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National Parks Week top 7 #5

April 19th, 2015

National Parks Week top 7 #5

Number 5

Diversity. Of the 59 National Parks / Protected area in the US each park is very unique all are very different from one another. Fact is within each park there can be massive diversity from one area to the next. we can have Glaciers to wetlands to Rain-forest all in one park. The parks are as diverse as their visitors and this simply amazes me.

National Parks Week, Top 7 #5 , Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, Yellow Lady Slipper

National Parks Week #6

April 19th, 2015

National Parks Week #6

The number 6 reason I love our National Parks. They are right in our back yard and a a place for peace and where we are all equal.

National Parks week top 7

April 19th, 2015

National Parks week top 7

So April 18th kicks of National Parks week and I love everything about our National Park system and what they offer us and visitors to the US. I figure that this is the perfect time to list my TOP 7 reason I love our parks.

Number 7

They preserve a piece of the past and our national heritage from the best of times to some of our worst times. They offer us a place to learn and a living breathing section of history education.

To do list - To do and More to do

April 14th, 2015

To do list - To do and More to do

With the starting of a new fine art gallery and the opening looming just a few short weeks away (about 6-8) and with the delivery of the first pieces sold made yesterday before e have even opened the doors. And with the day we have been waiting for the first day of move in being tomorrow, I sat down and got to looking at the to do list.

It all got me to reflecting and looking at the list I hand write and carry with me just about everywhere I add to the list constantly and most days it seems for every one thing I cross off I Ad four more. I often even go to the extreme of having multiple list that I have to number or star the important things so I can prioritize what needs to be done. I have tried to digital task managers and list in the past with little success I am sure it is all a state of mind but for me there is something about physically taking a pen and marking through something that is finished and looking at the list once many things are crossed off and it just feels good. Granted when I start from scratch with a blank sheet and make a huge list I have a mini freak out session the funny part is I often we add stuff I have already done just to immediately mark it off to stave off the panic attack.

Point being there is something about making these list that makes me more efficient and more effective. And I am sure there is some scientific study out there that points to some raw data that shows some connection between writing it down and getting it done and some insane % improvement on success but I honestly have not seen or read it. For me thought there is just the facet that it works for me and I can always tell when I haven't got a list going because I am so scattered brained I feel lost. I chalk it up to being an artist and I need help focusing that's my story and I am sticking to it.

Make it interesting not correct

April 3rd, 2015

Make it interesting not correct

I had the great pleasure a few weeks ago to attend my 13yo daughters district band concert and while watching and listening to her and the other students play was the best part I also learned a great lesson from the final conductor for the high school band.


While addressing the audience Dr. Timothy J Robble said” make music interesting not correct”. This stuck with me for the entire performance, So much so that afterwards I had to find the good Dr. and share the impact his statement had. While this Certainly applied to the music that was played. I had the thought about what it may mean in a larger view.

What if we all as artist took this to heart make our art interesting not correct or perfect. Make art that feels the way we feel make art that impacts not only others but ourselves. Let go of all the technical perfection all of the fascination with the gear and tools of our art let go of our fixation with making it perfect just simply make it and make it interesting.

Low Hanging Fruit

March 30th, 2015

Low Hanging Fruit

In photography, we are often tempted to go after the easy shot - the low hanging fruit - as it were. In all honesty if the truth be known, it is a fact that we, as artists, have a tendency to be very fragile. As big as our egos can get, we are hurt easily and take things way too personally as well as to heart. It is as a result of this that we reach for the low hanging fruit due to the fact that it is easy to get to. This then gives us the opportunity to do well easily, and to get a nice pleasing acceptable image or piece of art that will be liked and agreeable to the masses.

I once heard, "Sometimes to get to the good fruit you have to take a chance and go out on a limb." The point of this quote is that you should go for a true reward, meaning a reward that is personal to you, and the hell with everyone else's opinion. Within this I am talking about pleasing the inner artist and vision monger that lies within the person that really matters, which is * YOU* the artist. Please heed my advice and take the chance, climb out on that shaky limb and go for the good fruit that will make the art that YOU want to make. Go ahead and make the art that you have to work for. Do not worry about whether or not it is accepted by the masses, rather just worry about making the art that you love and that you want to put in your house or hang on your walls.

Nature is Beautiful

March 30th, 2015

Nature is Beautiful

I had the great pleasure along with my wife to tech at the USBG. (United State Botanical Gardens) this weekend. One to two times a year we teach a kids art and photography program and in between sessions and lunch I normally get a few free minutes. This year as I was walking around I took one image that drove it home to me just how beautiful and inspiring nature is. This is that image.

 

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