Beauty is a level up

When my son was little, he and I used to make up all these characters. We both had good guys and bad guys. I had one guy named Mean Gene. He would beat up random peasants just to get more experience points. Of course with enough experience points, you level

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3 Other Things I love

Some folks base their identities off of what they hate. For instance, I see a lot of people on social media base their identity off of hating a certain politician or a sports team. I genuinely feel sorry for people like that. Their lives are so meaningless that instead of

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Opium Tales drinks good liquor

Liquor for May

I’ve heard that general blogs are going out of fashion. That blogs should be specific, and follow a general theme. You know what? I don’t care. For one, I’m not one to follow rules. For another, pardon my French, but as much as I love watercolors, I’m not going to

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Looking forward to 2021

You know the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people? Successful people have long-term goals. Unsuccessful people don’t. “But what about Jim? He’s going great and is totally random.” Congratulations guy. You found the exception to the rule. I’m speaking generally. You’re always going to find that one guy who

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A bourbon rambling

I’m sitting here, looking at my blog and realizing I simply don’t write enough articles. So, I decided to drink a lot of bourbon and write something. Anything. Just to have an article. Will this be any good? Who knows. But you know what? It will be honest. Totally uncensored.

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Artistic nudes vs erotica

I didn’t like Impressionism. At all. Until I saw it in real life. That’s the same reason I don’t sell my art online. When you see it in real life, it’s completely different. You’ll have a much greater respect for it. It’s not meant to be seen up close. It’s

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5 Reasons why Watercolors rule

I’ve said before that I’m an unlikely watercolor evangelist. Everyone thinks of Aunt Bessie’s birds and flowers when they think of watercolors. Nobody thinks of nude women. When folks think about nude women, they almost always think of oils. Maybe acrylics, but almost always oils. To be honest though, I

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Inventory of skill sets

I started journaling earlier this year. I used to do it. Then just stopped for years. I don’t know why I stopped, and am really bummed I did. I used to write everything in the journals. Super personal stuff. What I was feeling at the time. I could go back

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