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About: Hi, I'm Kat.

I'm an artist, a music junkie, an aunt, and lots of other things. About a year ago, I moved from Grand Rapids, MI to Oakland, CA. When it comes to my personality, I'm an INFP big time. I love art, psychology, science, surrealism, psychedelia, atheism, feminism, animals, the outdoors, books, bikes, musicians, intellectuals, and eccentrics. Some of my favorite bands include: of Montreal, Queen Adreena, Metric, Warpaint, Dum Dum Girls, Air, Phantogram, Ladytron, and of course, The Beatles. If you're curious about anything else, feel free to ask!

I also help run a blog dedicated to KatieJane Garside: lullabies in a glass wilderness

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Kim Dorland (b. 1974, Wain­wright, Alberta, Canada) - After The Party, 2014 Paintings: Oil, Acrylic and Spray Paint on Linen over Wood Panel

red-lipstick:

Kim Dorland (b. 1974, Wain­wright, Alberta, Canada) - After The Party, 2014 Paintings: Oil, Acrylic and Spray Paint on Linen over Wood Panel

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nbcparksandrec:

lauraofdenmark:

I’m messing with photoshop while avoiding responsibilties

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE

nbcparksandrec:

lauraofdenmark:

I’m messing with photoshop while avoiding responsibilties

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE

Therapist: “So, what’s currently on your mind?”

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thattallsummonerguy:


acid candy pop victorian

We have tons of these kinda houses in my town and the are just really awesome, the houses are actually classified as “Painted Ladies” and the are probably some of the best examples of Asymmetrical, non linear architecture ever created

babycuts:

thattallsummonerguy:

acid candy pop victorian

We have tons of these kinda houses in my town and the are just really awesome, the houses are actually classified as “Painted Ladies” and the are probably some of the best examples of Asymmetrical, non linear architecture ever created

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laclefdescoeurs:

Forest Sunset, 1912, Yuli Yulievich Klever and Studio

laclefdescoeurs:

Forest Sunset, 1912, Yuli Yulievich Klever and Studio

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cornflakepizza:

{ this is a skill i’ve been using a lot lately, thought i’d share :) }

     {  Distress Tolerance Skill: Coloring Mandalas

PRE-PREP

     1}   go to www.printmandala.com and print a couple of mandalas that you like. (you can also find some on google images.)
     2}   buy set of colored pencils or markers if you don’t have them. more colors = better
     3}   buy a clipboard if you wanna lie in bed and color.
     4}   set these aside and ready to go so they are easily accessible when you are distressed

HOW TO USE DURING DISTRESS

     1}   choose a mandala from your pre-printed stash
     2}   set a timer (phone is good) for 30 minutes
     3}   color it with ur markers or pencils. i prefer pencils.
     4}   optional: play an audiobook or music while coloring. make sure it’s not sad music.
     5}   when timer goes off, stop coloring. ask yourself, what level is my distress right now? if still high, set timer for another 30 minutes and keep coloring. if tolerable, stop coloring and do thing you want to do.
     6}   repeat as needed until distress is tolerable

WHY IT WORKS

     coloring patterns is distracting enough to pull your attention away from negative thoughts/emotions, but mandalas are also repetitive so you can kind of “zone out” while coloring. it feels good being able to create something and you feel a sense of competency or confidence. there’s no competitive aspect to it so you can just do the activity without having to worry about doing it perfect or right or better than anyone else. it can remind you of a simpler time when all that was expected of you was coloring. :) it is easy and almost everyone can do it.

TIPS

    — stick to the timer. even though you want to keep coloring when it goes off, stop once you finish the segment you’re on and put the pencil down. tell yourself you can come back and finish it after you do the thing you’re putting off.

    — you can do this activity without using a timer, especially if you don’t have anything planned for the rest of the day and aren’t using this to distract from a task :)) 

    — practice coloring during times when you’re not distressed, so that when you need to use this skill it will be easier and more “automatic”. i can’t stress this enough. even though coloring is really simple, it’s much better for the activity to feel familiar so that you can easily use it during distress. so if you can practice it during normal times it’ll help u. think of it as homework if you have to — you are building up a memory muscle.

    — if you feel guilty because you’re “wasting time” doing a “childish activity”, remind urself that ur doing this for your mental health, that this is an established skill recommended by top psychotherapists, and that calming down your distress so you can actually *do* the stuff you’re worried about (rather than procrastinating all day about the thing and not actually doing it) is the opposite of wasting time. remember that practicing this skill even when you’re not distressed is HOMEWORK, not optional time wasting thing. also, taking care of ur mental health is not a frivolous activity. it’s very important and crucial to a happy successful life.

I’d like to add that coloring inside the lines neatly and skillfully is something that impresses the fuck out of most artists. Yes, even professional working artists. I have seen artists genuinely lose their shit with admiration when someone could color inside all the lines (sometimes that artist is me). SO if you’re coloring and thinking ‘this is dumb i’m not an artist i bet an artist would laugh at me’ be assured most artists would actually be hooting enviously at you and then asking to borrow your crayons.

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shorefiremedia:

I wish everyday living were more like St. Vincent’s shirt from ACL fest this weekend.

shorefiremedia:

I wish everyday living were more like St. Vincent’s shirt from ACL fest this weekend.

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