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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

A stroke of genius

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So when will that brushstroke of genius come around? Well, the first thing I have to do is pick up the brush. But what canvas to use? Should I keep it real by trying to capture the beauty of what Mother Nature has provided and the uniqueness of each of us with a camera or should I get that blank sheet of paper and check for my hand-eye coordination and whatever the imagination brings my hand to move in?

Just like life, it’s okay to paint with different brushes. Photo by Mike Hartley

Or some 3-dimensional thinking with some wood or stone and the Dremel tool? Maybe a few hundred pages of words in a book I write. Or trying to get with the current times and doing more video work. Maybe a little local journalism but then again that might put a target on me and I don’t want that anywhere near my family.

Whatever it is that I might be successful at, I hope it touches someone.

Illustration by Mike Hartley

The Dentist

Besides my cancer check visits, the dentist is my least favorite medical visit. Not because I don’t like them, I do. My hygienist has the best touch of anyone I’ve ever been to and has cared for my teeth for decades. And the dentist is a long-time neighbor and friend of mine. I love the location also in my favorite small town Ellicott City.

So it looks like I’ll get a chance to do some shooting next week with a follow-up appointment from today’s cleaning.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I can dig it says the gardener. Damn shovel says the weekend warrior.
  • I don’t feel compelled to fill everyone’s needs anymore.
  • Some late-night shooting is in order. With a camera you guys, don’t panic.
  • Sweet sixteen weekend.

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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