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Still Life With Herring and an Oval Plate. Chaim Soutine (1917)

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been taking an oil painting class this summer (my first ever painting class). For our first assignment we picked a painting out of an art book to try to replicate.  I opened a book of Chaim Soutine’s work to this page and went with it.  I’ve been taking pictures each week to show this great piece come to life! :)

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Ta-da!  I actually wanted to keep working on it a little more but that might not happen for some time, if at all.  So in the meantime I’ve nestled my five little fish in my bookshelf to keep me company at home.

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“People need to be encouraged. People need to be reminded of how wonderful they are. People need to be believed in—told that they are brave and smart and capable of accomplishing all the dreams they dream and more. Remind each other of this.”

-Stacey Jean Speer

8a00b3e2935478bf4a6775d6e9842004I think all of this of you.

If we know each other, know that you inspire me in some way.  If we don’t, I’m certain you would if we did.

Take it away, Bob.


Documentaries are by far my favorite genre of movie. In the past couple of months, I have seen some that are worth noting.

180 Degrees South

This movie is inspiring and informative at the same time. This was what inspired Albert and I to start surfing.

Storm Surfers

This is a quick 4 episode series of two surfers who chase the swells of big storms in Australia. It’s pretty intense.

Tiny

This dude builds a tiny house himself and challenges us to think about our values and goals in life at the same time.

Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown

These episodes are totally addicting. They are for foodies, historians and anyone with a travel bug. Seeing Gaza was one of my favorite unknown parts.

112 Weddings

This documentary looks inside 112 marriages and how they are now compared to their wedding days. It’s pretty scary!

 

It’s been a while since my love affair with yoga took a pause. I used to practice almost every day for an hour and half. I ended up stopping because I didn’t see my body changing and I felt that I wanted a more upbeat workout. Well, I am back. I have been waking up every morning and unrolling my yoga mat. I don’t go crazy or anything. I just stretch. I get my body moving and I take a lot of deep breaths. Some mornings I can barely even get half way to touching my toes. Other times, I feel like a golden god(dess) doing poses left and right (no pun intended!). Bottom line – it feels so awesome to start your day that way. Try it out. Put a yoga mat next to your bed and first thing in the morning do a couple minutes of stretching and see how you feel.

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