2 times I drew today this huge Palace: before the visit and after, during 2 hours, because so many details 😅
Inside it's really like a modern Versailles Castle (there is elevators). All was produced in Romania. There work 2000 employees. It's really a town inside.
It's 80 meters high and 80 meters deep (parking, bunker, ...etc) 🏰
The dictator (Ceaușescu) built this crazy "Palace of Republic" end 1983 (communism) . And after the cold war (1989), it will be the "Palace of the people". So the Romanians have to paid the taxes for this castle... but they are allowed to see more Rooms than us, the visitors foreigners. We saw only 5 % of the building during 1h30. They finisched the constructions in 1997.
When you want rent a standard room for a reception it's cost 2000 euros each day! 🙃💰
On the right side, you can see a big site for the "biggest orhodoxes church of Eastern Europe". But this project is controversial because it's too expensive for the Romanians... 🤑🎢 #megalomania
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Happy Monday! Makes me remember the relaxing time and nice beer sampler from last week at Mystic Brewery - probably my top favorite local beer. A good friend lives 5 minutes away which was a great excuse to go there but he’s moving next month... bummer #usk#urbansketchers#mysticbrewery
It’s been a few days since I’ve posted because, frankly, I’ve been overwhelmed. Many of you know that my brother passed away unexpectedly this year. And before everything happened, I had big plans to turn this project into something more. And then everything happened & it seemed like I was blasted into outer space — far away from, and looking back at a life that was now very different.
Now, in returning to a new life, I’ve found this project has been one of the things that sustains me. I believe that seeing people, & noticing the little things that happen “on the way” is an important act of connection. And sharing with you smart and kind people has lifted me up in unexpected ways. And because of all this, I’ve been inspired to return to those big plans.
But, the other night, I found myself wrestling with a mind that was as full of doubt. And in that moment, I said aloud what a lot of us - especially artists - have lurking right under the surface. I said, “Ugh. I’m just a complete idiot for thinking any of this will work.”
And I believed that so much that I said it in front of someone who really cares about me, my boyfriend. And he got angry. Like, really mad & proceeded to give me an impassioned speech about how there's nothing idiotic about trying to achieve your dreams. He said a lot of nice, inspiring things I can’t quite remember b/c I was tearfully listening & also because I have the memory of a goldfish.
But his message stuck, striving to achieve your dreams is not silly or trivial because it’s the point of being alive. And so, even if you don’t achieve a particular dream, it doesn’t make you an idiot.
I felt a little (OK a lot) vulnerable sharing this post, but I’m sharing because I was lucky enough to have someone with me in that moment who could tell me I was wrong. And maybe today or tomorrow, or next month you'll think something about yourself that is wrong. And if you don't have someone to correct you, please think back to this story & remember that your purpose is to give life to your dreams, big or small - and to care for them & yourself. Doing so Is an act of faith, so doubt will always be there, but so can your righteous belief in yourself.