A friends love

tuscany
tuscany

Today my friend shared this beautiful poem with me.  I in turn I want to share it with you. Do with it as you see fit.  As for me, good words for my day.

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. 

William Ernest Henley
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Summers End Part 2

Globally Grafton
Globally Grafton

So Strawberry Festival has passed, sculptures painted, now its time for DOG ART!  The Village of Grafton held Art Bark.  You know the gig, its where the give artist fiberglass animals, in this case DOGS, and artist’s make them magical!  I submitted 2 designs.  My 1st design Globally Grafton was chosen.  The concept;  the dog is covered in postcards from around the world with comments from well wishers to Grafton.  The idea was born after watching Invictus.  I loved the idea of that movie!!  I was so inspired by the movie

Globally Grafton

, as was my son.  The dog was matched with the Milwaukee Ale House.  It was fun and colorful!

Globally Grafton
Globally Grafton

DOG DONE! DOG GONE!

I painted yet another fiberglass creature for yet another community.  Its been quite the rage.  I have painted a dog, a bear, a cow, a butterfly a birdbath, and otter and a table.  At least what I can remember.  Its fun to do.  I stop adding stuff.  (Gluing sculptural components)  I got tired of all the vandalism. This time I just painted.

I painted a DOG.  Named, GLOBALLY GRAFTON, for the Village of Grafton, Wisconsin.  The concept was to paint postcards from all over the world on the dog.  Well wishes from people all over who had visited Grafton and had a great experience.  I was inspired by the world cup.  Even more the by the recent viewing of INVICTUS with my 17 year old son, Joshua Christensen.  We both found the movie very inspiring.  I love travel and meeting new people from all over the world.

I have attached some images of my dog.  Hopefully he will inspire some one too, instead of some local bone head thinking vandalism is cool.