Iceland Art Residency, Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki

On August 24th I left San Francisco on a ten day journey to Iceland for the Saga Art Residency. Traveling through Iceland to a Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki a village of about 520 residents. This was my first art residency, so I brought zero experience. Just an anxious heart filled with good intentions

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Caetani Art Residency, British Columbia

The works that I made at the Caetani Center is a visual response to the love from the people that I was so thankful to spend close to two weeks with in Vernon, British Columbia. Thank you for giving, singing and rejoicing your love as it gave me an opportunity to receive it. Now filled, I'm ready to give more to everyone else. Thank you so much. 

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Apartment # 2222

I'm feeling bittersweet tonight....

In a few weeks I will be transitioning into a new chapter of my life. That also means moving out of my current apartment on Market Street. I am really connected and love this place very much. I feel sad to part from her.

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JackKnife Studio - Show Opening Recap

Community. Love. Art. ๐ŸŒˆ Set Free ๐ŸŒปโœŒ๐Ÿป! Here are some snapshots of our getting ready for the show and all the way to the actual opening! I felt so inspired and thankful that day for experiencing what it's like to be in a group show and the exhilirating feeling of love, compassion and community from my classmates and friends.

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The Journey

One day you finally knew
What you had to do, and began,
Though the voices around you
Kept shouting
Their bad advice,
Though the whole house
Began to tremble
And you felt the old tug
At your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
Each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
you knew what you had to do,
Though the wind pried
With its stiff fingers
At the very foundations,
Though their melancholy
Was terrible.
It was already late
Enough, and a wild night,
And the road full of fallen
Branches and stones.
BUt little by little,
As you left their voices behind,
The stars began to burn
Through the sheets of clouds,
And there was a new voice,
Which you slowly
Recognized as your own,
That kept you company
As you strode deeper and deeper
Into the world,
Determined to do
The only thing you could do,
Determined to save
The only life you could save.

- Mary Oliver

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"Oh Hey!"

I was wondering when the paintings for The Inner Voyage would come to and end; and it looks like it was tonight. So, just like clockworks I ate a quick dinner; grabbed the four large canvases got on both knees, unwrapped and stored everything away with glassine...

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Habits, hopes and thoughts

I'm starting to enjoy the daily habits. I have a few of them. For example, I eat the same dinner pretty much everynight if I'm home; it's kale, two eggs, two pieces of bread, one piece of cheese, a cup of tea, and then right before bed I'll have another small meal. These habits are almost meditative. I also do yoga, give thanks, pray and meditate before bed. These are important to me.

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New Space to Create

The walls of my studio are a reflection of my inner being. I place on there only items that inspire me. Last year it was a poster from the Headlands, a green and lavender wrapper I found from an Aritzia gift box, a black and white photograph of four dancers by Ocean Beach, a vintage record of Willie Nelson. 

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Rhythm of Painting

I observed today that the rhythm of creating is not present when I'm tired and I am often tired after work on the weekdays. I also ate a heavy meal and watched Project Runway Junior (everyone needs and escape and I just love these incredible little humans making beautiful garments). I observed that it helped me feel rested though not inspired.

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In Alignment

I learned from life coaching today to be aware of alignment in all my relationships. In alignment with who I am and what I believe in, today towards the relationships that I have today. Through meditation, it is true that I've begun to see things in less black and white and more of a dark grey and light grey area. I'm thankful for that, because in the past it was very black and white. And this change feels encouraging and hopeful. 

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"As I can"

This painting by Jan Van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait showed up in one of the massive books I get from the public library. What caught my eye is the note that the artist placed within the painting, "Als ik kan", which means "As I can"

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Michelle Obama & Oprah

I just finished watching the first lady, Michelle Obama and Oprah's interview tonight at the United States of Women Summit. 

Michelle Obama said when asked about expectations on being the first lady told the audience that she never read about how to be the best first lady; she wanted to get there first; to see how it is and to make sure that she could be the best first lady in the way that she knew how. 

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Art as Practice

I had the idea in the back of my mind; somehow through art making that there are these benchmarks of what the next step should look like. So, somehow I've been functioning on that; that if I sold a piece of artwork that if I got into a number of shows that it would mean that I'm doing this right. So, I've been sub-consciously painting fast and doing things really "fast" thinking that the faster I make; the quicker I'd get to the next level. And all of this, is happening sub-consciously.  

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Doing Nothing

I learned today that I need a clear and balanced mindset as an artist because I spend a lot of time being alone in my head. And without a balanced clear mindset things in there (as you know) can get kind of crazy. Taming the mind is like trying to tame a horse.

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