palm tree

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“Fireworks” (2015)
15 x 20cm, woodcut print on Japanese mulberry paper
Limited 20 prints

I first designed this bird as a dead one, falling through between these palm tree leaves. Looking at its test prints, I was not convinced: The bird had so much life. So I changed the eye and turned the composition upside down. The bird looks a bit awkward but it seems that those palm tree leaves are giving it energy. The bird somewhat reluctantly receives the blessing, getting ready to fly higher.

8000 yen (about 67.00 USD, 61 Euros, shipping cost included). To order your prints, please email me your mailing address to: kankuro.shu@gmail.com

Prayer

Loving Lord Jesus,

I praise and thank You for all the goodness that You have kept in store for me so that I could richly enjoy them during my sojourn on this earth. May Your goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life. Please strengthen my soul and prosper it to sing praises of Your holy name. You make my life flourish like a palm tree and help me to grow tall like a cedar of Lebanon. I believe that everything was made in and through You and You have the power to give from the treasures of gold and silver to anyone who seeks You diligently for Your grace and mercy. Please prosper all my efforts on this day and fill me with joy unspeakable.

In Your precious name I pray.

Amen.

He kissed her. A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven’t eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs.
—  Francesca Lia Block, Weetzie Bat  
                                                                           
I Found the Secret Garden & It's in Tallahassee!

I Found the Secret Garden & It’s in Tallahassee!

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I’ve been going back and forth between Pensacola and Tallahassee since early January in an attempt to spend quality time with friends (and Richard, duh) and to fill up this huge pre-departure limbo I’m currently floating in. My friends are either taking midterms in Boston or in Europe, and I’m here…driving around…designing logos and one-pagers and illustrating…and writing blog posts…and shopping.…

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My last day with Kate and Flying solo

Kate and I had our last day together yesterday. It was a really great day. We asked the front desk where we should go and he suggested to take a taxi across the island and then take a boat to a beach called bottle beach. So we did!

The taxi took about 20 minutes (which btw on Koh Pangan and throughout Thailand the taxis are trucks with beds converted into seats. So basically you sit in the bed of the truck for a taxi). The taxi drove us to the other side of the island to a small beach. This beach (at the time) was the most beautiful beach I’d ever seen. Really soft white sand, teal blue water, palm trees and big beautiful rocks. We hung out there for awhile, swam, ate, relaxed on the beach and then took a taxi boat to bottle beach. Bottle beach is attached to the island but you’d have to hike through the jungle for about three hours to get to it so we just took a boat. THIS beach was actually the most beautiful beach I’d ever seen. It was surrounded by jungle covered mountains and rocks. It was again the white sand blue water beach but felt much more private than the other one because of the mountains. We decided to take a little walk on a small path into the jungle and got covered in bug bites (I’m taking malaria pills don’t worry) then jumped into the water to cool down.

In our taxi boat ride back to the other beach the small boat was overloaded with weight so the engine sounded like it was gonna die trying to push everyone. Kate and I were a little worried but we made it back in one piece. When we got back to our hotel we decided to go out to dinner and do some shopping. We took a taxi to Thong Sala (small town in Koh Phangan) and walked through a market with tons of amazing street food. After we ate we shopped through the beautiful stores around the market. We had a great last day together.

Now Kate and I are apart. She has left for New Zealand and I am in Chang Mai. I miss her like crazy :(

Chang Mai is interesting so far. I’m alone at a hotel (not a hostel) so it’s kind of hard to meet people. Thaintro placed me in this hotel and they’re helping me organize my schedule so it’s a good place to be for that. Tomorrow I’m going zip lining. I will be with another group of tourists zip lining (not thaintro people) so my goal is to try to make a friend there. I’m pretty scared for the zip lining. I have a feeling in going to get terrified of the height once I’m up there but I really wanna make myself do it.

I tried exploring Chang Mai in my own but it was going to get dark soon and I didn’t want to be outside by myself at night. I just went up and down the street in both directions to see what was close by. There were a few temples and schools. I saw mostly Thai people and not a lot of tourists. Tomorrow after the zip lining I will try to explore again and find more shops and stuff. This part of my trip is definitely different. It’s hard being on my own so hopefully I’ll meet a friend. For all my family members, I’m safe and totally fine! Just a little lonely right now. I know these next few activities planned are going to be amazing though. Looking forward to it!