April 15, 2014



Pssst. see:  NEW RESTAURANT.

and more here too: GO EAT THERE.


The difference between success and um, less success... Is work. 

and yeah, luck. 

But if you spend an entire day outside you will find more four leaf clovers than the person who is asleep on the couch. 

Except one of them is more rested.

and maybe you don't even find one. 

But your chances. 

you should increase them. 


and in any case. go to brunch. 

I find that it helps everything. To go to brunch as often as possible. 
or breakfast. even better.

preferably in a charming city. where you live. 


in the spirit of breakfast. 

beginnings are beginnings. 

I always say. woah. if you told me to go back and do the same project again, I would barf. 

Once I finish, I cant believe what the beginning felt like. 

At the time though, there is a mix of excitement. anxiety. and 

WAIT. everything is possible. so I need to make some decisions. 

I really like hoodies. 

So I threw one on this girl. and 

then I realized. she probably needed a basket of food. to guard. 

from the big bad wolf  Foo Dogs.


and villains. are the most fun. 

and blank walls. 

can be both scary and amazing.


I can remember when the elementary school librarian read

it stuck with me. 

I remember exactly where she was sitting and where I was sitting and the sound the book cover made when her nails hit it. 

I think I am Harold. 

I think I always knew that. 

I am Harold. 


working in a fishbowl will really test you.

it separates the men from the boys. 


I am a boy. in that scenario. I think. 

hahanoreallyitsfineWHATS THAT SOUND?!

her hair turns into branches that wrap around the dining room. 

She's not scared.

note. my obsession with small branches that fit in small spaces.

heights- as you get older. you get more afraid of them. 

found this out. 

I can only blame myself for painting myself into creepy woods at night.

and whenever sculpture can sneak in... 

it should.


My friends are amazing. by the way.

and so is the food. 


now my friends send me pictures like this.


and this town looks pretend sometimes. 

like my life.

but it's real. 

this is the smallest supporter of the arts. :)


They let me on the outside too. 

so. more to come.

...a lot more.


March 14, 2014

Dragons that sing. and other big projects.


I thought life was crazy a week ago.

my sister came by and offered to wear this costume while I worked on the back. 
slight resistance for one second and then she knew she had to.

It just looks really great out of context. 

when I saw her working and tolerating it. as if it wasnt on her head. 


This dragon is for the Virginia Rep production of Shrek! The Musical. 

see. she's nice.


and sometimes when you turn your pieces in... they are needed immediately.
to make the day weirder. better.

just working backstage.


but then there was THIS week. 

and I was on a ladder last night at 1 am thinking... will it always feel like I am in art school?


Is that so bad?  


creative jobs mean working at weird times and with weird bursts of fuel. 


I dont know. I need everything. 

Because I am spent. 

roommates set up camp. hilarious. and necessary.

they said they could hear the waves.

early stages.

Insomnia results in neat things though.

subjective. maybe. yes.

but for me, my best things are when I am at my extreme limit.

and at that point. I always make something new. or insane.

and I am glad I felt like a truck hit me. 

photo credit- Becca Hankins.

And it may sound dramatic. BECAUSE IT IS. 

photo credit- Becca Hankins.

photo credit- Becca Hankins.

photo credit- Becca Hankins.

I am working on a restaurant mural. And people tap on the glass at night. and the later it gets the creepier that gets. 

It is amazing how creepy a thumbs up can be at 2 am. 

once your vision adjusts and you see it. 


who would have guessed. 

also not the most comforting imagery.

I know I am the one to blame. but still.



Also. when you are working in a new establishment, they don't always have working restrooms yet. 

Just saying. 

And while I am being honest. 

The best way to make it through. is the Aladdin Pandora Station. 

it always is. 

I cannot fight it. 

and I don't want to 

Im too tired. 


Cant wait to show the final interior of the restaurant. which wont be long. because the deadline is chasing me like a lion. like a creepy scary Foo Dog. lion/ wolf creature. 


last night I had a granola bar and a piece of cheese for dinner.


Carry. the heck. on.

I love music.