I had been thinking of starting a blog. After several months of mental reasoning (excuses), some of which include: not enough time, I don’t know how to blog, nobody will read it, how do I connect a blog onto my website, and, what will I blog about?..I finally had enough excuses…and they were getting me nowhere.

So, here it is. My first blog post which I am planning to write often. Every day perhaps. But it is still too soon for me to guarantee a daily post – that sounds like too much commitment for now.

I have to write either late at night or early in the morning before Lucy (2 1/2 yr old daughter) wakes up. Oh yeah, that was another excuse…”I can’t blog because I am too busy being a stay at home dad – I don’t have enough time.”

The WAKE UP! Van
I purchased my van in 2007. It is a big white Ford E-250 . Whenever I see a large white surface, I see a blank canvas waiting for something to be created. I really never thought I would be the person with an "Art Car" but as soon as I purchased the van, ideas began swarming into my head. "What should I do with this big white van?" After a few years, and many - many ideas. The winning idea was to create a huge WAKE UP! collage on the side of my van.

Since creating the WAKE UP! van, I have had lots of people take pictures, ask for photos, and want to see more. So I started making my own prints and selling them http://www.joelharrisstudio.com/moder...EUPLG.html (or giving them away).

I do a few art shows each month, and since I'm not able to bring my van into the shows, I decided I needed to create a Wake Up collage on canvas to share with people.

This is my latest mixed media painting on canvas. Very similar to the design on my van - it has the same overall message - but the dimensions were a lot smaller and more difficult (and more fun) to cut and paste onto canvas.

--- Update --- So this will be the challenge with my Blog: Lucy woke up about 2 hours ago and since that time, we have had breakfast, done "potty time" twice, fed our rabbits, shoveled and turned over the compost pile, and now Lucy is having a snack. So I have a few more minutes to write...and I think this is already getting too long for a blog - right?

One more thing before returning to the bunnies and compost pile with Lucy (I know, life is great). More info about the "WAKE UP!" concept can be found here http://www.joelharrisstudio.com/WAKE.UP.htm

Thank you for visiting my blog and joining me on this journey.

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WAKE UP! Original Collage/Mixed Media and Acrylic on Canvas - By Joel R Harris

WAKE UP! Original Collage/Mixed Media and Acrylic on Canvas - By Joel R Harris