Learning new things – 2018 is Gone Baby!

Hello friends and Happy New Year!  When I look back on this past year, I think of what I accomplished and what I wish to accomplish next year.  I think the biggest thing for me in 2018 was climbing all those Sierra Peaks!  I made 12 trips to mountains as high as 11 thousand feet!  Yep, next year I hope to make it at least 15 if not 20!  I also plan on doing a back packing trip in the High Sierra in 2019.

I also decided to learn new things in 2018.  I started studying Geology, Astrology and a little Sciences of the Cosmos thrown in.  Hefty subjects, I KNOW!  But as my mind ages, I figure I better do some heavy lifting to keep it in shape. Rocks and stars have always intrigued me as I hike mountains and see ancient lava flows and look up at to the vastness of space on my ranch where there isn’t much light to obstruct the view of our galaxy.  Just what else us up there?  What the heck is going on down below?  I have so many questions!

And in the very end of this year, I am re-learning how to pencil draw. I’ve been painting in acrylics since 2012, but this year I thought I’d go back to where it all began as a high school student.  Pencil. I was so good back then, but for some reason, I stopped.  So, in the video below is a timelapse video of me drawing Legendary Actor, James Dean and the story of my re-learning something with something special thrown in at the end.

Have a Happy New Year, and I hope you do something you’ve NEVER done, or Re-learn something you used to do!


Just Sitting Around Artin’ and Stuff like that there…..

When I was a kid, I would paint rocks to look like bugs. I sold those little critters to friends, teachers and even at an art store!  I would glue them onto tree bark with moss and a dried flower and people loved them!  I was 12!  These days I do all sorts of art.  I just finished these two commissioned pieces for a client in North Carolina.  I love to paint trees. What is it about a tree?  They talk, I swear they do!



I also do stuff with wood, paint and feathers. People from all over the US send me feathers.  Its pretty awesome.  I have a very  small percentage of Cherokee in my blood.  My 6th Great Grandfather was Chief Redbird in Kentucky.  I’ve ALWAYS been drawn to Indian culture, art, jewelry, music, you name it even before I knew about my heritage!  I swear, I’m channeling one of my ancestors!  Here are a couple of those pieces.





And I do portraits.  I LOVE to do faces, however EARS kick my ass for some reason.. and painting blonde hair is a bitch!  I never took art lessons.. maybe I should then I wouldn’t be killing myself!  IMG_7288

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And yes I STILL paint Rocks!  Here are a couple from my front yard!



I do many many more types of things.. Sugar skulls, Spirit Animals, lots of stuff on wood.. you name it!  If you want to see the entire collection that grows by the second.. go here.