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The Story of "Faith"

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Started the next painting. They never look like much at first...

But as I paint, I can feel the details as I stroke it out. I could feel the trees, for example. Hard to describe, but I'll pull them from the painting as I get further into it.

I came back to Iowa with my son, Aaron, today. I spent the last two days in Minneapolis on business. I picked him up from his summer with his mom and as I drove home, I spotted something for which I'd been searching for quite some time now at mile marker 2 in Minnesota on I-35.

For those of you who've wanted me to rediscover religion, no, I haven't found a church for me. In fact, I find it funny that there's a "WRONG WAY" sign in the picture.

But a friend has been after me to paint a picture of a church in a meadow. I respect her direction - it's usually right on - so while driving across the US, I looked feverishly for such a church. (I probably have no less than 30 pictures of churches in my camera right now.) But this picture is about as close as I've found to the church I had in my head. I can create a meadow around it, so at some point down the road, I'll tackle this. But at least I found my church. To paint, of course...

(An old joke with the punchline, "Repaint, and thin no more," springs to mind. Aren't you glad that I shared that with you?)


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by Brett Rogers, 8/11/2006 12:10:37 AM



Setting the stage... I want this to be done later today.


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by Brett Rogers, 8/12/2006 12:40:06 PM

What Color is Asphalt?


When I first started painting, I found that concrete wasn't just gray. It was blue in one section of the painting and brown in another. That was a step in the right direction. Today, I see things quite differently. Last night, I worked on painting a road and saw pretty much every color but black and gray in the asphalt.

I can feel the texture of the road and the sunlight that hits it. I'm not quite done with it, but the road is almost where I want it to be.

I'm reading the book "Tipping Point," which gives us the science of epidemics as it relates to marketing. General premise: a few small things can make huge differences. Very well written and researched, I like its approach and observations. Good book.

I took the strengths survey a long time ago for work, and of my top five, the one that gives me the most fits is "Activator," which is the strength of being impatient for action. It's a strength in that once I make a decision, I drive like hell to go in that direction. It's a weakness in that once I decide I'm not going in the right direction, I generally hit the brakes and determine a new direction. What I lose in that is the subtlety of being "close." It might be that my initial direction was generally right, but that I need to slightly adjust it and proceed. Not a new direction, but a tweak.

Such grave redirections have left others with whiplash. I need to learn to be more subtle and to communicate my direction better. That way those who ride with me can anticipate what I'm doing. My old friend, Steve Neal, once told me that driving with me wasn't so much driving as careening. It's hell on my passengers.


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by Brett Rogers, 8/13/2006 12:27:17 PM



Almost done...

I've sketched the runner and I've picked the words, font, and color.

Some have asked me if I paint the words. No... I don't imagine that anyone could be that adept at calligraphy with acrylics and a skinny stick with camel hair on the end of it. I add the words via my computer after scanning the painting.

The question: do I like it better in bold?

ETC: After consulting with my expert advisors (my two teenage sons), we all agree that right-justified and no bold is best.


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by Brett Rogers, 8/13/2006 3:47:33 PM

Faith (Done)


Inside the card:

I believe in you, and I'll be there to help you every step of the way!

Of course, I reserve the right to modify it later, if need be.

On to the next one...


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Tags: my painting
by Brett Rogers, 8/13/2006 5:51:47 PM

Faith Video Story


Here's the "Faith" painting story, via video format. Music by Afrocelt.


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by Brett Rogers, 10/15/2006 10:32:01 AM