“Do your work; not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishing’s sake – that little more which is worth all the rest.”
Whimsical Self Portrait
9″ x 12″ Linocut Block Print
I was in a printmaking exchange back in March of 2009. We all did a whimsical self portrait and traded them with each other. I can’t say this looks like me, but it was fun to do since I had never done a self portrait. Linda, over at Linda Halcomb’s Blog has presented us with our fall project. We are all going to do a self portrait and post it to our blogs on September 21st, linking back to Linda’s blog. I have been wanting to do a self portrait again…. that may even look kinda like me, so I’m in. Are you?
Part of the linocut process.
About Dean Briggs
I enjoy craisins on my salad. I feed on thunderstorms. I see the world in watercolor. I write like a I paint. I compose on a Mac. I delight in my family. I have eight children and every one of them is special. I have a beautiful wife, a widow like myself, and I’m lucky to have her. I have simple tastes. Coffee is a gift. Laughter is even better. Once upon a time, I played basketball. As a wild act of faith, I installed a basketball goal at my new house, in hopes that I might again. A good late night snack is Raisin Bran. Loyalty and patience are admirable qualities in anyone.
The Book of Names, and the additional titles to come in The Legends of Karac Tor series, are my gifts to my four boys after the death of their mother, as we have sought to live well in this strange, new world.
“Hold your child’s hand every chance you get. The time will come all too soon when he or she won’t let you.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
from: The Complete – Life’s Little Instruction Book
Sweet Baby Boy
5″ x 7″ Watercolor
This is my attempt to paint my little grand-nephew, Gage. I have never met this little sweetie, because he lives in Washington state. He was born right after I left there last fall. I messed his little hands up, so I kinda like this version….
Jackson Brown originally wrote Life’s Little Instruction book as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown says, “I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map, and I wanted to provide him with what I had learned about living a happy and rewarding life.” Life’s Little Instruction Book is a guidebook that gently points the way to happiness and fulfillment. The observations are direct, simple, and as practical as an umbrella.
“Most of us already know how to live a successful and purposeful life,” says Brown. “We know we should be more understanding and thoughtful, more responsible, courageous and appreciative. It’s just that we sometimes need reminding.” Life’s Little Instruction Book is that reminder and the perfect gift for students, relatives, or a friend who needs encouragement at any time of the year. A New York Times #1 bestseller for 50 weeks, it is translated into 33 languages and continues to inspire readers throughout the world. This title is available in three separate volumes or in one book collection, The Complete Life’s Little Instruction Book.