As you might've noticed, I haven't been blogging much but that's because I've been busy prepping for my upcoming solo show, which I've simply entitled Inkscapes.
I definitely have to say that this second solo exhibition is coming along a lot easier than my first show, Visions of New York, which was fun to put together but was utterly exhausting. This time around I'm very fortunate to be able to work with some great people at Midoma. They're very committed to creating a platform for artists and their works.
Right now I'm ahead of schedule in terms of getting the actual Inkscape photographs printed and framed and I have to say that it's so nice to be able to bring them to life in print. The photografique paper really sets off the texture of the images to the point where it almost feels like you can reach out and touch them. The color also really pops and sometimes just being in the presence of that puts me in a good mood while I'm framing each piece.
As the date gets closer, the nerves are settling down and are being replaced with excitement. In the meantime, onward!
Inkscapes will be on display from April 28-May 27 at Midoma. The opening reception takes place on Thursday, April 30th from 6-8 pm.
This a shot of me "working" while I'm in my studio. I use quotation marks around the word working because as you can see on my computer screen, I'm checking out Facebook.
But in all seriousness, mornings are the most productive parts of my day. After getting up and doing some stretching, I hop on the computer and check messages and surf while sipping either coffee, tea or a smoothie. I love mornings because they represent possibilities; they're a daily reminder of renewal and hope.
The last few days I have been holed up in the studio on my grind to get my latest project launched by next week. I'm really psyched about it and can tell that I'm really feeling it because I can work with unbelievable focus to the point that sometimes I forget to eat lunch. It's a wonderful feeling...except when I get massively hungry.
So, off I go to get my second cup of coffee. Here is to new possibilities!
I rang in the New Year without much fanfare. Oddly enough, I felt relieved that New Year's Eve marked the beginning of the end of the holiday season. I felt relieved because I felt exhausted by the holidays more than any year before.
Part of it was because I was burnt out from the plethora of holiday pictures, memes and sentiments that dominated social media and the commercials. It all made you feel like you had better feel the holiday spirit or else...
The other reason why I think I felt exhausted was because 2013 was exhausting and not in a good way. I spent the majority of this past year working long hours on my day jobs, which left me very little time or enthusiasm to work on my artistic endeavors. My creativity waned, I neglected my blog, and I was bored with my current range of work, which was mostly street photography. Feeling cut off from my creativity left me feeling pretty depleted, which might explain why I felt so exhausted by the time December rolled around.
Luckily, I carved some time out for myself around Christmas to buckle down and revamp my website. I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out! I cranked out some new Inkscapes and even recharged my batteries by spending time a fish store in Manhattan, of all places. Pictures of that will be forthcoming.
I have a lot in store for 2014, which will include a new show later into this year and more experimentation with the Inkscapes which I love doing. I'm also geeked about my new streamlined site because it's a lot more user friendly and easy to navigate. I think streamlining will be my theme for this year.
So enjoy the new site! Have a look around and stay a while and stay tuned in.