Thursday, March 16, 2006, 09:10 PM - General, Relationships
Every time I find these old photos of me and a friend of mine when we were all but 14 years old, I just crack up, I swear I grew into that mouth. Obviously they were lying in a draw for years before I found them again. We used to take some silly photos in those booths when we were younger. I didn't want it to be too big so you all got to see it too clearly. I'm sure Liesl would kill me if she notices this post, but I'd like to see her try at this distance.
I've done no "work"... I am captain procrastinator this week.
I lie, I did order my badges... I had them sent to my mother's house, she'll be thrilled when I tell her!
day one : lettera
Monday, February 20, 2006, 04:30 PM - General, Relationships, Art/Design
So this is the first of my week of creations. I have an idea for a little silk-screened book using a base of a particular Italian tarot cards. So I have had these cards (two different packs) for about four years, and I have wanted to do something with them... just like Aradia that I have never really used out of my fear of the unknown, despite my interest in it.
Anyway, here is the first image of the five that I decided to use for this book. Funnily enough, all the cards I picked randomly as I shuffled through the pack were positive. The image eventually will be monochrome.
I was just listening to a podcast that is an American podcast about galleries and art and stuff called Art A GoGo, I sent them an email the other day telling them I enjoyed listening to it, and they mentioned it, I really didn't think they would. Funny.
I am stopping myself from writing about my discontent, trying to calm myself down after my appauling day. It wasn't even a full day either... I am trying not to be unreasonable, but, I am being pushed to being so.
I'll just keep trying to do as much work as possible for myself, and get out of the hole I am sliding in (as a friend of mine put it, he mentioned a comfy chair in the hole too... but I am not too sure it is too comfy).
illustration friday : song
Saturday, February 18, 2006, 09:02 PM - General, Relationships, Work (The Man), Art/Design, Illustration, Illustration Friday
So here we go... another old illustration that was never used, but it was the thing that stuck in my head, and just would not budge for anything else. So, I hope that is good enough?
I have had a strange week, I had my hours reduced dramatically and this coming week, (I know it is officially school holidays here in the North of France), but I only have 10 hours of work. "Merde!" is all I can say! Just so frustrating. I am having a meeting with one of my superiors about my teaching style too. Great. looking forward to that.
So due to lack of hours, I am going to set myself a task: one "illustration a day".
This could be hard to stick to all the same, but I am going to do it.
Received the nicest thing in the mail today, was actually really honoured to get it. A friend of mine who is intensely creative sent me a little note book, where she wrote stories and stuck photos and drew pictures of the people she was talking about (if she was). It was so heartfelt, I kind of don't know what to say. I want to reply with something similar, but don't want to bore her, or make her feel like I stole her idea, but I feel like I need to honour the gift. A little window into her brain. I have a few letters to write, I am a bit slack. I feel like I have as much attention span as an ADD sufferer, even though I honestly don't think it is a real disease. I need to focus.
We painted the bathroom today, it is so much better, lighter, brighter, feeling more finished, but it was a solvent clean-up paint, and all those years loitering in print workshops didn't make it any easier on my body this evening. I could taste the chemicals and my stomach was churning. Even the big (soy) hot chocolate didn't work... I ate a big dinner and feel much better.
illustration friday : chair
Saturday, February 4, 2006, 05:30 PM - General, Relationships, Work (The Man), Art/Design, Illustration, Illustration Friday
This week we seem to have a slight mixture of topics. I was given this idea of a person being a chair. I immediately thought it had to be some type of cat. So here is my chair, it is also a cat and a card for the person that gave me the idea. Not a bad deal for them. Hopefully they like it.
Since going to the screen printing studio, I seem to have more ideas moving, and have more motivation to do work in my own time. In fact, I have had it with working for money all the time. It is really nice to have money of my own every month, but I am turning into a cauliflower and becoming bitter about it.
So, I am going to talk to Buyse when he gets back from his holidays about perhaps if he knows someone, or even if I can help him one day a week (unpaid or otherwise), so I don't feel like I am wasting my life away. So I might "Down Shift" to 4 days a week. I think it might be a good idea. I am going back to Australia at the end of March for a holiday, so it would be good to start this idea after that I guess. We see what he says. I work for money like a demon until then.
I was so motivated today, I spoke to one of the gallery owners in my street this afternoon! Be shocked!
conan Vs bear
Sunday, January 29, 2006, 08:41 PM - General, Relationships, IllustrationThis afternoon, after two weeks of a form of procrastination, or thinking, whichever you want to call it, I decided to knuckle down and do my illustration for Conan Vs Bear that was suggested I do, from one of the guys that run the site. Not really knowing who Conan O'Brien is, I had to have a look see, kind of recognised him, and did my illustration:
Pretty happy with it. Don't think it really looks like him, I made sure he had the hairstyle and that's about it. Decided he should be an Indian Deity. The Bear doesn't look too fierce either, but hey! It is my interpretation, it does the job for me.
The bear is playing with his food perhaps?
I was happy to actually do a REAL illustration, not that drawing in ink isn't really drawing, it is just that this is not the type of illustration I have done for a while, so it was good just to concentrate on that.
Apart from that, my Sunday has been pretty uneventful. Went for a walk, ate, had a nap, read a bit (Watched my man obsessively trying to read all the Narnia books in one day)... pretty thrilling. I suspect, what can you do it is honestly too cold to do much else.