When it just feels right…

It has been a while since my last post, and a fairly hectic couple of weeks. Although I don’t mind the work…This week has been a bit more leisurely. I took off the week from the factory job to celebrate my birthday, not that I’m really celebrating it. but it just seemed like a good place to burn a weeks vacation. ūüôā ¬†AC work has been routine maintenance things and “When you have time” coil cleanings. So less urgent and I don’t really have time this week kind of attitude. I don’t guess I realized how much I needed the me time, but I have thoroughly enjoyed not living by the clock the last couple days.

So last night I was up late and browsing property for sale, still searching for a landing place since the divorce. The past 3 years have mostly been about patience and getting by cheap. Working towards no longer settling for anything less than inspiring. I think an artist needs that in his home space.

I had seen this property before on the listings and wondered what it looked like. 18 acres at a very reasonable price. I looked again last night and decided today was that day. So after calling for details from the Agent involved I set out for a drive in the country.

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Past the old country church and up the hill

 

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Turning down this road I was starting to really like the area. This was also where my GPS told me I was entering an area with little map information … proceed with caution. I have never had a¬†GPS tell me to be careful. hahaha

There were no road signs back here and I wasn’t really sure where the property was located , but as one road deadended into the other at a hard right turn… I wasn’t sure that I wasn’t entering a private driveway. As if the GPS knew to be cautious, I ran across these signs as I drove by. Not wanting to stop and take pictures this one got a little blurred. But the bottom sign says “If you are found here tonight…You’ll be found here in the morning” Haha…Well let me just turn around and get that realtor lady back on the phone ūüôā

 

 

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Due to the rising cost of ammo, there will be no warning shots!

No she said, keep on driving past that , its back there a¬† good ways. ūüôā ¬†With that cleared up I continued on my search for the property.

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Finally.. the place I’ve been coming to see . I backed into an opening and started up the rest of the way on foot.

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A very peaceful place and full of wildlife. The birds were singing, and the wild turkeys calling. I heard the snort of a buck and eventually watched him run across the ridge above me. Two hawks screeched and sized me up  for awhile. Eventually figuring I might be two heavy to carry off, they went about their business

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I walked around about an hour taking it all in, There is a lot of cleanup to do but I think its wonderful and sustainable.

There are still a lot of questions to answer before I make an offer, but this place has a great vibe to it and I would love to own it and finally take that massive step towards settling into the future.

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10 Artists,11 Days…1 incredible work of Art

On Feb 17 2017 Our local art group joined forces to do a mural for the soon to open Outdoor Adventure Center in Smyrna Tn…Start to finish story coming soon…

 

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Day 1, the basic placement of things to come

 

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Suzanne helping to bring it all together

 

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13 year old Anna dropped in to add some nice touches

 

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More from day 1.. Phyllis , Leah , and Larissa making it happen

 

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Almost done

Stay tuned for the final photos and artist spotlights from the Smyrna Artist Cooperative

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I bought a Boorse!!

All of my life I’ve been inspired by skilled craftsmen in the arts. People who have dedicated their blood sweat and tears to developing the gifts they have been given, and living out their passion to create. Through that¬†love of art and inspiration, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some incredible people as well as damn¬†fine artists through a little group called the Smyrna Artist Cooperative.(group¬†project post, coming soon) ūüôā ¬†That is where I had the “chance” meeting with¬†Leah Boorse and her family.

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That being said, I don’t believe in things happening by chance, We are intended to cross paths with certain people, and who knows in the beginning where those roads lead. But if the mind is open, more often than not, doors open too. ¬†In that same vein,¬†Sometimes things happen that could be called accidents, or¬†mishaps¬†, if you choose to see them as such…¬†¬†but just maybe the end result is better than where you started….So is the case with this work of art that I recently¬†purchased.

An incredible work of art with¬†a great story behind it. ūüôā

 

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18×24 Pencil drawing¬†with acrylic touches

 

I saw this piece when it was finished and really liked it and the skill with which it is drawn…¬† Kudos to that. But when I saw the direction it took after a painting mishap with Leah’s¬†¬†daughter working in the studio… I absolutely loved it! The color against the graphite really¬†makes the picture pop. Plus the fact that it is a woman covered in paint after a day in the studio…even sexier ūüôā I had to have it!!

To see more art by this artist and perhaps own some for yourself.. Check out

Leah Boorse at paintingpositiity.com

 

 

Top 3 ? Does not compute…

I was tagged in a social media post asking the question, “What is your top 3 songs that you always crank up in the car when they come on the radio?”

Only 3? Really? Wow, there are so many songs that I have to crank up and let the vibe take over that I don’t think I can only choose 3, least of all which¬†are the top 3. It depends on the mood and the day, as this list would rotate hour by hour as the songs rise and fall to the top spots.

But I thought I would list some of those here. ( In no particular order ūüôā )

Motorhead! it all rocks but Ace of Spades, Killed by Death, and Whorehouse Blues come to mind

“Looks that Kill” … Motley Crue

“Big Gun” and ”¬†Its a long way to the top”…AC/DC

“Crazy Train” …Ozzy

“Metal Health” Quiet Riot

“Dirty Little Mind” “I stand alone” and pretty much anything by …Jackyl

“Fire and Rain” James Taylor

“Soul Shine” Allman Brothers

“Put Your Lights on ” …Carlos Santana and Everlast

Give Me the Beat Boy and Free My Soul , I wanna get lost in your RocknRoll and “Drift Away” …( so shoot me) Uncle Kracker’s version is better than Dobie Gray

“Gimme One Reason” …Tracy Chapman

“Boom Boom “…John Lee Hooker

“Feels like Rain” …Buddy Guy¬† and Anything by Mr Guy!!!

“Smokestack Lightning”… Howling Wolf

“Damn your eyes”…Etta James

Then theres the Who, Pink Floyd and the Doors. Old Bob¬†Seger and , and Canned Heat is still” Going up to the Country”¬†Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King and Freddie King ” Crazy Woman ” by …Magic Slim. Jim Croce and Johhny Cash.

Anything by Jimi Hendrix …Damn this could go on and on lol. Too many favorites that I have to crank up the volume. I might do a top one hundred one day lol. But tonight I must act like I want to be rested for work tomorrow and wrap this up. A couple More before I go, on the more local ( but spreading ) level.

“Untouchable”,and “17 Scars” … Killing Grace

“New day Rising” , ” Tear me Away” most of the “Across the Sky” album by…Fargo Strut

Ill leave you this one…which may have been the first written off of this album…”Get To High”

Peace Love and Rock N Roll!!! I’m out

New year, Same me…a year in review

 

As I reflect back over 2016…¬†I see that life is good. I’m Happy and I’m on track.

 

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I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it left.

 

 

This past year has held some Major life events…

To begin:

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Completing school in¬†February with a one hundred percent score, and one of a couple, to receive the highest HVAC¬†tech level, was something I never saw happening.¬†My best friend and now working partner has been in this business, as a sideline, for about 7 years. And for about 7 years he has been twisting my arm to come work with him. “It’s not for me” I told him. “Honestly , I’m not a real mechanically minded guy, I’m an Artist” “I really don’t think I can wrap my brain around it… I mean laws of thermal transfer, refrigeration cycles and¬†TXV metering ??? …that’s not a natural thought process for a guy who is captivated by the golden hour of sunset, or the way light seems to emit from a pretty smile.”¬† I observe things, I’m one who notices beauty in all its forms. An artist eye….¬† But it seems it was about the second class in the fall of 2015 that the light bulb just came on and it made sense. ¬†So with a Universal EPA certification and an understanding and simplifying of the diagnostic process, ¬†I have something to fall back on and continue building on. I’ve also been blessed with some invaluable field training from a great teacher with 37 years in the business.

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Crane setting a rooftop unit as Jim directs the driver.

 

 

To follow my¬†completion was My twins, my BABIES ūüôā Graduated from High School in May 2016

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It’s kind of surreal that all 4 of them are grown and such beautiful people. It wasn’t always easy raising them and I did work a lot …¬†but it was always fun. So many experiences and laughs when these four start drumming up memories. I love the bond they have as siblings. ūüôā ¬†It does my heart good to know they are close and can count on one another. Although I probably¬†cant take credit for that. ¬†Any problems I’ve had with their mother doesn’t change the fact that she’s tried hard to be good momma and taught them some valuable things to carry through life.

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My oldest son also got engaged¬†last year to that pretty little thing on the right ūüôā

 

June brought yet another major event. The Divorce

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It’s been a long time coming and we had been separated since about this time 3 years ago.¬† All the tragedy that was the end of that lifelong love affair¬†had already been dealt with and long since¬†healed from. The finalization just 3 days from what would have been our 25th anniversary, was viewed as a final and official freedom from a distant memory. A clean slate to officially start life anew and build it as I see fit. It’s funny though to consider,¬†how someone who was once your closest ally and bedmate, can become such a stranger over time. It is as it should be though and was a blessing in disguise.

2016 also brought me closer to a lifelong love affair with ART

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As well as buying a camera and beginning to learn to use it manually. The old school me has been painting and mingling. Through association with and being a founding member of the Smyrna Artist Cooperative, I have come in contact with some pretty amazing people in our local art community. I’ve made new likeminded friends, strengthened bonds with old ones,

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and for the first time in my livelong life, I participated in showing work in two shows this past year. (as well as creating its logo and media)

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For the Love of Music. 2016 held a lot of live shows!!

 

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One of my faves… Lincoln Durham at Nashville’s Exit/In

 

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2016 saw my first CD cover design and band logo go to print

Through the friendship established with these guys, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of fine musicians this year. I’ve attended a lot of live performances , and it makes me happy. Music decorates the silence as visual art decorates a space. The two are and always will be close to my heart. So¬†in true Dave fashion I¬†wrapped up the year with a New Years Eve performance at the Revelry with Fargo Strut , Stack, Denman, and Nashville Independent Music Association Award winning Killing Grace .

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Killing Grace

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So no resolutions for me¬†really, I made those 3 years ago. I’m well into my five year plan. I’m on track, making strides daily. This year is about MORE,MORE,MORE. More friends and family time¬†, more art and music, More learning and earning…. New Year , Same Me ūüôā

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

Inspiration is …

Wherever you find it.

A look inside the mind of an artist and how the thought process goes. This is how new work begins before the last one ends

I ran across a picture today that changed the course of my thought process the rest of the day… Being off today and nothing but creative time planned, I was free to do that. I love days like that where the mind is allowed¬†to be inspired and follow the course of wherever that leads it…

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Crazy as it sounds. I looked up and reread little red riding hood…both by Grimm and Charles Perrault

I sent this pic to my friend and model..with a message, I want to do some of this experimenting with my camera. #allthebigbadwolveswanttoeatyou
I remembered a song by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs…
I texted the youtube video to a friend with a rockband saying I could hear you remaking this…Awesome lyrics. I thought Jace Everett had but I couldn’t find it if he did.
I listened to some Jace Everett in¬†the process¬†… just because he’s cool…
 I began to study the meaning behind the fairy tale of riding hood and its sexual undertones and symbolism. As well as just a general warning of being leary of strangers. I copied this text about the meaning of the forest in literature.

The Meaning of the Forest (source: https://owlcation.com/misc/red_riding_hood)

Lost in the woods?

In many fairy tales the main character (the protagonist) must go in the forest. It seems trees are an endless source of inspiration in folklore. There are many speculations why the forest is so important but we can also stick to the obvious: most of the people in medieval or pre-medieval times lived near forests.

People’s existence was closely related to wood from practically forever, but forests also represent unknown, although very serious, danger.

In psychoanalysis a forest symbolizes unconsciousness. Leonard Lutwack goes even further and he labels it as untamed feminine sexuality. Why? The forest is a very fertile place, but it is also wild, uncultivated, and unpredictable.

It is not a coincidence so many popular heroes and heroines (Red Cap, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks) must get lost in the woods just to come back as more responsible (and we can say domesticated) persons.

The transformation role of the forest is obvious.

Even if the main character doesn’t enter the woods, something important can happen there (for instance: the name of Rumpelstiltskin is hidden in the woods and the Goose Girl lost her identity in the forest and in some cases forest represents the enemy itself (remember Sleeping Beauty and her rescuers?).

I took a walk through the woods in my head… to places I have visited that would make the right backdrop and are local.

I laid out mental scenes and looked for costume.

At the end of the day. I never got any painting done and now I’m heading out¬†for the evening.. ¬†But that’s ok too. I spent the day inspired and set up some future work .

Life is good ūüôā

Do you get sidetracked like that too when inspiration hits  ?