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Little Watercolor Trees

Little Watercolor Trees

Little Watercolor Trees

Little Zen Tree 1995

Little Zen Tree 1995

Posted on 14 August 2017 | 3:29 pm

Little Zen Tree 1994: Strings

Little Zen Tree 1994

Who's pulling your strings?

Posted on 2 August 2017 | 5:22 pm

Little Zen Tree 1993

Little Zen Tree 1993

We all have different versions of ourself.  Not every version is for every person, occasion or even stage of our life.

It's good to know they are there though.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

Posted on 27 July 2017 | 3:09 am

The Wild Thing

Little Zen Tree 1992

I need fifty dollars.

Posted on 17 July 2017 | 5:05 pm

How High Is "High Enough"

Little Zen Tree 1991


Trees are everywhere.  Are they?

Tree Line

Is it possible to get "TOO HIGH?"

My journey as an artist is about continuous growth. At what point are you "too high" to grow?

This blog, these questions I ask...

I'm not selling anything, I ask because I genuinely want to know.

I want to grow. I never want to stop "growing"

So I ask...

Where is the line?

Posted on 21 June 2017 | 6:09 pm

Little Zen Tree 1990

Little Zen Tree 1990

Posted on 19 June 2017 | 3:19 am

Little Zen Tree 1989

Little Zen Tree 1989

Posted on 19 June 2017 | 3:09 am

Slice Of Life

Little Zen Tree 1988

Another little tree I painted outside on my patio. Super nice out again although a little on the warm side today. I was in the shade though so very pleasant.

My son's graduation from high school is this weekend. Today we had his open house / graduation party. Lots of friends and relatives etc... The weather was nice and it was nice to spend time with loved ones etc...

All in all it was a good slice of life.

Posted on 10 June 2017 | 4:16 pm

The Big D

Little Zen Tree 1987

It's been awhile since I posted anything meaningful here and I guess I'm still not quite ready. Currently going through a second eighth grade phase of life. Mostly obsessed with my own body and it's development as well as drawing inappropriate things and making jokes about pee pee, poo poo and sexy in your windows 


Something did happen this last week though that made me pause for a second and reflect on my journey from more of a birds eye perspective, something that has to be done from time to time in order to appreciate life.  You know the sort of thing a person does to make a life that's worth living i.e. examining it from a more objective angle. Of course the thing that often does the trick of adolescent fog removal is death.

Yeah the "Big D"

*more snickering*

O.k. getting on with it. Clearly I'm still not ready to return to being an adult just yet.

I found out midweek that my friend and creative collaborator, Sean Fagan, passed away this last Monday.  I learned about it via a post I noticed from a mutual friend on Facebook. Then I went and checked a few other friends feeds on Twitter and I saw that it seems to be true. My heart broke.

Sean was the type of friend a friend wants to have. A friends friend. He and I weren't that close, but he reached out to me on occasion and if I were a less busy person I have no doubts we could have become best friends. Many of our interests were the same (art, gardening, camping, kung-fu) and we even talked about doing some of these things in real life some day and not just talking about them on social media or over Skype.

In the end though (and I really hate saying this, but I have to because it seems to be a trend and I don't want to ignore it) I was too busy for my friend and now I've lost another "fishing buddy"

People = Time

"There just never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them."

OOO good stuff. Someone should put that in a song.

I see why they say life speeds up in the middle. It's going by so fast right now. My oldest son is graduating high school tomorrow.  One day this last week I had to drive him to school for an honors ceremony and as I'm driving over a bridge with the morning sun blazing through my windshield I catch a glips of him lit up in the passenger seat in his purple cap and gown and realize one young man's life just ended far too soon and at the same time another young man's life is just beginning.

It was a very strange moment and one I needed to notice.


I'm going to miss you, Sean. You were the rebel, no nonsense, blunt, kung-fu master I have yet to become, but I'm working on it.

Sean Fagan 2017

Posted on 10 June 2017 | 2:06 am

Little Zen Tree 1986

Little Zen Tree 1986

Posted on 9 June 2017 | 4:09 am

Friday Night Sleepover

Little Zen Tree 1985

Nintendo Entertainment System released on U.S. shores.

Let the "Excitebike" Friday night sleepover championships begin.

Posted on 19 May 2017 | 3:02 am

Little Zen Tree 1984

Little Zen Tree 1984

Posted on 18 May 2017 | 2:12 am

Little Zen Tree 1983

Little Zen Tree 1983

Posted on 11 May 2017 | 2:57 am

Little Zen Tree 1982

Little Zen Tree 1982

This one's too good I think for me to make a silly comment.

Good job, me. Thank you. You're welcome.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

There. Nothing silly about that. That's just truth.

No one is less deserving and yet more in need of grace than me.

Posted on 10 May 2017 | 2:31 am

Little Zen Tree 1981

Little Zen Tree

Guess who's back with a brand new invention?

O.k. no invention, but I did paint a tree.  And that's something.

Sell Art Online

Posted on 9 May 2017 | 2:56 pm

Wake up oh my soul

Little Zen Tree 1980

This tree has been taped down to my drawing table for  several weeks now. Painted it in blues because it was the dead of winter. I wanted it to be icy and cold. I live in Michigan so while earlier this week it was in the 50's today it is in fact cold and icy... AGAIN!

never the less...

winter is NOT coming.

Spring is coming.

And my soul, my vision, my passion...

is ready to wake.

Posted on 10 March 2017 | 5:42 pm


Or you can stand on the beach and scream at the storm. Whatever. Knock yourself out.

Posted on 3 February 2017 | 2:29 am

Are We Still Here?

Little Zen Tree 1979

I'm going to share a perspective that is probably not a popular one among 90% (or so it seems) of my friends.

When things happen that are largely out of my control, like some really bad person gets elected to be the next leader of the free world... er something, I don't fret too much and it's for one very simple reason:  All things including myself are just passing through.

All things.

Passing through.

You build a sandcastle and it's a fantastic sandcastle. You are so proud of this masterpiece and you even took the time to build it way far up the beach. "HA! Take that, TIDE!" Then a hurricane comes.

Build another sandcastle when it's over.

Posted on 21 January 2017 | 3:14 pm

Little Zen Tree 1978

Little Zen Tree 1978

Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted on 24 November 2016 | 7:23 am

Little Zen Tree 1977

Little Zen Tree 1977

Posted on 15 November 2016 | 1:56 am

Little Zen Tree 1976

Little Zen Tree 1976

Posted on 8 November 2016 | 1:40 am

Little Zen Tree 1975

Little Zen Tree 1975

Posted on 6 November 2016 | 2:40 am

Little Zen Tree 1974

Little Zen Tree 1974

Posted on 2 November 2016 | 2:28 pm

Little Zen Tree 1973

Little Zen Tree 1973

Posted on 24 September 2016 | 3:04 am

Little Zen Tree 1972

Little Zen Tree 1972

Posted on 22 September 2016 | 11:44 pm

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