OMG, would you just look at me?
About a month ago I went to see my massage therapist (thank goodness I get massage once in a while or I'd have serious table envy. One can only give so many massages before they need one, ya know?). Anyway, I went to my lady and begged her to focus her magic on my head, neck, and shoulders.
I'm super pro-active about self care. I mean, I'd be kind of an asshole if I wasn't. The professional massage therapist doesn't even stretch? What a phony. But OH-EM-GEE, my effing head!
I'd been getting a lot of headaches from being glued to my computer. I scan all of my paintings so that I have a digital image of them for later reproduction. The problem with scanning them is, the true colors get washed out from the scanner light. SO, I then take this digital image and tweak the colors in Adobe so that they match the originals. This takes hours.
Another thing that takes a bunch of time is connecting with folks on social meadia, webdesign, blogging, 'n stuff (not that I'm complaining, mind you. I actually love the whole process of this art gig). But, that said, it does play hell on all my top 'o the body parts. And while I was nearly weeping at my massage lady's office, she mentioned something about computer glasses.
So I did a little research and ordered a pair online. I JUST went to the mailbox this morning and found them sitting there, all frosty cold, just waiting for my face.
As soon as I put them on I had to laugh.
Shit. I've become the very thing I'm painting. I have become a hipster critter.
I'm not sure if this is totally awesome or totally ridiculous (I'm actually taking a poll on Facebook and Instagram), but either way, the glasses seem to be helping so far. I'm not getting that deep straining feeling behind my eyes...yet. .But it IS kinda too early to really tell.
Anyway, I wrote this blog because maybe YOU are spending loads of time in front of a screen and could use a little eyeball TLC.
...and I kinda want to know what you think. Totally awesome or totally ridiculous?
BTW, I'm getting ZERO kickbacks for linking these glasses. There are others out there, too. It was a gamble and I went with these ones.
Happy New Year to YOU, dear one!
Wow. 2017 was a doozie, wasn't it? I know it was for me. But now here we are, 2018.
A fresh year, a fresh day, and as I sit here in coastal Maine, a (fairly) fresh blanket of snow. What did the meteorologists call that last storm? Bomb-o-genesis or something? Crazy.
All I know is this blanket of white is like a fresh new canvas for the year, and I intend on filling it.
As you may recall, I released my children's book, The Almost Rhyming Hipster Critter Alphabet Book in October of 2016. Well, apparently folks are still talking about those silly critters...and they want more. And if the people want more, then more they shall have!
"You need to get these guys on greeting cards, journals, tote bags, and I want to help you do just that..."
Needless to say, I'm BEYOND excited. My skills kinda rest in the painting part of the whole art gig, not with developing product lines or marketing. Good grief, where would I begin to start?
But thanks to Sarah, my critters will be migrating their way out of my home. And that pleases me deeply.
I've created a logo. A LOGO! I'm totally real now. I've ditched the other 1,000 blogs and websites I've created ('cause let's face it, I've got too many darned irons in the fire. I'm totally going to combine them all here some day. Don't ask me how. I haven't figured that out yet). And I'm drinking apple cider vinegar. ...I'm not sure what that has to do with anything, but I do know it pleases my mom.
So there! That's it! Downsizing, organizing, mainstreaming, and getting legit. Feels good.
What kind of madness have you set up for yourself this new year?