Saturday, August 1, 2015

the 2015 Seattle Art Fair

What an amazing wonderful fun filled day!

My alarm went off at 6:45am. Did not like that one bit. I rolled out of bed at 7:15ish and got showered and made up and put on a nice dress and coordinated my jewelry on the gold side of my collection annnndd I took out my earrings and put on the geometric triangular ones with abstract dangly bits. I think I can declare my ear healed!

Poured out some cheerios and headed out to Bremerton. Got to Karen's with plenty of time to go to the ferry. We walked from her place, much easier than dealing with driving. Today we were going to the 2015 Seattle Art Fair! Which was in the Century Link Exhibition Hall. Lots of galleris bringing art to represent. New art, old art, big sculptures, interactive things. Heather was there representing the gallery she manages/works for Upfor Gallery, and she scored us a couple VIP passes! So rad.

We caught the 9:45, and arrived at the center shortly after it opened. I had a hot dog on the ferry and split some fries with Karen at a food truck just outside the center. Then in we went! Daniel (of Heather and Daniel) was there too. Ahhh the hall was massive, but not crowded! Just the right amount of people were there to create an interesting variety of fashion, but not enough to hinder art access.

There was what I believe to be a Murakami, not a Koonz.

All three Wyeths were represented.

There were so many women artists. Enough that when you saw a painting and saw it was by a woman, it didn't stand out as being one out of 80, ya know?

I treated myself to a deluxe coffee, which has grass fed butter as the cream component. It was so smooth and delicious! Some of the best coffee I've had in a while. Daniel let me have a few bites of his french toast doughnut.

Karen and I got to chat briefly with one artist: Regina Scully, Very dynamic work. Lively, confidant, fun, interesting color schemes. And also almost affordable! There were 500k pieces in the hall, so seeing one for 3k was reasonable. It made me think more about the print I'm adding to my collection and how stoked I am for it.

Also represented and memorable: Masami Teraoka's contemporary Japanese woodblock prints, Popel Coumou's gentle surrealist landscapes, Dutin Yellin's collage work that was layered between sheets of glass which created a three dimensional object when all pressed together. Really something to behold and walk around and look into. The Eulogy by Patricia Piccinini was this very realistic sculpture of a man holding a blobfish. I saw Piccinini's The Hug at the Frye back in 2007. Nice little memory/call back. I took a silly picture with The Eulogy, because I'm a goober. Andrew Stevovich had some great paintings. Very nicely framed with distinct figures. Al Farrow's Wrath & Reverence was a concept we've seen before but executed in the most perfect manner. So perfect that it was refreshed and intelligent. Yeah. Some really good work.

We sat and chatted with Daniel for a bit in the middle of the day, then at the end we got tacos at a food card (me one veggie one shrimp, Karen two veggie and an empanada) and Daniel walked us to the 3pm ferry (Karen had stuff to do). We had a nice journey back. Lots of talk of the new future and what it may or may not bring. I picked up my comic box in the blessedly air conditioned comic shop and went home. Traffic was a bit of a bummer, though no major slow downs. Just cars a plenty.

I watered plants and now it's late and I must sleep. Tomorrow I''ll tidy up and go dog sit! And when I come back, Brynne will be here.

Friday, July 31, 2015

early days


Uhhggg had to get up SO EARLY! To go to the doctor in Silverdale at 8am. I was pretty much a zombie, but I got in all right just on time. Signed in. How were so many people so cheery that early? Well I guess they didn't get up as damn early to drive an hour to get there. Anyway. Doc visit went well. It was a quick one. I went to Trader Joe's and went shopping, and threw down a good joke that I can't remember now. Grocery stores look so nice first thing in the morning before everything is messed up by people buying stuff. The guy forgot to ring up and bag my ginger ale tho. :(

I should have gotten McDonald's Breakfast. Instead I went home and rested a bit.

Ma and Pa returned from being on the mountain. They survived backpacking! They went swimming as a way to shower and ate cake and took their leftovers from my fridge. They deprive their daughter of food! I mean sure they paid for it...but. Yeah.

I was tired through the day, but then I revived and decided to go to the Bernie Sanders support meeting in Quilcene. He was doing a livestream across the country to promote grassroots action to support him, and I agree with his policies. Unfortunately the Quilence location was actually Coyle, but I still went. I was the third to arrive, but...Deb? Dev? Argh forgot her name! Was really nice. There was about 14 people in all. We took a group photo. I was the youngest, but there was a couple who could have been 32. Lots of older folks. We all agreed with Bernie and talked this and that. I was able to provide info that his plans to fund his ideas come from actually taxing rich people.

The stream was damn inspiring! I want to make buttons, but of the handmade with a pin back glued to it kind. Like, maybe a shrinky dink "Feel The Bern" badge? I agreed to come to more meetings. Not sure if I'll knock on doors, but I'm down to help.

Anyway, that was fun. Got back. Went to bed. I think I did stuff between the two???


Work on site! Though this was mainly for LM. I did help move some boxes. We got the basement back at the office, so the light set up is downstairs. I photographed mostly jewelry. Earrings and necklaces. OH! I also picked up a crate and lamp from the consignment shop in Poulsbo and didn't get doughnuts at Stuy's. Self restraint!

Anyway yeah, photographed jewelry. Going to edit it and get some draft on Etsy up for the client. There's some really nice earrings, wish I could find them a nice home (aka my ears).

I got McDonalds on the way home (ha no self restraint) and now I feel double bloated. I watered my garden (the important plants) and sat and relaxed. My foot is feeling better. My ankle I mean. Not that it's cured but it is feeling less strained.

Uhg I really need to get in actual shape tho, I'm so out of it and it's killing my self esteem.

Tomorrow I'm hanging with Karen in Seattle, so that should be fun!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

birds, dead & injured

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday! I've gotten behind again.

Sunday was the only really big day. Mom's birthday!

Celia came over just before 10 to start the cake for Mom's birthday. I put on an episode of Chopped and we got to assembling! The wings got shortened and stacked, and the chocolate was cut to a thinner body. The original (spoiler: we were making a cake shaped like a dead bird, with it's legs up. I spent the night making chocolate legs out of melted chocolate squeezed out onto a baking sheet and frozen) body design was much bigger and flatter. My cake turned out a bit dry, and Celia said hers was a bit flat. But it's the thought that counts! The icing was homemade butter cream. We couldn't get it to look like a blue marlin, so me made a green and blue and white bird with chocolate feathers. A bit overkill, but it looked great! We put it into the fridge at noon, right before Ma & Pa were set to initially arrive...but then they hadn't even left yet. So Celia went back to her cabin and I took a long nap. I was woken up by Celia calling to help her with an injured bird. I got the rescue number and address and helped Celia get the pigeon into a crate. Off she went!

Ma and Pa showed up shortly later. I got the run down on upcoming work and gave Ma her choice of earrings (she went with the cluster dangly ones). The cake was not yet brought out. It was a cold, windy gray day so we stayed inside. We played a few rounds of Scattergories and Ma won. Then played some Trivial Pursuit and got soup and salad ready. Linda and Celia came over with a pasta dish that was big and tasty. Gabriel was there too, and was a sweet puppy doggy. Up until he puked in my lap. Oh well. Dogs. It happens. Washed jeans and put on clean ones.

The cake was brought out to Mom's incredible delight! She loved the dead bird theme. She giggled and cheered and we took pictures. I think she felt appreciated. We all sat around and chatted. Eventually Linda and Celia headed home. We watched Ghostbusters. Was just going to be a little bit of Ghostbusters, but once you've started that movie you gotta finish it. I did my ankle stretches and make rice crispies for Ma and Pa's hike.

In the morning they headed off to go backpacking for two days. They left me two rice krispie squares. I loafed about. Snacked. Cleaned. Struggled with getting Internet to work.

Tuesday I did some work from home and finished the left over salad and my computer now likes to overheat, so I kept having to pause what I was doing to let it cool down. Buhhh.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

summer is over, here is the rain!


Had a tough time getting out of bed. It was warm and comfy. But I eventually did. Got a one off gig dog sitting on site in Poulsbo, so that's cool. Did some more online listings. Things are selling like gangbusters on our eBay! It's a great feeling. Though maybe I should have listed it for more??

I spent a few hours watering the plants nice and thoroughly...and it rained like five hours later and all day the next day. So I guess things should be looking pretty green? I've been doing my stretches, and when I try it on the other foot it doesn't feel like much of anything, so a diagnosis of an Achilles injury is ringing true. How hard do I push it though? I don't want to hurt it more.


Managed to get up a bit earlier. Enjoyed the cooler weather. Made a shopping list. Had some green beans and coffee and toast for breakfast. Did a shopping trip for cake supplies at QFC, and I left without buying any doughnuts! Tomorrow Celia & I are meeting early in the day to make a cake for Mom (it's her birthday!).

So I made a cake and did some practice with a specific technique of a cake decoration thing.

I stretched my foot. I listened to podcasts. I even lit a fire! It was a bit cold and I didn't feel like turning on the wall heaters. Probably good to heat up the chimney on the regular.

So a bit productive, yeah. Tomorrow Mum is coming over! And Dad too.