Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Monday

2 weeks behind on all things holiday.  Today I got cards pulled together after concluding that I won't have time to make any more new ones, so I souped up some old ones and sent them off to printer. 

Anxious to get my email out before thursday.  Shooting for tomorrow.  but that leads to 1,ooo problems of pulling everything together and making branddave.com presentable and usable.

T-shirt angst and print angst (and card angst)  Same-old-story of not having enough NEW to show.  And not giving myself enough time to make them and pull it all together.  So I have to go with what I have and make it work.

Staring BEE reprint, and finishing long over-due paper order.  Framing will be interesting!

Friday, November 17, 2017

DETERMINED to return to blogger.

I don't know what the problem is - busy?  Computer a pain in the ass?  Not in the mood to recount my days?  Thinking that nobody cares anyway?  I think all of hte above.  It's such a pain getting photos from phone to computer with old phone and older computer.  Everything is such an ordeal with these things now!

anyway, we are already well into November, and I haven't written a word.

The time goes by super fast.  Weeks melt away.  This year I am 95% less busy then I was last year (no Dolcezza, no Artomatic), yet I'm still feeling overwhelmed by stuff I need to do.  I don't know why really, if you compare.  anyway, a run down:

working on cards for JDI and commissions.  And printing.  Ugh - that's it!  Oh and mugs.

Where does my time go?????
 Emma takes some.  Spending time taking her out and going to Dumbarton often, but still....

Ha, this post is just a big question mark -

WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY TIME ? ? ?

Gearing up for holidays, but always feel behind.  But really, I'm not.  Getting email ready, cards, envelopes, and mini prints.  All become big projects with all the details.  And the website.  So over CCNOW, but stuck with it at least through the holidays.  Really can't believe I kept it all year.  But the alternatives are overwhelming.

Ok, what a rambling mess.  Oh well, I guess that sums it up really.




Wednesday, October 25, 2017

worked mos the day of E.L. project.  Little things add up in time.  Reminiscent of the catalog days.

Printing humming along.  always slower then expected.  Nice to have more screens to work with.

Emma is a challenge - keeping her away from everything in the studio.  Most of the day she is asleep, but when she is awake, she is very awake.  our big outing last Thursday and then Saturday has worn off.  She is ready to go!  Hoping I have the time tomorrow to repeat last week.  a fun new tradition.

Loving the new Pet Shop boys (old) songs.  Nice to have fresh music to enjoy while working.  So sick of all the blogs, and all the politics.  A year later, and it still has such a stong hold.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday -- working on backlog of printing and drawing, which is great.

Fun weekend with Emma and Hex.  Dumbarton first, great falls last week.  She is doing great - i love having her.

October is coming to a close.  Of course I'm more behind then I wanted to be by now.  This week I plan to catch up!  We'll see how it goes.  Hopefully I can blog my progress.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

working on prints this week - all the ones that didn't get finished to make room for Art on the Ave then MCA open studios.  

MCA was disappointing.  I think it's time to pull the plug.  I told myself I would give it another year, but it feels like it got progressively worse.  I feel so obligated to it, wish I could just drop it without some big explaination.








Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I tell myself blogging is important, but I hardly make time for it.  Time is a funny thing - it goes by so fast.  November December will be here so fast.  i feel the rush.

Finished up reprint today, had a great meeting with a really interesting guy, was impressed by Emma's ball retrieving skills, and started drawing a penguin commission.  A good day.

Emma great - continues to impress!

Monday, October 2, 2017

October already.

Have lots to do next few weeks - which is great.  prints and tees.

Emma doing great.  Growing and progressing.  So happy with her.

Days getting shorter and little colder.  ugh.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thursday already!  its been another fast week.

Emma went to the vet (again) today for MORE shots.  So many shots, it's crazy.  So amazed at how well the new harness works.  Relieves a ton of stress associated with walking her properly and preventing all her pulling. 

Catching up with all my studio things - prints that were ordered, shirts, new cards.  It seems like each day is a step forward, but not a big enough step!  Still stuck in a weird no-man's land.

Monday, September 25, 2017

I try to reset my blogging, and then days go by and I don't blog.

Hopefully I can get back on track.

This past weekend was art all night.  A good time, but some things I didnt anticipate.  I decided to do all tees, so I would stand out form all the other artists.  People loved looking through them, but I understand that it's not all that easy to buy a shirt on the spot.  Everybody is worried about sizing.

Hoping for a much bigger turnout, thinking it was going to be this huge party scene.  But it was much more like an open studio - waves of people coming in, and then gaps where you are waiting around.  Last hour felt a little brutal (3 am)

Weekend before we had our annual yard sale.  Got rid of a lot of stuff with very few customers.  We were lucky!

Print sale ends today, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Glad to sell anything and everything.  Always feels nice to start fresh and get old things OUT.

This year very different then last.  Every year is so unpredictable. 

Emma still doing great and growing.  Stronger and more energetic, but still really calm during the day.  I love it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1911 19th St NW // SEPT 23 //  7pm-3am

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday!  September is chugging along.  Working towards things coming up - Del Ray and AAN and MCA.

Shirts are frustrating.  The transfers require lighter shirts, but all I want to use is darker / brighter.  Its all just a big question mark.  What will sell?  What do people want?  I never know.  yet I need to plan as if I do.

Finished up "Birds" now need to stat the print.  Came out great.

Lots to do!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rainy day today, dental pain yesterday. 

Summer officially over. A blur in the end, taking care of Remi and gearing up for (then getting) Emma.  hallmark and story district projects heavily sprinkled throughout.

Yesterday I had my wisdom tooth filled, which was a much bigger ordeal than I had thought.  Sitting in the chair I felt very calm, but it was rough going.  Especially the multiple attempts to get everything numb.  Anyway, ended up taking me out most the day to recover.  Feeling better today but jaw still very sore.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

emma doing great.

finished up large "too easily" today and not much more.

Ready for August to be over - I always hate this no man's vacation land at the end of the month / summer.  Seems like everything is stalled, including me!

Pizza with Bill tonight.  Vet tomorrow with Emma.  fingers crossed it's nothing!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lots of time working with Emma, sometimes working, sometimes not.  Waling better on leash, but the biting is getting so annoying (and harder).

Cutting and priming wood, and planning for more printing.  Such a lull right now, a good time to get ready for FALL.

Rainy day today.  We can't help but be sleepy after all the middle of the night puppy action.  Coffee helps.

MCA meeting tonight.  Hope it goes well and is direct.  So often they go off the rails in 1000 different directions.   

Thursday, August 24, 2017

day 13 with Emma! Things going great, with exception of the nighttime crating.  She has us worried she will bark, so after we take her out, we stay up with her while she settles back down (around an hour).  Needless to say it's a little unpleasent.

So interesting to see her changing.  Things she easily did last week 9walk on leash) she is less inclined to do now.  Now she sits and won't move, until time goes by and she gets bored putting up the fight.  But then sometimes she will walk afew steps, and start the whole cycle over again.  Not fun.  And much more distrated by things on the ground.  Plants, trash, tar, stones, whatever.  Form thing to thing.  Ha!

What worked as toys and distractions last work no longer have the smae power.  So we need to go to plan B.

Ha, she is running around studio, ready to go!  More later

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Emma doing great!  Normalcy is kinda sorta returning.  Still fussing at night, so we are losing sleep.  but during the day at the studio, she is a dream.  So easy to care for.

Growing and learning fast!

Time going by.  Summer is fading away, which I always hate.  But having Emma makes everything fine.  So exciting to wake up int he morning and see her little fuzzy body.  So happy.

E M M A ! ! ! !









Monday, August 14, 2017

Hit a WALL of sleepy after whirlwind weekend in a string of whirlwind weekends.

This saturday we picked up BELQUEST REMINGTON EMMAPEEL (emma)!!!!!
Super exciting and very overwhelming.  All is going fantastic, just sleep deprived.  Today was her first day at the studio and she did so well. 

Last night (or second) she barked in the cage, which I was so hoping she wouldn't do.  So we got up and spent a lot of time trying to sooth her down.  Think we know the drill now, fingers crossed it works out well tonight.  She is testing us in the car and at night.

But overall, she is doing great!  The future with her is bright.