Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pulling Together Elements

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installation sketch

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beginnings of the diagram of the moon's apex

The installation was starting take form.  Getting up the first layers of paint was extrememly motivating.  A contract was signed, a to do list was created, and the paint was drying.  Now here comes some fun stuff- shopping for bones and bugs.
fox skull from The Bone Room

The Bone Room in Albany, CA is an amazing store.  I was able to acquire, bugs, bones, fossils, minerals, and ideas. The staff was very helpful, and I was even able to get some things on discount because they were not perfect specimens.  It is a trip for me from San Mateo to north of Berkeley but well worth it.  I also frequented Paxton Gate in San Francisco.  Although the two are both curiosity shoppes I find they are very different with unique items to offer.  The each deserve a trip or two, especially at Christmas.  Paxton Gate is near Timbuk2's office so I was always coming up with excuses to got there after work for "official art business".

As a side note Travis and I have just been doing the taxes.  Well, if the mock-up was a hint that this was a "real" project then doing all the tax shenanigans really gave me a kick in the pants.  I have several good books on starting your own craft business, but they all skirted around giving tax advise.  Actually they contained very little about taxes for a small personal art business. Turbo Tax Home and Business is my friend.  I am always hunting around for new classes to take.  A "start and run your small business" class would be the most helpful right now.

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