“Are you trying too hard to be something you are not, or are you not trying hard enough to be something you want to be?”

As I continue trying to improve my skills as an artist, I keep pondering that question. I believe you have to set yourself into the mindset that you are able to accomplish anything you work hard enough for. With that in mind though, there is working hard in a vacuum or working hard with guidance. Which do you feel will achieve better results?

So, I’m in the process of finding the right guidance at this time. That in itself seems to be a journey. There is no lack of potential programs out there, each espousing why their program is the best to get you where you want to go. Then there is traditional schooling, community colleges, and community level art programs one can look into. However, these are somewhat less accessible to the full time worker. Also, there is a vast ocean of free guides and tips, how-to’s and not-to’s…one can drown from the deluge just trying to determine which will be beneficial to you.

Where does that leave me right now? Still searching. Whatever I choose though, it is apparent that it will take time and dedication so first I need to work on getting that together, likely at the expense of other hobbies and also with some help from better use of the time I do have. I will fill this new time with continued research and independent drawing and art work.

Are you trying to pick up a new set of skills yourself? I would love to hear how you made the time in an already busy life.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Jim Sponseller – – 2021

Happy Father’s Day 2021!

Cook Forest Hike 2021

Happy Father’s Day to the many fathers in the world! I have been enjoying the wonderful state of fatherhood myself!

The photo above I snapped during a family hike at Cook Forest, PA just this week leading up to Father’s Day. My family brings me so much joy!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Jim Sponseller – – 2021

Weekly Update, 6/6/21

Sunset 06/04/2021

I captured this view while working in our garden just before sundown on Friday evening. With so much outside work to do right now, I have had less time than I would like for working on some art projects but I continue to practice as time permits.

I hope you all have a great day!

Jim Sponseller – – 2021

Dianthus, Another Day…

Pink Dianthus Blooms

Our dianthus flowers are blooming strong right now. Really adds some color to our butterfly garden. I snapped this photo just yesterday early afternoon.

On the art endeavor front, I recently picked up some graphite pencils and blending stomp, a few charcoal pencils to go with some pastels, and some pastel paper. I hope to get some time to work on a few pieces soon. I will share those results here so stay tuned!

Have a great day!

Jim Sponseller – – 2021