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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

In all things, progress.

Making new year's resolutions is easy enough, sticking to them is the tough part. Yesterday was the first day in a long time that had suitable biking weather, and since it was my day off I knew I had to take advantage. After six months off the bike I went on a 14-mile bike ride. Surprisingly, my legs don't hurt so much as my neck and upper back. All that straining into the wind, I suppose. The skin on my face is so dry today, I should have worn a balaclava. This is what I'm riding these days:

Surly Long Haul Trucker. As I was biking from one end of Purcell, where I was raised, to the other end (a whopping seven mile stretch), I had a new found respect for a town I had always thought of as bland and boring. I realized that this quaint, lazy little town is exactly the kind of town I want to bike through when I tour across America on my bike. I don't know when this bike tour is going to take place, maybe at the end of the summer, but I hope to one day span several states on my bike, rolling through small towns on little highways, stopping only to take pictures, sleep, and eat.

But first, the dreaded century! I'm still waiting on my heart rate monitor to arrive in the mail, plus I need new batteries for my cyclocomputer, and then the training will commence! In the meanwhile, I'm just getting my ass reacquainted with a bike seat.

In other news, I designed my boss's business cards and they finally arrived today, I gotta say Overnightprints.com does a damn fine job for a VERY reasonable price. We printed this:



with rounded corners. We ordered 500 of them and it was only about $40 total. I always google "overnightprints coupons" before I order and almost always get some kind of discount. They are awesome, and their staff is incredible and very timely at answering any questions you have for them. I highly recommend them! And I highly recommend myself if you want a design ;)

Since I have been doing so many designs lately, I think what I'm going to do is have ten or fifteen basic card designs to choose from for $50, or I will do a personalized design for $75 (plus cost of printing). It makes more sense to me to do it that way. Once I have my basic designs I'm going to put them in a portfolio and go around town to various businesses and promote myself.

Speaking of promotion! I got the fliers for the art show printed today and they look awesome! I went around Campus Corner and Main Street and put them all up. I'm really looking forward to this event, but I'm also kind of nervous about painting in front of everyone. I think I'm going to have to bring my iPod and block everything out.

I have a few oil paintings I'm working on at home to get me geared up for the event. I'll post them once they're done.


Monday, January 11, 2010

It's an art show!

So Studio Zen, where I work, is hosting an art show in February, and will be a part of the monthly Second Friday Art Walk. I just finished making the fliers for the event:

[Sorry if it's huge]

I'm very excited about this event! Me and a few of the participating artists are going to start painting at 7, and at 9:30 we are going to auction off our paintings. I observed a live paint at Standing Buffalo, a Native American gallery on Main Street and it was so much fun! That's actually where I met Micah, one of our participating artists. He does amazing work, I can see his work being featured in Juxtapoz. Here is a small sample of his work:

I love his paintings on vinyl. You can check out his website here.

Another artist, Olivia Cuenca, was my roommate in Savannah, Georgia for two years. She was a fibers major and does incredible tactile works with creepy tentacles:

Creepy cool. You can check her out here.

And last but not least, from the KND we've got Mr. Haveldids and Nots, a terribly talented artist:

I think I might need to steal the sloth painting, I'm so in love with it. Maybe we can do a trade, hmm? You can check out Mr. Haveldids and the KND here.

So yes! Everybody mark your calendars, this is going to be a ton of fun. There will be wine, cheese, live music, beautiful (and maybe a little creepy) artwork, a live paint and an auction at the end of the night! It's going to be awesome!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2009, you so fine.

2009 was the best and worst year of my life. I had some of the most amazing and devastating experiences I've ever had. I entered the year bearing a heavy heart after one of my close friends passed away. I dealt with an overbearing workload from the last few months of school, strife from a long distance relationship, and eventual breakup, but I also went on three vacations and graduated with my BFA in Illustration. There were moments of sorrow, moments of pride, and ultimately, a change in my direction. At the end of the day I had to come home, my new-found debt in tow, to try and figure out my next move. 2010 is all about refocusing my attention in the right direction. My new years resolutions:

So, in case you missed it, I'm going to be updating my blog more, and focus more on my artwork. I've been easily distracted what with my life having been somewhat chaotic since I've moved back home, but I've got to move past that, to grow and progress. I promise a better me this year.

And now, a visual recap of 2009.


my last few months at scad

epic costa rica y mi amiga mejor

graduation/havin the best roommate ever

my brief excursion to ATL

making new friends

getting reacquainted with old ones

and of course:

my return to ZEN