on inspiration...

i'm not a wordy blogger but i've been thinking a lot about inspiration.

yellow coco and kelley

it's a dreamy, sometimes intimidating word. lately inspiration doesn't come easy, though i refuse to simply lay down and get caught up in the everyday humdrum;

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walk the dog
walk the dog
Dionysian pleasure

do you ever find yourself saying:

when does it get easier?

how can i make this work?

i need a vacation

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thank God it's Friday

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when you feel deflated, broke, disheartened, listless, squeezed and stretched in every direction

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how can you take those feelings and use them for inspiration?
it comes in many forms; inspiration is not reserved for artistic pleasure.

humans are inspired when:

they hit a fast grounder past the shortstop

they scream into a pillow

they have a window seat that looks onto street

they make a really good batch of cookies

they are able to touch a flower they grew

they receive a great kiss

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i have a continually shifting list of things that i love most. you should make a list too. i think you'll be surprised with what happens as you write.

here's mine:

birds that chirp at night

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cold beer after work

antique stores / flea markets / yard sales

Pilot precise V7 rolling ball pen, black

old books

blank journals



reading spots

reading nook - weheartit

goat cheese

driving at night, aimlessly, listening to music**


Samurai Jack

long showers

alpine meadows

Henry howling at the same two songs***

and finally, boogyin'

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*also russian sage, rosemary, astillbe and any kind of groundcover
** i do this a lot
*** Fleet Foxes - He Doesn't Know Why and The Strange Boys - Heard You Want To Beat Me Up

at my job they're currently showcasing resident artwork. amongst a wealthy history of artists that have come and gone there is one woman in particular, a retired history teacher, who showcased some of her pieces.

an etching of a lion, a red barn hanging over a choppy river, a watercolor of a chickadee; in passing i told her that i loved the barn painting. she told me that she doesn't particularly like her own artwork but she does it just to do it.

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art is very profound in that sense.

you don't have to be anybody or anything

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you do art for you and if you're lucky you do it for some money.

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and... if you're very lucky you inspire people.


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do it.

all images via tumblr.

i love Demetri Martin...

pillow fights

Resort 2011...

what a disappointing season. black, beige and blah. or over-the-top pastels and foofoo embellishments. i think the 2011 fashion scene is confused. regardless, here are some favorites---

resort - stella
cynthia rowley

and please let me give a shout-out to Emilio Pucci for this amazing outfit---

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dream vacation: Havana...

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photography courtesy of Galen Frysinger and Dan Heller

Leander Johnson...

my friend Maggie and i happened upon the new Corduroy Boutique at 59 Market Street in Portland, enticed by free beer and ultimately refreshed to see a rather unique artist. Leander Johnson; photographer, ethereal sound designer and creator of his Masculin/Feminin: 1966 zine. his moody photography gives off a sense of otherworldliness---

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my favorite---

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did i mention that he's 13?


learn more about Leander's current exhibit and Corduroy Boutique, here.


i miss you guys...

blog post promises: this Saturday.

miss blogging as often as i used to.


unique to the core...


the dining room of Robin Standefer and Stephen ALesch, via New York Times Style Magazine

Yelena Bryksenkova...

how lovely are these? visit Yelena's website, here. there is much more to see. i am in awe of the watercolor/ink mix. her images have beautiful movement and i can almost smell the fields and flowers---

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elephant dream - yelena bryksenkova