Crushing It

I didn’t mean to keep you in suspense, but of course I managed to get everything done. That’s just how I roll. The last piece for our builder was framed yesterday. I even completed three things for our house, so that’s 18 items framed in 6 days. My personal best was just over 20 minutes for one frame.

It took two service calls, but my printer now appears to be back in action. The technician spent nearly four hours at our house on Thursday afternoon. I did ten large prints with no issues after he left, but after one print on Friday morning I received the same mechanical error. Fortunately, he left the problem ticket open so he could come back without my making another service call to Epson.

I also ordered 1000 business cards and wrote a short bio. The cards are scheduled to arrive by Wednesday. I should be delivering the art on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. Meanwhile, the ten additional frames I’ll need for the MCFTA exhibit arrived on Friday.

Seafoam Mist Settling (After the Symphony)

My strategy is to have the images in the Parade house available for purchase at the end of the show, which is March 31st. I should know after the first two weekends if there’s any serious interest and have an idea of how much framing material to order. Funny thing is, the least scary scenario is not selling anything. I can deal with status quo.

Mad, Mad Week

Things have been a little crazy around here over the past week. After a bit of back and forth with our builder, I finally received clarification on exactly where I could stage some of my artwork in their show home. That was just Monday afternoon and the house opens a week from tomorrow. So I quickly framed three images and brought them to the house on Tuesday to determine how many pieces were needed.

In order to fill the spaces with the limited frame sizes I have available, I need to provide 15 items in total. To make matters worse, my printer started throwing a mechanical error after every few prints. Monday afternoon I called Epson technical support. Turns out, I had exactly two weeks left on the warranty.

So there I sat on Tuesday afternoon with 3 of 15 framed images completed and a glitchy printer, with a commitment to deliver everything within 10 days. Would I be able to get everything finished in time? Stay tuned.

Peach Lightning Striking (After the Symphony)

Here’s another one of my entries for the abstract art exhibit at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. I submitted everything on Monday. Wish me luck.

No More Shoveling

Last week’s ice/snow events required me to cancel/reschedule no less than six appointments. I left the house just once during a five day stretch. When we saw the forecast for this week, with the potential for up to 12 inches of snow, we went out and bought a snowblower. It turned out to be just in the nick of time, as we had a six inch snowfall on Sunday night and another one Monday night into Tuesday afternoon. We now have double the normal amount of snow for February and the month is only half over.

If we don’t get a decent thaw pretty soon, I don’t know where we’re going to put the snow. I’m starting to realize that I should have planned for that as part of the landscaping. Too late now. At least there’s no more significant snow in the forecast for a while.

I finally had my framing “class” on Monday and it went really well. Except for discovering that the first image I framed has sensor dust and I’ll need to print it again. And the second image I framed has some specks under the glass, so I’ll have to take it apart and clean it. It’s a learning process, right?

Celedon Snow Drifting (After the Symphony)

Speaking of learning, I had to reprint 7 of the 10 images I selected for submission to the MCFTA exhibit. The sensor dust is killing me. Meanwhile, I tweaked the titles to make them more consistent. So, once again, I went back and edited the captions on my previous posts. Wondering if I’ll get the rest published before I change my mind again.

Trapped by the Ice

This winter is absolute hell. I can handle snow and cold, but this bitter cold followed by a day or two of warmth with rain, then plummeting temperatures causing a sheet of ice everywhere, followed by more snow… This is hell.

I canceled my framing lesson on Tuesday, as well as two additional appointments yesterday. Our driveway was a long, steep, curved skating rink. We spent an hour clearing the flat area Tuesday afternoon and by the time we “finished,” the part I started with was already covered with a fresh layer of snow.

My husband went out and spent another two plus hours clearing the whole thing again yesterday morning. We ventured out in the afternoon to pick up more sand and some groceries. By some stroke of luck, we happened to hit the right home improvement store during the two hour window they had stock in ice melt. We picked up three 50 lb bags of it and four equal size bags of sand.

Turquoise Icicle Melting (After the Symphony)

In honor of the hellish weather we are currently enduring, I’ve selected an image that makes me think of icicles. The snow started up again this morning and is forecast to last well into the evening. Welcome to the 7th circle.

Making New Friends

Minnesotans are notorious for closing their circle of friends relatively early in life. So you stay friends with people you met in high school or college or early in your career, but making new friends after your mid to late twenties is relatively rare. People who move to this state as adults run into the wall of “Minnesota nice,” whereby everyone is polite but in a completely superficial way.

I’m trying to break this trend by being a native Minnesotan who is making new friends in my mid 50’s. I had lunch with one of our neighbors on Friday. She had invited me to a coffee gathering of neighborhood women at her house back in September. Everyone who attended was nice, but I felt like the hostess was someone who could become a real friend.

She’s an upstate NY transplant, but has lived in the area for 17 years. She also started painting just recently, which I find utterly fascinating. We had a terrific lunch and connected over our mutual artistic aspirations. Hopefully the start of a new friendship.

Indigo Storm Rising (After the Symphony)

Today’s feature is actually my least favorite of the set I plan to submit to the MCFTA for their abstract exhibition. I sent all ten to the artist who taught my abstract painting class and it was one of her favorites. That is the beauty of art.

Got the Fever

Hard to believe it’s February already. After a string of bitter cold days, including one night that dropped down to -30 degrees, we are back on a temporary warming trend. We had a nearly 70 degree temperature shift in about three days. This morning started with rain and heavy fog.

Hitting -30 degrees is a relatively rare event, even for the frozen state of Minnesota. I googled to find out the last time it was that cold. Turned out to be February of 1996. I was living in my first home (a townhouse) and I remember the kitchen sink waste pipe froze, so I had to pour boiling water down the drain to thaw it. Fun times.

But enough about the weather. After a six week absence, I decided to start posting on Instagram again, featuring my new After the Symphony collection, soon to be an exhibition at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. (Oh please, oh please, oh please) Trying to think positive here.

Cerulean Tornado Forming (After the Symphony)

This particular image responded really well to color shifting and I have three or four variations of it, all of which I like. I’ve got all ten in the series printed out and I am anxious to get them framed. I want to keep printing large size images, even though I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them all. It’s like a fever. Maybe cabin fever.