Wednesday, March 31, 2010


frustrating day. Postcards and printing set me back!

postcards: hate! they turned out lousy. I quickly called and got my (now standard) credit from Vistaprint, and have to just realize I can't use them anymore when photos are involved.

So I hate the postcards, and that sets me back. I don't have good ones to give to Tom, and that sucks. Im going to redesign/reprint with uprint -- fingers crossed. The ones I got today Im going to toss out. I hate even looking at them. Except for the few that I'll give to Tom.

print: not really prepared enough to work a the corcoran. Planning to do the branches drawing, but not sure what wood to use. Lots of options. I need to figure it all out.

PLUS side - hex and I found great cheap folding tables at ms pixies. Very useable for sales and shows. cool!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

first drawing in close to two months-
dear dave,

pretty good tuesday. A few missteps, some angst, a sprinkle of self doubt, and a parking ticket.

I keep putting so much pressure on myself to USE my time wisely, but quickly get distracted, then overwhelmed, distracted again, then work some.

I tried to plan my parking well, setting my timer so I would remember to move my car after two hours. When I returned, two hours later, I saw the little pink slip on my windshield. CURSES - that side of the street is reserved for street cleaning on Tuesdays.

I made it into the Corcoran, and it was wonderfully clear of fellow printers. They trickled in, but I had already secured the prime (large) space. The french woman was back! I haven't seen her since '08. I made a crazy little video of her a few years back.

Managed to get a print done. I brought two pieces of wood to print, one for proofing. I was so sure that that piece of wood was sort of cursed, and would never work out. All the way up until the end, this held true. But just as I was packing up, I kind of felt differently. Maybe it's an OK version after all. But I still like the other best.

below: first color down

Monday, March 29, 2010

welcome back! (I say to myself)

Back to BRANDDAVE full time, and it feels so good!

so much to do and make and accomplish. Excited for a new page, a new month, and a new season.

The world is big, options limitless.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

New promo postcards, on the road with Tom Goss this spring!
dear dave,

another working weekend (sort of unexpected)

Weird struggle yesterday painting boards, so I never made it into the Corcoran. Then today I made a batch of new postcards for Tom Goss to bring along with him on tour. So excited for him (and for me). Really cool to be working with him!

So now its Sunday at 3, and I feel like the real day should be just starting. Gotta get Remi out to the woods. Guess a visit to Rockville won't be happening. Hexy has been busy too.

Tomorrow is my first official day back at branddave. I have plenty to do. Hope I can stay as productive as I was at the Dr. office. I have so many things I want to accomplish. so many.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

dear dave,

I just saw myself through one of those desperate moments, when I'm super thirsty (nothing to drink in the studio), shaky hungry (nothing to eat in the studio), headache coming on (no aspirin in my bag), and need to move my car, but also need to get to the corcoran (paint not dried on board yet).

What was I to do???

Take a deep breath, and slow the fuck down.

Quick drive to Safeway, parking behind McDonald's (!) and I'm back with bread, peanut butter, aspirin, bottled water, and a sandwich on my desk. Few.


Behind today. Typical Saturday morning, not prepared to print anything, time ticking away. Oh well. I will just need to settle in to what I'm working on, and not worry about timing so much. Have no choice.

LOVING gorillaz still. And the sun!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Dear Dave,
last day temping. At lunch, going back for my last 2 hours. TG!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

dear dave,

LOVING gorillaz new cd. Damon is so great. I needed this!

Had a good day today, and TERRIFIC time shooting Dave yesterday. What a great guy. We didn't do so much, but I love getting back into a groove with him, and starting up on shirts again. Confirmed: this is what I love to do. I really love taking pictures. Today, driving to UPS to ship a print, I decided to update my photo portfolio, and push forward with that. Its been on the back burner, but I really want to continue on with it. So there.

Anyway, Dave looked good, and different. Thinner and more adult (still). Its not always easy taking good shots of him, but I continue to love our collaboration.

Had another day at the studio, tying up looses ends. Got some good things accomplished. Its nice to be back (today). Tomorrow I finish off the week at the Dr. office. My last few days.

Thinking I'm going to splurge, and hire out my desk project. (at least decided for now) We'll see. I'm anxious to get my studio squared away.

Monday, March 22, 2010

dear dave,

Installed gaggle today with Barb and Hex. Had to borrow Hank's jeep again, thanks to the rain. All worked out great - her room is not yet done, but is coming together really nicely. And gaggle seems to fit right in (as planned)!

Feeling a bit off this morning, not going in to the dr. office to work. I have many things on my branddave list, but it took me a while to get in gear. Ive been away for so long.

Planned a shoot later this afternoon with Dave, and its pouring rain. What a drag! We'll see if it turns out. We have been putting this off since mid-january, week by week. Today we planned rain or shine. I guess we got rain.

Working here tomorrow, then back to temping for the rest of the week. That will be it.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

dear dave,

a weekend spent not working much, but getting the important things done:

finished gaggle for barb
spent time with Daniel (visiting)
checked in on Sue
went to gym

got jade!

Hex wears a beautiful jade piece (shaped like a larger lifesaver) on a choker, that his close friend Sheon gave to him. There is a matching piece that Sheon has been saving to give to Hex's significant other. We have joked a long time about when the right moment will be for me to get it, and honestly, I have been unsure about weather or not it would ever look right on me.

Last night Sheon was changing out the cord on hex's, and finally pushed him enough to give it to me. Soon after it was around my neck, and I am loving it. I will never part with it (or Hex). Forever.

Over time it it becomes clearer, as it interacts with the wearer's skin. I just love it.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dear Dave,
a quick post to say nothing much.

Still still temping. Feels like a regular gig now, but I only have 4 days left. Glad to be making some spending money. Hopefully I will use it for some fun things.

Warm weather brings excitement for ramping up shirt production. Excited to make new things and be creative. I think this hiatus has done me well. I think I'll be working with new energy.

Excited to return to the studio-and work!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

gaggle progress!

Pretty surprised I managed to buy the wood Friday night, and drop off the finished print back to my studio on Sunday night.

Special thanks to Hank, for loaning me the Jeep! 43" x 50" doesn't fit in a miata so well, especially when the tops up!

dear Dave,

Still temping, but that's not the whole story.

My thoughts are with Sue. Poor wonderful Sue. She is going through hell - and there isn't much I can do to help. I wish her the very very very best, and hope and pray she will come through all this a better, stronger, healthier person. Every good thought and wish and feeling and positive energy I could possibly muster I send her way. She has my heart.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dear Dave,
super productive weekend- finished GAGGLE printing for Barb. Happy to have finished it before the studio break this week (although it turns out I probably could have printed anyway)

just a few extra things to do, and it's done! Really happy.

Still temping, at lunch. I get so sleepy at this time if the day. It's always so hard to walk back to the office, back to work. All I want to do is climb into bed and nap.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

dear dave


sleep, walk to work, eat lunch, work, dinner, tv, sleep, work.

Thats pretty much it temping.

Productive meeting with Barb last night about GAGGLE. Excited to start on it tomorrow! It will be a weekend of printing. Full court press.

Now its time to return to coffee with my Hexy and Ted.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

dear dave,

I feel weird. Spring is coming fast, and before I know it March will be over. A blur of temping, Chipotle, and dressy pants.

Im so looking forward to getting my creative life back.

Temping isn't bad at all, and I love my paycheck, but I feel like I'm living this alternate character's life. Up early, walking to work, filing charts, nursing fax machines, light banter with patients, lunch hour at the bookstore, afternoon chores -- All fine, but not me.

I'm in this weird mid-point where none of it is new, I should know how to do everything, I'm used to the whole routine, but it's not me! Like an over-stayed vacation. I'm ready to go back.

It's also weird because just before this whole temping thing I moved studios, so coming here still feels a little off also. Not bad off, just not what I'm used to. I feel strange.

Of course I KNOW and keep telling myself, this is temporary, but I still feel it.

Monday, March 8, 2010

dear dave,

another Monday passed! Super busy day at the Dr. office. Lots of multi tasking required, which Im only so good at.

Sort of productive day at the corcoran on saturday. I decided to do a test print of Barb's piece, and it turned out to be a good learning experience. Registration will be hard if I use one "key" to make the whole pattern. I'm going to need to make multiple screens, and go really slow and methodically.

Anxious about getting it all done, but confident at the same time. All should work out just fine.

Not much interest in drawing (still), which isn't such a good thing.

Another postponed shoot tonight with Dave. Funny, its just not coming together. but it will. Tonight I was actually looking forward to it though. But now that I know its cancelled, I feel a bit relieved. I'm still so up int he air about what I'm looking for, and taking shots at night could be really problematic.

Blah blah blah.

Friday, March 5, 2010


it's been days since my last post, a bad pattern. Never mind - all this temping will be ending soon. We are up to third interviews for my replacement candidates - so my days at the office are numbered.

Things are going well - Im having fun with my coworkers, and have settled into the routine (as much as I can). But Im really looking forward to turning my attention back to my artwork. Really looking forward!

We close at 4 on Fridays, so Im here at the studio finishing up images to make into slides, in preparation for Barb's print. Our meeting went well last week, but turns out I was way off on the scale she was thinking about, so we were set back a few days. No problem though. Im really looking forward to making the print, and seeing it hung. A fun new thing for me - a site specific work almost. And Barb is so talented, I know it will look so great as a whole. super cool.

ok - off to work (all I want to do is play on the internet. Ive been starved)


image above : coyote in Central Park for New York magazine. LOVE the lines of his shape!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

dear dave,

its been days! I feel like a blogger slacker.

Its only Tuesday, but feels like Wednesday. Temping is taking it out of me. I'm happy at the end of the day to go home and do nothing. Last night I had plans to shoot with Dave, but I was feeling kind of crappy, and so not energetic enough, so I put the whole thing off. Feel bad, because its just the latest of a long series of put-offs. Between weather and timing, nothing seems to be working out between us this winter.

Had a good weekend, and a fun time with Hex lately. Just don't have a lot to give to Branddave. Next big project is Barb's large print for the design house sitting room. Meeting with Barb tomorrow night to decide on scale.

Not much more to report, for now.