Friday, November 30, 2007
If you'd like me to mail you this postcard, comment on the post and email a delivery address like it says here. And if you miss this one, no one has picked up my favorite, the chickens.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I can't recall what he was trying to teach me, but I sure learned something. Today that drawing and other muddy student works of its ilk aren't adorning anyone's walls; at best they are in the box under my bed if they aren't buried in a trash heap. In the process of learning, I would have been better served by experimenting more, acknowledging weaknesses, and worrying less about preserving my legacy. For someone who professes more interest in the process of art rather than the product, I have a tendency to work conservatively and hoard my favorite pieces.
Perhaps this has something to do with the free postcards. I'm at a point now where I'd like to sell my work, but I need to liberate myself from the impulse to keep all the good stuff. Our house is full already. Each postcard is made with the expectation that I will be giving it up-- my reward has to be in what I learn from making it and the knowledge that someone else will enjoy it. It's definitely a different mindset.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
If you would like to receive this free postcard art, just comment and email a delivery address, as it says here. And, next time I check, I want some people claiming this card.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
If you'd like to get this postcard, leave a comment and email a delivery address like it says here.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
If you would like to win this postcard, enter by commenting on the post and emailing a delivery address, just like it says here.
Monday, November 19, 2007
If you would like to win this postcard drawing, just comment and email a delivery address like it says here.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
- I'm happy to have had something to help me refocus my efforts to do art on a daily basis. So far it has felt pretty natural and hasn't ever been odious or trying.
- I had a whole series of wordy posts about art in mind for this month, but so far I haven't done any of them. I've spent some time thinking about the art blogs I visit regularly, and most of them have useful advice about the mechanics of doing and selling art, or have info about the art scene. I'm afraid my posts would have been more along the lines of "this is me, my background, and what I think". Yawn. We're all better off with me drawing pictures and giving them away.
- The free postcard gig has been interesting from a sociological standpoint, and it has also taught me something about art marketing. Some of the postcards have been surprisingly difficult to give away given the volume of traffic passing through. Part of that is certainly the result of peoples' unwillingness to surrender the anonymity of surfing to comment and send a shipping address. Part of it is also past winners' concerns about being judged for being too greedy (believe me, it's okay with me if you win multiple cards). But I think a lot of it is that these ones are less exciting images and people are discriminating about what they like even when it's free. It's not like the feeding frenzy we get at work whenever there is free food; there's some sliding scale of perceived value that even applies to art items with no cost. Lesson-- it's hard to even give away mediocre work, so only put your best stuff forward. This is a surprisingly difficult lesson for artists, because, after putting time into a piece, you feel like it ought to have some value even if it doesn't work out.
- I've been pretty disappointed in the ning.com platform used for organizing Nablopomo. Last year's Randomizer, a page for cycling through random participants' blogs, worked well to distribute traffic and allow one to explore the sites. The ning.com Randomizer is just broken, repeating the last few entrants' blogs. Not that increasing readership is my sole goal, but I want a little affirmation and engagement from this. Instead, I've gone ahead and drummed up some activity by myself through other means.
- I also find that ning.com, which is more of a social networking site like Myspace or Facebook, sort of works at cross purposes with organizing an existing blogging community. A lot of participants are clearly confused whether to post in ning.com or their existing blog for Nablopomo. I've also found out that I am not really cut out for the social networking world-- being an INTJ, I need something more contained.
I don't mean to overemphasize that last whiny part, because I still feel very good about my commitment to post throughout the month. Plus I have been fortunate enough to discover some simultaneous blogger events better targeted to art blogs-- namely Drawmo, Art Every Day Month, and Pay It Forward. These events are of a much smaller scale, so it all feels a bit more immediate. Now if I can just figure out how to post while I am in the boonies over the Thanksgiving holiday, I should be golden.
And thanks to everybody for stepping up to fill my slate for Pay It Forward. I didn't have to resort to bribes... not one penny.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
However I do happen to have a preliminary sketch I would be willing to send as a postcard to an interested party. If you would like this sketch, just leave a comment and send an email with delivery address, as detailed here.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
We were flying up to Massachusetts this weekend for a wedding, so I took along a pen and a little pile of postcards-- sorry no ink washes. I've been trying to work out whether I can make engaging compositions out of some of the more chaotic bits of my dog. In this case, I'm trying to see if a picture of Pappy's tail can be anything more than just a loopy, whorly, ambiguous vortex. When we first saw him posted on the adoption site, it was his tail that caught my eye.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Let me just start by saying that this idea of a crumpled paper airplane is pretty much lifted wholesale from the recent work of Mary Klein. But there's an additional paradox here-- this is a drawing of a 4x6" piece of paper on a 4x6" piece of paper. Try and wrap your head around that one.
Speaking of Mary Klein, I signed up on her blog to do a Pay it Forward. But, it being Nablopomo and all, I'm saving that explanation for a later posting.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thank goodness I figured this out yesterday so that I could scramble to finish this painting, take last photos, and get my packet in the mail today. I wouldn't want to miss the chance to be shot down by a genius.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I remember we used to have some cool stuff around our house, but now I just find myself staring into the fridge wondering what to draw.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
This sketch shows some of my struggles with picking up drawing after a couple of decades. I chose an unforgiving subject, and it shows some. While fruits and vegetables are pretty easy because little mistakes aren't obvious, errors in the geometry of a teapot are almost as conspicuous as flaws in a study of a face. Also, I have been using printmaking paper with little sizing, so it is very absorbent. I love the look of the diffuse washes, but controlling them feels like painting on a sponge.
But I don't know if I'm going to look in my giant box under the bed for some watercolor paper. The truth is I like slightly clumsy materials. Our drawing teacher used to have us draw with carved sticks dipped in ink as an exercise to break us out of easy habits and force us to look and work harder. My drawings can be a little slick and facile when I get too comfortable, and the current materials are certainly keeping me from that.
Friday, November 2, 2007
I finished another "Parts of My Dog" painting last night. and hope to photograph it this weekend to post it here. I need to get productive on these. I want to apply to two small art shows, and the first application deadline is November 12. I have to use two different sets of work for the shows because the notifications for that show don't come until after the application deadline for the other.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
And in the shadow of Halloween, here's the lid off of our jack-o-lantern. I'm still running off a "one-for-you-one-for-me" sugar rush.
Here's where you come in. To win the free postcard be one of the first six people to leave a comment on the post with the postcard, following that with an email to doingart-at-gmail-period-com identifying your comment and providing a delivery address (I promise no funny business with your personal info). One comment per customer. The big winner will be randomly selected via yellowed Monopoly dice from the first six or less commenters after an interval determined by when I am heading to the mailbox. Sorry, but no delivery addresses outside the US.
If your dog chews everything that comes through the mail slot, he's going to love this.
I've been getting some secondhand reports from friends that they are having difficulty leaving comments. If you are stumped about commenting, just send me an email to the above address and I will add your name after the commented entries when I roll the dice. The comments are just to help create some order to the entries.