November 5th, 2012


State of the Studio

Interesting getting back into a swing of things, and trying to do so with a balance to all the other activities and events going on in life just now. It's a case of make time for art, and for the business of art, and for the Ranch, and, and, and. Everything competes for time, our only real nonrenewable resource. Yes, yes, I know, there are natural resources which are rare, thus precious, and yet those are either recyclable, or somehow renewable even if not rapidly. Time, however, moves along with no going back and (despite sometimes wanting to) no hurrying on.

I spent yesterday taking care of some 'activities of daily living' getting the laundry done, and helping with the usual Ranch chores feeding all the critters, plus counting new kids. The Autumn Kidding is started and so far we're at about 18 live kids. This time around we are watching some of our older yet still somewhat adolescent does. Yes, female goats are does, much like deer. And yes, adolescents of any species may experience problems with early pregnancy.

These girls are between a year and a half and two years, so should be good to be moms. And mostly so; one decided that the whole business proved much too traumatic and abandoned her two kids (twins are not common to first time goat mothers, not rare either though). Fortunately one of our older does kidded in near proximity both timewise and geographically; while still labouring with her two, she immediately adopted the two the youngster walked away from. We've gotten close enough to determine that Mom #2 is currently nurturing at least 3 doelings. Young Mom gets another chance at this whole reproduction thing, as it is in our experience their second time they do much better.

There are a few stillborns amongst those adolescents, though, and I'm inclined to wonder about why. Their nutrition is good with the same feed we started last year, and the Winter Kidding proved stupendous. On the other hand, though, these are adolescents, there is a hierarchicy in a goat herd and the youngsters may not of been able to get everything they needed as a consequence. Still and all, things are going quite well with only these few bobbles.

After the Ranch chores and between loads of laundry, I worked on the Goals List for next year 2013. Last year I'd set a goal of three weekend type art shows, while still working full-time at Hospital and on the Ranch. Since I met that goal, I doubled it for this year. While I can't say definitively that all six shows are done and thus the goal met, that's because the last show, the Blue Oven Kitchens Winter Gift Fair takes place just a touch over 30 days from today. DietyOfYourChoice willin' and the creek don't rise, we will be there.

I didn't double the goal again, even though this past year I moved to working part-time at Hospital. I did put 14 different shows onto the list, with the goal set at 8 shows. Deadlines for applications and fees along with some other notes related to specific shows (themes, acceptable subjects, and such). This is part of the Business of Art, since some of those deadlines occur before the turn of the calendar to 2013. We are, I'm happy to say, on schedule for things so far.

May not do one or another of the shows that we did this year, even with them being on the list, simply because that is another of the lessons in the Business of Art. Namely, does that venue match what it is I'm doing, We're doing, and if not the probability gets higher we wouldn't make any sales anyway. One of those shows is still on the list; once we finalise our decision about it, though, I'll either not Not Happening or remove it. This is why there are 14 different shows, to give us some flexibility.

I will add at least one Con, probably 'local' as in here in State. In fact, I'm putting one on the list to attend, even though I'm too late for Art space at that con, simply because it is Very Local. Most of the rest are also fairly local, as in an easy drive from the Ranch to get there and not requiring much in the way of overnight accommodations. That will come, I'd simply like to wait and see what sort of 'following' may be generated first.

Meanwhile, I suppose I should show you a couple pieces that went into the recent Necronomicon show. I'll drop those behind a cut more for bandwidth, partially for subject matter, as some workplaces might object to one or two.

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I re-showed Naiad from last year, and a few others which loosely could be called either sci-fi or fantasy because their subject matter could be either future on a colony world or in a fantasy world or such.

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