1. Moving Forward in Accelerated Favor.
2. One new painting or drawing per day.
3. not correcting every spelling and grammar mistake I see.
4. Out giving God.
5. Loving my wife and children more every day, and showing it.
I wrote these at the beginning of the year with the hopes that I really understand them, and can set plans to accomplish them. As with all goal setting, I've got to spend some time actually writing down the corresponding plans. Did I mention 'love'? Oh, yes I did.
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So much happens on a daily basis. It takes a focused effort to stop and be grateful. It has been said that being grateful is a key to prosperity. Some say "that which you praise grows, that which you ignore dies." And some make billions on other people's sayings. There is supposed to be a path for each of us. We are some fearfully and wonderfully made as distinctly individual entities with powers and abilities different from each other. And yet, there is jealousy. And yet there is competition. Which is illusion? which is reality? and does reality shift with the new thoughts being created? Are there truly any new thoughts? Are we running a previously failed program? Will anything truly matter? Okay. Enough philosophy. Time to paint. -steve
So many different images I could have chosen. Why this one today I guess it's because that image reminds me of a time in my life when goals were set, then met. I earned this rank in 23 months from 1971 to 1973, then continued until 1978. Who knew that we would live this long? Many didn't. For those of us still here, it's sometimes difficult to get up in the morning. Without a purpose it is very difficult to make it through the day, week, month, years. And so I paint, draw, sketch, list, sell, and giveaway. Art is my way of dealing with today. Selling my art, is one way I deal with tomorrow. I know I am painting for you. You should find your piece and buy it.
I'm amused when I see that an artist is going to talk. I thought that the talking was complete once the artist completes his/her creation. Who does it serve to hear the artist describe which mix of drinks & drugs, or divine inspiration caused his/her project to come to life. Come on. If you like the work, buy it. Have you ever been to an artist's talk where the artist explains his/her creations in terms of chance, happenstance, unintended commingling? "Actually I meant for that blue square to drip into the yellow circle so as to cause a corresponding green trail to gravitate ever so slowly to the southeast edge of the canvas." Yeah, he/she meant for that to happen. Granted, there are exquisite pieces that rival photographic perfection, but what is the point in that? The display of technical skill is interesting, fascinating, and sometimes, overwhelming, but is that what my buyers want? Not having an MFA can be an advantage. I don't know what I cannot do, therefore, all avenues are equally approachable. Well, if you want to hear this artist talk, buy my art, pay my expenses, plus a healthy stipend, honorarium, or per diem.
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Tonight we attended a Bible Study at our Host's home in Riverside California. He spoke primarily in Spanish, but my wife, Izzy, was able to translate anything of which I was unsure. The phrase that caught my attention this evening was: If people are not in the presence of God they can not help it if they malfunction. They are unable to function at 100%, and will make mistakes, because they are out of the presence of God. A light went off. How can you feel anything except compassion for those who are out of the presence of God? This opens up a whole new level of "acceptance of others" to me; and acceptance of myself. Since hearing this message, I have a conscious desire to locate, identify, and remain in the presence of God. That is our one true calling; to be in his presence. How do you locate God? He is omni-present. He is right there with you right now. Are you unsure? The bible tells us that God inhabits the praises of his people. Do you want to absolutely know that God is right here right now? Then, start praising Him and experience His Presence right now. Whenever you are unsure, stop and pray. His presence will manifest and his peace will come. The Bible tell us that God's mercy endures forever. So, don't you for even one second doubt His Love for you. Got it? Get in His presence right now.
God, thank you that because of Jesus I can be in your presence. Let me feel your Love, Mercy & Grace right now and for the rest of the day. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
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I wrote this to a friend on FB, but I thought you might like to read it too.
"It's a matter of getting up again after falling for another trick. As long as we can keep getting up, we have a chance at improvements. But, in the end, what is it that truly matters? I'm leaning towards the simplicity of living a transparent, encouraging, accepting, and love-spreading life. If you can be honest with yourself, and the others in your immediate circle, well, then, what ever comes next, comes next. No fear. No worries."
I just created the painting that you see above today. I have not taken any Art Therapy classes but I can attest to the calming effect of painting. I'm creating new pieces as often as possible in order to sell them so that I can stay away from the food stamp lines. After working since I was 14 years old with a paper route, yeah, you might need to Google that, I have not been employed now for a little over four years. Still in the house that we've rented since 1999. We've paid more in rent than the current value of this house. How did that happen? There are many talented artists creating many beautiful pieces. I'm hoping that the art I create is accessible to those who not only love it, but will actually buy it, or prints of it. That's why I started creating the Greeting Cards, to make my art more affordable, and easy to share. If you want to buy just one card, let me know by email.
I read yesterday about the stand-off between the Philippines and China. i thought to myself, oh great, here comes another world war. But then I read about the killings of innocent people in Syria. SO I said to myself, oh great there's another opening for world war and US Troops. Ah, but then I heard about the killings of Christians in Northern Nigeria. Surely this will require US troops on the ground. Oh, but what about the unannounced race wars in America where we already have troops on the ground? When it gets down & dirty, the color of your skin and facial features will be the determining factor in whether you live or die. No matter who your friends may be, it's a race thing. So don't be surprised when you see your face on a Dead or Alive poster. Truth will become what is protected with a gun. Am I being alarmist? too negative? Frankly, I don't know. Every day the news reports on more killings, slayings, murders, suicides, genocides, infanticides, than I can keep up with. Peace, some say, isn't profitable. Maybe there is a way to make it so. Maybe all those "prayer warriors" out there can focus on establishing peace within themselves so that they can then share it with others. I hate to admit to prejudice. However, when the actions of certain people groups reinforces past stereotypes, it becomes more difficult to remain neutral. Pray for peace. Prepare for war.
Vietnam Era Vet, Painter, Professional Husband & Father