Northwest Treks

Steven's Pavilion at Hoyt Arboretum 

Matt and I headed up to Vancouver BC recently and had a fun time walking around Stanley Park and eating our fill of izakaya and ramen. We also spent a week in Oregon checking out Portland and the Mount Hood area. I recommend checking out Hood River. It's a super cute town with lots of restaurants and artsy shops.

I've been working on some new art and I finally have some designs that I'm happy with. These designs are larger and more complex than work I've done in the past. I loved playing around with the shapes, colors, and materials. Here's a photo of some work in progress to give you an idea of what's to come...

Misha Mars work in progress

Some work in progress...

  • Sophie Taeuber-Arp was an active member in the Dada movement and her geometric abstractions are finally getting the attention they deserve. 
  • Emma Kunz reminds me of Hilma af Klint in that her art was deeply spiritual. She would sometimes stay up for 48 hours working on her designs with the use of a handheld pendulum.
  • I saw a great show of Jan Wade's art at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Soul Power!
  • Monika Bravo is a photographer and video artist that I discovered recently. Her use of color and abstraction really inspires me.
  • I love the light patterns generated by this beautiful mosque.
  • I burned through the latest Anne Lamott book Dusk Night Dawn and watched an old documentary about her called Bird by Bird with Annie.
  • I've become more interested in integrity after reading The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck.
  • The human lifespan is only about Four Thousand Weeks. Oliver Burkeman writes about using our limited time on Earth in the best way possible.
  • Matt and I have been enjoying This is Pop (especially the Swedish episode) and 100 Foot Wave.
  • Sparks music is pretty strange but The Sparks Brothers is a fantastic documentary.
  • I've never watched a show quite like Reservation Dogs. It's really entertaining but also shows you the hardships involved in growing up on a reservation.

If you're willing to endure the discomfort of not knowing, a solution will often present itself.
—Oliver Burkeman
Curiosity is one way we know that our souls are functioning.
—Anne Lamott

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