Etsy Store for Sharon S. Jones Fine Art Photography

Sharon has just added new photos to her Etsy store recently and is always adding new images as we travel about. Great photography is a true art form and Sharon has a great eye(I may be just a little biased because she’s my wife). She has something for everyone I think. Our favorites are black and white but she takes great color shots as well.

We search out places that are off the beaten path during our travels and that is where many of the shots are taken. We sell signed prints in a variety of sizes as well as give quotes and ship “ready to hang” signed and framed pieces.

Please take a look around the store here. Her photography store can also be found by searching the Etsy stores for “SharonSJones”.

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Where Will Life Lead You?

In March of 2007, I got out of bed at 3am on a Saturday morning. My wife had to work that day. I left her sleeping, started my 05 Dodge pickup and headed for San Antonio, Texas. I was excited to pick up our new travel trailer and get back home before Sharon got home from work. 

It was only for vacation. It was for quality family time. We had one child still at home, our daughter Robyn. I was a truck driver then. I was into writing the first few chapters of Indian Paintbrush. It would become my first novel in the spring of 2013. 

Sharon worked as a registered nurse at our local hospital. She worked very hard to get to that point in life. She worked against seemingly impossible odds. She believed nursing was her one and only calling. As it turned out, she had another calling. 

In July of 2009, we started construction on a new home. We were working our “careers” as a truck driver and nurse, respectively. 

In the summer of 2012, we closed on the sale of our “dream” home. We moved into our 5 year old 34ft travel trailer with no long term plan. We sold or gave away everything except the travel trailer, the 05 Dodge truck, and a few antiques and keepsakes. We did all this in the interest of chasing our real dreams. 

Fast forward to today. We still live in that 07 34ft travel trailer, towed by that same 05 Dodge pickup. Sharon takes photos daily. The photos make her happy. In fact, they make others happy. So happy, they are willing to pay her for them. 

I’m working on my second novel. That’s my job. I don’t do it at highway rest area picknick tables or in a semi truck during breaks. 

We park our “home” at our favorite places at our favorite times. We don’t know when or how much we’ll make from week to week. We’re happier than ever before. We are the artists we always wanted to be. We’ve succeeded no mater what happens from here. 

All we had to do was take the first step. Then, we had to keep walking in that direction. 

Brian

Art Market This Weekend

Writing has been on hold the past few weeks while we get ready for the Cloudcroft, NM October Art Show. Sharon has been busy going through all her photographs, printing, and framing. She’s got quite a body of work now and growing almost daily. We have around 80 framed photos and another 100 matted for the show.

Her work will be on display and for sale this Saturday and Sunday. We’ll make the 270 mile trek to New Mexico tomorrow to get set up for the outdoor event. Wish her luck! 

Please take a look at our “About Us” page and click our links to see her wonderful photography or to check out my novel, Indian Paintbrush.

Brian

Sharon S. Jones Fine Art Photography in the Cloudcroft October Art Festival

Sharon has been selected as one of the artists that will have their work on display and for sale at the upcoming Cloudcroft, NM October Art Festival. It will be held on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th at Cloudcroft’s Zenith Park.

Here are just a few of Sharon’s photos that may be on display. There are many more that can be viewed and purchased at Sharon’s Fine Art America page¬†or from her Etsy store.

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Sooner Rather Than Later…

In light of the terrible experience we’ve had camp hosting this summer, we decided to depart early. The managers here said they understood when I told them we couldn’t take anymore “babysitting” and we parted on good terms last Sunday. I can’t even begin to explain the relief we feel getting free of this last workamping job. I’m sure I couldn’t have lasted till the season’s end. 

The good news, make that great news, is we’ll have the remainder of the season to get some work done on our own respective crafts. We moved from our camp where we were hosts to another area about 1.5 miles up the road to unwind for a few days. We’ll be moving out to dispersed camping here in the Cloudcroft area in a few more days. I can’t wait to get back to work on my novel. Then we’ll be moving on north and into Colorado for the remainder of summer. 

As far as my first novel, it’s been over 2 years since Indian Paintbrush was first published. It’s a very, very slow process but it’s finally getting a bit more attention. Though I’m nowhere near making my living from writing, I can now see the possibility is there. 

I’ll be posting some samples from Indian Paintbrush here on the blog over the next few weeks. Please check it out on our “About Us” page. Click the link there and check out the reviews I’ve gotten so far. It’s only $3.99. Also, take a look at Sharon’s photography. There a link for that too on the “About Us” page. Don’t forget to check back to read samples from my first novel, Indian Paintbrush.

Till next time, Brian.

What is wrong with people?

I’ll try not to go all negative here. I’ll also try not to rant and rave and get up on my soap box. 

I used to like people and I used to like the atmosphere at a campground. Don’t get me wrong. We get some great campers here at the Pines Campground. We’ve met some of the nicest folks. They have been great, conscientious neighbors. We’ve been commended on how we run the camp and how clean everything is. Unfortunately, they’ve been the minority. 

We get a slew of people that can’t or won’t read a sign. If they do read the rules, it’s like they’re are going down the list breaking each one. We do our best to keep it nice and quiet for our campers who come here specifically for the peace and quiet. And I can tell you, it can be a 24 hour a day job sometimes. 

I have been coming to these camps in this area literally my whole life and it was always a rare occasion to see a camp host having to enforce an obvious, common sense rule. It should be as simple as being a good neighbor and not trashing nature. 

I don’t know what is happening to people but so many just do not care about anything but their own selfish agenda. What started out as a way to spend the summer in a place we love and stretch our dollar a bit, has turned into one of the most frustrating, stressful times for me that I can remember.

My plan was to finish my 2nd novel’s first draft here and have it published by the end of the year. But between collecting fees that folks try to avoid paying, making people park in appropriate locations, and telling people that their music shouldn’t be able to be heard by folks in the next county; and let’s not forget the ones who think their children should be able roam and run through everyone else’s camp site all day and all night, we have time for nothing else. 

I always try to keep this blog positive, but my poor wife is sick of listening to me gripe. So, my readers are the lucky ones today. Speaking of my dear spouse, she is such a better person than I could ever be. If it weren’t for her, I’d have hitched up the house and moved out to middle of nowhere by now, leaving this camp high and dry with no host long ago. So, I reluctantly agreed to try and stay to the end of our obligation. 

Even though we are not yet at the point of covering all our living expenses from my writing and her photography, I vow to not take a job that gets in the way of our dreams again. Though these workamp jobs do stretch a dollar, I have to wonder where we’d be with our respective crafts if we hadn’t taken temporary jobs along the way that inevitably delayed what might await us. Did they really stretch a dollar? 

The bottom line is I have stories to tell that many folks will find entertaining. Many of those folks have, and will be willing in the future, to pay a small fee to read these stories. I believed this from the beginning. Sharon has seen and captured many images through her camera lens that no one else would’ve seen or thought to capture the way she has. And, her images are only getting more beautiful and more interesting the longer she pursues them. There are also many people out there that are willing to compensate her to own copies of those images. That has already been proven. 

Don’t waste your time doing things that are only delaying your success.

Brian