October 7, 2009
you are. How are you?
Here's a quick list of things I have been up to since last we spoke:
1. Participated in the 9th Annual Portland Zine Symposium, including designing all promotional material, manning a portion of a table
at all three days of the event and generally being quietly helpful. It was a remarkable experience overall, I met many helpful people and I learned a great deal from the process. Not to mention all these cool little buttons and stickers I can include in portfolio mailers.
2. Had a ultimately unrewarding commission experience that caused me to rethink self-marketing and work pro-bono. That is, I need to seek opportunities that actually make sense for me rather than just blindly say yes to things that fall in my lap. I think I knew that anyway, but that was a great refresher course.
3. Started to pay more attention to Illustration Friday
and began making a conscious effort to participate. Generating material from ideas that are not initially my own is a fantastic exercise.
4. Became involved with the Real Bridge and Tower Club, including becoming a contributor to the Research Club blog
. (You'll will notice as of press date I still have not contributed anything. This will change in the next few days.)
5. Reorganized the artwork here, added some new things. Hopefully from here on out the fare here will look very similar to what can be seen on my facebook and blog galleries.
6. Somewhere in there my car window was smashed in during a trip and a Rather Expensive camera was stolen. As none of that was covered by my insurance, I am also sort of trying to organize all the work that is for sale. Probably more things will be available either at my etsy store or directly on this website via paypal. Just so you know. Those walls of yours are looking pretty bare. And I don't think there are enough postcards in your life.
7. I have rediscovered classical piano. I don't know how it's managed to slip by my attention for so long, but at least now I am paying attention. I have two albums from the library that would be wearing through the wax if they were vinyl.
8. I have been reading Paul Klee's journals and it has been very stimulating. I would highly recommend it if you, like me, have lots of uncertainties sometimes about this whole life thing. In and out of the context of being an artist.
That's about it. I have been thinking of doing another run of small art pieces in and around the neighborhood (see previous post). It did not elicit enormous response, but the one message I did get was heartwarming. Maybe I'll wait for the rain and gloom to set in.
Peace, love and a maroon star fish,