Catastrophe Averted

Well a lot has transpired since my last post, and the property that “just feels right.”

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It wasn’t right at all…

Let me explain… On the day I found this property for sale, I must say I was fully enamored by the privacy, the tranquility,  the natural setting away from city traffic and incessant sirens that seem to scream at all hours lately. Maybe they always have and now I’m just really growing weary of this city life, so I notice it more. I have been longing to start on home, wherever that may have turned out to be.

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So I proceeded to contact my real estate agent and began the process of officially making an offer. I sent him the address. I contacted the bank, told them of the 18 acres I had found and the price and was prequalified to carry on. Everything was going well.

My family being outdoor people, I summoned those who were available, one son and my nephew, and went to look again. Anxious to show them what I was attempting to purchase.

Upon our arrival,  and deterring our exploring… the neighbor, Bill, from down the road came to see who was visiting. Being the only one who has lived back that far for the last ten years. I was glad he did. He told me of the surrounding properties and the utilities available. The things he has encountered building his dream home, a 4000 sf 2 story, log house that he constructed himself. We exchanged information about our livelihoods, and Bill is retired and working on his 3rd book. I told him of my similar dreams to have an inspiring place to create art… Roughly 45 minutes had passed and we had not looked at the property at all. But it was ok though . The conversation solidified my desire to move into this place.

Bill confided that he has actually dissuaded a couple of potential suitors. Just a gut feeling,  Either he didn’t like their plan for the property and his value or just a general dislike of the potential new neighbor.  I guess he liked me ok because he was a wealth of good information. haha

Meanwhile on the other side of town my realtor was typing up our offer. More than ever I felt good about the situation. I can’t remember now the wording I used, or How exactly the words “18 acres” was mentioned… but that’s when Bill informed me “oh no sir, this is 26 acres. You have to drive around and come in at the other end of the road to see the 18.

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The agent had told me there were two properties owned by this woman, but there are no street signs on this little gravel road. No house numbers painted on the curb. I was looking at the wrong property.

I had drove past the other one earlier that day as I was trying to convince a friend to be my neighbor. Thinking that the two must be joined at the back of the property line.  Also incorrect!!  haha. With that property being almost entirely down a steep decline from the road , I had even wondered how you would be able to access it without a burro or a pack mule. I had decided that was not even an option. Though unknowingly I was getting ready to make an offer on it! lol.

About the time those words came out of his mouth An email hit my phone with all of the docs for me to officially sign on the offer.  Quickly I contacted him and said hold up!! We have to regroup. It’s the 26 acres I want but the bank has to re-pre-qualify me. on the price difference . What a fiasco that could have turned out to be. hahaha

I have since confirmed the locale and the acreage, Accepted and Signed her counter offer and have begun discussing home plans with my sister, the interior design specialist .

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I have a long road ahead of me but if the current owner can establish that the land will perc , and is suitable for building… This long road will take me home. 🙂

Beauty of a Beast

 

 

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2010 FX4 F150 Supercrew, Off Road edition

 

 

 

 

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Who needs a cd changer? This truck has  Recording capability… 188 hours of music stored in the Jukebox

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It’s been a long time coming!

So I finally splurged a little on myself,  It’s not new, but its new to me. I’ve wanted this truck since it came out in 2010. I just can’t see spending $50,000 on a vehicle. So I may never buy a brand new one. But so many areas of this vehicle is like new! It’s in outstanding condition and I couldn’t be more pleased with my purchase.

I remember back to raising 4 kids and trying to give them the best of every opportunity. A vehicle in those days had two requirements. “Can I fit them all in it?” and “Is it mechanically sound?” Color, interior, options, were not really a priority. And most of the time not an option to even consider as the object was always to keep the outgo freed up.

Now that they are all grown and I still work my ass off like when they were young… I refused to settle this time for anything less than exactly what I wanted. An all black F150 , 4 full doors, 4 wheel drive, with leather interior and Bluetooth hands free syncing. Built in Navigation was a want but not a have to. A back up camera would be nice, but they sell those… As was premium sound to meet my music fix. This truck has all that and more. Actually, I’m still discovering the more 🙂

Finally, A truck to suit all my wants and needs A beast that’s as “Bad as Me”

 

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New Stuff… The natural progression of things

It’s been a productive week, and a lot of things are falling into place. I like it so much better when you get to the point of happening to stuff, rather than it always happening to you. haha.

Not to mention all the BIG things on the horizon with myself , and the Artist Co-op. My friends from Fargo Strut are working on the next album and working hard to get the music out there. Love what’s happening in that camp!!  BTW, We got the new band shirts in and they ROCK! Go up to the menu and hit the contact button if you’d like to rock one yourself.

This Celtic influenced design, with the Battle Axe and Dragon, pays homage to the band leaders roots. As the band name pays homage to his childhood roots and a love of  Memphis wrestling legend Jackie Fargo doing the Fargo Strut.

I’m going to take you back on this one, with Take Ride. This video was the first live show that “Fargo Strut” played… hosted by yours truly @ FultzFest.   Still finding themselves, this three piece version of the band features Chad Grant on bass, who happens to now be killing it with Killing Grace. Since then Tony Emerton (bass) and Mike Porter (guitar) have joined Jeffery Turner (lead guitar) and the man behind the band Billy Atkisson on drums, vocals and visions! Still love this song and thanks for letting me ride along!

And the flyer from that event…

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Speak with a Fist!

Nashville Rock News… Saturday March 18th. The new CD by Killing Grace was officially released on the world. To celebrate, they threw a party at Revelry Bar and Grill in Hendersonville, TN, and played an incredible 24 song set which covered the new album and included old favorites. Big Shout Out to band manager Carla Sisco, for putting together a great show and allowing me to bring the camera along!

 

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Selfie credit to Carla, as I lifted this from your Instagram, lol

 

Here are some of the photos I captured from that show.

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Beginning with Belfast 6 Pack

To Kick off the show Belfast 6 Pack drove down from Knoxville, TN and sounded great! I love discovering new music!

 

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Performing their song, ” Joe White and the Seven Whores”

 

 

Up Next was Medicine Mann

Charlie Kavanagh sings from way down deep in his soul and put on a killer show with the rest of the band!  This really got the stage and the crowd warmed up for Killing Grace!

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The Main Event … Killing Grace!

I just have to say, This band is great live! It’s always high energy and interactive with the crowd, as Matthew Edmonson doesn’t allow for any dull moments between songs..Along with Colt Hendricks and Brandon Bell manning the guitars, Chad Grant on bass and Rob McKee on drums. The love these guys have for the music and each other ( the fans too, as far as that goes) really shows through this live show! Maybe it’s the ” Bloodline” 🙂

 

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I had the pleasure of introducing my oldest son, Deven, and (soon to be) daughter-in-law Carissa to the band, and sharing some new music with them.

 

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Matt thanks  Bob Crisp for  Emcee-ing the event.

 

 

So here we go… Enjoy a sample and let the music take you there with me, as there is a lot to look at here 🙂

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17 Scars with Pam Gentry

 

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And a good time was had by all, 🙂

 

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Till next time…Support “local” music wherever you can. and ” Speak with a Fist” is available for digital download about anywhere you buy music !

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New Band Shirts

It wont be long now , the much anticipated Fargo Strut shirts are on the way! Just like Jeffery Turner’s guitar…This badass logo screams rock n roll! Just go to the CONTACT section in the above menu to send me a message and Order yours today!

 

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White Ink on Black heavy cotton T-shirts ( official artist Proof)

 

 

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Across the Sky  is Now available at several locations for digital download. Amazon is one..

 https://www.amazon.com/Across-Sky-Fargo-Strut/dp/B06XD4PGK1/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489776226&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=fargo+strut+cd

 

Be among the first to have this cool new shirt! Order Now!!

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The SOAC Mural Art…Start to Finish

 

10 Artists, 11 Days, 1 Incredible Work of Art!!

Wow!! What an incredible adventure this turned out to be, for the Outdoor Adventure Center and the town of Smyrna, AND our growing artist group, the Smyrna Artist Cooperative.

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When Co-op member, Susan Gulley ( Carpe Café/ Carpe Artista ) initially presented this opportunity to the group in one of our monthly meetings, I honestly had some reservations on how a group mural may turn out. Although we have a lot of talent within the membership. Obviously we are all completely different styles of artist.. I for one am proud of how this team pulled together and accomplished the mission at hand with a depth and cohesion that appears as if it had been done for the most part solo.

The Place

The Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center is located at 100 Sam Ridley Pky E. Within the remodeled Smyrna Event Center.

 

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Opening in the spring of 2017

 

The Artists

From left to right: Phyllis Razzo, Leah Boorse, David Fultz, Jimbo Eanes,  Charles Cole, Suzanne  LeBeau,  Susan Gulley , Larissa Reed , Anna Creel, Gracie Jay Vanlangen

 

 

The Art In Progress

Day 1

It began on Saturday morning at 9am. The 17th of Feb. Working from Phyllis Razzo’s initial watercolor sketch that she composed from a handful of hiking photos and google animals. The idea was to do a woods and water theme which included Tennessee state specific animals, flowers and trees. An education room as it is, the mural would be used as a teaching aid.

 

As Phyllis and I began sketching out the shape of the water and the general placement of things. Larissa jumped into the sky color while Susan planted a large corner tree.

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The day continued with Charles giving a basecoat to the dirt and deciding where some rocks would live. While Leah and her daughter Rocksea began shading the water, Larissa continues the sky.

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End of Day 1

Day 2

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It was an incredible experience for me to watch everyone attack different areas, and how quickly this scene started to look like something. So much vision and understanding in what they see.

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Day 3 and 4

Unfortunately for me I missed out on the fun due to work . But was amazed to see how many things had “grown” while I was away As Phyllis, Susan, Leah, Suzzanne and Larissa kept painting away.

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Day 5

By day 5 we had enough of a foundation for the animals to begin showing up.

13 year old Anna Creel brought a nice raccoon to the scene. One of Larissa’s art students, this child gets it!! I saw her artwork in the first Smyrna Art Crawl  last year and I could not believe the drawing ability of a 12 year old. I’m glad we had the chance to include her on this project and hope it encourages her towards bigger things in her future art career.

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Suzanne paints as I search for the right shade of SmallMouth Bass color

 

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Day 6

Progress continues and it’s really coming together quite beautifully

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At this stage, the background trees have a nice shape and shadow. Larissa has the depth of our forest coming together and I’m getting really anxious for that white extinguisher box to disappear. 🙂

The Next 3 Days

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Red tailed Hawk Referenced from the wildlife photos of Bob Timmerman, of Wizardpix Photography fame. Big Thank you to Bob for all the inspiring work! We could fill the wall with your birds and animal photos.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ahhh, Much better 🙂 What a difference it made to the entire scene when ( former Artist Cooperative President ) Jimbo Eanes came in to work his magic and made this unsightly box disappear into the hole in the tree.
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Thanks to another one of Larissa’s art students… 16 year old Gracie brought us a nice coyote to sit near my rattlesnake. I love to see young artist involved!!   And I love the touch added in the distant dark of lightning bugs. This group has thought of everything.!

One thing that amazed me with this group, which turned out to be 10 in all. Was the ability to work together cohesively like we had done it before. Though we started with a sketch and a general direction. Several beautifully creative minds and a lot of “what if we did this?”‘s later it just all came together. It isn’t always easy to do that with artists and their singular visions, Where I may be weak they picked up and vice versa . I could start an animal and come back to it finished , and it worked! A very enriching process to say the least!

Wrapping it up

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This could have went on for weeks, refining and adding detail, But at some point you have to call it done. There are over 30, State of Tennessee symbols, flowers, animals, or state specific items included in this educational wall, Including a Saber-tooth tiger fossil, and representations of thousands year old Native American artifacts found here by a collector friend of mine.  I think collectively as artists , we are all very pleased with the end result. Something bigger than any of us individually. Not only did we succeed in giving the town of Smyrna exactly what they asked for, I believe, together, we exceeded expectations. The best part of this journey for me though is that I think we all became a little more of an art family through this process. We laughed together, and shared some music. (Sorry if you didn’t like it, lol)  Scratched our heads and wondered together , We were inspired together . As Vice President of the Smyrna Artist Cooperative, THAT was worth the trip!

 

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Included in our signature rock is a Cherokee pictograph , the symbol for “WE” as arrowhead artifacts lie near the waters edge. The hand print (painted in purple for Smyrna) reminiscent of the painted war ponies, signifies Success. Mission Accomplished!!

Well Done Team! I cant say enough about each and every one who came together to make this happen in 254 combined man hours. May the children of Smyrna enjoy it for years to come!

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The Smyrna Artist Cooperative meets monthly to promote art and opportunities for artists. Feel free to contact me for more details!