April 3rd and 4th 2015.
We had a few days off with access to an inflatable 20 foot boat. Freeport, Grand Bahamas is an epicenter for container ships, barges, cruise liners, ect. So naturally we decided to see these goliaths of the ocean up close and personal.
Some photos were taken walking around a boat graveyard.
What follows is my mini color scapes of salt metal and paint.
I had so much fun doing this.
A little remnant of Rothko don't you think?
Four years ago the job of private housekeeper, stumbled into my realm of possibilities. It was a well paying, get-me-out-of-the-service-industry, leap. I became part of a team, taking care of one expansive, beautiful beach home. At the time, I believed I knew enough about how to "clean". I was not privy to some of the essential life skills I was largely lacking.
I learned a lot.
I began to appreciate the comforts of simple tasks as far as, how to properly make a fine bed, organizational skills of a household; everything having its place, laundry tips, the meditation that is ironing bed linens, appreciation of fine flatware and place settings, knowledge of the right tools and product, and the list goes on.
What I really want to share, is the feeing of growth, awareness, and self-worth I have since developed.
There is something to say for everything in its right place.
Taking care of your surroundings changes your mental patterns. Organizing outside, organizes internally. Your thoughts begin to shift. For the first time I had a job that gave me time to think, (ironing bed linens was my favorite meditation), just to take time to do things right, to plan. Your standards for the people who you should accept in your life change. You carry yourself taller. My eating habits became cleaner. I packed my lunch. How a small gesture can carry so much weight. It also allows the space for new and good things to enter.
In my home, I began to put winter things away for summer. Less is more, I downsized to keep only what I could manage. Grand thoughts of big houses and nice cars materialized into what they actually are, maintenance and responsibility.
I organized my studio. My paint tubes were hung and put into color families, as if on a store shelf. One weekend I got out the power tools and built a six foot by seven foot canvas storage shelving. I was on a roll.
And then I took a job in the yachting industry, doing the same detailing work I was previously doing but now on a boat.
My love of house and studio put on a waiting list.
Since October of last year, I have been touring the Caribbean, working (and occasionally playing) very hard. I am tired! Oh so tired. But also, appreciate this great time in my life that I will only know how great when looking back.
As I am out here, disconnected from land and enclosed in the security on my boat bubble, my inclination is to take record of these big and small thoughts.
Having said that, my intention for this blog is to write down some of the tips and tricks I have learned throughout the years, while practicing my writing. I am interested in building upon some tried and true staples I have come to use in multiple housekeeping and wellness scenarios. And hopefully hear from other people and their go-tos such as baking soda, apple cider vinegar, ect., quintessential products that have a million uses and counting.
Does anyone read more than the headlines these days?
I am planning a big move for a job down in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. It has been set in motion but no concrete dates just yet. I do know that it will be before the end of this month. So! When the date is set, it will happen quickly.
Im putting things for sale on my site shop to help support the move.
I will be living on a boat with no way of getting things shipped or printed and I am unsure of when I will be able to again.
...and Im really going to miss painting. Im bringing a sketch book, my favorite pen and pencil, and a travel watercolor set. Small paintings only for awhile.
For the Annex show back on August 28th, I painted portraits of my friends, putting a face to the zodiacs.
I used an ebony pencil, turpentine, and white oil paint.
Im working on doing more of these quick portraits.
The Diverse Works show at Acme was a whole lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who came.
Encore Article about the Acme show. CHECK IT.
With some of the scheduled art shows behind me I am now working on a portrait commission and finishing up pieces for the Fifth Element show at Acme Art Studios, September 26.
I plan on showing my new painting Imaginary Bouquet of Flowers and John Lennon. Both are framed with oxidized steel, built by Carson Cram. The combination of the intense "superficial" acrylic colors framed by earthy rusty oranges is... exceptionally beautiful. I also plan on showing off some old work that relates to these newer pieces. Foundations I did not realize I would carry through to three years later. The Triangle paintings that head my website being one of them. A long evolution!
Here is the flyer. These are a group of nine women, including myself and my mom, the first time we will be showing together! My mom is extremely talented in watercolors and acrylics. We have similar styles but very, very different. It is interesting to see where the apple fell from the tree.
I am so proud to be apart of such a talented and experienced group of women.
Also I hung some old paintings (but good ones!) at Bottega at their new location on Princess across from Manna. The opening reception for that is on September 5th.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the Annex show. That was a success! Thank you Thank you.