Down with phplist

so far they seem to have what I want, their tests have so far come up well, they had an extensive free trial) and I wont have to spend hours mucking with it every time I want it to do something…. I could spend more and more hours working on it and get more and more frustrated, but as I see it $40 isn’t that much an outlay for a year of stress free newsletters…. I will try to make this changeover as smooth as possible, there will be some to-ing and fro-ing but hopefully you subscribers wont actually see anything but newsletters that work the way they’re supposed to.


Slump 12 x 12 Oils on Canvas by Jennie Rosenbaum I think my phplist went a little haywire this weekend. I was creating my newsletter mailings as I usually do and it crashed and I think in the effort to try and fix it I may have sent out multiples of the same newsletter to people…. it seems to be one issue after another after another and I’m just not sure I can keep it up – it just looks so unprofessional.

Why do I love twitter?

I have the cats to keep me company but to be honest – they sleep a lot and get grumpy when I talk to them and wake them up. I don’t miss my old day job, but I do miss the camaraderie, people to share thoughts with, no matter how little or banal…. I tend to get very insular and agoraphobic if I don’t maintain human contact and twitter is the ideal way for me to do that without giving up my privacy to paint or overly distracting me from work.

tech updates

Masquerade – 10 x 12 Oils on Canvas by Jennie Rosenbaum Having been a year since I installed and added custom CSS to my blog layout, I thought it was finally time to fix all those niggly little errors that have been residing in the back of my mind…. I sat and looked at the menu bar, now fully back in alignment, for a good five minutes just feeling happy that it was finally done!… the plan is, that I wont have any of these little issues bugging me when I can get back into the studio.

Will you be Drawing on Drawing Day?

One day a year, the world stops to remember that joy we had when we first picked up a pencil and created our first piece of art – that’s what Drawing Day is all about. The goal for Drawing Day is simple – to create enough drawings to make some noise worldwide for the sake of art. 2008 is the first year of this initiative. Our goal is definitely a long-shot, but we’re aiming for 1 million drawings worldwide.[From Drawing Day 2008 – about the big day ] I will be participating in Drawing Day this year, I think it’s a fantastic idea and a great incentive to get back to my roots and create for the pure joy of creating.

Change of focus

Languid – 18×36 Acrylic and gesso on Canvas this myspace debarcle has burnt me out of a lot of social media at the moment, at least for non art related media…. So many marketing newsletters have come to me lately saying that not one person can do everything, that we all have to sort out our priorities and not spread ourselves too thin and I think that this is a lesson I really need to learn…. I get distracted by a new shiny site and I am off and signed up and working away and my focus is spread so thin you can use it for a supermodel.

Blog Shout out

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Myspace Censorship of Artists

They have deleted gay bands and activists who speak out, musicians and visual artists, political activists and pretty much anyone who says or does anything that they didn’t like…. while nudity is something they have issues with I am surprised that there are pages out there for sex offenders and porn while a small site featuring purely art nudity is deleted…. I’ve outlaid time and money on Myspace that I wont see again if I give up but I don’t want to look unprofessional by re-inviting all my old friends.

Boundless Changes

Boundless Gallery have undergone some more changes to their site including a family filter and the opportunity for the artists to choose their own urls…. I now have registered to go directly to my profile page. I love being able to register such cool urls with these sites, it’s good for SEO and so easy to remember.