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The past few days have been rather productive…

Thursday was my day off. I started by paying my rent and dropping a bill in the mail. Then I went downtown to talk to the ESC about my claim. They told me everything was processed, but evidently there’s still some issue with my claim, so I’m gonna have to call there before work on Monday and see what’s up. I got my letter in the mail and it said there was something wrong, and when I filed my weekly certification it said I wouldn’t be getting paid this week. I’m wondering if the fact that I’m still employed complicates things, or if maybe my boss is trying to fight it or something. Hopefully I can get it figured out soon, because still no bites as far as other jobs go.

When I got home I went on a cleaning spree – vacuuming the living room and my bedroom and cleaning the microwave. I watched a little television and then cooked a nice dinner. Then I went to work on some art. A while back my friend Cassidy asked me to paint her a puppy, so that’s what I did. I did a light wash on some Japanese paper, then when it was dry I drew a cartoon-ish puppy, his doghouse, and some trees in the background. It’s pretty cheesy looking, but I’m fairly certain she’ll like it. Then I started on another piece in my Musings Of A Predator Drone series, which I eventually finished Friday before work. Other than that, Friday was pretty uneventful.

Today I woke up entirely too early to go to Geekout, a convention modeled after the big comic-cons that happen all over the world. I met up with James and Nici there and we roamed around for a while. We were all surprised by just how small it was – they didn’t even fill up the bottom level of UNCA’s basketball stadium. Most of the booths were just people selling prints of their geek culture-themed artwork, and a ridiculous amount of nerdy jewelry. There was live music, but it wasn’t particularly good. There was sword fighting with giant foam swords, a few panel discussions on things none of us were interested in, and gaming rooms where you could pay to play in tournaments. After about an hour and a half we were bored, having walked by every booth three or four times. They left to go see a movie and I picked up a quick lunch and then took a nap. I went back a little before 5:00 for a “shadow cast” of Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. Basically it was a handful of people lip synching along while the actual production played on the screen behind them. The only one who was really in costume was Doctor Horrible, and while he definitely looked the part, he wasn’t particularly good at miming the motions. The guy playing Captain Hammer was tall and scrawny – he’s lucky if he weighs 100 pounds. He basically just wore a black t-shirt with a paper print of the Captain Hammer logo taped to it. The girl who played Penny was actually incredibly hot, and seemed to have a bit more personality than the others, even though her timing and lip synching skills weren’t exactly great either. They recruited people from the audience to do some of the non-essential characters, and in all honesty they did just as good a job as the supposed professionals putting on the production. Overall I’d say Geekout was basically a bust – a good way to kill a few hours, but ultimately disappointing and definitely not worth the cost of admission.

As of this writing I’m basically killing time before dinner, and then after dinner I’ll be going to a concert. The band Murder By Death is playing the Asheville Music Hall. While they’re not necessarily popular, they’re still a pretty big name for a venue that typically gets only local and regional bands. I told my neighbor Angela about the concert, and she looked them up online and decided she wants to go too. She’ll be bringing along her new boyfriend, and based on what she was saying, they’ll most likely leave early or right when it ends. While I’m not a huge fan of MBD, I really like the sound they have going on. Hopefully it will translate well and they’ll put on a pretty good show. I’m under the impression that any band with a cellist will make for an entertaining evening. James and Nici invited me to some burlesque thing at The Boiler Room, but it starts at the same time as the concert. Depending on when the concert ends I might swing by there and check it out, but probably not. I’ll more than likely just come home and veg out, in preparation for a nice boring day tomorrow…..

 

Art and women and stuff

Welcome to yet another edition of The Week In Me. Not a whole lot has changed since the last time I wrote an actual update. The two main developments have been in my art career and in my dating life…

For starters, things seem to be working out nicely with Katie. We typically see each other several nights a week, although a lot of that is just hanging out. We have this inside joke about her being a wombat, and she created a fake Facebook profile with the name Wombat Superpants, with whom I am now “in a relationship.” Last night we went out on a double date with my friends Nici and James, and everyone seemed to click, so that’s good. I won’t be seeing her much in the next week and a half – evidently her birthday is a huge deal, and she’s doing something with some long-lost friend or family member every night. Also she hurt her back, so that’s kinda kicked her activity level down a few notches. Next week is her birthday, and I still haven’t figured out what to get her. She’s having a party which happens to fall on the same night as the Jeff Mangum concert, so I’ll be going to that first and then joining her and her friends for a night of drunkenness. But yeah, this is probably the most “normal” and functional relationship I’ve had in a while, so yay.

As far as art goes, a few new developments…

I have several different projects in vastly different mediums in the works. I just finished a crazy mixed media piece on wood that’s taken the past month or so to complete. I’ve been doing a few small tempera pieces on wood with abstract backgrounds and the cross-section of a tree. You can see one such piece here. I’m also going to start a series of pieces on wood, done in the style of medieval iconography, but of outdated technology. I’m calling it “Iconology.” Today I laid the ground for an oil reduction piece, although I’m not completely sure what it will end up being. And last but not least, I snagged some giant damaged canvases from work and some paint samples from various paint stores. I’m going to be doing a collaborative project with a few of my neighbors, probably rather abstract. Should be a lot of fun working under the guise of a collective.

And also further artistic developments… I’m trying to get my stuff shown somewhere. The Bar Of Soap posted on Facebook that they’re looking for new art, so I emailed the guy, and he likes my stuff. The Benjamin Moore paint store where I got some free samples has recently opened a mini-gallery, and the manager there really likes my stuff as well. I’m toying with the idea of entering a few contests, if I can convince myself to get over the entry fee. And I really need to send an email to the guy at The Courtyard Gallery. One of the owners of the building the gallery is in came into True Blue a while back and we started talking. I described my art and she said it sounds like something he would be totally into. Then the holidays happened and then I started dating someone and I just haven’t gotten around to contacting him. I’ll probably use my week of free time to do that, along with venture out to galleries and venues outside of downtown and try my luck. Hopefully I’ll have another show coming up soon.

But that’s about it for now. I seriously need to get some sleep. The End.

 

New paintings…

In preparation for my show at The One Stop, I’ve been painting a lot. They have a ton of wall space and I need to fill it! I’m currently wrapping up not one, not two, but three pieces…

The first was done with spray paint, acrylic, and newspaper. It depicts a bridge connecting two banks, and the river in between them is newspaper. The sky is purple spray paint and the cliffs and bridge are generously applied acrylic. I feel like it’s missing something, but I’m not quite sure what. I think I’m going to play around with a few sheets of vellum I have and try to figure out some sort of overlay, perhaps flames or something. It looks too serene and pretty, it needs something weird to bring it in line with the rest of my work.

The piece I’m currently working on is a doozy. The canvas I used was a damaged one I snagged from work. There’s a part of the frame where the wood is nasty looking and the canvas was sitting on it in a weird way, leaving a big dent. I got the idea to cut away that part of the canvas in the shape of a triangle. I painted the exposed parts of the frame with wood stain and then slopped on a beautiful mix of Payne’s grey and white with a paint roller. I’ve just now gone back in India ink and drawn some barren trees, and then very subtly using felt tip markers drawn the squiggles and shapes of a brain, with each hemisphere flush to one of the edges of the triangle that was cut out. Eventually I plan on putting a piece of paper behind the canvas, perhaps with something drawn, painted, or printed on there, and then sewing it to the canvas using waxed linen. Should be really interesting, so far I’m liking it a lot.

In between those two pieces I finished a painting that I am extremely happy with. It went through several incarnations, but finally became what it is now. There’s a sun-like circle done in gold leaf, and lines in the background in metallic paint. There’s a big hill type thing done in acrylic, with some highlights using the metallic green from the background. I’ve titled it More Afraid Of The Inconvenience (Supernova IV). There are currently no pieces named Supernova I-III, but who knows, maybe one day there will be. But alas, it’s a lot better to show you this piece than to talk about it. So here goes… what do you think? I think it’s probably the best painting I’ve done in 2012…