Portland Vs Hawaii


Way back in March I did a film swap with an IG/Flickr buddy who goes by Malkavred. At the time he lived in Hawaii. We sent each other a roll and I happened to shoot the one he sent me on WPPD – which will account for some of the weird antics. But the effect of weird antics + Hawaiian landscape turned out really cool!

Here are some of my favorites from the swap.

Portland Vs Hawaii

Mt Hood on the beach

He dreams of the jungle 1

He dreams of the Jungle 1

He dreams of the jungle 2

He dreams of the jungle 2

The Cat and the Monkey

The Cat and the Monkey

Film swaps are loads of fun. If you are interested in doing one with me I’d love it! Let me know in the comments!

You can see more of malkavred’s photography on his Flickr page. See more results from our film swap in my Flickr album.

Feeling a little like this video

Books, Music, Art, Movies

It being my Monday and all.

Death Cab For Cutie – Summer Skin from R. Kyle Shoup on Vimeo.

P.S. This if from the amazing DVD companion to the already amazing album, Plans. The DVD is called Directions.

Gotta sketch that itch


Sooo. I have been teaching myself how to  draw over the past few months. I am a big believer in daily practice and decided that I would try to sketch something daily. Then I got the idea to post my daily sketch on a drawing blog. I created a whole new blog for this endeavor and you can view it (and subscribe!) here. The blog is called Gotta Sketch That Itch  I love the name of it because that is exactly what I am doing. For some inexplicable reason I have this weird desire to draw – it has always been there. It’s an itch that needs to be scratched. I’m not very good at it, and I think that is part of why it’s important that I do it. And also why it is important to share my drawings with the community. I am forcing myself to take my ego out of this process entirely which is a very hard thing to do. But such a good lesson to learn.

While I am doing this 100 days project I am going to post one of my drawings once a week – one that I like the most from the previous week.

This week’s post is from a black and white photo I took last year.  I am going through this fabulous book called, “Urban Watercolor Sketching” by Felix Scheinberger. One of the exercises is learning to paint shadows using India Ink.

This is a very rare instance in which I feel like my drawing came out kind of good, sorta! I had fun with it, anyway.

Here is the original photo:

One rainy afternoon

A Boring running update

Health and Fitness

It’s been  a very long time since I’ve posted a running update! And since I am needing blog fodder for this 100 days project, I thought it would be fun to geek out write about running here on this blog. Running has always been an important part of my life, but recently I’ve gotten even more serious about it. I’ve managed to overcome plantar fascitis (knocking on wood) and have been running very consistently, 3 days a week at least, for over a year now. I have no idea how I beat plantar fascitis, but I am very happy that I did (knocks harder on wood). I am now up to 6 miles on my longer running days! I am so proud of myself. For years and years I tried to get to that magic number of 5 miles and it always eluded me. It feels good to have surpassed that goal, and feel like I can work up to longer runs. In another post I will write about some of the things that have helped me.

A few weeks ago I ran my first race. I have “run” Bloomsday before but I don’t really feel like that counts.

the names are amusing: “Boring Marathon“, “Ultra Boring Ultra Marathon”, “Half Boring Half Marathon”, and the “Not Even Close To Boring 5k”. Rafael ran the Ultra Marathon (30k) and I ran the 5k – another fact I found amusing.

The swag for the run was awesome! We got a really nice tech shirt and a bunch of other stuff. And my number was 333!!

I have to say, this was only 5k but it was harder than I thought it would be! I went in feeling a little cocky – like I would be able to kick ass and name names no problem. But as soon as the gun went off competition mode set in. I ran the race faster than I normally run and I ended up getting really tired. A bunch of people passed me at the end of the race and it sucked. But I did it  and I was in 17th place overall – which isn’t good but it isn’t terrible either. It isn’t last.