these texts are an archive of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area from march 2007 - march 2015. it stands as a record of close to a decade of my life, charting the struggles i faced as an artist, daughter, and lover. messy and chaotic at times, eloquent and poetic at others, these texts are an index i am proud of. it was here in this electric box that i learned how to be honest about my experiences and the person i needed to become. it was here that i first learned the truism that words make the world and how to trust such a beautiful, rife, hard fact.

thank you for meeting me here in such tall grass.

my artist website is here.

May 7, 2010

big and beautiful life changes on the horizon...

for the past several weeks, my sweetheart and i have been talking A LOT about quality of life, goals, dreams, plans, etc. and the time has come to make a move on these things. we are currently at our two-year anniversary of moving out here to napa valley. and though many positives have come out of living in such a beautiful landscape, the truth is that there simply aren't many opportunities for artists out this way... or anyone really who isn't connected to the wine industry. i have to drive an hour and a half to participate in the san francisco art world. and it has definitely been an uphill battle to get to openings, be involved, be supportive of my own community, and be a recognized face in the scene. i'm actually amazed i've been able to get as much done as i have being this far away. and i miss my art school buddies more than i can say. gas money to the city isn't something i have to burn every single day. and so the decision has been made to get rolling again, get back to the hustle and bustle, back to the land of the living. i am so excited and happy that i almost can't stand it. i am relieved and hopeful. i miss my beautiful city by the bay. i miss having close access to museums and galleries. i miss everything about living close to a cosmopolitan place. every single thing. and so i've already been sending out resumes this morning. i can stand the long commute for a couple months until we have the cash saved up to move. besides, if everything is going well right now in new york at AAF, i'll have most of the money we need to make the transition. i'm just thankful we have a plan now, something to work toward together that we both want, that we both need.

and so in the spirit of hope and change, if you're in the SF bay area (or even near it) and you catch wind of something, please think of me and let me know. it doesn't need to be art related. i am quite the skilled custom framer though and also a very effective research assistant. i'm aiming for jobs that i actually want, first. it's always best to aim high rather than settle for what you know you can get... though, if need be, i will. i want to move back so bad that, if it comes down to it, i'll suck it up and wait tables again. it's worth it. completely.

in other news, i spent the entire day painting yesterday and the next 5 footer is almost done. i hope to get it wrapped up today after The Almighty Jog and a breakfast of raspberries and coffee. :) i must say... this recent wave of painting and drawing that has flooded in to me, out of me, all around me, clogging up the living room, makes me feel so good and alive. and writing writing writing too. life is good and i am soooooooo anxious to move forward again.

good morning. :)


Alesa Warcan said...

Good morning Blackshine.

Congrats on the burst of forward impetus! Sounds like you're going where you need and want to be.

Hope it works out for you.

angela simione said...

good morning, alesa! i've got to tell you- i LOVE the nic name you've given me! it puts a huge smile on my face! hahahaha! it's perfect!

thank you! it DOES feel good to have a real, hard, here, now GOAL in place. very good. and i am excited to get on with it. keep your fingers crossed for me! <3

Roz said...

angela, all this time i thought you lived in sf! napa is indeed a long commute from the city. so gorgeous though. my job scene is mostly centered on the peninsula & south bay and is in a different sector, but i will keep my ears open for anything closer to sf that falls more under the lines of what you're looking for. good luck with the job hunt/move, and try to stay sane with that commute!

angela simione said...

hi roz! thank you! yes, please do! if need be, i will commute to san jose and the surrounding areas. once i move at least to the east bay, it won't be so bad at all. THANK YOU!!!!!!! :D

Elisabeth said...

Angela, I have often wondered how you survive given the time you spend at your art, though I never thought to ask.

Blogland often reminds me of the movies I watched when I was a child. I used to wonder often how it was that people had the money they needed to live, when many of them never seemed to have jobs or to work and I also wondered about why we never saw them going to the toilet.

For some strange reason it pleases me to read about these 'practical' aspects of your life. It makes you into more of a flesh and blood type of person.

Good luck with the move. I'm sure we'll hear more about it as time goes by.

angela simione said...

hi elisabeth,

yes... the little details, the regular life stuff. i know i tend to be silent about those things. i'm still a bit weary of what i should and should not include on the blog... things about family and finances and all the everyday life things that involve other people. i haven't yet figured out yet how much of my life i'm comfortable putting out there. because once it's out, it's out. but i think as i keep moving forward with the blog, more and more of that stuff will begin to get a little light. i think you're right that it makes a person a bit more "flesh and blood" and i've always appreciated it from other bloggers. your blog in particular.

i will definitely keep you up too date with the changes as time rolls ahead and life flowers in a new direction. ;)