Monday, November 12, 2007

Cheap Thrills



I noticed this morning for the first time (while Jake was howling at a passing firetruck) that it's gotten cold enough to produce small, ephemeral clouds just by breathing - or howling. Jake was able to create a rather huge cloud with his siren song. I've always loved that phenomena. I know it's ordinary, and that these clouds disappear instantly, but it always feels magical, at least to me. I'm also a big fan of fogged up mirrors and windows, too. Why? Oh ... who knows why these things make me happy, but they do, they really do.

Cheap thrill number two? It rained much of the night last night, another sign that the pattern of drought has been broken. Thank God! Thank God, too, for the invention of comforters. When it's raining outside it's such a luxurious feeling to snuggle underneath my comforter, even if I do have insomnia, as I did last night.

The show at Groovy DC was a complete success, another luminous cheap thrill. All but two of the framed photos sold within the first hour of the event. Several other matted prints also sold quickly. I received many wonderful compliments about my work, too. A couple of people gave me their phone numbers and asked me to come photograph their neighborhoods. It was so encouraging! I felt like I was in a movie all night. Super excellent cheap thrills!

I've always said that the key to a happy life was cheap thrills, but I used to believe I was being ironic when I said it. Right at the moment I'm understanding the wisdom of this idea. Cheap thrills? C'mon. Yeah!

9 comments:

Rebecca Clayton said...

"I grew up on a farm, and I'm easily amused." That's how I think of myself--small things entertain me greatly. But you're a city girl, so I guess farm life doesn't enter into it after all.

Congratulations on your show!

Momentary Academic said...

I'm so impressed with your work, Reya. This is excellent.

Hammer said...

Congrats indeed on a successful show, both in terms of selling your work and helping people better see their everyday surroundings.

d. chedwick bryant said...

I think your work is very impressive-- it certainly is like nothing else and I have tried and failed to duplicate your ideas--they really shine when you do them. I have always liked steamy windows and steam exhalations too.

congrats!

Pod said...

i left a good luck you wonderful person message here the other day and it must have turned into a cloud and floated off coz it has gone!! poop! well done to you!! i miss not seeing the breathy clouds here! it never gets cold enough. ah to see the jakey cloud!
x

Reya Mellicker said...

Thank you all for your congrats. Life is full of completely unexpected events. When I was younger, I figured that by this age, I would "have it all together" (whatever that means) and that nothing would come as much of a surprise.

Wrong again!! (Imagine me smiling.)

Lynne said...

Just trying to catch you up here...
Love the vid with you asking for Help! ( I need somebody ...) pathetically ...
Love the photos ...
Love that other people are appreciating your photo genius ...
love that you love that other people are appreciating your photo genius ...
etc.., etc.,

:)
xx

Barbara said...

The first photo is more like an impressionist painting. What is the blue background for the second? It almost looks like delicious Jello! You are greatly complicating my leaf choices...

Reya Mellicker said...

Welcome home, Barbara!

The orange leaves on an aqua car are so striking! Can't remember what model the car is, but it's really bright, still beaded with the rain.