since i’ve been home from china i’ve been trying desperately to live by more of a schedule.
the past year there’s been so much random stuff going on that i felt like i couldn’t make an agenda and expect to keep it.
i’ve fallen into the habit of ‘flying by the seat of my pants’ so to speak.
part of this new timeline i’m trying to keep is scheduling time everyday to MAKE ART!
it’s funny how hard that is to do.
even when it’s “my job”.
i’ve re-prioritized and listed the things i want to accomplish in my days/weeks/months. it feels good to be back on track.
random piece of art.
adding some paint & ink to a quick sketch.
and a sweet flower i found in china.
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i was getting crazy amounts of spam and i couldn’t take it anymore.
i’m sure there’s a plug-in or something out there that can take care of it.
but for the time being, the comment option will need to remain off.
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this is part two of the farmer’s market i encountered here in southern china.
it’s so interesting to see how different cultures exist & function.
the day was already quite warm (in the 80’s), as you can imagine, these next areas didn’t have the best of smells.
these are not pets.
they’re for eating.
same with these.
love all their different colors and markings.
an 80º day, these fish just sitting out on styrofoam boards…
ha! you would not find this in the usa.
grab a bowl and pick what you’d like.
are you getting hungry yet?
i’m sure after this photo you’re already running to the pantry for a bag of chips.
yes, these are fish heads and they are set out on display for sale.
there are also bins with live shrimp, turtles, fish and worms that you can choose from and they will clean and bag it right there for you.
i have so much respect for the way they live.
walking this market made me feel like such a prim.
in the usa we tend to like our food cleaned and packaged up all pretty-like.
perhaps this way is healthier. (minus, of course, the bouts of food poisoning!)
it certainly is fresher!
today was a better food day!
i’m still guessing i will have lost a little weight from this journey.
although nothing like the 4-5lbs per trip i would lose in the early years of my traveling here!
i didn’t have to go into the factory till after lunch today so i had a little time to play in my art journal.
just messing around with pattern & color.
there was also time to visit a farmers market down the road.
i only brought my 50mm fixed lens with me- which makes it hard to show you just how huge this market was.
i have a bunch more pictures to show you tomorrow as i’m running out of time.
some are pretty gross so if you have a timid stomach you may want to skip tomorrow’s post.
hope you’re having a lovely weekend.
food, when i first started coming here 9 years ago, scared me.
not initially, because i never considered myself a picky eater
and although i didn’t love chinese food, it didn’t make me want to gag.
but a few meals in and i quickly began to dread each and every meal.
which let me tell you, is very unlike me!
between the beautifully disguised durian, fish eyes in the soup,
snake killed at the table in front of us and then turned into soup,
and much more that i can’t even bring to mind right now.
i decided i really hated the food here.
slowly over the years i’ve had a 180 degree change in my thinking.
and NOT because i now love durian, snake, or fish eyes!
but because i’ve, little by little, found an abundance of dishes that i love.
like the one above which is spicy fish with some sort of bean sprouts.
and tofu! the tofu here is UNBELIEVABLE!
made so many different ways.
one thing that took me by surprise when i first started traveling here… perhaps it was just my naivety.
but that all the food is chinese food!
EVERY SINGLE MEAL!
which means no mexican, italian- you get my drift.
can you imagine?
this is some sort of vegetable noodle.
anyhoo-hoo, thanks for stopping by and joining me on my travels!
the day consisted of more sculpting, mold making, sitting in traffic, eating and lots and lots of decisions.
i really wish i could show you all of my new designs.
unfortunately that will have to wait til july when we introduce them to market.
but, i will cheat and show you a few over the next several days cause i simply can’t help myself!
in every line i try to create at least one piece that i personally would put up in my house.
this piece is “the one” in this season’s line.
usually these pieces are the riskiest and have less broad appeal,
so i have to keep them to a minimum or i will go out of business.
sometimes they’ll surprise me and they’ll actually turn out to be a good seller. rarely.
a few pics from the road…
let me just say that this was a massively busy freeway intersection where cars were traveling close to 60mph or more.
these are some brave people. very brave.
and i complain about taking the trash out!
notice the side sitting gal, and the baby between the front couple.
tomorrow will have to be a food day.
fortunately for me, everything so far has been very edible and identifiable!
which probably makes it boring for you. ha!
about 20 hours of travel time and i made it here safe and sound.
this is where i really wish i wasn’t such a chicken to take ambien!
i have this repeating vision that i’m going to pee my pants or freak out on the plane like a lunatic.
ohhhh, but it would be so nice to be knocked out cold for 8 of those 16 hours of flying time!
the first day was consumed with sculpting, revisions and mold making.
probably the most exciting part of this process for me.
seeing my two-dimensional art coming to life by someone else’s skilled hands.
i enjoy sculpting myself, and often do on small fun projects.
although, when i’m here, it’s so much quicker for me to just hand it over to the factories masterful sculptors.
not to mention that they’re always trying to shoo me out of their workspace!
it’s design season and lots of new art is in the works.
yes, it’s that time of year again. i’m sitting in the SF airport waiting for my flight to China.
i plan on blogging lots while i’m there so make sure to come back and visit me.
it can be a bit lonely over there for me so i will be treasuring EACH AND EVERY one of your comments & emails. really tho, i always do.
this past week i had some very special artist friends come to visit me.
this is regina of creative kismet and katy of kt40’s blog.
check out their blogs, they’re super talented!
i was honored by their visit.
we didn’t do much arting, but we did do some adventuring in portland on mississippi street. of course we had to include lunch at por que no?!
i’m completely smitten with instagram and the idea of keeping an ongoing visual journal of my days.
i enjoy thinking about how to make simple shots interesting.
and as funny as it is, i love working within the limitations of instagram.
left to right: doodles • walking the track • editing images • my 11 yr. old art doll in the making • kale & potato soup my 17 yr. old made • perusing magazines w/my momma • salvaged serving fork my husband & studio girls unloading a container of allen designs • stag art doll • lex & i heading to indoor • my husband w/a lot on his mind art doll • jess practicing the rainbow • weekend coffee w/the hubs • thatchers in vancouver