Wednesday, October 20, 2010

another installment of the TO-DO list-apalooza

Feeling overwhelmed again...
I missed the deadline for the Art Guild Holiday Art Fair. I could have asked for a late spot, artists are often late :) but I decided not to...

LOLA GIANT will be happening again at Van Go Mobile Arts for TWO days! :) December 11th & 12th. So that works out I think...the ladies of lawrence artwork group have pretty good local connections, therefore media coverage and word of mouth. Plus it more closely fits my style.

I do still currently have my Alphabetical Order piece on display at the Mulvane Art Museum through January 16, 2011. I am also going to enter it into the MyArtSpace Scope Miami 2010 Art Show happening at the same time as the Miami Art Basel which would be great publicity....and just great to show more work if accepted.

I also need to get some more laced into the frame pieces of the "Domestic | Domesticated" series ready for sale/show. And I have a ton of wood blocks for caulk xerox transfers...still going to try layers...

Additionally I've been entering design contests at 99 designs trying to win cash prizes as well as build my graphic design portfolio beyond the work I do at my day job. Jason has already won a contest and I'm "this" close to winning! :) It was a pretty good experience...don't want to count my chickens and all that, but I like the work and I enjoyed the rapport with the client.

I am also still on the look out for a day job that more adequately fits me, where I can be creative and contribute to and possibly even lead a team of designers/artists. The economy is still really rough in the midwest I think, though I continually hear that it's "picking up!"

The rest of my time seems to be filled with working out and taking my kid to swim practice at obscenely early hours! :) It's working out fine, I get an early workout for an hour or more in the morning 3 days a week, then I workout again at lunch on workdays and it's good. The more I exercise, the more I like to exercise. I have realized it does take working out 9+ times a week for me to actually gain muscle and lose weight...this part I'm not thrilled about as at some point staying bundled indoors will be way more appealing than running in the snow...but for now I feel dedicated. Also heard a report that thinner women make more money, which I don't doubt for a second and I'm tired of pinching pennies and I'm tired of choosing eating out or a new pair of running shoes...so maybe getting thinner, getting more art exposure and getting a new creative job will all happen at one magical moment in the very very near future :) keep your fingers crossed.

Until then, give my filthEdesign page on Facebook a "like" :) filthEdesign Studio - Thank you!

Monday, October 18, 2010

penthouse lighting


penthouse lighting
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

knight to rook four


knight to rook four
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

Yeah, I just play chess for fun :)

art in the Joule penthouse : Dallas


art in the Joule penthouse : Dallas
Originally uploaded by filthEdesign

haven't been here in a while...a lot going on...

So I'm trying to tie up loose ends on the insurance regarding my scooter accident. Apparently scooter accidents are up big time and the lonely dude servicing the "special vehicles" sector of Nationwide/Allied Insurance is in the weeds.

I also went to Dallas last week for an international security trade show & convention. It was the biggest I'd ever seen. I can totally see how people go to conventions to "hook-up"...what happens at the trade show stays at the trade show and all of that. Some people will do what ever it takes to "earn" business, others are just insincere in their choices/morals. Personally, I had a few cocktails and a few laughs at our customer event the first night after the show. The 2nd night after the show I had a good workout, a long shower and room service...alone...well my husband was on messenger :)

The Saturday before last I worked out with a fellow swim mom who does 1/2 marathons and such. After walking & running 6 miles around the track, she asked if I was ready to "do stairs" :) I was like, um...okay? But don't let me slow down your workout! :) She was great, motivational and we did the small side of the Freestate Football stadium bleachers...THREE times! First singles, then doubles, then Kathy did triples and I just did doubles again! :) Then we ran another mile :) Pretty awesome it was. I have now had the opportunity to add stairs to my workouts another few times and think it will be a 2 or 3 times a week thing...for now...until I build more strength. You can really feel the burn in your calves though for days after...I kinda like that :) And really, the more I workout, the more I like to workout. 5:15am swim practice and zero hour choir are both kicking my ass, but the exercise is so worth it! Plus I'm still walking/jogging about 5 days a week at lunch...maybe I'll even lose a few pounds one of these days :) Though maybe not till after candy corn season is over...