Hellooooo wonderful followers. Sorry for the lack of posts but work has had me pretty worn out the last month or so. I did; however, have an enjoyable ride home yesterday.
I was coming down a mountain road that opens up to a great vista towards the end on a stormy evening. The kind of evening I enjoy, full of dark fast moving clouds and lots of wind to fill your ears and shut out the world. Walking on days like that used to be a favorite of mine. Anyway, I thought of writing a little something of my feelings about such a situation. So here goes.
Clouds heavy with their plunder from the rich lands ran fast before the reaping winds. Before them stretched mountains bursting with new growth guarded the ways to the sea and freedom.
Thieving clouds full of plunder smashed against these mountains forced to drag their swollen bellies through the tree branches. Some so low that they turned the world a misty white for any unwitting traveler.
Ghosts of former clouds reached upwards with gossamer streamers, trying to join the heavenly pirates in their retreat to the sea. Soon a crack appeared at the end of the march of clouds. One could denote the roof of the world clearly split from the drenched and battered floor of the world. A wall of evening light giving hope of a better night. The denizens of the earth watched as the last waddling clouds dragged itself over the barrier mountains.
Hello wondrous followers. Today I want to express my heart felt thanks for our Asian immigrant who are being unfairly targeted for something they had no hand in. Sounds so fimiliar, like there was this war we fought to stop some other ugly people from doing the same things to a set of peoples. It was the second one and I think the bad guys people started with the letters Ger. Well, no matter since nobody seems to care about repeating history.
Anyway, I wanted to share some Asian and/ or Asian American people I am very thankful for. These are people without which my teens, twenties, and today would have been less wonderful.
The first is James Hong. He is an Asian American actor who has brought my joy into my life by playing many great characters in Hollywood movies. Where do I begin. First off, he play an eye maker for Nexus 10 Replicants in my favorite movie Blade Runner. Next, he played the over the top baddie David Lo Pan in one of my go to movies for just plain fun “Big Trouble in Little China”. It was so fun to see him switch from basket case in a wheelchair to ten foot tall demi-god to crazed wizard through out the film. Finally, we can’t forget Po’s father Mr. Ping in “Kung Fu Panda”. The loving humor he portrayed was wonderful. All these characters added the right zest to all these beloved movies.
Next is the actor known only as Mako. He was a Japanese American that took part in some of my favorite fantasy films and tv shows. First of all, he played the wizard in both Arnold Swarzenegger Conan movies. He played the unexpected sidekick for Swarzenegger’s magic phobic Conan. The next character he voiced had an indelible impression on me. Mako voiced the main baddie in one of the best cartoons ever made IMHP. He was the perfect voice behind Aku from the Samuria Jack series. So evil, fun, and doomed to fail. I wish he could have been there for the ending. Finally, and most unexpectedly, he played a pivotal character in a great old movie my dad and I love. The movie was “The Sand Pepples” starring Steve McQueen. Until I researched Mako for this post, I had not realized that a loved character actor hand also played such an impactful dramatic character. He played a lowly worker on the American Ship McQueen was the mechanic on. McQueen’s troubled character befriends him and teaches him but unfortunately has to kill him to save him from torture by locals after an incident with other foreign ships. A real tear jerker.
Of course, I cannot forget to mention Bruce Lee whom has had such an impact on American film and Television. Without him I would have never got to watch the tv series Kung Fu. I loved that show in my youth. It is sad that he did not get to play the main character since he actually created the series. He was also, I beleive, the impetus behind a favorite Kung Fu movie “Circle of Iron”.
So, when you feel the need to hate Asians living in America, stop and think of all their wonderful contributions to our cinema, television, and culture. We are better for them then without them.
Note: this was finished on my phone so I do intend to add more clips to this post and better editing.
Hello wonderful followers. Yes, I have been thinking about the old Charleston Heston post apocalyptic movie Soylent Green where the environment is so devastated that the only way for man to survive is to recycle dead people into food. What clicked in my head wasn’t the dead bodies turned into food, but the reality of recycling.
In truth, we already eat, drink, and breath our ancestors. The earth already works as a giant recycling machine. The dead, including humans, are broken down and returned to the soil. Whether you beleive it is the science of nature or the design of God, recycling is the rule of our world. It constantly amazes me how many modern people absolutely refuse to heed nature’s and/or God’s will in this.
To deny the need to recycle everything we make is to deny our own survival as a species. We are not above nature since we absolutely need the food and water it provides. We could not live very long without them unless we push ourselves to the extreme of recycling like in Soylent Green. Just remember, grandma and grandpa may sustain you in the extreme, but they do tend to be a bit grisly. Have fun thinking about the future your inability to reycle brings closer every day.
Hello me beauties, although I have been quiet lately, I haven’t been totally inactive. I had done some of the work bringing in the natural colors for this image but I wasn’t happy enough to post an image. I have been working the colors around and I am feeling better about the direction the painting is heading. It is nearing completion but there are some tweaks I want to do yet. I like how I have his or her breath changes from white to blue, considering I still need to play with it a bit, right side is closer to what I want. As an aside, I have a really cool idea for spring’s horns but I don’t know if I can pull it off. Need to do some research.
Hello my content voracious followers. I just wanted to share with you that I have reduced my collection of short stories “Mystics and Misfits” to $0.99 on Kindle. For those that have been with me for a while know, I tend to cover and have interest in a large number of subjects. This collection is no exception. Inside you will find stories of dragons, elves, super heroes, and aliens. There is a mix of horror, tragedy, and humor awaiting the wonderful readers out there. So please pick up a copy for yourself or a friend.
Hello all you wonderously crazy viewers. I decided to share this random post about myself and someting I like.
I drink an insane amount of iced tea and have my own iced tea maker because of it. So, I have gotten very good a making my own iced tea. A unique recipe I like is Vanilla iced tea.
I use Red Rose tea bags in general because it has less of an acidic bite than lipton. To make my Vanilla tea then, you need 5 Red Rose tea bags and 1 bag Bigelow French Vanilla tea. This smells wonderful when it is brewing and tastes better after spending a day in the fridge. I use a cup of splenda to sweeten mine but seek out your own tastes. This usually yields 3 qts for me. I hope this makes someones day.
Hello amazing followers. I just wanted to let you know that I am still around and I also wanted to say hello to my new followers. I hope you enjoy browsing through my blog and hopefully following some of the links to my other sites.
Work and my car have been taking up my time lately so I have not been able to spend time on any projects lately. I will be glad when I can get back at them. Until then, if you could share this blog with as many others you think would enjoy this content, I would be very thankful. Word of mouth is important to help me grow this site and my artistic dreams. Help me help others find my unique view of this world.
Hello my lovelies. While I continue to work on the Banished God paintings, I have decided it is time to begin the drawing for the third painting in the “It’s All Connected” series and I need your help. This third installment with feature a baby gorilla staring out at you with an adorable face and planets for eyes. I haven’t settled on the planets yet but they won’t be Earth, Moon, Mars, or Jupiter.
I have done some searches for baby Gorilla pictures but have not seen any that fit the bill yet. Thus, I turn to my wonderful followers for help in finding a suitable image for the next installment in the series. If you have any pictures of baby gorillas from the zoo, trip, or web (copyright free of course) you think would fit the bill, please attach the link or image in the comments. Remember, I am looking for a baby gorilla looking at the viewer so that I can see both eyes. Hopefully in a cute but dignified pose befitting the theme of the series, which is the connections between the world, man, life, and the universe. Also, if you have a good image of the planets after Jupiter that are distinctive enough to me recognizable, feel free to add them in. Just remember they should be free to use.
Just think, the image you provide may become the basis for my next major piece of artwork and help me spread the word about our need to include the earth itself in all the decisions that we make. By the way, the working title for this piece will be “Bright Beginning – Dark Ending”. The other paintings in this series, available on my deviantart page, are “Universal Eyes – Infinite Sadness” and “Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability”. I hope to hear from you soon.
Fabulous pragmatic lurkers, here is another update to the Fallen God: Winter project. Was having so much fun trying things I decided I could not wait to see it with the snow. While this is far from finished, I am really digging how this will look. Please zoom in and take a look at the eyes. If you would like to support this blog and my artistic efforts please consider becoming a member of my Patreon page listed in the left hand border.
Oh my god. Wonderful readers, what have I done. I have let out the green eyed beast; this is a god that is very jealous of prayers given to other gods. As you can see, I have been tweaking the horns and steam rising off them. I have also begun filling in the fur. While I was doing this, I thought about what the picture would look like with different colored eyes and hit on the idea of using the color highlight in the icy horns. I tried it in the left eye and was sold. I hope you think so too.