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:
Here’s a new piece that I started this week:
It’s also my birthday. I am a twin, so it’s his birthday too. Happy birthday, brother Barnes! The day has started out swimmingly with a midnight phone call from one of my very best friends.
Tonight all I want to do is relax at home and work on some art. Tomorrow party.
I’ve been working on this for awhile. More of not actually working, but thinking about working, sketching on tracing paper, hemming and hawwing over what to do and scolding myself for such a weak inital concept.
Isn’t art great??
I finally got around to working on this piece last night. I like where it is headed, but I want to add some minor stitching to the top arms/shapes. I am actually happy with how it turned out, at least I am so far. I love using unusual shapes for pieces. I’ve never been someone who can work in a rectangle very well.
I want to have 15 pieces done for grad school portfolio. This is my… 7th? I will challenge myself to do it. I have two weeks of unadulterated art-making, so let’s see what I can do with that. I am trying to get all my ideas flushed out for that period of time so I can just MAKE while I’m there, and not worry as much about sketching.
This will soon make sense.
I’ve decided that for my Vermont residency, I will recycle an old moleskin. I need to prepare all the pages. Excitement!
Finished that part of embroidery I started last week:
I’m pleased with the progress so far!
Remember when I wrote about WAFA? That has really motivated me to set up a decent Flickr page (I have one for Brown Paper Bag, but not really one for personal use). Hopefully I will be better about updating this. When something is not Google-centric, I have a terrible time remembering to update!
Also, if anyone wants to buy me a Flickr Pro account, I won’t be sad about it.
I have recently sent off a big freelance job to the printers, so now my evenings can be spent working on my own pursuits. This mostly includes tackling laundry, but here is something that I started too (gimpy wrist and all):
Think of this image like a venn diagram – the middle will be fully sewed.
Exciting news! A month and a half ago the We Are Fucking Awesome (WAFA) collective was accepting applications for consideration to join their group. Essentially, WAFA is a collective made up of artist from around the globe. They are focused on collaborative efforts and initiatives, creating an open dialogue that supports an artistic community. I submitted my work + application and found out last night that I was one of a few people to be invited to work with them. Yay! I am looking forward to connecting with everyone in the group.
Here are some in progress shots of the last piece.
Here’s what I’ve been working on for a little while, all the pieces put together. I still have sketches of conjuring up some sort of background (something simple…) but I thought I would put this up for now. It’s at a point where it could be complete.
I have had internet issues for a while, and I couldn’t figure out if it was my computer or the router. Well, the router bit the dust this weekend so I replaced it and things are so much better! I can watch my internet tv again! This has caused me to watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, which is both mesmerizing and sad to me. I try not to eat a lot of processed food and cook with fresh veggies, but I still love that greasy pizza and sweets. The people he’s trying to help… live in another food universe. Pizza everyday! Chicken nuggets! French fries on a regular basis. Crazy unhealthy!
Just a scan – Still chugging a long. Hopefully to be done by this weekend?
In other news, it is HOT outside. I know it’s boring to talk about the weather, so can we address the fact that:
a. Early April should NOT be 90 degrees?
b. It should NOT be too hot to run at 6:30AM in early April.
Also, did anyone here watch The Adventures of Pete and Pete when they were younger? Remember the episode with the phone that just.keeps.ringing? This seems to have happened outside my apartment. Every morning between 7 and 8 am there is a phone that rings for pretty much the whole hour. Weird, no?
A quick scan of what I’ve sorta been working on.
I was in NY last weekend and obviously didn’t get much work done. I did see a great paper show at the Museum of Art and Design, met up with Jen Collins (whom I met through Brown Paper Bag!) and hung around Red Hook in my friend’s wonderful new apartment.