Sunday, December 7, 2008

moving

Hello all,
It's been a while since I've written anything. This week I have two finals. Then I am packing up the loft and moving to Sacramento. I'll be sure to share more randomness when I have time.


ciao

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

blues for PDX

All week I have been missing Portland. Maybe it was from Luke's post about being up there for Thanksgiving. Either way, I am itching to go back. I miss juggling at Reed college. When/if I move up there, I can't wait to be apart of that community. Check out this video. Stuart was one of my teachers at the Oregon Country Fair. Watching this makes me miss it even more. Thank you Stuart!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

I finished listening to Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!by Robert Kiyosaki.

About 4 years ago I listened to 2 of the 3 CDs but hit stop, because of my issues with money. Hearing that working hard isn't the way to make money made me so furious. I pride myself in working hard and not having the government take care of me. I was stuck in a conundrum, because at my jobs I was losing a huge chunk of my paycheck to taxes. It felt unfair and not motivating to work in that fashion. After 4 years of growth in marketing, sales, money matters, budgeting, grants and loans (aka life experiences), I was able to hear what Kiyosaki had to say.

Lots of things Kiyosaki talked about I realized I follow the same thought patterns without being aware of his. More about this later.

I made myself listen to, "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" the first time and not take notes. Too easily I get sidetracked on research (aka bunny trails). I have tons to reflect on, in particular, what step to take next. For sure, I am going to listen to the book another time, before going to the library for another of his titles.

The single most thought stunning quote Kiyosaki said, was that he's "a best selling author, not the best writer." This is why it is key for me to learn marketing, sales and how to lead people. I don't need to be a perfect sculptor (as much as I want to be), but instead make well-crafted art that I am proud of while focusing on ways to improve my selling.

The runner up tidbit is to invest my time in monthly money creating assets, such as selling books online that I don't need to print myself or take care of shipping. I've wanted to write books, but I have been intimidated by how much time it takes. People seem so shocked and in awe when someone they know is published. I am disciplined and determined so why can't I do it? There is no reason why not. I started this week writing and designing two books that are under a 100 pages each. If I have a plethora of books that generate sales without my maintenance, then I can travel. It is a one time investment of time, doing something that I enjoy. I can add the selection of books by me for the fun, challenge and prospect of bringing in more income.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

bicycle sharing

I am trying to motivate myself to do homework, but I keep getting distracted. Wouldn't you be too? Check out what has kept me from writing a paper for class.

Bike sharing programs all over Europe. Yet another great reason to live there.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christy Symington

http://www.christysymington.com

17 things I am grateful for

1. Freedom to move. I'll be moving back to Sacramento for a while. Here I come Rancho!
2. Friends with cars to drive me to Home Depot to buy drill bits
3. Space to make a mess (and leave it out) for creating Christmas presents
4. Fresh, steamed beets for snack time
5. For my mom to be home so we can challenge each other to see how much we can get done in an hour. Then we call each other and encourage on another.
6. Only 4 more weeks of school
7. Books! Right now I finished reading The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder and Taking the Leap. Ongoing I'm reading, Entrepreneurial Small Business, Rich Dad, poor Dad (on CD) and Financial Adviser (a magazine), Letters to a Young Artist and The Bluest Eye.
8. For the east bay's warm weather
9. My internet is regularly up and working. Without it, I am lost.
10. Blogs to keep in touch with family and friends
11. Braille, because it is interesting to decode and touch
12. Photo ops-I've been on a photo taking kick since my Liberating Trip from BART
13. Walborn- so much cheaper than airborn and just as yummy
14. Ian treated me to the newest Bond movie. ;-)
15. My dog is healthy, happy and hanging in there
16. Furniture nails and all of their untapped uses
17. Being less stressed today, but still feeling unfocused

wisdom

Thank you mom for sending this to me. I got the hint. ;-) I'm working on getting more wisdom.

http://www.wisdombook.org/

This is a beautifully shot short documentary about older, famous peoples opinions on wisdom. You definitely want to watch it.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Letters to a Young Artist- Yvonne Rainer

It was my goal in September to figure out an art related business that I wanted to run, write a professional quality business plan, create inventory, set up a website, establish a clientele, and create enough income to support myself by February first of 2009. Now I see that this plan is not achievable to do in that period of time. Even if I didn't have other obligations, statistically it takes 3-5 years for a business to make money. I don't like to include myself in generalizations (because they sound like excuses to me), but turning a profit by February is probably not a realistic goal.

Taking on complicated tasks and breaking it into lots of achievable goals hasn't been a problem for me. Instead creating realistic goals is something I struggle with. And making too many goals is another problem. I was talking to a friend today and he said that having some unrealistic goals can be a good thing. To paraphrase using a forwarded email I recently received, "To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did." (I don't know who said this.)

Today I read another nugget of wisdom from "Letters to a young artist." This artist's advise shakes me to pay attention at the speed and direction I am running. Perhaps now isn't the time to establish an art business, with full gusto.

"I only wish to emphasize, with the utmost fervor, how important it is for a young artist to delay "professionalism" as long as possible. Find some way to give yourself a chance - and time - to experiment, take risks, play, fool around, even fail, before trying to launch a career."

Best of luck,
Yvonne Rainer
New York

Maybe now is the time for play, experiment, fail, and play some more. The question now is how to support myself while focusing most of my efforts on playing with different forms of art.

Another thing Rainer said that struck me was, "Challenge yourself with what "doesn't work." I often get stuck in the planning stage, like trying to come up with the most creative or original idea. All this thinking takes away from being in the studio. Instead of thinking of the problem areas as failures, I could use them as starting points to brainstorm, play and improve.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Letters to a Young Artist- Yvonne Rainer

Another nugget of wisdom that shakes my mindset of establishing in extreme urgency an art business.

"I only wish to emphasize, with the utmost fervor, how important it is for a young artist to delay "professionalism" as long as possible. Find some way to give yourself a chance - and time - to experiment, take risks, play, fool around, even fail, before trying to launch a career."

Best of luck,

Yvonne Rainer
New York

So now is the time for play, experiment, fail, and play some more. The question now is how to support myself while focusing most of my efforts on playing with different forms of art?

Another thing Rainer said that struck me was, "Challenge yourself with what "doesn't work." I often get stuck in the planning stage looking for ways to figure out the problem areas, like trying to come up with the most creative or original idea. All this thinking takes away from being in the studio. Instead of thinking of the problem areas as failures, use them as starting points to brainstorm, play and improve.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Field Trip with Mom Part 2

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline with mi Madre












For beautifully written and insightful stories about our trip, check out my mom's blog.
She has the same photos except went a step further and wrote about the trip.


Field Trip with Mom Part 1

Eastshore State Park with Mom















Sunday, November 9, 2008

Word of the Day

The song I'm listening to right now on Pandora is by Natalie Imbruglia, called Left of the Middle. Every time I hear it I love the sound of the word "dignified".

I knew the gist of the word, but wanted to know for sure. It took 20 seconds to know for sure.

dignified
Adjective
calm, impressive, and worthy of respect

What is one of your favorite words?

Never thought I'd be quoting Letterman

David Letterman on Bush and Americans

'As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark.'

'The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President.. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?'

A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state.

F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.

L. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.

Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an 'other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?

Say what you want, but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

-David Letterman

http://www.david-kilgour.com/2008/Oct_27_2008_05.php

Obama and his "seance" comment

Today I am creating a new New Year's Resolution. It was one that I considered back in January, but it felt too lofty, time consuming and overwhelming to take on. That is to follow via articles and videos on news of the nation, particularly the decisions and actions of the presidential election. Now that the election has passed, I want to continue to be involved in the goings on in my nation.

I started this morning by making time to watch videos on CNN.com of Obama's speech about the transition into office. He addressed serious issues like how to stimulate the economy, seances and the type of dog his family is looking to own. It surprised me that a reporter asked which school the girls are going to attend. I found that odd, because that is private and doesn't effect how the President Elect will run the country. It reminded me of American mindset and interest in following things that are none of their business. The deep fascination and obsession over the events in Hollywood is a great example. I am repeatedly shocked at people's rudeness at wanting to know details that are private, like the reason for a divorce. There is a huge loss of respect for privacy. Being president, there isn't much privacy. But it still shocked me that someone asked about the girl's school.

I appreciated that Obama said repeatedly that there is one president at a time. Many times he said that he's not president until Jan. 20th. It gives me a little more confidence in him as a leader, that he respects who's turn it is to be in charge.

I was very surprised at how easy it was to find a video of Obama's speech. I was reluctant to have to read through a lengthy editorial, when really I wanted the words straight from his mouth.

This resolution of being involved and informed on my countries well being and actions will require a commitment on my part. Other wise I will fall way behind on all of the major events. I really enjoyed tracking the election in France two years ago, so taking that same fascination of numbers and relationships, I'm going to stay current on America's events.

I feel silly, ignorant and very young when I talk about my political views. This is changing today. When talking politics, I become increasingly aware that I am not even 1/4 of a century old. I haven't been around all that long. This is the second presidential election that I have been old enough to vote, (which I voted both times.) Most events that are brought up in the news or in conversations, I was not born yet or too young to care. I have extra foot work to read the history books (or archives online) to become informed on the complex situation that America is in. All I can do to catch up (along with all of the other youngsters out there) is to read, talk and watch videos. It's important to know and it's better late than never to get informed.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Letters to a Young Artist- Xu Bing

















With graduation two months away and the state of the economy, I am doubting if it's possible to live as a freelance artist. I don't want to settle by working full-time for someone, but this week I am particularly worn out. In the mail today a friend sent me a book of letters, called "Letters to a Young Artist". The letters are by famous visual artists who talk about the struggles of starting out as an artist. The timing couldn't of been better.

Today on BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit, I read the first letter. It is by Chinese artist Xu Bing. The sentence that touched me was this:

"Consequently, a good artist is a thinking person, and is a person adept at translating thoughts into the language of art."

I worry that I think too much and that I spend too much time recording events in my journal, web site or blog and then analyze them for deeper meaning, then derive sculptures from them. My inner critic is very harsh and tells me to get into the studio and create something that can be sold and to do it NOW! Xu organized my muddled thoughts, that's ok to be a thinker, but also to be a creator. For me, I only want to create thoughtful art. That way, myself and others would have a reason to come back and repeatedly look at the artwork. I want to spend my time doing something worth while so it is imperative to create thoughtful art.

Before reading Xu's letter, I'd never heard of him. I figured that in order to be taken seriously as a visual artist, I need to be knowledgeable on the big name artists. So I looked up Xu Bing's website. On it, I discovered that we have more in common than I thought.

First of all, he created art using Braille. The book is called Brailliterate, which is a blend of the words "braille" and "illiterate". It is a book in Braille expect for the cover. The catch is that the print and Braille title of the book don't read the same thing. Only a sighted person who could read Braille would catch the inaccuracy. Brailliterate talks about cultural bias, misinterpretation and concealment.

The second thing that caught my interest is that Xu Bing was a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award in 1999. It was given to him for "originality, creativity, self-direction, and capacity to contribute importantly to society, particularly in printmaking and calligraphy."

On the Mac Arthur site, I found a list of visual artists who have won the award. I recognize only a few, so I plan to look into them and their art.

I plan to use this book of letters for encouragement and remind myself that they did, so why can't I?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

If Women Ruled the World...










(I miss you Molly! Thank you for sending this to me, all the way from Sweden.)

Friday, October 31, 2008

News from SF Transfer Station
















Earlier this week I received an email from the SF transfer station. In August I applied for the four month art residency program for 2009. Looks like I'll be reapplying next year, because I didn't get it this time. The goal for next years application is to WOW! the Board with the amount and quality of art I will have created.

Thank you to everyone for cheering me on. That helped a lot in filling out the huge application.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Calvin and Hobbes

I've been Calvin and Hobbes (my heroes) and can across one that was very fitting. I completely relate with Susie!

Calvin: Susie, can I copy your answers?
Susie: Heck no!
Calvin: Why not?
Susie: Because you'd get a good grade without doing any work.
Calvin: So?
Susie: It's wrong to get rewards you haven't earned.
Calvin: I've never heard of anyone who couldn't live with that.

Monday, October 20, 2008

First Crash on Scooter in 2 years

Yesterday, I was in Daly City having just eaten tamales from my favorite store, when I crashed. I was riding my scooter (foot powered, not motorized) and Ian was riding his skate board. Recently I have been bolder in my skating, hopping down curbs and over little cracks and 2 inch inclines in the pavement (keep in mind the scooter has about a 2 inch clearance). When I crashed I was going to fast, plus I tried to go down a slopped curb and hop a bump in the road. BAM! I flew into the ground. Thankfully I rolled and just lay there. Instantly I was in pain, which I figured was a good thing, other wise it would mean I was seriously hurt and in shock.


















I lay there and waited for Ian to run over to me. My knee and hands hurt a lot. He helped me up and a pedestrian asked if I was ok. I bet they weren't expecting to see a scooter crash! Lucky for me, we were just a block from Ian's apartment. We were going to the San Francisco Open Studios. I guess we'll try again next weekend.

For the rest of the day, Ian took care of me, which was wonderful. Typically he is the one getting hurt: stitches in his knee, sprained or broken ankles... I tried his crutches but they are too tall, so I am riding my scooter. It hurts a lot less to stand and bend just the right knee then to walk.
















Ian cooked for me, and changed my bandages. He would bring me advil, water and arnica. I even iced it thanks to his prompting. We watched the new season of Red vs. Blue, played Mario Galaxy, and ate a ton of fresh shrimp! I adore seafood. Yummy!!! If being hurt means being waited on like this, hmmm, I could get use to this. Actually, I would get sick of being waited on, but I loved it today. Thank you Ian!

Last night Ian said that was the first day I have taken off since we went to Baja for Christmas in 2005. My first thought was, "that's ridiculous. How could I still be functioning? hmmm. I have felt frazzled, worn out and drained for a while now. Maybe he is right." He pointed out that many times I've said I'm taking a day off, but after a little bit, I'd start doing "more productive things". Even on my vacations to Colorado, the Northwest and to Rancho are filled with lots of things to accomplish. I enjoy my vacations, but now that I think of it, maybe those weren't really vacations.

I worry when I am relaxing, that I should be doing more productive things. I should be getting things done. But yesterday, I couldn't move every well, so I stayed put and it was wonderful. Mom thinks people get hurt or sick for a reason; like we need to learn something before moving on. I think I need to respect my body and sanity by taking time off during the week. Maybe not an entire day (that would stress me out), but I could see setting aside a morning for relaxing.

Right now my knee is numb from ice. I over did it today, being the first day walking around. It is hard not to bend my knee when I need to work and commute. Trying to get home tonight after class, I learned anther lesson, to baby the knee. I am back to arnica, pain killers, water, and icing. It is hard to sit still, so I trick myself by letting myself have an evening just for reading Calvin and Hobbes, playing with my digital camera, and blogging.

I did make dinner and it was relaxing to make and very delicious.
In the rice cooker I threw in raisins, pecans, sliced almonds, some cinnamon and all spice with 2 c. rice and 1/2 can of coconut milk. The result: primo!!! Next time I am going to try adding more coconut milk, just to be daring.


Then in the oven I had meatballs cooking. They had herbs from my garden: tarramon and chives with a bit of salt. Cooked them for 50 minutes at 350.

In a frying pan I chopped up fresh tomatoes, green bell peppers, mushrooms, and pineapple. I sauteed them with a little bit of olive oil and sliced almonds.

Everything smelt so good and I was so hungry (it was 8pm and I normally
eat around 6), I snacked on cold hot dogs. It seemed like a perfect juxtaposition, thus making my dinner even better. I had a cup of yerba matte tea with my dinner. Some how I fit dessert, which was a pine apple and banana smoothie.

I was going to have spaghetti, but it evolved into something so much better. I love cooking and eating.

my Hero: Bill Waterson

BEFORE
(note distortion from camera angle and page not being level)





AFTER
(note the use of a distort filter in Photoshop)

Today in class we went over the basics on how to shoot 2D and 3D artwork. The three major problems with photographing flat art, like prints, drawings or paintings: 1) flash bouncing off of the surface (like the glass or varnish) making lots of distracting highlights, 2) uneven light source creating light and dark spots all over the art and 3)artwork and camera not being level and square to each other. If they're not directly facing each other, at the same height and angle, then the painting won't look square. It will be a trapezoid like the top Calvin and Hobbes image.

Someone in class mentioned a way to fix the distortion using Photoshop. I've fought with this before, so I had to go home and try it myself. To correct the trapezoid and make it square, open the image in Photoshop and apply a distort filter called Lens Correction. A window pops up with slide bars that you get to move around to see what they do! If the edges of your paintings are too dark, you can fix that here. You can also change the angle and vertical and horizontal relation. That is what I did to make the comic more square. Then I recropped it to make it look cleaner. It is still not perfect, but it is getting there.

To avoid having to fix the trapezoid image, use a tripod with a level. If you are photographing something that is hanging, use a level on that too. Then make sure the camera lens lines up with the middle of the artwork. If you shoot down on it or from below, this will also cause distortion. Good luck!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

ArtSpan

Going on right now for the next several weekends is San Francisco Open Studio. That's where artists open up their studios to the public (and fellow artists) to go where the art is created and see the tools and such. Tomorrow I am going and I am very excited!!! Every weekend a different area of San Francisco is doing open studios. Check out the maps on artspan. Or pick up a free magazine with short artist's descriptions, image of art and map at local bookstores. I am going to pick mine up at Alexander's Books on Mission at 2nd street. I'd love to hear about your studio visits!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Headlands

Back in June or so, I applied to the Headlands Center for the Arts. It's an artist in residence program up in Marin, California. Today via email I found out that I wasn't selected. It was encouraging to hear most of us were rejected. Only 10 were selected of the 342 applicants. I'll have to reapply next year to show them how much I have grown as an artist and how serious I am about wanting a residency there.















Congrats to the winners!! I hope that you all make lots of art.

2009 California Artists in Residence
Kara Davis Dance/Choreography
Fallen Fruit Interdisciplinary
Desiree Holman Visual
Genine Lentine Writing
Chris Sollars Film/Video/New Media
Lysley Tenorio Writing
Camille Utterback Film/Video/New Media
Flora Wiegmann Dance/Choreography
Theresa Wong Music/Sound
Aaron Ximm Music/Sound
Alternate: Karen Steen Writing





Jill-of-all-trades

"Human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dieing, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly, specialization is for insects."

- Lazarus Long, one of Robert A. Heinlein main Chars. Quote from "Time Enough for Love"


I like this way of thinking. It encourages my quizzical side to keep delving into the random things, juggling, vlogging and tipis. It makes for an interesting story.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

wordpress vs. microsoft word

It's a battle every time I update my resume or add a statement on my other website: elizabethsymington.com. Wordpress won't let me paste a Word file. I don't want to retype it, because that takes up a lot of time and I'd have to reformat the layout. I even tried the "paste from Word" button. No luck. What I figured out, if is I cut and paste the Word file and email it to myself, I can then cut and paste it into Wordpress.

Is anyone else having this problem? How are you solving the issue?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

PrassienDesignStudio

Beautifully produced video and jewelry with a message. I love it. To watch more videos about artists go to http://www.etsy.com/storque/video/

Adrian Wall, Artist Profile

Theo Jansen - Kinetic Sculptor

One of my heros. Next time I am in Washington state, I need to go visit his studio.

Using Your Creative Powers

"Artists are first and foremost creative people, and creativity applied in any arena transcends whatever apparent limitations there are. Creativity, by definition, changes everything."
-Cay Lang, author of Taking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist


Whenever I start to worry, (which is often,) I remind myself that I am a creative. There is a solution. Even though I prefer to use my creative powers to make art, they can be used in other places. How about figuring out how to make a living as a sculptor? Or writing my artist's resume? Or organizing my studio?

It's good to get into the habit of asking yourself, "How can I do this?" instead of "Can I do this?"

When constructing a ten-foot tipi I hadn't considered failure. How could I mess it up? It's just canvas, rope and wood. I had read a kids' book on the construction and watched utube videos on how to stand up the poles. A friend and I pitched the tipi several times before making it stable. We figured out how to do it.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Philip Krohn





* Reception for "Under Construction #2 (Transit)"
Sculpture installation by Philip Krohn
Mon 13 Oct, 6:30-7:30pm, BCNM Commons.
http://bcnm.berkeley.edu/commons/moffitt


For the past year I have been assisting an amazingly dedicated and creative artist, Philip Krohn. His focus is on recycled materials that are lightweight and nontoxic. I've helped him for weeks and weeks cutting cardboard to create giant toblerone-like towers, that he called "Split Rail". He has ingeniously hit up bicycle shops and recycled the flat inner tubes into a giant installation called "Cat's Cradle." He cut up the tubes and stretched them from floor to ceiling and every which way. To see photos, check out http://www.philipkrohn.com/.

Most recently he created an installation of tree branches, oak balls, fly fishing line and chunks of plastic. This Monday (the 13th), is the short and low-key reception from 6:30-7:30pm. It's at the UC Berkeley Campus. The piece was commissioned to inaugurate the
Berkeley Center for New Media Commons which is next door to the Free Speech Café and the entrance to Moffitt Library (right in the middle of campus--see map) <http://berkeley.edu/map/maps/large_map.html>

Thursday, October 9, 2008

mini tipis















Some of the fruits of the night: miniature paper tipis.

Decorated with:
markers: color changing and scented
thin black pen
crayons
googly eyes (I still have 100s left over)
taped together with masking tape
















Things learned:
I realized that I made the smoke flaps upside down for every tipi
That the doors are way too tiny

Can you tell that I am tired of making white sculptures?
Time for a scale change too.
I am loving tipis!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

HSM


The wonderful guy that I am dating, just finished up working on the HSM3 video game. Here is one of the best reviews so far:

"I won't EVER BUY THE GAME OE WATCH THE MOVIE OR GO TO THE PLAYS! Unless the girl i love(cannot reveal name) wants me to go with her to see the movie or watch the plays with her. I hope it doesn't happen."

artists using their caricature skills in nontraditional setting


How about custom business cards that have original artwork of you at work? The artists at Show Off Cards have taken the typical caricature artist who works in touristy areas like Fisherman's' Wharf, and changed the target market to include people looking to spend more money. Smart. Plus they work from any where, instead of dealing with weather and tourist (sorry tourists). Thank you Mom for sending me this.

what does that say?



Let's lighten things up a bit. My cousin emailed this to me. Thank you!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

comparison of McCain and Obama

For me charts simplify the situation and push me to take action. I hope this helps you too. I got it in an email forward.

-Elizabeth


2008 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE COMPARISON TALKING POINTS

ISSUE

JOHN McCAIN

BARAK OBAMA

Favors new drilling offshore US

Yes

No

Will appoint judges who interpret the law not make it

Yes

No


Served in the US Armed Forces

Yes

No

Amount of time served in the US Senate

22 YEARS

173 DAYS

Will institute a socialized national health care plan

No

Yes

Supports abortion throughout the pregnancy

No

Yes

Would pull troops out of Iraq immediately

No

Yes

Supports gun ownership rights

Yes

No

Supports homosexual marriage

No

Yes

Proposed programs will mean a huge tax increase

No

Yes

Voted against making English the official language

No

Yes

Voted to give Social Security benefits to illegals

No

Yes

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

MCCAIN

0% on home sales up to $500,000 per home (couples). McCain does not propose any change in existing home sales income tax.

OBAMA

28% on profit from ALL home sales. (How does this affect you? If you sell your home and make a profit, you will pay 28% of your gain on taxes. If you are heading toward retirement and would like to down-size your home or move into a retirement community, 28% of the money you make from your home will go to taxes. This proposal will adversely affect the elderly who are counting on the income from their homes as part of their retirement income.)

DIVIDEND TAX

MCCAIN

15% (no change)

OBAMA

39.6% - (How will this affect you? If you have any money invested in stock market, IRA, mutual funds, college funds, life insurance, retirement accounts, or anything that pays or reinvests dividends, you will now be paying nearly 40% of the money earned on taxes if Obama becomes president. The experts predict that 'Higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains would crash the stock market, yet do absolutely nothing to cut the deficit.')

INCOME TAX

MCCAIN

(no changes)

Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K- tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $31,250

OBAMA (reversion to pre-Bush tax cuts)

Single making 30K - tax $8,400
Single making 50K - tax $14,000
Single making 75K - tax $23,250
Married making 60K - tax $16,800
Married making 75K - tax $21,000
Married making 125K - tax $38,750
Under Obama, your taxes could almost double!

INHERITANCE TAX

MCCAIN

- 0% (No change, Bush repealed this tax)

OBAMA

Restore the inheritance tax

Many families have lost businesses, farms, ranches, and homes that have been in their families for generations because they could not afford the inheritance tax. Those willing their assets to loved ones will only lose them to these taxes.

NEW TAXES PROPOSED BY OBAMA

New government taxes proposed on homes that are more than 2400 square feet. New gasoline taxes (as if gas weren't high enough already) New taxes on natural resources consumption (heating gas, water, electricity) New taxes on retirement accounts, and last but not least....New taxes to pay for socialized medicine so we can receive the same level of medical care as other third-world countries!!!


You can verify the above at the following web sites:


http://money.cnn.com/news/specials/election/2008/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/issues/issues.taxes.html

http://elections.foxnews.com/?s=proposed+taxes

http://bulletin.aarp.org/yourworld/politics/articles/mccain_obama_offer_different_visions_on_taxes.html

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/candidates/barack_obama/