updating.. or something...

 

Last couple months have been nutty...

 

I'm just not the internet freak that I used to be (no offense to current internet freaks, I just have not been able to make the time) – for a few reasons... The apartment that I live in has free wireless included in rent - which is good and bad. Good, because I don't have to worry about the bill every month, and I didn't have to create yet one more email address to the plethora I already swim with... and bad because well, the router is 4 years old. The reason I know the router is four years old is due to the fact that said router gave up the ghost about three weeks ago, and the internet Czar that lives in apartment number 2 had to get a new one, or something like that. I'm totally in the dark about how the cable and internet are set up here, happily so – I might add. Turn the thing on, and it works. I'm happy. Except when it doesn't work.

 

Coming home to a note your door reading “Route is dead/dying.. working on getting a new one” is not a keen way to start my evening, especially when I have design work to send a gallery that is states away from, and that gallery needs the design asap for promotion.... yeah, I have a laptop, and can take it to another wireless portal in town, but I'm just not going to get in that right now ;)

 

Well, the note was a relief of sorts, since I spent the two previous days basically destroying my networking set up on the linux Ubuntu box... So when the wireless was back up, I still had to to fiddle for two days with the linux machine just to get my connection back. ugh...

 

Other reason I've not been at the net so much is well, just no time – or when I do have time, just not the energy. November 7th I have a solo opening/show at local spot that is known for launching emerging artists... which is good, I've been emerging for years... about time. This marks the 4th show I've been in during the last three months – granted, this is the first solo show though. Previous to this was “Important Works” - a juried exhibit, and before that was Sacred Wild Nature – in Louisville, and before that, Bike Art, Art Bikes – also in Louisville...

 

So when I've not been working, I've been scrambling to create and frame and send out work... and this last one is a doozy – 25 – 30 pieces. Right now, I have about 15 ready to go. This also means, I've not been riding so much... gaining weight, and damn – good thing I don't have a social life, or that would be in a deficit as well.

 

And, while all this might sound like a complaint, it's not – other than it would be nice to be making a little more cash at the day job so I could fund all this and still be able to eat with the lights on. Haven't missed a bill yet, but I am skipping meals. And really, this is what I wanted, this is what its all about... now I just need to start selling more stuff... need some collectors to hook up on me or.. or whatever. but for once, there's a momentum behind my cause, and doors are opening... small doors, but doors never the less.

 

And through all this arranging, culling, framing and sending, I've noticed how much my subject matter has changed over the last 18 months, and I'm not sure I'm comfortable with it. Well, I'm comfortable, but only because now I realize I need to change my focus, or maybe dial it in a little bit. In Ohio, and some time in to New Mexico, there was a grit driven, emotive thread in my vision... and then, a switch was flipped, and landscapes became an obsession. You can call that switch the American Southwest - and I dare anybody with an iota of aesthetic sense to come out this way and not get hooked by it just a little bit.

 

But I feel I've strayed too far, dangerously so. When I get down to it, my art directly reflects the influences in and of my life, and at it's best is total cathartic channel I use for emotional and... for lack of a correct term – spiritual survival. And I found the same issue with graffiti, like landscapes, (for me) emotional content only goes so far, because well, you are competing with nature, lol, and there's only so much of me that I can reflect in to nature... without getting too existential, I'll just say I sort of work a bit to my creative flow, and it the next few months of creation should be interesting....

 

Anyhow... lets see.. have been at current job for over a year now. that's nutty too, mostly because I like my job. It's not just tolerable, it's cool, and with cool people. It's going to suck when I finally decide to relocate, I do not look forward to a different employer. Will do my best to hang on here, and when I do finally go, I wont' need another employer to get by.

 

Holidays are coming too.. yahoo. not really... I'll probably stuff my holidays into a brown paper sack, and put them under the sink until February... except for the two weeks around xmas, when I'll be returning back to Ohio to catch up with friends and family, and possibly plan a showing for next spring.

 

and that's all I got to say right now.. uploaded a new piece or two. Hope you all are fine.

Peace.