Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages I love creating collages as they help me pull together things that catch my attention and remind me to pause and inhale the beauty in my surroundings. If art is in the eyes of the beholder, then we come to it with our own perspective and vision of ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Self Portrait…

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Fun Flower Facts: Primrose

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How to Grow Hens and Chicks Plant

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When Toilets Flushed…Ah, the Good Ole Days

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7 Questions With an Author: Tyler Tarver

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Ask The Brit... Anything British!

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Memoirs and Book Signings Aren’t for Sissies

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The Science of Sin

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Stephen - The Chubby Chatterbox
November 11, 2012, 10:17 am

Peculiar Picture #17

To my knowledge, this illustration from my royalty free CD Business Fundamentals has never been used.

Years ago I sat in my studio imagining what sort of illustrations art directors could use. Altogether, I created sixty images for my CD and I still receive royalty checks. Most of these illustrations have made their way into books and magazines around the world, but this one has yet to be published.

Can you think of a purpose for this picture?

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Hope to see you there.

Stephen - The Chubby Chatterbox

Stephen - The Chubby Chatterbox

Visit Stephen Hayes’ blog Chubby Chatterbox for excerpts from Hayes’ memoir The Kid in the Kaleidoscope, a collection of observations about growing up in the Fifties, Sixties and beyond. The Chubby Chatterbox is an unabashedly sentimental journey seen through the eyes of an artist, traveler and world-class screw-up.

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