1. November 27, 2012

    Abe is back

    Abe is back

    Well, it has officially been way to long since I did a drawing.  I recently was going through some of my drawings and realized how badly I missed putting my pencil to my sketch pad and creating and expressing myself.  The other day I also had the great opportunity to guest teach a little class at my wife’s school.  I loved just showing the kids how fun art can be and what all the possibilities are.  Of course, I don’t think I have really discovered all the possibilities.

    This is a drawing of my father-in-law who loves to dress up as Abe Lincoln and present at different functions and school events.  He does a great job and really looks like Abe Lincoln.  You can learn more about him at the following website: http://www.abelincolnpresenter.com.


  2. October 5, 2012

    Happy Birthday Dad!

    Happy Birthday Dad!

    Today is my Dad’s birthday.  I wanted to do a drawing for his birthday so I decided to look through his photos and find the perfect one of him.  I like this image because it shows Dad in the middle of one of those really happy moments with a genuine laugh and smile.  I have always admired how happy Dad is and how he doesn’t let life’s stressers bring him down.  Being that Dad is a very spiritual Christian man I really think the following verse describes the way he lives his life.

    “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
    -1 Corinthians 13 4-7 

    That is the thing I am most thankful about when I think about my Dad.  Dad has always taught us through his actions that loving others is the most important thing we can do.  I am so thankful to have a Dad that truly loves me and I am sure that anyone who knows Dad is thankful for the love he shows them.  Thank you Dad and Happy Birthday.


  3. September 30, 2012

    Shattering Barriers

    Shattering Barriers

    Last week I had the pleasure of going to a fundraiser luncheon for the MacDonald Training Center Foundation.  This organization exists to “empower people with disabilities to lead the lives they choose.”  It was so great to see the type of work they are doing and how they are impacting lives.

    As many of you know from previous sketches, my wife works with students with autism.  One of the things that she stresses all the time and that was also a big part of what they said at the luncheon is that, although these people suffer from disabilities that are out of their control, they are capable of doing so much more then we give them credit for.  Many of them can have full time jobs, live on their own, and become an active part of society.

    Chris, as seen in the drawing, is one such person that I had the pleasure of meeting at the event.  For the longest time people thought that he had no artistic ability.  Then, thanks to the foundation, he had the opportunity to take some art classes and do his own art work.  Since then he has really blossomed as an artist.  He has art in several galleries including a gallery at the Tampa Times Forum and, ultimately, art has become a great way for him to express himself.

    If you would like to help the foundation please check out the following link:
    http://www.macdonaldcenter.org/Donate.asp


  4. September 19, 2012

    Your Taller

    Your Taller

    Does anyone else have issues with comparing yourself to others?  I feel like I am always comparing myself to the people around me.  Sometimes it is based on job, salary, possessions, or social status.  It really is something that is hard to train my mind not to do.  On top of it, I know it does not please God because it is basically saying that I am not happy with the way he made me.  We should all be happy with the blessings he has given us and I know I need to work on it.

    The funny thing is that this is not a new problem for me.  When I was a kid I used to stress about how small I was.  I was what you would call a “late bloomer.”  I relate to this image because there was even a time when my sister, who is three years younger than me, was almost as tall as me.  I used to stress out so much because I thought she was going to be taller than me.  Of course, that never actually happened, but, even if it did it should not matter.  Does it really matter if you are taller than someone?


  5. September 18, 2012

    Always Looking Back

    Always Looking Back

    Recently, I have started realizing that I have an issue with alway looking back.  I ask myself questions like “What if,” “Why did I do that,” “I should have done this,” “If only I did that.”  It is a funny thing because there really is nothing I can do about the past.  Isn’t that the whole thing with grace?  God has forgiven us our past and everything happens for a reason.  It is all part of his plan.  If only I really lived like that all the time.  I think things would be a lot easier at times.


  6. September 11, 2012

    Smiling in Heaven

    Smiling in Heaven

    A couple weeks ago we got the very unexpected sad news that my Aunt Paula had passed away at the young age of 63.  Thankfully she passed away peacefully in her sleep.  Now, Aunt Paula and I were not incredibly close.  She was my Aunt and I loved her but she moved to Lebanon when I was young so I never really had a close relationship with her.  I am very sad for all the family she left behind including my cousins and their kids as well as my Aunt Lucy and my Dad.  I know it must be incredibly difficult to lose a family member like that.  My wife and I continue to pray for all of them.

    So, I am sure you are thinking it is rather odd to do a drawing of a smiling face during this sad time.  When I was thinking of what I could draw to remember her I thought about how restless her life was.  How she was always moving around and trying new things looking for happiness.  The reason for the smiley face is I know she knew the Lord and I know that finally she is no longer restless.  I believe she is sitting right next to our creator with a big smile on her face.  Here is to an eternity of happiness for her.


  7. September 10, 2012

    Achievements

    Achievements

    This summer I truly enjoyed watching the London Olympic Games.  I have to admit that I really pushed for this guy seen in my drawing (see if you can guess who it is) to become the all time greatest Olympian.  Ok, I might have given it away with that clue, lol.  Sadly, I also found myself thinking about how young some of the athletes are.  I found myself thinking about how much they have achieved at such a young age compared to what I have achieved at my age.

    It caused me to really start think about achievements.  Is being the best at your sport and receiving money, awards, and publicity what makes you successful?  100 years from now will that matter?  What has really hit me hard but that is also hard to understand is that these achievements don’t matter.  What matters is how we loved others and our relationship with Jesus.  Some how I always find myself getting caught up in the worldly achievements.  I wonder why that is.

     


  8. September 6, 2012

    Old Times

    Old Times

    This past weekend I had the unexpected pleasure of getting to spend some time with an old college friend of mine, Keone Silva, and his family.  We actually met early on in college in our drawing class.  Being the competitive person that I am I remember scanning the room for other talented artists, lol.  Keone sat right next to me and he is the one that really caught my eye.  He has some amazing raw talent.  Of course, we ended up being the last two to leave the classroom almost every day.  In fact, at times our teacher had to tell us we were working too hard and needed to leave.  Anyways, we struck up a great friendship which only strengthened once I found out that he is a fellow believer.  He is a little older than me and already had a family when we were in college.  Not only was he an artistic inspiration but he was also a great role model for me.

    So, just to clarify, this drawing is not of us.  I was searching for an image of an art class where they used the seats that we used in our class.  I came across this really old picture, you can tell by the haircuts and clothing, and I though it was perfect because it really does seem that long ago.

    Here is to reconnecting with a great college friend and role model.

    P.S.  I know it has been way too long since my last post.  Life just gets crazy some times.  Maybe I should change the name from 365 sketch to 165 sketch, lol.


  9. August 14, 2012

    A Surreal Time With My Family

    A Surreal Time With My Family

    This past weekend my parents came all the way from Houston to visit us.  We were so excited to spend some quality time with them and I was also happy for them to finally meet our puppy, Hank.  It was an extra special time because my Mom was celebrating her birthday.  Christy and I had a plan for all the things we could do together and how we could make Mom’s Birthday special.

    The funny thing about getting to spend time with family or really going on a vacation is how fast it all goes by.  Whenever it is over I find myself always a little sad and wishing we could start the weekend all over again.

    On Sunday we took Mom and Dad to see the new Salvador Dali exhibit in St Pete.  One of Dali’s most famous depictions is of a melting clock.  Apparently, as a surrealist, Dali was fascinated with the concept of time and what possibly happens outside of time.

    As an ode to Dali, I did this drawing depicting our time together and some of the things we did.  I also chose to do it in a surreal dreamlike way.

    It was great seeing you both Mom and Dad.


  10. August 9, 2012

    Need Energy!

    Need Energy!

    I have never really used an energy pill or drink before.  In fact, I don’t even use coffee in the morning to keep me awake.  Right now I might be second guessing that decision.  This has been a long and very busy week.  I think I mentioned this before but I am truly blessed to have so much work.  At the same time, it really can take it out of you.  Thank God I am taking a long weekend.  Did I mention my parents will be in town.  We are so excited to see them.