Card Of The Month – “The Last Leaf Of Summer” (Order Some or Join the COTM Here)

The Last Leaf of SummerI am excited about this drawing, “The Last Leaf of Summer.” It is definitely one of my favorites. It will be featured as this month’s Card Of The Month (COTM). To me it is a beautiful reminder of the warmth, refreshing water, growth of summer and also the transition to fall. Truly, it is one of my favorites that I never get tired of looking at.

If you’d like, you can order some extra, or on their own if you aren’t on the COTM, safely and securely through the PayPal button below.

If you would like to support Randy.Today and my artistic/writing efforts by joining the COTM, there is a video at the bottom of the post (or near the top of the sidebar) to explain how to join that as well. The video features my site before I made the latest color changes (and added a skinnier pic to the sidebar #laugh :))… but the sign up process all works exactly the same.

The cards themselves will not have the title and copyright lettering on the front with the drawing. It will simply be the leaf and my signature. The title will be on the back of the card, and as usual the inside will be blank. Envelopes are provided with the cards.

I will take orders up through Sunday and place the printing order on Monday August 25th. Hopefully I will have the COTM cards in the mail to you all on Wednesday August 27th and start shipping out the individual orders Thursday and Friday after that.

To order some of the cards please select the quantity from the drop down menu below and then click the PayPal “Buy Now” button. If you would like a quantity that is not represented,

UPDATE 8/25/2014 –  The initial ordering period is over but if you would like to order some of these cards or are interested in buying the original artwork, contact me through my online contact form. And you can join the Card Of The Month Club any time, it is super easy. Check out this video to learn how.

“Favor” – Movie Review

A friend of mine from high school, Patrick Day, is in an independent film titled “Favor.” Here is the trailer:

Pictures___Photos_of_Patrick_Day_-_IMDbAnd here is the IMDB movie summary:

Kip’s perfect life is put in jeopardy when the waitress with whom he’s having a casual fling is accidentally killed in their motel room. Desperate, he turns to childhood friend and loser, Marvin, to help get rid of the body. Marvin agrees which begins the unraveling of their friendship and ultimately leads both to murderous acts they never thought themselves capable of. – Written by Leslie Wimmer Osborne

Patrick plays the “loser” character of Marvin. In real life Patrick is a great guy. So, it is so obvious that he did an excellent job playing Marvin because Marvin is super creepy.

SUPER-creepy … crrrrrreEEEEEEpy.

It was disturbing watching this great kid from high school, now all grown up, playing such a disturbed middle-aged dude :).

I will be honest, while I know Patrick is a great actor … I was kind of expecting the rest of the acting to be horrible. Not all small budget films have horrible acting, of course, but many do and it can be a downer. “Favor” actually had good acting. There were a couple of moments that were eye-roll worthy, but that was more about the setting (for me) than the actors.

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Taking a Deep Breath

Tomorrow is my 46th birthday. Normally I start announcing it … loudly and often … for up to two weeks prior. This year it has come up in passing, and while I still expect a parade to honor this wondrous event, I haven’t been hyping it as much as usual.

Maybe my “mellow out” age is 46? ::: laugh ::: I still want a parade though … that’s not wrong is it? … what?

For a little while now I have been humbled by how much the gay vs ex-gay (and vice-versa) debates had defined me. While in the ex-gay movement, I always knew that I had a life beyond that realm. Lately, the humbling part of actually living life beyond Exodus, is the realization of how some of the polarization found in that movement did define my identity. A bit shockingly, its influence on my vision for my personal future was much more than I realized, or cared to admit.
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“LifeFlow” – The Journey Behind The Painting

Martha and Mary

38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Luke 10:38-42

Late February, maybe early March, I went to the art store. I had created a few paintings over the holidays and absolutely loved the refuge/communion that activity provided. While creating them I kept thinking, “This is a life-giving and affirming activity. This is a major part of who God created me to be.” However, as I stood looking at the blank canvasses in the art store, I was focusing on the smaller canvasses. It occurred to me to not “settle” for limiting my artistic vision.

So, I just went all hog-wild and chose a 3×4 foot canvas!

Buying this giant of a canvas literally made my stomach nervously rumble as I took it up to the counter to purchase.

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Perfectly Placed Dots

Forgive the lighting quality. I took this photo on my iPhone. Click the image to bring up the image file. Then click on it again to see the full size.

Please forgive the lighting quality. I took these photos on my iPhone. Click the image to bring up a larger version. It’s not finished yet :)

I am going to share something personal. I am not going to apologize for it and I am not going to minimize it. If you think it is weird than so be it :).

When I hung my current painting (not quite yet finished) on the wall, stepped back about five feet, and looked at the light blue sphere filled with those dots … I literally burst into joyful tears. Another time that happened during this project was when I started adding the iridescent white dots streaming throughout the piece.

During the creative process I get lost in thought and enjoy the flow. As I placed each of the white dots, I had the thought, “these are like individual souls flowing through the world….”

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Welcome to Randy.Today

Ok, this has to be said first….how cool is my new URL? I think it is so cool. I geeked out when I got it. It is short and not your typical URL.

Welcome to … Randy.Today :)

I am starting a new blog. Yay! This seems to be an every other year thing. :)  For a couple of months now I just wanted to work on my artwork and website. I have thoroughly enjoyed simply focussing on that. Breaking from the old blog with a couple of months off has been good. My perspective/schedule has balanced and it is time to start blogging again.

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