Ellen Million (ellenmillion) wrote,
Ellen Million
ellenmillion

I kilt my brane sells.

I think I just killed off half my brain cells pressing those placemats. Stinky little carbon-chain thingies are now firmly attached to all of my thought receptors. I've never had a real solid grasp on brain chemistry, so probably some of that is non-scientific, but after this afternoon, I'm happy I was able to drive in a straight line. Blech. Remind me to design a super skookum air ventilation system into the studio.



I keep a copy of the studio plan Jake made me above my EMG computer. It's got three rooms. The initial room will be built as a free-standing building, since this thing will be financed in stages. It will begin by holding everything: art supplies, EMG computer, printers, scanners, copy machines, heat press(s), binding equip, drill press... whatever I end up with at that point. Eventually, it will be phased out to be just the art end of things. A computer or two (with droolishious tablets) dedicated to art creation at one end, easels and painting supplies at the other, with a spot to set up a model. Probably a couch in the middle, where, when feeling truely decadent, I can lounge with a tablet in my lap, or a traditional sketchpad. Comfort will be key, stations enough for two or three artists to have space to themselves.

The addition to this room will hold the more office-y stuff, and possibly a limited storefront, though honestly, I'm not super keen on maintaining a storefront. Maybe just a display to show potential wholesale clients. Let them deal with whiney customers.

The printing will be out there in that office space, mounting and cutting space that may go in either room... probably depends on how big we can afford to start out the first room... and scanning, book-keeping, etc. Dedicated printing computer, for sure. Storage, probably, too.

The third room is part of the same expansion. It's the sun room. It will be West facing, which is the best vantage you'll get without looking uphill, the outside wall completely filled with windows. I shall have to hope someone at that point has a green thumb, since I managed to kill off even our jade this winter, and this room deserves lots of plants. It will be set up for painting, or for quiet conversation, or for parties... I dunno, just a place with sunshine. It will be narrow, and smaller than the other two rooms. Maybe just wide enough to set up an easel and have passage past it. This room needs a couch.

Eventually, there would be a bathroom building. It would have a shower, some toilets (maybe two), a little kitchen, and a dining/community room. (There may be a no food rule in the studio.. depends.) There would be lockers, for the guests, and it would be heated. Hot tub?!? Outside!

The guests would stay in yurts! Jennie and I discovered yurts at Chena Hot Springs last year. Waaay better than tents, cooler than shacks, cheaper than log cabins, and far easier to transport back away from the road and build. How many? I dunno... two or three, at the beginning, probably. It seems like seven would be a good eventual number.

They would be rented. One month maximum, one week minimum, by application only, and I'd rather have empty yurts than people who wouldn't fit in or couldn't be trusted. References would be checked. Full use of the office, computer equipment, studio, sunroom and facilities is included (Okay, not all... there would be dedicated computers for guests). Must pay for actual products used. A daily labor rate will be available (cheaper yurt rate for participating in chores and/or office work. All kinds of labor is useful... including webwork, cleaning, chopping wood, building stuff, making EMG products, cooking...).

Daily into-to-town van? Every other day?

I'll have to read up on labor laws and find out when I gotta declare what in non-monetary transactions.

And yeah, I'd have to suffer through meeting new people every time someone new came in and yeah, there would be people who betrayed my trust and trashed stuff and made things tense, but I honestly can't imagine a better way to try to make a living. It'll be a long time until I get to that point, of course, and there's all *kinds* of sticky details to work out. One of these days, I'll have to check and see how much I'd have to charge to break even. Nobody's going to pay $6000 a day for not having heat or facilities in their cloth-walled room, no matter how cool the sunroom is.

I have this happy picture in my head of artists and writers coming for two weeks getaways and tromping home with stacks of prints of the gorgeous work they were able to complete, or photographs of the woods, or CDs with their new novel... I'd get to meet interesting people (maybe we could talk some people into giving live tutorials!). I'd get to emmerse myself in art and artsy people, without having to deal with cities, or snobs. I could do more of what I love to do... giving people an opportunity to share their art.

*facepalms* I'm such a hippy at heart.

Oh, and as a side note, if you think I haven't contacted you about carrying your art at EMG or PA because I don't think your work would be a good fit, or I don't like it, or it's not good enough, do think again. I figure you know about me, if you're reading this. I'm not the most subtle about announcing deadlines and asking for work. I figure that if you haven't submitted work to EMG, you've probably got some bigger plans with your art, or you've got qualms with the contract, or you know that you'll only make $6 a year and you don't think it's worth your time. At any rate, I often assume that I'd be bothering you, or putting you in a position where'd you'd have to find a polite way to say 'gosh, I'd like to, and you're nice and all, but your business is small and sort of amateur.'

So I'm going to be real subtle here again and mention that the deadline for submissions is the end of April. And that the guidelines are
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I think I just killed off half my brain cells pressing those placemats. Stinky little carbon-chain thingies are now firmly attached to all of my thought receptors. I've never had a real solid grasp on brain chemistry, so probably some of that is non-scientific, but after this afternoon, I'm happy I was able to drive in a straight line. Blech. Remind me to design a super skookum air ventilation system into the studio.

<lj-cut text="Speaking of the studio... (I got long-winded again. Surprise)">

I keep a copy of the studio plan Jake made me above my EMG computer. It's got three rooms. The initial room will be built as a free-standing building, since this thing will be financed in stages. It will begin by holding everything: art supplies, EMG computer, printers, scanners, copy machines, heat press(s), binding equip, drill press... whatever I end up with at that point. Eventually, it will be phased out to be just the art end of things. A computer or two (with droolishious tablets) dedicated to art creation at one end, easels and painting supplies at the other, with a spot to set up a model. Probably a couch in the middle, where, when feeling truely decadent, I can lounge with a tablet in my lap, or a traditional sketchpad. Comfort will be key, stations enough for two or three artists to have space to themselves.

The addition to this room will hold the more office-y stuff, and possibly a limited storefront, though honestly, I'm not super keen on maintaining a storefront. Maybe just a display to show potential wholesale clients. Let them deal with whiney customers.

The printing will be out there in that office space, mounting and cutting space that may go in either room... probably depends on how big we can afford to start out the first room... and scanning, book-keeping, etc. Dedicated printing computer, for sure. Storage, probably, too.

The third room is part of the same expansion. It's the sun room. It will be West facing, which is the best vantage you'll get without looking uphill, the outside wall completely filled with windows. I shall have to hope someone at that point has a green thumb, since I managed to kill off even our jade this winter, and this room deserves lots of plants. It will be set up for painting, or for quiet conversation, or for parties... I dunno, just a place with sunshine. It will be narrow, and smaller than the other two rooms. Maybe just wide enough to set up an easel and have passage past it. This room needs a couch.

Eventually, there would be a bathroom building. It would have a shower, some toilets (maybe two), a little kitchen, and a dining/community room. (There may be a no food rule in the studio.. depends.) There would be lockers, for the guests, and it would be heated. Hot tub?!? Outside!

The guests would stay in yurts! Jennie and I discovered yurts at Chena Hot Springs last year. Waaay better than tents, cooler than shacks, cheaper than log cabins, and far easier to transport back away from the road and build. How many? I dunno... two or three, at the beginning, probably. It seems like seven would be a good eventual number.

They would be rented. One month maximum, one week minimum, by application only, and I'd rather have empty yurts than people who wouldn't fit in or couldn't be trusted. References would be checked. Full use of the office, computer equipment, studio, sunroom and facilities is included (Okay, not all... there would be dedicated computers for guests). Must pay for actual products used. A daily labor rate will be available (cheaper yurt rate for participating in chores and/or office work. All kinds of labor is useful... including webwork, cleaning, chopping wood, building stuff, making EMG products, cooking...).

Daily into-to-town van? Every other day?

I'll have to read up on labor laws and find out when I gotta declare what in non-monetary transactions.

And yeah, I'd have to suffer through meeting new people every time someone new came in and yeah, there would be people who betrayed my trust and trashed stuff and made things tense, but I honestly can't imagine a better way to try to make a living. It'll be a long time until I get to that point, of course, and there's all *kinds* of sticky details to work out. One of these days, I'll have to check and see how much I'd have to charge to break even. Nobody's going to pay $6000 a day for not having heat or facilities in their cloth-walled room, no matter how cool the sunroom is.

I have this happy picture in my head of artists and writers coming for two weeks getaways and tromping home with stacks of prints of the gorgeous work they were able to complete, or photographs of the woods, or CDs with their new novel... I'd get to meet interesting people (maybe we could talk some people into giving live tutorials!). I'd get to emmerse myself in art and artsy people, without having to deal with cities, or snobs. I could do more of what I love to do... giving people an opportunity to share their art.

*facepalms* I'm such a hippy at heart.

Oh, and as a side note, if you think I haven't contacted you about carrying your art at EMG or PA because I don't think your work would be a good fit, or I don't like it, or it's not good enough, do think again. I figure you know about me, if you're reading this. I'm not the most subtle about announcing deadlines and asking for work. I figure that if you haven't submitted work to EMG, you've probably got some bigger plans with your art, or you've got qualms with the contract, or you know that you'll only make $6 a year and you don't think it's worth your time. At any rate, I often assume that I'd be bothering you, or putting you in a position where'd you'd have to find a polite way to say 'gosh, I'd like to, and you're nice and all, but your business is small and sort of amateur.'

So I'm going to be real subtle here again and mention that the deadline for submissions is the end of April. And that the guidelines are <a href="http://guidelines.ellenmilliongraphics.com"</a>here</a>. And that yes, April is THIS month. That's about three weeks, people! Bust a groove!

Anywhos. That's what I think about while I'm working. The transfer plastics may not have kilt my brane sells, but they seem to have made me chatty. :P
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