the long way home

Autumn has quite the effect on me.

Having moved to the Northwest in the fall season three years ago, I found myself captivated by the leaves appearing to go up in flames colourwise, and eventually tumbling to the ground. I grew up in a place with not too many seasons – certainly nothing like this – so these events grab my heart.

October ’12, Sam Smith Park, Seattle

Since this time of year is so extraordinary to me, I try to do things to make it last a little longer. I sip cider and chai, and excitedly imbibe. I read books or knock shows off my Netflix queue and take snack breaks while watching the rain fall. I rely on common transport a bit less if I am able and up to the task of finding excuses to walk.

If I happen to be hanging out with others who are driving during our time together, I appreciate it when they take the long ways getting me home. I swell up with a certain pride when an area new to me reveals itself; Seattle is full of hidden treasures, and even when I’ve been here five or ten years I doubt I’ll make a dent.

Saturday night was a short wonder with one of my best mates, flying down 23rd Avenue ever so gently, scanning the leaves being whisked this way and that by the wind, in the midst of stray trick-or-treaters of all ages.

Exploring has surely got to be among the greatest highs in life. It can be terrifying and invigorating simultaneously. Feels like a tickle of my subconscious at its most intense, with the potential to bring me closer to someone, using that shared sensation of the world outside as a link. Doing so locally is a treat, especially when it doesn’t cost much.

The temperature is gradually decreasing, the air is crisp and fresh, and the expected noise of the city seems muted. It’s difficult to explain just what it is that makes this time and place stand out above the rest, but I don’t think I’d want it any other way.

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embrace the goddess

I rarely get a chance to spend time in the Rose City (where the thrill of the 90s is alive, I’ve heard), but I’m taking a delightful little trip during the first weekend of November!

Chelsea, an artist I was lucky enough to work with on an Oregon coast shoot in early July, is joining other Northwest artists in an opening reception and 2013 calendar release party with a Goddess visual art theme on the 2nd November downtown. I enthusiastically volunteered to be painted again by Chelsea during the show, so come on by and take in the beauty. Details below!

July ’12, Oceanside Beach, Oregon

Featured Artists: 
Laura Borealisis, Justin Slattum, Liv Rainey-Smith, Nicole Linde, Joanne Licardo, Matt Schlosky, Sam Arneson, Nicholas Frenette, Anna Todaro, plus Danny Rodriguez and Chelsea Rose of Lucid Optic Lab, and more

You will be treated to a night of:
– amazing local art
– live body painting
– hand painted murals
– live music by HeadShapes @ 9pm
– live painting
– live DJ
-poetry slam 
…and more! 

The Divine Feminine has been honored and depicted by every culture around the world since the beginning of human history. Her wisdom and majesty lives on today as she continues to be known and worshiped by many names throughout the world. As is the nature of the Goddess, her strength, wisdom and beauty are a major source of inspiration not only spiritually but artistically.

To celebrate the Goddess influence on our art and lives, we hand assembled limited edition 2013 calendars. Each month of the Goddess calendar features a different Goddess by a different artist. The calendar will be available for purchase at the opening reception of the Portland Goddess art show.

420 SW Washington St

Portland, OR 97204

Fri, 2 Nov @ 7pm

Here is the event listed on Facebook, si vous voulez.