by YONA C. RIEL

Friday, August 21, 2009

The things i find while biking


being both an artist and a biker makes for some interesting experiences. Today i took a 20 mile ride up crow road and back down spencer creek road. Both are rambling country roads with not too much traffic. About 10 miles into my ride i saw a turkey vulture lying dead. Oddly enough there was another one just across the road. Neither of them looked like they had been run over because they were both fairly intact. And the hornets and wasps were still feeding on them so i figured they were pretty fresh. Had someone shot them? I wondered. After taking a few pics and a few feathers i rambled on. within moments i began to have yet another 'letting go of my old self' moment (so that i can let in the new self) and i realized the next step on my path. Coincidence? Or does roadkill always give me a letting go experience?

The beginning of blogging


today, august 20th, 2009 i am starting a blog. why? to share with you what i am excited about. first thing i can think of is wanting to get to the show at milepost 5 in portland. They turned the studios bldg into a huge 3 floor exhibit. i was going to go today but it turns out it will have to be tomorrow. more on this when i get back...
so, instead i will post a picture of my most recent piece.. which will be part of the art challenge show in eugene during the eugene celebration. here's the picture....
She is an abandoned mannequin i started in 2006. For whatever reason the moment i saw this lamp and it's lampshade i knew that it was the mannequin's skirt. and so i pulled 'her' out of the shed and began work that day to resurrect her. it has been a month since i brought the lamp home and it feels like she is finally ready for the art challenge show. the process has been identical to my own process of accepting my new, less than perfect version of myself.