Tuesday, January 31, 2012

today I sent out a bunch of emails, shipped my big card order, made shirts, and am getting a massage.

hopefully the massage part will be beneficial.

I am SOOOOOOO scattered lately.  I have absolutely no focus when I'm sitting here at my desk.

Let's see if this works.  I'm sure excited to find out.

"Monty" commission

Monday, January 30, 2012

dear dave,

great weekend with Jimmy, first baking Saturday (stressful) then celebrating her 77th bday Sunday with the whole family.  A lot of Rockville, but good.

busy day today.  Stressing out about card delivery, then working hard to pull the big order together once they arrived.  Happy that there were no printing errors!

My neck hurts, and I really want to veg out.  But we have dinner plans with Marshall, so be it.  Steak!  That will taste good.

LAZY at the studio.  THIS HAS TO CHANGE!

Hey...wait......I just realized:  I'm healthy!  No cough, no cold, no sicky feeling!!  Just sort of dawned on me.

Anyway, until tomorrow.

Friday, January 27, 2012

January is going out with a blah.  Can't shake the pre-cold.  Rather then get incrementally better each day, it's going in the other direction.  Seems like everybody is sick.  Somethings in the air.

Much nicer day weather wise.  Up to 63.

Hex and I bought 4 lasagnas this morning for this weekend.  And 3 pounds of rawhide chewies for Remi.  Then I delivered 200 cards and 24 shirts to Trohv, and finally hung my 2 new signs at the front gate of the studio.

Finished up 3 illustrations for speakeasy, almost finished up 1 commissioned print, ate 5 chocolate chip cookies, and probably 8-10 hard pretzels.

Its after 5, I'm going home.  Wish all these numbers added up to something exciting, but I don't feel like I accomplished enough this week.

BUT - valentines were marketed/distributed, blank shirts are en route, a bunch of orders got processed, a commission came in, a commissioned print went out -- along with a hefty illustration invoice, I sold a few more prints, found a new model, and a big card order came in, and a big card (printing) order went out.

not such a bad week after all?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

sickish, but still plowing ahead.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

dear dave,

I'm fighting the good fight, but this cold just wants to take me over.  Hex will have a cow if I actually get sick (again), so I'm trying hard not to give in to it.  We'll see how it pans out.

Good past few days.  Pushing out valentines, and ordering a lot of supplies.  Excited about my big card order, and the future of that.

Busy this weekend with Jimmy's bday stuff, so I won't be preparing to print.  But I'm anxious to get going on that for spring.  And more shirts.

Lots to do...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


both photos via briefmagazine.com

Monday, January 23, 2012

dear dave,

the weather continues to be bleak!  We are under this thick blanket of clouds and cold (and darkness) and it really sucks.  I'm sick of it!

BUT --

weekend was good.  Back at the corcoran all day saturday, and was able to finish all my projects.  Helped massively that nobody was there in the afternoon to be in my way!

Got my valentines in today, and they came out awesome.  Really really happy with the printing this time.  Colors looks fabu-loso!

So so day today.  But what can I expect in this time?  This weather?  This health? (another cold???)

I go through my list, get things done, surf the net, and hope for a more creative tomorrow!
(thanks golriz)


Friday, January 20, 2012

dear dave,

another mixed bag of a day.  One one hand I'm really stuck on a few illustrations for speakeasy, and on the other I'm avoiding making any big decisions/moves concerning t-shirts.

In the meantime, I got a lot of little things done.  Tomorrow is the first day of SPRING '12 printing at the corcoran.  I have a few commissions lined up, so now is the time to finally get them finished up.  It will be  a busy day.

Valentines come in Monday, and I'm really anxious to see them.  FINGERS crossed tightly that colors came out well.  I'll be sweating that out all weekend.

Meanwhile - t-shirts.  ENORMOUS potential is right there, at the tip of my fingertips - - -

I just need to reach out - -  - -   -     -



New Newsprint always excites

Thursday, January 19, 2012


hyper distracted today.  Working on drawings, but constantly looking for a diversion.  i don't know what my problem was, but I don't like it!

Kind of cold, and pissy.


Update: still crabby!  What's my problem?  I swear there must be some metaphysical reason.  I have no reason to feel this way right now.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

via briefmagazine.com

Monday, January 16, 2012

dear dave,

woke up and got ripped off.  Set a bad tone for the day.

grabbed my phone this morning, and saw a phishing email from "tvvitter" that played right into my vanity.  I blindly clicked the link, entered my password, then realized I'd been had.  I don't think there will be much damage, but felt crappy.  Just last week my visa account was stolen, run up, then closed.  Luckily Visa caught it quickly!

I'm feeling vulnerable, and not it a good way.

working on Valentines a little late.  I'm behind on most things, but will catch up.  Just need a few solid days of solid work.

 Some good news came late in the day, so that frosts over the bitterness from earlier.

bye for now.

Sunday, January 15, 2012



On the beach

the morning we departed

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

dear dave,

last few days have been better health wise - but I've stayed sort of in the "down" position.  Cold kind of wiped my excitement about the new year/new me vibe I was feeling last week.  This week has been more about hide, avoid, protect, blah.

Hate that - but can't do much about it except ride the wave.  Good news is that Hexy and I leave for a few days of sunny miami tomorrow.  That should (has-to-be) a mood lifter.


Branddave news has been good.  Had a terrific December when all is said and done.  I know it was going well, but numbers came in to prove.  Best ever.

I'm in a good position to make moves and grow.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Dear Dave,

Still trying to recover from this cold. Second day of feeling really crappy, and I'm really sick of it.

Sheon gave me meds last night, and they have knocked me out all day. Not sure if it's them or the cold, but I've been in a deep fog. Poor hex--that's all I can say. Sucks to have a sick partner. All I want to do, eat, talk about is... Nothing.

Fell out of my work groove, which sucks. Was anxious to make creative progress, now that is stalled. Off to Miami next week, so that pushes it back further.

Poor remi waits for her walk in the woods. Hopefully tomorrow.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sick day. Sucked.

Couldn't sleep at all last night, so I read my old journals. Right on the cusp of meeting Hexy, leaving bsur, and starting branddave. Fascinating to look back, and see the seeds of change. They were planted in those days.

Great December at Trohv!! Excited about that.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

so so day.  Started out sour with a red light, and the energy just never moved much from there.

worked on more speakeasy.  Stumped on one, which is a bit frustrating, but I think I just came up with a new plan for it.

I like working on these a lot!


cold progressing.  Hope to feel better for Miami next week

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

productive day working on speakeasy illustrations.  So much fun - I love doing these!

FREEZING cold outside.  I'm off to the gym after letting ms. remi out.
Thank you triple 5 soul wallet, for all the great years of service!  I'm sorry to have to let you go, but it's time.
I bought you at Urban Outfitters years ago (6+ maybe??), and you have been a great and beloved companion ever since.

goodbye!  (of course I couldn't throw it away, so I stashed in away in a "precious things" drawer, where it will stay until I finally am able to let it go for good)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

dear dave,

A respectable day back at work.  The past week or so has been off and on.  Here but not here.  I just wanted to do nothing, but quickly felt guilty about that.

Anyway, took Jimmy's christmas tree down yesterday, saw Sherlock with Hex, and lazed around.  Back to the studio today after a false start - replacing a burned out headlight.

Really interesting lesson - thoughts lead to actions!  Hex was convinced I would buy the wrong bulb, so he went with me to buy it.  Even at the store he was so anxious about it - but we looked it up, and bought the bulb that their computer data base specified.

We returned home, struggled to get the old one out, then couldn't get the new one in.  We had the wrong one!  He knew it!  It was wrong!  Told you so!  We needed one with 2 grooves!  The one we bought had one!  They told us the wrong one!  We have to go back!

Drove all the way back to the store (not a fun trip),  returned the bulb, but they didn't have any of the "correct" bulbs in stock, so we went across the street to another shop.

There we finally discovered our mistake.  Hex pulled the high beam bulb out to replace (one groove), while we needed to replace the low beam bulb all-along (which is what we bought and returned, then bought again!).

Not to blame poor Hex, because I know he had the best of intentions, but he created all this in his head.  He was so convinced I would buy the wrong bulb, that his thoughts and actions made it so.

Kind of interesting....