Friday, May 30, 2008

Was it really just last week

that I was driving down 19th Street and saw this smallish elephant sculpture? It was kinda funny because I had seen it before the week prior and wished I had my camera with me. Once I pulled the car over, I had to jump out for a close up (I'm ready Mr. DeMille) and found that we have an emotional critter! Local gossip has it that the blue building behind the elephant is going to be a gallery with artist's studios in it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Cyber Interview and Book News

Cyber Interview on British Art Website

I've had a cyber interview by a young British artist and now it's up on her website. It was really interesting to answer someone else's questions, instead of my usual PR hack way of writing stories and news releases. It was refreshing, it was fun, go on, read it!

The interview with 1st Angel and Friends is now up at her website:

http://1stangel.co.uk/art/interview-artist/ann-tracy

Rejections and Acceptance.....

Artists of all stripes ( media) know the heartbreak of rejection. If you're a performer and you didn't get the part after the audition or if you're a visual artist who submits work and doesn't make the cut, you know what I'm talking about. Sure, they should repeat that life isn't fair more often and maybe we'd get used to it. Probably not.

But then when you make the cut, O the Joy! I finally have some joy (in that respect) to report. My work has been juried into the American Art Collector annual book that's sent around to galleries and museums, etc. The book is supposed to be published this fall and it makes up for the five other competitions that I entered that I didn't get into.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Blogging for Peace - June 4, 2008

Yep, Waiting for the Muse is joining the Sacramento-based Blog Blast for Peace! Please join me!

Welcome to BlogBlast For Peace - The Fourth Launch! Dona Nobis Pacem is Latin for "Grant Us Peace". The Peace Globe project began in the fall of 2006 with a simple post from this blog. The post ignited a flame in the blogosphere. The flame became a passion. The passion became a movement. It amazingly traveled from blog to blog across the globe until it reached 35 countries and 46 states. BlogBlast for Peace is a semi-annual blog event. It happened on my blog. It happened on your blog. It happened all over the world. It is positively inspiring to watch. The simplicity of three Latin words on a globe and bloggers writing amazing articles on what peace means to them. Simple. And powerful. On June 4, 2008 bloggers from all across the globe will blog for peace. We will speak with one voice. One subject. One day.

Won't you join us?
How To Get Your Peace Globe Here's how to do it in 4 easy steps!
  1. Choose one of the four Peace Globe designs shown below. Right CLICK and SAVE in JPG format.
  2. Sign the globe using Paint, Photoshop or a similar graphics tool. Decorate the globe anyway you wish. You can even include the name of your blog. Click here for hundreds of inspiring examples from previous BlogBlasts.
  3. Return the peace globe to me via email ~ mimiwrites2005 at yahoo.com and sign the Mr. Linky below. Let me know your blog's name and url by leaving a comment here. Your submission will be numbered and dated in the official gallery . Your globe and post will be listed on the Official BlogBlast For Peace website and The Peace Globe Posts page.
  4. On June 4, 2008 DISPLAY YOUR GLOBE IN A POST. Title your post "Dona Nobis Pacem". This is important. The goal is for all blog post titles to say the same thing on the same day. Write about peace that day or simply fly your globe. Click here for examples of peace globe posts from previous BlogBlasts
If I believe that words are powerful -
then this matters, so please help spread the word.
  • Meme it (said the Queen of Memes) from your own blog. Copy this post and throw out a challenge to those on your blogroll. The last time I did that, amazing things happened. There's something about this project that has a life of its own.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Global Warming: A Hot Time in the Old Town

Unusual weather is one of the conditions of global warming I've been told, along with increased severity. Well, last weekend here in Sacca-tomatoes and up in Ashland OR, where the hubby and I took a short trip, it was unusually HOT - as in 100 degrees. We had made the plans about 8 weeks in advance and the hubby had a little window in between his work projects so we had to go. As soon as I got back to town, I started working on my mail art piece (yes, I emailed it to myself) for Asylum Gallery's International Mail Art Show which opens May 31st. I've already printed out 50 other entries from all over the world. Thank you artists and especially the Webist artists who have contributed fabulous work!! All art pieces are only $5 and 30% of the proceeds will go to the deserving Women's Wisdom Project. Here's my quick take on Hot Time in the Old Town I'll be posting my photos of Ashland and the trip up sometime next week.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Waiting for Godot ?

Aren't we all in this day and age? Even though we're so connected electronically, we're still so insular and alone. Samuel Beckett's plays are among my favorites with their stark modernity. One of my creative tasks is to write a play something like Godot, but make the personal the political in the feminist tradition and have it feature an all female cast. I'd just call it Waiting. In the meantime, I've created this portrait of old Sam.Thanks Linda for getting me to take Marcelle's digital drawing class.... of course with this as the result, maybe you don't want me to thank you, eh?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Say No to Orphans

If they are bills about copyright! OK in a nutshell, back in the 1970s, congress passed copyright legislation that make it unnecessary to even put the © and year on any work of art. Long as it had your name on it, you owned the copyright. But now in the on-going effort to hurt the little guy, some of those "large" intellects in DC have decided that this needs to be changed so that in order to "own" your copyright you have to register your work and pay $30 to do so!
Here's the letter that one website is asking artists to send to congress: We the undersigned do strongly protest the introduction of HR 5439, also known as "The Orphan Works Act of 2006." This bill, while it may initially seem to protect citizens from excessive suit by a copyright holder, greatly infringes upon the creative rights of artists, writers and musicians in the United States.
Under current copyright law, a work is considered to be copyright immediately upon creation, and is the intellectual property of the creator. Under the new law, a work would be considered "orphaned" immediately upon creation and would not be considered copyrighted until it was registered at the copyright office for a fee of $30.
While thirty dollars may seem to many like an insignificant cost, there are many artists (the phrase "artists" will hereon be made to mean any creator of a work of literature, art or music) who could not afford to register every one of their works. If the Congress will consider that many freelance artists make no more than $10 a work, it will understand that a law such as this would cripple the freelance art industry.
Freelance artists depend on the uniqueness of their work in order to make money. Consider that under the new Orphan Works bill, an infringer would be able to modify a work in so simple a way as to not change the main body of the work and still have the work be legally considered "derivative" and therefore ineligible for prosecution under the law. In light of these severe problems, we strongly urge the Congress to vote down HR 5439, the Orphan Works Bill of 2006. Please go here and let your elected representatives know they should vote against it.
http://www.petitiononline.com/FSS5439/petition.html
It's not as though I'm against making derivatives or using appropriated materials as an artist, it's that this bill is on the side of the big corporate interests (Hallmark maybe?) and not for the artist. I do plan to use a creative commons approach to some of my work one of these days.

Speaking of derivatives, here's two of my experiments with more mucking while going from raw to tiff files.

Above is Lotus 2 and the below is Lotus 6 We can even pretend we're on a radio station, because I'll give away a 5 x 7 print of either one of these to the 6th person who emails me via this blog! And if you see either of these being used by any corporate card makers, let me know so I can send in the sharks, I mean attorneys!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Victory for Digital Artists

I don't know if any of you have clicked the link for the Webists - a world wide art group that I'm a part of, but they are a great group of people and wonderful artists, many of whom work in the digital realm like I work. Many digital artists know that while there is a big market for "giclee" prints (which is only a fancy French word for ink jet, literally squirt) of existing art, many galleries and art centers turn their noses up at digital art. Yes, I know that doesn't make any sense, but it seems like the situation right now.
The man who started the Webist group is a wonderful artist who lives in Hawaii, Rodney Pygoya Chang, M.A., Ph.D. He's received a honor/validation recently and has blogged about it here: http://www.lastplace.com/Journal/arthistorymade08.htm
So now we have an art historian codifying the practice of an artist who works in both digital and traditional realms, but whose final output is digital. Thanks Pygoya for bringing attention to digital artists all over the world! Now, go ahead and click on that link for Webists! You'll find many wonderful artists!