Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Artistic Beats 2: Mental Health

I've been seriously neglecting this blog, and for that, I apologize. I've noticed this is a habit of mine: getting caught up in idea(s), going all in – exuberantly head first without a moment's hesitation – just to let the momentum eventually fizzle out later. Fortunately, it's a habit I intend to fix.

Life has been a whirlwind of ups and downs lately, with an emphasis on the latter. But, it could be worse. With the marathon bombing in Boston, the earthquake in China, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas and countless innocent people suffering daily in other parts of the world due to malnourishment, natural disasters, war,  etc., you really have to stop, smell the roses and remind yourself to be grateful and to count your blessings.

Concurrently, a friend gently reminded me the other day – after I vented to her and apologetically dismissed my vexations as trivial – that we are all allowed to feel. And we shouldn't be ashamed or apologize about showing and letting out our raw emotions.

It's good to acknowledge and understand that certain problems are insignificant in the grander scheme of things. At the same time, though a particular issue may not be cause for national or global alarm, that provoking thing is still happening to you. If you incessantly minimize something that is hurting you and condemn it as negligible, it will most likely boomerang back. This repression is just further cause for anger, hurt, sadness and whatever form of negativity to fester and grow within yourself.

Let it out. Get it out. And essentially, get it over with. Only then, can you move on.

All of this coincides with Artistic Beats 2's theme: Mental Health. For those who are unfamiliar with Artistic Beats, the event is the second annual talent showcase of its kind and will be held on May 11 at UCI's Crystal Cove. And the founder, Hannah Said (who actually is the friend mentioned above who gave me a much-needed reality-check-slash-life-hug above <3) has rounded up her troops to make this year's event even better than last year's.

Expect a roster of gifted individuals to perform their respective talents, along with a bake sale, art auction, various vendors and even an after party in DTSA. 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to present hope for those struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. What's more, I get the honor of interviewing the artists for the Artistic Beats blog, maintaining the event's social media presence and simply being able to participate in such a wonderful cause. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $15 at the door. Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Springing Forward

As an August baby, I'm inevitably an avid fan of summer. But spring, with its slightly longer days, warmer weather, vivid colors, fresh fruits and veggies and best of all, blooming flowers, has absolutely garnered a soft spot in my heart as well. It's soft, quiet and modest, but unequivocally the season of nature's greatest beauty. Spring feels like a lot like hope.

in time of daffodils(who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why,remember how
in time of lilacs who proclaim
the aim of waking is to dream,
remember so(forgetting seem)
in time of roses(who amaze
our now and here with paradise)
forgetting if,remember yes
in time of all sweet things beyond
whatever mind may comprehend,
remember seek(forgetting find)
and in a mystery to be
(when time from time shall set us free)
forgetting me,remember me
e.e. cummingsin time of daffodils 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Visually and Literally Delicious

Pantone Pairings by designer/illustrator David Schwen has me hook, line and sinker.

And hungry.

I particularly adore this one. The shape of the milk puddle(!)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Living in the Age of Pinterest

Ever since moving to my first-ever ridin' solo apartment, I've entered strange, uncharted territory. When shopping online, I go to the home decor section before browsing any shoes, clothing or accessories. I haven't bought new heels in almost a year. I've added interior design and DIY blogs to my ever-growing online reading list, and don't even get me started on my Pinterest feed. 

Art prints (and other home goods), you have become the bane of my #firstworldproblems existence. 

BUT, there are ways to bypass dropping major bills for an itty-bitty 8" by 10" print. Because seriously, wtf -- happy hours aren't going to foot themselves.

Exhibit A:

As cute as my Valentine's Day dinner wall set-up was (proof: the face of an angel graced my walls), things got significantly scarier by the time I left work or class and arrived to a very dark home. Plus, Ben said he felt slightly awkward seeing his magnified face on my wall for days on end, which I cannot fathom why.

However, I now realize that a large giraffe face is somewhat startling, too.

Anyway, this giant 36" by 48" print's total cost? Under $10! All you have to do is save a high-resolution image of whatever you'd like your print to feature, put in a Staples order online or at your local store and pick it up when ready. A Beautiful Mess and Radical Possibility both have fantastic versions of the same idea. I used a simple Google search, and I don't plan on selling this print so it should be a-ok if you follow the same respectful guidelines. I might try enlarging my own photography or family photos as well.

Exhibit B:

In my little kitchen, I finally put up these six prints I bought at Unique LA in early December. They are crookedly framed in awfully cheap/cheaply awful Ikea frames (the entire ordeal took me about one hour, two glasses of wine and zero ability to hang things straight), but like the great Ron Swanson, I do love me some breakfast foods. Breakfast foods > everything.

I can't remember the exact price of the set or the actual artist (I'll update when I do because he deserves recognition), but I do know that design trade shows like Unique LA offer prints by talented artists for much, much less than found on bigger websites or even through Etsy. 

Another highlight of my weekend was seeing Hellogoodbye perform at the Glasshouse, one of my favorite when-in-high-school bands at one of my favorite when-in-high-school stomping grounds. Talk about a throwback, especially when the charming Forrest Kline and his band played "Here in Your Arms." There's just no workout quite as happiness-inducing as a nostalgic dance party.

 ♪ San Francisco | The Mowgli's