I’ve been ass-over-tea kettle for this girl I’ve been dating for about 9 months now, and I just spent, like 10 minutes, looking for a shirt she hasn’t seen me in yet as a way to impress her.
I couldn’t find the shirt she bought me for Valentine’s day either… so the next best choice was the one I wore on the night I saw I Fight Dragons… the same night she was there… before I knew her and how she’d make every day worth it.
At REVIVAL, 783 College Street, TorontoSunday April 17th, 12 Noon to 12 Midnight Free To Attend – All Ages
TORONTO—Toronto’s Illustration and Artistic Community comes together on April 17th in a 12 hour art-event at Revival. The unique event will raise money to aid relief efforts in Japan following the devastating recent earthquake and tsunami there. Spearheaded by a consortium of Toronto illustration studios, the Artists Help Japan: Toronto event is the local iteration of a charity movement begun by Pixar Art Director Dice Tsutsumi. The Toronto edition will feature live art shows, a silent auction, and dozens of artists and illustrators selling commissioned drawings, with all proceeds benefiting the Canadian Red Cross.
“As artists we are tremendously inspired by Japan and Japanese culture,” says Bobby Chiu, the illustrator, teacher and founder of Toronto’s Imaginism studios behind the Artists Help Japan: Toronto event. “We were all personally affected by the quake, tsunami, and resulting damage. It is important to give back for all that Japan has given us, and we can think of no better way to do so than with our art.”
Artists Help Japan: Toronto will feature more than 24 artists and illustrators from the Greater Toronto Area creating original drawings for 12 hours! This is an unprecedented opportunity for the general public to commission an original drawing from a professional artist and watch its creation in process; the artist’s fee will be donated entirely to the Canadian Red Cross.
In addition: - Dozens more cartoonists will donate original art, books, and other rare items to be featured in a silent-auction on-site at Revival Bar. - Live art demonstrations from Toronto Illustrators on stage, with the final pieces to be auctioned off live at the event - $1 from the sale of every drink at Revival Bar will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.
Admission to the ARTISTS HELP JAPAN: TORONTO event is free, and all ages are welcome. The event will run from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight.
Artists Help Japan is a charity movement initiated by Dice Tsutsumi, an art director at Pixar Animation Studios, who was also behind 2008 Totoro Forest Project to help preserve Sayama Forest in Japan and Sketchtravel Project, to gather the force of communities of artists and creative minds around the world. We believe artists have special roles to contribute to the society. http://artistshelpjapan.blogspot.com/
Artists Help Japan: Toronto is spearheaded by Imaginism Studios President and illustrator Bobby Chiu, who was contacted by Dice Tsutsumi to run the Toronto event. Working with Illustrator Alvin Lee, Udon Entertainment CEO Erik Ko, writer/artist Jim Zubkavich, and Christopher Butcher of Toronto comic book store The Beguiling and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, the team hopes to bring together Toronto’s diverse and exciting artistic community to engage the public in an unprecedented fundraising endeavour.
All proceeds from Artists Help Japan: Toronto will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross, specifically earmarked to aid in Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief. http://www.redcross.ca/
Revival Bar has been entertaining guests, visitors and fans as a premium event space since 2002. Revival has generously donated the use of their main space for the Artists Help Japan: Toronto event, and will be donating $1 from the cost of every drink to the fundraising efforts.http://www.revivalbar.com/
So, lately I’ve had two dreams that have really stuck out to me…
It’s weird because [a] usually my dreams don’t usually have any effect on me and [b] I don’t usually remember them.
The strange thing about the latest dreams I’ve had, they’ve been very emotional to wake up from. It’s kind of weird to have that happen. I haven’t had a dream like that in a very long time. In fact, the last time I had a dreams with such emotional weight to them, it was when I decided to move… chew on that for a second.
So, yes… I’ve been having dreams that have left me in a weird state. Not the life-shattering kind of state, mind you; but the kind where I’m sure it means something. A “double rainbow” of dreams as it were.
I don’t really think I need to go into extensive detail… I’ll basically summarize.
Dream 1: I’m in a ballroom that’s filling up with water. It’s fancy. It’s like, super nice in there, but the water level concerns me, so I try to get out to keep from drowning. I find a door and break it open to find myself on an island with someone from my past that I haven’t seen in about 10 years. Apparently the island and everything on it is hers. When I ask how she obtained all of it, she says she “just did it” and the money came along.
Dream 2: Underground passage from a barn leads to an amazing swimming spot. Massive tunnels and lots of swimming lead to a beautiful spot that’s amazing and peaceful and just all around gorgeous. The barn gets destroyed somehow, and escaping it involves climbing out. The person who owns the barn and secret spot is devastated and, being an excellent swimmer [for some reason] decides to give up on everything. I encourage him to keep doing what he loves because his gift is a beautiful thing and shouldn’t be wasted.
The last time I had a dream with such emotion involved, as I said, was before I moved. It involved being trapped in a snow-globe like version of my work and town and not being able to escape.
I’m seeing a lot of water imagery rise up, no pun intended, out of these dreams. I’m also getting a feeling like I should just dive headfirst, again no pun intended, into a project and just do it without fear of failure because my gift is being wasted if I just sit idly with it.
The problem is that I really am terrified of failure and not being able to keep myself, and more importantly others, happy. I know it’s stupid to worry about what other people think and I shouldn’t… but everyone keeps telling me that I’ve got this awesome gift and I should do something… the fact is that I’m terrified of letting them down.
The other thing is that I suck at taking compliments. I mean, really suck at taking them to the point of turning them around and making them seem like backhanded remarks. I’m terrified of success and the monster it may make me become.
I’ve got everything great going for me in my life… I don’t need this right now. I don’t need a crisis of skill/faith/whatever…