THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

Casting a new line

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I’m in the final two years preparing for my new career, not much time. I’ll blink my eyes and it will be here and that is fine with me because the sooner I get to it, the better chance I have of getting proficient at it. This part-time effort is fun and frustrating.

The only frustration is knowing that I could do better with some time. I’m glad I started years ago. Photos I used to be proud of I now think about going back and shooting again. A million ideas of projects near and far, big and small. Starting some carving and etching projects again feels inspiring as they come to life.

As confidence grows with some small projects I look to challenge myself with new ideas. And there is something therapeutic about having a piece of sandpaper or a drill or Dremel tool in your hands.

Working on writing about something meaningful to people. Investing time in learning more about a subject matter and conveying that in words and images. And then there is a medium I really should be doing more with and that is video.

All these wonderful dreams and ideas and thoughts. And I sit here covered in sanding dust wishing I have time to accomplish them all. And while that is a pipe dream, maybe something I leave half done will inspire one of my children or grandchildren to pick it up someday.

Many mornings I look around and feel like a kid in a candy store. I look at a pad of Grumbacher paper and my pastels nest to it. Closer to me sit my tripods, one with a video camera and one with a digital camera. A beautiful color printer to my left.

I walk into my workroom and the beginning of a woodworking and etching/engraving station is taking place. And the tried and true trusty laptop that I bang out words and images, which sits on my father’s office desk is raring and ready to roll each day. Life is good even with limited time.

All I need now is the blessing of a full-time effort in the future.

More Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I’m always amazed when I turn the calendar to the last month of the year. It really causes me to pause.
  • The true test of a good song is if it still makes the hair on your neck stand up decades later.
  • Advice from an old friend who is very sick. Spend time with family and friends and take advantage of every minute of life.
  • A difficult choice this weekend, do I overdose on college or pro sports or both? You know, I think sleep might win out tonight.

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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