It was December of 2011. I realized up until this point that I needed something different in my life. Things were not going in the direction that I wanted to. I decided to start writing down my thoughts and actions in my life. A few days into this I had one of those terrible days, where all things bad just come down on you at the same time. My mind was swimming with fears. I would replay all these negative conversations in my head that hadn’t even happened. I was just anticipating bad things to happen. I wrote everything down, and dealt with the stress however I could.
You have to accept it. It is part of life. Failure happens every single day. Failure is natural. The Major League Baseball batting averages for 2011 and 2012 was 0.255. That means on average the entire league missed the ball 75% of the time. While we were vacationing we got to watch / help two baby loggerhead turtles make it to the ocean. Only 1 out of 200 make it to adult hood, and after watching them crawl into the ocean I see why.
I recently wrote on how failure is the only option, and how nothing is real. Both posts talking about the struggles of life that we don’t see. I love to see the struggle and reality of it all. Some of my favorite authors / bloggers do this. (James Altucher, Lewis Howes, James Gurney, Pat Flynn)
I want to show you my failures. [Read more...]
“Failure is not an option.”
If you google this quote it leads you back to the movie Apollo 13. In my head I always thought it was associated with some military movie. Some writer came up with this quote because it sounds cool. For daily life, failure is the only option. I fail everyday. I fail when I snap at my kids. I fail when I don’t maintain my health. I fail when I’m behind at work. I fail when I stress myself out. I fail when I can’t communicate effectively. I fail at most of my art projects. Failure is great, as long as you can see beyond it. It means you can improve. Failure is just the universe telling you that something is wrong. [Read more...]
After I finished with my Velazquez Rooster from Chris Oatley’s Magic Box class, I realized it could have been better. It was not what I am fully capable of. I rushed through a lot of steps just to get it done. In the end I wasn’t quite happy with the form of the Rooster. He looked too cartoonish, and his comb was really awful. Here is my original Velazquez Rooster. I solved the comb problem in this post, but I really wanted to nail down the form and have it look more like a painting. I decided to do the assignment again. (Note: You know you like your class when your willing to do the homework two times. And my wife also thinks I’m crazy as well. ) All my life homework has been about getting things done, to get it out of the way. This homework is for my own education, and I realized I hadn’t learned enough in the first assignment. So I decided to revisit it. [Read more...]
Just as a warning if you do not like insects, this is not the post for you! Where does inspiration come from? If you break down the word inspiration you get a semblance of “in” and “spirit”. When you are inspired you are in spirit, you are connected. So again where does your inspiration come from?
My wife and kids were walking the dog two days ago, and came across this dragonfly, who was dying. They decided to give it a nice home so he wouldn’t be eaten by insects while he was alive. (presuming it is a “he”) So they kept him outside and covered him, leaving him with water and fruit closely available. Death was inevitable as it is with all living things. I took the opportunity to get some great pictures. [Read more...]
What inspires you every day? I continually read and listen to blogs and podcasts, searching for motivation and inspiration. Here are just a few of what I listen to and read on a Daily Basis, let me know what yours are: [Read more...]
After completing my Velazquez Rooster, I realized that I could do better. Often I want to jump to the next project and start something new, but I feel I need to revisit this project. I think this is what happened when I started the project. I jumped right into it, without doing enough preparation. I forgot one of the most important lessons that preparation leads to success. One of the biggest issues I had was rendering the rooster’s comb.
To create the subtly that Velazquez uses I realized I would need to have some good reference lighted properly. So the other morning I created my rooster’s comb. Luckily Thomas just got a multicolored Sculpey kit for his birthday. [Read more...]