March 2, 2014. It's pretty cool when I think back to what God did in my life. I was definitely a fixer-upper, and in some ways still really am. Where a lot of people saw nothing, God saw potential. Jesus was on the lookout for fixer-uppers as he walked on the earth, and he gathered a bunch of them around himself. We're not people who have it all together. In fact, some of us are downright nobodies. And some of us are cast-offs. Sidelined. That's ok. In fact, that may be exactly where we need to be.
February 22, 2014. So we had a garage sale today. We didn't really have a lot to offer the world, I'm afraid, because almost everything we didn't want we got rid of in the last two moves. This was just a pile of stuff that was on its way to the Fresno Rescue Mission anyway, so we thought we'd see if we could get some pocket change before saying goodbye to it. At first it looked like no one was going to come by, but then things picked up and before long most of it was gone and our pockets were bulging. Well, maybe not bulging, but at least we can afford to feed the dog for a couple more days. Tonight's sketch is just one of those meaningless doodles I seem to be doing more often than not now. If you have a good caption for it, let me know. I'm sure there's a story in there somewhere. (Purchase Original $50)
February 17, 2014. A real quickie cartoon today, a week late. What we all need in this country is to crack open our Bibles a lot more and read God's great love letter. The Bible tells us who God is; not who we think he should be, but who he really is. And it tells us who we should be and how we should live.
February 11, 2014. (Purchase Original $40) Well, it's been over a week since I started my new job. I've been hard at it, putting in long hours, even through the long weekend. No time to draw...making lists upon lists of things I need to do and learn. At times it feels like my brain is going to implode. And yet, strangely, I am really enjoying it. It's my first desk job, I suppose, and I'm loving working independently every day at home. I will have the opportunity to work with parents and students every day, but in the bold new world of online education. Tonight it felt good to shut down my computer and just do some drawing for fun. No agenda. I've got commissions waiting for my attention, but I just needed some sandbox time. Veritas vis liberabit. "The truth will set you free." Do you know who said those famous words? Do you understand this phrase academically, or do you understand it experientially?
February 2, 2014. I thought I'd post this sketch for the future. It was a quickie that I did tonight, making my 15 year old son look like he's in college. I thought I'd post it, so that five years from now I can look back at it and see if it resembles the man. Sketching people is not my forte, but I certainly enjoy the challenge whenever I can, and I find the exercise extremely powerful for the eyes. I should take this time to toot a horn for my son, as I am very proud of him. He is becoming a man before our eyes, and a good one. God has blessed me with two amazing kids, and in spite of our imperfect parenting, they are both growing into wonderful people.
February 1, 2014. Working on some book illustrations today; these are the first of 12. It's been quite a week for me, as I was offered a job that I have been pursuing for quite some time now. I thought maybe the job would be starting next fall, but I was surprised to find out that I am starting on Monday. This didn't give me much time to wrap things up at my old job, but my boss was more than understanding, and is very happy that I can now begin working full time. He even called me to congratulate me. All I can say is that God is good, and he answers prayers, all in his good timing.
January 26, 2014. "Plugged In" (Original $40) Good weekend. Took my son and his friend out to the country to shoot pellet guns and compound bows after church, while my wife and her parents went to a Sarah Chang violin concert. I have yet another job interview tomorrow. It will be interesting to turn the page on the next chapter of my life. The job fair on Friday was a good experience. The television cameras were there, so someone said they saw me on the news. I didn't think I'd be nervous, but it's funny how an interview can get you all keyed up.