The Infinite Goof
15 February 2012 @ 04:30 pm
Jeff Soto is my painting teacher.
I feel really lucky.
 
 
feelin': excitedexcited
 
 
The Infinite Goof
29 January 2011 @ 08:46 am
Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I resolved to maintain my weight loss and keep fit, and I managed that.


Did anyone close to you give birth?

Still reeling from all the babies of last year, can’t even remember if there were any this year.


Did anyone close to you die?

No one close to me, thankfully.


What countries did you visit?

No new countries this year. I went on a lonely road trip through the desert, which was a lot like visiting another country.


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feelin': calmcalm
 
 
The Infinite Goof
16 July 2010 @ 09:24 am
Art  
I enrolled in a printmaking class this summer. I'm having a great time with it. I made this dry point etching...
It came for Toys!

...and this linoleum cut reduction.
Muscle man variation

I'm always taking up pointy new projects. My thumb is currently recovering from a few really good jabs with the linoleum cutter. Linocuts own my soul now. I've already started a new one, which is why my poor thumb is ground beef.
I'm going to the beach today, and tomorrow is the gay pride parade in San Diego, and a little reunion lunch with some friends from High School. Sunday is the MGMT concert.
Life is good.
 
 
feelin': relaxedrelaxed
 
 
The Infinite Goof
12 July 2010 @ 08:58 am
It's been a few weeks, but I wanted to write about my trip to Arizona.
I stopped a few places I picked out from Roadside America, and drove diagonally across the state from Sedona to Quartzsite on tiny rural highways, over two mountain ranges where the speed limit was often only 35 MPH. It took me about 10 hours to get home. There were a few moments where I felt agonizingly lonely, but overall, it was a great experience.
From Sedona, I drove to Jerome, Az, an adorable little hippie village on the side of Mingus Mountain. The whole town is built right on the side of the hill. It's made up of galleries and shops. I stopped there and walked around a bit, bought a ring made from recycled glass in a shop called "The Fool on the Hill", and left town. The rest of the drive was pretty desolate. Not many towns to speak of. There was some kind of festival going on in Prescott, Az, but I didn't stop, though I should have, because I didn't get any food until I reached Quartzsite, and then it was literally the crappiest burger I have ever eaten, and the stalest fries, not a meal you want to gulp down after a very long trip through the desert.
In Quartzsite, I stopped to look for celia's rock garden. It's a section of a city park that has been transformed into a garden featuring labelled plants and memorials to dead people and animals. It's a huge area on the edge of town, and when you're there, you feel a bit likee you're lost in the desert, because there's NO ONE around. I ate my crappy burger in the shade of a menacing saguaro cactus, and then wandered the grounds snapping photos.
There is a sense of danger when travelling alone. Luckily, I had cell service most of the way, so I called Justin when things got creepy. Wandering through Celia's Rock garden, at times, I could not see my car, and got a bit disoriented, it was freaky. It was a great experience, all in all. The sight seeing and the friend visiting. I kind of can't wait to do it again.
 
 
The Infinite Goof
12 June 2010 @ 07:56 am
I took the last two days off almost completely. Played some video games, did piddly things around the house. I feel rejuvenated.

I made a peace offering of a candy bar to my estranged friend on the last day of school. He was standoffish, but he spoke to me, and then ignored me for the rest of the day. But then he sent me a note on facebook, thanking me and wishing me a good summer. I'm digesting it. I may just leave it at that, I may pry and ask what the hell, I don't know yet.

Looks like I'm going to Arizona next week. I'll be visiting a few old friends, should be interesting. One is a friend from middle school, the other is an old roommate, we dated the same guy, one after the other, and our past is a little sketchy, but I'm looking forward to getting to know her as an adult.

I think we're going to the Getty Center later, to meet up with secretpink. I'm excited to see the sun set from up there.
 
 
feelin': rejuvenatedrejuvenated
 
 
The Infinite Goof
09 June 2010 @ 12:50 pm
Click to get to the giant size if you want to see.

Illustration final

I made a CD cover for Quintron's "Swamp Tech" album as a project for my illustration class. I listed the materials over at flickr if you're interested.
And now, I slack.
 
 
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The Infinite Goof
28 May 2010 @ 08:16 am
School is winding down. I'm feeling the pressure of finals. It's nice, invigorating.
Last night I took Pheran to school with me so we could watch Fantastic Mr Fox with the Art Club kids. Pheran likes my friends because they are all artists, and close to his age, and they're cool because they're in College. ;) I like taking him to hang out because I think it reminds him to do better in school now so he can enjoy Art classes in college later.
In fact, one of my friends, Felicia, totally got onto him about not doing his homework while I was sitting right there. Pheran just let her get on his case, and didn't whine or anything. It was kind of rad.
Overall, life is good, but nobody wants to read about that. I am feeling a lot less lonely around here, and going to school is changing my perspective in good ways, making me stronger and happier. Thanks life!

Pheran started wearing Axe body spray, and he's kind of getting the hang of it. It's a welcome smell change around the house, actually. Teenage boys radiate a pretty offensive musk. It's a bit strong upstairs, but it's better than boy musk and rat cage, so I'm not going to complain.
 
 
feelin': busybusy
 
 
The Infinite Goof
10 April 2010 @ 08:16 am
Thanks for the encouraging words from last time. I have already made new friends. I'm still trying to get past the icky feelings of being dumped, but that will fade in time.
One of the jerks dropped the class, so that helps. I still have to see the other one, but I have resigned myself to ignoring him completely. Part of me wants so badly to put him on the spot and say "WTF?" but I won't do it. It's not worth it. He has been ignoring me, not even looking at me. He has also been coming to class without fail, and staying for the duration, which is annoying. Before all this, he barely stayed more than an hour each time. It's a three hour class.

I picked up a screw in one of my tires. The bright side is, it was a tire I kind of needed to replace anyway. I am grasping at straws here, trying to be positive.
However, I have weird sized tires, and no one carries them. It could take a week for the tire to arrive. Right at the beginning of Spring Break. Excellent. I already canceled a trip to San Diego to avoid driving on the freeway with my patched tire. It doesn't help that I'm stir crazy and bursting with the need for adventure.

There are all kinds of picky little threads in my life tapestry right now. Things that are seemingly unrelated, but when I stand back and look at them all, I can see connections.
For instance, here is my first finished project for that Illustration class. On the surface, it is kind of funny, considering recent events, but I am trying to draw strength from it's deeper meanings, and use it as an epitaph for a bum friendship.

thefool

The Fool is the spirit in search of experience. She represents the mystical cleverness, bereft of reason within us all, the childlike ability to tune in to the inner workings of the world.

The Fool is both the beginning and the end, neither or otherwise, Liminal.
The liminal state is characterized by ambiguity, openness and indeterminacy. One's sense of identity disolves to some extent, bringing about disorientation. Liminality is a period of transition where normal limits to thought, self understanding and behaviour are relaxed. A situation which can lead to new perspectives.
The Fool always represents the querent in Tarot readings. A symbol of new beginnings and starting back at Zero in life, be it with career, romance, or adventure. She represents change, renewal and new beginnings.

The Sun behind her represents the divine nature of the fool's wisdom and exuberance.

The flower shows her appreciation of beauty.

The Cat symbolizes animal desires, and the call of the real world nipping at her heels. It can also refer to devotion and faithfulness, feralness, and primordiality.

The Laurel Wreath signifies a triumphant return from a previous adventure.

The Eagle is a symbol born by men of action, occupied by high and weighty affairs. It was given to those of lofty spirit, ingenuity, speed in comprehension, and discrimination in matters of ambiguity. The wings represent protection, and the gripping talons symbolize ruin to evildoers. The eagle is held to represent a noble nature from it's strength and aristocratic appearance.

The fool is unconcerned that she is stepping into a void.

The Staff that holds her bindle represents wisdom and renunciation.

The bindle signifies that she has everything she needs with her.
 
 
feelin': thirstythirsty
 
 
The Infinite Goof
02 April 2010 @ 02:56 pm
FYI  
I hate it when I find a good hair product, but it smells bad, and when I get sweaty it only intensifies the smell.
 
 
feelin': rejuvenatedrejuvenated
 
 
The Infinite Goof
26 March 2010 @ 07:59 am
Been having a rough couple of weeks here. My Dad was in the hospital briefly, and it caused me all kinds of grief. He fell while helping my sister move, bruised up his side and got a mild concussion. It scared the hell out of me. He's doing fine now though.

I had made two friends in school, and it was really fun hanging out with them. We kept talking about hanging out sometime on the weekend, and it kept never happening. Last week they both stopped responding to my texts, and on Wednesday, I noticed that the one that's on facebook had unfriended me. I talked to the other one yesterday, and he insists that he's just been busy, and knows nothing about the other one dropping me online, but I suspect that's a lie. (As an aside, I hate that firefox spell check thinks "unfriended" isn't a word, but "hubby" is) So I'm feeling pretty lame, and confused about why we are all of a sudden no longer friends.
We have a class together, so I'm sure I'll run into the other one at some point. Hopefully he will give me an acceptable explanation. It just feels so awful. It's been 5 years since the last time I had friends that live in the same city I live in. That is a long time, and to have those friends turn out to be jerks is a huge painful letdown.
Luckily, there are other people at school I can hang out with, I just have to make it happen.
Though, this experience has me seriously inspecting my gregariousness, and whether or not it is too intense. I am in California now, after all, it's not like the south, that's for sure.

Last night, I rounded up a bunch of the Art students, and our favorite professor, and we all went to Tio's Tacos after class. We've been talking about doing it for weeks, and it finally happened, it was a good time, if only a bit too short.

Other than that, school is going fine, just super busy with all my work.
 
 
feelin': weirdweird