Why #Phoenix is flooded (at Palm Valley Neighborhood)
The importance of showing up. Even if we don’t feel like it. How great work gets finished instead of just started.
Made this last night based on some insights after my writing on 750words. I know that I sometimes get so excited about the potential of a project that I don’t finish others that I’m working on.
Showing up and doing the work - even when I don’t want to - is something I’m working on while I’m on this sabbatical between Portland and Phoenix.
Painting a postcard for my grandmother’s birthday. It’s hard to keep in touch when your family is literally on the opposite side of the country (I’m in Oregon, they’re in New York). But I do my best!
This scrap of silk is actually a piece of a dress that my mom used to wear. Apparently I liked it so much that my mom cut it up so that I could have a piece to hold onto when I went to be watched by my grandmother. I guess it’s my equivalent of a “blankie.”
My grandmother held onto one of these scraps, and sent this piece to me a few years ago when I moved to Portland. I chose to paint this as it’s a reminder of what a huge part of my life she was growing up.
More sketches: Fish face
First art class in 6 years! Hardly masterpieces, but I’m elated.
Thailand is beautiful. During my short stay, I snorkeled coral reefs, went rock climbing at the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen, kayaked through mangrove forests populated by wild macaques, and learned that heaven is a Thai massuesse. However, I also learned that its ocean ecosystems are in need of serious help because of coral reef loss. Depressing to witness coral graveyards first hand. But it’s inspired me to explore what I can do to help.
And it’s made me wonder why there’s so many ways to find a job pushing products, but so few jobs focused on world-important work that truly needs to be done. This makes me sound like a manic hippie, but seriously: Why don’t we have more jobs doing big-impact work? Wouldn’t people be happier spending much of their lives working for issues like this, ousted of a bottom line? Maybe it is idealist but… How can we shift a system that incentivizes commerce over impact?