January 21, 2017 – A March

 

Top | Left: Indigenous Sisters Resistance leading the march
Right: A participant of the march with the message of the importance of nonviolence

Middle | Left: The sign on the left says “No Human Being is Illegal. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal? – Elie Wiesel.” And if the photo isn’t clear, that sign says: “Black Lives Matter.”
Right: Volunteers distributing water to marchers

Bottom | Left: PRIDE flag used as a cape
Right: A pretty simple statement by an awesome 4-year old is “I Love All Humans”

Through the Fire

The weather is hovering between 30-32F degrees today. We even had – what I like to call – snow dandruff. So, we eased into our morning with some reading by the fire. It then turned into “Let’s look through my water glass and take pictures of the fire.” It made me think of a super hero or villain who could harness and wield fire and throw it at a nemesis. My husband said it made it look like I might be blowing glass. Either way, I had fun playing this morning.

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Control

 

Four Eyes

I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 6 years old. I remember my mom asking my brother to take me to my class on the first day of school and seating me closer to the front because I was having trouble seeing. Since then, I’ve gone through dozens of pairs of glasses. The 80s were a hideous time. Looking back to the 90s and the thin-wired frames make me shudder. The 2000s brought plastic rims and wire temple combos and thin plastic framing.

By the 2010s, a vintage renaissance seemed to have begun, and horned rim frames started coming back. Companies got innovative and metal was no longer restricted to tubular thin wires wrapped around a lens. It was flattened, widened, and flared. Those with smaller bridges could get the style, and benefit from the nose pad support. I was an eager customer. But as lovely as they are, after a few years comfortably flashing this look, I craved getting a pair plastic frames. I wanted the heft, the substantial luscious look. So a little over a year ago, I visited the eyeglass store and looked around.

Plucking a Kate Spade here, and slipping on pairs of the latest ProDesign frames there, a pair by Masunaga caught my eye. It was two-toned, a 50s corvette red that faded to a delicate cream. They were daring, sturdy, and forgive the pun, eye-catching. I worried that they’d be too daring. But at the time, I so very much wanted to live louder and more badass than I had been. So bought them, I did.

Here, I tried out some product photos of my eyewear. The selfies are from the archives, modeling each pair.

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I loved these when I got them. A sold dark bronze color with those diamond cutouts on the edges of the prominent horns that reached out to the corners. I wore these at my wedding, against the opinion of many. But I insisted. My glasses are such a huge part of my identity, and as I’ve gotten older it’s been difficult keeping my eyes moist (that said, my tears on that day could have fixed that!)

ProDesign, 2013
The Legres proved pretty deep in lens height, so I went slimmer. These grey ProDesigns had a lovely matte finish. And the purple trim was a nice touch. With my very strong prescription, I had to actually go back and get high definition lenses that made the focus area wider than with regular high-index lenses. This made them lighter and thinner, and they looked like I wasn’t even wearing lenses.

 

Masunaga, 2015
What I wear now. I got my red luscious look going. I took the selfie right after i picked them up from the shop. I paid a little extra to get nose pad extensions (extra plastic) so they’d sit further from my face. What I like about that, is that the integrity of the style is retained, and the frames don’t look rigged. The case is gorgeous and is a great travel companion.

 

Last week I got a recorded reminder from my eye doctor alerting me that it’s time for my yearly eye exam. I will probably put it off a little longer. I’m really enjoying my little red corvette frames, and think I’ll wear them till the novelty rubs off – or my prescription changes.

 

Editing for the Cold

It was a dark Thanksgiving week. It was rain, rain, rain, sun break for a couple hours, and then more rain. I don’t remember ever being out in such wet and bone-chilling cold conditions. But when you have family in town, you do your best to show them a good time. We did have fun, but admittedly, the cold kept me from wanting to take any pictures. I mustered up this handful I shot with my Fuji X70 (I’m still getting to know it and what it’s best at shooting).

 

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Quickly passing stores to find a place to warm up. A smoke shop on the north end of Broadway. Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA.
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Looking out at the alley under Pike Place Market from Ghost Alley Espresso.
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Home decor in a house rental. I was going for a polaroid punk flash lighting look.
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Swimming in a deep shadow and drape patterns.
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From where are you visiting? A map at Pike Place Market. 
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The Fremont Troll grips the earth.
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My sister-in-law channeling Michael Jackson at Gasworks Park. The wind was incredibly icy. We were on the hill for maybe three minutes before we left for Fremont Brewing to get warm. 

Museo de Arte Moderno – Mexico City

You’ve probably noticed, but I like visiting museums. Here are some notable works  from the Museo de Arte Moderno. Museums are another way to escape reality, or enter a reality that another person has gone through. Art is so important. It’s an extension of oneself, an exploration of thought, the unconscious, the possible or impossible. It’s a reaction to how the world and others are treating each other. Here are a few pieces I liked. More from this museum on Flickr.

Holiday Gift Ideas

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If you’ve been interested in purchasing one of my art prints, or are looking for holiday gift ideas, stop by my Society6 store and have a look. There are several 24-Hour promotions* that you can take advantage of, including free shipping on everything! Here is what you can save and when:

Nov 18: $5 Off all Mugs and Stationary Cards (coffee, travel, and metal travel mugs)

Nov 20: 15% Off Everything – Your time to buy art prints and framed art prints at a discount!

Nov 21: $5 Off Stocking Stuffers (phone cases, tote bags, carry-all pouches, leggings, t-shirts, v-necksv-necks, all-over print tees, biker tanks, tank tops, tapestries, coffee mugs, travel mugs, metal travel mugs, art prints, stationery cards)

Nov 22: $6 Off all Tech (all phone cases, phone skins, laptop sleeves, laptop skins)

Nov 23: $5 Off all Apparel (t-shirts, v-necks, long sleeves, hoodies, leggings, totes, carry-all pouches, biker tanks, tank tops). I don’t have a lot to offer in this area, but definitely check out all the other cool artists with fantastic work you can wear!

 

* All Promotions Start at 12:00 AM PT and End at 11:59 PM PT for the select date. All discounts automatically applied. No promo code needed.

Rodin Creations in Black & White

I revisited and edited some photos I took at the Rodin Museum in Paris. The museum is a converted mansion that became the house for his work. It is a lovely, intimate space. Seeing the natural light fall on the sculptures in a house-like setting was pure joy.  This is just a small selection from the photos I took. For more photos, visit my Flickr album.

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