A bit over a year ago I quit my freakishly inappropriate employment and started a year long journey to reboot myself. This process started with a two week long road trip where I drove from Minneapolis to Portland (Oregon) and back – by myself.
I hurt all over and I didn’t even know if the things that I was thinking or feeling were even mine. I didn’t even want to spend two weeks driving across country. I kept coming up with things that needed to be done before I could leave. Marv more or less put me into the car. Of course, he had also been the one to tell me that I was broken and that I needed to go do whatever it was that I needed to do to go fix myself.
As it turns out – that took about 6 months, but the first step was the big one. I got (placed) into the car and started driving west.
The first day, I didn’t really care. The second day, I didn’t really care. The third day I began watching the world go by. It was pretty. It was really pretty. I started to feel myself breathe again. And so it went, with each mile and each photograph I began to get pieced back together.
It was a start. And then I started getting all Becky Homecy. I do that when I’m hurt. I cook. I photograph what I’m cooking. A couple of months later I started this blog because a friend wanted a recipe of mine and I figured I may as well just find a place to park my recipes and photos until I figure out the big project. And that was that.
And wow. Over the past year I’ve been amazed (startled!) at how encouraging and wonderful people have been to me and the work that I’m doing here. Artistically and personally I have never felt so encouraged in my life – so in honor of my 1 year anniversary coming up I’m going to thank the internet at large by giving away 3 prints of photographs that were taken on my trip west. (Thank you internet!)
I would like to give to you one (or two or three) prints of photographs of mine taken on that first semi- monumental turning of my lifish. You just need to come up with the best answer to the following sentence. (Or sentence following.)
“NeoExpressionist Sky” 10/31/06
“This Looks Like a Good Place to Park” 10/27/07
“Ice, Water & Steam” 11/3/06
So, finish this sentence for me:
I need (photo name) in my life because ____________________.
You can either leave it as a comment here or send it to me in an email to she @ mrsmarv.com. I will be choosing the winners of the photographs from these sentences on Friday, December 7, 2007. If you win, I will email you on Saturday, December 8, 2007 for your shipping address to which I will send you a 12 x 16 inch (approximately) print on watercolor paper of the photo you wrote about (provided that I can afford the shipping to get it to you.) Friends and relatives of mine are welcome to participate, but are not guaranteed to get anything out of it.
There is nothing even remotely legally binding about this post. And I will not do anything with your personal information except send you the photo. I am not responsible for lost or damaged items. I do not guarantee Christmas delivery. And I would like you all to have a very good day. (Although, I’m not responsible for that either.)