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An Open Letter on Why We Need the NEA

To Anyone Who Thinks We Should Cut the National Endowment for the Arts: Civilization and culture are what happen after someones basic needs are met. They can go forth and be the best that humanity can be, rising above “where is my next meal coming from?” When you look back on cultures throughout history what do you think of? You think of their way of life, perhaps their government, and always their art. Architecture, music, painting, sculpture, writings. We think of who they were, their culture. Not just where on the map they lived. Our culture is what we make as humans that we pass to the next generation, it is the story of who we are as a people. I am a capitalist. I believe that the best things in this life come when you have a government that lets you follow your passion. And lets you serve others to the best of your ability. That service is rewarded with money, which you then have the freedom to spend in the best way you see fit. I believe in a limited government. It should get out of my way because I have things to do. I believe in nice people and in communities that help each other. And, I’m okay if you believe I am wrong. And while all of that is true. While I am a capitalist, and lean heavily towards Libertarianism, I also believe in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). It protects our culture. It promotes our civilization. You want to make America great again? America is already great. You want to cut the...

A Simple Hike

I am really amazed by some of the people and places I see on Instagram. Everyone I follow lately seems to be hiking to the top of a mountain and spending the night in a fire lookout shelter. It can make me feel inadequate. Like I have to be a super adventurous 20-something wearing really cute hiking gear. Unless I get a time machine, this is simply not happening. And that’s okay. In fact, it’s better than okay. Because I have the freedom to be me. To live the life that works for me and my family. Last week this was squeezing in a quick hike. For an hour and a half we enjoyed the Catherdral Hills trails just outside the city limits of Grants Pass. We were out in nature, enjoying ourselves, seeking beautiful vistas. We found a trail that was stroller accessible, so our toddler “hiked” while sitting. It was a great day. It was simple. But the best part was that we did it. Follow me here: Share this...

Exploring Artwork: “Longeuil, Normandie”

Exploring Artworks: My favorite painting in college Lyonel Feininger “Longeuil, Normandie” oil on canvas, painted October 1909 31.75” x 39.75” One day in painting class my professor gave us a task to do. Go into the museum and find our favorite painting and our least favorite painting. I had been to the museum almost daily during the last year and had not ever considered seeing the collection in this frame of mind. But, off I went to the Art Institute of Chicago and saw “Longeuil, Normandie” by Lyonel Feininger. There is a vast array of treasures in the museum, but the great green-yellow sky grabbed me as I walked by. Then I noticed the three guys at the bottom. Such characters! And then the trees, such interesting shapes. Have you seen this painting? Do you love it or hate it? I am providing a link to it on the Art Institute’s website, but the photo doesn’t do it justice. Yet another reminder that art in person is much different then art online. But still worth the look! What is your favorite painting? Hard to choose isn’t it? http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/150071 Follow me here: Share this...

Spring Special for Mother’s Day – Forever Flowers!

I love flowers, but I hate it when they start to droop and drop petals and pollen bits all over my kitchen table. I don’t think I’m alone in this feeling. This has inspired my Spring Special for Mother’s Day. Buy a painting and I will ship it to your mom, gift wrapped, and with a handwritten note with your message! I recommend one of the 6″x6″ wood panels from my 13 Weeks of Spring series. They are easy to hang and there is no framing needed. Mother’s Day is May 10th, 2015. How about flowers that will last forever? Follow me here: Share this...