Saturday, April 29, 2017

Life Is Precious



Abolish the Death Penalty. Visit Arkansas.


I debated long and hard before creating and posting the above and following images. The reason being, I feel strongly about injustices being perpetrated by States' Legislators and governments as a whole but do not want to create more negativity. At the same time, like so many of us, I'm frustrated and want to create awareness using art and humor; humor based on the hypocrisy, stupidity and fear that many legislators and governments worldwide are basing their decisions and subsequent actions upon. 


End Discrimination. Visit Texas.



Fear is driving many decisions; fear of losing something we have or, something we want and won't get. In order to protect ourselves from the perceived fear we then need to place blame, blame on "others". ""They" are taking our jobs. ""They" are causing wars and committing crimes." ""They are what scares me most because "they" are so different from me."





End Discrimination. Visit North Carolina.

There's absolutely to wisdom involved when making important decisions based on fear. Of course, first you'd have to be aware that you're making fearful decisions and that takes a willingness to look deep inside. It's called self-actualization. How many lawmakers do you know that make decisions based on wisdom and not on fear, arrogance and stupidity. (I use the word "stupidity" not to suggest that lawmakers are stupid, but rather that they are not operating from a place of wisdom when making decisions that in general, do not support and help the needs of the citizen they represent.)

Instead of operating out of fear creating division, what would happen if we started from a point of understanding ourselves first, what we're truly afraid of and then question our thoughts, actions and behaviors? What would happen if lawmakers and governments around the world sincerely valued each and every life? What would happen if their decisions were based on courage, empathy and abundance? I know what would happen; we'd stopping harming and killing each other at such an alarming rate. We'd produce more life affirming goods and services based on understanding each other's needs, We'd use wisdom to make decisions that affect living beings instead of fear, self-centeredness and selfishness, and lastly, we could have real happiness.

There are very good, upright, caring, considerate, kind, and helpful people throughout this Country and around the world who just want to live in peace and be happy. We need to let our elected officials know that they need not be afraid, there's 'enough' for everyone; and that more money, power, and policies and laws based on discrimination will not create lasting happiness. 

Oh, what a world it would be. For now, make a difference. Start by taking a look at yourself, questions your motives and what they're based on. Fear begets fear which drives hatred and violence which, is good for no one. Tell your policy makers to take a breath and choose wisdom instead of fear. Considering supporting the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the United Nations Human Rights Fund, and the Southern Poverty Law Center because life is precious.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Speed Painting!

"Blues in C Minor" Oil on board. 4'x6' (121.92 cm x 182.88 cm)


"Blues in C Minor"oil on board 4'x6' (121.92 cm x 182.88 cm) One week of painting sped in less than 5 minutes. 
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It's amazing to watch everything come together with fast motion video. Many times I think to myself, "I have know idea what I'm doing," but somehow it works out. Sometimes I'm happier with the intended results than others. (I did have intentions going into this painting.) Watching this video it amazes me what can be accomplished with 'slight-of-hand,' paints, brush strokes, and placement of colors. We humans are a very creative bunch!
Watch full video here: https://youtu.be/v8VGZEOLbtk

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


From Run-to-Paint session. Oil on board. "Aquilegia Explosion, NM." 36x24. The Stats: Elevation: 12,000', calories burned 4823, miles ran, 10, steps 2120, a ton of sweat, 100 lbs pack back weight, a lot of paint; Joy quotient: 110! Purchased the painting here. Watch the video here.

This was one of the most challenging run-to-paint sessions that I've tackled to date. The pack was extremely heavy and the altitude and pitch of the trail were very steep. Nevertheless, the above painting was created and two days in the wilderness was worth the struggle.

Happy trails! - Bruce


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How To Manage Time & Energy


How to Coach Yourself to Success and Happiness. Tip #11. How to Manage Time and Energy. Please send me your suggestions, topics or questions regarding a particular challenge, struggle or goal that you'd like help with and perhaps, I'll address it (with your anonymity insured) in a future video. I hope you find this video tip as well as the others helpful.




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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


How to Coach Yourself to Success and Happiness. Tip #10. How to Deal With Difficult People. Please send me your suggestions, topics or questions regarding a particular challenge, struggle or goal that you'd like help with and perhaps, I'll address it (with your anonymity insured) in a future video. I hope you find this video tip as well as the others helpful.


Monday, July 25, 2016





How to Recover From Setbacks & 'Failures' Video Tip Below

How to Coach Yourself to Success and Happiness. Tip #9.How to Recover From Setbacks & 'Failures'. Please  send me your suggestions, topics or questions regarding a particular challenge, struggle or goal that you'd like help with and perhaps, I'll address it (with your anonymity insured) in a future video. I hope you find this video tip as well as the others helpful.




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Friday, July 22, 2016

How to Save Money and Grow Your Bank Account. Tip #8



How to Save Money and Grow Your Bank Account

How to Coach Yourself to Success and Happiness. Tip #8. How to Save Money and Grow Your Bank Account. Please feel free to send me your suggestions, topics or questions regarding a particular challenge, struggle or goal that you'd like help with and perhaps, I'll address it (with your anonymity insured) in a future video. I hope you find this video tip as well as the others helpful.


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