A few things I’m working on…
A few things I’m working on…
Have a great weekend!
It started with mouldy bread (yuck!) and continued with the internet, first working intermittently, then not working at all, then going on an hour long upgrade. So all my morning work was heavily delayed.
The good thing is that I finally bought Snow Leopard for my Mac, yay for me!
Yes I know, Apple has just released Lion, but I’m still running Tiger and I got to the point when I can’t upgrade anything or get new software. I always get these messages saying that I should upgrade Safari, blah blah blah, but I can’t with my old tiger! I keep uploading new software that doesn’t run on Tiger, so it’s time to say bye bye to the trusted tiger and move up feline. Eventually I’ll get to Lion.
I wonder what feline will they chose next? I mean they started with Tiger which is one of the most powerful and then they went Leopard? I don’t get it.
I managed to do most thing on my wishlist and that always put me in a great/positive/high moood (typo, but I like it).
I didn’t go out on exploration & photo taking, yet. But I might go later today or during the weekend. The weather has been grey and wet (a part for a few hours on wednesday and that’s when I went swimming), so it felt so nice to stay indoors, warm & dry.
More design work to do today, although I’m starting to feel the laziness of the long weekend coming through, I might cut the working day short.
I have been playing with ideas and images lately, to help me make sense of things and find solutions to problems.
So, I was in the shower this morning, and it occurred to me that the image of the spaceship fitted perfectly.
That minty shower gel really helps, gets my sleepy brain going.
I like minty brain.
Anyway, I thought of life itself as a spaceship, and how all the actions and decision we take, are stirring the ship one way or another.
I thought how, still to this day, I don’t trust myself to be able to sail (drive, sail, I’m not sure which applies to a spaceship) the ship in the direction I want, in spite of having proved myself, again and again.
I might have taken an unusual route more times than most, but I consider myself an unusual pilot, I don’t go for the beaten track, I like to find my own way.
Of course, I consult maps and read everything that could help me on my journey, but then I take my own course.
The problem is that during the journey I often find myself in uncharted territories, unfamiliar places, and that’s when doubts arise. I start thinking that I’ve taken the wrong turn and now I’m in the wrong place, or worst, completely lost.
It is useful to retrace my steps, go through the maps again, put all the data through the ship’s main computer (I don’t know yet how it’s called, but I know for sure it’s not going to be called Hal or Mother) as a way to confirm that I’m on the right track.
So I’m resuming the course.
Make it so.
Very soft launch.
I’m practically not going to tell anyone or do anything about it apart from writing the first post (this one) and put it out there.
I don’t feel ready for anything more at the moment, but I don’t want to keep postponing the thing.
I want to get it done, but without big fanfare.
Now that I have decided to keep the blog design as it is (at least for now), I can actually concentrate on the next project, which is the redesign and launch of metallipreziosi.org.
I already have the main design and started working on the code a few weeks ago.
I’m thinking of having it up and running in a couple of weeks.
I’m going to work on it mainly late afternoons/evening because that’s the best time for me to work on webdesigns. My mind is fresher towards the evening and I get much more done.
By working on the website in the evenings that means that I’ll have more time during the day, yay for that! So I’m going to use the time to paint more.
Maybe I’ll write in the morning and paint later. but I don’t want a strict schedule – it never works for me – I just want to make sure to get enough hours in the studio.
I’m thinking a series of small square paintings. More abstract elements and playing with colours and maybe keeping the creatures out all together. At least for now.
I will need to order more stretchers, but I can start getting the canvas primed and work on a few ideas on paper.
I always think of spending more time out of the house, but I rarely do it.
This week I want to try and do that, at least half a day, a few hours. Take the camera with me and go on a little excursion around London.
Not sure which area I should pick. I’m thinking, somewhere that I know already but where I haven’t been in a while.
Uh! Something like Barnsbury, my old beloved neighborhood. I often say that I miss it, now I have a good excuse to go explore it with fresh eyes.
The idea is to put together a small selection of spacey music to listen to when I’m in spaceship mode.
I’m going to listen to last.fm’s ambient radio for ideas and put together a playlist on Spotify.
Possible members: Boards of Canada, Eluvium, M83, but looking for more, with the hope to find new stuff that I don’t know about.
That’s enough to keep me busy and focused. Updates on the progress on the weekend.
Right now on my table…