Florida, Blender, NASA

Florida, Blender, NASA

Tomorrow I leave for vacation to Florida – we’re going to see the OSIRIS-REx launch on my birthday in Cape Canaveral.

The mission for this launch is amazing – the plan is to hurtle through space to Bennu, an asteroid that comes in near-orbit to the earth roughly every 6 years. They will land on Bennu, mine a sample, and bring it back to earth some time in 2023. Because my mother in law worked on part of it we get to go to the launch!

My Mom and brother Chris will also be in Florida to visit my Grandpa and Oma. I’ll be able to see them on the trip, which will be fantastic. Chris just got his commercial pilot license and will graduate in the spring.

I spent this morning painting the blender featured above – a gorgeous yellow waring nova 1 blender. Yellow like the sunshine and citrus in Florida.

 

No rain

No rain

It hardly ever rains here in California. When I moved here I was surprised how brown it is. Anything green is because of irrigation unless it’s December.

 

I spent this morning working on a logo design for a friend and the creative juices kept going – what came of it is the illustration above, walking in the rain in rubber boots. Great thanks to Kyle’s Megabrush pack.

Selling Art – Thoughts

Selling Art – Thoughts

After thinking about it for a while I’ve decided to split my Instagram account. My goal with my account is to share my paintings. Not everyone wants to see pictures of me flexing or AT&T Park, but I’m sure that some people do. My Instagram @kathendrixart will now only have art. Having the two separated will give me more opportunities to post for each. Deadlifts and squats on one, paintings on the other.

I’ve amassed quite a number of paintings and it’s about time that they get a new home. I’m exploring how I can best sell them – etsy? ebay?

I’m not sure if dailypaintworks is a good place to sell. I want to know the metrics, see what sells, for how much, etc. I’m not sure how much my art is worth to others. Would others agree with what I think my art should be priced? I suppose I won’t find out until I try.

Feeling Fine

After a long time spent stepping down on my antidepressants today I got the OK to stop. Here’s hoping that 2.5 mg isn’t a huge step to 0. I am not a fan of brain zaps or dizziness.

Examining my mood charts from the meditation app that I use, Stop Breathe Think, has been enlightening. A few months ago I would never have chose the emotions that I choose now. I am grateful, happy, relaxed, and focused. Lifting weights has helped with that immensely, as well as acknowledging my emotions and offering them validity (or reconciling with those that may not be quite as valid). I am in control. I feel like I have the power to change things around me and speak up when something isn’t right.

 

This feeling is good.

Vintage Blender

Vintage Blender

This morning’s effort – a vintage Osterizer blender. The glass was especially fun to paint. A quick sketch, pretty loose.

I’m drawn to blenders. They create and destroy to create. Before my orthognathic surgery I was given a blender from my husband’s parents for Christmas, knowing that I would have to use it to eat. For the year that I had it before the surgery I blended protein powder and power greens with blueberries every morning before work. After the surgery I blended pie for pi day, an In-and-Out hamburger with fries just to see if it was good (and it was, considering that my other sustenance was primarily Ensure). Now that I’ve healed and can eat normally again I’m back to protein powder and power greens to power my lifts at the gym. I should have my braces off by my birthday – less than two months to go!

Looking at this I see some errors – perhaps I will give it another try but be more serious about it. It’s kind of lopsided, but it feels good to just paint and accept errors. It’s ok to not be perfect.

Selling Art in Paradise

Selling Art in Paradise

So it’s been a hot minute since my last update. I’ve been doing much better. Remember that post where I asked what you do when you feel blue?
Well, I felt really blue. Mostly because of lifestyle choices which I have since been able to get a grip on.

I’m back in the gym lifting and eating healthy, work is going really well and it looks like there is something on the horizon there as well.

I showed off my art at the Stanford Multicultural Festival – a festival celebrating both diversity at Stanford and those who have managed to work there 15+ years without going crazy.

I made my first two sales! A coworker of mine bought the larger seaside painting because it reminded her of her wedding, and another person bought one of my Sonoma vineyard paintings. Since then I’ve scored a commission that I am hoping to have done and posted here soon.

The Stanley Cup just came to an end. I have never been to a hockey game but I live within walking distance of the SAP Center so I was treated to the crowds for the past week or so. A great opportunity for people watching.

In between games on a Friday night I packed up my easel and used the great backpack straps to haul it over to the SAP center to paint the palm trees, which was the featured image for this post. It was nice and hot out and it brought me back to a tropical paradise state of mind. The underpainting is a golden yellow, which really brightens things up and adds a nice glow. Andrea Bocelli was playing that night at SAP so everyone was dressed up in their nice clothes and the bike taxis were playing his music. Altogether it was lovely.

Teacup Study

Teacup Study

 

I have my first “show” coming up this Thursday, which is quite exciting. It’s the Stanford Multicultural Springfest, a yearly celebration of Stanford staff. Luckily, since I am one of these staff members I can show off my work and they will provide a table for me at no cost.

While I find this absolutely exciting it is also terrifying! Other people will be gawking at my art in person. The last few days I have been wondering if I am good enough, or if people will even like my art. It’s times like these that I wish that little voice in the back of my head that doesn’t respect me would just shut up. It’s not ok for people to talk to others the  way my inner dialogue talks to me, so perhaps it would be beneficial to be more mindful when it comes to my own inner dialogue. Perhaps if I name it Donald Trump it would be easier to tell it to fuck off.

No sales are allowed at Springfest but I can hand out my business cards and see if anyone would like to purchase from me after the show. My goal this year was to sell a painting, after all.

The last few weeks have been difficult for me mentally – I have been feeling pretty blue. It has actually helped to let other people know that I am feeling blue. I’m feeling on the up and up and I know every day I will feel better.

 

Empty Mug

Empty Mug

 

I’ve gone through a few types of earl grey tea recently on my quest to find the most outstanding tea.

Twinings Lady Grey as well as Taylors of Harrogate Earl Grey are up there for sure.

After reading lots of good things about Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme I can say for a fact that I am not a fan, even after drinking through 2oz of loose leaf.

Here’s an empty mug – an ode to finishing up that tea that wasn’t so great, and looking forward to better tea!