12/05/2005: "Small Beginnings"
Well, the first issue of Art in Alaska will be small but Iíve identified a few interesting topics and the people working on the articles seem enthusiastic so I think it will be OK. I know Kasia is right; I probably wonít receive much of a response initially because people from other parts of the state donít necessarily know who I am or why the hell they should care about/help out with this publication. Maybe I need to reiterate that this magazine is *not* going to promote my artwork *in any way*.
In other news, I only worked on one crappy painting over the weekend. Iíve read before that paint will not improve a poor drawing, and I can say with 100% certainty that it's true. The piece that I didnít like when I had drawn it out, looked even worse (if thatís possible) after I had painted it. I felt completely discouraged but then I got another request to order prints of my paintings which perked me up substantially.
I *really* need to figure out a pricing and shipping system for this though. The artist consultant I spoke with from San Francisco said that charging at least 3 times what it costs you to have them made is a good rule of thumb (plus shipping and handling). Marcello Munoz showed me how to ship prints flat which works great for small prints but I had large prints made (big mistake) which cost more and are more difficult to ship.
I did order a sample 6Ē diameter mailing tube from the Associated Bag Company and it would be ideal for shipping larger prints but they are expensive and you have to buy them in packages of 50. GrrrÖany suggestions anyone?
Oh, and Gallery Walk was fun. I knew most of the artists who were showing and through my friend Maren I met the director of the AWARE shelter here in Juneau; I may do volunteer web development for them (in addition to the Alaska Library Association, the Juneau chapter of the League of Women Voters, and the Glory Hole (don't laugh, it's a mining term) soup kitchen. It's great to have skills that can help out non-profits though I have to guard against my tendency to get stretched too thin.
(Now, only if that were literally instead of figuratively)