“Beauty in the Mundane”

The desire to travel new places can blind us to the beauty around us and the “Beauty in the Mundane.”

No matter where you live there is beauty to behold and tales to be told.

Twentysix Café is just off of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 2723 NE Seventh Ave, Portland, OR 97212. I had a wonderful americano and super delicious day old gluten free banana chocolate chip muffin.

Why did I go to a coffee shop 8.7 miles from my house that I had never ever heard of?

I’m so glad you asked!

Because of an episode of Living Big in a Tiny House that I watched on YouTube. I was especially hooked when I learned this particular episode was filmed in Portland, Oregon. It belonged to an artist, who had blogged while she traveled 15 months before moving into her tiny house.

I immediately saw that Kari and I had a few things in common and was further intrigued.

One thing led to another, which led to another, and so on. Once again, I fell headlong down a rabbit hole, right here in Portland! I found and read her blog. (She, mentions Portland’s best brunch places. I love food! She hiked the Camino de Santiago which I have not, but she like me, has been to Iona, Scotland.)

I read that for the month of December 2019 some of her art was going to displayed at Twentysix Cafe. It was December, I had time to kill, and I needed a coffee – so off I went.

Days 1-10

100 Days of Ordinary Objects

Artist’s Statement: I decided to participate in the 100 Day Project for the first time in 2019. The project is simple: explore a single creative idea for 100 days in a row.

I gave myself only 30 minutes to capture something I had encountered in my daily life, an “ordinary object” if you will. This “life documentation” was an essential part of my pilgriming practice from April 2nd to July 10th, allowing me to see what we would term “ordinary” with fresh eyes and find unexpected beauty in the mundane.

Kari is a illustrator, writer and co-host of Pilgrim Lost podcast. You can see more of Kari’s art at karigale.com, listen to the podcast at pilgrim lost.com or follow her on Instagram@karimgale or @pilgrimlost.


Notice at Exhibiition
Days 11-20

The small detailed watercolors of ordinary objects were so captivating I photographed them all, and decided to share them with you readers of my blog.

Days 21-30
Days 31-40
Days 41-50
Days 51-60
Days 61-70
Days 71-80
Days 81-90
Days 91-100. See what she did there with the knife and avocado halves?

May you with fresh eyes enjoy the ordinary and find beauty in the mundane as well as continue to explore and travel in the place that you call home.

By the way, here’s a link to the Living Big in a Tiny House episode.

4 responses to ““Beauty in the Mundane”

  1. This is so true! Sometimes we are tempted to cross the ocean just to find interesting places and things while at the same time we are surrounded by it. Yes, it doesn’t matter where you live, there’s beauty on every corner. Thanks for sharing and inspiring 😀 Aiva


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