Straight From The Hawk’s Beak

babydolcprlGood afternoon ladies and gents – it has been awhile again, but 2014 has had a busy beginning, as I stated in the last blog entry: “Lots of Changes” which I posted on January 8th. I am taking online courses to improve my photography and Photoshop skills and as I stated in the last blog I am moving out of the studio space I have been in for almost 3 years and that move will be finalized as of next week. The last of my belongings, backdrops, display items, etc will be moved out.

As of next week, hopefully, I will be completely ready to start this next phase in my life. I have already had two new photo shoots (as you can see from the photo to the left) which I am spending a lot of time editing the pictures. Plus, I have updated my web store. Please, feel free to go have a look around and leave me comments.

I also have a bit of brand new exciting news to share as of TODAY actually:

We received an invite today to become a member of University Heights Arts Association – Trinton (myself) owner of TrinityHawk Photography & Multimedia and all of us here, are very honored and graciously accepted. We will be sending in our membership fee ASAP. If you are interested in knowing more about this wonderful Association you may check out their Facebook page here.

UHAA  is an association of resident artists, writers and performers to represent the University Heights Neighborhood, Buffalo NY –

An association of resident artists, writers and performers who will:
1) develop a cohesive plan to expand public art initiatives in the University Heights Neighborhood
2) oversee the public artistic ventures of the University Heights Neighborhood
3) promote artists who live here
4) integrate the University Heights art scene/community into the greater Western New York art community where appropriate

Moving On Up as the saying goes!!!

Baby Announcment

Now on a more personal note:

Also, my daughter will has entered her 2nd trimester of pregnancy so things are getting a wee bit easier on her and she is starting to show, which is exciting. In February I will get to go in with her to see the baby on thttps://transhawk.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phphe sonogram and hear the lil – grandbug (as I am calling her/him) heart beat. I am very much looking forward to this experience! We already have pictures and I will get these scanned in and posted soon. But until I can get the actual picture uploaded below is the baby announcement I created for her and her fiancee using the sonogram picture of the baby.

Below is an announcement I created for my Heart daughter and her husband with the birth of their lovely little girl. – I am so blessed. Busy but blessed, with such a wonderful family that is growing.  Plus, such wonderful followers as you.  Thank you from myself and all of us here at TrinityHawk Photography & Multimedia.  One last bit of information before closing out this blog for today.   If you want to keep up with TrinityHawk Photography & Multimedia and the short ins and outs of what is going on you can do so here.

So, until next time – keep creating  – peace and blessings to one and all!

anastiasia

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Lots of changes:

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Lots of changes have been taking place already this new year, 2014: Biggest change is I am moving out of the studio space I have occupied for more then two years. Main (ST)udios is changing as well and renovating into a space I feel won’t fit my needs, so I am moving out. Right now I will be working mainly out of my home while much of my finished art will be stored in a storage unit and sold on a website I am working on and Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrinityHawksMinishop.

I have a new Assistant – she is young and a very intelligent lady who is very much a go getter. We both are looking forward to once this move is finished, getting down to the business of creating art. I am going to teach her how to create art on the computer, my families traditional bead work, and I have already said I am going to put her to work on organizing my receipts and paperwork – to which she actually was excited about. – go figure – LOL

My Heart daughter has gone into the hospital today, 1/8/2014 to have her daughter. We are all very excited about this addition! Plus, my biological daughter found out she was expecting at Thanksgiving, gave us yet one more thing to count as a blessing. She is due in July, would be wonderful if she had my grandbug on our wedding anniversary (which happens to be my mother’s birthday) July 11th.

Our family has several birthdays in July, so if this little one wants its’ own birthday, s/he has some work to do to miss hitting a birthday *chuckle*. week12

Back to the fact that I am leaving my studio behind, part of what made this decision for me is the fact that I have been reinstated for SSI (supplementary Social Security). The government acknowledged once again that I am disabled due to my Fibro, RA, debilitating Cupual Tunnel, and back issues. However, I only get SSI not full disability because I am self employed have been for numbers of years and do not have enough “credits”. These are credits they mark down on your record for how long you have worked apparently, and according to their “records” I haven’t worked enough hours in my life to qualify for full disability.

However, I have worked in some fashion or another since I was 11/12 years old. The thing is to prove this fact is not one that is easy to do, and in my case at 46 years of age, is nearly impossible. As my wife and I have learned the Government does not keep very good records, they lose records regularly, and one MUST read what is sent you not just take for granted they will know what is going on. We received paperwork recently that said I was addicted to Vicodin, she hadn’t worked at all in June of 2013, and that I reside in a subsidized housing (um no I don’t).

So, with all this going on and needing to constantly be on the alert and keep the paperwork trail correct for the government we have decided it would be best if I go part time and retire part time. We will see how this plan works out..as we all know I am a work freak and do not sit still very well.

feelpeace In the center of all this I am continuing my meditation and trying to find my peaceful center. For I know to find the peace is to find that place where everything will fall into place. I also know that the perfect diamond in all its’ beauty and uniqueness is created from Charcoal under stress and pressure other wise it only remains dark, black charcoal.

I will keep you updated on how the changes are coming along – until that time here is one of my new pieces:

"Flight of The Butterflies"
“Flight of The Butterflies”

I hope you like it. Feel free to lave comments and thoughts.

Peace and Happiness to one and all – blessings to you and yours in the New Year!

Unscheduled Absence & Some Truth Telling:

Unscheduled Absence & Some Truth Telling:

I want to apologize for being missing in action for so long – I have been dealing with some medical issues and some family issues which have kept me from posting.  

I have been working on a few art pieces and a few filters when I have been able – those long sleepless nights – while sitting letting my mind go over issues, worries (which I know worries only borrow trouble) and trying to calm the pain which has decided to rack my body the past few weeks. 

When I am overwhelmed with so much I sometimes forget where to turn and start to spiral downwards. Today, this morning as I was doing my “make the bed – sit down and breath, let the pain subside – vacuum one room – sit down and breath, and let the pain subside etc..on and on –  It came to me that my ancestors did this when they were hurt many years ago.  Yet, they added one more step that I have forgotten to add in my daily routine – to help my recharging and healing.

Reach out to the great power – study what my greater power would do in a time like this (or have me do).  Find time to be spiritual.

What do Buddha’s teachings say about great times of pain and suffering?   He teach us that during great times of suffering we are working our way towards ending that suffering or we can wallow in the suffering.  There are 8 steps in ending the suffering.

1. Right View. The right way to think about life is to see the world through the eyes of the Buddha–with wisdom and compassion.

I myself, must admit I am having some problems with this first step, more so then I have in a long time. I am really struggling with looking at the world through Buddha’s eyes with Wisdom and Compassion.  I see the world full of Hatred and Greed.  Human’s that are Greedy, Ugly Individualistic Beings.

2. Right Thought. We are what we think. Clear and kind thoughts build good, strong characters.

Due to struggling with 1.  – 2. is also a struggle. I am generally a very positive thinker, very passive and straight forward person.  Think of what you want your outcome to be and work towards it.   Yet, do to my struggling with the first step in this focus –  this 2. step has started to faultier and I am losing my hope and dreams in all my passion in life.

3. Right Speech. By speaking kind and helpful words, we are respected and trusted by everyone.

*smile* – I do this still but it is, in all honesty, a mask.  But, a well practiced mask.

4. Right Conduct. No matter what we say, others know us from the way we behave. Before we criticize others, we should first see what we do ourselves.

This is not a problem generally – even now.  I try really hard not to criticize others.  For I feel their decisions and path are their choosing, not mine.    Even if I am feeling as I am now, and I feel a remark near the front of my mouth, I bite my tongue and say not what my mind says. For it is not my place, I have had to many people criticize me be it their place or not.

5. Right Livelihood. This means choosing a job that does not hurt others. The Buddha said, “Do not earn your living by harming others. Do not seek happiness by making others unhappy.”

*chuckle* – will this by any means is not a problem.  I am not working and that which I have chosen for a job seems to be the butt of everyone’s joke.

6. Right Effort. A worthwhile life means doing our best at all times and having good will toward others. This also means not wasting effort on things that harm ourselves and others.

I have tried to live this step for awhile now – giving and giving and giving and this is what lead me back to step one feeling the way I do.   I am drained!  I like to give and see the joy of those who truly appreciate it.  Yet, even they do not truly know how to give back in kind so that my energy is not depleted.  My family suffers finical, physically because everyone EXPECTS  good old T to do it for free!  To be the good ol boy!  Even those who do not know me all that well.  Those who say they are my friends and get all up in airs when “others” do the exact same thing.  Then they will turn around and ask for “favors”, for “help”  all out of the name of “friendship”.  Yet if I did such a thing I would be expected to pay for the service or they wouldn’t have the time.   So, perhaps I haven’t learned what “The Right Effort” is yet?

7. Right Mindfulness. This means being aware of our thoughts, words, and deeds.

I suppose I am learning this all over again.  I thought I knew what this was and practiced it.  But looking over the upper numbers in these lessons – perhaps I do not.

8. Right Concentration. Focus on one thought or object at a time. By doing this, we can be quiet and attain true peace of mind.

I use to be able to do this, my mind is wild these days.  I feel like scratching my brain out of my head at times just to get it to quite down.   I do not sleep and I barely eat.  Even when I am asleep my mind is continually going.  I need some quite time…  This is another reason why I have not done much creation, much art. 

I am working on being back in sync mentally, physically and spiritually – but until then my posts may be a bit scarce – I will post as I can. 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – INFRINGEMENT 2013 FESTIVAL OPENING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Main (ST)udios To Host Infringement 2013 Festival Opening Reception

July 26, 2013 6 -9pm!

Buffalo, NY 14203 – July 26, 2013 –   Buffalo Infringement Festival Annual art show is once again being kicked off from July 25 through August 4, and Main (ST)udios will be hosting the exhibit from July 18, for any who would like a sneak peek, through August 4th.  There will be an opening reception on July 26th from 6-9 pm open free to all the public!

Buffalo Infringement Festival 2013 and Main (ST)udios opening reception will be open to the public free of charge.  There will be everything from 2d art to Infringing on Fashion show which will show the different aspect of fashion art. There will also be refreshments and the local artist will be on hand to greet visitors and answer any questions.

For more information please feel to contact Main (ST)udios Gallery/Artists’ manager Erica Eichelkraut at:  (716) 866-6603 or info@mainstudiosbuffalo.com  You can also find more information here: http://mainstudiosbuffalo.com/ or http://infringebuffalo.org/

He Marches To A Different Drummer:

I was sitting at my wife’s doctor office I was waiting for her and letting my mind roam and my pen move across he journal I had with me, I ended up starting an autobiography. So, I am going to post a very rough draft here for you to have first peek at and give me your opinion.

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From time I was ike looking through a cloudy dream born to the time I was about six my memories are like looking through a cloudy dream state. I only get glimpses here and there, but most of what I know of my younger years is due to having two very good story tellers for parents for parents.

My mother; Marjorie Louise, a published writer and my father; Leslie Charlies (Levi), an oral story teller of the old style.  My mother worked for newspapers, and had stories published in magazines an anthologies. My father was one who could talk for hours and tell you a story several different ways.

The first few chapters will be a mixture between those cloudy memories and the stories I grew up hearing my parents tell.  How I was unafraid of anything, and I was curious about everything, which mixed together to make for a very good but challenging life from birth to 6 years.

I was the youngest of 5 children – 2 older sisters, one being 9 years older then I was and the other my Irish twin only being 13 months older, and 2 older brothers one being 8 and the other being 7 years older then I.  So, when mother went into labor with me, my father was told that he was going to have to choose, my mother or the baby (me).  The doctors did not think they were going to be able to save both of us.  My father of course choose my mother, after all they had 4 other children at home!

However, this was the first of a very long road for my guardian angel, and s/he was watching over me that day, June 20, 1967.  My mother and I both came out of the labor room ALIVE!  I had to be rushed to an “Oven” and be given oxygen ad I was literally a blue baby, but I was alive!  The bumpy, challenging life didn’t end here, this was only the beginning, and the next bump in this journey wasn’t as far away as my mother and father would hope for unfortunately.

Again my guardian angel had to be very close and watching like a hawk.  Because, I was born with various “strawberry birthmarks” on my head and forehead.  My mother some how knew that two of those marks were NOT birthmarks that they were something much more dangerous.  My mom finally convinced the doctors to have a look at these flat reddish marks on my head.  It turned out the red marks on my head was indeed not birthmarks but blood tumors that was growing inward and feeding off the main artery in my brain.  They agreed the best treatment would be to surgery remove the tumors. So at six weeks old I went under the knife and my Guardian Angel once again watched over me.

I Have Been WonderGhosted!

I hung out with a friend, another artist, for awhile this afternoon.  We ran a few errands, I showed him my studio and he tried on my black feathered wings (that I have at my studio).  That is when the real fun began.  What do you think is going to happen when two deep thinking artist get together?  LOL Light hearted art of course!!

Artist Helping Artist Network

Artist Helping Artist Network
Artist Helping Artist Network

I have started a new group on FB “Artist Helping Artist Network”, I hope this group takes off and There is a lot of communicating between artist from all over, Here in Buffalo and Western NY but also other states and even countries.  Talking about how they market their artwork, how they work together with in their own communities etc.  I truly believe that Artist with in a Community need to work together to help the Artist Community grow because if they don’t that Community won’t grow it will stagnate and die. There will be to much in fighting and cliques being built “East side” vs “West side”, “Contemporary” vs “Photography”  vs “Realism” etc., and then again we have those who say if don’t have formal training you can’t possibly be an artist.  What ever happen to apprenticeships or born in talent?  With all these cliques and inner fighting the Art Community will die out,  I have seen it happen and it is a very sad thing to watch.  Because Art is really the center point to many economies  and to many education plans.

Art can bring tourist into a town/city, it gets children and teens off streets and give them something to do on the days they don’t have school. Art has saved lives, healed those who are sick, mentally and physically.  I have always said “Art is the Music to my Soul”!   If I get down or feeling like I am losing control of my life, I shut myself into a room and lose myself into an art piece, my art works what ever is bothering me out onto that canvas and I come out feeling refreshed and all ready to face what ever is stressing me out.  Or I can take my camera and just go off into solitary walk and just lose myself into taking pictures of what ever hits me at the moment.  I meditate as I take those pictures, losing myself into the moment.   Again, I return refreshed and ready to return to what ever it is I need to face.

I know others who do the same thing but with music, beading, wood working, dancing, writing, etc.  What is it that can cause you to go into the “moment of focus” and then feel totally ready to face a problem?

If you are on FB and interested in joining my new group Artist Helping Artist Network please go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/491008764300955/

Just a side note* This group is not just for artist, it is for anyone in the art community – Artist, Art Dealers, Art Gallery Directors, Owners, Curators etc, Art Collectors, Those looking to Sponsor Artist – Etc

What are your thoughts on Art Communities in your area?

“We Are All One”

“The day everyone accepts the responsibility of being one with God, is the day we make our world more peaceful, loving and spiritual.”

Strength

Strength

I created this this morning for one of my other blogs: Go Green

I have been doing even more deep thinking then usual and I am known for being a deep thinker. This graphic is a result. I may turn this into a poster….still debating on this thought.

Your comments are welcomed.

working and growing….

This past month has been amazingly out of this world busy and it appears to be slowing down just a bit but not a lot, just refocusing the busy in different areas of life.  I have lost a contract as it has come to an end and I am picking up 4 commissions, a live demo painting job and a local charity, seven chances, company has hired me to design their new logo, business cards, and a flyer for their up coming fundraiser.  PLUS – I have an art piece I have to get done before this coming Friday the 7th for an up coming art show I have been invited to be apart of.   Life is good – Life is good.

I must not forget that I am also preparing to write for an up coming new magazine called “Strange Beauty” and will be having some of my photography published with its’ pages.  What will I be writing?  Will I be actually answering questions because I be writing an advice column. I actually need to come up for a title for it, which I have yet to do.  But, haven’t received a launch date yet for the first issue so I am good on time, I think.

Below is a couple of pics I have done for a couple of people just in the past few ways…comments are welcomed.

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