I phoned Apple computer on Thursday evening and told them my story. I remained calm and didn’t get angry as getting angry doesn’t do a damn thing. I asked if I could exchange the 24″ iMac for the new 27″ iMac. The supervisor on the phone agreed with me and waived their 14 day return policy and gave me a special code. I do need to pay a 10% restocking fee and also pay to ship the 24″ iMac back to Ontario but in the end I am getting the 27″, 3,06Ghz, 1 terabyte hard drive iMac in return. And special thanks to my good friend Ian for visiting on Thursday night and helping me make my decision.
And the quality of this video isn’t my normal quality as I’m on a bit of a timeline crunch to get this computer packaged up and shipped back to them so that I do indeed get my refund.
Also, I’m working on two new illustrations; a school of swimming fish and a seahorse.
And I’m looking for two new tenants as two of my current tenants are leaving due to their work contracts being finished. I’m also toying with the idea of getting an actual roommate, someone who works from home to, as I have another secret room which could be used as a second studio, which I’ll blog about later.
It’s been a while since I introduced a new fish to the family. I finished drawing this male fish last weekend and was stumped at what to name him. Later that day, I was thinking about a friend of mine while out walking and the fish just suited his personae. So, without further adieu… I present Christopher the Fish. Isn’t he darling!
He measures 5×7 inches (12,7cm by 17,8cm) and was created with india ink and opaque white ink on grey Ingris paper.
By the way, Christopher writes at The Urban Sherpa and also will be launching the first edition of 3 Blind Elephants, a new media literary journal in December. He is accpepting submissions until October 31st for the first issue.
The best intentions to write this post yesterday withered as the day progressed, and sleepiness combined with the inability to concentrate swept over me. The excitement of winning first place and having three room rental tenants move into my house on the same day was slightly overwhelming.
I slept for 10 hours last night.
Thank you to everyone who voted for the Sassy Sea Urchin; all 299 of you! And congrats to all the other finalists. A record breaking number of people turned out to vote in Etsy’s What Would You Hang on Your Wall Contest as reported in the Storque article featuring my artwork!
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I am in the process of unpacking and setting up. I found a wonderful premium WordPress theme named Thesis created by wizard Chris Pearson that will allow me to grow, learn and progress all the while continuing to provide you with stimuli via art creation and the written word. This theme is extensively supported with documentation, user forums and by Chris himself, and it is highly customizable.
As the weeks progress this blog will adapt and change into what I want it to be. There is a learning curve with Thesis, yet the time away from self-hosting did indeed give me a substantial break from all the things that made my head spin in the past. In fact, this year long break allowed precious time to reacquaint myself with creativity via pen, ink and watercolour.
I chose Media Temple as a host. Their support and knowledge base is fantastic. They wrote back to me using words I could understand after writing saying, I could not import my blog due to it’s size. Keep in mind, that I am not a programmer. I am a novice at best and can follow instructions after reading them nine times, trying to do the task twice, having to re-install WordPress thrice… I did learn however, how to edit that damn php.ini file. Media Temple told me which three lines needed to be edited but not the values (the numbers) needed to complete the import. I searched the WordPress codex until I found what was needed. If you don’t know what I’m talking about… don’t worry about, it until you have to transfer 571 posts, 2484 comments, 144 categories and 1407 tags from one blog to another blog.
Mentally, I feel great and up for the challenge of learning again. What a wonderful feeling!
Size – 8″ by 8″ Medium – India ink and Windsor and Newton Watercolor on Arches Cold press watercolor paper.
Artist Statement – Ever wonder what a tree would look like without leaves or blossoms growing on one side? The new baby foliage on this tree faces the other way, giving good reason to believe the grass IS greener on the other side. Or in this behind the seasons look, Spring IS sprung on the other side.
Spring is the second watercolor in the four seasons series. The Winter painting is beautiful to.
The sun has been shining these last few days here in the city. You have no idea what it feels like to have heat on your skin after 6 months of being couped up inside freezing. Well, winter is not that bad. But Spring sure does feel that good!
The original Spring painting has since sold. It is however available as a glicée print in my art shop.