I woke up bright and early at 3:30 AM (7:30 AM Puerto Rico time), making myself a list about the next steps for this project.
Fulfilling the rest of the rewards is my first priority. If you signed up for a Bay Area gicleé print, you should be receiving it soon before the end of January. As soon as the landscapes arrive I will take them to be photographed and print the Puerto Rican gicleé so you should receive it by early February. In addition, will be painting a portrait for a supporter who commissioned it as part of this fundraiser.
You won’t believe this, but there are a few backers who signed up for a reward that did not send me their name and address. After writing three requests via Kickstarter, the only thing I can do is wait until they look me up and request their reward. I am mentioning it here, hoping that they see this and double-check.
If all goes well with the shipment, the paintings will be delivered straight to my studio in a couple days. As soon as I receive the paintings, I will work on the few that need revisions. It is important to do this as soon as possible, before I forget what the environment in each looked like. Then they will get photographed and stored until the show’s curator decides whether they will be in the show or not.
I already have at least two Bay Area Puerto Ricans signed up for the next phase of the portrait-painting. I will be actively recruiting until the end of February. Please contact me if you know someone over 18 years of age who might be a good subject. A good subject is someone who wants to pose and who is physically able to sit calmly for four hrs (with breaks).
How do I feel returning? While it is too early to tell, from previous trips I know it takes a few days to adjust. One thing that helps is that I’ve always liked the rainy season in the Bay Area. However, I can tell that the drastic change in palette, from bright colors to all grays and browns is the biggest shock I will experience. I will like the cooler temperatures, and I will love seeing all of you again!