The Medieval Bestseller
I read it somewhere on the Internet...
Thursday, March 25, 2004 all I really feel like doing right now is going home and painting. But my boss is in town, so I guess maybe I'll just stick it out here for the rest of the day. I am fortunate because I really like my boss...he's a very nice guy. Except for he has a battery of different electronic gadgets that all sound at various points of the day. There's one gadget that he has that sounds almost exactly like my phone when it has a voicemail, so I'm always checking to see who called me when, really, it's his gadget that's making the noise.

I had a good time last night. I thought I might go out with Ryan for dinner (he's one of the graduated high schoolers from youth group that I've known over the years), but instead I ended up going out with Adam for Thai food at Chandra (the not-so-authentic Thai place) in Toluca Lake and then after that we met up with his friend Michelle (who knows the guy who was arrested for the SUV thing!) and the three of us saw the Eternal Sunshine of the Something Something movie last night. I liked it but was a little disappointed because I heard from at least 10 different people about how the movie was so great, blah, blah, blah and I think I read about how the movie is out of sequence like Memento. I really, really wish that I hadn't known that because I was focusing the whole time on trying to figure out how they were fooling me, instead of just going with the flow and enjoying the movie. It's the same thing with magic shows--I don't particularly like magic shows because I know that they're fooling me and so I try to figure out their tricks the whole show long. It takes all of the enjoyment out of it for me. SO, anyway, I was thinking about it last night when I couldn't sleep and I think the filmmaker's point (perhaps) in the movie is that it's not really our memories that matter but it's the connection that you have with people that overrides the importance of memory.

Besides thinking of the movie while I couldn't sleep, I was also looking and thinking about this painting of mine (not posted on my website) that I absolutely love because I think it far surpasses all of the other paintings I've done. I was thinking about why I love it so much more than the others and about if there was something different I did in order to make that painting better and what exactly it is that stands out about the painting as excellent to me. I have come to the conclusion that the things I did differently when painting this particular painting was that a.) I had a glass of wine, so I wasn't as uptight when painting (and thus didn't really care how the painting came out), b.) I drew the subject (a still life of tulips) from real life, instead of from a picture, and c.) once I drew the subject, I moved away from the actual still life and decided my color choices on my own. I am now really interested in trying this again to see if I paint something else that I love as much or more than this other tulip painting.

Side note: Everett--your goal of being the #1 Everett Pleasant on Google has worked!

- Jenny, 3/25/2004 10:16:00 AM

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