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BACK IN THE SADDLE!

Don't Know What to Tell First
If you've been following my blog, I reported last time that Carlos, my framer, fell sick and I couldn't get back three of my major pieces in time for my first featured show at Progress Energy Art Gallery. (Opening night is April 6th 6- 9 PM; and the exhibition lasts all month -- shameless plug.) I called him yesterday to see how he was doing, and at that time, he told me that the paintings were ready for me to pick up today! The poor guy, sick and all he managed to farm out his work to a friend! He did call me back though; it seems that I forgot to sign one of the paintings (Mushroom Head) and he didn't know if the painting was to be framed horizontally or vertically! Oh well, remember my stuff is always open to interpretation.

Stopped by Progress Energy Art Gallery

On our way back from The Tarpon Springs Art Festival, we dropped off some of my promotional materials at my gallery. They had been advertising my show with laser copies of my catalog, so they were happy to see the printed copies arrive. I left my new business cards, and catalog there, but I did forget my flyers! No harm. I'll be dropping them off along with my paintings tomorrow but not after I pick up my other works for Carlos. THANKS, CARLOS -- YOU'RE THE BEST!!

A Couple More Things
I stopped by Hobby Lobby (they have a great artist section by the way) to pick up "Artist Trading Cards". I've had so many requests for them before the show, that I've had to reserve five out of the twenty I planned on handing out at my featured show. (Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow) I figured that I better start drawing up some more for the two days I plan on being there. For those of you that don't know what "Artist Trading Cards" are, just think baseball cards. One big exception, the artist draws, paints or crafts right on these cards. I like to use compressed charcoal on Strathmore textured or bristol paper. Anyone who pronounced my name (jacabo) correctly can get a signed card from me (while supplies last) but they would have to attend my show while I'm there ...

I PROMISE TO END SOON
The last entry I promise: you heard me mentioned my visit above to the Tarpon Springs Art Festival, Tarpon Springs, FL You need to be there ... (today is the last day) a lot of people travel there if only just to collect a T-shirt or poster. But seriously, it was a great morning spent, even though it rained in the afternoon the day of our visit. I believe the event attracted over 230 artists. BTW, you could buy beer -- now isn't that a great combination, "artist and beer"? LOL

I liked a few artist's works. One artist that I congratulated was not "too eager" to receive my congratulatory comment, but I attributed his "avoidance" to "hard of hearing?" But the rest of my experience was great. One real thing I carried away from my visit, and this is what let me go there in the first place -- is this for me? Can I increase my exposure (price money not too bad either) this way? My short answer, "No." Not for me. The outdoor shows are not for me. Believe me, this show was great and big but I can't see myself carrying a tent, chairs, shelves, paintings, and food and spend several days in the hot Florida sun babysitting my work. I guess I'm getting old. True.

OK, that's it for now ... wish me luck on my exhibition ... see you there ...

SOMETHING HAPPENED

WE HAVE A BIT OF A PROBLEM
It seems that I won't be able to exhibit three of my most important pieces at the Progress Energy's Art Gallery April Exhibition. "Infinity Sleeps", "Mushroom Head" and "Birdhead" will be missing from the collection. (No I didn't sell them. Though a nice thought.) My friend and framer, Carlos, had to have surgery and could not finish the frames in time for the exhibition. Wish him a speedy recovery. Instead, I will substitute two in their place, "Fish Bait" and although "A Day at the Beach" is not framed, it is gallery ready. (Click here to see the "Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow Collection")

OK, BAD NEWS OUT OF THE WAY
I was worried that my brochure and new business cards wouldn't arrive in time, but they did! And boy, they are great. A lot of artists and friends have asked me where I had them done: Overnight Prints. They have good prices and easy instructions to upload your files (if you do your own). I must mention that I did have a bit of a wait uploading my files (22 megs. ea.) but I did the uploading on a Saturday, maybe a high traffic day? I'm still waiting for my posters but I'm assured that they are in the mail and will arrive in time for the jacabo exhibition. Twelve more days before the opening, can't wait!!

OH, ONE MORE THING
I sent out an e-mail to a few of my friends and associates with the exhibition dates of April 6 & April 7th, however, neglected to mention that the exhibit will be open at Progress Energy Art Gallery for the ENTIRE MONTH of April. I will only be there April 6th (6 PM) and April 7th (Noon - 3). Anyway, if you follow my blog, you won't miss it -- right?

GREAT NEWS NOT RELATED TO ART
I'm going to be a grandfather again. My eldest boy, Jimbo and his wife Sarah, are expecting a girl in July. I'm planning on being there if I can. Also, can't leave out that my grandson, "Sumo" had his first birthday recently. Happy Birthday, Sumo!

SOMETHING HAPPENED

WE HAVE A BIT OF A PROBLEM
It seems that I won't be able to exhibit three of my most important pieces at the Progress Energy's Art Gallery April Exhibition. "Infinity Sleeps", "Mushroom Head" and "Birdhead" will be missing from the collection. (No I didn't sell them. Though a nice thought.) My friend and framer, Carlos, had to have surgery and could not finish the frames in time for the exhibition. Wish him a speedy recovery. Instead, I will substitute two in their place, "Fish Bait" and although "A Day at the Beach" is not framed, it is gallery ready. (Click here to see the "Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow Collection")

OK, BAD NEWS OUT OF THE WAY
I was worried that my brochure and new business cards wouldn't arrive in time, but they did! And boy, they are great. A lot of artists and friends have asked me where I had them done: Overnight Prints. They have good prices and easy instructions to upload your files (if you do your own). I must mention that I did have a bit of a wait uploading my files (22 megs. ea.) but I did the uploading on a Saturday, maybe a high traffic day? I'm still waiting for my posters but I'm assured that they are in the mail and will arrive in time for the jacabo exhibition. Twelve more days before the opening, can't wait!!

OH, ONE MORE THING
I sent out an e-mail to a few of my friends and associates with the exhibition dates of April 6 & April 7th, however, neglected to mention that the exhibit will be open at Progress Energy Art Gallery for the ENTIRE MONTH of April. I will only be there April 6th (6 PM) and April 7th (Noon - 3). Anyway, if you follow my blog, you won't miss it -- right?

GREAT NEWS NOT RELATED TO ART
I'm going to be a grandfather again. My eldest boy, Jimbo and his wife Sarah, are expecting a girl in July. I'm planning on being there if I can. Also, can't leave out that my grandson, "Sumo" had his first birthday recently. Happy Birthday, Sumo!

And Then There Was JACABO!

FOLKS -- THIS IS A MUST READ!
With the New Year, a new artist has emerged. I’m talking about a new name and a more serious painter. But before I get to that let me fill you in on some of the happenings:
I finally finished the new collection I call “Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow”. I’ve been so busy and I can’t remember if it totals thirteen or fourteen paintings? The collection isn’t going to put me alongside any of the greats, but hey, you never know. And as equally important, I was able to get my thoughts together long enough to put down on paper what I have been doing in oils.

Here’s what I came up with:
“‘Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow’ is a glimpse at dreams — born from past, present and future realities and based on environmental demands in our lives. Or more simply stated: I wanted to paint a snapshot of the tortured and twisted ideas, beliefs and desires we relive in our mind.

I wanted to capture not so much the dream state, but interpret the stream state of thought. It is a mangled, yet whimsical, portrayal as seen by the influences of the mind’s metamorphoses.“
I bet I blew your mind? No worry. I had to think about it over several beers too.

FORGET COTTON AND LOVE LINEN
OK. Next: Ordered two large canvasses 4ft. x 8ft. in linen. The framer, Carlos (he is also an artist), has the forms and frames already made for me. He is waiting on the linen rolls. Haven’t bought them yet, and for two reasons: we’re talking big bucks here, and another artist told me to be careful of the quality I buy. He noted that I like a smooth canvas so that my paints can run over the surface easily, to make sure I get the proper weight and ply. Right now I’m too busy and my money is going to my next exhibition.

YES IM THE NEW FEATURED ARTIST AT PROGRESS ENERGY ART GALLERY
I’ll be showing at the Progress Energy Art Gallery in New Port Richey FL (727-848-6500). I will be exhibiting the “Dreams on the Way to Tomorrow” collection (DTW) this coming April 6th, 2012; the "gala" starts at 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM. I’ll be there to answer questions and enlighten everyone on how crazy I am. Also, I’ll be in on Saturday, April 7th from 12 PM - 5 PM, maybe longer if there’s wine left over from the previous day. Give Nancy Ciesla, the director of the gallery, a call at 727-848-6500 or email her at nprgallery@aol.com

NOW FOR THE BIG NEWS, I PROMISED EARLIER
I’ve changed my name to jacabo! (It’s an alias.) It’s short and easy to remember, and much easier a name to market then James Navarro. It is also much easier to sign "jacabo". I’ve had to redo much, including my business cards, website and a lot of marketing materials.

I was able to look up on the internet the name, James, for the origins and found that James (my legal name) translates, in Hebrew, to Jacob, and in Old Spanish to Jacobo. But I went a step further and changed the first “o” to “a” to spell the name, jacabo; it sounded better and looked better as a logo.

NOW FOR THE SERIOUS PAINTER PART
I’m planning on narrowing my development a bit further. I will use my "wet-on-wet technique" to create images that are vastly more distorted and “mind-bending.” I’ve liked what I did in a few pieces in DTW collection; particularly in “Waters Rising” and "Infinity Sleeps". (Click here to see this collection.) These paintings are a bit “dark” but in them, I was able to blend images together to a new level.Combined with these images arose newer ones. Some grew the more you viewed them as a whole. And some folks saw images that I've never intended to put into the paintings!! Look for much more to come on this ...

MORE TO TELL NEXT TIME
That’s all the time I have for the blog for now. One quick last mention: I’d like to thank my son, James, Jr. for helping me meet the critical press times set on some of the material needed for my new exhibition,“Tanks, Jimbo!”

And no, he won't be changing his name to jacabo, Jr. anytime soon ...