Monday, December 30, 2013

2013... A year of making changes, taking chances,

My New Year's Resolution for 2013 was to "Make Changes, Take Chances, and Shine Brightly." I think I may not have shined as brightly as I'd hoped, but it was largely in part to accomplishing the first two objectives.  I've made a lot of changes this year.  I relocated to the Northeast GA mountains, I basically left my hometown and everything familiar to continue chasing this crazy dream I have.  It has definitely had it's struggles, but thanks to God and great friends I've managed to make it through it.  Thanks to everyone for their support!

It's been a tough year as an artist.  The economy combined with the large amount of rain that washed out many of the shows made it tough for most everyone I know.  I'm looking at taking a new direction with my art.  I'm thinking I will probably not do as many shows this coming year.  I'm seriously burned out on them.  Want to focus more on doing better quality art, rather than a higher quantity needed to do shows on a regular basis.  Right now I'm taking some much needed time off, will start back making art in the next couple of weeks. 

Many of my close friends know some of the things that I've gone through in the past year.  I'm not going into those right now.  I've been at some of the lowest points in my life during the past year.  Where I'm sitting right this second, I don't think I could be any happier. 

My thoughts right now are something along these lines.... Life is a ride, you can either keep your eyes forward toward your destination, you can look out the window and enjoy the scenery as it passes you by, or you can roll that window down and stick your head out and really experience it... but you can also make stops along the way and enjoy it.... 

Thanks everybody for your support of SamG during the past year... 2014 is going to be magical.. I can feel it!!!!! 

Happy New Year Everyone..... Peace, Love, and Give Somebody a FREE HUG!!!! 


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bah Humbug!!!!

I'll admit, I'm not much of a fan of Christmas.  I haven't been for quite a long time.  I usually go through a period of depression from my birthday in October until after January 1.  No real explanation for it, it just happens.  I spent last Christmas alone, sick, drinking MD 20/20.  It's the best cold medicine in the world.  And several years ago, I had the "molesucker" experience that has become a SamG Classic.  I do have some good memories of Christmas though.  When my mom was living, there was always a great dinner.  I got some really great toys, many of which i still have.  I only wish Stretch Armstrong had been more durable, but seeing the purple stuff oozing out of him was pretty cool too. 

Christmas is also that one time of year when you have to see those members of your family that you really don't like.  That's enough to spoil anything, for me.  It far outweighs getting to see the ones you do like.  Christmas music gets on my nerves too.  I like Christmas songs, but i guess when it's played continuously nonstop, I can't take it. 

There are some things that I really like about Christmas.  Here's a quick list:  Fudge.

But seriously, I'm looking forward to the holidays, this year.  Spending them somewhere new, with someone new.  2013 sucked.  This year has pretty much seen me at the lowest point of my life.  I've been through a lot since the first of the year.  I'm liking the way it's ending though. I'm curious to see what the future holds. 

As for my art, I'm not sure what direction I'm going to take.  I'm tired of doing shows.  Think I'm definitely going to slow down and do a limited schedule next year.  Will most definitely be taking some time off after my open house this weekend.  I'll analyze it after then.  But first, I'm ready to enjoy the holidays for a change!!! 

Merry Christmas from SamG