Saturday, July 28, 2012

Artwork of Brienna McLaughlin Pruce

Do you like cute animals? 

Do you like gun and weapons?  

The Artwork of Brienna Pruce may be for you!  Her work totally makes me giggle.  I've been following her for almost a year now.  I love keeping up with what she's working on.  I've commented on a few of her things and she always responds.  She is super sweet!   




 AND!  

So exciting.  I ordered this piece from her and I can not wait to get it.  Will be framed and hung immediately!  Will post more when I receive.


Interesting in seeing more of her work?  Check out the links below!

Website: http://brienna.net/
My Blog: http://briennapruce.blogspot.com/
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/brienna
Twitter: http://twitter.com/briennapruce
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/briennapruce

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Craig Tracy Gallery

Okay first off, if you live in or around New Orleans and have never been to The Craig Tracy Gallery, SHAME ON YOU!  Seriously, get in your car, on the trolley, on your bike, and go to the French Quarter on Royal St. to check out this gallery.  Even if you don't even you don't ever go to galleries or aren't interested in galleries, do yourself a favor and GO!
 
The Craig Tracy Gallery is a gallery of Bodypainting, and is the only one in the U.S. This is one of the most unique, amazing galleries I have ever been to.  I make it a point to go anytime I am in downtown New Orleans.  Some days you'll even catch Tracy in the studio, he is a very cool, down-to-earth guy.  If he's not there, his brother probably will be, he is super helpful, informative, and funny.

I actually even own two of his pieces.  They are fantastic conversation starters and most people are surprised they are painted on actual bodies.  I love them, and hope to own more in the future.



 So even if your not in New Orleans, you should make a trip out there just to see this gallery.  I promise, you won't be disappointed!

The Craig Tracy Gallery
827 Royal St. New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 - (504) 592-9886


If you want to see more of his amazing work check out the links below!



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Stories

Stories.

Everyone has them, and I want to know them.

This is partly why I started the coffee dates.   How did this person get where they are at, and make the decision to own/run the business they have?  All of it fascinates me.

With that said, I have been a vacuum of information late.

When I read an article online that I enjoy, the very next thing I do is search for the bio.  Who is this person?  Where are they from?  How much of their story will they share in their bio?   I wonder if they have any interviews? Give me your life story and give it to me now!

I've heard stories where they just fell into this and that and it lead to this and that.  How they lost their job and they really wanted to do something they love, so they made it happen.  How specific events created these new trails for these people to go down.  Just thinking of this makes me so excited at all the other coffee meetings I will have.

Want to tell me your story?  I will listen.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Funky Flower Painting

Recently, I have been sketching mandalas.  I decided to experiment and use that kind of style and draw a flower to paint.  

The canvas is stretched in an embroidery hoop.  I painted the background first, then I freehand drew on top of the canvas.  Now that I've done it, I think I rather sketch on drawing paper better than on the painted canvas.  The painted canvas is not as as smooth as I'd like it to be.  I then went with permanent markers to add some color and then on top of that with more acrylic paint.  It was a fun experiment and I think it came out cute! 

Feel free to email me and let me know what you think!











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Exercise Equals Accomplishment

I was listening to a BlogcastFM this evening, Confessions of a Media Manipulator with Ryan Holiday, by .  While this was not the main topic, it was something I agreed with.  Ryan said while he was writing his book (for a constant 3 month period), he made sure to exercise 1-2 hrs a day.  Which in just saying that, it's like oh well yeah of course that's awesome.  Though this mindset that he approached it with was different (or at least different to me).  I am paraphrasing, but he said it was important to exercise everyday because that meant that no matter what else happened in that day, he ALWAYS accomplished something.  By going to the gym, he could do one more set of reps or bench a little more weight every time he went.  So no matter if you had a bad day and couldn't write anything, you still accomplished something everyday.  I never really thought of it that way, but I completely agree with the logic.  

So this weekend I decided that I am going to meditate for 20 minutes everyday.  I've set it in motion, it's happening now!  While awesome, or at least I think so, it's tough.  It's a challenge, which is part of what I love about it.  Though on some day's focus won't come as easily as other day's.  It still is an accomplishment to actually do that, I am debating on whether it is going to leave me feeling accomplished everyday.  I honestly don't think it will.  Sad, but true.

On the other hand, I have also been telling myself I need set a daily work out routine.  While of course it would be more beneficial to exercise everyday, what he said makes me think that I really need to do this.  To not only exercise and meditate everyday, but to also have that mindset.  That I accomplished those things everyday, even if I have a non-inspiring or unproductive day.


Now the hard part, implementing it.  


Time to step up my game.  

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Meditation - The Beginning

Wow.  Meditation is difficult.  The mind, mine specifically, never seems to slow down or be quiet.  So conquering that is a feat in itself.  But add two puppies who bark and scratch, neighbors with kids, other neighbors knocking on doors, car horns, etc and it's like "MAN how am I going to master this thing called meditation?"

I literally just finished my first meditation session.  Although I have done a little in the past, and yoga helps as well.  I followed the guidelines of the book I am currently reading.

Meditate for no more than 20 minutes
Pick a spot and don't move once you've started
   -Not sure if swallowing counts as moving?
Keep focused on breath
  -If your mind wonders, anchor it back and focus on breath again.

Okay seriously, you don't realize how many tiny itches you may have within 20 minutes until you make the rule that you can not move.  My hair was tickling my face so bad!  Tiny discomforts you want to make comfortable by just a tiny little scratch.  I managed to resist and stayed still for the entire time.  Woo Woo!

My mind kept going all over the place,  "hey I can write a blog on this (then all the things I'd write),"  "I wish the neighbors kids would shut up,"  "has it been 20 minutes yet," "what am I doing tonight," and so on and so forth.  I kept bringing the focus back to my breath, but it kept leaving just as quickly.  I did manage a certain amount of time (could have been 5 seconds or 5 minutes), where it was complete silence and complete focus.  It was pretty awesome.  I definitely think that if I was surrounded by silence that it would be easier to meditate, but that's not life.  So I figure that's just one of the obstacles I will have to overcome, and I'm okay with that.

Before I started this current book, which focus' on meditation.  I read the "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness."  A friend offered to let me borrow it, and I had always been interested in Buddhism.  Plus, who doesn't want to be happy?  So I was all about it.  I want to say this book has changed my life, but I honestly can't say that, because I just don't know.  I can say, that it has had a major impact on my mindset.  It taught me that Buddhism is less of a religion and more of a philosophy on how to live your life.  It's all about being mindful.  I repeat these words in my head constantly now.  Asking myself if what I'm saying and doing is mindful.  In my opinion, it's really just about being a good person.

So now I've set the base starter of meditating.  I want and plan for this to become a daily habit.  Maybe it will change me or maybe it won't?  Though I know it won't hurt me in any way, so it's worth trying.





Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Coffee Date 3 - Chris Culotta

Coffee Date 3
 for the 30 Coffee Dates with 30 People Project

 

    Chris 'Bird' Culotta - HeartThrob Skateboards

 

Originally, I met Chris Bird at a roller derby bout.  (Yes, I played roller derby).   He was the announcer and in my opinion an awesome fun one!  So I went find out who this cat was with the intent to request his announcing skills for our local derby bouts.  Fast forward a couple years later and we meet again.

Chris owns a skateboard company, HeartThrob Skateboards, in Baton Rouge, LA, as of the last 4 years with plans to slowly take over the world.  I approve.  You can also catch him DJin as well! 

A reoccurring statement I get from small business owners is how you have to work your butt off.  How even though they may work harder, but they are enjoying life way more than they ever did at their typical 8-5 job.  How in the beginning there may (will) be need for lots of sacrifice, but the gratification from creating a business that your passionate about is completely worth it. 

Another thing I admire is local businesses who keep it local.  His boards are made in the USA, and he has a local graphic designer to help make his designs/ideas become reality.  You can't compete with the quality and service you get from local businesses.  As well as the satisfaction that you are helping your community grow and become richer.

We also discussed the type of people we choose to surround ourselves with.  He makes it a point to keep a positive circle of friends around him.  I totally agree with this way of living and apply it to my life as well.  No drama, amen!

 Oh yes, AND bonus!  I had the chance to meet this cute furry guy, also known as Gagutsa. 

Check out his boards, (Chris' not Gagutsa's - though really, he's probably the master mind behind it all)  and tell him Hi!




Monday, July 16, 2012

Dreamcatcher of the Sun

Just finished my first dream catcher.   I also like the idea of it being called a sun catcher or light catcher.  

This embroidery hoop was intended to be used like the last few paintings I've done.  Unfortunately (or fortunately) the outter hoop broke.  I didn't want to throw the inner hoop, it was in good shape and to do so seemed like a waste.  So I randomly decided to make a dream catcher of the sorts!  Maybe it wasn't so random, I did just paint a dream catcher on a pair of TOMS.  

So I took a scrap piece of canvas I had lying around and painted that. I wanted something bright and happy.  Then took thread to string it all the way around to keep it stretched.  Threading the canvas to keep it stretched was the most difficult part, my hands were cramping from trying to keep it tight.  I embellished it with thread for the rays of the sun.  Hung the feathers, then wrapped the hoop with ribbon.  I originally wrapped the hoop first, but I changed my mind on the color last minute.




Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunrise Garden

More experimenting with linocuts.  I wanted to add a little color to the linocuts I've been printing.  Instead of using color ink for the print, I decided to switch it up.  This is my first attempt of painting on acrylic paper then using the black ink for the print. 



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunflower Hoop Painting



Another hoop painting, that I just finished.  Here is the process I went with.  I don't always sketch what I'm going to paint first.  Sometimes or most times, I sketch directly on to the canvas.  Since I wasn't sure exactly how I wanted it to lay out, the sketch worked out best.








Friday, July 6, 2012

Wrapped Hoop Flower

I thought of this idea yesterday, because my mother didn't like the look of just the hoop.  It made me question what could to done to dress it up.  Here's one of my solutions.  I'm happy with how it turned out but it took 3+ hrs to just do the hoop sewing.  What do you think about it?

 
 


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

June's Books

Here are some of the books I've read throughout June.  I'm always interested in hearing what everyone else is reading, never know where you'll find a good book!

  


As The World Dies Triology by Rhiannon Frater- Wasn't the worst or the best.  I enjoyed the main characters and the storyline kept my interested.  Plus I also like any girls that are kicking butt!


The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card - At first  I wasn't sure if I even wanted to continue this book, I'm like what the heck is going on.  Sometimes what he was explaining was really confusing.  I did enjoyed the main character.  I'm not sure I loved this book enough to read the second one.


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