It was very satisfying to put my artwork out in a very public and affordable form this xmas holiday season -as holiday/greeting cards- and to get a lot of good feedback. I met a lot of great people who were very helpful and supportive of me.
Thanks to Bob at Two Neat in Mill Valley and Hendrick at WIGT printing who were exposed to the minutia of my thought processes (wow, quite often), and magically kept their humor. Thank you.
Thanks also to Michelle Myrhe for her enthusiasm, support and her big purchase~you're a pal!
Thank you also to Elisa Brooks who pushed me out the door of the plane with my parachute, yelling "jump!" and "You're an artist! Why aren't you art-ing?"
However, while the development of a greeting card empire, was a handy, uh, positive affirmation, and even a distinct possibility, in practice it isn't really how I want to spend my time. The materials, the costs, the details are too much time spent for too low a return in profits, etc... The real-er me wants to be involved in more edgy kinds of thought processes and creations with a deeper, more meaningful impact on the world...like my Haiti artwork.
I'm going to be finishing up some paralegal schooling and doing a little exploratory painting in the next few months. Stay tuned to see what I come up with.
Currently I'm very, very inspired by the writing of Derrick Jensen (hence, the painting below). Why hadn't I heard of him before? I am weaving together my own personal experiences and understandings of human rights/the environment with his and it's been mind-blowing for me. He's introduced me to a whole other world of thinkers from various fields of study/walks of life. For example, in "Truths Among Us" his interviews with Judith Herman, Stanley Aronowitz and Luis Rodriguez. But the first interview he did (when he was 22) was with Joseph Campbell, what a start!
I'm near the end of his "The Culture of Make-Believe" and "Endgame, part 1" is in the mail.
Let's see what happens in 2012, shall we? My goal is to engage in more productive, more meaningful activities that are more aligned with who I am and what I believe. You?