06/08/2004: "Ronald Reagan Funeral Fatigue/Business Cards"
Is anyone else getting burnt out on the non-stop coverage of Ronald Reagan's funeral? I'm also getting tired of hearing what a saint he was. *Finally* this morning on CNN a foreign reporter for time.com had the balls to correct the erroneous assertions that the CNN commentator was making, (like everyone else) that Reagan single handedly brought about the fall of the Soviet Union. The reporter made some other negative points about Reagan's administration and got curtly dismissed. I mean, I don't believe in speaking ill of the dead, but Reagan was president of the US for 8 years and had a huge influence here and overseas, you can't just gloss over all the negative bits and glorify and exaggerate the positive because he died... and now they're talking about putting his picture on the 10 dollar bill. Oh yak!
On another note, I had a nice conversation on the phone last night with my sailing buddy. She wanted to go out, as it was a *perfect* evening for sailing, yet I couldn't go since I was feeling under the weather. (much better today thankfully). Still, we talked for quite awhile about art and other creative activities. She had lots of questions about my painting process, and it was nice to try and explain why I do things the way I do. I know I write about that stuff in this blog a lot, but somehow, having to explain things verbally made me think about things in a different way. It gave me a little boost. I filled out that Quick Draw application and put it in the post this morning...now I'm starting to have second thoughts...
Anyway, I'm posting a link to the business cards I made in Microsoft Word using Avery Clean Edge Business Cards (28877 template 8371) and my home printer. The Clean Edge type is very cool, no perforated edges, you can't tell them apart from professional ones. I got the idea to do them this way from another artist in Rhode Island, Kira, who said that her clients love having a choice and also that you can keep them updated for each new body of work that you do. See My Business Cards (in PDF)!. I think they look OK but the text isn't very crisp on the ones I made because I have a cheapo printer. I think I'll take the word file to a copy shop and have them print some out on the Avery cards for me.
Anyway, I'm excited to hand them out at the Quick Draw, I just realized that I'm going to have to set up in the park for this thing and my new easel is too big to move down there and my old easel is home made and looks really sad and pathetic. Also, the little tables I use for my paints and pallet are rickety TV dinner trays...I've seen the other artist's set up, many of them are plein air painters and have these very slick portable easel set ups that look very professional. I'm going to look like country mouse. At least I'll have nice business cards.
I'm going into work in about an hour. I just wanted to mention the fact that I'm home...I read an article recently in the NYT about obsessive bloggers who blog all day to the demise of their work ethic. I'm very careful about that. I blog in the morning at home before work, then during my lunch, and then again after work. I'm careful to not let my *habit* affect my job...just in case anyone was wondering.