As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. -- Calvin and Hobbes

Monday, January 30, 2012

so fleeting

Miniature – ACEO Portrait of Mimi; acrylic on canvas paper 

I walked through a vacant lot which was turning into a meadow.
Deer had grazed there.

I noticed a hummingbird just outside my vision to the right. As I turned my head to gaze at it further, I couldn’t confirm it had been a hummingbird afterall because nothing was there but a leaf that teetered in the wind waiting for its turn to to take flight.

My mind wandered a bit more as I took in the whole composition.

The grass and roots were taking back the land that was once a concrete parking lot. There was only at first astounding beauty in this observation. Then, my ego was quieted as I came to fully comprehend what I was witnessing; the timelessness of the land vs. the fleeting nature of human beings.

I think I am merely here as a borrower of space on Earth and perhaps someday, elsewhere, who knows? In any case, I think I should do my best to leave it as I found it. Or better.

When I left the meadow, I was glad the Earth this power. I wish we could all recognize the value of the grass under our feet.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

found on the web


Friday, January 6, 2012

2012: Yes I can be grounded and in flight!

 "Beautiful Life" Acrylic on Canvas
Illustration Friday Theme: Grounded

I do say, it's a year that shouldn't be wasted, and that includes reading crappy articles and books!  Sometimes you just can't help it, you get a few chapters into a new book because you are trying to force the darn thing down your own throat, thinking it will improve, but you struggle to read each word.  Just give it up man!  If it doesn't captivate you now, it probably wont later, either.  This doesn't happen too much with blogs because I don't feel the same sense of commitment, namely because blogs are free.  But, there is something about buying a book that makes you think you have to finish it, at any cost.

Now, for confessions.  Not a lot of you know that after I wrote a book in a month, in November 2010, (with zero experience), I literally lost my desire to write for a very long time. In fact, I couldn't even check my email for a while because it would require having to reply.  I neglected my ebay groups the most.  (Sorry fellow ebay artists!)  Completely burned out, I was.  Well, I've been back for a while, but I'm finally ready to share again with Fervor and hopefully, the writing will be worth reading.  At least it will be free!  Oh blog, I have missed you.

Here's my tentative blog schedule for 2012, the way I want it to look.  We'll see how it goes.  If there is a post on a particular day, it will likely be for one of these reasons:

Mondays - Random Musings, my stories with whatever artwork I may be working on that week. (The two are rarely related)
Tuesdays - A good day to tell someone Else's story! A regular highlight of a cool artisan or do-gooder somewhere in the world.
Wednesdays - Wordless Wednesday, containing only a photograph and maybe a word or two.
Thursdays - DIY, Today's Rhino, and WTF?  My tutorials, examples of art techniques and brief articles on Art in history and why it's important for you to give a damn.
Fridays - Illustration Friday.  A good tradition that deserves to be continued.
Saturdays - You will rarely see a blog post on a Saturday because everyone needs a break.
Sundays - Occasionally I will write a Sunday post with my groovy book reviews called "Sitting on the Nightstand".  (Please don't take the name, enough people already have.  Be creative and think of your own.)

I think it's important to be grounded, particularly if you're a dreamer.  The world exists as it is because of dreamers.  You have to dream and have hope that you can achieve, and I am the dreamer of dreamers.  But, a schedule and a tad bit of discipline is always what seems to help me get the creative spirit into actual, tangible art or writing, or music.  So, here's to being grounded, to some foot to floor contact. One foot in front of the other, toward the dream!

This should be a fun year.  Lots of exploring to do. I think I need new shoes...

Happy Weekending,


Things to Ponder

Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. -Andy Warhol

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
-Walt Disney
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