Friday, March 31, 2017

2017 Projects and Plans

With 2017 here, a lot of projects are in the pipeline and a lot of plans are in place. Usually with me, a lot of what I want to do early on in the new year has a lot to do with what I wasn't able to do last year.  There are always projects and ideas that I won't even bother talking about because I know there is no guarantee of getting these projects off the ground let alone getting them done. This is the list I came up with. It could and probably will change throughout the year. I hope to get at least the majority of these projects done this year. It is also worth noting that I never mention shows or other possible events in these documents because I can't necessarily plan all of that stuff that far ahead of time and I like to restrict the document to individual projects rather than events, which will get their own announcement as they come into fruition.

For those of you who didn't read last year's document, let me explain what everything means. I keep digital files of everything I have in development. Before getting official names, these projects are designated with the letter P (Project) followed by a number. Though these numbers are used to give the project an identity, they do not necessarily determine the order in which I get a project done. This is because whenever I complete a project and give it a name, chances are a new project will be started with that same number. For example, if I complete P1 and move onto P2, a new P1 might get started, but P2 will still the main focus. The For Profit projects do not have designated numbers because only what I consider portfolio projects get those. This is also because the profitable work is often a series of projects rather than one single project. I hope this explanation wasn't too confusing. This is just my way of keeping track of things and it works for me.

That is all for rightnow. The next post will most likely have pictures from February.

My document for my 2017 plans

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2016 Progress Report: November-Part 4

After a 2 month delay, this is it. We're finally done with November. We're finally done with 2016 since there aren't any December pictures. The only time I'll go back to 2016 is whenever I get around to posting about last year's shows. So like the last post, there are a lot of pictures, although not quite as many. Within the last week of November, it was about putting the last minute touches on everything. There was no more clay work to be done. There was no more buying with foam board or anything like that. By this point, the drawing-related projects were put off until 2017 because I knew they weren't going to get finished. So the last week of November was mostly about placing labels, painting, polymer gloss work, placing felt on my pieces, placing the hanging hooks and wires. Aside from painting the piece now known as Daylight, a lot of the work involved little things, but there were a lot of little things to do. I got most of everything done on Monday the 28th, the same day the show had to go up. Daylight was not finished until Tuesday. I was relieved since on Wednesday, I was allowed to focus on getting ready for the reception and preparing the buttons and ceramic pieces I would be selling at the reception.

So enjoy these pictures. The next Progress Report will be for February 2017, although I'm not sure if that's what the next post will be about. Hopefully, that, along with everything else I promised a few months back will be up sooner rather than later.

11/27/16: Everything is almost done here. The felt on the bottom is still needed.

11/27/16: Everything here is almost finished. Felt is still needed though.

11/27/16: Working with tiny labels is always hard, but it is almost done at this point.

11/27/16: The back here is almost finished. It just needs felt, hanging hooks and wires.

11/27/16: While molding paste isn't needed everywhere, I used it for the purpose of consistency since it was needed to cover up the edges of the label.

11/27/16: Every aspect of the label for this piece was complicated due to the small triangular space. I also tried to hide the wood pieces that'll be used for the hanging hooks by covering them with molding paste, acrylic paint and metallic paint.

11/27/16: The felt is on and this piece is finally done.

11/27/16: The felt is on and this piece is now complete.

11/27/16: The felt has been glued on and this piece is finished.

11/27/16: The felt has been glued on but the hooks and hanging wire is still needed.

11/27/16: The felt here only needed to be placed in certain parts of the piece. Anything that would be touching the wall was covered with felt and the part where the wood piece for the hanging hooks is located also has felt. That was done partly for aesthetic reasons and so I would remember exactly where the wood was placed.

11/27/16: Felt has been placed around the label, on the hidden wood pieces where the hanging hooks will eventually be placed and at the bottom. This piece is almost done.

11/27/16: I spray painted this piece. As anyone who has seen the past progression of my work may know, I almost always use a coat of spray paint before painting since black is easier to hide than white.

11/27/16: The back was spray painted as well. I chose to put the label on after the spray painting so I wouldn't ruin the label in any way.

11/27/16: Light molding paste was used to cover the edges of the label. This does not need to be spray painted and can easily be painted over later.

11/28/16: This piece is finally done and ready for hanging.

11/28/16: This piece is done and finally ready for hanging.

11/28/16: This piece is done and finally ready for hanging.

11/29/16: Basic paint work on the back is done.

11/29/16: Basic paint work on the fron is done. I chose to have the darker spots in the center and on the ends while having the lighter areas are in between. This won't be as noticeable when the metallic paint work is done.

11/29/16: The metallic pant work is done on the front. This really helps the textured patterns stand out more.

11/29/16: The metallic paint work on the back is done. The only reason I bothered with the back was for continuity purposes. If people look on the side of a wall while this is hanging, they will continue to see metallic paint.

11/29/16: The polymer gloss is on. The felt is on. The hooks and wire is on. The back of this piece is done.

11/29/16: The polymer gloss work on the front is done. This piece is done and is ready for hanging.