The work of Pepper Reed


mad mad world

Things have been really busy. I worked on the tv show Leverage for several months, which was great. I’ve got paintings hanging at a cafe (Cafe Au Play on SE Division in Portland) for the month of November. I’m working on a super secret project. But “I keep rolling on.”

The White Tower


Taking Time Away

I spend too much time online. Maybe not here at my blog, but Facebook, email, Twitter. Not to mention the 8-12 hours  a day I spend on a computer at work. So I’ve decided to take some time off. I have a couple of blog posts scheduled and I’ll probably write a few more, but I’m going to limit my online time. I’m not going to go on Facebook at all for a couple of weeks. I’m only going to check my email twice a day. I hope this means I’ll spend more time on artistic things I’ve got brewing rather than that I watch more TV. We’re going to see how it goes. Wish me luck.

Dancing Through the Day (Job)

I spend most of my time on the phone. Not because I want to, but because that is the job that is currently paying my bills. When you are on the phone as much as I am, you learn to appreciate the art of hold music. Now, I understand that in the world of hold music, I am EXTREMELY lucky. No Muzak for our company. We have real music, and depending on the day & the department I’m holding for I’ve heard everything from Buddy Holly and the Crickets to Eminem. But even listening to hold music can get boring if you are sitting through 15 songs waiting to speak to a senior advisor, so I don’t sit. If the music moves me at all, I dance. I have very limited space, only 2 or 3 feet usually in which my chair and I move, but there you have it. Anything to make it through another day.

So I ask you out there in the blog’o sphere: What do you do to make it through the day?

God Laughs

There is a saying that every time humans make plans, God laughs. As my plans for this weekend were rather small, I thought I might be able to slide them by. I was wrong.

I originally planned to finish my newest piece, “Drowning by Starlight,” this week and take photos of it over the weekend to post. Issues have ensued with the varnish, which have defiantly canceled those plans out. I didn’t think that matte varnish could actually be TOO MATTE.

I know, I know. I should have known better. I’m trying to think of this as a learning experience and know that I should always go with gloss varnish from now on. C’est la vie.

In any case, I’m still plugging away at my paintings and searching for locations to show them. Anyone reading this who is actually in Portland, I’d love your input.

New Year’s Thoughts

It’s just after 1am on the west coast. I spent New Year’s Eve eating Indian food and watching the movie Heathers and several episodes of Dr Who with some friends. Definitely not the worst way to end the year. I was also told I looked pretty several times this evening, which was nice as well.

I don’t make resolutions. Instead, each year I make a list of goals which I hope to accomplish. I know I won’t reach all of them, but I feel like this list has a good mix of things I KNOW I can achieve (#12- See at least 40 films that I’ve never seen before) and things I’ll have to work hard to do (#2- Sell at least 10 paintings). Then there are the things that seem easy when written on paper (#10- Go out on at least 10 dates and #6- Secure a job I enjoy) but are really harder than they sound.

I just added a final goal for the list before I print out a copy to hang next to the mirror in my bathroom. #32- Write in my blog at least 5 times a month. As this was my first year with a blog, I feel I’ve done fairly well. But I also know I could do much better. I’m proud of the work that I do and this is my space to talk about that work. I have scheduled 3 blogs a week on my calendar. I will definitely strive for that. But I also know that there will be times when real life will get in the way. 5 blogs a month is more than I did some months in 2011 and less than I did others.

Wish me luck, and I send good wishes to you.

Happy New Year

Joys of Day Jobs

Though I’m not a fan of my day job, which shall remain nameless, I have learned some interesting things about computers, smart phones, apps, etc.

I’m saying this because I’m trying to be more thankful about the things in my life, so I’m starting here. I’m thankful for canvas & paint, buttons & keys, bottle caps & palette knives.

What are you thankful for?

A Little Show

Three of my paintings will be available for viewing and sale tomorrow, Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Multnomah Monthly Meeting Holiday Fair in Portland. The Art & Craft Fair will be from Noon to 3pm. There will be lots of local Portland artists and crafters from within the Meeting.

The three paintings available are

Portland Nights

The Mean Reds

The Means Reds

Darning A Life