Thursday, Dec 30, 2010
Friday, Dec 10, 2010
Thursday, Sep 09, 2010
Yes, I sold a painting for $50—back when that was worth 70 or 80 dollars.
She was a neighbor from upstairs who sat with her red-stockinged legs on my kitchen table. I had just learned foreshortening at the Portland School of Art, and the answer is, “No.”
Also, I was reviewed by Edgar Allen Bean, art critic for the Maine Times. It was a group show at the Portland art building, a slightly converted scrap metal warehouse.
The former “Louis Mack Scrap Metal Warehouse” also housed my real day job, Portland Pottery Supply. Both businesses were housed in a 25,000 square foot brick building heated by one coal stove. Pretty perfumed Brenda almost single-handedly kept the clay from freezing in the Maine winter. Almost.
Edgar spent about 15 words on yours truly but the word that has stuck in my memory 20 or 30 years later is his description of my oil painting as “thick.”
Thursday, Aug 19, 2010
The media is telling me employment is in crisis, so are the banks and housing construction. But at O’Hare Airport, Budget wanted $200 a day for a compact. Hertz, Thrifty, and Enterprise were sold out. I felt lucky to find a Dollar car for 145 of them there dollars. On the way back to the airport, the shuttle driver said it’s been this way for months.
On to Jet Blue back to Portland. Today’s fare is 30% more than a month ago. I can’t afford to fly the direct United Airways Portland/Chicago flight so I’ll dine at the Jet Blue terminal on my way home.
We’ve just opened Store #16 in Saugus (North Boston) Mass and #17 in the South loop of Chicago. This fall will see A&C enlargements of our stores in Madison, Wisconsin and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Costs are up but so is business. No Doom & Gloom here.
We’re on a roll and this old man is having fun.