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Day 1018. In 'Of Beards and Men', author, Christopher Oldstone-Moore writes, "the history of men is literally written on their faces." Indeed, it was the white beard that got my attention as I watched Jim, the janitor in this sketch, cleanup around a stable. "Can I take your picture?" I asked. Historically there have been four beard-centric eras: Roman Emperor, Hadrian (117-138); Middle Ages (401-500); Renaissance (1300-1700); 19th Century (1801-1900). But it was in that last mentioned era that the WHITE beard became a Christmas icon. In 1832 the poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' described "the beard of his chin was as white as the snow" and in 1862, to lift spirits during the Civil War, Thomas Nast, a political cartoonist, drew a Santa Claus with a white beard that has become the popular image children easily recognize today. As I chatted with Jim, I exclaimed, "That's quite a beard! Have you ever played Santa at Christmas?" Because, of course, that would be the history of his white beard. "Not so much," he said. "Mostly I dress up like a cowboy from the old west and pose for artists." #whitebeards #beards #artistmodels #santa #jollyoldelf #stableboy #disguise #characterdesign #christmas #history #illustrator #fineartist #storyteller #sketchoftheday #cowboy #theoldwest

Day 1017. For the first time in my life of loving quaking aspens, I wondered why there are black spots and black at the base of these singularly white bark trees. Doing a bit of digging, I found it could possibly be one of two things: a plethora of diseases or old age. Ah, yes. Nothing and no-one gets to the end of their days without some dinging, damage, and distress. But here's a heartening perspective from H.W. Beecher (1800s): "Affliction comes to us all not to make us sad, but sober, not to make us sorry, but wise; not to make us despondent, but by its darkness to refresh us, as the night refreshes the day; not to impoverish, but to enrich us, as the plough enriches the field; to multiply our joy, as the seed, by planting, is multiplied a thousand-fold." And aside all that lovely prose, if you put your finger over the black trunks of my sketch the interesting character of the composition is greatly diminished. Here's to all of our interesting scaring, collected along life's dirt road!

#contrast #life #affliction #perspective #quakingaspen #dirtroads #blackandwhite #composition #wisdom #joy #character #illustrator #fineartist #storyteller #sketchoftheday #landscape

Day 1016. Three little girls, with three points of view, assembled on a riverbank one morning. FIRST PERSON (looking straight ahead) "I see it! In the middle of the river! It's beautiful!" SECOND PERSON (looking upstream): "There's nothing there! You are making it up. This is boring." THIRD PERSON (looking back at the forest): "He said a witch lives in the woods. They said she's scary!" And so from my narrator's position I made up stories from each child's point of view, not knowing what they really said or thought. However, I imagine, depending on where they look, their views will vary. "An ant can't define the shape of an elephant solely from its' point of view. They have to unify all views...in order to understand true realities, men need to do mental blending." (Toba Beta, Indonesian syfy writer.) And: "We should always keep a corner of our heads open and free, that we may make room for the opinions of our friends. Let us have heart and head hospitality." (Joseph Joubert, French moralist, 1700s.) The lovely trio then ran off to ride their bikes.

#opinions #pointsofview #children #wisdom #peacefulcoexistence #insights #figuredrawings #storytelling #storyteller #sketchoftheday #illustrator #fineartist #ink #prismacolorpencils #understanding #hospitality #variety #perspective

Day 1015. THERE you are. Tucked away in the forested nettings of my memory are the camouflaged small things to be thankful for. "If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them; but let me take a magnet and sweep through it, and how it would draw to itself the almost invisible particles by the mere power of attraction. The unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings..." (Henry Ward Beecher, American clergy, 1800s) Seeing and feeling the quiet impact of the 'almost hidden' in the composition of my life today.
#gratitude #thankfulness #smallthings #quiet #impact #forest #deer #composition #landscape #takingawalk #thankfulness #remember #memory #recall #illustrator #fineartist #storyteller #sketchoftheday #lasermodemasters

Day 1014. Some people have all the luck. They're beautiful, healthy, rich, popular, smart, adored, talented, have great posture, and nothing ever seems to go wrong. A friend told me, when she lost her husband to death, too suddenly, too soon, that she didn't seek out her happily married friends for comfort...she conversed with other devastated widows and found courage to go on. Perhaps all those hard-knocks, missed opportunities, major mistakes, and brutal backstories give us some depth, some empathy that just wouldn't come any other way. "Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the top of a mountain. So are many things learned in adversity which the prosperous man dreams not of." (Charles Spurgeon, English clergy, 1800s) Besides, I'll bet the tree on the right has better stories to tell.

#adversity #betterstories #luck #courage #empathy #trialsoflife #depth #trees #experience #dsubizart #stormcoming #illustrator #fineartist #storyteller #sketchoftheday #lasermodemasters

Day 1013. This morning I heard the squeal and chatter of children outside my window going off to school. Glad that I didn't have to answer the call of a pre-set schedule today, I reflected on how unrelenting is CHANGE. Once upon a time I 'horsed around' with teenage hair, clothes, and homework. THEN I 'galloped' to get our kids up and out the door on time to THEIR institutions of learning. NOW I relish the easy 'trot' to my home studio for the day's endeavors. Like this small and elegant herd racing a 400 plus horse-power semi-trailer along a country road, CHANGE will ultimately pull ahead and may out pace us. In the 1800s 'rent-a-horse' livery stables were a necessary institution in every town and city. Because of the smell, noise, flies, and vermin, cities tried to control their locations. With the advent of 'horse-less carriages in the early 1900s, there were probably sighs of relief...for a while. I can imagine that a forward thinking wife, back then, might have turned to her worried livery stable owner husband and said, "we could become a garage!" "What's a garage?!" her faithful dinosaur might have responded. To survive, we CHANGE. I reckon it'd be best to jump on board and enjoy the ride.

#change #acceptance #openminds #liverystable #forwardthinking #survival #lifemoveson #enjoytheride #horses #semitrailer #children #schooldays #illustrator #fineartist #storyteller #sketchoftheday #lasermodemasters

Day 1012. FEAR OF FEAR. Stumbling on loose rocks, splashing through tide pools, slogging through sand, she tripped and fell to her knees. "What's wrong with me," she panted, "and why am I running? SO WHAT if I hear voices?!!" "An excellent insight," said the cliff face. Startled she looked in the direction of yet another voice. Weathered with age and element a mountain of dirt and stone gazed out to sea. Solid. Strangely calming. She sat down on a rock to listen...and consider the fears she had faced in such a short time. Eleanor Roosevelt once said: "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' " Heartened, she asked, "Where do I go from here?" A deep rumbling chuckle in the cliff knocked a few minor stones loose. The wise old head answered, "Wherever life takes you!" With that she rose to a new enthusiasm, a practiced fear-manager. Starting for home she asked, "Any last words of advice?" Like wind in the trees, the ancient sage whispered: "Always be grateful." (The End.) #halloween #inktober #inktober2017 #courage #newworlds #ocean #waves #rocks #power #mystique #spookytales #ghoststories #storyteller #facingfears #illustrator #fineartist #sketchoftheday #lasermodemasters #landscape

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! (What happens to your teeth if you eat too much candy.) Let the little Tricksters or Treaters begin!

#halloween #tradition #carvingpumpkins #sculpture #imagination #spooks #jackolanterns #children #welcomeoctober #decorations #autumn

Day 1011. FEAR OF DEMENTIA. She had distinctly heard a voice say, "Thank you." There was no one near her. Sinking slowly to a sitting position she thought of her long dead grandmother who spent the last five years of her life 'hearing voices'. To dwell in deranged delirium was a horror she didn't want to contemplate. But...she had heard a voice. Perhaps she was a witch. She'd always felt a little different from other people. Could this simply be 'communing with nature'? Suddenly feeling brave she shouted, "I'm listening!" Between the boom and roar of the waves, this is what she heard: "We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds."/"Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea."/"He who let's the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger." High winds, lost at sea, grave danger?! Probably descending into madness, she yelled, "I think I'll stay on dry land, thank you!" "You're welcome," chorused the rocks as she turned and fled. (To be continued.) #halloween #inktober #inktober2017 #facingfears #courage #newworlds #ocean #waves #rocks #silence #maritimewisdom #spookytales #voices #embracingthenew #yachatsoregon #storyteller #storytelling #illustrator #fineartist #sketchoftheday #landscape #lasermodemasters #listening #choices

Day 1010. FEAR OF THE NEW. Swallowed by the dark, she waited in apprehension. Nothing suddenly grabbed her. Perhaps she had eradicated another fear?!! At that very moment of triumph a wave of thick static electricity poured over her (a time warp? a portal?) and she found herself standing at the edge of the ocean, loud crashing waves aggravating her NEOPHOBIA! Afraid to leave her familiar inland haunts, she had never seen the ocean before. Rocks protruded above the waves like ghost ships at anchor. Clumps and strands of seaweed rose and fell with the swell like floating dead bodies. She had heard stories of people who had walked into the water to end their mortal despair. The ocean could be a fearsome place. One stormy night in the Baltic Sea, when a luxurious ferry sank, 850 people lost their lives. Hamlet's deranged Ophelia dropped into the watery depths "till that her garments, heavy with their drink/Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay to muddy death". And who could forget Jack, Rose, and the frozen corpses of 1503 Titanic passengers. As she slowly backed away from the ragged edge, frayed nerves began to reset to the hypnotic rhythm of the waves. This new experience was beginning to lose it's terror. "I could come to love this place of power and mystique," she whispered. "Thank you," murmured a rock at her side. (To be continued.) #halloween #inktober #inktober2017 #facingfears #courage #newworlds #ocean #waves #rocks #power #mystique #spookytales #storyteller #illustrator #fineartist #sketchoftheday
#lasermodemasters #landscape #dusk #yachatsoregon #embracingthenew

Day 1009. FEAR OF CERTAINTY. Yes. She took the trail to the right. Down it went, into the bowels of the ancient forest. Her soft foot pads and an occasional twig snapping were the only sounds as into darker, denser woods the path wound. A behemoth spruce stood alone in a clearing. It was at least 15 feet thick, hundreds of feet tall and centuries old. Slowly growing on top of a fallen log, it had flourished--sucking life out of death and decay until all that was left of the 'nursing log' was a natural tunnel. With a CERTAINTY that was absolute, she knew what was in that yawning black abyss: lurking cryptids, vaguely reptilian humans, massive pythons, giant spiders, asylum escapees, and cave demons. In order to confront this frightening CERTAINTY she'd have to go in...for black holes are the resting places of fear. Down on her knees, hands in the cool dry dirt, she crawled into the maw of night... (To be continued). #halloween #inktober #inktober2017 #oldforest #giantspruce #monsters #facingfears #darkplaces #ancienttrees #yachatsoregon #courage #purpose #illustrator #fineartist #storyteller #sketchoftheday #lasermodemasters

Day 1008. FEAR OF INDECISION. Gasping for breathe and bent over with an ache in her side, she stopped running. A hand on her shoulder?!! She had sprinted away, driven to superhuman strength under the intense pressure of her terror. Was it a hand, a branch, a claw? She'd never know. She hadn't looked back. As she caught her second wind she saw that she was now facing her DECIDOPHOBIA. Two paths ahead...diverged. Which one to take? She was paralyzed. All her life she had found it easier to conform than to make difficult decisions. What if she took the wrong path? Made the wrong decision? She had read Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and remembered the doctor's anguish regarding HIS decision: "the beauty of the dream had vanished...horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out..." Enough! To face this fear she must decide. (Besides, 'something' could be tracking her from behind.) With fierce determination she CHOSE...and that, unfortunately, made all the difference. (To be continued.) #halloween #inktober #inktober2017 #oregonwoods #frankenstein #decision #facingfear #courage #storytelling #landscape #shadows #pathways #illustrator #fineartist #storyteller #sketchoftheday #lasermodemasters

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