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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

It's been a longtime!

Two years to be almost exact.
And alot has happened. My wife has gone to Uganda and Nigeria for almost 5 months in 2014. She's been actively raising funds  for water, sustainable food/poultry projects and an orphanage building. To date she's completed 8 water projects, 5 poutry projects and the orphanage building is nearing completion. She was able to go to Nigeria, Abuja the capital and paint with some Fantastic artists for 5 weeks and brought home some wonderful artwork by several of them and 7 canvases she did herself. With that being said, we opened a gallery, tambo studio and gallery in Billings, MT where we live. All of the art depicts life in Nigeria/Africa, beautiful landscapes, everyday life and exotic animal paintings. We thought Montana can use a litlle more than prairie landscapes, native american and cowboy themed art. It hasnn't caught on quite yet, but we're hoping our mission of sending 10-15% of proceeds form art and merchandise will attract a few philanthropic hearts. Please go to; 

to see some of the art we carry or
contact us on facebook

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

'Twas the night before Christmas 2013"

So I'm siting here Christmas Eve 2013 all by myself. Not a creature is stirring, I take that back, my Rat-Terrier-Chihuahua, Jack is snoring up a storm.

My family is scattered across the U.S. My wife and parents in California, my sister and her family in Iowa and my son in Florida. But I'm okay with it. As much as I miss them, I have Christ. He tells me everything is fine. The loneliness passes. You are never alone. Be assured. But I still miss them.

It was good to see Little Flower overflowing with people tonight. I used to think, "why can't they come and fill the church like this every Sunday? Dang "Chr-easter Catholics." But today I was glad to see people acknowledging the Nativity of our Lord." Nice.

One of the things I did today, I delivered a pastel, the one that I donated to the Relay for Life Arts and Crafts Fair. It sold in a silent auction. The auction was in July and I have to admit I've been too busy and even more lazy to do it. I finally got it done because I promised the lady it would be done for Christmas so she could give it to her daughter. So I busted butt and got it done. It felt good to see the smile on her face as I gave it to her and seeing all the comments and 'likes" after I posted it on Facebook. I just wish I could do more art and I will because it gives me total satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment. Even better if it blesses someone.

It's been 6 months since I blogged and proclaimed I'm on a "mission." One piece in half a year...a crying shame. I just need accountability. The only accountability I have are the deadlines I've been used to pushing me for 30 years as a graphic designer. Commercially established deadlines that matter because if they don't get done it costs money.

Speaking about money, why does everyone wait until the end of the year, Christmas in particular, to get into the spirit of giving and spend all their resources for one day? I'm thinking to myself, what is the reason? Then I answer or someone does in my head...Jesus. We're celebrating His birth, so we give because the wise men gave. No, no, no...although the 3 kings gave, it is the essence of what Jesus gave. We give because Jesus gave Himself on the cross. And it is that giving that we should all give. Give ourselves. Why wait until the week of December 25th? We should be giving everyday. More important than clothes, toys whatever, we should be giving the message of hope and love that can only be experience in the way Jesus gave. Try giving all year long.

Merry Christmas, all...

Friday, June 7, 2013

Here's another chalk pastel I did. The likeness isn't there, but I think it's a nice drawing. Photos from facebook are fair game as far as I'm concerned and if I think a face is interesting and the composition catches my eye, I will draw it.

Today was a weird day. I woke up with excruciating pain in my jaw. It's been coming on since yesterday and cam to heads at 4AM Friday morning. I need a root canal and was prescribed antibiotics but did I take them? NOOOOOOOOO... the dentist shaved the temporary filling down do I won't bite down on the tooth...thank goodness it doesn't hurt.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

On a mission

It's June 5 and I'm posting a few things I've done in the past month. If you go through my earlier posts you'll see mainly thinks from sketchbooks that I've done for the last 20 years, some newer than others. In early spring I decided to start draw again and was encouraged by Kit to start with color. I love to do faces so here are some things I've done in acrylic, chalk and oil pastels. Am on a mission so I will spend as much time as I can devoted to doing art.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

It's been a couple of years since I've posted. Things have definitely changed. My sister Linda passed away last November 16th, and I am still trying to get over the grief, though counseling and time is callousing the pain. I'm still drawing and trying to make it an obsession, but the commercial creativity seems to get the best of me...after all a guy's gotta eat. Since the passing of my sister, my spirituality has been refined, and more important issues in life are thrust forward in my priorities. It's the 4th month of the year, and I believe it's time to get serious. Here's a couple of studies I've done in the past few days.