Please Walk With Me Today

walkwithme

walkwithme

Walk With Me – (18″ x 24″ Acrylic and Enamel on masonite)

It’s early. Walk with Me. Alone. Walk with me. A wounded soul crys out in the dark. Walk with me. I’ll never forget and I’ll Never quit. Walk with me. Over and around fences, through fears, and despite hate. Walk with Me. With love, with Kindness, with Peace,  as friends. Walk with Me.  I pray one day, perhaps today you’ll walk with me. – TMNK

Where do I go from here…

wheretogo

wheretogo

I love creating art, and I love meeting new and interesting people. But my life has once again brought me to a crossroad. So many questions, and my heart, yearns for answers. If I were Picasso, then this would be my “blue” period. At times I summon the creative forces of the universe just to paint a smile on my face.

Return To Sender

thegift

thegift

 

I paint higher than I can reach. Great gifts, and friends have been placed along my path. At times, I’ve been too busy to notice, sometimes clumsily, carelessly, other times arrogantly I’ve hurt or disappointed the bearers of these gifts. So, each day I try to do better. No goody-two-shoes here, Mother Teresa and Ghandi I’m not. But, I’ve never forgotten the gifts, or the kind people that were them or gave them. I fail a lot, still, I like to think I try. It  just feels better when I try. 

 

Go ahead, try, you just may find yourself smiling on the inside. – TMNK

Friendship Is A Gift Not Easily Returned

goldenmoment

goldenmoment

It begins with with the seeds of kindness, thoughtfulness, and blossoms into an unexpected friend. I try to plant new seeds, and water the flowers that grow in the concrete near my feet. Yet at times I’m clumsy, trampling over my own garden. So I try again, to plant new seeds, and to be a better gardner, a better person. Why? It makes me smile inside. It’s the reason I gave Whit the painting I had done of him on the ferry. Its, the reason I give without expecting, not needing anything in return. Thank you Whit for letting me know I made you smile. And Thank YOU for the kindness that you showed me. Now I paint and sometimes for no apparent reason a thought, a gift. Yet there is a reason, friendship is a gift not easily returned. I’m trying.

Face Painting Is Fun

smile

smile

 

So I took the creative liberty to paint a smile on a few faces today (wink). Seems that giving from the he(art) works just as well as paint (and not quite as messy), and my adult subjects seemed to enjoy participating in this spontaneous art project. I had fun too,  bringing a bit of unexpected sunshine into your day. So, have a great day tomorrow, and don’t forget to SMILE. – TMNK

The Human Element: The power of “Giving”

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human_element

Although not listed on the periodic table, I believe the  element of kindness and giving, the ”Human Element”, to be amongst the most powerful.

The “Human Element” can change hearts, minds,  and lives. There is even scientific proof that the human element has been responsible for changing the world. It can be found, in it’s simplest form, in the kind words we express to each other. But the “human element” has the potential to be exponentially powerful when expressed as actions.

 

Such was the transformative experience for this artist (and the inspiration for this painting) when someone recently took the time to listen, before giving me an unexpected gift, a warm and sincere hug. And that’s when I began to wonder about the untapped power of “giving”,  of the potential power to create change by giving something unexpectedly to someone. Random acts of kindness, the human element, multiplied by all of us, just a thought – or is it?

You Are Special People

On my journey as an artist I’ve been blessed to meet so many incredibly special people, with kind and generous hearts. I’ve tried to express my appreciation with words and actions. But, far from perfect, at times self absorbed, I’ve unintentionally looked over some  special people too. And for that I sincerely apologize. 

 

Please know your feedback matters, as much as your support. I listen. As my goal is to not only become a better artist, but a better person. 

Thank you. – TMNK