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I've been trying to post about my love of baseball but it makes me too sad. The first sport I fell in love with and a part of my earliest memories. I grew up on the Orioles and Cal Ripken being as consistent as rain. In college my bestie, Hiro, was a Yankees fanatic and shared his season tickets with me. My first game at Yankees stadium was Derek Jeter's first game and well, it was love at first sight. There is just something about those short stops... Yes, it crushed me when he got with Mariah but I forgave him because on the field he was a true class act. Living in New York City from 1994 to 1999 I can really claim experiencing the best Yankees ever. Bernie, Paulie O'neal, Posada, Girardi, Knoblauch, Petite, Rivera, Cecil Fielder, Daryll freakin' Strawberry!! This was also in the old Yankees stadium. You could still watch the game from the smoking deck and we figured out the spot one could smoke a jay and if security was coming it could be dropped below into the rat filled abyss behind the bullpen. And there is no better feeling than riding the subway after a win chanting with strangers the whole way home. Let's just say it was hard moving to Minnesota after college... The dome is the worst place I have ever experienced baseball. There are documentaries on how terrible that stadium was. I unfortunately haven't been to their new magnificent stadium but I've envied their sun-o-meter when picking seats. I never really hated the Twins I just thought they were always too nice to win...Then I lived in Tampa for a short while which is a baseball lover's dream. You can spend all spring chasing your favorite teams around. 10 years ago I moved to Oakland, I reluctantly fell in love with the A's. It definitely wasn't the baseball I grew up on. Lots of tears over how fast and easy they traded away my favorites. But that shitty little broken down stadium won my heart. First with it's $3 seat and $1 hot dogs. At that price, I eventually started buying my easel a seat and paint the game on sunny afternoons. It is amazing what I learned about baseball watching the players movements so closely. This got long. Continued in the comments. No apologies. #fortheloveofbaseball
I've been trying to post about my love of baseball but it makes me too sad. The first sport I fell in love with and a part of my earliest memories. I grew up on the Orioles and Cal Ripken being as consistent as rain. In college my bestie, Hiro, was a Yankees fanatic and shared his season tickets with me. My first game at Yankees stadium was Derek Jeter's first game and well, it was love at first sight. There is just something about those short stops... Yes, it crushed me when he got with Mariah but I forgave him because on the field he was a true class act. Living in New York City from 1994 to 1999 I can really claim experiencing the best Yankees ever. Bernie, Paulie O'neal, Posada, Girardi, Knoblauch, Petite, Rivera, Cecil Fielder, Daryll freakin' Strawberry!! This was also in the old Yankees stadium. You could still watch the game from the smoking deck and we figured out the spot one could smoke a jay and if security was coming it could be dropped below into the rat filled abyss behind the bullpen. And there is no better feeling than riding the subway after a win chanting with strangers the whole way home. Let's just say it was hard moving to Minnesota after college... The dome is the worst place I have ever experienced baseball. There are documentaries on how terrible that stadium was. I unfortunately haven't been to their new magnificent stadium but I've envied their sun-o-meter when picking seats. I never really hated the Twins I just thought they were always too nice to win...Then I lived in Tampa for a short while which is a baseball lover's dream. You can spend all spring chasing your favorite teams around. 10 years ago I moved to Oakland, I reluctantly fell in love with the A's. It definitely wasn't the baseball I grew up on. Lots of tears over how fast and easy they traded away my favorites. But that shitty little broken down stadium won my heart. First with it's $3 seat and $1 hot dogs. At that price, I eventually started buying my easel a seat and paint the game on sunny afternoons. It is amazing what I learned about baseball watching the players movements so closely. This got long. Continued in the comments. No apologies. #fortheloveofbaseball
Stages to making my art masks- 
1 Pack and carry 40lbs off paint equipment to a site outside
2 Stand outside to paint the scene for 4-6 hours and possibly 2-6 sessions 
3 Photograph artwork
4 upload + crop on Photoshop
5 Modify photo to fit a 6x9 inch mask 
6 Take a collection of 6x9 inch art file photos to make a 18x42 inch file 
7 Use the 18x42 inch file to design a yard of fabric and order it on Spoonflower 
8 wait 2-3 weeks for fabric delivery
9 Wash Fabric
10 Cut individual masks from yards of fabric
11 Cut other cotton fabric into 6x9 inch pieces to attach to art print
12 Cut +pin elastic to fabric pieces
13 Sew inside out
14 flip right side out and pin in pleats
15 Sew pleats in place and topstitch edge
16 trim threads
17 Wash
18 Iron
19 Package
20 Mail
Woke up today seriously depressed about capitalism in art. It feels totally wrong to profit off anything Covid related and yet somehow we raised a society that equates making money to success:( The news of artists hording PPE to make art and so many people price gouging for masks and supplies, I just try to tune it out and do my own thing but it is really getting me down. 
I am not charging 10 a mask to make profit or because that's what I think it's worth (it a freaking hand-sewn and custom printed piece of my art!) And I know people are charging twice as much for masks made with cheap fabric from big box stores that destroyed most mom+pop fabric shops.  I just can't justify making more than the person that has to go into work at Carl's J or Home Depot, even though all the galleries I show at and most ways I sell my art have closed. How can it feel good to profit off anything right now? I just don't understand. How do I navigate a world where the destructiveness of our capitalist system is so obvious and yet we keep valuing and supporting it. Thanks for letting me rant. Please tell me your perspective?
Stages to making my art masks- 1 Pack and carry 40lbs off paint equipment to a site outside 2 Stand outside to paint the scene for 4-6 hours and possibly 2-6 sessions 3 Photograph artwork 4 upload + crop on Photoshop 5 Modify photo to fit a 6x9 inch mask 6 Take a collection of 6x9 inch art file photos to make a 18x42 inch file 7 Use the 18x42 inch file to design a yard of fabric and order it on Spoonflower 8 wait 2-3 weeks for fabric delivery 9 Wash Fabric 10 Cut individual masks from yards of fabric 11 Cut other cotton fabric into 6x9 inch pieces to attach to art print 12 Cut +pin elastic to fabric pieces 13 Sew inside out 14 flip right side out and pin in pleats 15 Sew pleats in place and topstitch edge 16 trim threads 17 Wash 18 Iron 19 Package 20 Mail Woke up today seriously depressed about capitalism in art. It feels totally wrong to profit off anything Covid related and yet somehow we raised a society that equates making money to success:( The news of artists hording PPE to make art and so many people price gouging for masks and supplies, I just try to tune it out and do my own thing but it is really getting me down. I am not charging 10 a mask to make profit or because that's what I think it's worth (it a freaking hand-sewn and custom printed piece of my art!) And I know people are charging twice as much for masks made with cheap fabric from big box stores that destroyed most mom+pop fabric shops. I just can't justify making more than the person that has to go into work at Carl's J or Home Depot, even though all the galleries I show at and most ways I sell my art have closed. How can it feel good to profit off anything right now? I just don't understand. How do I navigate a world where the destructiveness of our capitalist system is so obvious and yet we keep valuing and supporting it. Thanks for letting me rant. Please tell me your perspective?
Happy Post Alert 3 
I met  Vanna when the @Moxiskateshop on Venice Beach in LA first opened. I immediately felt a bond with her as we both lost lovers at way too young ages.  She is curiously humble about her tremendous skating ability. The painting was created on a birthday trip I took to LA to paint and skate everything I could. It was a trip full of many highs and lows. I broke my toe the month before so could not skate all the things. Many days were rainy so I couldn't paint all the things. And this last day was so windy that the beach was emptier then it is currently during #SIP. Regardless, I was determined to paint the skate park and arranged for @jadedvanna93 to come skate some tricks for me to try to capture in #pleinair . And despite the wind, this girl pulled one split handstand after another and didn't slap me when I asked if she could hold it just a bit longer:) It was such a magic day at a magic place! My wallet was stolen that day and I had to borrow money from @pigeonskate 's hot hubby to afford enough gas to get home to Oakland. So with every high there is a low. Venice Beach will always be super special to me. From way back in 1995 when I first got my nose-pierced there, to the last time I rolled out with the whole @moxirollerskate crew after @moxiskatecamp 2019! There is something about that place's light and that energy that always fills me with delight. And as for Vanna, something about that darkness and that energy is just as inspiring and delightful.  I am happy to announce this painting was recently purchased by her Mamma @beachbummeroo and being sent off to Florida so she can be close to her family even when on different coasts. Also I took the image and designed my own fabric to be sewed into masks and onto shirts:) I sold out of my first batch of masks but have more fabric coming soon. You can still pre-order yours today. And I have a couple awesome button-down shirts featuring this image on the back and with matching mask. Inquire with-in. #jirsainpleinair #pleinairpainting #pleinair #oilpainting #skateparkseries #venicebeachskatepark #venicebeach #skatepark #moxiskateteam #cib #skatelikeagirl #rollerskatingartist #maskart
Happy Post Alert 3 I met Vanna when the @Moxiskateshop on Venice Beach in LA first opened. I immediately felt a bond with her as we both lost lovers at way too young ages.  She is curiously humble about her tremendous skating ability. The painting was created on a birthday trip I took to LA to paint and skate everything I could. It was a trip full of many highs and lows. I broke my toe the month before so could not skate all the things. Many days were rainy so I couldn't paint all the things. And this last day was so windy that the beach was emptier then it is currently during #SIP. Regardless, I was determined to paint the skate park and arranged for @jadedvanna93 to come skate some tricks for me to try to capture in #pleinair . And despite the wind, this girl pulled one split handstand after another and didn't slap me when I asked if she could hold it just a bit longer:) It was such a magic day at a magic place! My wallet was stolen that day and I had to borrow money from @pigeonskate 's hot hubby to afford enough gas to get home to Oakland. So with every high there is a low. Venice Beach will always be super special to me. From way back in 1995 when I first got my nose-pierced there, to the last time I rolled out with the whole @moxirollerskate crew after @moxiskatecamp 2019! There is something about that place's light and that energy that always fills me with delight. And as for Vanna, something about that darkness and that energy is just as inspiring and delightful. I am happy to announce this painting was recently purchased by her Mamma @beachbummeroo and being sent off to Florida so she can be close to her family even when on different coasts. Also I took the image and designed my own fabric to be sewed into masks and onto shirts:) I sold out of my first batch of masks but have more fabric coming soon. You can still pre-order yours today. And I have a couple awesome button-down shirts featuring this image on the back and with matching mask. Inquire with-in. #jirsainpleinair #pleinairpainting #pleinair #oilpainting #skateparkseries #venicebeachskatepark #venicebeach #skatepark #moxiskateteam #cib #skatelikeagirl #rollerskatingartist #maskart