Under the Influence

I tell you I love to paint, but more specifically I love to grab my gear and get outside and try my luck at capturing the great outdoors. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as I’m painting I’m good. I’ve been told I paint all the time, that my paintings are just multiplying…

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Outside the Realm-hiking the Inca Trail

I am still baffled by the fact that when I climb a flight of stairs, or walk up a steep hill that I am winded and my heart is going “boom-boom-boom” in my head, and yet it was only a month ago that I somehow coerced this old body all the way to the edge……

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You can’t please Everyone

Bill Nelson was my counselor back in Junior High school that told me this, and I for the longest time couldn’t figure out why. I remember I was back in my high school administration offices for some reason or another. (you know those things that go on your school records and will follow you forever,…

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What’s it all About

“Well it’s about this long, and about this wide, and about this country, about which we are singing about…” to paraphrase Firesign Theater If you are looking to me for what it’s all about, whatever “it” might be, you are looking in the wrong place. I have no idea. I think you have to take…

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Measure Once, or is it Twice…

I just came home from a two week painting trip to the Rockies with not a single sale, not a single award, and my van filled with wet paintings. Was it productive? Does that sound bitter? Okay, let me try again. Hi honey, I’m home. How was your trip? Well it was wonderful, I painted…

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Art with Benefits

The first painting I did after trading the bottle for the brush was one for my Mother. In the previous 20 years I had completed maybe 1 painting, and I was totally excited about methodically stretching my canvas, and putting my paints in position around the pallet. There is something about this process that helps…

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The Old Same Thing

You know, the “Old Same Thing”! Do you have a limit for doing the┬ásame old thing, don’t you get tired of it? How long can you keep repeating the same old routine before it becomes just that? I’ve done it before, and still do at times. I could eat PB&J’s for lunch on a daily…

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What does it take

What does it take to become the best? What does it take to change your life? What does it take to drag yourself up? There are as many different types of people in this world as there are… well, people! And for the majority of them it takes quite a bit to move them onto…

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