That was a difficult #meditation! Good thing I took a look in there though

I should really be doing that every day again, but 22-minutes is hard. There’s a lot of energy in there I do my best to ignore… I couldn’t do 40-min right now. No way. It’d be so torturous it’d be counter reinforcement, you know, like a relentless barrage of constant petty criticisms.

I’m going to try to sit first thing every day, just the 22-min. Good old padmasana!! It really IS the best posture for meditation, if you’re set up for it. I guess I absorbed some of the ashtanga well. I’ve been thinking about it again! That’s some samskara going.

I’d done my cards, a 3-card spread of the Mary-El, but decided not to blog it. I don’t retain anything copying & pasting anyway! Charlie asked me for help yesterday, using his deck for the first time. I looked at the cards, thought about it & realized I only remember the broadest, vaguest ideas about them, hard to put into soundbites.

I was always an excellent student but 1) I cared and 2) I took hand written notes, then I re wrote them! So ya, copying & pasting is robot mode; I won’t remember it and it takes too much time. I say as I type this. This is different. #thoughts


Took a look at the latest goddesses. They are so almost done. No problem finishing today. Half the secret in watercolor is not doing. You do a little work and then you put it away to let the perception rest.

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It’s hard to stay glum when your surroundings look like this #pdx


I should just stop reading BoF if it’s no longer personally relevant!

First I got my mind of the what might have beens by finishing up Sekhmet in Photoshop. I’d discovered anatomical funkiness that couldn’t be corrected in watercolor & ink. Glad I took the time to fix it. Posted a couple places but I still need to update the website, Behance & Pinterest, and Dropbox to the client.

And now I’m sunbathing topless as I like to do, in this new, unanticipated existence. I regularly put tanning into my iCal, I shit you not, because when life gives you lemons, you may as well get a bitchin’ tan.

#Goddess of the day, #Athena #illustration #PDXart

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The goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, mathematics, strength, war strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill in ancient Greek religionĀ and mythology.

Athena is known for her calm temperament, as she moves slowly to anger. She is noted to have only fought for just reasons, and would not fight without a purpose

Enjoying Friday morning in downtown #pdx

First stop was Blick, to stock up on art supplies. Last time I was there I discovered some new brands & tools. Eclipse & circle templates! Iridescent water colors! So exciting. Then I went through some paint & brush inventory at home & did some price comparisons on the website, making a rough shopping list via my online cart. I’m such a Virgo rising / Pisces sun & moon sometimes! Organized creativity…

I just spent the weeks salary, lol, but with membership discounts & a coupon I went from like $144 to $110. I will use it! I used those ellipses the day after I got them.

The crazy thing is I’m using watercolor paper I bought at RISD for this project. It’s archival D’Arches that’s why. 

I still have a few tubes of watercolor paint that are student grade. If I make anymore illustration money I’ll throw them out, cause it’d be nice if my work lasted decades without fading off. Water colors are delicate.

After that I walked south again for a vegan breakfast at Petunia’s, biscuits & gravy again. I’d debated Prasad or Little Big Burger, but I had the time… More than I thought!

My retail job actually cost me money today! Never mind the art supplies, I wouldn’t have spent $5 on the bus or $14 on breakfast if I hadn’t been scheduled 1-6, but they called & said “Neva mind” . Such is the life of an associate. I don’t have to feel bad about it if I ever need to call in sick anyway right?

I was gonna head to Powell’s after this, to look at tarot cards from a research perspective. Charlie ordered 2 or 3 (can’t remember) more decks with a B&N gift card. He’s getting a bit interested too, but I want to look at the deck he might pick as his own, just for the artwork…

Oh what the hell, I can go and take a look at the “dark” one, Deviant Moon. I’ve been downloading images… Might start with XV The Devil. I haven’t yet seen the level of violence I have in mind for that card. I’m picturing something very Caravaggio.

It could be a 3-year project, 78 themed images. Am I assuming I’ll survive (with ever increasing vision help) that long?