Sunday, June 28, 2009

New Shipping Dates!

With all the blog entries rolling over each other and new developments all over the place (more good than bad) I felt it was time to post a new schedule. Finally! So here is the new calender starting today June 28th, which I think you will find it as amazing as I do! So much better than before.

SO! Without further ado:

Shipping dates are now every Monday AND now every Thursday!!!

Convos will be also have their own schedule as I have sorted out a fantastic arrangement with a computer to have access for two hours every Sunday and Wednesday without fail. An airtight arrangment. So all convos will now be answered promptly according to this schedule. Very, very exciting stuff. At least for me anyways! I also am in talks to have a booth every Sunday at St. Phillips, specific details announced later.

Shipping: Mondays and Thursdays
Convos and other computer related access: Sundays

That's all, loves!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Updates, Notices, Notes of Important and Unimportant matters but best of all..

The countdown is officially on! Only two more weeks and my next interstate move will be in full swing. I was getting really sick of this limbo situation too. Sick is a polite and graceful understatment by the way.
In that time I will finally have access to a computer! And hopefully a new one for me as well and all will be right in the jungle again. As much as I adore a world upside down and inside out, when it's literally upside down and electronics fade away it causes much misery. So much so I think I have to be making a bigger deal out of it than it is right? But then my gut wrenches and that sour look spreads across my face. Hm. Sourpuss.

But only two more weeks! Woo-hoo!!!!

Also, despite my limited access to emails, accounts and general internetness I still have kept my promise and am going strong on the "Painting a day, the Speedracer Way"! I knew there was a way to incorporate some flow.

I haven't uploaded all the photographs but since Sunday, when the 1/100 was created, I haven't wavered since. Here are a few that I do have access to at the moment: Numbers 2, 3 and 4. Hopefully soon I can post the results of 5, 6 and 7.

Wow, this is harder than I thought it would be. But I said I would post no matter what the results! On the upswing, I have already learned my first lesson.

I don't paint enough.

Just the five measly minutes a day feels like a dramatic increase from before and while I already truly felt like a chicken with it's head cut off from all the tasks demanded of me, if I noticed that much of an increase from just this little project? I'm much too much too far behind.

Number 2/100, Bed of Roses
Number 3/100, Memories of the Dead

Number 4/100, Unknown for Eternity

I think after this is over, I'll re-attempt the project and grant myself an hour for each painting a day session. Half an hour at LEAST.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Painting A' Day -- Speed Painting!

Like ultimate frisbee or demolition roller derby, I'm joining the ranks of the ultimate in the painting a'day sport. Combining speed and agility, alertness and extreme focal aptitude, a little blood and more sweat; Speed painting! So speed painting meets one a day... it's a... help me out here. I know there's a funny name in there somewhere.

For 100 days, one painting a day with a limit of five minutes or under. Once that timer dings, brushes down! So even more incentive since it's also a requirement to make public of these results. Yeah, I'm totally making up the rules as I go but still this is it so far. First rule of speedpaintingadayV100 is... no addendums. Ooh it's so like fight club.

Here's number 1/100:

Yes, they all start as silly lil' things but who knows what they will morph into? Imagination's run wild thinking about comparing one to one hundred. And a bit of pressure because we'll in all likelyhood we'll all probably end up watching a de-evolution here. Stay tuned folks!

Friday, June 5, 2009

New Frames Going up For Sale at S&S this evening..

Some of the new frames going up this evening at S&S!

Golden Virtue

Zombie Heart

Foiled Again

There is also much news regarding one of my most favorite galleries in the U.S... but more will be announced later! Yes, I have to keep you in the waiting. But you'll like it wont you.

In order news (no puns intended): all have been fully caught up and finished. Even a few shipped earlier than announced as I opted for adding a new postal day today as opposed to waiting for Monday this week. Hopefully it will be a permanent addition but until things slow down I won't be positive that I can work it out. Now that everybody is out, I can focus on a few custom orders and some panels I have that I positioned to stare at me each morning. Some Antoinette Muertos paintings, some sacred heart paintings, some more galaxy paintings, so many I am fluttering even now thinking about getting to it. But! I can't say much more.. those close to me know of the stalker copiers I've had on my tail the last few years so until they are ready to list I can't give any more details! I'm sorry my pets but it's how it goes.

I also picked up a book today at the bookstore and with all this mention of Dali one might mistake me for a fanatatic. For good measure I should probably stop by a peepshow to balance out the culture.

Dali & I, written by a man who has made his life of Dali. Selling, buying, even money laundering as well as forgery in Dali and immitation Dali works. He found himself actually living next to the man in the artist's later life years in the Catalonian Hills. The book jacket talks about how he learned Dali's secret history, the studio of artists who produced his work and much more intimate details of the behaviours of Dali and many details the public isn't aware of. I hope it's not just talk of his rivalry and maddening jealousy of Picasso as that's a "secret" well published these days. Either way it looks like a good read! We'll find out...

And in looking for the book jacket image, apparently a movie comes out in 2011 with this same title as a companion to this very book. Even Pacino has signed on...

While I argue with those who say in all aspects Pacino is a poor choice, I think the one thing he has going for him is physically that's an actor I would buy in that role. Sure, there are definite differences but visually I can dig it. But can you imagine the dialogue? .... I'll give it a moment.. Although another necessary aspect they have in common is their... grittiness I'll say. Think of Pacino in all his roles, especially those not well known. This is an attribute he has fined tuned in bringing when a role calls for it. For any of you familiar with Dali beyond the work he did, it's very easy to see how Pacino could really bring across who and what the man was. All in all I'm pretty excited to see if they bring the justice most art films do not. I actually have very high hopes!

And to close, a great quote I found that can sum it all up:
George Orwell once remarked that ‘one ought to be able to hold in one’s head simultaneously the two facts: that DalĂ­ is a good draughtsman and a disgusting human being, the one does not invalidate the other.’

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The meaning of handmade.

Pondering the meaning of handmade. My friend and partner in crime was recently interviewed for and among others was asked what handmade means to her. What it is? What is at the heart of this handmade movement?

Her answer:

"The handmade movement is so many things. When I got into school as a kid I was surprised at how many people didn’t wear clothes their parents made. Now I’m surprised at how many people just don’t know how to sew even a small seam together. The handmade movement is about self reliance, giving back to the community, reducing our carbon footprint, and finding something really unique. Bath and body products are actually good for our skin and don’t need to use alcohol or petroleum. Fiber artists, seamstresses, and quilters don’t throw anything away and recycle everything. Toy makers made toys that expand kids imaginations, batteries not included or even needed! Woodworkers can show off their talents and creativity without answering to anyone. Artists don’t have to know someone to get somewhere! The freedom and customizability of the handmade movement is something you can’t find in any department store or toy store or furniture store. You can only find it in the living rooms, studios, kitchens, and garages of the men and women in your community."

I agree, most notably with:

The handmade movement is about self reliance, giving back to the community, reducing our carbon footprint, and finding something really unique.

But I want to add a little bit to this genius.

To me the handmade movement is so much more than about being crafty and learning your way around a wood block or a glue gun. So much now that is mass produced and manufactured is strategically advertised to appeal to the sensibilitiesAdd Image of desperation, inadequacy and a false desire for things that we don't truly need but crave because of celebrity or well trained promoter influence. To me this movement is about getting back to the core of beauty and necessity. Answering for ourselves what we do and don't need and not for reasons of false fulfilment but because we truly love them. There is so much love put into handmade while there is so much greed put into the new toy with the "must have upgrade" that breaks within a week. This movement is about our individual pursuits, skills, talents and desires. There is nothing like creating something from nothing. Holding the finished product of what never was and now is sprouted from your imagination and mind. We can explore, we can do and we answer to ourselves and need no permission to do so. We provide and create and grow. It is about individuals in seed and then sprouted it is about the interconnectivity of those individuals. The movement is about no longer looking from without, but looking from and to within.

And you get to make kickass stuff you can't find anywhere else. That's always a bonus.

Just a midnight munchie for thought which should never be done under the influences. Well for me, for you all it's probably the best time since you all have a better chance of reading some real gems. But not this time you naughty monkies! (Yes, I seriously love that show. Call me a loser, I probably am for loving it but I laugh my ass off at least once per show. Sometimes twice ;) )

My friend and I were discussing the Dali quote "I am drugs" and when that same gal asked tonight how much wine I had to drink I responded with "I am wine." So there you have it.

What does the handmade movement mean to you?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New loot!

Hello, all my lovlies!

New loot in the shop:
Check it check it yo