Thursday, December 06, 2007

A chicken with out a head

Which is why tomorrow, I'm off to Da Vinci Arts Fair to get myself a little chicken for my head. Maybe it will help. [And of course that should be "chicken without a head", that's how without a head I was.]

But of course, that's all that I need to do—spend yet more money, having purchased 2 of the PDX Panels today, and not having sold my own (wah!), I'm like, one of the very few people, out of the ones I know, who haven't sold their panels yet. Almost all of the Open Studios artists' panels have sold; Diane (from my critique group), her panel sold, too. Why me!? Or maybe that should be, why not me!?

After Gretchin so graciously (once again) agreed to help me out and table for me at City Hall, I belatedly remembered that I did not leave her any cash to make change with. But if things went as well there as it did elsewhere, she probably didn't need it. Wah! Again.

I, me, and myself was at the Chinese Garden doing the gocco demo tonight, with some of my paintings and prints up for the evening. The garden had free admission tonight, but it was coooooold. Very cold. They brought me a space heater, but I was still pretty cold. I got pretty hungry too, but didn't want to eat too much since Mike and I were meeting for dinner. I snacked on almonds and some dried persimmons (yum!) that Blake gave me.

The day started out fine enough, although rather early. I was out of the house by 7:45am for my first appt of the day—25 2nd graders at Atkinson Elementary were waiting to gocco with me (and a team of volunteers). I took all my B-6 goccos. The plan was to go from one event to the next, all day, so the car was packed for everything I had to do.

But I finished at Atkinson earlier than I expected, so I came home for lunch and decided to unpack the Atkinson stuff from the car (an important detail for this woeful tale). Then I set up at City Hall, and went on to Old Town. Since I had a bit of time before I had to set up at the Garden, I went to see the panels again, and ended up buying 2 of them.

Then there I was, still had some time, so I was walking around in the Garden, enjoying myself, having a relaxed time, going over in my head what I needed to do for the demo. When I suddenly realized, I HAD UNPACKED ALL THE STUFF I TOOK TO ATKINSON ELEMENTARY, INCLUDING ALL THE GOCCO'S!!!

This was now 4pm, rush hour traffic. I ran out of the Garden, jumped in the car (giving up the perfect parking space for unloading) and got on I-5. Miracle of miracles, the traffic was moving. I got home, got the gocco, got back to the Garden in time to set up and start the gocco demos on schedule.

The Garden event started out a little slow, but between 5:45-7:15pm, I was demo'ing the whole time. Actually met up with several people that I had previously had connections with -- someone who bought a small artist's book from me a few years ago (never met before), and the parents of one of my students from this last summer. A friend from ye olde Tek was there too.

After that, dinner, then back to Portland Art Center hoping to catch up with a couple of people (and saw that my panel still hadn't sold, wah!), I got home at 9:30pm. Too tired to go for a Random Movie tonight, all I could gather my energy to do was to feel sorry for myself. So there.


Michael5000 said...

Aww... poor fingers....

On balance, that this is the first time you've ever used the "feeling sorry for myself" tag is probably a really good sign.

fingerstothebone said...

M5K, I'm so over that the new post!

gl. said...

wow, what a story! (the whole leaping-back-into-the-car-at-rush-hour thing.) yikes!

the big question is: did you get a chicken hat? :)