Where have you gone, Frank Page?

Yes, I haven’t posted much. Frank Page is missing in action (or inaction… depending on your perspective)  It really stinks that many of these posts tend to start with those very words.  I’m not ignoring you.  I just don’t know what to say.

Why bother filling up this space with my lunch choices?  Full disclosure: since my diet began in March, lunch is pretty much always the same: turkey burger.  That being said, the diet has worked.  Lez and I have collectively lost over 50 lbs…. I’ve personally lost over 26lbs…  All our old clothes look like tents on us.

I didn’t really feel anything body wise until this past weekend.   I set out to re-tile the bathroom floor.  I’ve tiled almost every room in the house, so I know what my body reaction is after finishing… the bending and ripping and kneeling leaves me sore for at least two days.  Everything hurts.  But, my 26 lb. lighter, but a little older, body didn’t do that.  Sure I did as much bending and kneeling as tiling a floor entails… but I was not sore.  Not even a little.  Granted, the bathroom floor wasn’t a huge job… but the last time I tiled it I was in Advil land when I finished.  Not this time.  So that’s cool.

Plus, I discovered that I love laying grout.  Who knew?

Anyway, the 5000th show took a lot of my time last month.  The show was running in conjunction with the finishing touches on a month-long coloring book project for my day job.  The RETRO ROME coloring book was always something that I wanted to do.  My hometown of Rome, NY has a lot of history.  Last year I started a RETRO ROME website through the newspaper… posting a daily Rome image from negatives in the Sentinel archives.  At the beginning o this year, I thought it might be cool to take it to the next level and put out a coloring book… for me it was personal.  I just wanted to draw the buildings I drove past every day.  I could’ve done that without putting a book out of course, but why not share?

Now that the book is selling and the book signings are over, (you can buy the coloring book online here) I can look ahead to other projects.  Or not.  I don’t know that there will be anything on the horizon… maybe I can just relax a little.

Yeah, right.


Art Show – April 1st

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Less than two days.


This whole show has me written all over it.  Which is the way that it should be… everything.

Every piece is placed where I want it.  It’s good to have a vision from the beginning.  But, it’s better when that vision is drawn in pencil.  What I thought initially and what it is now: similar but different.

I’ve been told that I need to enjoy this process.  Enjoy the creation.  Enjoy the placement.  Enjoy the journey.

And I am trying.  Seriously, I am.  Those of you that know me probably think that last sentence is B.S. It’s not.  I’m trying.

I may not be succeeding, but I’m totally trying.

I feel like a musician who has been doing concerts for 30 years… playing the hits from 25 years ago every single night.  I don’t think it’s possible for me now to get as excited as someone seeing the stuff for the first time.  My excitement and the viewer’s excitement are of two different species.  Still excitement, just different excitement.  I think that when I see viewer’s reactions to the stuff, my excitement will spike.  Springsteen plays “Born to Run” for the 1,265th time with as much passion as he did the 7th time.  You know why?  The audience. The audience’s reaction makes him feel like he’s playing it for the 8th time.

I say I’ll be happy when the show is open and over.  That doesn’t mean I hate the show… not even remotely.  I’m the type that is always thinking of the next thing.  I’ll be happy when the show is over

so I can move onto the next thing.  Every project leads to another.

For those of you who won’t be able to make it, I’ll be posting video of the show… both of before and during.  I’ll let you know.

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