art and soul day 4

Oct 10, 2006 | Life in Progress

day 4
“still there is a calm, pure harmony, and music inside of me” – vanGogh

by day 4, i’m in complete bliss. i’ve connected with my portland friends, made new ones. i’m happy. i’m in a cocoon of art, my favorite city, familiar places, my old friends, and new ones.

on this day, my friend sarah and i went to my favorite portland breakfast restaurant called J&M Cafe. it’s the kind of place that is homey, very portland and local, and where the woman who serves us our meal has been there forever and just exudes peace and serenity. and they serve the tastiest bacon ever – it’s the only place i’ll eat it.

we chat about life, the stuff of relationships, what makes them so wonderfully hard sometimes and all the growth spurts a couple goes through in the course of their relationship. she and her partner devin remind me so much of when john and i were first dating. i love it.

we made our way to aveda and bought all sorts of skin care products. and let me just say that after only 5 or 6 days of using the cleanser and lotion, i love it. my skin feels incredibly smoother. the aveda aesthetician even came out and gave us 1:1 consults. we were like 2 girlie girls in a candy shop of make-up and skin products. i never do this. it was so much fun!

after dropping sarah back home, i drove up to mt tabor and just really took in the feeling of autumn. the familiar drive, the changing leaves, the greenery of portland. i felt calm, fulfilled, and i was breathing easier. i really began to miss john. i love snuggling up to him on cool days.

that evening i took Carla Sonheim’s class. it was a good class, but the best part of the evening was meeting DJ. she has been such an inspiration to me, someone who has encouraged me along this journey. we made our connection through the internet months ago, and it was just an incredible experience for me to finally meet her. she surprised me with this amazing piece. it’s a sketch of me that she drew from a wedding photo i posted a long time ago. it is precious, and just so cool. seriously, she is incredibly talented. we were up late chatting, talking about art, how she made it to where she is now. when you really, really connect to someone’s art, you’re connecting to something inside the artist. that’s how i feel about dj. connected.

this is the photo that she based her sketch from. how cool is that?

DJ + me

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (3 comments)
  1. Anonymous

    love da pic wit u and sarah….. do miss sarah 2 at amc.

  2. Paulette

    Sounds like you had such a wonderful time! Wish I could have taken some classes…hopefully next year. I had really wanted to take DJ’s class on Monday, but at least I got to meet her and she is just as sweet in person as she is online! 🙂

    I was so glad we happened to run into each other at vendor night. It was so great to meet you in person and I truly wish I had been able to get to know you while you had lived here in Portland. Please be sure to let me know when you’ll be back. I’d love a chance to visit with you! 🙂

  3. britt

    so cute! i wonder where you’ve been. thanks for sharing your amazing trip – sounds so lovely.


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