Lost in the finding

I enjoy beauty and capturing or creating rich and complex imagery. If I become lost in something then I know I’m on the right track. Looking for LESS. At the very end of complexity I hope to find simplicity, or at least to get close enough to know its there. The workings of nature and … Continue reading

Kindred spirit: Michael Burris Johnson

A note:

I received a note from a kindred spirit, Michael Burris Johnson,whose work I admire very much. “Viewfromaburrow ” is creating some marvelous work. I encourage you to peruse his site and drink a new cup of inspiration from his passion fruit. Remember to look up.

“I agree with what you say about passion, to be capable of living passionately often feels like being filled with a force that finds you, or that enters you from the outside. Though I would venture to say that one’s capability of living passionately can be strengthened; finding a vehicle for passion is a way to exercise it. But one can also simply engage with life on a day to day basis with passion, believe that they are capable of creating change, either in themselves, or in another.”

Michael Burris Johnson

When we can encourage another we encourage ourselves. Live loud!

Please enjoy Deep Sea a work in oil 60″ x60″ by Michael Burris Johnson
Check out View from a Burrow


Art is

Step 1. Art is a perfectly complete cause.

Step 2. You are solely responsible for doing the work required to become better.

Step 3. You are responsible for understanding your limitations.

Step 4. You are responsible for radicalizing your strengths.

Step 5. Make a searching and fearless inventory of your creative curiosity.

Step 6. Pay no attention to the less courageous.

Step 7. Learn from the greats, and expose yourself to better work.

Step 8. Read in order to write, but paint in order to paint.

Step 9. Be artistic, choose taste, set an example.

Step 10. “Play” is your route to mastery.

Step 11. In the art game we do our own cooking.

I love reading Robert Genn’s Painters Key Blog. Worth the cruise.

Always about art

Now it is 2014 and I am focusing more on learning and appreciating good art. Hopefully creating it as well. What a wonderful thing the internet and the ability to search. I call myself an abstract expressionist because it is this group of artists I seem to be drawn to. When I walk into a museum or gallery I seem to end up looking at the contemporary abstract work the most. Although, I continue to revisit my favorites. In December I had the good fortune to go to Honolulu. If you ever have a chance go there. Honolulu Museum of Art It is the only museum/gallery I have been to where you can still walk up to a painting and not be guided or blocked by a rope barricade. Seeing a Monet inches away how grand.


New Year’s Resolutions For Freelance Writers

Polish your writing skills. If you are to be a successful writer, you must have the ability to consistently write well. Each and every article you write reflects your professional writing ability and grammatical acumen. Improve your writing and editing skills by participating in local writing groups and online writing classes. Use spelling and grammar checking software; no one is perfect and it is prudent to verify accuracy. Develop adequate computer skills to ensure submissions are correctly formatted and properly submitted.

Observe and Listen

Pay attention to the conversations and activities around you. Many authors say they get their best story ideas from conversations in line at the supermarket or from idle gossip at the barber or beauty shop. Fresh story Ideas can come from anywhere. A small notebook or recorder proves helpful in capturing moments of inspiration and insight.

Direct Your Energy

In order to succeed as a freelance writer, focus and direction are required. Whether you wish to supplement your current income by blogging, or you have a personal website promoting your writing services, it is imperative that you establish a viable online presence. To reach your goal, it is essential to write, write, and write some more. Set aside time in your day for writing, just as if you were going to an office job. When you commit to a scheduled time to write, you program your sub-conscious to kick in and defeat the depleting writer’s block. Excuses, malingering and procrastination are open invitations to failure.

What Do You Want To Write About?

The finest writing is crafted when the author is knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. Consider writing about your favorite activities, hobbies and interests. When you write from the heart about subjects that anger, fascinate or bring joy, your passion is clearly evident in your words.

Developing A Concept

Outline and define your concept clearly before you begin to create a website or blog to showcase your writing portfolio. Determine if you are endeavoring to influence decisions, change opinions, convey knowledge or move readers to action. A clear blueprint of your intentions helps to clarify demographics and define your target audience. Ask yourself, what are my reader’s problems, concerns, needs, characteristics and desires? What do I need to know in order to influence readers?


Research the hottest topics in your target niche. Examine the subject in depth: seeking a new perspective. Evaluate the shortage or demand for new information. When implemented correctly, circulating content generates traffic and increases sale. Always provide readers with well researched, thought provoking articles. When you present lazily written words, you “shoot yourself in the foot”. “If it isn’t your best effort, don’t publish it.” Doing so damages your credibility and professional writing reputation. Endeavor always to craft engaging content that will keep your readers coming back for more. Boring is bad. Start a discussion, stir up a bit of controversy, and encourage reader’s comments and opinions: curiosity drives traffic back to your site.

Dynamite Titles

Grab your reader’s attention with eye-catching titles and headlines that will draw them into the remainder of the post.

Avoiding Verbosity

The majority of Internet users have a short attention span. Write persuasively develop tight prose and avoid excessive wordiness. Address the viewer’s needs by concentrating on the benefits of your solution. If you desire the reader to perform an action after reading your post, don’t forget to provide complete information on how to acquire your services or products.

Select A Reliable Web Host

Hosting your website or blog with a reputable web hosting company is one of the most significant steps in establishing an online presence. Before choosing a website host, do the research. Read consumer reviews and choose a web hosting company with an established record of dependable service and minimal customer complaints. After reading the reviews you can find the best cheap unlimited web hosting providers. Pick a web host offering a flexible monthly plan, capable of expanding as your site develops. The best web hosts offer 24/7 customer service and technical support. Determine if the company offers adequate security to keep your data safe while providing adequate disk space and bandwidth to accommodate your needs.

If you make an erroneous web hosting choice, you will likely end up with a site that loads slowly, fails to function smoothly or may even crash. A poorly functioning website or blog negatively reflects on your professionalism. If you select a dependable web hosting company, you never have to be concerned or spend your valuable time attempting to fix the problem: you can concentrate on what you do best, and that’s writing.

Self Promotion

“Blow Your Own Horn Loudly”! Translate your talent into results. Promote your site via social media. Create a Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn account. Participate in networking platforms and forums.

Submit your site to search engines and online directories. More focused traffic to your blog means more potential clients and more assignment opportunities.


Research forums, blogs and websites in your topic niche: acquainting yourself with their content. Write insight comments that provide clarity, new information and encourage a response. Commenting on other blogs is a fine way to drive traffic to your blog or writer’s profile. Always avoid “spammy” self- promotion; most sites are happy to include a link back to your blog in your bio.

Submit Guest Posts

Conduct a Google search for websites and blogs in your targeted niche market that solicit guest posts. Guest blogging is a fabulous way to polish and perfect your writing skills while building backlinks to generate more traffic to your site. Guest blogging exposes your words to users that would otherwise have never seen your site. Most website administrators don’t have the time to generate all the content they would like to post on their site and use guest bloggers to fill the void. Some sites offer modest compensation for guest posts or offer a backlink to your site in exchange for a well-researched and well-written article. Successful freelance writers find guest blogging to be one of the most efficient ways to enlarge their online presence and gain ranking with search engines.

Revenue Sharing Sites

In addition to the posts and articles written for your own site, submit posts or articles to revenue sharing sites. This is a great way to build a residual income and create backlinks to your blog or website. Knoji, Infobarrel and Yahoo Contributor are but a few of the news and information sharing sites accepting submissions.

Monetize Your Blog

Advertisers such as Google AdSense are happy to place ads relative to your niche topic on your site. Sign up is free and easy. You select the placement and size of the ad block or banner placed your website or blog. When users click on an ad, you are paid. Some sites pay for page views. Although these types of advertising programs start out small as traffic grows earnings can become substantial.

Patience Is Required

Between grouchy editors and rejections, It is way to easy to become pessimistic. When experiencing doubt, substitute self-defeating thoughts with faith in yourself stronger than the doubts. Even though, you have been employing SEO tactics to building your online presence, it may take weeks or even months to realize the full impact of your savvy marketing efforts. Don’t give up: continue to write daily. Practice makes perfect.


Continue to write, write and write some more. You will reap the rewards. II you consistently write habits, you will soon have more writing assignments than you can handle.

Chuang Che

Making paintings is a work of taciturnity and endurance. A painter’s life is essentially a continual search. As one ages, the search accumulates in depth. Whether painting until the end would yield any answer remains a mystery. For precisely that, at a certain stage, looking back to see the distance traveled becomes an important assignment. There is joy; there are troubles. Joyful because of the apparent growth in substantiality; troubled by self-doubt and skepticism, feeling that everything could have been better.”
Chuang Che

Chuang’s works have been exhibited widely and housed by many local and foreign museums and private collectors. For those Chinese artists of modern arts who have achieved success in foreign land, they have all displayed unique personal styles plus they have all inadvertently incorporated eastern elements of different degree in their works. In Chuang Che’s case, his works are related to the New Chinese landscape painting or more commonly known as the New Chinese painting which extends to more than just landscape to include people and many other subjects such as birds, flowers. There is no restriction set on this path, because the more tolerant it gets, the more it could contain.

Asia arts center





Alfred Leslie

Alfred Leslie born October 29, 1927) is an American artist and filmmaker. He first achieved success as an Abstract Expressionist painter, but changed course in the early 1960s and became a painter of realistic figurative paintings.

I enjoy his use of space.
My favorite

Alfred Leslie, “The Second Two-Panel Horizontal” (1958)







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