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4 notes - 12 April, 2014

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Against the Grain, 8” x 8”, acrylic on maple panel, 2013
These small paintings usually take me 2-3 days to complete, depending on whether my daughter will take her afternoon nap. Yesterday I made this painting of Owl Finches I love so dearly…
"It’s okay to be sad. You don’t owe anyone a performance of being okay when you feel like you’re falling apart. It isn’t your job to smile or hide your truth to make other people feel more comfortable. If it gets awkward, let it be awkward. If people try to silence your pain by telling you to get over it and cheer up because you’re no longer fun or you’re ruining the mood, you don’t have to push away your sadness. You have to honor your feelings and trust that you don’t need anyone’s permission or approval to feel what you feel. You don’t ever have to sacrifice your self care for the sake of people who only want you around when it’s easy and comfortable. Their discomfort isn’t about you — it’s about them and their own limitations, and no matter what they think or say, you deserve to give yourself permission to feel whatever it is you feel. You’re allowed to show your feelings honestly. You’re allowed to talk about your pain and reach out for support. You’re allowed to scream and wail and cry. You’re allowed to be sad."
Daniell Koepke (via internal-acceptance-movement)

3,139 notes - 4 April, 2014

"People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves."
Hilary J. Smith, Wild Awake  (via anditslove)

4,924 notes - 4 April, 2014


March 20, 2014 - Cockatiel, Quarrion, or Weiro (Nymphicus hollandicus)
Cockatiels, the smallest member of the cockatoo family, are native to Australia. They are the second most popular caged bird, after Budgies. Although there are many different color mutations of captive Cockatiels, wild birds have what is called “Normal Grey” plumage. They often travel in small nomadic flocks.
I grew up with a Cockatiel, so this drawing was definitely special. He’s technically my brother’s bird, so I do not live with him anymore, but he greets me with long whistling performances any time he sees me. 
I walked by and stopped to watch the bees. Then I ended up taking an hour to walk half a mile because a tiny bird friend showed up.
"You’ll not only miss the memories you do have, the person you did know, but you will also miss the memories you could have had, the person they would have become. You’ll miss the uncertainty of having them here, the wide-open future of them. We never miss the future until it’s taken away.

You find yourself wondering what you’d say to them if you only had one more conversation. You build these grandiose monologues in your mind, where you tell them how much you love them, how much they built you into the human being you are today, and how beautiful it was to have known them. The truth is, though, despite all these beautiful things you could say, you know you’d be fully satisfied with just a simple hello."

931 notes - 1 April, 2014

"I made tea,
but it turned room temperature
before I got a chance to drink it.

My whole life is currently
lukewarm attempts of trying
to be a somebody."
5:52 p.m. (I’m feeling so unsatisfied)

239 notes - 28 March, 2014


Warm up for a spot illustration! Prismacolor on Duralene.