good morning campers and welcome to the 5th post....can you believe it!!! i have been consistent for 5 whole weeks....absolutely amazing....and refreshing! i have learned so much already...i'm pretty proud of myself....go self!!! yea!!! i'm kinda doing a pep rally for myself right now....well i used to be my high school's mascot ...."we are the vikings!".... so i have a little training in boosting spirit and cheering people on....let me tell you the training for being a mascot was so rigorous...i believe it consisted of putting on a costume my mom made for me and cheering people on....brutal i'm telling ya......i think i was mascot just 1 year, basketball season....instead of playing drums in the pep band....yeah i was a total band geek....i felt like we didn't have a mascot and needed one...who dosen't , right?!....i don't know who said "sure go ahead and be our mascot"....but either they were highly congratulated or they got fired shortly after that........but anyway i went out with the cheerleaders and did my viking thing....ya know ransack and pillage....or in my case cheer everyone on like crazy....same thing right?!
so now my next big goal in learning how to market and remake myself.....well not really remake myself....maybe reinvent my way to do art....no...maybe....oh something like that.....soooo...i have to figure out how to sell my artwork online....could be interesting!!!
oh my gosh, i just figured out how to put a copyright symbol on my pictures......yeah!!!!! i was trying to put the symbol on my pictures but couldn't figure out how to get the circle around the c....sometimes it takes me a minute or a week to figure stuff out.....so if you go online and ask .."how do i make a copyright symbol on my computer"...you get the answer........yes and while "everything is true on the internet"....that was sarcasm......this actually did work!!!.....so you hold down the Alt key and then using the numeric key pad.. (the one to the right of the alt key...for dyslexic people that's the other right...there you go!) ...so you type in 0169.....what???!!! ....isn't that crazy...who knew.....well once again, probably alot of people....little conquests make me so happy! ....and yeah that's another post-it on my wall....and yeah i had to look up conquests as a synonym of accomplishments, it seemed to fit my journey better...ya know "conquering the computer" (in case you didn't realize that last quote came with sound effects, try it again and imagine a very deep voice with maybe an echo)...... (see what i mean)
ya know if an english teacher is reading this right now, they are probably cringing at my fabulous grammar and punctuation
the other thing i'm not sure of , is when i am saving anything i do, (talking computer on the weebly site)....my screen pops up " publishing", which kinda means its going live...which means yall can see it i believe..........so since i don't know how that's being received by the computer world, could be there are notices being sent out saying..."hey this site has just been published" and again and again....hopefully that's not happening....or maybe it's just another fabulous reminder to read or look at my latest update...again and again in a span of 5 min.........isn't this such an exciting journey we are taking together!!!
another conquest is that my picture on the "egg tanks" post did stay where i wanted it to!!! yeah!!! and for this post i figured out how to add text boxes and image boxes instead of trying to force my text to stay where i wanted it to....
ok small background on that picture of egg tanks so i can get yall up to speed on where my brain is....it's in my head...ha ha....anyway, when i write this post i have this blank area in front of me.....no that's not my brain....well maybe sometimes.......anyway, i have to drag over a text box so i can write something....then i have to do the same for an image, i drag over the image box and then i can add an image....the problem is when you are adding an image or text box to your blank area and hovering over the area to place the box, the blank area goes kinda gray (could be my brain...gray matter..ha ha so funny, well to me anyway).......... so i wasn't sure if when i drag over a box, if it would mess up what i had already written...yes i know, i wrote first and tried to fit boxes in later......yeah i do things backwards all the time......why read directions when you can just struggle for hours trying to figure stuff out...right??!!...again "what is this box you speak of?"..... so last week i added an image box in the middle of my text box...and for the next hour or so tried to chase around the image to get it where i wanted it to go and stay......like i'd put it between 2 sentences and it would jump to another 2 sentences...or better yet and my personal favourite...in the middle of a sentence.....it was a mess.......so this time i played around with it before writing or adding pictures......who said i can't learn?!
in trying to learn how to get my artwork out there, i figured out a couple of things...first is this has to become a habit...(i know alot of you are like "really, you just now figured that out").......i know.....but anyway, i have to spend some time every day on the computer doing stuff...like uploading (is that the right direction?) my pictures, writing posts for this blog, reading info on how to market myself and my artwork..etc, etc, etc...................and second thing is, i have to give myself a time limit, cause i am serious... well not usually...but you can spend hours on the computer doing stuff......so while i know those are 2 vague , but brilliant ideas for myself...the light bulbs that are going off here, so bright, and very disco-ish....is that a word?...anyway its a start and gives me a direction to head in...ok if i have to go to the beach i will....well maybe not that direction...or maybe???!!!
the other brilliant realisation i had was that painting for me needs to be a habit also...yeah i can paint when i'm "in the mood" but alot of times i'm just plain lazy, so waiting for "the mood" to set in....might be awhile......but if i make painting a habit, set a block of time, it keeps me focused, well as focused as i can be........ ya know i probably would have benefited from being in the military, the discipline, the orderliness......now the military might not have benefited from me being there....i mean how many colours can you paint a tank?! it could be painted to look like a forest, an egg, a large rhino, the possibilities are endless.......and on top of that...how bout shooting with a camera??!! man, the places you could go to get the shot are endless!!!!
we all go about how we run our lives so differently....some are organized, some are grounded, some have a hard time keeping the train on the tracks...squirrel........it's like when my older sister was born, my parents molded her and coaxed her willingly into this box of their vision of great accomplishments (she later became a very successful person, but growing up she was quite the thorn in my side) , then i came along...and i said "what is this box you talk of?".......their worlds were shattered.........when my brother was born, they were so broken he got away with ALOT of stuff...i'm just saying.....
so the point i'm trying to make is..... while habits are a wonderful thing to get stuff done.....when you don't play by the "rules" of "the box" ...i'm doing air quotes when i write these...too funny.... for me, it's harder to stick with a routine and /or habit, ...i'm great at starting stuff, its the excitement, the music, the confetti...... but when the beach is calling you and your supposed to be painting... that follow through is kinda rough. but it really.... i think... in the marathon...a marathon is a long run...ha ha , will benefit you...or me. so lets see if i can keep these habits going and achieve some dreams!! be groovy! let's also see if the middle picture stays where i needed it to when i publish it.
hello again...so i'm trying to figure when to put this blog online... well on this website...ok so that is online...i'm so redundant ........anyway, back to my thinking.... so i was thinking i should wait till i'm home the majority of the time to put this blog online cause i'll have access to a computer. yeah i know your saying "hey you can use your phone to go online too." but i would say "i barely have this computer figured out, i have post-its and scraps of paper taped everywhere reminding me how to do this or that on the computer, could you just imagine what that would look like with my phone?" (see drawing above).......so back again to my thinking... and some people think i can't focus?! what?! anyway.
so then i thought i'll put everything online next week cause i'll be around. then i thought well i better wait till sometime in august because of vacations. then i thought maybe i'll wait till september cause everyone is kinda back to their schedule. but then i realized...hold up .....isn't that what this blog is all about??!! aren't i trying to show the journey, my process, the creative chaos of trying to learn this???!!!.....sometimes it takes me a minute or 2 or 10........wait... a post-it just fell.
hello campers, and welcome to my very first blog. yeah!!! i know im starting this blog after the whole blog explosion has been happening for a bit now....but better late than never, right? i hope!
soooo this blog will be about my journey and the trials and tribulations of being an artist/ muralist. ive been a muralist for around 30 years, kinda fell into it when a friend asked if i could paint a mural in her kids school cafeteria. "sure" i said...how hard can it be, i mean ive been painting forever it seems, so i started painting the 3 wall mural and lets just say i believe you could probably peel the mural off the wall and it would stay together. i used tubes and jars of acrylic paint....just a little pricey. who knew...well probably anyone who paints murals. but its still on the schools wall, so i must have done something right! and a big shout out to God, couldnt do any of this without him! since then i have painted numerous schools, seems i have a knack for the whimsical. and colour, lots of colour!!! also lots of rooms in houses, businesses, churches, pools, lots of furniture, all my cars, washer, dryer, vacuum cleaner, phone....well you get the gist. if it dosent move too fast ill paint it.
people sometimes want to know what goes on in my brain, how do i come up with these ideas, how much chaos is going on in my head....well ive asked my brain that too, havent gotten an answer yet.... wait i think i hear something..........nope..nevermind.
on the painting front, this social media thing is kinda complicated, and trying to market myself has not been my forte. my kids and my niece tell me to instagram and facebook and twitter and on and on.....besides being overwhelming, you could stay on the computer all day trying to update and download and paste and share and flip and spin and do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around...etc. learning how to market yourself is a big help...trust me just sitting around waiting for someone to call you for a mural is not the best marketing strategy. did i just get a phone call?
so i thought i would write this blog and try to post something at least once a week, maybe more, or less depending on my excessive crazy-ness. trying to rebuild myself, remake myself, market myself, and maybe this little journey could benefit me and hopefully someone else too?! so off we go into the great paint can (i used bucket instead of can cause i liked the word) to see what we will see. grab your brush you groovy readers!!!! lets paint!! hi mom!