Tuesday, November 22, 2005, 05:09 PM - Art/Design, FrenchSeems I got myself into the howiezine which is linked to howdesign.com, which of course, is a magazine as well. The topic is "Superheroes". I had a pretty "useless" afternoon at work (that means,
no one turned up to the lessons...), but it was a sucessful brainstorming session and French word cramming time.
I really need to force myself to do exercises in French because it is really frustrating.
That is my Tuesday resolution.
Sunday, November 20, 2005, 07:36 PM - General
There's the Australian coming out!
We decided to go for a walk last night after dinner, got to the end of the street, and it was Eugène telling me he was cold, not so much me. Woke up in the middle of the night with an ear ache. Damn cold weather is boring. I want to ride my bike more, but it is just too cold and I haven't made myself go and buy gear to be able to do so.
On a brighter note... didn't do much this weekend. Sometimes it is nice. No movies, no exhibitions. Although, I have been a big chook in the past few months, as always, and have been talking about going down to the bookstore / gallery a few doors away and asking if he will look at my work. There is a new exhibition up at the moment which has given me courage. It is very collage, surrealist type work. I'll note his name here after I have another look. I like his work from a distance. They are having an opening on Friday night, plus Eugène's Grandfather knows the man who runs the place, news to me. But he knows everyone. So what do I expect?
I did draw the next illustration, just haven't started painting it yet. I did make a deal with myself to try to fill my book by the end of the year, but I think that is perhaps a little optimistic?
Saturday, November 19, 2005, 09:06 AM - GeneralCan anyone tell me if they have crazy, bloody dreams when they don't watch anything that would
Every night this week, I have had the most horrific, bloody, violent dreams... I have got to the point where I'm not even waking up frightened anymore, I wake up, think; "ok, that's enough", and try to go back to sleep as quickly as possible.
For someone that doesn't watch horror films, has a low tollerance for violence and gore... and freaks out if there is any, even a hint, that something horrid is going to happen to an animal or person, I find it very strange.
end of another week
Friday, November 18, 2005, 07:01 PM - General, Work (The Man), Art/Designphew!
Was that a long week!
I feel like I have been constantly driving about, (which I probably have) to teach people English.
Try not to think about it and enjoy my weekend. Thankfully there is nothing really planned... I don't think. I can finish my illustration. They always seem to take a long time, I look at them, move them about, ask opinions, they loiter on the end of our only table amongst gouche tubes and murky water, paint brushes and piles of paper or books I am slowing chopping into pieces for about a week (if not longer). It will be done this weekend. If not tonight.
I was listening to one of my favourite podcasts: Media Artists Secrets in the car the other day (episode 44) he was talking about taking risks. Saying that you should "jump in and take a risk... the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward"... so damn scary. He mentioned that he was sure that everyone could think of something that they could risk doing. Sad thing was, I didn't immediately think of something for me.
Yes, I am bored. Yes, I wish I could get the French to accept that I could work in my actual "field" instead of just teaching them English...
No, I don't think I could set something up myself at the moment with my incomplete French... so all I can really do is hope that someone in an English speaking country that would "take a risk" on me (which I have tried also), and employ me remotely. I sound like I am being a defeatist.
Not so true.
I think it is possible, i just have to keep trying to contact people, getting my work out there, no matter how small. This is what is going on with the week long illustration. I love it so far, and that is mainly all that matters to me, but it is not finished.
blue house items
Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 06:47 PM - Art/DesignGot a funny email the other day from a man who told me he would buy one of my hand-made bag type things that I sell on the blue house, if I made something more for boys. He told me that if I happened to make something for boys he would happily buy it. I asked him what type of colour scheme did he think boys would like... he gave me his opinion, but claims:
Oh I would also like to say that I'm not a designer, nor do I know what I'm talking about really, so my opinions don't hold the highest merit.
I liked his feedback personally. I think it has merit.