Well, this was a rambling post, and I’m nowhere near being any sleepier, so maybe I’ll work on my painting. I’m getting back into painting pictures, for the first time in 20 years, since my university days. When I started work, I found that I had no time to devote to art (or at least, what I call art) since I and my fellow drones were expected to give up all for the company. If the company had a deadline, we were supposed to work all hours for no more pay, and to sacrifice private personal time to solve the company’s problems. Well, I’m too old and tired to do that anymore, so in future I’m going to spend some of my time on myself. Selfish, granted, but the older I get, the less total free time I’m going to have before I die, and unless I win the lottery, I’m going to have to devote a big chunk of the rest of my life to someone else just to be able to pay my rent and buy my food, so I value my free time more and more highly.
The painting I’m working on is an interpretation of a scene from the closing credits of “Samurai Champloo”, an anime favorite of mine. The closing credits show scenes from the childhood of one of the characters, Fuu, and the scene I’m painting is a profile of her looking up at the sky at sunset on the seashore. It’s a striking scene, and I hope I can do it justice. I plan to have the painting done by the time the next local anime convention starts, which is AnimeUSA up in Tyson’s Corner, in about two weeks. I don’t know if they allow only one artwork for show, but if someone likes it, maybe they’ll bid on it and I can make a bit of money, and they can enjoy the picture. I’m not greedy (although I am a bit mercenary) but if I can make a few bucks while creating something people like to look at, why the heck not?
Well, that’s all I’m going to write for tonight, maybe it won’t be a year before the next post! Anyone reading this, check out my other blog, “Systemic Cheese” at http://systemiccheese.blogspot.com.
I can identify with the sleeplessness. The other night I was panicking over a credit card bill that hadn’t arrived, terrified that someone was stealing my mail or something. It arrived today. But this has been a crappy week in general. I wish I could see your painting.
Oh, and will you be driving through this area during the holidays this year?
Art, I never knew ye!
Hi, I finally got around to updating my journal, and I put a link to a photo I took of my (stopped, but not finished) painting. Sorry I took so long to reply. I’m actually thinking I won’t be seeing my family this Thanksgiving, but I’m going to make it a long Christmas vacation this year. I have to save my shekels, since I’m not working and I’m living off my stored fa, er, my savings account. 🙂 If I get to sell my painting, that’ll help some.