Monday, March 30, 2009


I have to admit that I havn't been working on art as much as I should be. How did I come to this conclusion?? Because the guilt that I feel everytime I walk by my desk with a half finished painting on it and the fact that my art news letter tells me that I should be working every day, which isn't happening and that I spent my entire weekend out in the woods. Don't get me wrong I had some serious quality time with nature and saw some pretty amazing things. But why the guilt? Why can't I just accept the fact that I'd rather be doing some thing else some times? Maybe it's because I want you to consider me to be an actual working artist. But I didn't even go to the show this weekend where my painting was hung up. (Although it'll be up the entire month of April). And I had gone to the opening last year and stayed all of 10 minutes. Not a big show and there was really no one there I knew or had any desire to talk to at the time. Oh well. I tell myself this week will be different, but i know in the back of my mind, I get home and get busy with cleaning the apt, dinner or what ever and then the next thing you know it's 10:30pm and I got to get to bed. I did however tweak that pamphlet that I did for promos and I think it's lost it's Chinese menu feel !

Monday, March 23, 2009


So, the update from last week is that I am pretty savvy with InDesign now. I don't think I could hire myself out as a free lance designer or anything, but I did my own 3-fold brochure. I worked and was able to get all the magnets done, did a logo to put on my CafePress Tshirts and such and the 3 fold. I brought it home on Friday so Jason could look at it and proof it and after I said, "so what do you think?" He tells me it reminds him of a Chinese Food Menu!! haha. And when I asked him, why do you think that? He said it was a 3 fold, like a take out menu would be and the picture on the front (Garth) is a Siamese Cat sitting in grass.. so maybe it was the grass. In any case, I'll be tweaking it this week to make it look less Chinese-y ha ha.

Monday, March 16, 2009


With the coming of spring means new new new. For me new work, new shows and hopefully new friends, new contacts, and new orders.

I've dropped off my piece at the Allston Library for their annual show of Allston Brighton artists. The exhibit runs the whole month of April with the art opening on the 28th of March 12-4pm. The Honan Allston library is located in Allston on N Harvard Street and you can check out the site at .

I've submitted my application for the Somerville Art Beat and am thinking of doing a show in Worcester called the Sprinkler Factory .... But it's a 3 day and its also Mothers day weekend. I haven't decided yet. But better get on it because the dead line is coming up soon!!

I worked on a painting of my nephew as a baby this past week. It's almost done (didn't paint this weekend, ended up going to Chester with Jason). But I don't know if I'm crazy about it. I also am teaching myself to use Adobe's InDesign program. Here's something that really got me upset this past week. I went to Kinko's to get some computer work done (remember, I don't have a computer at home and do all my things at the office and all my "art design" stuff on the Mac at Kinko's) ANYWAY - they don't have Macs anymore!!! I was like WHat the F*????? So I go to the counter, which is on the 1st floor and

I ask the woman there, "So I see that you don't have macs for rental anymore. Is this a thing for just this branch or is this for all Kinkos?"

and she replied," No, we have Macs."

"Um, no you don't."

"Yes, we do." with attitude (God, I hate Kinko's)

"No. You don't. There is a machine up there, disassembled. And there's a sign where the Mac was that says 'We are no longer going to have Macs for hourly rental.'"

"Oh, well let me ask." So she goes and asks the manager, and he said he wasn't sure about any of the other Kinkos' but this one wasn't going to have Macs anymore. And then another associate chimed in that yes, it's true for all Kinkos - No more Macs. And then (get this) the manager says to me, " It's the trend. Design people are all using PCs. No ones uses Macs anymore" Which is such BS.

So I walked out of there FUMING. I'm thinking how am I going to make my magnets??? How am I going to design all my letters, mailings, postcards, business cards???? And that I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get my own system; Mac OS - that will need internet, Quark & Photoshop, Scanner & Printer..... Big $$ and then my mind starts to think about how much money I didn't earn last year or how nothings been going on since Christmas and oh woe is me!!!

So I went to my friends house that night. And he's a PC Guru. And over a glass a wine, I told him my dilema. We went on line and looked at Quark and it's PC equivalent: InDesign. We read some reviews and articles about it and it seems that InDesign is much more user friendly, available on both PC and Macs and it outshines Quark. So the next day, I went to my computer at work and downloaded the 30 free trial of InDesign off the Adobe website on to my computer here. And have been playing with it ever since. I've been able to do all the things I needed to do that other night at Kinko's so I just emailed the files to my self and will eventually have to go to Kinko's and just print them out. I really wish I could just break the cord with them, but can't just afford to yet. At least I won't have to talk to anyone there, knock on wood. BTW the Kinko's that I refer to is in Harvard Square.

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Another week falls into history and still, no orders. I'm thinking of dropping Ebay as it's not generating sales of any kind. You think that would be a hot spot because everyone's looking for a bargain these days. And I still haven't received the check or gift certificate from the woman who initially won one of my certificates in an auction and wanted a larger sized painting done of her dog. I've pretty much have written her off. Hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised.
So last week, I've started sending in my applications for local art shows. I hope we're out of this funk by then, but at the same time.. this time with out orders makes me think that I get things around the house done? (yeah right) but I am in the process of actually painting a person (Oh my!) for my own portfolio. It's only 1/2 done and of course, I don't like it . Maybe when I start filling it in more.
I also have to get my taxes done this month. I wonder if I should even include the "Pedigree Artist" anymore. Isn't it like 5 years of filing and if you don't make any money that the IRS considers it a hobby? I think this my 4th year filing. *sigh*
In the mean time, my new kitty Luna is keeping me quite entertained between all the other crap in my life. I forget sometimes how silly cats can be, especially over a crumpled up piece of paper!! I'll post some pics as soon as I get that roll of film developed. Yes, I'm still 35 mm.

Monday, March 2, 2009

March On!

Here we are in the first few days of March. I remember when I was in college, it was always the 2nd semester (Feb, March, April) that I really put 110% into my efforts. Why I wasn't like that in the fall, I have no idea. But as the economy (ugh! I'm really beginning to hate the "e" word) worsens, I haven't had many sales or even a bite at paintings. Although, the end of this week, the sketches for "Boston Shines" utility boxes are due. I figured what the hell. I'll let you know if anything comes of it.