From Ashes to Art Shows

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“Do you do people?” Usually when someone tries to make a conversation at the shows, they invariably mention, “do you do (something you don’t do)” It might be drawing in color, or painting or just an animal they don’t see in the collection. It’s fine, usually I explain that ballpoint pen is a niche that’s getting me a lot of attention… or tell them that it’s something I’d like to get into in the future… or I just politely say “that’s a great idea!” I’ve drawn people before, and much prefer the subtlety and versatility of pencil. Occasionally, something special...

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I really don’t think my mom meant the unfortunate consequences of being helpful. She just didn’t want to see me struggle. You see, I was born a couple of weeks premature. Nothing serious, but I was only five pounds and had to spend some time in an incubator. That’s probably why she called me her “little chicken.” In her arms, and her eyes, I was too fragile to make it on my own. It must’ve been then that she decided I needed to be protected. If anything went wrong, she would “save me” …  if I couldn’t get it done...

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My heartbeat and my art career slowed down after the Help-a-Horse event in Ojai in June 2018… for a few months anyway. Suddenly, everything leaped ahead. Three shows lined up all at once: One only a few blocks from my house Downtown LA, at an event called “Art and Beer”, where they had art … and beer … and… Beverly Hills. Yeah, that Beverly Hills. Only five shows in and I felt like I was hitting the big time. Then HE sauntered in. “He” was nobody I knew, but he knew people I knew… or at least we had mutual...

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“Do you draw horses?” she asked while perusing my booth at my first art show. (No… I mean, I dunno… I never tried… maybe…) “Sure!” I enthused! “Do you have any here?” she asked, while looking over my shoulder. (NO… Of course not… OMG… wait, what if I can’t draw horses??) “Not here, but I certainly can draw them,” I smiled confidently. “Great!” She exclaimed, “We have a horse show up in Ojai in June, come on up!” (Wait, you don’t want to see something first? I mean, what if I really can’t… I mean, I’ve never…) “Sure!” (OMG, what...

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Anyone who has true friends is very lucky. If you’re extremely blessed, you get to have your Guardian Angel as a best friend too. Such is Missy, who appears in my life like a thread that has been binding and shaping my life for decades (don’t worry, dawl, I won’t tell ‘em how many) But let’s just say that she’s played a leading role in every part of my life. Not a single piece of it would be the same had she met Clarence and wished she was never born. It’s truly been a wonderful life, thanks to my angel....

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