07/25/2004: "New Solos for December and April / Blogging at the DNC"
I talked to (by phone...eeks) a really cool guy named Jeff Brown on Friday, who works for the local public radio/TV station and coordinates the use of their gallery space and also plays...THE MUSICAL SAW! Yeah! I haven't met any other people here who play the saw and think it would be fun to get together sometime for a musical saw duet. He also told I could have their space for December, which is Gallery Walk, the biggest art event of the year for locals. It's about 3 or 4 blocks away from the main Gallery Walk route but with proper advertising I can still probably get a fairly good turn out. The only thing I don't like about the space is that they don't have tract lighting but ultimately I don't care, I'm just happy to get a show for Gallery Walk. I've decided to do the tidal flats paintings for this series.
Oh, did I mention I got my computer fixed? it was the power supply after all...the part came in from Dell and my friend Wayne helped me swap it out. I feel *estatic* that all my old programs and files were here waiting for me all along. Now I can use PhotoShop for my pre-visualization process and work twice as fast.
For the bluegrass themed paintings, the Friendly Planet isn't taking any booking past December but I sent them an email saying to let me know when they do open the list up again. They'll probably want to give some new artists a chance, I just had such a great experience there... if I had my way I'd never exhibit anywhere else for the rest of my life! Well, I can dream. But in the mean time I'm going to keep checking around to see what is still open for April.
That means a show in 4 months at KTOO, and another show 4 months after that...plus the show I'm supposed to be putting on sometime next summer in Baltimore and several new commissions I've taken on. This is maybe getting to be too much of a good thing but the important thing is to stay motivated to work and having shows is the best way for me to do that. Of course, 4 months is cutting it a bit close for me, particularly since fall term is always the most difficult teaching-wise. (Wouldn't you agree Holly?).
I told a couple friends about all my upcoming shows and they said, hell, we're never going to see you anymore will we? In some ways I think I hide in my art. It's the perfect excuse for staying home...I have to paint...which is true but... blah. Maybe I'm getting boring? I did go out for coffee with my friend Lea Sat. morning and we ended up talking about all of our goals as artists for close to 4 hours. Pretty intense but I really crave that, talking with another artist who's as obsessed as I am.
I also did a lot of web development this weekend. I offered to redesign the website of our local source for Giclee printing in exchange for free scanning and color correction. He said they may be interested so I worked on the site for probably 15 hours hoping he'll like it so much he'll be convinced. Plus, I registered 3 new domain names today: alaskanprints.com colorfulnudes.com cillianmurphy.org (don't ask me what possesed me to register that one!) Registering domain names is kind of a pastime of mine.
Alrighty, I'm off to bed. I want to get a good nights sleep so I'll be fresh as a daisy for the start of the Democratic National Convention. Did you know they've given press credentials to some bloggers this year? An activist librarian I know is one of them and she'll be blogging at her website librarian.net. But don't let the title fool you, she's a very interesting and somewhat radical individual with a great writing style and lots to say. If you're interested you should check it out.