Today was a very interesting day for the campaign. A few new people came aboard, ah thank you, thank you (please picture me humbling bowing to you in your honor). The minor misunderstanding I spoke of yesterday was resolved in a very gentlemanly like fashion (thank you to the parties involved in that if you're reading. I appreciate your understanding in the matter). Those things weren't the strangest happening though, the strangest thing is the absolutely immense views the original ALERT! film received (and is still receiving) on YouTube. When something of this nature happens it's always fun to try to figure out where the attention was born from and I have a pretty good idea that it was a weird aggregate of a few sources (Jason, I thank you). To hear so many positive comments about the original film was very uplifting, especially since my faith in the new project was waning. It was a nice way to enjoy the day.
I did my best in responding to every single comment on YouTube which was fun until YouTube decided it wasn't interested in hearing from me anymore. It was amusing that people thought I was on drugs or drunk while making it, as if being high or drunk is an optimal state of being for accomplishing work. It worked for Bukowski, Hemmingway, Shelby and Burroughs but not my preferred workflow. I'm not a young man made from elastic bands anymore. It's good and bad I guess.
Well, I thought it would be fun to share a little story about my evening with you. It's not related to Alert2 at all but I had fun. Firstly, I'd like to share this picture with you.
This is a picture of where I work. The colors you see before you are all tubes of paint. That's how I make a living usually, painting pictures. This three story "leaning tower of paintsa" does the trick in keeping my paints accessible but if you can see the bottom row in the back, that's where I keep my shades of green. In the back row on top I keep my pinks, purples and metallics. The third shelf is bigger tubes and specialty paints such as sparkle and glow in the dark varieties. I realize that my work often lacks certain colors which are sitting there just waiting for me to use them. Today I set off to make a more efficient stacking system to ensure that the recipients of my work are receiving the maximum amounts of color variations in their work. I have 'em, why not use 'em?
Cardboard and hot glue are my favorite materials to work with at the moment. I'm in an apartment now and with limited space, I have to fit what I need to do where I can. I'd prefer to use wood but the tools to use wood aren't readily available to me at the moment. If I ever get a proper house of my own (HA!), I can't wait to build an efficient workstation there. There would be lazy Susans and things on tracks with wheels to make art making the most efficient thing ever. I'm really going on a tangent here, my apologies. What you see above was my first design which I messed up by not properly measuring first. Not only would this design give me an extra level of space, but the stuff at the top wouldn't be in the dark in the back so I could see it easily. This design seems like it would be the simplest but I'm colorblind and rely on the labels greatly. I've painted in this situation so much that I've memorized where I keep all the colors. Having them on their sides wouldn't matter much now.
Anyway, this design was all off center. I'd used up the big pieces of cardboard and didn't feel like dismantling this design and trying again. I made the decision to head to the dumpster to see if anyone had disposed of any giant cardboard boxes.
I didn't find any more boxes but I did find a bunch of blinds. I had the bright idea to use the blinds as shelves and hot glue them to cardboard concoctions like the ones shown above.
What didn't dawn on me what how the blinds were actually going to support all that weight. I thought of the idea of having them at a backwards slant only after I had glued them all down. It became apparent that I wasn't thinking clearly and the state of the living room with cut bits of everything everywhere was decreasing any chance of anything good happening. These shelves looked pretty cool but that's about it. I thought about saving them for something else but you know what happens when you start doing that? The junk piles up. There is no room for junk here :(
I made the executive decision to return the materials back to where I found them. The garbage. Most evenings where I undertake something like this I'll have a nice new thing to make things easier. Didn't work out that well tonight. Oh welly, you win some you lose some.
So that was my story about my paints. Thanks for reading about my paints. It's now 2:56 a.m. and I've got some painting to do. I owe a lot of people a lot of little paintings. Today was a very interesting day. I wonder what will happen tomorrow?