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All wedding rings should last a lifetime. Choosing the right ring can be a daunting task, whether you’re doing it for the first or the umpteenth time. The terminology associated with the rings is often rather confusing. The wide variety of rings available in the market make it harder to focus on a single one. This partly explains why it’s easy to make mistakes when looking for male wedding bands for the biggest celebration of your life.

The mistakes you should avoid include:

Failure to know your size

Buying the rings online is a huge mistake. This is because the online jeweler or seller is unable to take your size. Buying from an offline store is a better option as it gives the seller the chance to measure you up and know your size. Look for an online company that takes measurements using proprietary sizing formulas. Allow a professional to measure your size. Do this and you won’t have to worry about sending the rings back to be adjusted or replaced.

Entrapment in tradition

Tradition can trap and limit your options. You have more options than the diamond rings you have focused on since you began planning the wedding. You don’t have to limit yourself to the money society says should be spent on wedding bands. You have the final decision on the kind of male wedding bands to spend money on and wear for the rest of your life. What’s more, you’re free to invest the money on a different item instead of wedding rings.

Letting long-term concerns intimidate you

Ideally, you get married to have a partner and companion to spend the rest of your life with. But, it’s normal for breakups to occur. This should not be at the back of your mind when making a decision on the type of wedding ring to buy or wear. What you should know is that jewelers are capable of adding any extra feature, or detail you want on your wedding bands. Therefore, get a simple one and add whatever you want as time goes by.

Placing too much focus on cost

The cost of wedding bands can make you teary. If you look hard enough, you might just find the deal of the century and end up with some amazing wedding bands. Planning a wedding means spend too much time thinking and worrying about money. If the cost seems prohibitive, get something you can afford. Do some research and visit jewelers until you get a good deal.

Therefore, you can avoid making these costly mistakes. After all, a wedding ring isn’t a cheap item. So, a seemingly innocent mistake can cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars to rectify depending on the type of wedding ring you bought. Ask for help from experts where possible. Make the Internet your friend and source of information, but only by relying on reputable professionals.

If all seems hard to do, consult male wedding bands sellers. Don’t go out to look for wedding bands feeling less confident about your abilities to identify the best ones. The industry is full of people who want to take advantage of individuals like you. If you don’t know what you want, somebody will sell anything to you. Ask help from reliable sources and companies while avoiding to buy from strange sites.

The world has gone digital. The digital era is here to stay. It’s hard to predict with 100% accuracy what the future holds, but for now, everything is digital. Making music now depends on the digital tools that you have. For example, you don’t have to struggle to make beats when you can choose from the best beat making software. With such software, you will never have to worry about making beats whether you’re a novice or an experienced hand.

Therefore, what should you look for when choosing beat making software?

Computer Specs

This is crucial since you will be using the beat making software on your computer. For this reason, you should ask the seller to explain the minimum specs that your computer should have. Failure to ask this question could leave you with software that doesn’t run as it should. The problems could make it impossible for you to produce the right beats. If you’re a commercial beat producer, failure of the software to function properly could affect your business negatively.

Free Tutorials

A novice beat maker needs as much help as he can get. The best beat making software comes with free video tutorials. The tutorial educates you how to use the software. Some software comes with PDF manuals that contain all the information you need in operating the beat maker. The videos and manuals are full of detailed explanations of each feature that’s on the software. It’s much easier to follow instructions on the video, though.

Customer Support

Be wary of the retailer from whom you buy the beat maker. Choose a retailer renowned for offering exemplary customer support. After all, the beat maker will develop problems, which would require immediate attention to resolve. Therefore, spend time on the Internet and several customer review platforms seeing the reputation of each manufacturer or seller where customer support is concerned. Avoid buying from vendors who have poor customer support.


Compare each beat maker by paying attention to its features, options and functions. It’s true that some beat makers share several similar functionalities. However, you can identify the best because of the exceptional features they possess. Look for beat makers whose features make them easy to use. Avoid choosing a beat maker because it has better features, as these may prove difficult for you to use, thus a waste of time in an industry that demands quick turnaround.

License Type

Ideally, you should choose a beat maker that comes with a lifetime license. The lifetime license allows you to receive all upcoming updates freely. However, many beat makers don’t come with lifetime licenses. Therefore, examine the type of license the software has before spending money buying it. Failure to do this would mean spending money on new updates every time they come out, which could prove costly if the manufacturer releases them on a monthly basis.

Remember to check the software’s license type, features, customer support, availability of free tutorials and computer specs. Follow this guideline to have an easier time choosing the best beat making software. You may also contact other experts to learn from them the best features to look for when selecting such types of software. As long as you follow this guideline, making beats using your computer will never be a huge problem for you.


Posted on December 23, 2012


Oil on Wood Panel
11 x 14


Posted on December 04, 2012

Oil on Wood Panel



Posted on November 25, 2012

Well, technically we were married by the wonderful Pastor John Jenks, but we did it at Roq La Rue Gallery surrounded by the wonderful “Lush Life” show. The ceremony was simple as it was beautiful and my lovely wife Heather was radiant. Surrounded by friends and family we couldn’t have asked for a better day and a better place to have it. Here’s to all the people that made our wedding come together and to many years of happiness and painting with my new bride.


Posted on November 17, 2012

Oil on Panel
11 x 14lrg-bloodfromstone


Posted on November 17, 2012


Oil on Wood Panel
16 x 20


Posted on November 12, 2012



Posted on October 17, 2012

Oil on Panel

18 x 24lrg-deadair


Posted on October 03, 2012

Oil on wood panel
6 x 8lrg-stranger

I think if you were to ask any artist which painting of theirs they liked the most they would, to a person, say “none of them”… At least the ones I’ve talked to have, (You may have to ply them with libations.) It’s a hard fact that as artists we get way too close to our own work to really enjoy the piece as much as an outsider would. It’s just too familiar to really be that intriguing. Also, every artist will also tell you, if you get them in the right circumstance or, again, with enough booze in them, that we really don’t know how we do what we do. Sure we know in the greater sense, “apply paint to canvas with brush” kind of knowledge, but it’s the other finer points of creating art, the stuff that’s happening waaaay down below the surface that we just can’t put into words. As a result there’s always “happy accidents” that occur. It’s these little gems that intrigue me about my own work.

For the most part I look at the entirety of a painting always aware that no matter how “good” I am I could always be better and yet without fail there’s always a spot, sometimes two, in every painting that just sings. It’s an odd experience to try and explain, so just trust me, it’s true. For example in this particular painting my favorite spot is the area just behind the brim of the fish’s hat over on the left hand side. The way the clouds come together there and play off the light illuminating the tops of the cypress trees just happened so nicely that I wish I could achieve that level of perfection over the entirety of every painting I ever do. Unfortunately that’s not the way it works and so I struggle boldly on.

So the next time you’re at a gallery opening or happen to be chatting up an artist in line at the coffee shop or at waiting to see a Metallica cover band at the bar up the street, don’t ask them which is their favorite piece of art, you already know that answer. Ask them instead, of any given painting, which is their favorite part… You may need beer.


Posted on October 02, 2012

I usually get my ideas in a flash of inspiration. It comes when I least expect it and usually revolves around something I’ve seen or done recently. This piece came not long after I watched “Adaptation”. Though this image has little to do with the movie in general it’s got a lot to do with a specific moment. Specifically a passing reference to the literary pitfall, “deus ex machina”.

“Deus ex machina” literally means “God from the machine”. In writing it means that when a writer paints himself into a corner he creates a convenient solution to get out.lrg-piscisex

“Piscis Ex Machina” means “fish from the machine”. I meant it simply as a play on words as I had included the fish and thought it would be a great tie-in to include them in the title. However, I realized that there was much more going on here. The intentional “deus ex machina” is, of course, the key. It hangs on a wire being delivered from out of frame. Because the robot needs to be wound, the key becomes the classic “deus ex machina”.

Yet, if you look in the background there’s a clockwork device. Originally it was supposed to be a clock and you can still see the demarcations around the outside ring, but, as I finished the image I realized there was no way I could insert the hands without destroying the composition, SO, I left them out. In other words, I used my influence as a creator to conveniently remove myself from a painted corner… In other words, “deus ex machina”!

These are the things that make me love art. The accidents that allow me to be surprised by the very art that I supposedly have such control over… And if you’re still not convinced, the title was originally going to be “Deus Ex Machina”. The fish I put in simply because needed something to fill the bottom of the image.


Posted on September 23, 2012

Oil on Wood Panel 16 x 20



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Posted on August 26, 2012



Posted on August 23, 2012

lrg-redstarRise of the Red Star was more of an experiment really. As an artist I am interested in creating images that evoke a response in a viewer. As such I try to create images that have the suggestion of a story but don’t have any concrete direction, the thought being, the more I direct the process the less a viewer will contribute and thus the less an image will resonate with that viewer’s psyche. When I started Rise of the Red Star I tried to pick elements that were wholly disparate, a grab bag of interesting objects thrown together to form the loosest possible framework for a story. How clever was I? After I had finished I decided, not really. I looked on what I had done compared to all the others that had come before and chalked it up as a failure. I thought at the time that as an image Rise was too disparate, too abstract, too absurd to hold anyone’s attention and as such the connection to the viewer and the results I so desired, image plus viewer equals Art, would never coalesce… How wrong I was. For some reason people really respond to this piece. Maybe it’s the pure abstraction of idea that makes it so malleable as to fit any idiom, maybe it’s just because it’s so strange it stands out from the visual noise and becomes a beacon, drawing people in. Whatever the reason, I’ve gotten more responses from this image than any number of my other pieces combined. In the end it just goes to show you I’m not half as smart of half as clever as I like to give myself credit for…


Posted on August 20, 2012

Oil on wood panel
10 x 8lrg-exodus


Posted on August 17, 2012

Ten Stone Tea was a bit of an adventure for me. I had been feeling artistically weighed down with a seemingly endless parade of lrg-tenstonefreelance jobs not to mention my full time, nine to five job. After I finally got a little bit of time for myself I decided that to keep myself fresh and to recharge my batteries I would do a painting just for me. This is the result.

To tell you the God’s honest truth I wasn’t really sure of what to paint when I started and frankly most of the elements in this painting are stuff I put in on the fly. In the end however everything came together quite nicely and now I have a much stronger appreciation of my subconscious.

I would also like to note I was so enamored with the method and the style of this painting I decided this would only be the very first in a long series of paintings that I will at some future date collect into a book and publish.


Posted on August 17, 2012

This is another of my latest, “Painting by the seat of my pants” (Or lrg-ninthangelpanting by the seat of my paints…) I’m not sure if it really fits the mood of the previous piece or if it’ll ultimately end up in the “book” but for right now I quite enjoy the feeling of this image. Admittedly the background is a little plain but as fellow artist Jim Goodliff pointed out, it kind of suits the piece.

Furthermore I would like to point out that the pattern on the wall is the brainchild of my lovely wife Halima. I had originally planned on putting a row of Trilobite fossils embedded into the wall but after describing the piece to her she suggested using the wishbones instead. Just goes to show that first, one need not be an artist to be creative and second, I’m anything but infallible.


Posted on August 17, 2012

Digital- Painter 8
6 x 8

I’ve always enjoyed self portraits. Not necessarily doing them but looking at what other artists do. I think a self portrait is really an unabashed view of how an artist sees himself, or more to the point how they think the world percieves them. I was recently asked to do an interview for a webzine and as part of the bit I was asked to include a headshot or a self portrait. Because every single photograph ever taken of me makes me look A) retarded B) ugly or C) both, I opted for the self portrait. This is what came out.

I guess I think the world sees me as some sort of floaty-head macabre, ghost-pirate that’s into carving numbers on their forehead.

Maybe I need to rethink thingslrg-selfportrait


Posted on August 11, 2012


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