Something really different….

While the ‘title’ of this website is; This site is, when all is said and done, about me and the things that interest me.  Photography has been my main interest for several years, but there are many others. For example, while still considered a photography tool, I’m involved with UAVs (commonly known as drones) and that’s become a way for me to see the world from a very unique perspective.

I’m also involved in the construction of plastic models. In fact, it was the desire to document the work that I was doing on plastic models that led me to photography. Strange the way things turn out. . . building models has been a bit on the ‘back burner’ as I explore a different interest.

In 2010 I started drawing and painting. I was into for awhile and then something pulled me away. I can’t remember at the moment exactly what that was, but it’s taken me all this time to get back to it.

If I reflect on all of my interests, be it building plastic models, photography, videography, etc., it seems that I choose things that require a certain technical skill. These are skills that can be improved over time with practice and study. Perhaps it’s the desire to improve these skills that draws me to the interest in the first place. It could also be a desire to control my surroundings in a world where little is truly under our control. I may have just gone deeper into all this than necessary and I may not even be qualified to answer the ‘why’ question.

However, all that aside, this post is to announce a ‘renewed’ interest and, as it seems necessary, an explanation as to why I haven’t updated this page in some time.

I’ve been immersed in ‘art’ again. I put the quotes around the word art as I’m not comfortable calling what I’m doing art….. not yet.

I enrolled in an online drawing course and learned a great deal from it. The course filled a lot of holes in my understanding of drawing and answered many questions that I’ve had. I have also taken to painting. I’m a firm believer that one must be able to draw before they can hope to paint. Others would disagree, but I believe those to be people who can’t draw and don’t want to learn.  LOL

Painting brings on a new set of decisions; oil, acrylic, watercolor…. the list really does go on and on.

I feel the need to ‘try them all’ to see which I’m best suited for – or more to the point – which is best suited to the work that I want to do. That brings me to the subject of, well the subject. This is a decision itself, what do I want to paint? what am I drawn to? This is a similar question to photography and which discipline one is most attracted to. Of course, one can always work in any of the categories, but it helps to specialize in order to become as proficient as possible. So, in photography, I found landscapes to me most appealing. Will that hold true for painting (and drawing)? That question has yet to be answered, so for the time being, I’m painting and drawing any and everything that comes to mind. The subject is almost secondary to the process (at this point). That will change and I’ll ‘zero in’ on my main focus and my main medium in due time. For now, I’m all over the place and that is reflected in the work that I’m doing.

All this to say that you can expect to see my drawings and paintings on this page as well as my photographs. I feel this is a better option than creating a completely new website for each.

I do, however, have separate facebook pages for each as that audience seems to need things to be more specific. Here, I can do what I want.  🙂

I’ve included some of my ‘early’ works as posts are always better with pictures. Some of these are acrylic on canvas, some are watercolor on different sized and weight papers. experimentation is the goal at this point. I’ve included some recent drawings as well.

I look at an new endeavor such as this as like a new ‘life’ (so to speak) when we’re very young we learned to speak we learned the sounds of the individual letters… one by one. Then we put them together into words and finally sentences and paragraphs and whole books!  This is no different. In the early stages I like to just begin, learn as I go, because there is no other way. If some of these paintings and drawings look like they were done by a child that’s because they were. A ‘child’ in a new endeavor. The most important thing (to me) is the act of doing. Thinking about doing something and actually doing it are so different. Anyone can think about doing something. It’s the person who takes the steps to actually doing it who will get the benefit of having learned and experienced the new skill. Learning something new is one of the best experiences we can have in this life!

I hope you’l


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