Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

11/28/2012  1:41 pm -- the moment everything changed!!

B R E A K T H R O U G H ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

crazy stuck on drawings that should be cake.  Sometimes I just choke.

It's ok - I will figure them out.  The floodgates will open, and everything will come pouring out.

Work keeps coming in, which is terrific.  Focus on the positive.  I'll make it through!

Monday, November 26, 2012

day of drawing, and getting nowhere.

oh well, progress can be invisible sometimes.

It will add up to something, eventually.


Friday, November 23, 2012

dear dave,

nice to be back at the studio today.  Chasing away those typical holiday blues.  It's always strange going from everyday life to suddenly spending lots of time with family, then suddenly back to regular life.  A weird emotional whiplash (and trap) I always fall into.  9 times out of 10 I end up depressed this weekend. [clarification: I am not meaning to say i am depressed now.] I go into thinking it will be wonderful having all the time off, then fall off a cliff, not wanting to do anything.  Just waiting for monday.

ANYWAY - happy to get things done here, and keep my mind away from all that.  Productivity almost always leads to happiness.

ha-just went back in time on the blog, to read posts written the day after thanksgiving's past.  Funny to see the changes.  Things stay the same though.  Weird.

(bad dreams about bsur lately.  I'm still working there, but leaving.  I need to clean up the racks.  Pick up a check.  Such strange snippets.  It's still so engrained - the memories of stress and fun.  The photo shoots and upset.  New product deadlines and long hours despair.  I'm so happy it's behind, but still take pleasure in the crooked memories)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Finished the week well. Bunch more prints made Monday and tuesday, then worked on site Wednesday. Had big plans to be super productive Wednesday, but the holiday fizzle kicked in (after a mid afternoon walk).  Suddenly interest in work faded, and I just wanted to relax and enjoy warm holiday feelings. 

Came home, baked a bunch, and ate pizza. Today we are off to leesburg, to gobble it all up.

Monday, November 19, 2012

dear dave,

time is going by fast!  days, weeks, hours, nights, minutes, months, seconds - all marching forward.  faster.

Back at the corcoran!  Again, after a a few hours printing (more (mini prints)), I'm tired and spent.  But everything is working out smashing.  Work is coming in, and being sold.  Cards are selling.  Commissions are coming in.  Things are great.

Another print afternoon tomorrow, then I'll spend wednesday in the studio doing all the stuff I've put off.  Think it will be a good week.  I'm in a good mood.

Thanksgiving Thursday!

awesome walk in the dark with Remi yesterday at Great Falls.  The musty smell of the leaves and canal is just wonderful.. I love fall days like that.  Very Very memorable, and wonderful.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

dear dave,

sitting in the lounge at the corcoran after a long saturday of printing.  Enjoying a coke zero, after resisting the urge to buy one all day -- some random news about how bad they are for you being promo'd on NPR has turned me off to them.

Anyway-- burnt out again.  Packed couple of days.  Good, but busy.  New commissions, card orders, returning emails, ordering supplies, getting promo material to D&R, setting up trips to BUZZ to replace artwork.  It all adds up!

Coffee with Beverly yesterday was terrific.  Busy day at studio flowed into late showing of SKYFALL.  In bed by 1:30, so I was tired this morning.  Then when I got to the corcoran to print, after a couple of hours at my studio setting up, I was in the worst mood.  I didn't want to be here at all.  But I didn't want to be anywhere.  Really grumpy.

Managed to move forward, got some good new prints finished, and now it's time to go home.  The coke zero has taken the edge off.  Don't think I will need to hit safeway for a donut after all.  That is good news.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

another good day.

Finally got my Holiday Card email out, and XM stuff sent.  Lots to do before Friday, but I'm making my way through my list!

Tired, and soooooooo hungry.  All day I've had this crazy appetite.

I just want to go home and E - A - T !

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

dear dave,

another full, jam-packed, bursting, to the last minute, stuffed, crazy, rushed day printing at the corcoran.

After 3 days of this:   I - am - burnt - out.

Saturday working on the small prints was a novelty - fun and new and easy and flowing.

Monday working on the small prints was fun, pretty easy, a little slower, rushed toward the end, but super productive.

Today working on the small prints was rough.  Made so many errors that led to delays.  What should have taken 3 hours took 4 and a half.  So many pieces to sort, and burn, and print.  Mix ink, print, wash screen, wash squeegee, was mixing stick, do it all again.  Over and over and over.

I am spent.

Managed to get some GREAT work done.  Really great, and fun, and unique.  Very proud.  But spent.

Hands dry, cut, full of ink.  Eyes twitchy.  Time to go home, and chill.  Busy rest of the week, at the studio.  I NEED TO FIGURE OUT TROHV!  And other stuff.  It will all get done.  This was worth it.

Monday, November 12, 2012

dear dave,

bloggin at the corcoran, after a rushed few hours finishing up.  Deadline was 6pm, and I finished at about 6:15, leaving me frazzled and a little crazed.  Too many plans for tonight, so things got scaled back.  I had myself going to both Buzz's, replacing prints.  Now looks like Hexy and I will just be going to Slater's (if I'm lucky)

Mondays are nuts.  trying to get here as fast as I can to print - and finish everything at the studio.  Sometimes I just need to be realistic.

Great day yesterday with Remi at Great Falls again.  Warmer and sunnier.  It was fantastic.

Things going well.  After fretting Friday, sales inquiries have been coming up.  Maybe a few false starts (I hate those!), but some genuine ones as well.

Ok - probably best just to go home.  My stomach is growling.  My hands are covered in dried ink.  Time to call it a night, eat, then maybe go back to work (at Buzz)


Hitting a stride with the small / mini / personal / gift-sized prints (I haven't decided what to call them yet).  They are coming out so well, and I think will be  a huge hit.   An enormous hit.  I think I could make my fortune with these.  Time will tell...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dear Dave,
Great day yesterday at the corcoran. Printed a lot of mini sized pieces, and am excited about the direction. Super productive day always feels great. Beautiful warm sunny day today means a chance to recharge, relax, and enjoy. Off now to great falls with mrs remi, felling content.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Good day! Big plans for tomorrow. Another week over-time is going fast. Anxious for holiday sales-moving forward. Feel kind of stalled with sales. The brakes are on, and I'm excited to start cashing checks again!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

dear dave,

Good solid day, framing prints and working on site.  Of course there is a lot to do, but I tend to focus on the surface (obvious) things.  The pleasant things!

It gets dark so early now.  Such a mental bummer.

I WISH I COULD FIND SOMEBODY TO SHOOT!  I have had NO luck, and I just really want to refresh shirts and move forward.  I guess it will work out somehow.

Anxious to see the third card reprints.  I am SO hopeful they are right.  I think I may loose my mind if they are not.

Ok - many more things to do before leaving for the night.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

great night!  huge relief and load off our minds.

Good solid day working in studio.  Holiday cards loaded on site!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

dear dave,

monday and tuesdays and saturdays and sundays are busy, so blogging gets pushed aside.

Really good few days.  Productive Saturday (did I already write about it?) at the corcoran.  Good Sunday off, doing fun things.  Great time with Remi in Great Falls.  After our walk on the loop in the woods, I felt inspired to venture down to the kayak launch, by the river.  I'm usually too lazy to walk down there, since it's out of the way, and I'm content just to walk back to the parking lot.

Anyway, so happy I made the effort Sunday, because it was just so beautiful.  The sun was setting, and the river was so calm and peaceful.  It was like a blanket of peace just softly came down over me.  i felt so happy and content sitting there with Remi (as she muddled around), looking out over the river, just the two of us alone.  Just brilliant.

Then we drove out to Rockville to deliver the just-baked apple slices to Jimmy.  She LOVES them, like I do, so it was very rewarding to be able to hand them off to such happy hands (and mouths).

Monday was spent working out the Lancelot print.  Lots of errands and running around - but trips to Buzzs, Logan Hardware, Home Depot, and the Corcoran all paid off and were fruitful.  Finished it up today, and I'm really happy with the final result.

Big day today - election.  Fingers are crossed for results - but feeling confident.  Voting was C R A Z Y.  Long line in the cold.  Confusion and long, slow lines inside.  2 hours later I was done.  Leaving at 11am I really felt like I had had a full day.  Hard to believe it was still morning, and I hadn't even started my work day.

ANYWAY - caught up.  Rest of the week should be good.  Lots of stuff to finish and start.

Sunday outing with Remi

Thursday, November 1, 2012

dear dave

so so day.  Catch up / non creative.  I need to be at the corcoran, not in my studio.  Printing projects are stacking up.

Things are pending that I'm anxious to wrap up > trips to BUZZ's, reprints of holiday cards, print deliveries to TROHV, Mail chimp emails.  All next on my list(s), but difficult to complete for one reason or another.  IF / THENS...

Last night I attempted to get to the Corcoran, but the Georgetown Halloween traffic thwarted me.  super sick of sitting in snaking one-lane/no exit traffic.  I gamed it all out, and just realized it wasn't worth it.  Traffic sucked!!!! so I turned around and skipped it.  Happy to go to the gym instead.

Tonight is the postponed High Heel race.  Anxious to get dressed, and get out.  Just waiting on postcard drop off at 6, then I'm off!

garrett neff (i really like you)