April 12th, 2007


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I am not one of those people who believe that everything happens for a reason. The universe is an often cold and arbitrary place, everything does NOT always work out for the best, and my gut feeling is that the higher powers, if there are any, are far less like omni-benevolent dictators and more like a dreadfully overworked NEA committee handing out grants as fast as they can.

Still, every now and then you get lucky.

I was a little bummed that my Watermelon Heels painting didn't get into the juried art show in Cary. Still, at least one piece got in, right?

So my buddy Carlota, owner of the Heels, went to pick 'em up from the place, and she ran into somebody there.* They struck up a conversation, and apparently this woman was trying to get art for a show in Durham in June, called "Art Heels." Primarily to benefit art therapists, it's apparently open to art with a shoe related theme, and the woman was quite excited at the notion of getting those, and the cantaloupe platform sandals, and anything else I could cook up between now and June, to go into the show. Carlota got the info, I just called and talked to the woman, and it looks like it's a go.

It'd be entirely too egotistical an analysis of my place in the universe to see design behind this, but hey, sometimes, now and again... you get lucky.

*Carlota has numerous talents, but foremost among them is the ability to make friends at a speed that us lesser mortals can only boggle at. Were she airdropped into the wilds of Borneo, she would be queen of a tribe of headhunters before the plane was even over the horizon.

Commission Auction

To cap off a day of serious ups and downs, my printer just died the final death. And I have prints that need to go out NOW.

I cursed, exhaled, got up, checked the internet, nodded glumly, and went out to Best Buy, where I laid out $600 on a new printer, ink, and service plan.

It's a good printer. It's an upgrade from my current, it can do giclee prints, it's got the separate toner bays so that I can just replace the red instead of the whole thing (which is much more efficient for me!) It had to be done, it had to be done now--I've been nursing my old printer along for years, and I put far more wear and tear on the things than they're designed to handle. It's my major money maker, and it had to be done.

But christ, $600 on my current budget is a hurting.

So, I'm finally having to do it.

I'm auctioning off a commission.

This is a Weird Shoe painting commission--anything you want, as long as it's a shoe. (I've had good luck in the past with "Anything you want, as long as it's a frog," figured I'd try again.) If it goes well--or my budget goes ill!--I may auction off others. I'm really not up for character commissions any more, for the most part, so I'm sticking with things I know I still have a passion for at the moment. (We may yet see "Anything you want, as long as it's a wombat/pink lizard/weird fruit," for that matter.) Since I rather need a Weird Shoe for the aforementioned show, I thought I'd make the offer, and hopefully I can work out with a bidder to deliver after the show--and even if not, at least I'll be in a shoe mood.

Weird Shoe Commission

Edit: I just ran a print off on Mr. Printy. I think I just had a printgasm.