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I continue to make art, but it's sporadic (sadly.) Maybe that will change as I slide slowly into retirement.

However..! I'm on Tumblr, so if YOU are, consider following me! altese.tumblr.com
  • Listening to: Ambient Sleeping Pill (zzz...)
  • Reading: Wool
  • Watching: Mr. Robot
  • Drinking: Red wine with lovely little bits of fruit in it
“Art suffers the moment other people start paying for it.”

Do you think that's true? Or not? Sometimes? All the time?
  • Listening to: Groovera presents Audio Popsicle
  • Reading: The Bird Box
  • Drinking: Coffee that's gone cold (still tasty though)
Don't think about making art, just get it done.

Let everyone else decide whether it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.

While they're deciding, make even more art.

--Andy Warhol
  • Listening to: Old stuff from the 1940s
  • Reading: Planet of the Apes TPB
  • Watching: Spooks Season 10 (I wish)
  • Drinking: Strong coffee
Let's sweep that old junk right out of this journal, shall we?

After a really grueling three months of work, learning a new business while running my old business :juggle:, I have a chance to breathe again.

Planning to pick up a pencil SOON. I hope I remember how to use it. :)
  • Listening to: Chinese traditional music
  • Drinking: Gin. Tonic. Slice of orange.
It's just amazing. I created this: fav.me/dw6zul

...and then a woman in Germany created this: miss-molly.com/images/logos/he… for her online shop. What a coincidence, no? So similar, and yet...

Gee, I sure would have said that's a rip-off, but no, wait--she tells me she has registered her work here:
register.dpma.de/DPMAregister/… Her logo is a registered trademark, she says to me!

So okay, I guess that makes it all right.

I haven't decided what I'll do, if anything. Folks, stuff like this makes me weary, as I know it does every one of you to whom this has happened. Much, much too distracting from things that really matter.

Of course, the best part is always how the guilty parties hasten to inform you that they paid someone else to do it, and that person swore it was original, and how on earth were they to know, and besides, it's not that similar to your art, really, and oh just go away, we want to be free to steal things from the internet in peace for god's sake.

Another glass of wine for me, please.

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So...after a few emails back and forth, the art has been removed and rancor and ill will have pretty much evaporated, as is appropriate for the season. A relief!

Happy Happy Holidays to all, and the Best of Everything in the New Year! :hug:
  • Listening to: streaming New Age Christmas Music
  • Watching: the steam rise from a big pot of pasta sauce
  • Drinking: Coffecoffeecoffeecoffee
Argh, I can't stand to see those Curmudgeonish Musings here one more second. :fork: Begone!

I've been so busy...which is good, after a really slow start this year. But I've fallen out of the habit of drawing, which is very bad.

Work has been coming in from my wonderful, loyal clients :heart:; I started a new business (publishing a directory--out of my comfort zone but still, it should be interesting.)

I have a million ideas for art projects but I'm so weary by the end of the day I can't seem to do anything but sit and imagine cool things to create. Ahhhh well.

I sort of missed not being at Comic-Con this year...also didn't really miss it, since with just a little effort I can remember vivdly the sense that I really, really needed a break from it.

Anyway--hope all you cool kids out there watching me are enjoying your summer.
  • Listening to: Dueling train whistles across the river
  • Reading: Pillars of the Earth, but not liking it much
  • Watching: My adopted injured goose in the back yard
  • Drinking: Riesling
Yesterday I could view new deviations from my watch list, full size, AND delete them right from that viewing window, AND hit the little triangle on the right to go to the NEXT deviation, and so on....very efficient. Today--nope; handy Delete button is gone, and the little triangle is gone as well. Bah. Thank you, dA v.7.

Also--Llamas. Please. If I could give my llamas to someone I would. I'm not here for llamas. Sheesh. It does make it fast and easy to delete journals, though...if llama appears in the title: delete.

:censored:

P.S. Oh, and the preview function isn't working on this damn journal, either.
  • Listening to: Ringing (in my ears!)
  • Watching: Ducks and geese (on the river!)
  • Eating: TUMS (for the calcium!)
  • Drinking: Mai Tai (several! soon!)
The very fine and always inspirational Today's Inspiration blog is particularly good today. Read what the great Albert Dorne has to say on the importance of drawing: todaysinspiration.blogspot.com…

Happy New Year to all, belatedly. :dance:
  • Listening to: Groovera via iTunes
  • Reading: Endless streams of email, tweets, etc.
  • Watching: The pattern of sun and shadow on the snowy river
  • Eating: Chocolate-covered macadamia nuts
...just thought I ought to brush away the cobwebs in here.

I've been fortunate to have had a lot of graphic design work in the past several months; it has meant that I put more creative pursuits aside, however. I found that the longer I went without drawing something, the easier it got. But eventually that empty feeling got the better of me and I picked up a pencil. Feels good.

I hope I don't lose the habit again.
  • Listening to: My cat Niven making little snorting noises
  • Reading: The digital Detroit Free Press
  • Eating: Kookaburra Licorice
  • Drinking: Riesling
Bye bye all; off to San Diego tomorrow morning. When I get back (newly-inspired and filled with creative energy I hope I hope oh please let it be so) I expect to have some time during what's left of my vacation to FINALLY get to the 1600+ deviations and waaaay too many messages here.

:wave: :wave: :wave:
  • Listening to: The quiet sound of my Mac Pro. Ahhhh.
  • Reading: Detroit Free Press
  • Watching: MI-5
  • Eating: Tabbouleh
  • Drinking: Ginger Ale
* My figure drawing class ended a few weeks ago; I've been thinking half-seriously about starting a figure drawing co-op of some sort; hiring a model and setting up drawing space in our library (which is fairly large) for a half-dozen artists. I think I could fit that many in there if stuff was moved around. I have 3 other people so far who are interested. One advantage would be no more frustration over lousy poses in a room crowded with people and easels and no room to move.

* Did anyone who entered the Pepper Project pepperproject.deviantart.com/ thing of last year, and who made it into the final 100, actually receive their free book? This has really, really pissed me off; I've emailed the folks who held the competition several times and actually got a response at one point, telling me that yes, we will all get a copy of the book...that was about three months ago. The actual book went on sale sometime last year. Sounds like a rip-off to me; I'd love to be proved (proven?) wrong about that but it's not looking very likely. Grrr.

* Facebook and Twitter--I started using both thinking they'd be two more mindless diversions/timewasters...I've actually gotten a)work from Facebook contacts and b)great links for design resources from Twitter. Unexpected.

* San Diego Comic Con--I'm going again this year; it'll probably be the last time for a while (so expensive!) I'm trying to think of ways to make it memorable. What should I do differently? Not sure if I'll have pulled my sh*t together by July and have another sketchbook to give out...not even sure it's worth doing. I get so completely overwhelmed by the talent there that my humble offering pales in comparison. Maybe I just need to go as a Fan, period.

* I finally admitted that I needed to buy a new computer (my Mac G5 is in the process of dying, judging by the noise of the fan which is driving me crazy) so I ordered one--nice shiny Mac Pro with lots of bells and whistles. And FedEx managed to lose it, somewhere between the loading dock at the FedEx facility here in Lansing, and my house. So, I have ordered the damn thing all over again, and am waiting for it AGAIN...meanwhile, some lucky person here in town must be enjoying a really, really nice machine. For free.

* I'm in a total Art Rut. No skill, no inspiration, no nothing. What do you do when that happens? Besides cry, drink too much, bang your head against the wall? I'm open to suggestions.

Okay. Rant over; back to work.
  • Listening to: nothing but the computer fan
Ahhh....I want to start a Dr. Sketchy's here in Lansing, but A) I'm not sure anyone would come because every artist I know is relatively conservative and buxom models wearing feathers and sparkly things and people in weird costumes freak them out and B) I'm probably too chicken to do it.

If you're not familiar with Dr. Sketchy's, they're here (the original) www.drsketchy.com/ and here www.drsketchyphilly.blogspot.c… and here drsketchyseattle.com/ among others.

I'm wondering if anyone reading this has actually started one. Have you? If so, how did you do it? Any suggestions?

EDIT: Okay, did I know Dr. Sketchy's was here on DeviantART? No, I did not. But it's true--right here drsketchy.deviantart.com/
  • Listening to: rain
  • Reading: comics
  • Watching: reaper
  • Playing: with the kitties
  • Eating: cashews
  • Drinking: marsalla
I don't usually bother with drama here on this site, but this caught my eye, thanks to the journal of someone I watch: chix0r.deviantart.com/journal/…

I'm baffled as to why the topic of tracing as Art is even being debated, but I'm disgusted and saddened by the mocking and disrespectful tone of the Director of Community Operations, who could be setting a good example but isn't.

Ugh.

Edit: The Great and Exalted Shepard Fairey is taking a bit of heat for tracing, it would seem... news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090204/a…
  • Listening to: Computer and printer fans humming away
  • Drinking: Coffee coffee coffee
Time to sweep the journal clean of that icky 'art theft' thing...I'm moving on! :bye:

And by the way...

:star: :holly: :star:Happy Holidays to you. :star: :holly: :star:
  • Listening to: Corny Xmas music
  • Reading: Art blogs...trying to catch up
  • Watching: The gale force winds outside
  • Eating: Cookies
  • Drinking: Wine
How perfectly delightful. A so-called artist has taken one of my works, Frankie's Bride Number 2, has colored it up rather garishly, and is claiming copyright for herself and offering it up for sale on her website. Tsk tsk.

I've sent this person a sternly-worded little note. I do hope she takes me very, very seriously.

Check it out, if you're so inclined: www.artmajeur.com/?go=artworks…

EDIT: She's taken it down so the link above no longer works; I'm in the process of checking the many other places she had it up.

You can see the offending piece in this screen shot, though... :)

altese.com/stolenart.jpg

LOL. So far, the excuses she is giving me include:

a) someone ELSE did the original Bride sketch and sent it to her a year ago to finish and post and sell!

b) it's not really a copyright violation, since it's not exactly the same as my work! (huh?)

c) she knows all about art theft because she was on deviantArt and had her work stolen, so who am I to tell her about art theft anyway?

Amazing. What else can you do but laugh? :pointandlaugh:
  • Reading: Sunday papers
  • Watching: Movies on TCM
  • Eating: Rum Cake!
  • Drinking: Rum Cake Glaze. Mmmm.
Please pardon me while I indulge in a little end-of-month ruminating. :hmm:

It seems like every drawing, digital sketch, painting, scribble is an experiment or "practice", something to aid me along the road to doing...what. I still don't know what my goal is. Nothing I'm doing ever really feels like finished art. It's me trying a different style, or a new method, or a challenging pose... Certainly, what I'm doing doesn't feel up to the level of the beautiful pieces I keep collecting in my Favourites. I imagine that that's what I'm going to do "someday."  Stuff on that level. Maybe. (When?)

Hell, I'm old. :) Time's running out. At my age, you really do see an end to things; you know you don't have all the time in the world. But I'm not 'there' yet; not where I want to be, not at the point where my skills, abilities, experience, creativity come together to create something terrific, something that is the best I can do.

But anyway, I just try to keep going and hope I'll figure it out at some point.
  • Listening to: mystery-otr.com
  • Reading: art mags
  • Watching: my cats napping all over my desk
  • Eating: Thanksgiving leftovers
Please pardon me while I indulge in a little end-of-month ruminating. :hmm:

It seems like every drawing, digital sketch, painting, scribble is an experiment or "practice", something to aid me along the road to doing...what. I still don't know what my goal is. Nothing I'm doing ever really feels like finished art. It's me trying a different style, or a new method, or a challenging pose... Certainly, what I'm doing doesn't feel up to the level of the beautiful pieces I keep collecting in my Favourites. I imagine that that's what I'm going to do "someday."  Stuff on that level. Maybe. (When?)

Hell, I'm old. :) Time's running out. At my age, you really do see an end to things; you know you don't have all the time in the world. But I'm not 'there' yet; not where I want to be, not at the point where my skills, abilities, experience, creativity come together to create something terrific, something that is the best I can do.

But anyway, I just try to keep going and hope I'll figure it out at some point.
  • Listening to: mystery-otr.com
  • Reading: art mags
  • Watching: my cats napping all over my desk
  • Eating: Thanksgiving leftovers
...is so damn hard. I'd forgotten.

I'm taking a Life Drawing class at Michigan State University to see if I can kick myself out of my art slump. It's challenging, particularly when the model isn't one you particularly like or the pose is one you'd just rather not tackle.

But I soldier on. It's good for me.
  • Listening to: Deer in the back yard
  • Reading: several day's worth of newspapers
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Playing: Snood
  • Eating: Fresh mozzarella
  • Drinking: Sidecar Martinis (in my mind)
Just something to banish the SDCC post from here...time to move on and say 'Goodbye, Summer.'
  • Listening to: Boaters on the river
  • Reading: Art books
Well, three days later I think I'm back on Michigan time, acclimated to the much higher humidity (ugh) and am feeling more or less recovered from a great trip to San Diego Comic-Con. :phew:

Having gone once before really helped this time around; I wasn't quite so completely blown away by the crowds, the noise, the too-many-panels-and-not-enough-time, and especially the too-many-artists-to-see-in-four-days of the whole experience. And then there's the exquisite frustration of having nowhere near enough money to buy EVERYTHING I wanted...

I traded a few sketchbooks and bought a whole bunch from the many fine people who were there...and I got to meet a few deviant artists as well: Bill Reinhold, Dan Panosian, Alex Riegel, and Franchesco, all of whom were delightful. :)
Alex Riegel at SDCC by ChristineAltese   Franchesco at SDCC by ChristineAltese   Dan Panosian at SDCC by ChristineAltese   Bill Reinhold at SDCC by ChristineAltese

At one point on the exhibit floor when I was nearly overcome by heat and the crush of bodies I found myself thinking, "this is the last year for me; it's too much!" But by the end of the weekend I was making plans for next year. :giggle: At some point I expect I'm gonna be too old for this kind of craziness but evidently I'm not there yet. :dance:
  • Listening to: the quiet
  • Reading: the last week's worth of newspapers
  • Watching: G4 coverage of SDCC