Besides continuing to sort through slides, so that I can get the images that I need to save professionally scanned and starting a new panel as part of my large diptych (or, perhaps, triptych?), I addressed the area between my back deck and my studio that turns into a swamp in rainy weather. Several weeks ago I added stepping stones. This week I removed the grass in the area, laid down weed barrier fabric and am covering it with shells to improve the drainage. I'm hoping to have to project completed by the end of next week, along with the installation of my new roof, which, weather permitting, is scheduled for August 26.
A lot of time was wasted this week with a back-and-forth communication with someone in Lithuania who expressed interest in my art having seen it on my web site. They claimed they wanted to purchase three pieces.
Not long ago I had a similar experience where someone "interested in purchasing my art" sent me a check for the art, plus the cost of shipping. Happily my friends on FaceBook alerted me to this common scam before I shipped the art. As a result, I didn't deposit the check, which would have bounced, giving the criminal access to my banking information. I still have the check! I notified the police, but they weren't interested on following up, just told me to alert my friends, which I'm doing.
The Lithuanian scammer sounded fairly genuine so I proceeded with caution. She wanted to purchase the art with a credit card and asked me to research the cost of shipping from St Petersburg to Vilnius, Lithuania. I notified her of the estimated shipping cost. She then asked me to use her preferred shippers--a new company based in Ireland. I navigated to their web site and an image of moving water immediately made me feel seasick--not the way a professional shippers' web site should make one feel! The typos were another indicator of something fishy. I did some research and discovered that this, too, is a common scam using stolen credit cards and bogus "shippers." I informed the scammer that we would use my local shippers or the deal was off. End of deal!
So...in between starting a new diptych panel, dealing with a scammer and my building projects and juggling my teaching schedule (on Monday I start working with Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers at the Museum of Fine Arts), I slowly proceeded with with the slide scanning project. It's taken me on a trip down memory lane from a Crossing the Line ceremony on a cruise ship heading from Durban, South Africa, to Brindisi, Italy, when I was twenty and heading to a job as a graphic artist in an advertising agency on Fleet Street, London, to the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, when I hitch-hiked through Europe at the age of twenty-one, to, more recently, exhibitions of my art all over the United Sates, both in solo and group shows. I'm using a little scanner, borrowed from Eckerd College where I teach, to scan slides that are fun to look at but don't need to be of professional quality--the majority of them are not going on my web site. I'm posting some of those faded and somewhat grainy images here.