• Daniel Gwizdalski

September Recap

I've found that a monthly recap is an appropriate way to reflect on the past few weeks of adventures and progress and set my sights on the upcoming month. Look for these posts monthly, in addition to updates to other site pages and posts here and there.

The past month has been an exciting one. From a visit to Maryland, to my return to IU for my first tailgate in a few years, to a handful of shows, and my first hike of fall, I was certainly busier than usual. Despite that, I was able to make time to focus on some of my goals, primarily creative development.

The month started off in Maryland, where Emily and I joined her family for their annual Crabfest. The large reunion of family and friends is one of the best ways to end summer and relax in the woods. I was able to grab some cool drone shots; here are a couple of them:

Two weeks later, Emily and I went down to Bloomington for the IU Ball State tailgate. I worked from campus for a few days and was able to catch a hike at Cataract Falls on the way home. I finished off the packed weekend by catching Inzo, Align, and Mielo at Subterranean -- three Chicago artists who have their own powerful and unique sounds. I've written about both of them here if you want to check it out.

The following week, I celebrated my birthday with DROELOE at Chop Shop. I spent the rest of the week dog sitting at my brother's house, where I was able to dedicate a lot of time to learning more about Illustrator. I have honestly never been so excited to learn a new skill. Adobe took every single consideration to enable a seamless workflow. It's easily the most powerful program I've ever gotten my hands on, and I can't wait to master it. Below are a few of the things I've made thus far:

I closed out the month in Madison for Emily's birthday, where her brother Eric and his girlfriend Lisa were visiting for the first time. We went to Devil's Lake for an awesome fall hike and, in the spirit of everything Wisconsin, had plenty of beer and cheese while showing them around downtown and beyond. Devil's Lake is probably the coolest place I've taken my camera since California, and it was awesome to snap some photos with a few more months of experience under my belt.

While I'm definitely still figuring things out, September was a huge month for me. I felt more engaged and relaxed than I have in quite a while. Without the craziness of summer, now is the time to buckle down and truly close out the year with a few goals crossed of my list.

Til next month.

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