A couple of weeks ago, blogging superstar April Bowles of Blacksburg Belle decided to play Blog Tag to stirr up connections and conversations amongst creatives & bloggers. 20 questions seemed like a lot to disclose all at once, so even though I was curious to learn more about my art & blogging buddies, I decided to play invisible-fly-on-the-wall to her game of tag and just stealthily read other's revelations & confessions ... but then, almost out of nowhere, Anastasia Parmson hopped on my Instagram feed like a ninja and tagged me anyway. I love Anastasia and her adventures... she feels like my hip & cool little sister and She Tagged Me PERSONALLY, so I figured I just HAD to do it!
Fresh of my 30-Days of Art Posts challenge to myself, I decided to tackle the 20-Questions next... and you know what happened?
Well, a. I figured out that, faced with certain questions I am incapable of narrowing things down to just one answer despite how much I enjoy following these sorts of instructions.
b. I actually had a Blast responding,
d.-- sitting down to report back and deciding who I wanted to tag next!
So, the 20 Questions, here it goes:
I am a little under 5'4" (160cm) when I step down from my heels.
So I am really more like 5'7" most days ... ahem.
Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
I play the piano --very much in private because I am not that advanced, but I really love it!
Question 3: What’s your biggest art-related pet peeve?
How clickish parts of the art scene can get . . .
Luckily, living in Portland I see a lot of encouragement for emerging artists and opportunities to "get out there" with your work if that is what you want to do.
Question 4: What’s your biggest non-art related pet peeve?
Poor Grammar ... actually most inaccuracies make me squirm, but I am working on it ...
Question 5: What’s your favorite song?
What??? One song? I have a favorite song every 3 or 4 hours. Right now is Amos Lee Sweet Pea (but by the time I am ready to publish this post I am sure it will be something else).
Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?
Noelle Hoover's Stoneware Marvles called Singletooth: check it out!!
Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
My favorite thing to do is to paint outside in the summer. This July I went down to half-time with my 'other work' so I can paint, paint, paint . . . I feel lucky & happy about this. I also like painting and reading in bed when it's cold outside.
Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?
I have never met a chip I did not like.
Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
Petless at the moment.
I am a cat person, though, and I have had the honor of purring along Maximiliano Teresita (aka, Max or Makimi), Gloria, and Edward Alexander Fatima Kat (aka Edeeffee)
Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?
Aaaagh, Only one of each?
Are you really limiting my choices again??
NON :: I am currently eating up everything Enneagram. This is a good one. And the Tao of Pooh, true story!
FICTION :: The last one I was enamored by was The Night Circus (by Erin Morgenstern); I had a sketch notebook while I was reading it and I would stop and illustrate the images that the narrative conjured up for me! My current is also yummy: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?
MAC liquid foundation= sleep in a jar - but it works SO MUCH BETTER if you also have a cheek/lip stain and some very black waterproof mascara ...
Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
I totally forgot I had already met somebody and shared a 'great conversation' ... she seemed kind of upset ... it was awkward! In Spanish we say "tragame tierra!! " -- which means, "swallow me, earth!!"
Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?
OK, here's a shocker: I don't really watch movies ...Every time I attempt to watch a movie I fall asleep, even if it is in the theater... Now, admitting this is my most recent embarrassing moment! . . . nah!
My current favorite way of spending screen time is to play a language google app called Duolingo. I am brushing up on my Portuguese.
Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
Nose in a book/hiding in the art studio shy geek.
I am still extremely introverted, but people think I am not because I am no longer shy & I've always been pretty warm and friendly . . .
Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I think I would give San Francisco a whirl! It was the first big American City I visited (1989) and I fell in love with it. I swore back then that 'one day...' And who knows, I still might!
Question 17: PC or Mac?
Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?
He brings me chilled bubble water to the couch so I don't have to get up after a long day at work. I adore that gesture every time it happens, even though it happens all the time!
Question 19: Favorite celebrity?
Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?
Danielle Krysa a.k.a. The Jealous Curator
I love her art choices and she is smart and witty to boot!
AND NOW... Who do YOU want to tag?
Well, if YOU are reading this and you have a blog: >> TAG<< You are IT!!
otherwise, I am tagging**:
1. Amy McLain, she is a ridiculously funny & brave lady whose art and company I enjoy in equal measure!
2. Samyak Yamauchi, a huge heart and talent packed into a tiny cute lady!
3. Kelly Anne Powers, another talented local kindred sharing on the art adventures.
4. Jen Violi, The same way the first three ladies create magic with paint, Jen creates magic with words. And she does & offers SO MUCH MORE: Check her out. You will Love Her.
5. Mindy Lacefield, who is, without question, one of my favorite painters since I saw her work around 2008. Meeting her in person in 2012 only made my admiration grow: she is also an awesome lady!
6. Laura Garcia Sennott, whom I met at the same retreat I met Mindy. She was my roomie and I loved from the moment we introduced ourselves. I just checked and her blog exists, but it's empty... Maybe this will get you started, roomie!!
7. Alaya Wyndham, another writer and blogger, juggling life like a rockstar with 2 babies under 2!! Her site has yummy paleo recipes and photos.
8. Vivienne McMaster, gorgeous, fearless leader of the love-yourself-through-selfies movement! She offers greatly inspirational classes online.
9 & 10. Kindred Soul Party Sisters Kelly Barton and Liz Lamoreux of Chikadee Road, whose Be Present Retreat in the Fall of 2012 kind of got this whole "follow your art bliss' thing rolling for me. I am forever grateful to the two of you for this!! xx
Make sure let me know and link back if you Accept the Challenge!
I would LOVE to read all of your answers! xx
** If you are tagged and you would like to play go to April's blog here to read her post and see the participation details at the end.
Thanks, April for getting us started, and thanks again, Anastasia for making it impossible for me to skip out on this fun game!