frosty morning. It's seriously very, very cold.
Last night, I had to pick up some stuff from Jared at work. He's a firefighter and Dan was itching for a tour of his hall. There's three things I know for sure: a tour of #1 fire hall is plain old very, very cool, Jared loves giving tours as much as we love being toured, and Jared is one of the best firefighters of all time. He was just made for that job. If you're ever engulfed in flames and bleeding profusely - he's the guy you want dragging you out. Definitely. The tour never gets old either. Dan was walking around drooling like a school-kid because it's just so frickin' cool. Thanks Jared. (Bonus: I had my camera with me and it was my first time shooting inside a firehall without a flash. Awesome. Awesome, because this firehall is dark and just about every piece of fire equipment has reflective tape on it. Makes for a terrible point and shoot. Makes for a beautiful Canon Rebel XTi shot.) Right: one of my favourite shots.
I've got lots of pictures today. Here's yesterday's shoe painting. Shoes no. 8. Alright, truthfully, the strappy-shoeness of this strappy shoe scared the bejeezuz out of me. BUT, the best cure for that is just pushing through and jumping right in. Worked. This painting feels like a zebra to me... It's 36 x 36 inches. The story of these shoes is cool, too. It's about a fashionista-socialite-architect-woman-turned-step-mom-overnight. When the paintings and the stories are together I'll line them up on my site to view. Got great shoes?? Photograph them nice and close and fire 'em over. I'll paint them.
I was organizing photos and printing stuff on my new WIRELESS PRINT NETWORK (that I totally kicked ass setting up yesterday) and I found a set of photos of us from December by Tessa Emery. This is my favourite one (eventhough my hair is wonky) - we were in the middle of the road on South Osborne Street just outside the Park Theatre. Someone asked yesterday how we met: we met at the Maple Grove & Ferry Road dogparks last summer. Yes, last summer. We got married in October. Yes, October. And life has never been better. I am, and so is Dan, totally of the mind that life is short and completely worth jumping right into with both feet. They say, 'when you know you just know'. Well, we knew and we didn't want to waste a single minute of the good stuff. Time.
TIME MANAGEMENT: I used to work 6am to 2pm and then stop answering the phone so I could clear my head and get out for a break (before returning back to work around supper time for a few hours of uninterrupted time). NOW, I'm working until 1pm. That's it. Then I turn off the phone, head downstairs and paint. No exceptions. I learned through LoveLife - that the best way to fill yourself up is to make what fills you up a priority.
36 days and counting. This morning, I woke up in a panic wondering why I exactly was having an art show. No one asked me to do this. I don't have a big collection of paintings sitting amongst dust-bunnies waiting for a spotlight. I don't have scads of time and money to run around and arrange things... (GASP!) I'm even short on energy these days. BUT, after the short blip of terror settled - it still feels like the right thing to do. It still feels like something bigger than me is pushing me in this direction. I like that. So what if no one seems to think that I'll sell anything. So what if no one has that much faith in me lately... I know something good will come of it - I believe it - EVEN if it's just to get me painting again. Heck, I'm PAINTING. Every. Day. (That's huge.)
This is for Joanna Smith: thanks, Jo. The grandest THANKS. [We talked briefly on the phone yesterday and somehow managed to say a LOT with almost no words. She said she reads this blog and she totally 'gets it' now... her word is MORE; MORE time with her kids and husband, MORE memories, MORE fun, MORE life, MORE. I cannot tell you how cool that is. ]
Today: WORK. Booo on hump-day. I have a crap-load of stuff to get done and today's the day - I've been putting it off. Unfortunately, I'm motivated by deadlines & adrenaline. I'm going to drink 3 litres of water today - just because. I'm going to get another painting done. I'm going to find MORE shoes.
Whew. Chatty-Cathy over and out.