A few years ago I saw a Tedtalk by Cesar Kuriyama and It was life changing. I have always been an artist who cares deeply about the process of making art. So much so that the actual art pieces in a few instances became remnants or the journey and the process, rather then being the main artwork. The actual making of the art became the art itself. You can see this in some of my timelapses: where I paint a mural and then I destroy it to paint another one the next day. It's time consuming and physically challenging but without the timelapse I don't think I would be able to appreciate the work as much if all I had was the final product.
So four years ago I began doing the same thing with my life. Modeled after that Tedtalk I began documting not only the process of my artwork but my whole life.
I make my video a little differently from Cesar Kuriyama by editing some of the clips to be longer and adding uplifting music. I also try to focus only on the positive. I do not think this denies the challenges and struggles of the year, I still remember the black toenails I got when training for the Honolulu marathon and the time I stayed up so late to paint a mural for a non-profit I didn't sleep that night and still had a full day of teaching the next day, but instead I think it helps me to re-enforce why all those difficult moments are worth it.
Here are the other three years. A lot has changed in myself, my students and everywhere, so it's nice to look back on a full, rich life.
Mahalo for being a part of my life! Thanks for looking!