day three & four : slackness
Thursday, February 23, 2006, 10:02 AM - General, Art/Design
Ok, I know what I said, but I got all involved with painting the bathroom yesterday, the final coat and all that, and doing odd stuff for the man, like standing in the post office, which is always fun here in France.
So above is the first offering for today, and there will be a second, I promise. (Perhaps I shouldn't be promising anything, especially to dead air?).
day two : kung fu toads
Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 07:50 PM - Art/Design, Illustration, Language
Maybe to call them frogs would be a better kind of onomatopoeia, but, damn it! I say they are toads!
I wonder what ideas tomorrow will bring?
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 : simple
Saturday, February 11, 2006, 09:12 PM - General, Art/Design, Illustration, Illustration Friday
This week, I think people could get away with murder, more so than I did with my "cat-chair". hehe.
So here it is. It is simple, perhaps, c'est tout!
I might have another go at this one...
So a little update on my foray into bugging galleries and making descisions that come out of my mouth and take action... So I went to the gallery down the road: "Gallerie l'Espace du Dedans", and after looking at most of my photo etchings, took a few on consignment. She takes a whopping 50% commission, but I am not known here, and can't claim anything except being new in this town, so I have to start somewhere. So this was a good thing.
Apart from that, having my usual dilemma about money and why we need it.