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Happy New Year!

Well it’s January 6th 2017! Christmas is over (yes we observe all 12 days and celebrate several day within those 12 days. Last night being Twelfth Night was really nice just the family this year, it was perfect). Anyway…I wrote my resolutions for the new year (11 so far) during our annual viewing of Gentlemen Broncos on New Years eve, I’m putting away our Christmas decorations, and cleaning up the studio after the busiest time of my art/buisness year. And once i have space in my studio to get to work its will be time to start it all over. 🙂 I’m really looking forward to getting back to work painting for my show “My World and Welcome to it.” opening February 3, 2017 at Brass Works Gallery. See the poster below for more info.

So one thing I decided, around the second or third day of Christmas (my feelings hurt and kind of blue) was, to limit my posts on FB. I still like the ability to connect to a large group of people and to stay in touch with folks I might not stay in touch with offline, but like many people I have bouts with depression, anxiety, and anger, more so when I haven’t slept and or rested. This is when I find my filters, and tools I use to stay mentally healthy falter, are forgotten, or ignored. The main tool of course, the practice of staying present. (If you are unfamiliar with this, I like to think of it as a form of perpetual meditation, a state in which you stop thinking, but just exist. No future, no past, just now, because really that is all there is. NOW! Anyway, being that I had been busy, busy, busy, not getting a lot of sleep, not using my light therapy, and probably having a bit more libations then usual, I had slowly let my guard down, my skin thinned, and I found Face Book to be too much. Politics, evil in the world, stupidity (the real kind not the funny kind) and mediocrity, the list goes on. I thought, Thomas… its time to make your world smaller…for a while at least. Time to exist here, now. Time to be, for the lack of a better word selfish. My number one priority is myself, my family, and my closest friend. FB, the news (especially on FB), Politics (especially on FB), All those organizations that want money (especially on FB and email), all the horrors and inhumanities (seen especially on FB), all the disasters, natural and otherwise (made aware of usually on FB)… let em go, let all that disappear… make my world small.

I’m not gonna be posting much on FB for awhile. I’ll still try and post things on my Art Page however so keep checking there. I will be trying to use my blog here more often, for sure. BTW, if you haven’t noticed, i think its quite obvious, I’m not a writer, I can’t spell great, (however I think it’s improving), I often forget to use proper grammar, especially when I’m wiring on the computer, and last but not least… On my blog, I will be doing very little proof reading so unless it’s really bad or a super repetitive mistake, don’t bother to point these mistakes out, I’ll try to fix things as I see them. Ok well time to get back to work! Happy New Year!