Little Watercolor Trees
Little Zen Tree 1999
Didn't have the special glasses to watch the eclipse yesterday. I believe we had about 75% coverage here in Michigan. We made a little box with and aluminum foil piece with a pin hole on it and watched it on a piece of paper, which was pretty nifty. Thanks to my boss for that.
Good job, boss.
Then a little later some things came up etc... that reminded me of this concept art piece I started quite awhile back and so I tinkered with it some more. That's how it works for me I start things and then they don't get finished until the time and inspiration is right. I have boxes, drawers, shelves etc... filled with half finished or half started paintings (including digital art like the illustration below)
Could I sit down and just work it till it's done and then move on to the next thing? Of course I could, but to be brutally honest I find that incredibly dull.
(with some color and minor detail)
(where she is currently with some environment development)
Think I'll play with her some more I'll post it later.
Posted on 22 August 2017 | 3:04 am
Little Zen Tree 1998
Posted on 21 August 2017 | 4:09 am
Little Zen Tree 1997
Was gonna write something today about this logo I painted the other day for no good reason, but then I realized I really don't have a clear thought about "why" I painted it. I know I like Marvel movies. I know I even like the artwork in Marvel comics.
I guess I don't have any good reason to not like Marvel other than I feel capitalism really reigns supreme with them and in general I feel money is the enemy of art. They make and sell things that are proven money makers and they basically "farm" people's taste and create generations of fans that will just keep working and giving a portion of their income back to them because they think what's good is something with Marvel on it and that thing will probably have recognizable characters that have been around for 75years or so etc... Since they are in the universe business, it's in their best interest to put up barriers to new universes (and all that goes with like characters and story lines etc...) competing in the marketplace.
O.k. fine I wrote something. Again I don't have a problem with them they just do what any good business would do which is give the people what is in demand and fortunately for them they have created the demand and own the rights to much of what's in demand and so... good job, Marvel.
Posted on 20 August 2017 | 3:36 pm
Little Zen Tree 1996
Be a simple kind of man
forget your lust for rich man's gold
all that you need is in your soul
you can do this if you try
all I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied...
(keep it simple stupid)
"Simple Man" lyrics
Posted on 17 August 2017 | 3:42 am
Little Zen Tree 1995
Posted on 14 August 2017 | 3:29 pm
Little Zen Tree 1994
Who's pulling your strings?
Posted on 2 August 2017 | 5:22 pm
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
Little Zen Tree 1992
I need fifty dollars.
Posted on 17 July 2017 | 5:05 pm
Little Zen Tree 1991
Trees are everywhere. Are they?
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
Posted on 19 June 2017 | 3:19 am
Little Zen Tree 1989
Posted on 19 June 2017 | 3:09 am
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
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"
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
Posted on 9 June 2017 | 4:09 am
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
Posted on 18 May 2017 | 2:12 am
Little Zen Tree 1983
Posted on 11 May 2017 | 2:57 am
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
Guess who's back with a brand new invention?
O.k. no invention, but I did paint a tree. And that's something.
Posted on 9 May 2017 | 2:56 pm
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
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.
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
Posted on 24 November 2016 | 7:23 am
Little Zen Tree 1977
Posted on 15 November 2016 | 1:56 am
Little Zen Tree 1976
Posted on 8 November 2016 | 1:40 am