Friday, March 6, 2009

I Care You're There

I'm not real big on awards, praise and recognition. Those things are nice, I suppose, and may help your paintings fetch a few more coins, but I'd rather have a pizza. Awards and praise, I've found, can be like little goblins, nibbling away at the pillars of your humility. I do, however, enjoy nice comments on my blog..they delight and encourage me, and inspire me to do more than I thought I could...and have fun along the way.

I like to go "blog hopping" and see what new masterpieces are posted and what people are saying. It's like stepping into a new world each day and seeing that the Creator was gracious enough to change the scenery. When I do my visiting, I usually find that a few regular "Blog Amigos" have already made the scene. I'm tickled purple to see that others have taken the time and effort to visit and comment. That is sharing.

There has been a lot of "Awards" and tagging going around...and that's all well and good. But the importance of COMMENTS got me to thinking. Usually, when I think, I fall asleep..but not so this time. I have created a new "thingie" called "I CARE YOU'RE THERE", that I hope has enough hot air to float. It's not an award, but rather a "keepsake". I created a poem (Below) that accompanies the logo.

I had some folks come visit, my humble little blog
And leave a thoughtful comment, 'bout the painting I had logged.

I don't know how to tell them, or even where to start,
Of the wondrous gift they gave me, bringing joy to my heart

Some days are dark and lonely...I feel that life's a bore
But those simple words of kindness, have brought sunshine to my door.

The rules are simple...if this keepsake gets passed to two (2) blogger artists you admire and feel that they care...write a short bit about them and their site, link em, attach the Logo (and the poem, hopefully) and pass it on to them to do likewise. 2 to 2 to 2. I have chosen the first two recipients as Sheila Tajima and Edward Burton. (Tough decision)

Edward Burton
The artwork from Ed's palette is in a league of its own. He handles color, detail and compositional quality as if he was born with a brush in his hand. I study his works to see if I can gain some pointers. But beyond his talent, lies a deep sense of humanity that shows not only in his art, but in his blog commentary and the sparkling bits of encouragement he leaves in his comments. Ed genuinely cares. I've never met him. but pray that I will one day. Despite that, I feel like he's a friend I've known for years.

Sheila Tajima
If there is someone out there who doesn't know Sheila, I have just one thing to say to them....Man, where you been? Sheila is the only person I know that can tour the Blogworld leaving 500 comments a day, take care of her family, and still have time to turn out some super-duper artwork. If I tried to do that, you wouldn't be reading this, cause I'd be pushing up daisies. And on top of that she is an animal lover that translates love into action by her charity work. Her forensic background is amazing and I could go on and on but click her name and see for yourself. One word of warning I have for Sheila is that she had better hide if I ever see her, unless she wants a big sloppy kiss and a hug.

Credits...Nina Bradica was very sweet to let me use the 2 hands/hearts beautiful image. You can see more of her astounding photography by clicking NINA

Final Note... Check back here Sunday cause I'm having a Blog Party with some really neat stuff. FIVE FUN BLOGS!!!!
Crazy Cats & Dogs... Funny Photos... PICS You Won't Believe... Works of Bruno Torf... Breath-taking Military.
Don't miss it...and invite your friends.


  1. This is Pokey, my masterbuddy's dog. You people call him James, but I call him "Stinkyfeet". I'm writing cause Stinkyfeet is passed on the floor from all the nice comments you all left him on the last blog. You humans are weird. You seem to like nice words...I'd rather have a hambone...pOKEY

  2. Hey Pokey, I hope you know the Heimlich manuever because I'm choking on a bite of burrito I was eating while I was reading your Masterbuddy's post. wait.... *cough* Okay, I just slammed against the back of my chair and am alright for now. Pokey you and Taco Belle have to give Jim a big sloppy, slurpy kiss of thanks for me 'cause I don't have a passport to do it myself.

  3. Hey James or whoever is out there ... great idea and absolutely perfect choices for your start off.

  4. This is great, James. I clicked through to your blog from Sheila's...Love it.

  5. Thank you very much for the honor, James. I am very flattered by what you said. You also wrote a wonderful heart felt poem.

  6. Great idea! I started blogging 6 months ago, but had never imagined it would take me to a whole new world of wonderful friendship and support. Keep blogging. I'll be back on Sunday. :)

  7. James, I think your posts and comments are like sunshine! You're always there for us to bring a smile! I wish I could send you over a big pizza!

    What a beautiful keepsake to two very worthy recipients!

  8. You're such a good soul, James! I think you chose the right two. Edward does have a deep sense of humanity and has a big heart, and, everywhere I travel, I see the beautiful and kind comments left by Sheila.

  9. You are so creative....and always thinking!

  10. Hey James! Dropping by for a quick visit. That's a great idea, by the way! I'm sure you've just planted one of those seeds that'll grow and spread quite quickly.

    Loving (and chuckling over) your poetic works,


  11. When I saw your award on Sheila's blog I was touched by how thoughtful it was. And you chose 2 very deserving artists too. What a wonderful idea!

  12. Pokey here. Stinkyfeet just got up off the floor, went over and got a cup of coffee and read all the comments you guys sent him. Now he's over there at the table just sitting and grinning like a complete idiot. What's up with you humans and words? And where's my hambone?

  13. Hi James, or Pokey, whoever happens to be at the wheel at the moment - mmm pizza!!! These are two very deserving artists! I hope Sheila doesn't sue you for causing her to choke, maybe it is a good thing you left highly litigious Texas for the balmy jungles of south america...
    Can't wait to see what is up on party day!

  14. Hi James and Pokey, and Taco Belle, and Bat Dog, what a journey getting here! Thank you for the cookie trail for me- directing me where to go. This is my first visit and so glad to make it , as I love who you are and I love your heart message to the world. I am glad you are here and I just met ya! Love your poem- your so talented- wish I was.

  15. Hi
    You have a very creative blog and kept me smiling all the way to the end. Thanks for your decication and keep up the good work.

  16. James,
    Came a bit late to this BUT...
    We need more people like you in this world!
    Few people have made me smile so much and laugh out loud.
    That poem is...priceless. You are a generous man indeed.