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charles dana gibson – Google Search – http://pinterest.com/pin/11399805278979700/?s=3&m=wordpress

The Gibson girl was an iconic set of images which impacted the way women dressed and styled their hair for decades. I believe it also affected the way they saw themselves and helped meld a new image and behavior which added to an improvement in situation and lifestyle. This may have also assisted in the attitudes lending themselves to a grester sense of freedom along with more opportunity for education. Tell me i’m wrong. It may just be a feeling i get when i look at them. More respect.
The point being…art has a vast impact on life and the way we see ourselves. More than trends are set through images.

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Full Face

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Faced

Moments before sunrise,
not long before dawn
a new day truely began
as this journey started fresh
in totally crisp, cold air
with white backdrop of snow
looked up to see the source
of this brilliant light’s glow
fully whole moon shone
through tops of stripped trees
naked branches stark revealed
this face once partially obscurred
as wispy tattered clouds pass
shadows left, then disappeared
came to light in lingering night
smiled a face so gleefully at me
shines just as an angel would
to guide a sure path to heaven
saint or sinner mattered never
darkness lifted, inconsequential
for God has said He gave this light
to show all mankind through any darkest night we must traverse
the face seen, a babe so sweet
innocent, round face
Face of infant Jesus
Christmas week fast approached
Gave thanks for so many gifts
gifts given from pure grace alone
spread joy, love, laughter
ever more by morning’s star
help feed the hungry, clothe the poor
assist anyone less fortunate than us

fully whole
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Wood Carvers

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The Carvers

Sit quietly, contemplate; before solitary work begins
Earnestly find truthful studies, subjects learned of
See the flow, ways grains grow in each piece offered
Any tree, once alive, though its sap has quelled and dried…
Gains a new chance, some formed function in conjuntion with life

Begin by removal of all excess, slivers shaved away
Uncover all housed under; beneath blocks or slabs
Sticks chosen have figures hidden under surfaces
Release the secret suns, stars to shine, new moons
Feathered birds appear to fly high when made right

Smoothed surfaces decorated, painted and stained
Carved detail etched, extemporous shards whittled
Away with any mess, you bet; so others see clearly
Beauty is created here for anothers enjoyment also
Excitement grows, pride may swell, work done well

God helps creativity escape from our fingers freed
Weathered hands, yea, tell stories silently: a creed
Blessed, become more well known, through a need
Gab and laugh while we share experiences in deed
Lifetimes multiplied through company others lead

Sharp knives shape lives, cut into depths of wood
Aged flesh and bone begin to sing that spoken of
Stone sharpens awls, tools make grooves, lighten
Forms break through to enlighten ever more often
Experiences given, shared; repeats so many lessons
Learned as written, told in person, willing to listen
For better to hear, see, and feel together, revelation

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Eli’s Farm

Latest painting
Eli’s Farm

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This painting will be the beginning of another blog/web site one of my proffessors from Kent State has encouraged me to do.
Vanishing Barns is a subject close to our hearts.
These big old farm barns are swiftly going by the wayside for many reasons. Age, time, weather, development, and simply the huge expense to keep them from falling in.

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This photo is of a barn belonging to a friend. Ruston has painted a variety of his heros and we met him when we stopped to look.

Mentor and a muse

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We are all students. And we are all teachers. To have mentors and muses is essential to growth. To be a mentor can be one of the most fullfilling experiences there is. To be a muse is to allow another into your inner world long enough to allow them to learn the art of the way you live, the spiritual connection of life. Your open mindedness and willingness to be of service can give hope, and fire the imagination of others. This is the imperitive if we are to change the world and life here on earth!
We can learn beautiful lessons from children in the simplicity of their delight and wonder. The eagerness and enthusiasm can be contagious.    We can also help to teach them the skills it takes to live successfully. Our experience is essential in assisting others to avoid mistakes ahead of time just as it is important in lovingly instructing another in a very good way to accomplish a task.
  Then we must let go to allow them to find thier own special way to execute this, thier own creative expression.

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Our parents and siblings, friends and relations, along with all those teachers, ministers, instructors and professors who patiently guide us…
I honor and commend you and am glad to say, to always be on the ‘lookout’ for more fabulous examples is exciting in its scope!

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