Motivation Monday #12

Getting this post in just under the proverbial line.
It was an interesting day today.  I did lots of things.
House work.
Dropped off frames at a friends “Frame Rescue and Rehab Center.”  That is a joke.  He is just framing lot of his epic art and is always looking for cool ones.  I found some for him.  Plus we got to chat.  I do not have many friends I can just chat with.
Ran up to Blick in Seattle to get some red ink (I got two) and a few other odd and ends.  I found this really awesome paper that I am going to use for a cool arty Halloween or Day of the Dead thing.
I got caught in the rain and was damp during the whole bus ride home (damp in jeans sucks.)
It took forever to get home.
Then I warmed up and relaxed.
Ran a quick errand and made dinner.
Chilled with the spouse and added the pen to the sketch I did on the way up to Seattle.
Now I should be heading to bed but I wanted to try to get
this posted real quick.
2017-09-18 22.33.14The quote today is…
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  penned by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  He was a philosopher poet kind of person.  He was really interested in transindentalism… basically people are good and the “system” has made the people corrupt.  All people are able to be great and if they are left to their own devices they will do great things.
I like the idea of this, but I do not beleive it would ever work out.  There are people that are not good.  There are people who just want to have everything that other people have.  There is a reason why we have seven deadly sins.  People are flawed.
But a cool idea.
PS.  I LOVE the new layout for the media WordPress.  It will be so much easier to find things. ❤


New Video!

I have scheduled a bunch of time lapse videos to drop every Thursday!
This gives me something to write about on slow weeks (like this one.)  It also allows me to actually share the videos and get the traffic that I need to be able to get a personalized YouTube URL.
This week is the video for The Shadow fan art that I did.
I had a lot of fun doing this one.  It also sold as soon as I shared it on FaceBook!  That made me so happy.  The person that bought it requested one for The Phantom.  I need to get on that.
I have a few other Fan Art pieces that I am working on before I can work on it.
I love being busy with art.
Here is the video.  Enjoy!

Motivation Monday 11

I go so busy creating art that I forgot about the Motivation Monday blog post!

Usually I do a quick bit of art then type up the blog post. Not yesterday. I spent hours on it. There were lots of little details and fiddly bits. Then I colored it in… which takes me forever with colored pencil.

Yesterday’s quote comes from Robert Green Ingersoll. Wikipedia says he was a lawyer, orator (talker,) teacher, and even a military vet from the civil war. His father was very religious, which made an impact on his views later in life. He was referred to as “the great agnostic.” I like this guy more with ever sentence I read about him! He sounds like a well rounded guy that loved to think and understand things. A great person to get a motivational quote from.

“A great man is a torch in the darkness, a beacon in superstition’s night, an inspiration and a prophesy.” Robert Green Ingersoll.

I had a hard time picking a quote. I wanted to honor September 11th in some way. That did not work out for me. Everything I saw was overly religious or very hateful to various groups of people. There were some funny sarcastic ones, but sarcasm is often lost in text. There was not a lot about the courage to rebuild or how people join together. That made me sad.

Torch_MotivationMonday_THUMBI settled on Mr. Ingersoll’s quote because it was a good medium between where I wanted to go and what was available.

You cannot always tell who is great when they are walking down the street. We all look pretty much the same when en-mass. Lots of people just trying to get from point a to point b efficiently and in a similar condition as we were when we started (unmolested physically, mentally, and spiritually.) I made my ‘great’ people a different color so the art would reflect the quote more.

What makes a ‘great’ person anyway? Are they more generous than most others? Are they better at a specific thing? Or maybe they are “good” at a bunch of little things? Is greatness a personality trait or a way of life? Can it be taught or is it innate?

There are lots of books out there on how to be a “better” you. Will a better you be great?

What do you think makes a great person? I am interested in knowing.

Daily Prompt : Overcome

via Daily Prompt: Overcome

The thief walked into the room cautiously.  There are always traps in places like this.  The party always sent him in first to make sure it is safe.  Like a good thief is expendable.  Of course a good thief would never fall prey to a trap unless it was exceptional.

Scanning the walls, looking for clues in the flicker of the torch he carried.  He craned his head to check for odd cracks or spaces that were abnormal.  Then he checked the floor.  He did not see anything to cause him to suspect a trap in the walls, floor, or ceiling of the room.  He beckoned the party to enter but cautioned them not to touch anything else.

He turned his attention to the empty sconces on the walls.  They were a good place to hide a trigger.  Inexperienced treasure hunters assumed they would open secret doors.  More often than not they triggered traps that would lead to an early retirement… of sorts.  The sconces were safe.

Next was the decrepit table and chair in one of the corners.  It is suspicious that they were still together.  Every other piece of furniture they had encountered was in ruin.  These looked like they might still burn.

He could see the joints were reenforced with bits of metal and nails.  The back legs of the chair were bolted to the floor with hinges and the table just looked out-of-place in relation to the chair.

He brought his findings to the party who were standing just inside the door of the room.  The idea is to tie a good solid rope to the chair and rig a set of pulleys.  They would be safely in the hall when they pulled the rope and triggered the trap.

The thief did all the set up.  Gingerly tying the rope to the chair.  Then running it through some block pulleys he had tied to the sconces.  Clever, he thought to himself.  I am clever.

He ran the rope through a hole they made in the door, to help prevent any accidentally damage from arrows or other physically damaging traps.  The door would also give them time before any gases might reach them.

Closing the door carefully, the thief pulled the rope tight…

Nothing happened.

The thief tried again with more strength.  Still nothing.

He passed the rope to the warrior, the strongest of the group.  The rope was pulled tight.


So tight the thief thought the rope would break.

Then the rope jerked and the warrior stumbled backwards a half step.

A groan was heard from behind the door.

It had worked!

Seconds passed and stretched into minutes. No thuds, hisses, or other common trap sounds were heard.  Nothing near them had changed either.

The thief looked at the party.  They all nod their heads.

Cautiously the thief opened the door.  Then stepped into the room.  The room was the same.  The chair was titled back with the front legs slightly off the ground.  The table was still slightly off.  The walls and sconces were intact and in the same positions.

What had they triggered?

He quickly turned around and walked back to the door and the party just beyond.

As he reached for the door something felt off.  Instead of jerking it open he pulled the rope back through the hole and looked outside.

A thin green mist had settled in the hall and his companions were slumped on the floor, Overcome by the poisonous gas.

A good thief would never fall prey to a trap unless it was exceptional.  This was exceptional and his party had paid the price.

How was he going to get out and back to town?




The Uncertainty Continues

I am in a deep pit of fear right now.

There are a lot of things that are uncertain, causing fear.

There are a lot of things that will change, causing fear.

The fear has left me unable keep on top of what needs to be done. I am frozen.

I have been working hard to keep myself together. Be strong and happy. The worry eats away at me daily. I know it does my spouse as well.

I have tried getting the assistance that we all pay into. However, we have no children and are not disabled. We do not qualify for most programs. The best we get is food stamps. Of course, something is better than nothing right now.


A cloud art that I created a few years ago after recovering from a very bad week. Ink wash and Pen and ink lines.

 I am lost at what else I can do. I have filled out so many forms, and they all get rejected or denied. I have applied for so many jobs I do not even remember most of them. I did have one call me back, but told me the position was quite a ways out of my travel zone.

I have slowly, so slowly, been selling my services. A few people have purchased my art. I have also done a few portrait commissions. I try to keep creating through all the uncertainty.

I have had a few companies contact me about my art, that makes me happy. Then I find out they want me to pay to be in their magazine or event. I understand their need to ensure they make money on their product. I do not understand why the fees are so high for most of them. You are going to be selling the product and generating income off that. Paying for the “exposure,” the doom of artists.

Otherwise most of the interst is not of the paying variety.  I am happy that people like my art, but it does not help me much if it does not leave my possession.  $10 is not a lot of money to a lot of people.  $10 is something to me.

I feel like a deer in a meadow. Everything looks great and safe, yet there are predators on one side of the woods and a company cutting down the trees on the other.

Where am I supposed to go?

What am I supposed to do?

For now I will just keep applying for jobs.

Keep sharing my art for sale. Keep creating art.

Keep applying for assistance.

Keep looking for others who might help out.

Do my best not to be bitter.

Work on keep a positive outlook.

PAX West 2017

This is going to be a quick post.  I am working PAX West in Seattle this Labor Day weekend.  Stop by the Table Top area and say “Hi.”
PAX usually takes a lot of energy.  Anyone who is working as an Enforcer at the event will tell you.  We Enforcers put our hearts into the event.  We want everyone to enjoy it as much as we do.
I have worked in the Table Top gaming area for six years.  I have never worked in any other area.  Sometimes I think I would like to, for a change of pace, but the people that come and check out games keep me coming back to Table Top.  There is so much IRL interaction between people.  It restores my faith in humanity.
The other thing I am going to plug real quick is the RAW Seattle Art Show on September 6th and 7th.  There is still time to support me by purchasing a ticket.  Each ticket purchased comes with some awesome art.  I created a piece and a good friend and supporter donated art.  You get two awesome creations and a ticket to a fun event.  You can contact me directly (contact me page) or order tickets directly from
Either way I really appreciate the support.
Have a great weekend!

Motivational Monday 10

It is hard to be positive and motivational when you are in pain. Constant pain is personality altering. I have been in pain for the past two days. A constant stream of swear words are running through my head. I have been trying to keep a positive attitude and keep up with my art work.

A lot of negative things come into my head when I am in pain. My optimism starts failing and I think of all the bad things that can happen. All the things that I am bad at, failed at, and will never get to do… because I am a failure.

I know I have a pretty good life. I do not worry to much about the basic necessities of life. I have what I need to get by. Yet I feel that I am a failure and will never get anywhere. Doomed to live in anonymous pain.

With out to much more of my negativity here is the positive part of my Monday post.

LeapingLion_thumb“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Og Mandino.

I think this is my second quote for Og Mandino. He has some fun and interesting quotes that are easy to visualize and draw.

To do this one I looked up animals that could represent success or strength. I liked the leaping lion. We all can agree that they are strong and successful. Failure was harder. It is different to everyone. I started to think of the Nothing from the Neverending Story. Fear of failure can eat away at any success you have made and turn it into nothing.

Have a great week!