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I'll Fight ya for FREE. [Apr. 4th, 2011|03:41 pm]
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Several weeks ago my grandmother Kate Glinski passed after a long fight for a great life. She pulled through in one of her darkest moments after news of the Green Bay Packers getting to the playoffs, and was determined to see them win. She even held on long enough for me to come home for the Holland House show, and I was lucky enough to say goodbye to her. It was a heartbreaking moment, but it was a relief to know that now she's resting with her husband, my grandpa, Ed Glinski.

This piece was one I started the night I received the call about her passing, and finished after the funeral.

I unfortunately did not have the chance to go home and pay my respects... life deals those cards at times, but it's been getting better.


On the plus side, I am back at work after spring break's relaxation and adventure.

We took an amazing road trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, the final home of animator Chuck Jones, and current home to loads of beautiful art and inspiration. We were lucky enough to stumble upon some amazing galleries, including that of our aforementioned animation master. It was a religious experience, to say the least.

(yes I am a nerd for snapping this one... I couldn't HELP myself... )

The rest of the break was spent busting my butt on the mural project up at Lookout Mountain. ONE more finished room, and a bit more hallway has been attacked by my mad brushes.

This marks ONE MORE finished room!

Though I THOUGHT I was a bit ahead of schedule, the deadline for the completion of the mural has been pushed forward to the end of July. YIKES!

I can do this, though. Ten hours of work in one sitting is no sweat, and I've got a lot of energy left. It'll be an awesome experience to put to rest a project that has already been three years in the making. I've been working on it for a year already.

And as I work hard, I also play hard. This weekend I celebrated with Kelly the Colorado Rockies opening day and went to the game the next day. I think I finally understand baseball. It takes a serious ninja to play some ball, and this is a sport of precision.


Life is flipping GOOD.

[User Picture]From: meeksnmeebs
2011-04-04 10:05 pm (UTC)
Okay, so when you get a chance, I have a challenge for you! I'd LOVE to see some of your interpretations of the sculptures from your trip. I wish I could buy some, but with the new baby on the way, that's just not happening soon, lol.
I'm in continual awe of the mural work you've been doing. I bet your grandma was pretty darn proud of you :)
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[User Picture]From: lady_fox
2011-04-04 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about your grandmother. The piece is beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: citymusings
2011-04-05 01:10 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss.

Norther is absolutely gorgeous. The murals look great also.
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[User Picture]From: cleverkitten
2011-04-05 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about your grandmother, Nik! I follow you on Facebook and had no idea, so I hope that's due to you just not mentioning it (and not to it going unnoticed by yours truly). Love the painting.
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[User Picture]From: seventyeleventy
2011-04-05 04:32 pm (UTC)
You do follow pretty well... I actually kept it kind of quiet because I didn't want a big pity parade or anything, which Facebook is so uncommonly good for. I didn't want people at work to know about it since I probably would have ended up with a card and a lot of people asking me why I didn't go home... But thank you for you kind words. She will be missed.
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[User Picture]From: cleverkitten
2011-04-05 04:45 pm (UTC)
I totally get it. Mourning is something I like to do in private, as well.
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[User Picture]From: seventyeleventy
2011-04-06 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks Caylie... And YES we need to chat soon. What does your schedule look like? Do weekends work for you? Sunday perhaps??

<3 you soul sistah.
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[User Picture]From: seventyeleventy
2011-04-07 04:48 pm (UTC)
Got 'er otter!

What about for you BIRTHDAY tomorrow? ;)
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[User Picture]From: frknrica
2011-04-05 08:39 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous tribute to your Grandma, Nik. :Hug:
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[User Picture]From: cha_mel_eon
2011-04-06 02:59 pm (UTC)
Love the murals and the painting says things to me about the infinite continuity of matter, so I love it!
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