Saturday, April 23, 2011

Heartbreak Along the Hudson

I can't even talk about it right now.

The fear. The sorrow. The angst. The heartbreak.

I received bad news as I headed to New York for a quick but wonderful break to spend time with dear friends.  Friends who know how to nurture the sorry souls who arrived at their doorstep.  Brave but fragile.

I got bad news about my daughter on the way to NY. News that felt like a kick to the gut.

These photos taken on the ride home tell a tale ....  thank God for art...for the distraction and solace it provides.  Thank you Larry for teaching me how to see. 

patti o

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Trompe L'oeil Part Deux

I have been quite handicapped not having a computer,  and though I have a Droid, an iPad, and an old laptop, I was not able to do the graphic and business work that I usually do on my desktop machine.

Bad New: swollen capacitors, and a fried graphics board. The poor Mac finally fried, and it had been telling me for a while that it was on its way out. and I had not backed up all of my files.  Good news: I have found a Geek god who was able to get my files off . All two years of music, photographs, art, etc.

But within the week I managed to get the data retrieved, do my research, and traveled to the Albany Apple Store to buy a new iMac - with the L A R G E  screen.  What a joy to be able to open up multiple windows which makes multi-taking so much easier.  And the timing was perfect - a long awaited retro raise payment was added to my paycheck, and I had enough to get myself back up and running, though I had NOT figured in this expense.  However, for me, it is a necessity, and I can do without designer clothes, handbags and shoes.  My art supplies come first after all the other bills are paid.

I am still getting up to speed, locating files, organizing this iMac, putting on programs. It is a part time job. This machine has more power than I will ever be able to harness...I am floored at all it can do.

The only art I have managed to do as of late is from my weekly painting class, and I am putting up part 2 of my Trompe l"oeil painting on for tonight's image. I am really enjoying this challenge, and am psyched about the two art classes I am taking. Anything that pushes me beyond my comfort zone, or what is familiar, is essential for growth.

Stay tuned as part III, perhaps my last touch ups for THIS painting will be done.  It's been fun!

Patti O Illusion

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Trompe l'oeil

Today's painting lesson was in Trompe l'oeil, which is an extremely realistic form of painting that takes objects that are relatively 2D, painting them on a 2D surface so that they look 3D.  I have never tried that style of painting as I am a landscape painter who has done only a handful of still life work.

Unlike my log painting class a few weeks ago,  I jumped right into the work.  I wiped out the sketch a few times as I had difficulty getting an accurate portrayal of the objects and their relationship to one another.  This is the under painting and I have started to work into it in more depth; each week I will post its progress.

Though it has been uncomfortable at times exploring regions that are unfamiliar to me, I have realized much growth.  In facing the fear of the unknown, I have been able to approach my work with a freedom and gusto that I did not have before.  I think less about what I am doing, and JUST DO IT. 

Soon I will post a lesson I am doing in response to the movie Basquiat, with my High School class Film and Art.  My students are enjoying the alternative movies I am showing them.  Frida, Coco Before Chanel, Basquiat, Pollack.  They are movies that don't play at the mall, and I am opening a new world of film to them, though some of the subject matter is disturbing ... and may hit  close to home at times.

Off to do grades!!

patti o .  

Sunday, April 03, 2011

No Joke

For the past 10 days I have been going through IRS hell. As someone told me, "the IRS is an organization which can strike terror in the hearts of a person with only one weapon - a letter."

I got a letter basically saying:  I made income that I not report to us in the year 2009, blah blah blah with lots of things about payment plans, interest, etc.

When I first saw the word "dividends"  I thought "oh shit, that 35.00 dividend that I may have not reported has come to bite me in the ass".   When I looked at the form that the IRS was referring to, it was for a staggering amount.  185,775.00.  When I asked an investment banker how much was invested to earn this dividend, he answered: "oh, about 20-30 million"

To keep it short  I made many phone calls to the IRS, to banks in NYC and found out that my social security number is the same as the EIN of one of the largest corporate investment banks in the world.  The only thing that keeps me from my millions is where the dash in the number is put.

I am one dash away from being one of the wealthiest women in the world.  But it is also a dash that can make my life hell if it doesn't get fixed.  And let's face it, with the signals emanating from all of my high tech toys, the IRS can find me anytime I have my Droid or iPad on, snatch me up, and put me in jail, where I will have to paint portraits for them using cigarette ash, cement scrapings, and urine, till my debt is paid.  

The IRS has assured me that they understand the circumstances and will be pursuing the right party. The @#@#  Bank in NY has told me that I need to find out who electronically submitted this information to the IRS so that it can be fixed. Otherwise same time next year I will be going through this all over again.

Do they have computers in jail?

Patti O Criminal

Tonight's still life painting which I am struggling with should be titled "Got Wood?"