Maybe it's just me but there are a couple of things bothering me today. Number one is spammers. Not the canned meat product kind but the other one. ( If you grill the heck out of it, I can eat the canned version) I have been getting several Spam comments a day on this blog. Usually, Blogger catches them and sends them to a spam folder where I deal with them. Last week, I went to my blogger tools section and found a way to report an offending site. It worked for a couple of days then they started getting in through other urls instead. The short of it is, at least for a while I am restricting comments to registered users, you will get a pop up box or the like the first time you comment. I love all my readers ( except that asshole in the Balkans who keeps spamming me) and I really enjoy every comment so this bothers me .If I find a better solution besides the dreaded word verification, I'll happily try it.
Bother number two. I just received a "Call for Artists" from a local gallery for their summer exhibition. All I need to do to be considered to be included is send them up to 3 images in their designated format and a check for $30. I should also include materials, process, price and an Artist's Statement. That was about the entire content. It covered pretty well what I could do for them but it said not a damned thing about what they would do for me! Since they asked for pricing I assume the work will be for sale. They don't say. Will there be a commission charged above the $30 I gave them to look at three pictures? They didn't say. Will there be judging for cash awards? Didn't say. Will there be national press coverage? Didn't say. Will there be a gala opening? They didn't say. How will the show be promoted? You guessed it. They didn't say. All I can say is Vanity, Vanity, all the world is Vanity. If I just want to tell my friends I'm an artist and I'm in a show maybe it's worth it for that. Would it ever put any Ducats in my pocket? I really doubt it. There are a lot of people out there who need to realize that this is a business.
That about does it for now. I'll try to do better next time.