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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

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Just strolled by a porch yesterday in Chesapeake City with an interesting decor. Almost like a painting so I grabbed a frame. Doing it with a camera is so much easier than making something like this. I’ve worked with a few artist over the years in the publishing field and they are truly wonders. That internal perspective, the use of line, lighting and color. I would love to be able to paint like I saw some watercolor works on display yesterday. I don’t have that talent or discipline yet. Its one I hope I do have some time to try to develop along with a number of other artistic endeavors.

Painting is much easier with a camera.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m getting to the point of where I’ve stopped beating myself up for what I haven’t done and just trying to do what I can in the time I have each day. I hope some of my work is getting a little beyond amateur. At least its starting to feel like that. I wish I had the time and energy to practice all the crafts I love, discover or rediscover.

Sometimes I ask myself should I be in the workroom practicing etching or out shooting or at the computer writing. Or maybe getting the pastels out and pad, trying to recapture my love of that media. So many opportunities, what a great gift to finally appreciate that I might be capable of making something original that might create enjoyment, knowledge or pleasure. A series of words, a photographic an etching or painting, a video, a thought. All it took was a little courage to get started and be willing to make a lot of public mistakes and learn from them.

As you can see I’m a slow learner but its the journey they say, right? At least its continuing to feel like a fun ride.

So my dilemma today is do I hurry outside to cut the yard before the storms, Go for a ride and do some shooting while the sun is out, stay inside from that oppressive heat and humidity and write in my A/C office? Well, as usual I’m going to try to fit in all 3. Wish me luck, Just wanted to make a post, being I’ve been slack recently.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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