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Abstracted Rainy Moments

Abstracted Rainy Moments

A barrage of happiness today, but before I begin barraging you, I forgot to mention a very important highlight from yesterday.

Meters.

As in, the parking kind. Let it be known that I hate paying for parking. I grew up in a city where free parking reigns, so I would rather walk a mile than pay any amount to park somewhere (this includes $2-$5 range, which I realize makes me a little crazy, but $40 in Boston for one evening?? THAT IS INSANITY.)

Anyway, yesterday I had to drive to my office twice --to pick up/ drop off something-- and because it was raining, it was impractical for me to walk and carry it and hold an umbrella, etc.

The parking outside my building is all metered, and both times I parked, I got out to find more than enough money still left on the meter! What kind Samaritans! It honestly made my day.

Okay, now for today. So many little things.

I will go forth and spread love and kindness!

I will go forth and spread love and kindness!

-- photo shoot for the ProJo (I felt sort of famous)
-- noon fellowship where they let me tell my story, and my friend Paulo gave me a penny! Not just any penny, and not just a "lucky" penny, but a love penny! There was a guy wandering around the city randomly placing these pennies on the ground: heads side normal (the lucky side), tails side pained red with a heart. He was doing it to brighten people's days. Paulo got one, and he's carried it with him ever since. But today he decided to give me the penny for luck on my travels, that I may share love wherever I go. What a beautiful gesture. The super cool part? The city where the penny painter planted pennies* was San Francisco, the city I fly to in 5 days.
-- kind, anonymous donations for the fundraiser
-- hanging out with my friend Lauren, getting to do Stations of the Cross, and then visiting another friend's art exhibition, "Abstracted Rainy Moments." <--I will return to this
-- wishing someone a happy birthday at a speakeasy and getting to meet new people on a Friday night instead of being in pajamas at 8pm
-- having a phone date with one of my dearest friends from Greece (well, we met in Greece, but she lives in Minnesota) and catching up for the first time in a year!

*dare you to say that even one time fast

Abstracted Rainy Moments

My friend Rachel is an artist. The cover photo is my favorite piece of hers, which is the open ocean as viewed in the rain.

Rained Out Beach Day

Rained Out Beach Day

I'd seen pictures of her work, advertisements for the event, and I of course thought it was lovely, but something about being in the gallery and seeing the paintings in person--I was blown away. I listened to her talk about the inspiration of seeing the world through rain, imagining each piece as though it's distorted through a window pane of dripping rain, and I suddenly saw everything. (Also, she  a brilliant "how to" canvas where she showed the step-by-step process she used to create the rain effect, and I realized how complex it was.) She had some "before" and "after" photos, because some of the paintings were scenes that became abstracted through the rain. Take, for instance, the beach scene. I don't have the before photo, but it began as a scene of sky, ocean, sand, and vegetation, the epitome of a New England beach...and this painting is looking at that scene through the rain. 

IT'S SO ACCURATE.

I'm doing a poor job of explaining it. This is why I petitioned for another writer from my magazine to cover this exhibition, but short story: I love her work. My other favorite piece is this one, Misty Morning Mountain Rain.

Sisters

Sisters

Thinking of You

Thinking of You