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A fresh start after being absent for so, so long
March 28, 2022
A fresh Start, new beginnings.
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Here's your latest edition of Easy Oils Blast! A blast of new information, paintings and demonstrations in oil painting.
And hopefully a much needed break from the hustle and stresses of life as we know it today.
I've been told that not pushing out a newsletter at least once a month is really bad for business. It's probably true, but this website is here for those that wish to create, and that's enough for me to see a regular growth in the newsletter sign ups, and traffic to the website.
You see, our Creator made us in His image. And as human beings, we are indeed creators ourselves. Some create in the kitchen, some in the garden, we all, as human beings have this inner need to create. It also has played an important role in our survival as a species.
And talking about survival. Each one of us knows someone that we have lost to this epidemic. I pray for your continued safety in that regard. And just when things seemed to be getting back to normal, war breaks out. My heart breaks for the Ukranian people.
Having a Mom and a Mom-in-law both involved in WWII and the stories they remember of fleeing their homes in the middle of the night, Sulphur burns from artillery shells to light up the night skies. Bombs that destroyed neighbors homes and a school. These memories are never forgotten, or the aggressors that formed them.
Hopefully these things will end soon, but knowing history, it will be but for a short time.
Changing up to reflect on the last year here on our home front. Being grandparents is quite the switch. Trips are planned to visit these younglings as much as we can. Being empty nesters too is a bit of a change. The house is just way too quiet. And as a Dad, I can't tell you how much I miss my kids. But that's our job right? Raise em up, and send them on.
And they are amazing human beings. Each one living a life that helps and serves others, making an impact on the communities in which they live. Can't tell I'm a proud Dad, right?
We also lost our first Puppy, Molly. She was 16 years old, and I can't believe how hard it effected me. If you've ever seen the movie, I think it was called Marly, about a yellow lab and all the trouble he got into, well, that describes Molly. She was more like a cat with 9 lives than a dog. 3 emergency trips to the Vet for eating things that toxic to dogs. Like a cold pack left in a chair for treating back aches (it contained anti-freeze). Then the whole bag of chocolate chip cookies during a birthday party (chocolate is toxic). The final thing that took her away from us was simply old age. Renal failure. It was hard to watch, but in her final hours the little wag of her tail said she was still happy to see us and be near us.
Her sister (a white Canaan Dog) kept looking for her for days, but has finally settled into the new routine. She too is now 16 years old and going deaf. But our walks together are good for the both of us.
Why all this personal stuff on an oil painting teaching site. Well, to give you a better picture of who I am, and where I come from. With modern technology today, a lot of websites are manufactured by AI (artificial intelligence), yup, even newsletters and advertisements. I mean whole websites!
So, this is simply to let you know I am indeed a human being and not an alien from Mars, or created by Watson (intel's supercomputer).
From how to create your painting faster and maintaining their longevity.
To exploring different ways to paint, different subject matter and different ways to keep you safe within the studio (i.e. solventless painting).
And a few new eBooks. These seem to be popular in spite of the fact that most folks like video.
I guess there are still folks that can consume information better while reading than waiting for the ads to cycle through on the YouTube video, and/or watching a 30 minute informercial waiting for the sales pitch to only find out what you knew when you clicked on it, that it's probably a scam.
I close with this, I'm reminded of the Phoenix. (as a Harry Potter fan, in one of the movies it depicted a wonderful example) We can indeed rise from the ashes.
While renovating the home studio, Molly pays a visit wanting a treat.
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