GJ Willis' Art Notes

The Adventures and Misadventures of a Neer Do Well Artist Living in Baltimore.

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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

I am a visual artist and writer living in Baltimore. I don't have any artist friends. Frankly, artists scare me, there so darn flaky. The above picture is either of me or proof that I'm a pretty decent artist. My goal is to be a self sufficient artist, whereas I wouldn't have to do something else in the day in order to eke out an existence. I also like to attend various cultural events around town. I go to plays, the symphony, etc. Also, I have Asperger's Syndrome. I found this out recently and it has explained a heck of a lot as to why I am as I am.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2001

I meant to write something on Tuesday but I had a Dentist's appointment. I like going to Dr. Bell's office for all my dental needs primarily because things are discounted because he is my relative. At long last I asked his wife what her son Lawrence is doing. You see Lawrence ran for Mayor of the city I live in and lost. Ever since he lost no one seems to know what he has been up to. It was like he vanished out of thin air. Cousin Eleanor told me that he is living in Atlanta doing a talk radio show. It's nice to know that he is doing fine. For the life of me I can't understand why during the end of his campaign he brought former DC Mayor Marion Barry along with him to campaign. Barry, definetly is not the sort of person that I would ever imagine any of the Bell's associating with. They are a very upper middle class black family. His father is a Dentist and his mother is a Lawyer. They were loaded enough to afford a housekeeper for Christsakes! I guess it was desperation on Lawrence's part.....

Anyhow, I'm happy to hear that Lawrence is doing fine. If anyone deserves something good to happen it's Lawrence.

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Monday, February 26, 2001

My feelings for my dad are kind of like a double edged sword on one hand I'm glad that he never dates on the other hand I wish that he would find someone. I hate to see him so lonely. He told me one day that when he married my mother he decided that day that he would never marry again because he had found the perfect woman for him. And people wonder why me and my siblings are still single.......

My dad was born in January of 1929. He was born into a family of 9 children. Today they are only 2 living him and Uncle Leon. Dad was a laborer at Bethlehem Steel Company in Sparrows Point Maryland. He was also a gifted artist. He was the one who taught me to draw.

I remember evenings he would come home from work he'd read the newspaper, sit down on the porch and eat his corned beef sandwich and beer. He would always bring me a bag of cheese curls when he came home from work. My dad was always into the news. If anythings going on he knows about it backwards and forwards. He can argue pro or con on any news issue. Not surprisingly his favorite tv station is CNN. He listens to NPR religiously in the morning. In fact whenever I listen to NPR it's almost like I'm connected to him. It's almost like an invisible psychic link with dad.

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Sunday, February 25, 2001

You know I just realized I never really explained my family that much. I am the youngest of three children I was born in 1970. My brother was born in 1959 and my sister was born in 1958. So as anyone can probably figure out I was the mistake. My family was kind of unusual in that my parents were married and never divorced. My mom was a stay at home mother. I remember skipping school and watching the Phil Donahue Show with her. I don't think she minded she just enjoyed the company. Mom passed away in 1997 after a long bout with diabetes. I remember when she got sick my dad would drive her back and forth to the clinic and the hospitals. I'd always wondered it I'll ever find someone who cared so deeply for me the way my parents did for each other.....

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I had a very quiet yet interesting weekend. Dave went to Virginia to spend the weekend with an old pal who recently moved down there. I had the opportunity to look over my geneology notes on Saturday. What I discovered was that I have several Elizabeth's in my family. I think that it's possible for Lucy to be a nickname for Elizabeth. I have to get back to Uncle Leon later today on specifics of whether or not the man knows if his Grandmother's birth name is Elizabeth.

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Friday, February 23, 2001

Today I got a message on my answering machine from my Uncle Leon. This was very odd because he never calls unless it's a dire emergency. I immediatly called him back bracing myself for bad news hoping that nothing tragic had happened to my dad. Nothing tragic had happened it turned out that a man from New York had called him asking about our family. You see I am researching my family's history so that makes me the chief family historian. Anyway, it turned out the man from New York was the Grandson of Lucy Willis who married some guy with the last name of Grevious I'm not sure if there related to us or not I still have to check my notes..... The only thing I know about the New York branch of the Willis' is that they were light enough to pass for white.

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Today was a wonderfully glorious slow day at work. It snowed yesterday so I had the perfect excuse to call in late. It seemed like nearly half the people I work with had the same idea.

It's Friday so as my usual Friday ritual I had carry out Chinese food for dinner. I found this great little place downtown that just opened up where I can get Orange Chicken as well as almost any other dish for just 3.75. I wonder how long this Special will last?? I'm sad to report that I probably will not be releasing my paintings on eBay today. However, tomorrow looks very promising. :)

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Wednesday, February 21, 2001

I was absolutely beat tired when I came home from work today. I was too tired to fix dinner so I simply laid down to take a nap.Of course the nap lasted 6 hours and I ended up missing the Grammy's. Oh, well, that's the story of my life....I did'nt even paint today like I wanted to. The main reason why I have not placed more work for sale up on eBay is that I'm simply too tired. I have to be at work at a 7am. Which means I leave for work when it's still dark outside. When I come home from work and it's still dark. In fact I never see daylight except on weekends. If I spend the night painting until bedtime it's a surefire bet that I'll be plum tired the next day. Truth of the matter is that I can't stop painting because I'm an artist. My day job despte all the money it cost for my education is simply a job I do to buy art supplies.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2001

Drats, the local WB affiliate did it again! They pre-empted Buffy and Angel for college basketball! Why do they keep ruining my Tuesdays! It's next to impossible for me to see it when they re-run it on Saturdays because that's the night I go out with my boyfriend....well fiance. David proposed to me on Christmas and I said yes. He even got down on one knee :) I have yet to tell my dad about it. He's not too keen on David mainly because of the age difference. David is 46 and I'm 31. However, we've been together for 5 years. To tell the truth I love David and all but I wonder why he's never bothered to move away from home and has never married. He's told me why but still I wonder if that's the whole story.........

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Today is Buffy and Angel Day! The happiest day of the week. :) I don't watch tv that much but I always make it a point to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. I started watching it because a tv critic who came on MD Public Radio's Marc Steiner show reccommended it as being the best show on tv. Despite this I still feel guilty about watching it. I almost feel as though it's a betrayal of my education. I mean I went to University of MD School of Medicine! I'm Little Ms. Scientist and I can't get enough of a kid's show! It's a crime against humanity. I should be off watching Public Television but instead I'm watching Buffy kick the shit out of vampire's and demons. Oh, well I guess I better pop off to the laundry.

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I'm starting to feel weak and puffy it's been a while since I've been to the gym. I gave up my membership a while ago when I got a new job in a different area of town. Instead of joining another gym I think my best option would be to go low tech, maybe check out the local Y. On the art front I'm 75% near completion of the 5 paintings I plan on releasing on eBay. One of the paintings will be an updated repaint on After the Rain. I really liked that painting however it never sold. I think the reason was that color combinations were almost monochromatic. Also I'm doing a repaint on another unsold painting, The Balconey Scene, this one I feel also suffered the same fate. My eBayScore card will =3 Fairies/Mermaids and 2 repaints.

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Monday, February 19, 2001

Recently, I've joined a couple of Baltimore arts organizations chief amongst them is the Fells Point Creative Alliance. I am also considering participating in a couple of local art shows. Anyway, never fear my latest work will be released on eBay later this week. Be forewarned that I am still on my Fairies and Mermaids tangent. I guess I just have to work it out my system :) To learn why I paint what I paint the best source to go would be The Baltimore City Paper Bulletin Board

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Sunday, February 18, 2001

I know that I haven'nt put anything up for sale on eBay in about a month. I've even received e-mail from former buyers asking me if I've stopped painting. A couple of folks on message boards that I post my artwork on have asked where I've gone. Well the truth of the matter is that I have'nt gone anywhere. I've just been laying low weighing my options.

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