NYC Rain Update and the Sowers of Strife

I’ve had a chance to make a little more progress on my latest NYC painting. I’m approaching this with a fair bit of ecstatic energy. I’m using big brushes. I’m attacking the canvas. I’m working up a sweat. I love it. I mentioned in my last post that I’m determined to loosen up and stop nitpicking my paintings to death. They start out with so much energy, but I feel like they get bogged down. It’s all part of the process of learning so I’m good with it. I want to spend my time in the studio not trying to churn out masterpieces (which, in my opinion, happen on their own), but working on myself as a Painter and Artist. The Artist paints him/herself ultimately. One way or another our work reflects who we are, what we’re doing, where we’re at. I think most things we do are opportunities for personal development.
Which leads me to something else… The other side of that coin: The Sowers of Strife. Those of us who spend our time trying to better ourselves, trying to help others, trying to raise families, or whatever have got to be baffled by people who spend their days trying to foul up the lives of others for their own gain. Dante maintained that the 8th circle of Hell was reserved for these jackholes. I personally don’t think that’s deep enough. These are the people that scam retirees out of their pensions and candy right out of the mouths of children. In the last year I’ve been targeted by a number of scammers. Email scams are the order of the day. So far I’ve yet to be taken, but I know those who have been. I have the benefit of having been an administrator for a corporate email system for a few years. You see all kinds of great stuff. I’ll admit they’re getting better, but since New Years I’ve been solicited no less than five times to help some poor, hapless soul get out of being “stranded” in a foreign country. Last January it was a bogus painting purchase offer that involved me paying for “shipping” costs up front, but only AFTER the receipt of a “completely varifiable” cashier’s check. Point being the age of internet commerce has been a great boon for artists. We can get our work in front of an amazingly wide audience. It increases the potential for sales, shows, you name it. The other side is that it increases exposure to these pathetic wastes of oxygen. Keep sharp and always check your sources. The ubiquitous nature of the internet makes anonymity a forgone conclusion for those you are dealing with. Don’t let that keep you from engaging in e-commerce. It’s a great way to do business. I, myself have an Etsy store and have made some great sales through there, email, and Facebook, but you never really know who’s on the other end of the line. When in doubt use your tools. Check your sources. I always confer with if I’m sceptical about an email or offer. I’d suggest you do the same.
Best of luck, and… Let’s be careful out there.



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