Photos I found in my archives from a night way back when I went to a live sketching event with a friend. I can’t draw so I used the time to get writing inspiration. I don’t remember now what I wrote at the time but I do remember being inspired not only by the biker girl model but by the tattooed girl drawing her at a table nearby me.
Several years ago I participated in a wonderful photography project called I Live Here: SF. I was one of the first to participate, seeing a post on a blog looking for people willing to be photographed and to share their “San Francisco story”. That was when I met Julie. Julie went on to photograph so many wonderful local people in so many different settings in San Francisco. The collection she came up with was amazing and it was exhibited as a solo exhibit at SOMArts as well as put up for awhile at San Francisco City Hall. I was thinking about this project recently because I went to SOMArts for something else and I wanted to take a look back at my part in the project.
The Photo Shoot
The full photo shoot, done in my North Beach apartment (where I lived at the time) and around the neighborhood there can be seen on Flickr. A few of my favorite shots:
I’ve been having a lot of fun looking at some of my old websites using the Wayback Machine. Here’s what my main professional website looked like in its first incarnation in 2007:
I still use the same Martha Graham quote on my website today. It’s my favorite quote of all time and remains true to the core of what I believe as a creative spirit. Continue reading
I recently upcycled a dress that I liked but wasn’t working for me. The dress was too long.
I decided to cut the bottom of the skirt into strips.
This year is the Chinese New Year year of the horse. More specifically, it’s the year of the wood horse. I admittedly don’t know a lot about Chinese astrology but I’m trying to learn a little bit here and there. Here’s what I’ve read about what it means that we’re in the year of the Wood Horse.
- A year of clashes and conflicts, with people sticking tight to their guns and emotions tending towards the extreme; it’s a year historically associated with warfare (source)
- Housing prices are likely to decline in most real estate markets; this one doesn’t seem to be true here in San Francisco! (source)
- “Horse year is about freedom, returning to nature, and enjoying life and life’s adventures. You won’t always want to focus on work because it’s easy to be distracted by fun, good times, and parties in sexy Horse year.” (source)
- “Do it. Since education is a wood industry, which is associated with growth, 2014 will be a good time to learn something new.” (source)
I was recently going through some vintage magazines that I got at a yard sale awhile back but hadn’t had a chance to look at. Inside of one of the magazines was this set of old photos. I spent a long time looking at them, wondering who the people in these photos are, what their lives were like, what stories they told … I’ll never know the answers but I have endless questions about this mystery.
I’m on Instagram. Are you? Here are some of the things I shared there this week:
What you see: Redwood regional park, heritage sign at Berkeley rose garden, some flowers, Lucy pup far away and close up, Transition art sign from Japantown, glass pieces inside a concrete bench also in Japantown, more Lucy pup photos
My Japantown neighborhood is populated by tree-lined streets. Many of these trees seem to have wild mushrooms growing in them.
They pop up almost overnight, grow wild and then decay.
Although sometimes they disappear before decaying. I assume they get taken by urban foragers but I don’t really know for sure.
I’ve never been bold enough to try them myself but I love looking at them grow and change on my walks in the area.
Here’s the roundup of links to everything I blogged on Diary of a Smart Chick in February:
My San Francisco Life
Sha-boom-boom-room Burlesque and Drag
Art and Creativity
Here are some of my favorite things I imbibed and ingested in February, some at home and others at San Francisco restaurants.
I’ve been on a bacon kick here at home but I also still eat healthier oatmeal and fruit on a lot of days. The other two pictures are from Stable Cafe; mine was the egg, bacon, cheese wrap and the other is the Nona (eggs, tomato, cheese, toast and ham).