The lack of art production is incredibly depressing. What have I been doing?
I did get most of the tax class website up, all but 3 pages-but they are for part 3 which is not even going to be taught until October. I have spend 82 hours on it so far. I also did my preparations for the part of the class I teach too, which is a separate time investment.
I purchased an AC floor unit from Costco for 1/10 the cheapest bid for a new heat pump. After it arrived I had to wait 24 hours as they delivered it upside down; so much for the this-end-up markings. The manufacturer recommend it be sitting upright for 24 hours before firing it up. Anyway, after 24 hours I finally got to turn it on. It was not quite as simple as plug and play. The exhaust hose that came with the unit was very short and not insulated either. The power cord was also short. The net result is I got the thing parked with great difficulty. It’s up on cinder blocks to help the hose reach the window, and several feet from where I really wanted it (to improve air flow in the area) owing to the short power cord. I also had to insulate the exhaust pipe & the window where the exhaust exits through as both were heating up the room, right next to the AC. Now that all that is done it works fairly well, keeping the air dry and in between 85 (in my studio) and 90 (in my office). I’d like it to be a little cooler, but it is better than working in the rain forest by far.
Still no frames, still no travel plans for NYC. I feel the need to start obsessing about that. Fall show season is looming. I put in an application for the October Sunnyslope Artwalk already. Several people made noises about joining me on the NYC trip, but as the time draws closer, they have other plans. It looks like I will be traveling solo.
Yesterday I finally got back to painting and 7 of the 9 paintings I started 3 weeks ago got finished: six, seven, eight, nine, Hash, Splat! and the web. Today I photographed them, did a bunch of Photoshop work, uploaded the result to my website, and scheduled posts on Daily Painters of Arizona. I realized today that I have about 20 paintings to register with Fine Art Registry, but that is not a priority at the moment. Anyway completing six of these paintings allowed me to finally complete the cell phone composite.
Tomorrow is another workweek with my day job. I have to focus at least some time on getting ready for New York. Toward that end I purchased several 24″ x 24″ gallery wrapped canvases and I have some ideas already.
It feels good to finally be painting again. I was getting pretty crabby without it.
Anyway if you would like to find out more about the newly completed work, or would like to buy something, please check out their pages at my website: six, seven, eight, nine, Hash, Splat! and the web.
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