Week Five

For this week's 52, I rolled "recreate an old photo", so I took a little trip down memory lane and looked through the best and worst of my old 365 photos. I decided to recreate one of my favorites, this one, and also just realized it kind of looks like this one. Hopefully I did past me justice!

For writing I rolled "write about a dream or memory." I'll be honest, I didn't do this one. I wasn't really feeling in the mood to write this week, but I guess I need to do it even when I'm not in the mood. So I'll do this one this upcoming week.

For art, I rolled "ecological piece" and created this: 

It took a little bit of troubleshooting figuring out how to make the string stiff enough between the two pieces of wood. And I'm still trying to figure out how I should mount it to the wall. It's pretty fragile with those strings, so I think it needs a more sophisticated mounting solution than just hanging it with string or wire. 

And my rolls for this week:

Writing: dream or memory
Art: inspired by a song or quote
52 Photo: #4

Week Four

Sorry this post is a bit late! Matt and I were both busy a lot of this week hanging out in Newberg, working on some film sets, and of course Christmas decorating. 

This was my 52 week sketch that I created for this week. I still think I need a couple more years of photoshop and/or shoot preparation (hah) under my belt to fully undertake this, but I'm pretty happy with this result. Thanks Jessica for being my model, and be on the lookout for more photos I snapped of her on my photo website

For writing, I rolled the 3 word prompt poem, and the three words that were randomly selected were "dance", "car", and "fishing boat". So here's the poem so far. It's in the very rough draft stage as I'm still working out a lot of kinks:


I sit in this boat on the browning marsh,
reeling in between the lines,
flipping a dime through my knuckled
power plays, sitting for a jackpot.

It's a waiting dance that the cattails accompany,
a bob and a dip between each ripple
made by someone else, someone who won.

I catch failure on my line, tug on it like I need it;
throw it out and read it again.
Maybe the bait is wrong, maybe
my fishing boat is scaring away what
should get under my skin instead.

But I drive my rusted car away, nothing
for my table, just my socks
still soggy in my boots.


And then for the art portion I rolled "inspired by a song or quote" and went to my ever trusty weekly spotify playlist for something new. This song is really beautiful and the mood of it lead me to this little abstract guy.

And for this next week:
- write a memory or dream
- ecological art
- retake an old photo

20Proj // Week Three

This week has been good in terms of creating. A little lacking in the whole "write over a thousand words a day" front, but oh well. It's hard!

The 52 week prompt I rolled for this week was "String Theory" with a sketch of a person with a fish draped over them. I don't know either, man. But it felt so good to finally get outside and shoot self portraits again. It was really hard for me to do this summer because I couln't find a place I liked that was close enough to home. But now, this field, ugh, it's perfect. It's a giant park with fields and powerlines and forests and little beaches and minimal people, and it's so perfect. I love it and it makes me v happy. :)

Anyways, here's some more outtakes:

For Art, I rolled "fabric piece", so I made a little nature-y secret collection book thingie. It has a couple more secret compartments than what the video shows, and I like it because when you stick it on a shelf it just looks like a piece of bark. I want to add more pages and buttons to it in the future as well.

And for writing, I rolled "writing inspired by a vintage photo", and I did a little piece on it which I conveniently incorporated into my longer piece that I'm working on.

And for this week:

Writing: #1 - 3 word prompt poem
Art: #6 - inspired by a song or quote
52 Week Photo: #16

20Proj // Week Two

Okay, week two down. This was a very lazy week for me. I don't think I've gotten quite into the mindset of working without inspiration, so it was just a little rough. I promise I'll do better this next week! 

So first of all, this week's 52 week photo. The concept I rolled was "Constellations" which had a sketch of a very different idea. I sneaky made a photo I shot with my friends Molli and Daniel to fit the prompt, which, though it wasn't my original idea and might have been a bit of a cop out, still looks a lot better than the photos I actually made for the project. Whatever, I do what I want. 


For the art portion, I rolled "Ecological Art", and continued to work on these little tree portraits. Just a bit of experimentation--I've stained and stamped a bunch, and attached moss to these two. Not sure if they are done or want something else on them, but it's a good start.

And then for writing, I rolled to write 500 words in my longer fiction that I'm writing. I kind of went ham on this, when I remembered that November is national novel writing month, so now I guess I'm doing that too. I'm 3,000 words in right now and getting into the swing of writing every day. I contemplated keeping nanowrimo a secret, especially because I always say I'm going to do it and then never do, but I can't help sharing things I'm doing. Maybe that's selfish, but that's for another time, hah.

Anyways, here are the rolls for this upcoming week!

Writing: Inspired by a vintage photo (I have a collection of them)
Art: A fabric piece
52 week: #10

20Proj // Week One

Week one of my new project is finally at a close. It took a bit of time to get into the swing of things--I'm pretty bad at self motivation. But once I worked on the project, I felt maybe I need to add something more. I'll keep it at three projects for now, and we'll see how it goes. Either way, it feels so good to finally have a schedule of creating again.

We'll start with my 52 week photo.

This is week nine for my 52 week project. I took a break to shoot weddings this summer, but I'm happy to get back into it. The number I rolled was #5, which ended up being just this song. I've had this song written as a photo idea for years, so of course I forget what the original idea was. It's a beautiful song regardless of its ambiguity, so I took the emotion of it and translated it to a photo. Erika kindly agreed to model for me last minute, and you can see the rest of the photos we made together here.

For writing, I rolled "inspired by a photo," so I sort of did a cop out and chose a photo from one of my favorite photographers ever, Greg Ponthus. All of his photos, this one included, really emulate adolescence and childhood for me, especially because I looked at his work when I was a teenager. It's a bit of a cop out because I write about my childhood all the time, but whatever. Here's the poem, it's still needs a bit of work so I'm okay with sharing it as is:


Adolescent summer,
so serious of dreams
creating some wrinkles
of expectations;
cascades of light-
ning down among the greens.

I always remember
something about that summer
I can slug to the next,
like the way that girl does
her "y"s and I cheat
on summer math sheets.

Everything multiplies
over my shoulders but
you knew that would come.
Wasn't it so witty?

A summer rain in the light,
running between the back
yard and front,
wet and dry,
back and palm.

I dream the same dream
again and again
but can't catch it when
I wake up to fall.

For the physical art portion, I rolled "intimacy series", which is a series of drawings I've been wanting to start working on, about intimacy. Pretty happy with how this one came out, especially since I haven't drawn anything more than a sketch for a few months. I definitely need to work on my shading a bit more, and I want to play around more with sketch vs. realism.

And now for this upcoming week:
Write 500 words in my long fiction.
Ecological Art.
52 week: #6

p.s. I added another item to the writing section. :)

20 Project

It's been a crazy summer/fall season of photographing weddings. I got to meet and document so many beautiful couples and their love, and I can never say enough what an honor it is. Now that the wedding season is slowing down and I'm adjusting to that post-grad life, I figured I'd follow the footsteps of my friend, Victor, and my husband, Matt, and also start a weekly set of projects.

The basic premise is that on a particular given day, you roll a twenty-sided die (I'll just use the first ten numbers), and whatever number it lands on, that's the project you do. I'm going to do it such that I roll three times, once for a writing related activity, once for an art related activity, and once for a 52 week project idea (I know, I've failed at that project but I'm going to resume it). It will be a bit different for me though because I'm not going to post every project I do (mostly the writing related ones) and I won't share which 52 week project idea I roll until I actually share the photo.

So here are the numbers:


  1. Write a poem (3 word prompt).
  2. Inspired by a song.
  3. Write a 500 word flash fiction.
  4. 500 writing prompts -- for this one I will do an additional random number generator, and will also make it a fictional piece.
  5. Inspired by a photo.
  6. Write a poem (unprompted).
  7. Write 500 words in long fiction. -- This is another project I've been working on on and off for a couple months.
  8. Write a memory or dream.
  9. Write about a daily scene/encounter.
  10. Twitter progressive story. -- This one will be partially written by my twitter followers. (all will be revealed in time, haha.)
  11. Inspired by a vintage photo -- I have a growing collection of random photos I collect from thrift stores and antique shops, and would like to write a poem or short paragraph about the photo.


  1. Page in my sketchbook.
  2. Goodwill transformation. -- Find random objects in the thrift store and make something new from them.
  3. Collage.
  4. A pencil/charcoal portrait.
  5. A fabric piece.
  6. Inspired by a song or quote.
  7. Paint a face.
  8. Ecological art.
  9. Intimacy series. -- I've been collecting particular images and want to create some pieces from them.
  10. Inspired by another art piece.

And then of course the photo prompts. So I'm very excited to do this. I'll roll on Friday, and then post the results and next week's roll the following Friday. Except I'm too excited so I'll roll this first week's right now:

- Writing inspired by a photo.
- Intimacy series.
- 52 week: #5