Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Damask Union Jack and Big Ds Redneck Minute

     Heynow! I've been getting into painting and designing graphics. Here are some designs that I've come up with this month, so far:

Damask Union Jack

Big D's Redneck Minute
A friend of mine knows this guy that is a YouTube personality and he was asking artists to design some t-shirt designs and my friend thought it would be good for me to do a design for him, so here's what I sketched.
Here's his YouTube channel:

Gretsch Hollowbody (Unfinished)

Indiana Jones
Harrison Ford

Han Solo
Harrison Ford

Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter

Freddie Mercury

     That's all I've got for today. I'm not sure what design I'll be putting on canvas yet but I'm sure I'll do the Gretsch Hollowbody. Originally the color was red but I've noticed that painting red doesn't come out great the first time. I don't want to repaint parts, I just wanna do it once and it looks great. 

     Personal Rant: This week has been a hard one for me. Bills coming at the same time such as: rent, utilities, Angel's car insurance, and Angel's car payment (all together about $1000 in one day, this Friday). Along with Angel's car repair and me having an asthma attack and going to the hospital. I hate Angel's car. That thing has caused nothing but troubles. First, when Angel bought the car in Lexington, the car dealership did her a "favor" by letting her take it for the night and then come back in the morning to see if she wanted to buy it. Of course, she compared it to her previous car and liked it. She bought the car and that was it. Later on Angel didn't like it anymore (with high MPG and it being too big) she wanted to trade it for a different vehicle. Apparently, the car had frame damage. The car dealership had "no knowledge of it" because it wan't on the Carfax. There was another company that has a more detailed Carfax and it clearly showed that it had frame damage and that the dealership covered it up. Fast forward to this week, Angel noticed the Rack n Pinion was messing up again so she took it to the mechanic that "fixed it" the first time. The mechanic is located in Lexington (I think the dealership and the mechanic work together), so they arranged a tow truck to pick up Angel and her car and take it to the shop. They said that the car was not suitable to drive there. The mechanic said "We will tow it up, free of change and take a look at it." Apparently there was "nothing wrong with it" and we were charged $343 for the tow since nothing was wrong. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!? You said you would look at it, told us it was unsuitable to drive, and you find out NOTHINGS WRONG WITH IT?! and she has to drive it back home! A sixteen year old could tell somethings wrong with it just by taking it for a test drive. So Angel is looking into getting a lawyer and settling this thing once and for all. I just want this thing to go away and have this vehicle blocked out of my mind forever. So with the car and bills, I end up coughing my head off so bad that I had to drive to the hospital where Angel works. I get admitted, get a breathing treatment, get shots, get chest x-ray, and get prescriptions. After all that, I don't have enough money to get $80 worth of prescriptions. I've felt so low this week. Being sick, busting my ass at work, going home and designing and painting, stressing about money, stressing about Angel being okay to drive to work. Angel and I are just trying to make a living and this week is/was a perfect storm of shit. I don't know what gets me by, maybe it's just distractions that keep me busy like designing and painting, but I know that Angel keeps me sane in times like these. She takes on the stress even though I don't want her to. She's my safe house, my security blanket. I'm so glad I have her in my life. I always thought there was no one in the world that would get me and my quirks. I always thought I was gonna be alone for the rest of my life. I am so lucky to have her. We just have different work schedules and we never get to see each other anymore. Luckily, she has every Saturday off this month which is ultra rare and I can't wait for Valentine's Day and the Saturdays we'll have together. I know this rant turned into love thing but that's how life goes really. At rock bottom you appreciate the things you have and that helps you climb to the top. Be appreciative of the loved ones you have. There are some people that don't have those people and they sink lower and lower into the abyss. I think those people are the murderers and criminals that never made that kind of love in their soul. I don't know. I just know that this week has been hard, financially. I've felt like the low man on the totem pole, not being able to afford medicine to make me better. I try to phase it out of my mind and think of the loved ones I have and not take them for granted. I've got a few things planned for Angel on Valentines Day, a scavenger hunt perhaps. I just hope she likes it so that I can see the smile on her face and in her eyes, in the end that is want will make me happy again. Cheers mate, later peeps.

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