I don't know what it is about August, but every year, like clockwork, I get into an art funk and can't seem to get any new art made. It's some combination of hot weather and total lethargy that leads to a complete lack of artistic energy and motivation. Luckily, art show commitments seem to have finally pushed me back into the studio and hopefully out of the funk.
Next weekend, I will once again have a booth at the Lincoln Arts Festival (after taking last year off). My dad and I spent all day Saturday working on a super-sturdy tent skeleton to help my booth stand up to the gusty winds of Nebraska. Every year I bring more weights to hold everything down and every year it's not quite enough. All my hopes now rest on Uber-Tent.
Here is all the info:
THE LINCOLN ARTS FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 26 (10am to 6pm)
Sunday, September 27 (10am to 5pm)
SouthPointe Pavilions (27th & Pine Lake Road)
There is a $1 admission charge (kids 12 & under get in free)
In other news, I will be participating in Extra Life again this year and am now accepting donations. Extra Life is a 24-hour gaming marathon which raises money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I play for Penn State Children's Hospital where my cousin Nick JUST COMPLETED HIS TREATMENT FOR LEUKEMIA! How incredible and awesome is that?!
All donations are appreciated and go to a great cause. Plus, if you donate $25 or more I will send you some art goodies.
During the event I will be playing a variety of games and posting updates (and possibly live-stream links) to Twitter. Who knows, maybe this is the year I learn how to play Minecraft?
Next up is my recent Fantastic Mr. Fox inspired piece "Hot Box" for Spoke Art's annual Wes Anderson show "Bad Dads", along with a sneak peak of what's been on my desk this week, and a few of my favorite photos from my recent trip to Canada. Photo dump!
As you can see, I kind of became obsessed with the panorama setting on my phone. Lastly, here are some of my favorite things from the past couple months (this post has everything!): The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter (a romance with an active, interesting female protagonist? Impossible), My Drunk Kitchen (Hannah Hart) on YouTube (so many glorious puns), Penny Dreadful (it's over-the-top melodrama with gorgeous art direction and lots of great actors), and The Martian by Andy Weir.