Thursday, December 29, 2011

Always On My Mind

Most days I love my job. Today was not one of those days. On the upside, though, it does provide for some amazing people watching opportunities.

Today I witnessed:

A girl who looked 50, but upon closer inspection I decided she was about 16.

A guy with fabulous Tim Burton hair.

A nice young man pushing his grandmother around lovingly in a wheelchair.

A face that I thought I recognised, then realised that the person just has a really generic face. Then I felt bad.

A young girl in a gorgeous vintage dress. Then I saw her mother and understood how the child was dressed so beautifully.

What appear to be in fashion at the moment: short shorts, mullet skirts, bright suede platform sandals (love!), and lots of tattoos.

Also the obligatory kids: bored kids, hyperactive kids, well behaved kids, and kids that make me want to wish infertility upon everyone.

I also had a massive ideas explosion at about 3.37pm(ish). All I could think about was an artwork I wanted to make for the upcoming exhibition with my work peeps (which isn't until August, but they're starting to organise already... OMG!). It's fairly simple, but it will require me to start up another blog or website... probably a blog... I'm totally not talented enough for a website. The only thing is, because of the nature of it, I won't be able to sell it. And I'm pretty sure nobody would want to buy it anyway. Not that this worries me, but it was nice last year to get a little bit of money back to cover gallery costs, materials, and the ridiculous amount of M&Ms I bought. It's also fairly small and portable, which is much better than the sculpture idea I had because I need to move house in a month or so. The thought of packing up all the ridiculous amounts of crap that I own PLUS some half done sculptures was not a pleasant one.

OK, time to go pull my potato bake out of the oven and then try and fit a Maxibon in somewhere. I've got to do all this crazy eating before those healthy new year's resolutions start.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I Feel Possessed

Let me start by saying that I'm not a cook and this is not a food blog. I started this blog as a way to force myself to be creative every day, and even though I don't blog that regularly, it has helped me.

I had an urge to cook something new today, so I went through my recipe books to find something simple, yet delicious. I decided on an onion relish recipe from Donna Hay.
I don't know why I felt the need to photograph the process, but once I started I couldn't stop until my dinner was on my plate.
I think I might continue to do this. Photographing my food made me really aware of what I was eating, and documenting it here makes me more accountable for all the things that I'm putting in my mouth. Making my food nice to look at also made me appreciate what I was eating, rather than just eating blindly while watching TV.

The recipe said that it would make 1.25L of relish, so I halved the ingredients, thinking that it would still be too much for me, but I could take it to work and share it around. I may have reduced it too much because I only ended up with about a jar full, but it tastes amazing, so I don't really care if I did something wrong.

I think my Dad would be proud that I'm finally able to cook a steak properly.

And guess who's having delicious leftovers at work tomorrow? ;)

Didn't See It Coming

This will be a quick one since I've got dinner on the stove.. which for some reason I've taken a bunch of pictures of. Which means I've been either very inspired or very bored lately.

I've had a few late nights of collage making over these last few days. It's something I always did as a kid.. I guess because I wasn't really talented in the way of drawing or painting and found it was a way to express myself creatively. To me it never seemed a legitimate art form as it is just taking other people's work and arranging it in a different way (like a DJ!), but I was inspired to make a giant engagement card for an amazing couple (mainly because I couldn't find anything that was as awesome as them in the shops). After that one project I haven't been able to put the scissors down...

Bow River

I don't want to go back to that wall and those pumpkins tomorrow. I want to sit in the rain drinking surpees. I want to bake and read. I want to cut things out and glue them down. This is the problem with a five day break. It's just so difficult to get the motivation to go back.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Heartbeat and Sails

Those Kusama dots are making their way all over town...

I have a billion (or maybe about five) blog entries to write, but my computer is running extremely slow. I'm getting through this Boxing Day afternoon by eating cheese and watching 30 Rock. I'm also trying to fight off a nap since it's so late in the afternoon. There's something about Christmas that makes me extra sleepy, even when I've had a proper eight hours. Hope your Christmases were awesome!