I just noticed my last post was sometime in March. I do look at and comment on bloggers posts I follow, but there hasn’t been much going on in my studio except waiting and a little bit of painting. Somehow I managed to get quite tangled up in my unpaid job as treasurer for Cass Area Artists, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of which I am a co-founder.
It seems that the last two years have made for a rough road for a lot of organizations, and ours did not escape. So my first task, completed in March, was to secure our official 501(c)3 status with the federal government and then put together a fundraiser. As is usual with bureaucracies, they took their sweet time granting 501(c)3 status. Then I worked on a never-ending project with Facebook to be able to get a “donate” button on Cass Area Artists Facebook page. At some point in the past we had to change our address because our director retired and moved out of state, and that’s where the mail had been going. It again fell to the federal government to accept our change of address. That still has not happened, although I filed the form for the change on March 1. Facebook refuses to give us a “donate” button until our physical address (which we actually don’t have because we neither own nor rent property…) matches between what we told the feds was our new address and what is the address on our bank account. I had to make two tries to get the bank account changed. And it still didn’t appear on the bank statement. So I went the other route Facebook suggested, and got an official letter from the bank verifying our account and the address Facebook insisted we should have. Still not good enough.
I rebelled, as I am wont to do when faced with utter nonsense. I decided to do a work-around for Facebook by setting up a fundraising account with another entity which would allow me to put a link from anywhere to the fundraiser. I can put a link on the Facebook page too. The only frustrating part of all of this is that setting up the fundraiser account has occupied hours of my time so as I said at the top of this screed, I have done little painting. However, all was not lost.
After waiting a considerable amount of days since that last post in March, a hot day (heat is essential for the process) finally arrived and I was able to pour paint on two canvases for the next Sky Pads paintings. Then I had to wait another long time for them to dry sufficiently so I could transfer the drawings. Somewhere along the way I managed to squeeze in about one and a half coats of paint on the first one. When I finally decided to document it on my blog, it had been so long that I couldn’t remember what the next number was for the Sky Pads series. Had to look it up. It’s number 35.
In passing, I can say that I managed to get two Sky Pads paintings into a couple of good shows. One at the Box Factory in Saint Joseph, Michigan, which I have been in a few times and even had a sale out of a few years back. The second one is at the South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana, which was doing a special exhibit of local artists only.
So looking ahead, Cass Area Artists has its monthly meeting this coming Saturday, and if everyone approves of how the fundraising page looks–a couple of photos and a video in addition to a laundry list of text pleading for money–it will go live and I can get back to being an artist. Heck, I may even put a “donate” link on my blog. Why not?
I chuckled about your work-around problems – I’m the same way, perhaps it’s a trait of a creative person?! It’s also a nice workout for the brain!
It’s good sometimes to veer to other interests and return to those items in the pending category and move forward. Recently I’ve been taking my small pencil work to the refugio, and between watching for birds, I work in very comforting surroundings, a nice alternative to the city.
Now past midnight, the city is almost silent, but tonight it’s time for sleep. ZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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I have the same issue with blogging Alli. Since moving to Derry I find it hard to sit down and write anything – I think it’s because our “office” is actually a cupboard (with coats in too) and although I can do short work on the PC, it somehow puts me off writing anything longer! Your skypad pieces remain stunning. We moving back to Donegal next week for the summer but I am not sure that will make much difference!
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I applaud your determination in obtaining the 501C3 and then following up with the fundraiser loopholes. I understand how damnably frustrating that entire process is. And you know what? I really enjoy the bloggers who post when they are ready, be it twice a year or once a month or whenever the time is right. I find myself skipping over posts of those over-eager buddies who post daily or every other day. I can’t keep up with all that. I do have a life, as we all should have.
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I suspect that one reason some bloggers try to do it every day is that in the early days of blogging the “blog counselors” at the time prescribed daily posts so you wouldn’t lose the attention of your followers. I guess they didn’t consider that mindless blog posts will also cause those followers to skip your posts. 🙄
Exactly! And I suppose an important consideration if you’re trying to make money off your blog. I just wanna have fun.