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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sometimes we forget. Thank you for the reminder, Mr. Close.

"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case."

 -Chuck Close

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's smashed penny time!

My buddy, Victoria and her lovely family, are always kind enough to think of me whenever they see a smashed penny machine.  They recently visited Colorado and brought me back this lovely, tiger-centric smashed penny from the Cheyenne Zoo.  I love it when the machines have animal designs.  I'm a sucker for that.
I have also gotten my pal, Enza and her husband, addicted to collecting.  Enza is so into it that she bought a smashed penny passport.  I love that the nerdiness is spreading.  Smashed pennies are the best.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Postcard Collective, Summer 2013.

I decided to Google myself and realized I forgot to mention this excellent postcard exchange I was involved with last summer (RUN ON SENTENCE!!!).  Here's the link if you wanna see what everyone made.  See if you can find mine, I dare you.