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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Art, Art and More Art (oh and some exercising in there somewhere)

I've continued to do a decent about of sketching over the past couple of weeks in both the sketchbook project I'm hosting for work and my travel sketchbook. I've continued to find value and peace in creating here and there during the day when I have a 5 minute break or late at night cuddled under a bunch of blankets trying to stay warm.

I also completed a piece of artwork for the Side by Side art show that I'm assisting in hosting through the OSD office that I'm internship at this semester.  The concept is to show support, empowerment or experience of living with a disability or knowing someone that does.  I found that when you use actual good quality watercolor paper and chalk watercolor paints that I actually kind of enjoy watercolor. I don't think I'm great at it by any means but I'm definately improving.

So this has been my bed for the past month...

...I think it adds new meaning to living with your art.

Other things I've been up to.
1. I finally read the book club book for Feb. the day after book club. :)  It was "After I do" and ended up being a quick interesting read about life after marriage.

2. I went to a Knighthawks professional lacrosse game with my friend last Saturday night. I forgot how much I enjoy watching lacrosse. Out of all professional games I find lacrosse the best to watch live.  And while some people purchase beer and fries at games I purchased an awesome cookie and a snow tiger balloon headband! 

3. Other than that I'm happy to report I've been going to yoga fairly regularly again. (Thanks Marcy for holding me accountable and making it fun!) And I actually ran 4 times this week! Maybe after a 6 week lull this will be a positive sign moving in to what I hope will be spring in the next month. Well, one can hope...

Monday, February 16, 2015

Finally Getting My Groove Back

A couple of weeks ago I started to get my groove back. I've physically been feeling better and am finally adjusting to working full time, interning ten hours a week and taking my final capstone class.  While I'll admit to counting down the days to graduating with my second Masters degree and for that mater spring getting here, I'm still working on getting back into a healthy routine. This includes running more than 2 times a week for the past 5 weeks, eating better (this is still 50/50), reading leisure books again (okay I'll be happy with 1 a month for now), and creating art.

My art therapy groups at work started up again a few weeks ago and the sketchbook project at work has launched.  This means that I created a sketchbook and have to create in it to showcase at our sketchbook exhibit in April. In addition, at my internship I'm helping to put on an art exhibit event at the end of March and I'd like to create something to put in that show. And like I don't have enough going on I wanted to get a couple of pieces of artwork made to donate to ROCO's 6x6 exhibit.

So here's what I've been creating:

Thanks to my friend Sarah convincing me to hang out and head to Genesee Center for the Arts; We were able to make a handmade card from recycled paper. Straight from the pulp, to dying the paper, and then using ink and old printing press. This was very cool. Took about an hour total but some of that time was waiting for the paper to be pressed and ironed to dry.

So in the mean time we went over to the pottery side where they had their seconds sale.  I picked up this very beautiful awesome dip/chip or whatever bowl for $10 bucks!!!

Later that same day my friend Marcy and I headed to a new eatery called Nox in the Village Gate. It was a pretty cool place complete with dungeonque like front doors, then a modge podge of future and a cool bar back. Perhaps the best part was the menu. Consisting of a lot of cheese!  We split a grilled gouda cheese salted strawberry dark chocolate sandwich on sour dough bread and some awesome flat fries with melted gouda cheese and bacon bits on top. OMG sooo amazing!!!!! Highly recommended. I saw some friends there and they tried the mac and cheese and let me have a bite. Hmmmm yummy!!

Following the awesome meal we made to an art opening. The artist is a popular tattoo artist at Love Hate tattoo.  His work was pretty cool. Plus this was the first time I went to the 1975 gallery and it is a cool little place.

My two ROCO 6x6 donations

My personal travel sketchbook/journal (and yes my picture taking skills for these ones is crappy but I was to lazy to redo them).

My sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project