It's beautiful when you get to share your passions and desires with other people who feel the same way. I'm extremely excited to be able to embark on a journey with a wonderful group of people who also want to intentionally live out their lives by serving the community in Cambodia. Back at home, there's none other than Stephanie, who the Father has brought to help me pursue and explore my love for food and art! The food at The Meatball Shop is delicious! I got a spicy pulled pork burger with mushroom sauce. It was probably one of the best burgers I've had. I mean, that's what happens when you get to share lunch with someone who knows what good food is! (Check out her blog - amazing recipes!) It's even better to get to end your day with some awesome galleries in New York City. It's amazing to see how beautiful everyone's talents is. It is a constant reminder of how beautiful the children of the Father is whenever I see the many unique talents these living-artist have. From brushstrokes to choice of material, they are uniquely chosen just like how the Father has uniquely molded us. Like art, we are to inspire, provoke, and change the ordinary.
Saying 'see you later' is probably one of the most difficult things ever. I use it to replace my 'good-byes' only to make myself feel better about whether these precious people in my life will appear again. In the end, you just have to remember that everyone is in your life for a season and a reason. I know it sounds super-serious-sad-, but that's just the truth! As humans, we're constantly wishing and hoping that the past will repeat. We want it to come back because we desire for familiarity. It's fear that holds us back and ultimately restricts us from a mind-blowing future the Father has prepared for us.
Early this week, I had my first individual critique for my sculpture class. The ones we had before were are all projects done as a group or in pairs. Truth is, I know nothing about sculpture. I have seen some really awesome ones - especially on the streets on New York City. As an artist, I have no clue how to produce one without being extremely literal. Talking over it with my professor, we decided to go a bit more literal for my first piece & hopefully things improve!
The original inspiration was the Floating Villages in Cambodia. For the past year, I've used the same photograph as inspiration for all the handful of art classes I took since coming back from Cambodia in the summer of 2012. Look at it - how can one not be inspired!
I did my piece commenting on the definition of home being grounded on one's culture.
Do ignore the white sheet of paper since it was there to ad the cleaning process. It was so much fun getting to work with the woodcutting machines for the first time! I learned to stain wood in the process too. I wouldn't mind owning a bandsaw or electric sander in the future so I could build some sweet looking furniture! They need to bring wood-shop classes to New York City public schools!