my liking.  i will keep looking though.



and this is an ink and water color i've been working on.  i haven't painted in a while sooo it's quite frustrating.  the flash on the camera makes it look weirder than it is.


with my christmas gift card to Borders, i bought Consider the Lobster and Other Essays.  i'm trying to figure out why every literary major geeks out over this David Foster Wallace guy.  and since i have a limited attention span, i decided to start with his book of essays instead of Infinite Jest, his more renown 1000 page novel.   so far, it's not blowing me away, but i'm only like 5 pages in.

oh and PS- i've figured out that, when reading a piece of poetry, i'm immediately turned off when i see the word "soul". 
 i know, i'm, like, totally jaded.  for real.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

dreadless.

yeah i cut my dreads off  a couple weeks ago.  nobody seems to notice.

before.















after.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

NYE in hindsight.


i think this was right about FOUR, three, two......

Friday, January 2, 2009

2008 is dead....

goodbye, last year.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

NEW YEAR



woot! first sober new year's eve in a while. but it was awesome. somehow, i felt drunk and lovely. i got to see all the secret things that go on when nobody's looking because everyone's drunk. it's like i'm recording a dream they had, one of the ones they forget upon waking.

this year is going to be a doozy. remember Y2K? i do, like it was yesterday... my uncle was stock piling guns and toilet paper in his basement. i was excited for the world to go crazy. i was ready to live in a teepee and hunt wild animals with sticks, but alas, it's still the same world it always was. and i need something different.

seems we're always living in the pre-apocalyptic era. forget post-modern. i'm waiting for the world to end.