Saturday, January 31, 2009

Today while making my bed...

I was visited by this incredible, tiny lizard. Kudos to anyone who can tell me what species it is. There is a chance it was either semi-transparent, or a chameleon, because after I coaxed it into a tea tin lid to take it safely outside, it changed colors to match the tin.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

100 Loves

Alright, so I've been selling on Etsy now for about three months, and any day, hour, or minute now I'll be celebrating my one hundredth heart. Hearting, or favoriting is a way for etsy users to mark their favorite items, sellers, and shops. The first person to ever honor me with this add was Jake Illustrations. Jake specializes in pop culture illustration, and sells his work as prints, stretched canvases, and even t-shirts.

To mark the occasion, the next person to heart me will be offered an interview and feature on this blog. Look for it to appear sometime late next week.

Jake can be found at

Monday, January 26, 2009

Flower in Costa Rica

Taken after a morning rainstorm, this Ledio is in full bloom in my Grandmother’s walled garden in Costa Rica.

The black and white of this image will be available on my Etsy as a 16 by 20 print.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Update from Costa Rica

At Saturday Market today I walked by these young men with my camera. The one in the white shirt yelled ¨´aqui, aqui´´, or ´´here, here´´ untill I took this photo. I´m happy, well fed, and sun burned. And we havenñt even gone to the beach yet.

Friday, January 23, 2009

A simple Update

Last night as we were coming in for a landing in the San Jose night sky an earthquake hit the runway. This was at the latest possible moment, the pilot had to swoop up, only to dive back down a couple hundred feet later to avoid the flight of another plane.

This is what I've learned about people who think the plane is going to crash, first there is lots of screaming and praying, and then everyone starts to talk, or laugh nervously. False bravado.

In a group of two people in crisis, it seems one must always be more hysterical, the other in the lucky position of attempting to soothe.

In the end, no damages on the ground were found, and after an extra half hour of spiraling in the rather turbulent air above San Jose, we landed, and the passengers and crew erupted into a spontaneous ovation.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Theatre Mafia Productions

Tonight was the first mind melt, endless coffee rounds, klatch for the sake of Sangre Mambo in well over a year. For those of you who haven't known me for the last two years, Mambo was the Guerrilla film project which consumed the first semester of my Junior year. (That second semester was spent in New York) The film, despite a dedicated cast and crew of over two dozen, months of earnest work, support, and screenwriting and revision, fell into a maelstrom of emotional entanglements, budget and time restrictions, and bad fate.But we've had time for recovery, and those 13 little tapes are ready to be undeaded.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Black Saturday Aproaches.

With Valentines Day fast approaching, I've decided to embrace the holiday, or that failing, enable others with a selection of hand made Valentine's pendants, and fine art prints for my Etsy account.


Last time I celebrated Valentines day in any traditional manner was in grammar school. My Mother hand sewed me a pink blouse with lace detail, and a matching skirt. I wore the shirt to class over blue jeans. By the end of the day, the shirt was ruined, and I'd realized that as soon as Valentines Day stops being about candy, and starts being about social anxiety, it looses its charms. Since then I've worn black every Valentine's Day,played pool, and mirthfully refereed to the day as Black Tuesday, Black Wednesday, etc.
This year, I'm going to try something else, I really am.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Beside Goldfield Dr.

As promised, an image from Tuesday's filming.

Urban Symbols

You see them around downtown Colorado Springs, tied to lamposts and street signs. The Ghost bicycles, as I've heard them called, mark the streets like highway crosses. This particular bicycle was outside Wooglie's cafe near Colorado College Campus.

The first bikes appeared in St. Luis Missouri. To find Ghost bikes near your city, or simply find out more, see

"... little did I know the wrenching reactions it would cause, all over the spectrum. I also didn't realize the cascading effect it would have, as several other bikes have gone up since. The power of this urban symbol is clear." -- Ari Shapiro, member of Tucson Ghost Bikes

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Today I went out to my favorite place in Colorado Springs area, this was around 4 p.m., in time to catch the sun between clouds and the mountains. I was there to film, but had to stop every once in a while to take photos. Not just because everything caught my eye, there was an unusually high amount of traffic, and I had no interest in catching other people's cars in my footage. What followed was an amalgam of shadows, street signs, high tone ambers, and blue. Photo to come in the next post.

Monday, January 12, 2009

As Everything, even the small stuff, Must Come Full Circle

They say a rhyme out of season is trouble without reason.

At the beginning of this fall, and towards the beginning of this blog, I posted images from Estes Park in my post announcing my plans to stay in Colorado for several months instead of several weeks as had been planned. The resulting images also became my second and third etsy listings. Being an Etsy novice, I listed each print of the series as a quantity in stock. As a result, three months later, they are still there...

I've of course marked both down bellow my regular prices for such sized prints, but all the same, I have the odd feeling I may just have to relist these late next summer.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

It took two days of extended illness and the realization that as much as I adore it there, I couldn't spend tonight at the Mercury Cafe to finally jar my mind into the realization of how I wanted to open up my STA video. I now have ten days to film. Not a bad time line. Besides, the storyboard and photography portfolio is nearly complete. Thanks again to everyone who took time to peruse and comment on my work.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I'll be leaving Colorado Springs in less than three weeks. This is where I should post my big to-do list, or a gushy goodbye to all my friends here, but instead all I'm wishing for is more leisure time in the Springs, more days to just enjoy being...