Saturday, November 24, 2007

Tis the season!

Out of all of the holidays in the calendar, this time of year is probably my most favorite. The nip in the air causes us to dress more warmly, a nice cup of cocoa sounds divine, and it's the best time of year to snuggle under a blanket. I have a thing for candles as well - so I love opening up my pine candle which fills my office with a wondrous scent of a pine forest.

It's also a time of year when things are happening at a bustles pace.

I'm wrapping up a video project that's due this coming week - which will be a good feeling that it's off my desk when it's all edited and sent away. That means my December will be spent working on the remaining websites that we're working on and gearing up for the Christmas season!


Friday, November 16, 2007

Upcoming events!

Artspace & Open Studios and Reflecting Time Productions continue to share a wonderful relationship. Both Darby and myself have already conducted technology/marketing classes for Artspace artists and we're also in the process of unveiling a very important addition to the Artspace group: their own website! The unveiling should happen sometime before Christmas, so keep checking back on here or at their website when it finally goes live!!

In addition to designing the website, we're conducting an art photographic event for Artspace members as well. The first event will happen on December 1st where artists are encouraged to bring in their artwork to be posed and photographed to eventually lead to digital copies of their work to be submitted for gallery consideration. For $10 per piece, the artist will receive a CD containing several pictures of their artwork taken from a myriad of different angles and with different areas of focus. The idea is to create a much more descriptive approach for each piece that they will have and be able to distribute on their websites, in their advertisements and for upcoming shows.

I'd like to thank Linda Brotman-Evans for working with us and we're thrilled to be apart of the Artspace community!

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Finding the Balance...

As we creased the calendar to reveal our eleventh month of 2007 -- a sudden panic overwhelmed me: exactly where did the rest of 2007 go? In the middle of one project after another - what happened? I found myself confronted with that blur of a moment where you re-live the last 4 months in a span of 14 seconds. OUCH that hurt...

In the middle of that painful realization, I fell ill to the local bug and have since grounded myself to sleep and recovery. A strange thing happens when one is under the influence of cold medication - as for some, it becomes an almost philosophical experience. So, in the middle of one of my couch-ridden programs, I discovered the inherent necessity of finding and achieving balance in my life. Almost like a flash of light - I realized that not only was I lacking the forceful Monday through Friday weekly structure, my days blend together until I'm utterly and completely overwhelmed.

Usually, however, whenever I've tried to dedicate myself in a more structured endeavor, the ever-changing the project list continues to overflow and disrupt any attempt to maintain the balance. The quest of finding balance dissipates and I'm right back in the 7-day a-week rut once again.

So when I started to feel better yesterday and today, I resisted the temptation to startup any of our projects. I literally forced myself away from my office and onto the couch watching movies, sipping water and sucking on throat lozenges. I could've worked, but: a.) it's technically the weekend, b.) I'm sick, c.) the projects will still be there and d.) I felt very rundown and unfocused.

I initially felt that the unfocused feeling was the result of the head and chest cold, until I realized tonight that I'm actually looking forward to a renewed day of business tomorrow. The forced rest and relaxation path I traveled on this weekend has allowed me to catch my breath and have a way to re-channel and re-focus my efforts in the coming week.

Maybe there's something to be said about having weekends after all. Now that would be completely revolutionary considering the events which have transpired over the course of the past year. Maybe I'm getting a little smarter as time goes on and may this entry serve as a reminder for myself -- the next time I consider working a weekend.

(well, there's always hope!)

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