March 15th, 2005

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CD labels

Dear Seth is designing CD labels for my portfolio CD-ROM. Some day I will have to find out if digital camera pictures can be turned into slides because many galleries want slides. But the CD and online portfolio can be a visual foot in the gallery door. If I send out enough CDs something will happen. I handed out lots of hand painted business cards at SXSW and found some good contacts. I may work with Nancy to do a seminar on the West Coast on the theme of "unleash you aesthetic problem-solving skills," which is one of the lines I'm testing on the backs of my cards. Actually the SXSW crowd likes the idea of an artist as early design phase user tester and I may get called back by any of several entrepreneurs with new softwares in the works. I like asking early phase questions of real customers and saving Polycot clients time and money in their design by really addressing customer needs and expectations. I'm a user advocate in the interface world but in the art world I don't have to care much what sells since I've been a mail artist for decades. Selling is just another distribution path. I can paint what I need to paint and someone will either buy it or not. And when I connect with a patron/buyer/collector it's a lovely thing and my work goes into a new environment to bring creative energies in a new space. Mail art does that already so I'm quite used to going out into the unknown. Finding a gallery interface to buyers presents an interesting set of problems to solve. If you know of a likely gallery fit for my work please send the name and address and I'll send a CD anywhere in the world.

I made a new page of my portfolio dedicated to the nudes.
I have hundreds of nudes in my room waiting to go jazz up a nice gallery.

In fact, I will trade a nude painting (or flowers, even nasturtiums) for gallery leads that you suggest, thank you.
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Gallery in a Taxi Cab Gallery, devised by art dealer Paul E Stolper and cab driver Jason Brown, used a working London cab as an exhibition space. Even though the project has ended, that's the kind of spot where my little paintings would flourish, don't you think? So I wrote to them of course.