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I love to paint and draw but photography is still one of my passions. My first camera was soooo old, I just remember I had to put a flash in the front after each photo I took. I then progressed to a Pantex K-1000. I still have it today.

I have taken a few pictures in the last few days. I hope you like them.

All Me

Never at rest

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It is so great to have a supportive family.

As I have said I am looking for work and it can get frustrating.  At night I feel like I have no energy.  I don’t want to do much of anything.

Enter my wife who I believe is a saint and my three boys. They have been encouraging me to paint. They know it settles me when I am doing what I love. It is fun painting in the same room as my family. When I was at my shop I would mostly paint by myself. I think my wife is the most curious watching the different techniques I use when I paint. I really don’t think she is aware that I know she is watching. She makes me laugh often when I show her my completed pieces. By enlarge she doesn’t like abstract works of any kind. She will say “I love the colors…” My second quest is that I am going to create a work of art she absolutely loves.  Now that will be a challenge.

For now her just supporting me and just loving me is enough…. For sure!  

Here are a few finished pieces…. I call it balance.

Far and away

Remember

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Albuquerque Dusk

What really defines a person? 

Are we that happy person when everything is going well?

Are we that angry dolt that no one wants to be around when times are tuff? 

I have to tell you that this is one of the hardest times of my life. I had to close my business that was losing money and now I am looking for a job in the worst economy I have ever seen. Some days I want to be that angry person and scream at the world. Other days I want to just close my eyes and wish it all away.

Then there is reality. I tell myself to take it day by day and not to worry, this will all pass.   Let me tell you, that is easier said than done. I am learning to take each day a bit at a time. For instance I have enjoyed picking up my boys from school. This may seem small to some people but I never really got to do that before. It is so great to see their faces light up when they see me. I also try to do nice things for people each day. I will go out of my way to get a door for someone or pick up something that they have dropped. That actually makes me feel better. The one thing I think that is the most important that I do is keep a smile on my face. God has blessed me with three amazing boys and a wife that is the world to me.

Looking for work is so very emotional. I haven’t had much time to paint or draw. However I know I need to make time to do it. It is one of the things in life that quits my mind.

I am writing this as much for myself as anything.

Be positive. Never look back. Always go forward. No regrets.

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