Thursday, June 4, 2009

Next Meeting Tuesday June 9th

Just a reminder :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Stroke of Genius - new reality show

I'm actually curious what will become of this new reality show! Fox bought the episodes and stuff. I think we will be seeing it this fall. What do you think "Cool" or "lame"?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

April Meeting Review

Well, first off, I'd like to thank everyone for coming last night. I personally had a great time and I'm looking forward to doing it again. Also welcome aboard to Simon, Mary and Jothan. Here are the works we reviewed on April 7th, 2009








First things first, Here are the new words for everyone.


If anyone else would like to join in, feel free to grab someone else's words for your first go, next time you won't be so lucky ;)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Next Meeting

Hey all. Just wanted to give a reminder that we'll be meeting up again on Tuesday April 7th. My house (66 Regent Terrace, Milford) at 6:30. I'm sure we'll hang out a bit before we get started so just let me know if you'll be attending and what time you think you can make it by. Also if anyone has any special requirements such as video or audio let me know and I'll make sure I'm ready for you to hook up to my tv or stereo if possible. Remember to bring 2 new words with you too!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Get To It

Ok guys... the words are in, Paul and I put all the words on a piece of paper, flipped them over, scrambled them up and then pretended to be you guys and picked. You'll see we didn't cheat because we got stuck with some of our own damn words.

Gino: "Fist" & "Chamber"

Paul: "Company" & "Concubine"

Bill: "Zoo" & "Surly"

Jim: "Ransacked" & "Frankfurter"

DJ: "Nickel" & "Tuna"

I'll throw a date of April 7th out there as a deadline and see what happens as far as meeting up either on that date or close to it.
Have fun and go make something.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

First Meeting

Ok, since I called this Make Stuff Now, instead of Later..... I think I'm going to just throw this out there and we'll see how it goes. Tuesday March 3rd at 7pm.... 66 Regent Terrace in Milford (My House). I know this isn't perfect for everyone but I really don't want to sit on this and I think it might be fairly accessible to most of us.... Don't feel like you can't show up late either... I think what we're doing will still be relevant even if you miss some of it.

That being said... anyone that plans on coming.... email me at jimaltieri (at) mac (dot) com with 2 words. I'll mix them up and put them in a hat and then send you your first words via email. I know we don't have a full month but I'm sure we can manage to get something together.... plus we can test this whole thing out and see if it works properly or if we need to tweak the process.

A couple of things to keep in mind.

1. Show something.... it's better than nothing.

2. No excuses.... It's not fair to have people critique stuff and then say... well, if I had more time... or I wanted to do this but couldn't. If you wanted to do it.... then do it and show us that instead.

3. We all see something different when we look at art and I don't really want this to be us sitting in a circle telling each other that everything looks great. Critiques should be constructive and we can't say... I like that - or I don't like that... and not have a reason... so if you're critiquing make sure you have reasons to back it up either way.

4. Bring two words with you.

5. Take everything with a grain of salt. Critiques can get opinionated and heated sometimes but I've worked on many things with Bill for example... where we disagreed on things 100%, but then I went back and worked on it some more and it was better in the end. So sometimes... it's not so much the specifics of what someone is saying, rather than the process of you being open to revisiting it and owning up to yourself that it might not be the best you can do.

6. Every month is a new project. 2 new words... A complete new start. I think we'd all love to see previous projects if any of us decide to go back and rework them or ad to them but I think we'll have to save that for the end of the meeting or maybe just casually before we start... but I think the focus should always be the new project. I think that a lot of times too, we get hung up on 'fixing' something and don't move forward. This allows us to move on and incorporate what we've learned into a completely fresh situation.

7. Lets try new things.... I think this can apply to music, sculpture, video, photography, drawing, painting - you name it. So lets not always stick to the same medium. Lots of times, if you're trying to get better at say - painting, doing a sculpture will help you take the next step in painting better... for example.

Ok, enough of that... I think this gives you an idea of where I'm coming from. So let's get to it... Email me your words if you can make it or even if you just want to participate through the blog. I'm sure we'll run into a few snags but we'll work through them once they appear.