Ryan's Notes:I would just like to say thanks to everyone for the kind words
posted here and on my Facebook account regarding the recent loss of my
father. I am still reeling from all of this but it helps that
my four brothers and my sister are all together now sharing
stories and laughing/crying through our memories.
The saddest part of all of this, for me, is thinking about
what my two boys are going to miss out on. I feel like I am
greiving for the three us. Seven years ago my wife and I made
the decision to move our family from sunny San Diego back to my
hometown in Illinois so my kids could grow up with two
grandparents around. Rather than rue the past however, I will
try to be thankful for the few years we did have together.
One thing that I always knew about my Dad was that he loved to
make things, whether it be music, painting, or Christmas presents
for his grandkids. He loved telling stories.
I would like to think that his creative spirit will live on in
my work. I am looking forward to sharing some of his paintings
with you in the weeks ahead.
I've been working on this project for the past week or so and
the render finally finished yesterday. Now I haven't decided if
I am truly finished with it or not, but I thought it looked nice
enough to post as is. I am not sure when I will be able to pick
up work on it again.
I had thought to dedicate this to my father, but decided
against it. I will create something more fitting in the future.
Thanks again to everyone for the condolenses and prayers.