Saturday, October 22, 2011

Explorations and Adventures

Walking around Mt. Vernon, Baltimore MD. October 2011. more photos on flickr

tie up your horses or your 
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entry way wall mosaic
iron workhouse of two cultures


A day at the Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley MD. September 2011. more photos on flickr

the crowd roars

the rest of the pack

dead last of the pack warming up

her googles shone like a miners head lamp


come on!

Baltimore Alley Aerial Festival at Graffiti Alley behind Load of Fun in Baltimore MD. September 2011. more photos on flickr

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"The Bike Project"

Once upon a time this was my bike...

my new horse

But then I decided that factory was not satisfactory.

A lot of people asked me why I was painting my bike...

top tube paint its the little things that make me happy
from the rear its the little things that make me happy
front view fork

I didn't really have a good answer other than 'why not?'


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

To Remember and to Reminisce

This is a repost from Bmore Art blog by Cara Ober, with my own commentary below.

How often do your non-artist friends and colleagues offer to hang your work up somewhere - a place of business, a home, a restaurant - just so you can "get exposure"? How many times a year are you, as an artist, asked to donate your work to charity? For the most part, those doing the asking have only our best interest at heart, and it's not their fault that they don't understand how expensive it is to be an artist.

Artists are the among the most generous people in the world. We work for free all the time. We volunteer at local art spaces. We donate our work to arts organizations, non-profits, health organizations, and outreach - even though we can't deduct the price of the work on our taxes. Many of us work long hours to pay our bills and work long hours in our studios, which require a monthly rent. And don't get me started on the cost of art supplies.

Sometimes, enough is enough. It's okay to say no thanks, especially when an opportunity is costly to you - in time, effort, and funds - and isn't going to lead to future opportunities.

if only ....

I think it's important to remember the time, effort, skill, knowledge, and funds it takes when approaching anyone (be it artist, doctor, lawyer, etc) about anything (be it art and design work, "can you look at this mole?", legal advice, etc). Remember to value their WORK even if they love what they do. It still took them a while (time, funds, learned skills, etc) to get there and that's it why you are asking THEM specifically and not a random stranger off the street - who would almost certainly tell you "NO!".  Personally I have a hard time saying No, I feel like a super crabby Bitch (yes, capital B) for saying it even though I know I shouldn't feel guilty at all. "Expanding my portfolio" does not pay my bills, put food in my mouth, or gas in my car.  Being an artist means you are most likely working at least 2 jobs, the one that pays the bills and the one that mostly subtracts money from your bank account (that would be the art making one...). Time is precious and tomorrow is never promised.

If you can't pay me in legal tender for my work... I propose bartering! Remember the days when goods and services were traded for other goods and services of equal value? We never needed mega corps, or child labor sweatshops in far off lands, or worried about loss of jobs; because everyone needed everyone else in town to do what what they were GOOD at, so they could get the things they NEEDED. Since the items were being made by people who were GOOD at what they did, they had taken time to hone this skill or craft,  they probably CARED about it, and made things WELL and with INTENTION.  And well, if you took out a loan that you couldn't pay for... and you probably knew better than that...  then the debt collector just took out your legs or took one of your children (that you hardly fed anyway) for menial labor to pay off your debt. Life was so SIMPLE.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Necky Situations

Hey Folks, I know I am super behind on posting, but let me make it up to you.... Here is a quick update on the neck & back situation: I'm feeling WAY better. Most days I am pretty much pain free. And some days I feel just a little ache or I get a little stiff sometimes; but I have a much greater awareness of where it is in my body and what I was doing that probably triggered it . Generally it is from being stressed out and hunched over or sitting in odd positions for a long time. I've also come to terms that milk/dairy products make me feel like poop in many ways. If I put half and half in my coffee I know I will have a small flash of a headache across my forehead somewheres around mid-day and that the next day I will feel like I am coming down with a cold. In fact the more dairy I ingest the worse of an oncoming cold it feels like I'm getting the next morning. It really sucks because I really like cheese and my friend runs the best pizza joint in Baltimore so I spend a lot of time there. And dammit, nothing replaces cream or half and half in coffee or cheese! But I digress on other pains, back to the back... I am now on my 50 something-th of 65 treatments and I am going 3 days a week to adjustments and traction while working 4 days a week at the school. I sit a whole lot straighter most of the time. I've had to readjust the rear view mirror in my car (because I sit taller) and now can tell if its been a long day I'm slouching and can't see out the back so then I realize what I'm doing and readjust my body. I FEEL TALLER! I've taken the feather bed off of my bed (I have to say this was a sad night) and if my back is twinge-y I roll over onto my back (I'm a side sleeper) and can literally feel and hear it pop back into place. I've always had a "crunchy" back that snap, crackles, and pops, but I learned that it is not really a bad thing, just means that it moves easily. I've learned to find my zen while in traction I'll close my eyes and fall asleep with weights hanging off the back of my head and neck or with my butt hoisted in the air. It's really interesting that most of the other people I see there can't put the phone down and usually are still straining their necks to type, talk, or watch something on their phones while in traction (which is supposed to help straighten things out). Or how many of them think they know better than the Dr. and will try to say what they do or don't need- this always baffles me and I always want to ask them "Did you go to school for chiropractic care? Pass any medical exams? Because I'm pretty sure you didn't... and therefore you should not be making medical diagnoses or deciding your own treatment plan!". I also notice they don't have the same miraculous recovery that I had in 30 some treatments... hmm could there be a correlation between following the prescribed exercises and treatments and actual recovery? I want to get better and I follow the steps that will mostly likely get me there. Clearly that would just make too much sense to be true... Right? Anyway I've kinda come to look forward to finding my little zen-ness and actually get pretty disappointed if I don't fall asleep in traction. Here is my neck in its current situation (red line) from September around the 30th visit, we are talking about being a whole lot less hurt-y. This Old Neck Here is my neck (red line) in June against what it was supposed to look like (green line). At this point I kept finding myself saying " I want to stab my neck with a fork" I still don't understand how that was going to make it feel better - other than being a new distraction that it now had holes in it.... my janky neck I am so happy my neck no longer looks and feels like this.