Snow on the ground, eighty degree weather, lighting and thunder storms; the month of May certainly exhibited quite the seasonal changes here in the Reno-Tahoe area. The enormous snowpack we received in the Sierras along with the drastic increase in temperature led to a deluge of snowmelt, swollen creeks and a roaring Truckee River.
With my new found career as a trail-running-photographer, I was able to take some great photos of the blooming spring, record a few virtual runs, and run almost 120 miles in the month, mostly on the trails and back roads found in the Mt. Rose Wilderness and Carson Range. Surprisingly, I was picked up as an affiliate for “Flipmits” (a quasi-mitt/glove/sweatband for running) on my running account for Instagram: (@jonnyrunsreno). Guess I’m an influencer now 🤷🏼 I suppose I’m going to have to start taking selfies in bikinis…I’ll pass, no one wants to see that.
I am also excited to report that I am exhibiting my photos and artwork nationally and internationally this month. My artwork was published in a design magazine in the United Arab Emirates, I had two abstract drawings in exhibitions on separate sides of the country, one in Bethlehem, PA (MVA Gallery) and the other in San Francisco, CA (Arc Gallery). I also exhibited a photograph at the San Fernando Arts and Culture Center in California. And last but not least, I was accepted to exhibit two map-drawings (San Francisco, Laguna Beach) this coming July-November at the Santa Clara Art Museum in their titled show “California Scene.” Oh! And the coup de grax, I designed and published a coloring book! It took me over a year to create 21 digital drawings and learn how to create a book using Amazon’s KDP program, but it’s finally done. The coloring book is tied into meditation and implores the reader/colorer to concentrate on the present moment and focus only on the task at hand. This practice of remaining focused on the present moment helped me as a critical care nurse, especially working through the pandemic. It is currently helping me with a volatile toddler 😅.
One thing that's taking longer than usual is finishing an abstract drawing that I've been working on for quite some time (images of the work in progress are above in the collage). I have found I've been having to invest more time in the marketing/business aspect of this artistic venture, which leaves little time to create. I may have also bit off more than I chew at the moment, what with raising a toddler, filming runs then editing them to eventually post to YouTube, taking photos and editing them as well, applying for shows/exhibitions... it's a lot and sometimes and I catch myself being overwhelmed at times. It's funny because all this stress/anxiety is of my own doing. I could simply make a conscience decision to stop, but I tried that before and I didn't like the outcome. Plus, it's fun to do all this, to create things out of thin air, to take an idea or mental image and turn it into something tangible and to share it. When I do get overwhelmed, I have found that I can change my perception with small sayings, like, "inch by inch, everything is a cinch," or just telling myself, "don't give up and trust the process," then I feel better, and know that this is the path that I've chosen for myself.