Thanks for the reminder: I can do anything good!

Skating

I own a skateboard for the first time in four or five years. I can’t believe I went so long without one. It already feels like such an important part of my life again. There is something about setting a goal and pushing yourself until you meet it. Not over the course of weeks or months, but minutes and hours. It feels so good to try something over and over. To fall down and get bruised and scraped. And finally to do exactly what you’ve been trying to do. While most of my life is spread out, gradual, skateboarding is immediate and visceral. It’s all about balance.

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Thank God for hard stones; thank God for hard facts; thank God for thorns and rocks and deserts and long years. At least I know now that I am not the best or strongest thing in the world. At least I know now that I have not dreamed of everything.

G.K. Chesterton
beautyislikeyeah:

Here’s an update on that album art I’ve been working on, in animated gif form. Animated gifs. Makes me miss this.
For a larger, stationary look- take a look here.

beautyislikeyeah:

Here’s an update on that album art I’ve been working on, in animated gif form. Animated gifs. Makes me miss this.

For a larger, stationary look- take a look here.

Another work in progress, as mentioned before, getting closer to being done with the ink work, then I’ll start filling in with watercolor. Click for full size.
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Another work in progress, as mentioned before, getting closer to being done with the ink work, then I’ll start filling in with watercolor. Click for full size.

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Sloooowly working on touching up that last painting in photoshop, bringing in more darks and lights- this is what I’ve got so far.
Click on the image to see it as an animated gif.

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Sloooowly working on touching up that last painting in photoshop, bringing in more darks and lights- this is what I’ve got so far.

Click on the image to see it as an animated gif.

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I never travel far…

The best compliment I ever got- didn’t register with me right away.

"You should check out Big Star", he said. "There’s something about it that reminds me of your music." A few weeks later, I picked up #1 Record/Radio City and realized, that whether it was meant that way or not, whether it was an intentional compliment or an off-hand comment- it was, and probably always will be the best compliment I ever get.

Alex Chilton is gone, but I’ll never travel far without a little Big Star.

This is a little guitar song I recorded a couple days ago. I’m glad I waited to upload it, because when I first recorded it, I added a ridiculous horn part, some keyboards, and terrible percussion that did nothing but muddy the waters. Its still not a masterpiece, but I like it much better this way. Its called “Thaw’d Ground / Blu’d Sky.” 

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Smuggled Theology

A fascinating comparison of Tolkien and Lewis’ approach to writing or creating in relation to theology. So many great quotes and ideas, really well presented. I’m going to have to track down the books from each author that the quotes are derived from.

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Here’s a work in progress shot of some artwork for the Wizards of Time. I’m really excited about how its coming along. I’m going to color it with watercolors, but I’ll post a black and white scan once the line art is done.

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Here’s a work in progress shot of some artwork for the Wizards of Time. I’m really excited about how its coming along. I’m going to color it with watercolors, but I’ll post a black and white scan once the line art is done.

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But in a way, I’m grateful, because at the formative age of 20, you realise what losing liberty means. You take freedom for granted, then suddenly you’re 1,000 miles from civilisation, in the jungle, with a fire to keep snakes away, trying to do your drawings, thinking perhaps someone might discover them one day. This is what made me an artist, because it gave me a purpose. As a student, you spend days on the folds of a sleeve, but without purpose. Suddenly, you have a way of applying it, a subject that matters. Those four years were my formation. A God-sent gift.

Ronald Searle, at 90 years old, describing his four years as a prisoner of war during World War II.
Something I did today on my day off. I’m certain its not done, lots of small details to finish and tightening up to do, but its done enough that no one but me will notice the difference from here on out. I’m calling it “I am, and there is none beside me.” For a little context, read the inspiration for the title here.

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Something I did today on my day off. I’m certain its not done, lots of small details to finish and tightening up to do, but its done enough that no one but me will notice the difference from here on out. I’m calling it “I am, and there is none beside me.” For a little context, read the inspiration for the title here.

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