Well alrighty. We are off to the races, aren't we? I'm almost used to writing 2013 on stuff. I was talking to my friend, Muhammad, before the new year and was remarking that I had a really good feeling about 2013. He cautiously reminded me that I had said the same thing about 2012. In fact, I probably say it every year (I'm alright with that optimism). And while 2012 was a challenging year for me, it was also a really good year. Lots of growth. But this year! Oh, 2013, you have started off right! Thorton Wilder once said, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” And I must say that I feel so very blessed and aware of my treasures. The Rogues were blessed with a donation that enabled us to get a (semi)permanent space, I get to go to my first ensemble meeting tonight! I'm working with great people over at the 24th Theatre on their productio of "Walking the Tigtrope". I'm serving with a great board for the theatre advocacy group THEATRECHANGESTHINGS.org. I'm excited to start work on the remounting of "The Songs of Bilitis" with the Rogues. I'm working on a cool zombie comic. And I start teaching design next month! I'm going to stop listing stuff now. I have too much on my plate to list it all. But I am very pleased to be of service. It is a tremendous blessing.
That said, I want to aknowledge my friend Kris Bicknell who has joined me in the Year of the Artist. For January, he is doing a series of portraits (one each week). The first one turned out pretty damn awesome. I have two other friends who implied that they too were joining in, but I don't have confirmation. I hope they do!
As for my own progress, I'm posting the first 3 (of the remaing 6) TataGala portraits that I've been working on. I hope to finish the last three this week and move onto the "Fool for Love" stuff. Catching up feels good.
I'm also going to be adding the "52 Week Challenge" to personal "Year of the Artist" goal. I've learned that I'm terrible at long-term saving and am trying to do better. This seems like and awesome way to get myself to do it. Below you can see the chart and how it works.
I think that is it for now. I'm really excited to share the TataGala portraits. The first two (Amy and Marissa) look like better versions of the first 10. But Hannah actually looks like I know how to paint. Haha! I'm super happy with the way that one turned out. Maybe it helps that I didn't watercolor Hannah first. She is pure digital painting. I do like however a bit of the mess of the watercolor that comes through on the others.
Anyway, if you are curious about the TataGala and what it was, go here: http://tatagala.org/. I'm super bummed they are doing it again. It was a really cool event for a really great cause.
Alright. That's enough writing. Onto the pictures!
52 WEEK MONEY CHALLENGE