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Been reading some Arthur C Clarke lately and I've been drawing a bit of inspiration from his writings. If you haven't read any of his sci-fi I suggest you check it out. Brilliant, addicting stuff.  Oddly I didn't start with his classic 2001 a Space Odyssey (www.goodreads.com/book/show/70…), instead I started with Rendezvous with Rama (www.goodreads.com/book/show/11…) which is a great concept involving a sort of cylindrical space ark arriving in our solar system. Currently I'm in the middle of his book The Wind from the Sun (www.goodreads.com/book/show/14…) which is a collection of short stories he wrote in the 1960s. On top of that I'm also reading Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (www.goodreads.com/book/show/61…) by Carl Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan, which is all at once about space, human history, and philosophy.

P.S.
I highly recommend this star brush set geosammy.deviantart.com/art/24… for GIMP by Geosammy :icongeosammy: I've found it quite useful and think anyone doing space art in GIMP should snag it!
  • Listening to: Eclectic mix of stuff
  • Reading: The Wind from the Sun by Arthur C Clarke
  • Watching: The Universe and Star Trek TNG
  • Eating: white fudge
  • Drinking: Mt Dew
Created myself a small little water mark to add to my space pics. Probably going to start updating some of my older ones with it. You can see it in my newest work here: coelophysis83.deviantart.com/a…
  • Listening to: Eclectic mix of stuff
  • Reading: Does it Matter by Alan Watts
  • Watching: Deep Space Nine
  • Playing: Angry Birds Seasons
  • Eating: Halloween candy
  • Drinking: Mt Dew
Uploaded a couple sketches from my sketchbook and a new space piece. Hope you all like them. As always more coming soon. I got a few ideas floating around in my head I really want to start working on. On top of a blog  I want to start...which I need to get around to doing...and writing content for...
  • Listening to: Eclectic mix of stuff
  • Reading: Does it Matter by Alan Watts
  • Watching: Deep Space Nine
  • Playing: Angry Birds Seasons
  • Eating: Halloween candy
  • Drinking: Mt Dew
I'll be posting it later tomorrow...I mean today (seeing as it is 12:39am) when it drys. Tried going for a slight Chinese influence on the style, but didn't quite achieve the look, so my dream of making a painting with of viking ship with a Chinese like style overall is still a dream...yet one must practice, one must practice. Screw practice, one must learn...wait learning involves practice...whatever...I give up...time to go read and browse art or something.

P.S. Thanks to everyone who has favorited my Have You...hailed Thor today pic! Bizarrely well liked, but hey it's all groovy!
  • Listening to: Eclectic mix of stuff
  • Reading: The Book of Tea
  • Playing: mahjong
  • Eating: Mike and Ikes
  • Drinking: Snapple
Been doing a lot thinking about where I am spiritually in life lately. I don't think I'll ever have a set spiritual path, but lately I've been blending elements of Asatru, aka, Norse paganism or heathenism, with elements of Taoism and Zen Buddhism because it works for me. Sort of eclectic, but whatever.

On another spiritual note, I became an official priest of Dudeism (dudeism.com/) back in February, which is inspired by the character of the Dude from the Big Lebowski (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_…), zen, and Taoism. It even has it's own version of the Tao Teh Ching (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tao_Te_C…), The Dude De Ching (dudeism.com/thedudedeching/). Cool thing is with my priestly status I can legally perform marriages and other priestly duties, assuming that wherever I live accepts my official priesthood, which the county where I live in my state does.

Anyways I think my conclusion I was trying to get to in this post is that between my spiritual influences, I would have to say I'm headed for Dudehalla when I die...sort of a blend of nirvana, Valhalla, and paradise in general...in my mind...but it sounds cool!
  • Listening to: New age/zen music mix
  • Reading: H.P. Lovecraft stuff and The Nature of Asatru
  • Watching: random stuff
  • Playing: Rune
  • Eating: cookies
  • Drinking: Dr Pepper
I do more art then journal entries...last one was in July...eh...whatever. Just plugging away at life, doing whatever...moved into a groovy manufactured home I'm now buying, in the lovely quaint town of Forest Grove, Oregon and yeah. Cool stuff...
  • Listening to: New age/zen music mix
  • Reading: Stuff on me Kindle
  • Watching: random stuff
  • Playing: Rune
  • Eating: junk
  • Drinking: root beer
It's tomorrow...I have kids...I get to go to work though. Why...cuz people without kids get the day off apparently. But whatever...I just earned 28 bucks and bought a Dylan cd.
  • Listening to: Bob Dylan
  • Reading: Stuff on me Kindle
  • Watching: Stargate SG1
  • Eating: junk
  • Drinking: Red Bridge
Been awhile since my last journal update. Nothing much to report. Never got around to doing the Chinese style art...intend to, but procrastination, family life, and work can make schedules pretty busy...but whatever.
  • Listening to: What fits my mood...
  • Reading: More then one book
  • Watching: Star Trek and X-files
  • Playing: Mahjong
  • Eating: corn chips
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew!
Yep, I haven't gotten around to buying them yet. Most likely will pick them up this Friday, especially if I want to try my hand the Chinese style of painting I've been looking into. It requires good brushes, pointy brushes, plus I also need a good one for doing washes.

In the meantime I'm going to keep plodding on and fighting the good fight...whatever that is. I think I'm going to scrounge around home for some old paper bags and try doing some primitive looking petroglyphs in chalk pastel. Should be fun...and messy...
  • Listening to: What fits my mood...
  • Reading: More then one book
  • Watching: Star Trek and X-files
  • Playing: Mahjong
  • Eating: corn chips
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew!
While working on the "When Saucers Attack" image today I realized that I need some new paint brushes. Mine are old, beat up, and don't control the paint as well as I'd like. Time to hit the craft store on Friday I believe. Thankfully I don't only work with just water colors.
  • Listening to: What fits my mood...
  • Reading: More then one book
  • Watching: Star Trek and Hellraiser
  • Playing: Mahjong
  • Eating: corn chips
  • Drinking: Vanilla Pepsi made with whipped cream vodka!
Huzzah! It's here. I've been waiting for it anxiously since I ordered it. Can't wait to dig into the goodies awaiting me within and apply some of the techniques to my watercolor painting.

Also I'm getting slowly closer to being an old fart (as if my 6 year old doesn't try to rub that in by calling me an "old man" every other day) meaning I'll be 29yo tomorrow (1-24).

Anyways expect new watercolor art up soon!
  • Listening to: What fits my mood...
  • Reading: More then one book
  • Watching: Star Trek and Hellraiser
  • Playing: Mahjong
  • Eating: corn chips
  • Drinking: Vanilla Pepsi made with whipped cream vodka!
I'm a big fan of Taoism (Daoism) and anything to do with China or Asia in general, so I just bought myself a book on Chinese art from Amazon.com which should be here in the next few days. From the reviews and descriptions it sounds like it covers not only the art, but a lot on Chinese philosophy. Should be fun!
  • Listening to: What fits my mood...
  • Reading: Destiny's Road by Larry Niven
  • Watching: Nothing in particular
  • Playing: Mahjong
  • Eating: cooking homemade tater soup! Yum!
  • Drinking: Kool-aid
Looking over my art, it's clear to me that my work reflects whatever mood I'm in. It's quite random actually, jumping from one subject to another, and sometimes settling on a subject for quite awhile. I would love to see my interests manifest into their own world where we have vikings from Oregon traveling the stars in search of Asian style dragon sages, while battling dinosaurs from the past lead by Cthulhu who is bent on taking over all reality. It'd have a nifty Viking and Black \m/etal soundtrack, with some new age and epic sweeping musical scores thrown in for good measure.
  • Listening to: Viking \m/etal and mellow stuff
  • Reading: I'll get back to you on that one...
  • Watching: Black Adder
  • Playing: Mahjong
  • Eating: Spheghetti
  • Drinking: fruit punch
Having more and more fun with digital stuff. Although I'm going to be doing a bit more traditional stuff soon as well. Expect a mix between space/sci-fi themes, Asian, and random drawings coming up, digital and non digital.
  • Listening to: Viking \m/etal and mellow stuff
  • Reading: I'll get back to you on that one...
  • Watching: Mars Needs Moms...good movie
  • Playing: Mahjong
  • Eating: Stuff...of all types...
  • Drinking: Coke
Been having a blast with the planet making, just need to figure out galaxies now! Time to hit that Google search button!
  • Listening to: Metal, movie scores, and mellow stuff.
  • Reading: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke
  • Watching: Firefly, Black Books, and space documentries
  • Playing: Duke Nukem 3d and DooM 2
  • Eating: Stuff...of all types...
  • Drinking: Mt. Dew!
In sci-fi mood...so expect some spacey stuff. :D
  • Listening to: Metal, movie scores, and mellow stuff.
  • Reading: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke
  • Watching: Firefly, Black Books, and space documentries
  • Playing: Duke Nukem 3d and DooM 2
  • Eating: Peanut butter cookies
  • Drinking: lots of coffee...and I mean lots...
I'm going to be getting my scanner up and running again soon so I can upload some old drawings and sketches I did a few years ago. Other then that, expect random updates whenever I get around to it. :)
  • Listening to: Sigur Ros
  • Reading: The October Scenario
  • Watching: Skins
  • Playing: Night of the Cephalopods
  • Eating: Caramel Corn Rice Cakes
  • Drinking: Water...plain old tap water
My newest pic has lots of legs, cuz it's a centipede and they have those.

Also when I get my scanner up again I'm gonna upload some old drawings and stuff of mine that I found. I have really good ones to put up.
  • Listening to: Whatever I pick from my playlist.
  • Reading: Star Wars Republic Commando: Hard Contact
  • Watching: Ghost Hunters
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Classic
2 new pictures today! Lol. Maybe it's time to do something like my old dino paintings again. Hmmm...perhaps tomorrow since it's my day off. Anyways enjoy the pics.
  • Listening to: Whatever I pick from my playlist.
  • Reading: Star Wars Republic Commando: Hard Contact
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Classic
Hehe I love spiders. This guy was kinda creepy though.
  • Listening to: Misc. movie scores
  • Reading: Star Wars Republic Commando: Hard Contact
  • Watching: AVP Requiem
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Classic