||[Jan. 4th, 2011|05:19 pm]
Hot dang it's friggin' cold!
I've grown a bit less able to mentally block out the effects of cold weather.... I think it comes from my concentration on being able to break the effects of seasonal affective disorder. Lately, I've been rocking that skill to the max.
THIS GUY (why which of course I mean myself) has been painting his face clean off. Things have just been so good for the arts that I rarely have a moment to sit down unless it's with good company. I just feel like all of my displaced energy has now been put into the things I truly love, and now it's giving back to me in big ways.
Upon my revisit to Cleopatra's Hookah Lounge (which used to look like THIS....) I noticed that not only did the place look like it received a TOTAL makeover, but it was under new management as well. Upon speaking to the manager and realizing he is a pretty cool dude, I immediately struck him a deal to get my murals BACK up on the wall. Hence, the process of re-painting begins... in my humble opinion better than it was originally.
Progress at this rate means I need to update my website soon. SRLSLY. I'm not quite sure if I want to go for a full overhaul and hire somebody to do it, or if I should just put more into the current design. Votes? www.nikarnoldi.com Please do let me know! I don't want to put my effort into something unless I know what in the world I'm about to do with it.
And OH MY GOODNESS. I was lucky enough to create a large post-apocalyptic piece in the dungeon level of "Doomsday Manor". Residential murals are my favorites, but this tops the list. Not only were my dear friends abmann and lady_fox kind enough to put me up for the time I was working at their house, but they treated me like supreme royalty the whole time. Will was kind enough to keep my under-caffeinated growls at bay with delicious lattes, and I had my own room to manufacture some z's. And when the mural was finally finished, they took me out to Magnus in Madison for the MOST DELICIOUS MEAL (holy crap, three courses!!) I have EVER had. Undoubtedly, I enjoyed it full-heartedly.
I did manage to spend lots of time with family over my break as well, which was a nice change of pace. My little sister (who is 5, by the way) suggested the brilliant idea that I should have thought of myself.... for my upcoming display at the Holland House in February, I will be painting a series of small panda portraits! Last night I took the idea for a test drive and painted one up. My sister and I also went to the movies a few times, which was nice. I think I spoiled her to death with how many presents I gave her for this holiday season.
Speaking of this holiday season, one commission in particular stood out from the crowd in size and subject matter... This quite possibly was my favorite effort the whole holiday commission term.
During the course of painting this commission, I made an effort to finish one canvas per evening of work. I don't know how I manage to do all this work with another full-time job that takes up my days, but the time must be coming from somewhere. I swear, I do have a life.
And on the topic of my "life", a good friend of mine went with me last night to see Black Swan.... WOW. Director Darren Arnofsky definitely brought it to the next level. This movie is arguably his best work, and Natalie Portman made it perfect. I admire her for putting so much effort into not only training an insane amount to do the ballet scenes, but also for bringing her dark psyche out to truly blow away the audience. I was stunned. I think I need to see it again.
2011 is already proving to be SO much better than the year that preceded it. I love my life.