"Every calling is great when greatly pursued." (Favorite quote) - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I am an artist. I am here to live out loud." - Émile Zola, French author
"An unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates
"Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving." - Kahlil Gibran
“A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” - Wilfred Peterson (1900-1995), American author
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." - Anais Nin
“Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion.” - Leo Buscaglia
Yesterday I did some volunteer work at The Guest House, a residence where women can recover after returning to society after incarceration. They were having a benefit, and I was asked to take photos. I am not fond of portrait (people) photography; the only time I had some interest was in 2011 when I thought about shooting fine art nudes. I think the photos turned out decently. Going to work on them now.
June 6, 2019
Well, the completion of my studio is taking longer than I had hoped due to some slacker contractors, but it should be finished in the next few weeks. I am really looking forward to setting it up. Once I am set up, I will go back to offering instruction. I am mentoring a good friend's son, whom I adore. I want to share with him what Jonas taught me, and give him the benefit of my 10+ years of study & practice.
I am in the process of coming off of a bipolar medication that I have been on the max dose of for 12 years. Some of the withdrawal has been brutal, mostly the anxiety. But it is time to come off the drug because I have been experiencing some profound neurological symptoms; namely problems with memory. I am coming off of it gradually; I should be completely off the drug by the end of August. I am already feeling better from the decrease so far - less drugged. It is a strong sedative and carries over into the next day. I know I am going to feel a lot better in the long run.
I have joined a Dungeons & Dragons group in Maryland that has been running for a couple of years. They meet once a week for 4 hours. A commitment, but I am enjoying it so far. The Dungeon Master is quite intelligent and it will be an interesting campaign. Yes, I am a super nerd.
I have been getting back into my hobby of geocaching. I have always loved a treasure hunt; I have fond memories of my Dad making a treasure map for me in Alabama when I was little so I could find some hidden treasure in our yard. Geocaching is a fun challenge and I feel at home in the woods, where most of the geocaches are hidden. It's a fun activity to do solo, with friends, or with the whole family. Check it out at geocaching.com.
I have been making some mini art - 5 x 5 canvas panels. I like to give them as gifts, but I want to start creating paintings at all price points to sell in coffee shops, etc. Here are some I have made:
Today is a very important day. It marks my 6 year anniversary of quitting booze. 6 years ago I was in a horrible situation with a very troubled person. We took different paths, and she is now dead and I am 6 years sober. My life is the antithesis of what it was on May 3, 2013. I am happier than I have ever been in my life. I am in a great relationship with a wonderful person I am engaged to, I'm getting a new studio this month, I have goals and plans to really develop a business of selling my art and offering art instruction. I have great people in my life who love me and always have my back. I am so grateful.