Sunday, February 02, 2014

Ground Hogs Day and Distractions... with a side of Superbowl

Well happy Ground Hogs day.. that silly ground hog saw his shadow so its 6 more weeks of winter ... but then again... its still 6 weeks and 5 days till Spring.. so.. duh!  :)

I was born in the 60's, raised in the 70's and went to high school in the 80's.. and well, lets not even talk about the 90's...  but as time marches on, and most especially in the last 3 decades, the amount of things, gadgets, and technologies has us more distracted then ever!  We are distracted from our families, from our friends, our jobs, and most importantly from God with things like video games, on-demand movies  and tv shows, and particularly social media.  More often then not when a group of people get together, at some point at least half the group will be staring down at their phones, facebooking or tweeting, checking emails or playing angry birds or fruit ninja insteadof just enjoying the company.

Thats the world we live in where technology has us hooked to the point that most people feel they couldn't live without it,. I'm totally guilty.  I allow so many distractions to keep me from creating artwork,  Facebook is my biggest weakness. I love to read all the facebook post, I love to watch all my artist friend create and post new art to their timelines and to groups, so much so that the 10 minutes i figured I would give myself to "check" my facebook turns into an hour or two.  By the time I finish its time to start dinner or I just feel I havent left myself enough time to get started on a new project.

I also have let Facebook and other technologies distract me from spending time with God, in his word and just simple time with him.  Going back to the artwork, when I'm painting I feel like I'm spending time with God, as it was God who gave me the talent to paint, and God who created the world around me that i paint. So His hands are all over it and when I allow other things from keeping me from enjoying my time painting, Im also allowing myself to be distracted from God.

Friday night on Facebook I announced I was taking the weekend off of Facebook and wouldn't be back on till Sunday night.  I was going to use that time to create art.  That lasted til about 2 pm Saturday... sigh. The good news, is that I did create some art.... and I will be making a conscience effort to avoid the distractions.

Oh and there is a Superbowl on tonight.....
One Last Ride
9" x 12"

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