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Flannery (my bicycle) and I just took a non rushed hour ride home in the rain, smiling amid all the grumpy looking people locked inside their combustion consumption machines, trying to drown one another out with radios and looking at their mobile devices and talking on phones - the latter two which they know they really do not do except when they have too even though it's always unsafe and illegal; all the while I listened to the sound of some birds and tires and walking on wet pavement and the wind and the pitter patter of drops on my rain hood. It was really a very relaxing ride. I love my non-rush rush hour.
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I need to get my bike out of storage and clean it up and make it road-ready. I wish it wasn't still snowing, I'd be out riding today! My bike isn't nearly so handsome as your Flannery though, I must admit.
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Oh for the chutzpah of Bill Cunningham. I wanna be my city's Bill C with with a sketchbook also.  Photographer Dmitry Gudkov says " I've seen him shooting around NYC a few times - I've never seen anyone have more sustained enthusiasm for his work. Happy birthday!" says Dmitry Gudkov for https://www.facebook.com/bikenycproject
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Flannery and I were dreaming of roads without snow and sunny skies and green grass and sketching outside and anything, anything but white and cold. #raleigh   #DL1‬   #bicycle   #sketchbook   #sketching   #painting   #watercolor   #watercolourpainting   #Spring  ‬
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Thanks +Romar Cogley :)
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Been watching for a year for a gem like this. I went in today to ‪#‎CityCylery‬ look at the Diggs by Brooklyn Bicycle Co. a truly lovely bike but then Olivia said to Chris, you have to show him the DL1 and I was instantly smitten. Steve made the adjustments, tricked it out with bell and lamp and off I road, happily-slowly on a rare sunny February day which just happened to be this excellent shop's 1st Anniversary. "Flannery" is a gift from me to me on the completion of a painting commission.

Can't wait to take this on a Spring sketch roll
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Ride one.
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Intentionally drawn with a fairly wide medium nib writing fountain pen that puts a very wet line down on paper that is not absorbent; why? To slow the drawing time down. To make each line contemplative. No pre-work of any kind. Somewhat contour drawing somewhat not - that is I try to see into the space where other lines will be as I draw and I do not stick to the contour strictly speaking. Is it a great sketch. No. Is it one I am proud to show? Not proud no, but happy to show because it's not about the finish or the 'likes' or about been seen as talented. Nope. It's about honest process and 'open' {wink} process and about sharing and connecting and its about 'every day matters', [isn't it, +Danny Gregory ? :-)
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Thanks. Very nice to hear from you +Glaucia Mir Hope you are happily making art.
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Some RCIA folks get a looksee at #SaintsSungandUnSung at St. Basil's Church, in the heart of downtown Toronto. Yes, friends, when I know a date for an opening reception I will let you know. In the mean time, my painting has indeed arrived at its permanent home.
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How wonderful!  Congratulations
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Dear +Heather King, so happy to find you writing here. A realist and a religionist whom I can stomach reading happily, gratefully. #HeatherKing #Aleteia 

P.S. I didn't know your new title had published. Thus, I blame you as the one who has caused me to overcome my unrealistic - if well intended - goal of not purchasing a book in 2014. I simply cannot wait another nine months or so to read "Stripped."
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Thanks +owen swain for introducing me to the writing of +Heather King. I took a look at the link you provided and also visited her website. I was familiar w the O'Connor piece and found her comments worthwhile. 
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+ Cyril Rykov happened on one of my drawings and plused it which lead me to look in on his own G+ Profile. I discovered some wonderful artwork. Have a look at his strong sketches of people and places. 
 
Этап 2. С наскоку не получилось, попрбую завтра. #акварель #девушка #чай #книга #workinprogress
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Psalm 91 commissioned painting (3 photos)
The client [a married couple] asked for the entire text of Psalm 91 in the Good News Translation in my own hand writing. They emigrated from India to Canada years ago with essentially nothing and were given this passage as a promise. They have found it to be a life-guide. 

I chose to use the colours of the liturgical calendar [purple, rose, green, white, red, gold, blue] to represent the year in, year out cycle of providential care. The circles represent the sun's daily rising and setting; the couple themselves; the Eucharist as source and summit of the Catholic Christian. 

Painted in acrylic with some mixed media. Size: together the two panels make 40 x 40 inches. 

I offer my work now on a pay-what-it's-worth-to-you basis or as another client called it, "an economy of manifest trust." I was well paid and have received a subsequent commission from the same client for later in 2014. #psalm91 #painting #commission #owenswain #reciprocity
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Very nice!
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nK, I admit it, I don't get the whole walking dead zombie thing but lotsa folk do and while this is not my usual thing, I drew this treat just for today [ick!] 
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This definitely isn't what I had in mind. ;-) Hope to send those passages about Martin soon.
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Dostoevsky's enigmatic phrase, "Beauty will save the world" is more than nice words. [me: working artist; bicycle commuter; Catholic convert]
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One of the BEST trade-in / buying experiences I've had in over 35 years of active cycling. A knowledgeable and courteous staff along with a surprising number of classic period bikes on display (not to mention dozens and dozens of new and used bikes for purchase) make this bike store a unique experience. I received an excellent price for my trade, much better than at two other shops I tried and on top of that received an excellent price on the new bike as compared with the list price. My new ride is an expert fit and I was able to really try that out by taking a nearly one hour ride within the city! After riding the bike for a week on county and city roads I have found it to be finely tuned. I have a full year of free maintenance that one comes to expect when purchasing a bike today from a quality shop. As well, the bike lists with a break light that was not on the model I was buying as the part had not shipped with the bike. When I asked about this I received a suitable substitute at no cost and when I chose to purchase a couple of other items that I depend upon on on any bike they were installed without an installation fee. I found the shop online as I prepared for a vacation in the Guelph area. I called ahead and found they had the bike I was looking for so I decided to go in. What a fortunate find! I will be relocating to the Guelph area in the next year and I have full confidence in this shop as my "go-to" bike provider. If you are an honest shopper you will have found yourself an equally honest seller.
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