Archive | August, 2013

Am I ‘Officially’ An Artist Now?

31 Aug

So, a friend of ours came by last night, and she’s been telling me for a few weeks now that she had something ‘up her sleeve’ regarding my art, and has been very excited about it while at the same time leaving me in total suspense.  She has finally shared what the big secret was, and she is opening up an art gallery-like business, but instead of just being art, it will have all sorts of artistic mediums, including jewelry, etc., and she has asked me if I would be interested in being one of the artists whose art they will be displaying on the walls (and for sale)!

I’m extremely excited about this, and it means I will have to pick out, print, mount and frame several pieces.  No one except my mother has ever wanted to display my artwork before, so I am very excited about this opportunity!

It will surely be a few weeks or months before the work is hung, but when it is, I’ll be sure to post a picture of it!

That’s all, I just wanted to share that bit of exciting news with all of my wonderful followers and friends!

Crazy, Or Crazy Like A Fox?

28 Aug
New Orleans: Detail of graffiti on neighborhoo...

New Orleans: Detail of graffiti on neighborhood grocery shop in the back of town 7th Ward, still derilict over 3 years after the Hurricane Katrina levee failure disaster. Post disaster search & rescue “X” mark has been overlaid with graffiti reading “FEMA KILLS”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) (People from N.O. found out first hand how well they could depend on Uncle Sam to help them out)

We’ve all seen (or at least heard of) the show on T.V. called ‘Doomsday Preppers‘.  In fact, you’ve probably rolled your eyes, laughed or called them crazy, or know someone who has (I have!); but if you take a clear, honest look at the state of our world today, are they really that far off the mark?

How many people in New York were left in shock, with no plan, on 9/11?  When hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, how many people would have benefited from having a stockpile of food and water to last them at least a week?  It’s not just ‘Doomsday’ that these people are prepping for, it’s any disaster that can strike.  Look at Japan.  These people lived right next door to a nuclear plant, and yet had NO plan for what they should do in case there was a problem.  And there was.  Do you know how close you are to a possible nuclear fallout?  Do you even know how far the fallout from the closest nuclear facility to you would extend?  Do you live near a strategic nuclear target, like D.C. or a major military base and DON’T have a plan?  Maybe you need to redefine ‘crazy’.

If a natural (or man-made) disaster strikes near you, do you really trust FEMA, or any part of the government for that matter, to take care of you (especially looking back on the New Orleans fiasco)?  Do you want to rely on them arriving to help you in a timely fashion, with all of the things your family specifically needs?  If you’re diabetic, and disaster strikes, do you have enough insulin to last you until FEMA finally gets their act together?  Food? Water? Continue reading

Has Life Left You Hardened Or Tempered?

25 Aug
Blast furnaces of Třinec Iron and Steel Works.

Blast furnaces of Třinec Iron and Steel Works. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I would like to ask you all to indulge me in the following analogy.  I am by no means intimately familiar with metalworking, so if I make factual mistakes while making my analogy, I claim creative license.

When steel is worked, it goes through several processes. First, it’s placed in the furnace, and the heat of the fire softens the steel, allowing it to be shaped, or ‘worked’, after which it is plunged into water or oil.  At this point, the steel is ‘hardened’, but it isn’t strong;  carbon trapped inside the now crystallized part of the steel  causes it to be brittle.  If the steel were left in this state, a hard blow could cause it to break or shatter.  To prevent this, the steel is then submitted to a process called ‘tempering‘, by which it is again heated, but to a lower temperature, until the carbon has had time to diffuse out of the crystallized parts of the steel, and allowed to cool slowly until it reaches the desired ‘temper point’, and only then is it plunged into the water or oil, to stop the tempering process at the desired point.  If this process is done properly, you are left with a piece of steel which has most of the strength of hardened steel, but much less susceptible to breakage.

The troubles we face in our lives are much like this process.  Our hard times are the furnaces in which we are forged.  Continue reading

Edit Results (Part 2)

24 Aug

I also snatched a picture yesterday to edit. I didn’t want to use any that I couldn’t let people know I’d used (random pics from people who I don’t follow & vice versa), so, Angela, I hope you don’t mind that I also took the liberty of editing one of the photos you posted here. If you like it, feel free to download it, or if you  would prefer me to email it to you, just let me know.  (On the other hand, if you hate it and would prefer I take it down, I’ve got no problem doing that, either!)

The Original

The Original

Edited

Edited

 

Edit Results

24 Aug

My greatest appreciation to znjavid (check out her blog HERE for more pics of her adorable son, and some good poetry, too!) for offering me a picture to edit 🙂  Thank you for letting me try my hand at editing the picture of your little fella!  The picture was a little blurry at full size, so I did the best I could… I hope you like at least one of them (but it’s okay if you don’t)!

Original

Original

Tried to make this a little whimsical... but afterward I though it was a little too blurry looking... but decided to put it in anyway.

Tried to make this a little whimsical… but afterward I though it was a little too blurry looking… but decided to put it in anyway.

This one I was going for a more 'retro' look

This one I was going for a more ‘retro’ look… it reminds me of those old pictures from backwhen I was a kid 🙂 …

Black & White, of course

Black & White, of course

Ended up being my favorite...

Ended up being my favorite…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you liked at least one of these, and THANK YOU AGAIN for giving me the chance to edit your picture, it really helped take my mind off of my doldrums! (If you’d like me to e-mail these to you, just let me know, but you may be able to right-click and get the full sized images.)

Pity Party Inside (and free photo edit offer)

23 Aug
Angry Penguin

Angry Penguin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay, so, I wrote the following long, whiny, self-pitying post just because I can… but at the end, I came up with something to take my mind off of my ‘despair’ and that was to edit other people’s photos, because I find it to be fun to do.  My request to you is, if you have a picture of someone (yourself, your kid, whatever), I’d like to edit it for you.  I’ll edit them/it, and post a few on my blog with before/afters.  You might love it, or you might hate it, and either way is okay.  IF anyone decides to take me up on my offer, just let me know where to find the picture… I’m just going to go randomly copy people’s pictures and edit them, anyway, so why not get in on the action?  ^_^  (If you like it, you’re more than welcome to copy/keep/reuse it however you like… I’ve been considering offering this for a small fee at some point in the future, so if you’re curious what I can do, here’s your chance to get it for free)

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Some days I just get so angry.  I feel completely retarded (Note that I’m using this as a verb, not a noun.  Look it up.) by everything and nothing at all.  There’s so MANY things I want to do, see, experience, learn… but can’t.  Sometimes it’s because of money, sometimes it’s because of time, sometimes it’s because of other people, but some days it always seems that there is nothing I can do to make things better. 

I mean, I try.  I try very hard to do things to help, to improve my ‘lot in life’ so to speak, but nothing ever seems to work. 

Some days, the frustration just takes over, and I’m angry.  Impotently angry, but angry nonetheless.  I say impotently angry, because nothing I do as a result of my anger works, either.  Continue reading

I Am – A Poem

23 Aug

Blast from the past!  This is an oldie I wrote back in my Sophomore year of high school… back in (cough)’96(cough).

Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think in the comments!

I AM

I am a wild animal in a cage Continue reading

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