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.

 

Burnt Orange Blender

I added the switch to the previously posted blender, but that will have to be the next post. Why? Because here’s an orange blender! Complete with faux wood panel, what a cadillac. The glass was especially fun near the base. The heavenly glow around it adds to the magnificence of this machine.

I am lucky enough to work somewhere that offers a set amount each year to spend on professional development. Most people spend them on public speaking courses, computer skills, etc. I take advantage of the Continuing Education courses offered by Stanford. Last year I took an Introduction to Acrylic course. I was very naive in thinking that I was a beginner. They meant absolute beginner. I learned a lot from the course and I tried things I would not have otherwise tried. It was fantastic to paint with others and have an instructor, though.

This year they will be offering a course on Painting from Observation, taught by Katie Hawkinson, Lecturer, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley. It is looking to be like the course I will take next.

Vintage Blender: Aqua

At it again with the blenders- this is my third. I love the way the glass turned out on this, and the chrome has a vague resemblance to chrome.

Someone asked me how I would describe my art – what style. I’m not sure. I look on Instagram and I don’t see analogous painting styles. Perhaps I am embracing the messiness more than some. I’m not sure.

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.

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.

 

Canned up at home

Quick painting finished – Canisters. Exploring color and shapes while being messy.

I used five colors – parchment, titanium white, dioxazine purple, payne’s grey, and raw umber. I’ve enjoyed using a limited number of paints. The background of this painting is my favorite part.

I went back to work on Monday but I’m back on disability now. I didn’t realize how tired I would be from jaw surgery. I’ll go back to work full time in two weeks. I’m glad I was able to go in for a few days this week though, I felt like I was able to get a lot done and contribute to my department. I know I will be able to do more once I heal.

Rotary Phone and Rallye

I’ve finished a new painting – a rotary phone. I’ve posted it on Reddit and Imgur with interesting feedback.IMG_0475
The most common comment was that there is no cradle to hold the receiver and this bothered people. This model phone did not have the “prongs” that are typical of rotary phones. Instead, the body of the phone was curved to hold the handset.

It’s interesting to see what bothers people, or what makes them uncomfortable. Is that what art is supposed to do?

My husband and I participated in the 2016 April Fool’s Rallye with our car club, ESCA. The Rallye is not based on time for completion, it is instead based on how “correct” your choices are. Each team is given two choices and you have to figure out which choice has a gimmick or tries to trick you. It’s all about rules and how you interpret them in the real world. I believe we placed first in expert class with a score of 652 out of 692 – third overall out of probably 40 people.

Tomorrow I go back to work for the first time since my jaw surgery. I’m so excited to be busy again.