Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Lesson in Work: Rolling with the Punches

Monday, April 14, 2014

Outsider Art: Two for Tuesday. Come and Get It!

Hey Outsider fans!  I just had a great idea!  Starting Tuesday every month, I do a sale called "Two for Tuesday".  This is where you can get two paintings for a single low price.  All of this includes free shipping.  Great deal!  What do you think?

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Friday, April 4, 2014

A Facebook Sale! Get Some OUtsider Art Cheap!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Artists are special people.  One thing that makes them special is their connection to their surroundings.

About eight months ago, my wife and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in Tainan City Taiwan.  It's an all-you-can-eat Chinese, Japanese and American food.  One of my favorite dishes was the fresh, raw oysters on a half shell.  Now I don't eat too many of them, but I do like to eat a couple.  Some people or maybe most people will just swallow it whole, but I don’t.  You should always chew your food, right?  Anyway, I chomped down on this huge oyster and immediately spit it out.  It tasted just like what I imagine the Mississippi River bottom would taste like!  I didn't complain because I wanted my experience to end on a good note, but I assume that I wasn't the only one who had that kind of experience. 

A few months later, we went back to that restaurant.  They still had oysters on a half shell, but it was obvious that they changed their supplier because the oysters were much smaller.  Again, I grabbed a few expecting that the manager of the restaurant had gained some valuable insight in his acquisition of food supplies; but again, I had the same miserable experience.  Again, I didn't complain.  Instead I stopped going to that restaurant.  Too bad I thought because they had a lot of different and wonderful food, but if they didn't care about the quality, then there would more problems with other foods in the future.  I mean, “Who doesn't taste their own food for quality assurance”?  I guess they didn't, or they thought they could get away with it.
Normally, most people would just move on and let it disappear with the rest of the trash of daily life, but not little ‘ol me.  Like I said, I’m an artist and I’m very sensitive to my environment.  I kept thinking, “You are what you eat.”

Two weeks ago, we went shopping at the Costco in Tainan.  We like to buy a few things like cheese that we can’t really find in other stores around Taiwan.  I mean the cheese that we can get in America.  So we shop there once a month.  We also like to buy meats and fruits there too.  In Taiwan, they have a lot of fish farms and one fish that they like to raise is called Tilapia.  It’s a nice favorable fish, and we buy that sometimes at Costco.  I’m not really certain about Costco’s suppliers because you would think that their food is coming from America, but I don’t think it works that away.  I feel certain that most of the meat and produce is being supplied by local farmers.  Again, we experience the “bottom of the river” taste from our last purchase of Tilapia.  This was a filleted and packaged farm raised fish.  Just looking at the fish, there was no indication that it was bad.  As a matter of fact, it looked fresh as frozen fish can be!

So I can’t help but think about all the trouble we are putting ourselves in.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  All things are connected in a cycle of life and death.  We are changing that cycle.  God forgive us for we think we know what we are doing, but we don’t.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March 30th: The End of the Canvas Give Away!

Well March is almost over, and so is my March Birthday Give Away.  That's right.  This morning I got up early to get things started, but most of the preparation was done a few days earlier.  Yep, that's the 20 years of Army in me.  "Hurry up and wait." LOL.  Seriously, I have never done anything like this before, so I wanted everything to be perfect.  When it was time to go on air, I spent two minutes at least trying to remember where I needed to be to start the Google Hangout on Air.  Just for you newbies like me, you need to go to the events in your Google + pull down menu.  Click Events and that will put you on the page that you schedule earlier to start the HOA.  Anyway, everything else seemed to go okay until I reached in to pull the first name out of the hat.  Actually I was using a "mix nuts" plastic container to house all of the contestants not a hat.  I had people from all over the world that entered into my give away.  I knew that there was a chance of me pulling a name out that I could not really pronounce.  Knowing well in advance gave me nights of fitful dreams.  So, it happened.  I reached in and pulled a name out that I could not pronounce.  What do you do?  Easy!  You take the name on the piece of paper and put it in front of the camera and say, "Congratulations, you are the winner of a free Ken Law original canvas painting!"   And that's exactly what I did. Well sort of.....

I am posting the link and video for all to watch and replay.  I know that the Logitech 920c webcam I was using seemed to be set up incorrectly, but I'll fix that next time.  

I have ordered a GoPro camera.  That's right!  I am planning to do some time lapse videos where you can see me in action.  I can't wait to use this tiny camera for my paintings and other cool things I have in mind.

This is the video that I recoded this morning for the Google Hang Out on Air.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Water: We Can't Live Without It

Most of my fans out there don't know that I write and produce some decent videos, and I shoot black and white photography too. So, I do more than paintings.  This year I decided to put everything together and stop spreading myself so thin.  I'm not sure if it is the right decision for all my fans, but I do believe it is going to work out better for me.  So don't just expect paintings from me.  I'll be doing so many other things as well.  I do intend on making it entertaining as well as informative.  So bare with me as I get all my creative juices flowing in one direction.  This video is all about how we continue to ignore water as one of our most important natural resource.  Enjoy.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ken Law Artist: An Interview with an Outsider