I’d been meaning to read this book for months. No, years. This was just one of those books that circled around my reading lists vaguely for forever, before a copy finally fell into my hands via a mailbox library in Portland. Then, I didn’t even get around to reading it until after we’d moved to LA! Part of it is that this book is over 700 pages. Not unreadable, but definitely not some summer beach read. This book was a commitment. But you guys, once I started reading it? Hooked. And that’s an accomplishment because the book starts out in a dark, dark place. By chapter two I was interested, but also horrified at what the main character is going through, and I thought about it often. To be honest, I still think about it quite frequently. But don’t worry, it gets better! This was somehow the easiest 700+ pages I’ve ever read. It was one of those rare books that doesn’t have a lull in the middle part, it keeps you interested the whole way through. I honestly can’t recommend this book enough if you want a wild tale of love, loss and art theft. 10/10 recommend!
August. My first married month. August has bee pretty blissful, I’m not going to lie. At the beginning of this month I was on my honeymoon and then immediately after started a new job. I didn’t post on Instagram for a couple of months, and just really tried to focus in on what I want for myself and in my brand-spanking new marriage. The mood board this month somewhat revolves around love, people and mysticism. I hope some of these inspire and you like they did me. Enjoy!
July, the official middle of summer. The days are getting muggy, and the fans are running all night. It’s always one of my favorite months, but this one is big for me. I’ll be getting married at the end of this month, so I’ve been thinking abut love, about work, and about long term commitments both to myself and others. Already it feels different than the playfulness of spring. That being the case, I wanted to show you some of the things I’ve been looking at, thinking about. I hope they inspire you like they did me to always be looking for more art in galleries and in the world. Enjoy!
Vivian Suter at Gladstone Gallery.
Ernie Barnes - He has a great show at the African American Museum, check it out here
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about ideas lately, and how to make them into more. Getting to the best part of a good idea, can be incredibly difficult. it’s like this: all day long, thoughts are just floating around everyone’s heads, like wisps of colorful scarves or smoke, some good some bad, and most of them very average. Getting a good idea is like finally noticing and catching something fast just as it comes to you.
Imagine, you’re walking along – all of a sudden someone passing you on the street just tosses you a bright shiny blue stone. You catch it more out of reflex than anything. You didn’t mean to, you’re minding your own business, and suddenly you have this foreign object. And it doesn’t seem like much, but you instinctually enjoy it. Smooth and pretty. Deep blue, feels cool and soft in your hand. So you decide you like the rock. Don’t have a reason to or purpose to like it, don’t intend to do anything with it. You just decide you enjoy it and you keep it.
This is essentially what it is like to have a good idea – not a great amazing incredible idea, but a good one, one you hold onto for now. But you will find that if you hold onto good ideas for long enough, sometimes they will flesh out to be great ideas. They just needed to be extracted from the general concept of thought.
To have a great idea come out of a good one, would be like holding onto that blue rock for a while, carrying it around with you, playing with it, and rubbing your thumb over it again and again mindlessly. You know this rock well by feel now. One day, you pull out the blue rock and something is different. The blue rock now has a red string coming out of it. You being like any other person can’t help but wonder “where did this come from?” and perhaps a little later, “what does this mean?”
(Subtext -getting from a good idea to a fully realized great idea concept can be a lot of work and it can be very difficult!)
So you continue to keep this blue rock, although you keep it back at home. However, It does occur to you throughout the day to think about the little rock on the string. You think about them and why them. One day you come home and the string has grown long, so long in fact that it has gone out the door! Down the street! You follow the string, can’t help but follow the string. It leads you out of town, it leads you across hills and rocks and valleys. You curse yourself, yet must get to the end of only to have some sense of completion, some reason for this exertion. Finally, the red string from the blue rock ends. It runs directly into the mouth of the cave. A cave made of entirely of blue rock.
Boulders to pebbles, slabs of beautiful blue rock. So what have you done? What is your accomplishment? You have found so much more than you ever thought you would. You have traced a fragment to its hulking source.
Okay, okay. So I missed a few posts. I’m back now, and ready to give you all a taste of what I’ve been looking at, thinking about. I’ll admit I’ve been a bit nostalgic, and I have a theory that everyone gets a little nostalgic when the seasons change. The first day of Spring feels markedly different, and reminds me of the spring before, and before that.
^ Particle Memory, Lita Albuquerque 1995
In addition to being nostalgic, I am also recently engaged so I’m feeling romantic as well. All in all, general feelings alert! I hope these pics inspire you like they did me ~
Screenshot from my favorite movie scene of all time, this abstract ballet dance scene in the middle of Singin’ In The Rain. This scene made me understand dance on an entire different level as a kid
Poppies in the Spring , by Bye.Bye.Birdie on flickr
A close lil crop of dust on one of my pictures, that I’ve always liked for some reason
Château de Chenonceau
Small excerpt from Art & Fear, by David Bayles & Ted Orland. Amazing book for artists that want to relate to their work! Highly recommend! You can find it in a pdf form online for free.
“Part” by Iain Stewart, 1998. Chromogenic print
“The Sun Is Out”, Tommy Bruce 2015
Unable to find the artist behind this soothing Cloud TV, but I looove it, whoever you are! I will credit you if I can find you!
Unable to find the artist behind this last one, but it feels peaceful and like love. Again, reach out if this is you!