Wednesday, March 05, 2008
In her book The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron suggests an exercise to do when artists are between projects -- sharpen your pencils. It's sort of like priming the pump, getting ready for the water to flow again. So I have been reviewing my wishlist for new toys to assist me in my art. Over the weekend I ordered a 500gb external hard drive. When I bought my computer 3 years ago, I never thought an 80 gig hard drive would be insufficient. Hahahaha. Within the next couple of weeks I plan to order a new camera. I'm excited to think how double the megapixels in my photography will change my art. It will definitely create a need for more storage space.
Photoshop gets cranky when I get around 6 gigs of space left on my hard drive. Right now I am considering this Canon PowerShot A720. I've found a good price online but want to hold it before I buy it. I've read good reviews online, but I need to check out the design before I make a final decision.
Eventually I will need another gig of RAM as well.
One of my next goals is finding a better way to print my greeting cards. I've been reading just a little bit about companies using Indigo digital printing presses that will do short run print jobs. Anyone out there have any info or leads on good printers like this that specialize in artists' work?
I also got some feedback about seeing my art printed really big. This summer I saw a digital artist Chalda Maloff from San Antonio exhibiting locally. Her art was printed on canvas, varnished, and wrapped around wood frames. I found out from her that she prints herself, but the printer came in around $5K. Maybe I could find a group of digital artists that would be interested in going in together on a printer. Big sounds soooo good.
What kind of dreams do you have about your art or your life?