Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ava - Inspiration for tonight's creativity break

I always thought my need for a creative break was due to my work in Finance...I never imagined that when I switched careers to Interior Design that I would need a creative release.
This week I took advantage of Aaron Brothers One Cent Sale (thank you Miranda for that incredible tip!) and purchased a bunch of canvases. Tonight I painted three of these canvases in a variety of blues - inspired by no other, than Ava. Ava has an affinity to water that is hard to beat. (Yes, that is a nappy, old, sheer-silk curtain under the paintings, against our rug, as my 'drop cloth'...)
One of my favorite parts of the process tonight was my new brush: a 6" wide, Liquitex, Freestyle, brush.
There is something, almost magical, about the way a nice brush feels against a canvas, with just the right amount of paint. Each stroke relaxes you - I definitely understand why art is "therapy" for so many. Which reminds me, if you haven't checked out Creativity Explored, please do so. "...a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art."
One of my most favorite things I've read, over the past few months (& I may be miss-quoting this, but this is how I remember & think of it) : creativity is a wave - if you miss it, it passes right through you but if you catch it - it's an amazing ride...thank you, tonight, for the great ride.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A personal challenge...

Recently our friends, Carey & Renaud, returned from a 6-week+ stint in Paris. After they returned they did a juice cleanse, provided by Juice to You. Carey did a 5 day cleanse and Renaud a 3-day cleanse...thus began Tony's interest...http://juicetoyou.net/ Next thing I know, I'm talking to Charlie, one of the co-owners of the company, on behalf of Tony & I, and we're doing a 3-day juice cleanse.
This past Monday - at 8am, our first day's worth of juice arrived.
The juice is clearly labeled and actually tastes really good. You have 1 juice, every 2 hours...but you start they day with an elixir of algae and end the day with an equal amount of aloe.
One of the biggest surprises to me was how much I use food as a crutch to get me through the tough mental moments of the day. It also surprised me how much I don't get enough of the right foods in my diet...and that I can make it through the day without caffeine. I felt energized throughout the cleanse - a weird sort of body buzz...I highly recommend this cleanse!

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Hotbead of Portland, OR - Pink Martini

I had the pleasure of seeing Pink Martini (from Portland, OR) perform last night with the SF Symphony. Unfortunately, the main singer, China Forbes,
was unable to perform due to throat surgery. There is a 98% success rate with the surgery she received...in her place was the very talented Lucy Woodward.
However, as incredible as she was - she learned no less than 5 languages in as many days, to perform with Pink Martini - she was no China. China has a stage presence that is hard to replicate...
Even still, watching Pink Martini perform with the SF Symphony is incredible. If a show can be measured by the amount of times it sends shivers up your spine and down your arms then this show cannot be topped.
I am forever grateful that my good friend, Amber, gets tickets annually for this event. This year, we had the pleasure of enjoying box seats with her wonderful parents.
So, how does this tie into design? I've sat in many different spots throughout the Davies Symphony Hall and every seat results in pretty near to perfect acoustics...how does one design that??? I know that Dolby had a lot to do with the design of Davies but it really is a joy to see a show there. I can only begin to imagine the amount of detail that went into the construction documents!
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