Seems like Sunday just gets here so fast. Despite walking around with a brace supporting my ankle since Friday, I did pretty good for the weekend. I picked up my frames and delivered the artwork for the HCAA Greater Houston Open where I assisted judge, Peggy Kingsbury, and enjoyed the compy of fellow judge assistants and other volunteers. No ribbons for me this year but several of my friends had their work recognized like (see if I remember) Richard Varela, William Kalwick, Bruce Williamson, Ann Armstrong, Lienchen Lien, Willy Wong…I found some new favorites.

I got to visit my friends Macario Ramirez and Chrissie Dickerson at Casa Ramirez, and met up with Lizbeth Ortiz and Julie Zarate. It was nice to meet Eva and enjoy the Mexican ambiance and Dia de Los Muertos alter set up by Macario for his presentations.

After a nice sea food gumbo at Mardis Gras, I saw an old Avalon movie and snoozed off till morning. After a nice walk in the crisp morning of early fall I finished prepping some prints and am now working on a commission to illustrate the Christmas card for my SocSci buds at Rice University once again this year. If I get lucky with my time, I may even squeeze more work on my new southwest series.

I still have things to put back into the studio since the hurricane, which reminds me of the new bumper sticker I designed for my car window stating “I am Joe the plumber”. I already outsource some services and want to hire help to do all the logistical side of the business so I can focus on the creative but will I be able to do that? Will I be able to grow at the rate I want and my creativity and hard work allows? Doing my own research like Joe himself recommends.

For now, I must get back to work. Although with a nose to the grind stone you can’t see what’s coming sometimes. And one thing I’ve learned is that philosophy is good for the spirit but hard won experience pays the bills.


About The Artist

Houston, Texas A classical artist and writer that delves in sustainability issues and natural health practices.
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