Hiking with the Kiddos on Flickr.Another great picture that Amanda took of me hiking with Nikki and Chloe.
Here I have Chloe in my arms because it was just a little over the halfway point of a 6 mile hike and she was getting tired.

Hiking with the Kiddos on Flickr.

Another great picture that Amanda took of me hiking with Nikki and Chloe.

Here I have Chloe in my arms because it was just a little over the halfway point of a 6 mile hike and she was getting tired.

Carry On on Flickr.And finally (for now), a picture that Amanda snapped of me, which has also got to be one of my favorites.
I decided to carry Nikki for a bit since I had given Chloe a ride during our almost six-mile hike. I didn’t want Nikki to feel left out. While I was doing that, Amanda had my camera and snapped off this amazing shot.

Carry On on Flickr.

And finally (for now), a picture that Amanda snapped of me, which has also got to be one of my favorites.

I decided to carry Nikki for a bit since I had given Chloe a ride during our almost six-mile hike. I didn’t want Nikki to feel left out. While I was doing that, Amanda had my camera and snapped off this amazing shot.

Amanda and Nikki: Best Friends on Flickr.One of my favorite pictures of Amanda and Nikki at the moment.
These two are adorable.

Amanda and Nikki: Best Friends on Flickr.

One of my favorite pictures of Amanda and Nikki at the moment.

These two are adorable.

Another fun panorama I took, on the last night of camping.

Amanda and I were trying to decide when to start a fire when the rain started to pick up. And then we realized that we had no way to really cover ourselves from the rain, so we makeshifted a canopy using our tarp and some sticks we found around the campsite.

Keep in mind, we haven’t camped in over three years, so we were pretty proud of our little accomplishment.

It was also a good reminder of things we need to remember the next time we go camping.

Another fun panorama I took, on the last night of camping.

Amanda and I were trying to decide when to start a fire when the rain started to pick up. And then we realized that we had no way to really cover ourselves from the rain, so we makeshifted a canopy using our tarp and some sticks we found around the campsite.

Keep in mind, we haven’t camped in over three years, so we were pretty proud of our little accomplishment.

It was also a good reminder of things we need to remember the next time we go camping.

Nikki on the Beach on Flickr.Nikki, happily settled in the sand.

Nikki on the Beach on Flickr.

Nikki, happily settled in the sand.

Amanda and Nikki on the Beach on Flickr.Amanda and Nikki playing around on the beach.

Amanda and Nikki on the Beach on Flickr.

Amanda and Nikki playing around on the beach.

A Squirrel’s Nut on Flickr.As it turns out, squirrels like nuts.

A Squirrel’s Nut on Flickr.

As it turns out, squirrels like nuts.

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes - YouTube

A much better use of the beat from Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines album. This one is funny AND educational, and will get stuck in your head.

blacksirensolo:

idrawgood:

solar-citrus:

I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly.  :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy!  You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through.  You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way!  Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!

Love your art, love yourself!

I was actually going to write a long post about this yesterday, but this lovely comic sums up all my points perfectly! Artists, please read this! It can be hard to break out of your bad “my art sucks” habits, but you gotta try. I used to do that ALL THE TIME, but a few years ago I made a conscious effort to change and I feel my art is much better for it. It’s not easy, it’ll take practice, but it’s worth it. Love your art!

Another goodun!

Good advice, and even though I’m not an artist (in the drawing sense) I think it’s applicable to all sorts of creative endeavors and tasks a person takes on for self-expression.

(via dancingheron)