June 27, 2012
The last couple days we have been dealing with flooding in the Tampa Bay area. This drawing is a drawing from the flooding that took place on Bayshore. For those of you that do not know Tampa, Bayshore is the street right along the Tampa Bay that leads from South Tampa into Downtown. In the drawing you can see columns. Those columns are actually the divide between the bay and the street.
So, what really hits me with this image is that the person is relaxing on a floaty in the water where street used to be. This person took a potentially stressful and overwhelming situation and made it fun. I have noticed that there are certain people like that. I admire these types of people because they are always positive no matter what life throws at them.
The other thing that I really find interesting about this drawing is I had no idea that Bayshore was that flooded and I only live a few streets in from the bay. I wonder how often that is true in our lives. How often do we choose to ignore the difficulties of the people around us when we should be aware and helping where we can.
June 25, 2012
Joe kindly wanted to do his sketch in honor of a dear friend and Gator who passed away this morning.
Psalm 30:5 – “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”
Drew was such a contagiously joyful friend to all. When I heard about the accident that happened earlier today, I just could not wrap my head around it. The only comfort in this time of such sadness is that Drew is indeed up in heaven looking down upon us all. Please say a prayer for the MacLean family, the wife, the unborn baby, the brother and parents who are mourning the loss of this great man.
June 21, 2012
Before this sketch site began and even before I went to college I had this passion for art. If you were to look back at my notes from high school you would find random sketches on almost every page. In high school I was honestly not the best artist in my class. I was in the advanced classes but there were always a lot of other students that were better. My big break finally came during my senior year. In Houston, Texas, where I grew up, there is a very big art contest called the Rodeo Art Contest. I never really did that well in that contest until that year. That year not only did I do well but I actually won Best of Show for my school district.
Now, you are probably wondering why I am telling you all this. Well, the prisma color drawing that won best of show was a drawing of a pig in a pen. Thanks to my Dad’s creativity we ended up calling the piece “Don’t Eat Me Feed Me.” Also, that award qualified me for an interview for a great art camp where I had the privilege of training under a professional painter and sculptor for 15 days. It was a great experience for me. Here is to pig drawings and the doors they open.
June 20, 2012
Don’t you ever feel like everyone is looking at you? Really just analyzing what you are doing, your successes and failures, and the way you conduct yourselves? Do you worry about what those people are thinking? Do you want to please everyone?
If you answered yes to the above questions do I have the product for you…
Actually I do not have any product for you. It is something I really do struggle with. I know I should just look up but sometimes I look side to side too much. I feel like people analyze my life like this duck seems to be doing. The truth is it doesn’t matter and I know that. The problem is it is a lot easier to say than to act out on a day to day basis.
It would be nice to just try to please God and not all the people around us. What a relief that would be.
June 20, 2012
I love that this frog just seems relaxed. Even though life is not perfect and it is raining it doesn’t bother him. He is still just chilling on his leaf content with his situation. Man, sometimes I wish I had that type of mentality. I think that in that situation I would be trying to find some shelter.
June 18, 2012
Yesterday was Father’s Day. A day that I know I am very thankful for because I can not thank God enough for the father he has blessed me with.
In church our pastor gave us a great illustration of what a father should be. He used a vary moving moment in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Derek Redmond, one of the favorites to metal in the 400 meter, tore his hamstring half way through the race. After a short minute on the ground he decides to get up and hop the rest of the way to the finish line. Down the final stretch a man breaks through security to help him the rest of the way. That man was his Dad (You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nifq3Ke2Q30).
What a beautiful picture of what a dad should be. In fact, that is a beautiful picture of who my Dad is. When I think about my Dad I think about a man who has always been by my side during the good and bad times. He is a man who encouraged me to do the things that I am passionate about but he is also a man who is there for me when things are tough.
When I was 8 years old I was hit by a car and ended up breaking my femur. I had to endure traction for 2 1/2 weeks and I also was in a body cast for a whole summer. What really sticks with me during that rough year is how my Dad was there for me. He was in the hospital almost every single night by my side helping me through all the pain I had to deal with.
My Dad is the Dad I hope to be some day. Happy Fathers Day Dad and thank you to all the dads out there who are there by their children’s sides in all phases of their lives. You are all important and I know your children are thankful for the men you are.
June 16, 2012
I personally struggle a lot with wanting certain things in life. I always think about getting that first house, or having that job or income that is going to provide security for Christy and myself, and other things that I have expectations and desires for. Of course the older I get the more frustrated I get when I realize I am no closer to attaining these things. The sad part is that I put so much pressure on myself that I forget to “let go and let God.” We all have to trust that God is going to provide and that what we think we need is not necessarily what God knows we actually need.
The objects hanging in the drawing represent those items I wish to attain. I did them in the style of a hanging car air freshener because air fresheners exists to make the air fresher. I know, that is a profound statement. In the same way we desire certain things in life because we too think they are going to make the air in our life smell a litter fresher and a little better. The truth is that sometimes these things are not exactly what we need. They may make us just gag and cough. Has anyone ever experienced that with a car air freshener? I know I have.
June 14, 2012
My wife and I have started looking around for our first home. We have seen some really nice houses which seem to be a little outside of our budget and we have seen some very sad looking foreclosures. It really got me thinking about foreclosures and what they mean. I started thinking about the story behind the home. The home didn’t always look that bad. A series of circumstances led to that point. Once that home had a beautiful paint job. There were probably kids laughing and playing in the yard, maybe there was even some friends over enjoying some bbq.
It is kind of sad that something that was once so full of life is now abandoned and forgotten. I also wonder what happened to the people who lived there. Are they ok? Are they out of a job and struggling or have they figured out away to turn things around. I guess a foreclosed home is another example that life can be hard. Things happen that are out of our control. Once again we have to rely on faith, knowing that God will guide and protect us even when things seem really bad.
June 11, 2012
I feel like in the last couple years the stache has really made a come back. In most of the popular stores, like Urban Outfitters, you will see things like stache shirts, staches that you can wear, or stache mugs. Also there are apps out there that give you the ability to add a stache to any of your smart phone images.
No one has embraced the stache come back more than this guy. Apparently there is actually a world beard and moustache championships. Now, I don’t think this guy was the actual winner but he is high on the list. It is a pretty nice moustache. God knows I couldn’t grow one of those if my life depended on it. Anyways if you see him on the street don’t judge him. We are all interesting and unique people and we like to express it in different ways.
June 8, 2012
This is a drawing I have been working on over the past two days. I did it for my good friends Aaron and Becky Huebner. They have two pet sugar gliders and they sent me some really fun pictures of them to draw. This particular one is perched on the top of Aaron’s head. Can you say bad hair day?