Ran the Baltimore half-marathon yesterday and suffered (well, two) injuries halfway through the race. To remedy this, I am now chair-ridden for the next couple of weeks. It blows, but I did finish this little piece yesterday:
I’m jazzed where the rest of the piece is going. Bought some additional embroidery thread on Friday, much to my excitement.
The race did not go as expected, needless to say. The first 6 miles were great – my pace was about where I wanted it, and I ran well with the knowledge that the last 3 miles (a half marathon is 13.1 miles) would be a gentle decent and I could make up any extra time I had added before then.
Around mile 6, I felt a tear in my right hip. It wasn’t just a pull – the pain was sharp and instantaneous. I kept running, trying to power through. Around mile 8, I felt the same sensation. The last two miles were a limp-run. I realized I could still have a decent time if I just kept running, so I did. I finished about 6 minutes slower than I really wanted to (1:51:33), which works out to be about 8:30 a mile. All in all, not bad, but I still cried like a little babby after the race (mostly out of frustration).
I did feel better when a friend pointed out that my finish was in the top 7% of females for that race, so really all my ill feelings are all in vain. It could have been so much worse. This video kept running through my head the last half:
Well, I went away for two weeks and came back to the beginning of fall in Baltimore.
The Vermont Studio Center was beautiful and secluded and exactly what I needed. I was able to indulge my workaholic tendencies and be in the studio all day, everyday. I also went running, which was INSANE. You see, Johnson, Vermont is in a valley. The only place to run is up. I ran so many hills! I did a 9mile run that had multiple half-mile hills tacked on to it. Beautiful scenery, but a frustrating run.
A few choice pictures. (You can see more on my Flickr)
Also, remember when I posted about the Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival? Installed pieces below. I am really pleased with how they turned out!
I was feeling renewed to be able to have these couple weeks of focus, in addition to return to Baltimore with all the freelance stuff taken care of. The Friday before I left Vermont, however, I got an email about a project that had never been finished and now needs to be worked on. Guess that’s the way it goes, eh?
I was going through my external hard drive today and found this piece of the past:
Top: Christopher Sausto
Bottom: Yours truly
Taken by our friend Chris Simpson, my junior year at MICA, their sophomore year. Those guys are great.
My hair was so much darker! No Monroe piercing! No tattoos! A blank canvas.
The finished piece that will be appearing in Blanket Magazine in June. The project was about astrological signs. I did Libra, since I am a Libra. I could do whatever I wanted for this project, and it was definitely a lot of fun, especially using those warm colors.
Last week I saw two shows – Yeasayer and Beach House (in that order). Loved them both. Yeasayer was just plain fun and Beach House was beautiful- in both sound and venue. The concert was in an old church – 2640 St. John’s Church and put on by a Baltimore co-op coffee house – Red Emma’s.
Beach House, with their hand-made spinning confetti props on stage. Went perfectly with the music – very moody and somewhat haunting, like Victoria Legrand’s voice.
Not dead, but extremely busy. Between working full time, training for a triathlon part-time and hangin’ out in my spare time, I don’t get a lot of sleep.
So… highlights? For brevity’s sake, three updates and a picture.
1. Brown Paper Bag is doing well, and the response is better than I expected. Blogging is hard work! I’m constantly trying to keep it fresh and think of new stuff. Connecting with people across the world is cool too.
2. One of my best buddies, Laura, came to visit me in Baltimore last week. We spent four days hanging out and on Saturday night saw Hot Chip. One of the best concert’s I’d seen in a while. This starts a crazy amount of shows I’m seeing in May/June. In order (after Hot Chip): Yeasayer, Beach House, Wye Oak, The National, The New Pornographers/the Dodos.
3. I got accepted to an artist residency in Vermont. In September, I’m going to spend a couple of weeks in rural Vermont and make some art, listen to artists and writers and generally do arty stuff. Yoga studio on campus. Very exciting. A little concerned about getting all my stuff on a plane, but I’ll figure it out.
And finally, the photograph. What I’m working on. Due May 10. A race against time.
Happy Monday (I suppose). The weekends always seem too short. This weekend I broke down and bought a new Wacom Tablet – the Intuos 4. Let me just say that it is AWESOME. Vast improvement over what I previously had (Intuos 3). Sleeker, more functionality, smoother sensor pad – totally worth what I paid.
In my never-ending quest of eating, I attended a chili cook-off. It was pretty great, with the exception of the chili that tasted like beer. I was really glad that one did not win.
I also went to my friend’s closing reception for her art exhibition! I haven’t been to one of those functions in quite some time. Very nice to go and revel in Amanda’s wonderful installation. Sadly, my camera battery died before I could take any photos.
Here’s what I worked on, a revamp of a previously attempted project:
I also updated my website with two illustration pieces (that I have posted on here).
You should also check out Brown Paper Bag while you’re at it! I have some exciting things to post this week.
Over the weekend…
I am working on making graphics for all the different themed-days that I post on. UNFORTUNATELY, my Wacom tablet pen broke (for reasons unbeknown to me), so I really can’t do any work on the computer until I have a replacement. I looked up the price of a Wacom pen. $60!!! WAHH!!!!!!
Friday/Saturday was the big snowstorm that all the news was talking about. It started around 10:30PM Friday night, and when I wanted to leave my apartment at 10:30AM on Saturday, my car looked like this:
Final snow count was around 21 inches. On Sunday I tried to get my car out, but the snow plow had blocked it in. Luckily, with the help of some strangers, I was able to free my poor car.
Now, for some work… This piece is my collaboration with Stephanie Leung – the first phase. Another band poster – for the Bowerbirds. If you haven’t listened to them, you should! They have one of my favorite albums out this year.
Our collaborative efforts are called God Bless the Tigers… we’ll have a website soon and have a better and newer version of our blog. Look for it soon!
Sorry for the brief hiatus! I finally got the CSS thing figured out, for the most part. There are a couple of little kinks that I’d like to figure out, but for now I’m sassified.
One thing I did over the weekend was the MICA Art Market. I graduated from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in 2008. My senior year was the first year of the Art Market, and it was fairly small in comparison to this year’s Art Market. I was really impressed by the sheer amount of work that the Brown Center housed. There were three different levels that had work from all the different departments. I didn’t have time to look at everything, but I did get my brother a nice little Christmas gift.
I wasn’t buying for myself, but I really wanted these cling-on window cats that were available via the printmaking department:
Both cats by Christine Moore.
This past weekend also included an ugly-sweater Christmas party that was super fun. Sometimes you just need to dance out all your frustrations and worries, and that’s what I did. Until 4 in the morning.
I work super close to downtown Baltimore, and never take advantage of the fact that I am within easy walking distance of the Walters Art Museum and countless other galleries that dot Charles Street.
It’s been beautiful out, and through my blogs I saw that the C. Grimaldis Gallery was having a portion of Grace Hartigan’s work – Grace Hartigan: A Life of Painting. She was an American painter that is recently deceased. She was apart of the the New York School, working in abstract expressionism and eventually moving to Baltimore and later becoming the director of the Hoffberger Graduate School of Painting at MICA.
The following images, of the the gallery, are from Bmore Art Blog:
I really wasn’t super familiar with Grace Hartigan’s work before, but I think that there are some interesting aspects to it. Although she ran with a group of painters that were a bit more abstract, her work is surprisingly figurative, even in her abstraction. The figures reference a number of different historical periods of time (such as byzantine art), appropriating them into the modern world based on her application of not only the paint but the figures.
It all sort of reminds me of the beginning of pop art – the use of such commercial and familiar imagery. I just saw an Andy Warhol exhibit last week, so I guess I have some pop art on the brain. After reading more about Grace Hartigan, though, I think she would hate that I just wrote that.
This last weekend was extremely low-key… and I was completely okay with it. I really didn’t do much on Friday or Saturday night, which more often than not tends to be a rare thing. Friday night plans changed at the last-minute, and by the time things were finalized, it was 34 degrees out and I had a sickly boyfriend on my hands. I opted to stay indoors under my covers and watch In Treatment. Has anyone seen this show? It’s incredible. Talk about intense. It’s 30 minutes of dialogue while two (or three) characters sit on a couch and discuss their issues.
Saturday and Sunday were both pretty sedate. Sunday was gorgeous out (70 degrees!). Took a walk down the Avenue for breakfast and later bought a cookie the size of my head. I went to yoga that evening (after not having gone in over two months) and boy, is that rough. So very painful for my unstretched legs and arms. I often feel like I don’t belong in a yoga class because I’m unable to adequately touch my toes.
My only photos from this weekend:
Ophelia looking stoic yet blocking the drama of In Treatment. Peter sleeping in my cloud-bed.
Now, for some artwork:
Part of a piece I am working on for some friends. It’s going to be apart of a piece to give his brother and sister in-law. While this still needs some cleaning up, the basic gist of the figure is there.
Still playing around with this. I am currently finishing up a book, and giving myself time to play around with this at the same time. If you read my blog last week, you’ll know I posted this last Wednesday with a background. I will probably add that back in at some point.