Random Photo & Thoughts

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are now living downtown.  Our dog, Katie, is an older lady of 13 years.  She stays indoors with us and we walk her about a block and a half a few times a day so she can fertilizer the vacant lot (turned city park) down the street.

As mentioned, she is older, so her pace is not exactly swift and like most mature beings she prefers to take her time and not be rushed as she sniffs out the ideal spot to make her contribution to soil enrichment.

The other day while patiently waiting for her to determine the epicenter for her next event I noticed the evidence of a former doorway in the building adjacent to the park.  I wondered about what had been there in the past, what use or contribution to society the building may have served in a past life.  I noticed the contrast of the old facade next to a wooden post that now served as a power distribution point for park events.  I decided to pull out my phone for a bit of #iPhoneography.

img_0099 If you look closely, you can still make out the oak timbers that framed the opening.

Have a great day…perhaps I will notice more on a future outing with Katie.

Mike

Life has been getting in the way (of art)

Hello followers and fellow blog stars!

I wanted to share with you the reason for the unpredictable and seldom frequency of my post of late. We have been preparing our home to be placed for sale. We have finally made it to the point where we have listed our home with a real estate agent in hopes of a quick sale.

These preparations have temporarily knocked art of the priority list. Most days, after arriving home from work, I am met with a list of tasks that need to be completed, or at least started that evening. By the time that list has been addressed, I am simply too tired to create. Not to mention that my mind is functioning somewhere south of half capacity.

Anyway, I wanted to reach out to you guys, let you know that I truly value your likes & comments and to let you know that I hope to get back up to speed on this blog soon.

Thank you for your patience.

Mike

Reflection and Inspiration

Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC

Good morning to you all.

It’s Saturday morning and I have spent this morning easing into weekend mode.  This is a weekly transition for me.  I use Saturday and Sunday mornings as a chance to restock my “creativity shelf” (so to speak).

I spend a couple of hours just browsing the web looking at art, photography, & often quotes.  I find that I can take small glimpses of inspiration from doing this.  The medium need not be anything that I practice, inspiration comes in many forms.

Today’s inspiration came largely from a quote that I stumbled upon.  The quote is from Lauren Kate, a successful fiction writer.  The truth of her words, though short, spoke to me.

“I cannot be other than what I am, and I am the choices of all my days.”  – Lauren Kate

There is much truth in her words.  Even though we may aspire to be a better person, or perhaps, just a different version of who we are today, in the end, we are the sum of our daily choices.  The decisions we make each day shape and become our lives.  That singular sentence provides the spark for an abundance of reflection and introspection.  I realize that we are still vulnerable to our circumstances but we are 100% in charge of our reaction to those circumstances.  In the end, the way we choose to react to our circumstance shape our lives and who we are.

I hope everyone finds themselves in good health and spirits.  Best wishes, for a great weekend and for the week ahead.

Until the next post. – Mike

 

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Rainy morning with a bit of rambling…

This morning is starting out lazy and peaceful.  I am content as I sit in the room I use as a studio space/study.  Outside the rain is really coming down.  Today’s forecast calls for a significant chance of thunderstorms.  I’m hoping we get at least one good storm today.  I enjoy a nice spring thunderstorm, the sound of rolling thunder is somehow comforting to me.  I guess it is a reassuring reminder of how small and helpless we really are.  Perhaps that may sound like an odd thing to say, but I’m glad we are still at the mercy of nature.  That’s the way it is intended to be.

In this room is where I typically start and end each day.  It is located on the far end of our house and therefore, somewhat sheltered from distractions such as TV, an enthusiastic child, etc.  I spend a lot of time here throughout the week.  I do all my drawing at the drafting table to the left, edit photos and compose blog post at the desk to the right.  You can’t tell in the photo, but, the window offers a view of our backyard which becomes dense woods once you reach its limits.

The rain has slacked off a bit now and I can hear the song a single bird.  The sky is still threatening and I believe this break in the rainfall is only temporary.  More birds are joining in now and their interim concert is starting.

I plan to begin and new sketch this afternoon, for now, I am content just to sit here for a while and ponder about life.

Thanks for viewing, I hope everyone has a creative & wonderful day. – Mike

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Recommended Read – What is a “Real” Artist?

I read an article at Muddy Colors this morning that I instantly wanted to share.  The article is written around what defines a “real” artist.  This a subject that I have pondered many times and I imagine that other creative people have as well.

“Am I an artist?”  Is a question I have asked myself many times and I still don’t know how I would react if I was asked this question by a stranger.  I sketch…does that make me an artist? I enjoy photography…does that make me an artist?  I am a fairly competent woodworker…does that make me an artist?  You get the idea.  Everyone has a different opinion on what skill level or activities makes someone a “Real” Artist.

Anyway, I think this article does an excellent job of addressing the question and I highly recommend reading it.  Especially, if you have ever wondered the same of yourself.

Link to the article –> What is a “Real” Artist?