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I've been kind of amazed at the funding campaign for my upcoming photo shows. Someone saw my link and contacted me to support the campaign for a young mother who recently lost her husband. She said if I shared the link, she would share mine with some people who might be able to help me out. So I did. Lo and behold this morning, I got a donation from someone I don't even know. Fun! Commerce sometimes puts some really good energy out there. I found that out this summer.

Friday a staff writer from the local online entertainment site contacted me about doing an interview regarding the upcoming shows and the funding campaign. So Thursday I'm doing the interview. How cool is that? So far I've gotten almost enough in donations to print everything for the first show. When all is said and done, I may not have to go in debt to pursue my art. That would be nice. If you are interested in contributing, here is the link. Even spreading the link around would be a help!

http://igg.me/p/325793/x/1680197

Peace,

Wander

Mysterious Ways

My landlord wants me to buy the house we rent because he's moving to Florida to get away from the cold Midwest. Apparently he doesn't mind hurricanes. I'm not actually that confident that I can get a lone for the price he's asking on my current credit score (it's not that bad. It's Fair but not great). But every time I pursue this with one of my banks or credit unions some artistic opportunity pops up. First I got the opportunity to do a 3 week solo gallery show at a traditional gallery in Galesburg, IL. Then the same week, I got a second opportunity to be the second artist to display his works at a brand new art and music venue opening in downtown Dubuque, IA. Seems like the Universe is telling me to pursue my art and not worry about the house thing (even if it means another move to another rental house). The only downside to doing the 2 shows is that it will cost about $3000 when all is said and done and it's money I don't exactly have at this point. My goal is to prepare 60 pieces between the 2 shows. I found a lab in Colorado that will do 16 x 20 Canvas Gallery wraps for $28 each. The walls in the first show are uneven limestone and there will be people in there drinking and dancing during the six weeks the show will run. I will feel a lot better about a canvas and wood print getting knocked off the wall onto a concrete floor than a wood and glass frame. The traditional gallery show has a gallery hanging system so I won't feel too bad going with a mix of traditional frames and standout foamcore prints in there.

So I spent much of the last week putting together a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. I chose this over Kickstarter because you get to keep everything that is donated regardless of making your overall goal. So here is the link to my campaign.

http://igg.me/p/325793/x/1680197

Peace,

Wander

One or the other

I'm sterile

and

I'm allergic to chocolate.

My Mom always wonders aloud if there is not some pill I could take or surgery I could undergo to reverse the sterility (there isn't)

I'd rather find a cure for my chocolate allergy.

Peace,

W

New Steps

I had a spiritual counselor over to my house on Friday evening for about 6 hours...or until we were both so hoarse we could no longer talk. It was good for me. It cleared some cobwebs. I need to get past the point of never asking for help.

On Saturday morning, Pictish runes appeared in light on my living room wall where they had never appeared before. They were translated to say, "Find Him!" So it's kind of like in Field of Dreams...Find Who? I have a few ideas but nothing concrete. Should be an interesting journey though.

Peace,

Wander

In other news

My eyesight was getting bad enough I broke down and started wearing the new glasses I got last year. In fact, I got them almost a year ago. Why have I resisted something that would obviously help me? Because they are bifocals and I've never worn bifocals and I'm a little vain about the connection between my eyes getting worse and getting older. But now I'm wearing them and other than the whole getting used to holding your head a certain way, it's not bad so far. I have transitions lenes and they certainly darken and clear fast. The real test will be how much I have to adjust to look through my camera viewfinder.

Peace,

Wander

Art Sales

On a bright note, two of the photos that got into juried art shows this year actually sold. Silent keys which was in the Illinois State Fair Professional Artists Exhibition sold the first day and Thunder Road which was in America: Now and Here sold as well. All the rest of the photos I entered in contests either took Best of Category, Best of Show or placed Honorable Mention.

Between placing in an award category or actually selling, I'll take actually selling any day.

Peace,

W

Uggg

How much snot can one person possible have in their head? Summer is usually the season I can breathe the best. Not so much in a drought year apparently!

Peace and sniffles

Wander

And the Winners are...

My photography has really taken off this year. In May, I was honored to learn I had 3 pieces accepted into an exhibition of "Sacred Art" in Galesburg, IL.
Guiding Light
Gothic
Star Circle


In June, I had a Best of Category winner in photography at the Arts From the Heartland competition in Monmouth, IL. I had shot this at an abandoned farm house in Chase County, Kansas in April.

One Door Opens...

In early July I took 2 Best of Category wins for Landscape and Open Categories in the Security Savings Bank Photo Show in Monmouth, IL

The Strike
Bluesman

And, I just found out I got a photo past the initial jurying phase and into the Illinois State Fair Professional Artist Exhibition. This is an old familiar photo that several of my LJ friends will be glad to see. I shot this in an abandoned house near Griggsville, IL.

Silent Keys

I'm waiting to hear on the results of 3 photos I entered into a National juried show called America: Then and Now and 4 photos I entered into a juried show at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.

Peace,

Wander

Sweet

I was just told this morning that I made the final cut to do the layout for a 40 page newsletter that comes out once every 2 months. $33 a page. I'm sure I can find something to do with an extra $1200 or so every couple of months! This year is looking up already. Heading down to the farm for the evening to make sure the bedclothes are clean and the dishes are done. I've got some friends who want to come down next weekend for a Native Winter Gathering in Keokuk, Iowa and then spend the evening at the farm before heading back up to Dubuque. Digging the warm weather. 48 here today.

Peace,

Wander

Now that's interesting

What is your standard reaction to finding you have far less money in your bank account than you thought you did? Today my reaction was to call Deb and tell her we needed to take it easy for the next couple of weeks. Really, we should be OK. I just spent a lot getting to NC for the holidays and picking up souvenirs while I was there. Rent is my big start-of-the-month bill and if I can avoid any major repairs or breakdowns between now and the 15th when I get paid again, we should do fine. It's just a little scary when you realize you are the poorest you've been in a year and it's only the 4th day of a new year. No travelling in January for me I guess but that's just as well since anywhere I can think to go is just as cold and ugly as the midwest is right now. OK, maybe Tucson isn't cold in the Winter. But that trip will have to wait for February at least.

I think this year, my travels will take me to places I've been but have not gotten to explore that much of like Palo Duro Canyon in TX and places I've never really spent much time at all like Maine or South Carolina. I may go for a long weekend and spend some time with my folks at the beach so we don't have to be working our asses off all the time like we do when they come to Illinois.

Peace,

Wander