Quite a bit has happened since the last post, even though its only been about a week and a half. I guess I’ll start with probably the news that was the most consuming for me over the past days:
Hidden Lake was shipped back to me via a freight carrier and on its journey from northwest Montana to Southwest Florida the shipping crate was broken open. I don’t want to get in to too many specifics, but needless to say there was damage to the piece, and the carrier and I are currently going through the claims process and trying to rectify the situation, even though in reality once any part of an original one-of-a-kind piece of art is damaged, it pretty much can never go back to the way it was. If you don’t understand that concept, and a lot of people don’t so don’t feel bad, then I’m just glad the person hired as the third party inspector for the claim did. Hopefully the process will keep moving relatively quickly and I can be back with an update on that situation quickly.
So that was last Wednesday, and then just a few days later, my ever trusty (and babied) Macbook Pro went to sleep and never woke up in the morning. Luckily most everything is backed up (sometimes twice) and so Monday morning I dropped it off to get looked at and was subsequently told that the mother board had died. Google search tells me that a MBP motherboard replacement runs about 1200 bucks, so of course thats wonderful news. A collectively splendid five days or so, as you can imagine. The least expensive way to fix the laptop is to send it to the mothership and have Apple fix it, so I agree and off it goes. Apple however has run out of the necessary part and estimates 2 weeks of wait time for their next batch from overseas. I’m a pretty patient guy but just the thought of trying to work from my 2002 Titanium Powerbook G4 to do anything other than check my email made me want to pull my hair out. Enter the MacMini, my first non laptop macintosh, which is what I am currently working from, and while it is brand spanking new, it is still not more powerful than my 18 month old MBP. So when I get the laptop back the mini will be turned into a media server.
So that was a lot of words to read, and if you’ve stuck it out this long, then I promise to keep the rest of this brief. The above image is one you may have seen if you follow me on twitter, in fact both of these previews were seen there first, so you might want to follow me there if you are an impatient person. I printed this at 40×20 on a canvas stretched over a 1.5inch frame, and although this first attempt at printing on canvas came back a little dark, I still really like the quality and presentation of this image on this medium. I’ll be offering this as a print soon, so if you are interested drop me a line via the comments/email/twitter/facebook/phone/text/telepathy – though telepathy might not be the most reliable.
I’ve also updated my portfolio site with new images in the site preview (opening slideshow), Fine Art category and a new project titled “Drifting” of which the above is a portion. Although the intricate details on this project are not finalized, I do know that this is what it will look like displayed. Images are based off of an 8×12 inch print and scale up to 60×40 for the largest prints. As you can imagine, it will be fairly long when it is displayed properly. For the full experience visit www.jeffreyscottfrench.com and if you like what you see, share it with a friend.