On  Saturdays I get to do some pretty interesting things. I used to never get them off and for the last couple of years I have been able to. I have a lot of interesting stories like the time I went to the local art store afterwards I bought a tube a paint and then my friend from the drawing group went to the store too after seeing him eariler that day. The shopkeepers gave us a free tube of Torrit Grey paint and when he left, the shopkeeper gave me another free tube of a vibrant color. I am blessed to be around good people.

So the other week I didn't sleep in until Saturday and even then around 10am I was like I need to go to the drawing group late at a decent time. So I rolled out of bed put a hat on got my paints and I was good to go.

 So I arrived about 20 minutes late and I noticed the person who oversees the group was wandering around with their phone in my mentor's living room. She looked at me as I struggled to bring in my stool, paintbox, palette and easel. Happily she exclaimed Do you want to model because so and so ignoring us? I was like I guess I mean I don't look great now.

It is very rare to have models stand us up with no notice or even with a notice. Happens no more than twice a year.

If I had known I was randomly selected to model I would of put an more interesting t-shirt on. At the time I just wore a hat and a wrinkled t-shirt and I didn't tell anyone about me literally rolling out of bed until last week.
These t-shirts are from threadless. A lot of people take notice to
what I have and compliment on my t-shirts even when I don't care to be noticed


Sometimes when we have an awol model I will decline because I want to draw or they want me to pose nude and that is just awkward...in front of all of my friends.

The coolest part of it all was I bought a microwave the day before after months of not having one in my new place. I told everyone that it fine because I'm getting reimbursed for that microwave. :< Since I told everyone my microwave story they gave me extra money for the modeling fee to cover the cost the of the microwave. I am blessed to be surrounded by good people.  TT__TT   Very rarely tip when unless someone is really awesome at posing (*which I am | Insert bragging rights) I don't move, I claim part of it is because I know what is expected and also I used to do acting.
I don't like to do it but I can pretend to be sick in front of you all day and be convincing. Some of my other stories are secret, a lot of people wanted me to pursue a career in acting. Story for another day.

I was like everyone made me look good! Despite not looking good!










Last year I also had the privilege of posing for Sherrie McGraw. I went over to her studio. She is selective with her models and have to be a pleasant person to be around. This painting was done in watercolor in less than 3 hours!








"The Scream" by Edvard Munch
Its meaning and original German title is
"The scream of nature" in this case
This is the Scream of Technology. 
A few weeks ago I was convinced my wacom tablet was broken with no way to repair it again. I own a wacom intuos pro large and an intuos 3 medium. The life span of these objects are supposely 6 years. For some reason the newer models for me usually hiccup in about 2 years. This has happened to the Wacom Intuos 4 and recently the Wacom Pro 5 large tablet.

I used to pronounce this as Wack'em tablet but it is a Asian word so it is Way com.

A design flaw in these newer model of tablets  is the charge port dis-engages inside the tablet. I had this happen twice. I had it happen again last year with only owning the Intuos 5 for about a year.
This Post about broken samsung tablet was originally longer denoting my wacom situation. I did not really explain it and the warranty is actually 2 years. I sent it in the good folks at wacom repaired my tablet within a timely manner of a week. Customer service was friendly and courteous.

Compare the Intuos 3 medium tablet and the Intuos 5 Large tablet. 

In comparison the active area on the Intuos 5 is almost the same size as the entire medium tablet itself. I have gotten used to using my entire draw when I work on the computer. 


Here is the solution I have found to fix your wireless wacom tablet. 

No fear! This guy is awesome for figuring this out! Because I don't want to drop $120 Cheddar for now!


 The link on the descrption expired. So I had to do some some research.

Here Here
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088W70N2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00



I moved the stand around to fit the battery. Rubber banded so it could stay attached. My first attempt, after walking away for 5 minutes nothing charged I realized I did not push the pins to the - and + charges.

Pins aligned correctly and red light to display charging.

Take a nap and its all done! Takes about a few hours.
Spending $40 on another battery is better than paying $120 in repairs and shipping!
A single charge yields about 8 hours of active drawing time. Does not include standby and time out mode.


The reason I have multiple items of the same is my dad drilled it into my head always have two of everything. Because one of things can break and you can continue to work no work stopage. Reason being one time he had a studio session with some people, a few days prior my dad went to a computer fair and the road was bumpy and it damaged his computer. (This was before laptops were really commercial like 18 something years ago. Huge bulky desktop, CRT monitors and such) That was not good. So I caution have two of everything..


Now that the Wacom tablet is fixed we can draw in Photoshop again!
Yus!


















I started watching Ross Draws on Youtube.
 That Wacom Cintiq HD just can't stop looking at it and drooling. That Cintiq!
Love his enthusiasm and hyperness when doing studio time. 

If I had $2k and some more to drop I would get a cintiq. 



Fun fact: I look like Korra from Avatar: The Legend of Korra if I straighten my hair and get blue contacts. I never cos-played before but I would be her. I like her character but dislike the show she is in. If I play video games with people I can get like her in obliteration mode.











Value your work.

It is difficult lesson for emerging artists as well as professional artists need to learn. One thing my dad says Show Business. Deconstruct those words. It is Business and show. Business is business and show is your work (your business) If I can explain it properly through text. The business of it is to make your work seem effortless when it requires a lot effort , time, love and experience, repeated constantly.

It is difficult for an artist to place a monetary value to their art work. Some are shy to demand compensation. I used be taken advantage of by *cough doing it for free or being paid below minimum wage to work. Please do not work for way below minimum wage. YOU ARE UNDERMINING PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS EVERYWHERE( I will find you and smack you myself) It is counter intuitive  not lifting the standard better work conditions for other artists.







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So a corporation needs advertising work. They have a large budget to spend on this project. They hire an agent to hire someone to do their art. 

Say you have professional awesome artist A. has a distinct style and does your promotional flyer or something gives you the quote of $600 with a guaranteed turn out of a week.

  Artist B is an amateur (Nothing wrong with that) but likes to mimic artist A's style an emerging artist possibly a student maybe. This person does not know the value of time and work. This artist is ecstatic to be hired for some work. Says ok I'll charge $6. Because it is just a doodle and a sketch, nothing much. Does this because they just want to work on the project because they love their craft. Noble but impractical. Says this will be done in a week.

Now everyone looks out for their own self interest. This corporation is being economical. Despite being a good person Mr. Agent, this person may out of morals and ethics want to hire artist A. The client will choose artist B. because in their eyes they are getting the same thing for a discounted price.

Now take a step back in America. Minimum wage/ As the comedian said Chris Rock he was imitating a boss in his skit. "Minimum wage is the minimum I hafta pay you. If I could pay you less I would." So minimum wage in America the federal standard is $7.25. Artist B. at $6 is quoting and starting this project at below minimum wage. You hear people cry about not working minimum wage there you go you are already making below it.

Another thing to note as an artist you go through multiple ideas and revisions to get the final product.
It takes time and usually the first idea you have isn't the greatest you work on it more. You can't rush it. So say artist B. does the best job they do. They sit down feverishly to work on this project for 9 hours on day 1. Basic real life math time. For a week, 7 days and 6 dollars. They are not even getting a dollar a day. Artist B. isn't confident and doesn't believe in their work. Even if they charged $60 still below minimum but sweetens the $6 deal.  DEMAND more. So they settle for this thinking they cannot negotiate better wages.

There are some instances that this client would choose Artist A over Artist B because they know quality and willing to pay for it. This is an example of sleazy business people with their shady practices that are out there.



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You can negotiate. Better to refuse it. I'll talk about more later. I learned some of this stuff from these sources. It takes time to digest this information. Life changing and thought provoking story Artist A. & B.


 One time I told my friend when I took a business class is it is like eating your vegetables. It is good for you but it is an acquired taste.

This book I Rather be in the Studio! Is one of the greatest resources to start with. It gives you all the common art excuses and how to combat them, I was senior in high school when my dad gave this to me. He just left it on my desk one day with a note good luck read this, I found it after school. It took some time for me to actually read it and implement ideas.

http://artbizcoach.com/irbits-bonuses/



https://graphicartistsguild.org/handbook Second one to add to your collection you can start with. Has contracts you can use. Has numerous fields for pay scales and business practices for your desired industry.




https://www.artpact.com/ - Has reviews and lists of good clients and terrible clients, pay rate contract type and other useful articles. I am proud to say I helped fund this project years ago on Indie gogo. But not enough to get the T-shirt






http://www.theartoffreelancing.com/ Noah is brutally honest and helps you think about things logically.



http://ninjamountain.blogspot.com/  They did so much for me. Are humorous, informative, informal to listen to. Ninja Mountain gave me the courage to go to workshops and meet other artists.












There are stories I can recall working below minimum wage for artwork, graphic work and my hobby fixing computers. People can waste your time. I say this if you charge adequately they do not waste your time.

One of my clients who was one of my old teachers from the local university. I did image optimization for him. At the time I was doing $10 an hour for some of the work that I did. This was after my first story which I'll talk about some other time. I thought this was good because at the time at my job I was not making this much. Sounded good at the time.

 I go over to his house (Scary!) and realize he has not selected his images for me to work on. He spends 2 hours looking through his slow computer for his files. Mistake 2 my idea of image optimization was different than his idea. Mistake 3 I did not have a contract.

What he really wanted was to get these images optimize them making the resolution not too high but maintain the quality while compressing the image. Job 1.



Which I thought I was just doing Job 2 Do photo manipulation to these terrible photos he took. Job 3 which was the worst part of this was prepare these images to send as a gallery proposal and use these items multiple times. This was the jackpot this was making him money. So people are selfish. So he wasn't going to fork over more fore me until I stood up and demanded more. The other person he hired before did not know what they were doing when I saw their PSD files.

It was tedious and terrible work. He did could not make up his mind up nor what he wanted. Weird quirk he has he had no eye as an artist. He could not "see". He would take terrible pictures with his fancy nikon camera. At some point I did not give him my true valuable input. Like he would choose to obliterate the contrast in his image thinking it looked awesome. In plain terms the image looked washed out, since the image it was brighter but the colors were not adjusted and tweaked to what should look good on multiple types of computer screens. That is one of my skills color balance.
 This project spanned for a few days broken up in 4 hour sessions. At the end I made $80 something dollars. I was leaving out of town for the weekend so I was like cool extra money.


A few months later I get hired again. This time I got smart. Because it was irritating when he did not have his files ready and valued my time. So I went a semi-pro rate of $80 per hour. So when I came over to do that work he did not waste time yapping, cursed at his slow computer, wasn't obnoxiously picky and selective. I was out within 3 hours or so. He did not drag out anything. Respected my time because he respected his wallet.

I eventually stopped working for this guy because he would be a bug to see me just to see me and wanted to know excessive details of my personal life. He is an older unmarried tall gentle man in his seventies? He blew up my phone. Called me more than 20+ times repeatedly and sporadically. Called excessively. Eventually he would lose my number because he was unorganized and used a land phone. He shows up to my job and stays around for hours always tries to touch me. I cussed him out to get him to leave me alone. I've done that a couple of times in my life. He paid no mind to that and thought I was being adorable. Psycho people don't know what no means. At first I was embarrassed to tell people about my situation and stalker. I finally after months told people for my safely. People protect me from him and let me hide and not deal with him when he is around. This legal clerk I know she suggested soon I take legal action against this harassment. Let's go back to a positive uplifting story. Another moral of story don't work for creepers. Stand up for yourself.


















The initial idea of this post came to mind when I went to the Millicent Rodgers Miniature Show. As soon as I walked into the display room where the show was held I was greeted by one of my friends I paint with at my group. Besides talking and stuff one major point she asked me is if I paid to get in. I honestly never paid to get into an art show. The cover was $20 for not being a member. They were bothered I paid so much. I truly did not mind seeing the show and paying for entry. My other friend he jumped in and was curious to see my response as well. I said I did it to support you guys, the museum with such a small generous donation. The show was well organized and done I could not help being proud to be a patron.

It was cool the building the museum is it. I do not know the history of the building. It was styled as a traditional pueblo building. It was a maze I got lost a few times. The layout reminded me when I lived in Germany we would visit castles. For defensive reasons you can get lost easily. At least this building was not like the castles I have been to it did not have an ominous chilly vibe of ghosts living there that did not live comfortably. One such place worsened my condition of gephyrophobia because of a story of a fire and a balcony and what a woman did with her baby to escape the fire and invaders.


One example people get bent out of shape out of paying for their experience or something.

I was hanging out at one of my best friend's job. She works at a video store. I was people watching observing them  besides looking at movies when she was busy working. I saw this lady who was huffing and puffing and finally made her way to the counter. She was upset that she vehemently hated this movie she had rented and watched. This movie is so bad I want my $2 back. My friend being cordial was like I can refer you to the manager and bosses number.

To me that is part of life experiencing things you pay for it and then whether bad or good you paid for it. Like the video I showed before. You go to the movies, concerts, performances, etc. to experience and see things that you like. Being petty for $2. I told my friend that why can't she see that it is like dropping and losing $2 on the ground. You can backtrack it to look for it but you cannot get it back it is lost. It is gone.

I lost a $10 train pass before it was supposed to be good for two ways. Lost it before the second ride. So I lost $10 and did not complain to the company that I wanted my money back for my own lost card. People are strange.

C'est la Vie.


Random experience. I had to wake up early this morning. It is difficult to wake up for a crappy cell phone picture.  People think that the bright spot on the right is a star or a UFO. It is the planet Venus. The more you know.
There are a couple of planets you can see with the naked eye but it looks like a star because of atmospheric interference and they are quite bright and hot!








If you are in the El Prado, NM area on
 February 5th you should go to the Opening Reception Night for the Miniature art show at the Millicent Rodgers Museum.

The exhibition runs from February 5th to March 6th. Opening night runs
 from February 5th 5:30-7:30pm


The show has a restriction of miniature artwork. I am a sucker for miniature objects. I was bummed that my extroverted friend won't attend because they are on vacation but I have other friends involved in the art show.

It seems a great deal of fun.  I've always missed the dead line to submit and also attend opening night!






More Information at https://www.millicentrogers.org/index.php/calendar-news/event-calendar/34-annual-miniatures-show-sale/event_details