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Sometimes you have to redefines yourself as an artist. Generally, I'm an historical architectural artist after drawing historical buildings throughout America France, Spain and especially in New Orleans for fifteen years. I also do pet portraits and people portraits also. I'm an artist. I'm unpredictable! Because we change personally in so many aspects of our lives, we all need to redefine ourselves in these hi tech social media times we are in. I.e., "don't smoke, don't drink; what do you do? "Well, I haven't eaten a hamburger steak or pork chops since 1984 and I pointed out to my wife Carma, that the flat irons in Eureka Springs were built in 1985 and pointing out that it was a great example of architectural integrity and how they used the blueprints from an old building that stood on the same spot there and re-created it to what we see today. Things change, but sometimes they stay the same. The preconceived nature of things is a given we expect things to be continually the way we perceive them. Prejudice or prerogative? In America the land of the choices we expect there to be a choice in everything. Can you dye my eyes to match my dress? Why yes here in the land of Oz we can now. But just because you can doesn't mean you should. In America you can be part of the problem part of the plan part of the solution or part of the plot. On the other hand you can be part of your own thing you can be chopping wood in Montana as I say while watching the crazy news from the noon to six report. I pointed out to Carmel also that in everyday life you can either become involved in the situation or walk away or just never show up to the situation or respond to it and therefore you're not part of it and if it's not visible to you then it never happened that wayof it. Do I listen to my own advice. Why no I don't so we went to town Eureka Springs I sometimes call it a dead dogtown because generally in the off-season there's not much going on. We were Christmas shopping and walk up Spring Street and stopped in to buy a Christmas gift at crazy bone. The upstairs portion of this little mini mall on Spring Street at been developed into an extended portion with artwork and gallery space. I didn't notice that it had changed until we walked up there. In fact it had been at least a year and a half before I had noticed that they were even doing construction up there. That's how long it had been since I had been to downtown. Shopping experience was wonderful the new development was interesting artwork carved wood pieces and puzzle shapes around the walls with using color and what look like some chainsaw carving. We ran into old friends that we hadn't seen in a long time no wonder. And I sat and waited and even looked at some of the clothing that they had on display while Carma shooed. As I sat down on one of the nice wooden benches over the little atrium walk roundabout at the top of the stairs and rewrote part of the Christmas song that was playing on the sound system. I think it was a wonderful Christmas time by Paul McCartney and I matched up some keyboard affect parts and sat there and waited and Carma made her purchases, we said our goodbyes and walked on up Spring Street. Why yes I was jamming to the ambient Christmas music on my iPad while shopping in the mini mall. Banjovi was playing banjo breakdown in front of Anny Ann's Boutique at the outdoor bench. As we walked by Carmen said to me, "Is annyAnny in there." And I mockingly said because she is from Korea, "oh no her not there her ride bike or float river in kayak on vacation." Very interesting stylish fashion, if you can fit in the little brass slot in the door that's usually used for mail. We made our way on past the New Orleans hotel looking in windows at where I had made the signed work there over several of the doorways in the interior, while doing vinyl cutting. The hotel New Orleans, les stick restaurant and Annie Ann's From there, we thought we would get a bite to eat of lunch, so we stopped in the new restaurant just around the 90 degree left turn corner on Spring Street. My Indian friends and fellow Indian musician flute player John Two Hawks formally owned. (Truly relaxing music too.) 'Thinking out loud' was playing on the box as we walked in. Carma and I always change the word 'love for 'drugs' in the chorus. The waiter pointed out that we could just sit anywhere. .....

Michael McAleer

Sometimes you have to redefines yourself as an artist. Generally, I'm an historical architectural artist after drawing historical buildings throughout America France, Spain and especially in New Orleans for fifteen years. I also do pet portraits and people portraits also. I'm an artist. I'm unpredictable! Because we change personally in so many aspects of our lives, we all need to redefine ourselves

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