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 **** This website is still a work in progress, there will be additions and modifications to come ****

NAVIGATION… Hi folks and welcome to my Portfolio / Website and Blog, this is just the landing page of the site, all my blog posts can be found by clicking the “BLOG” button on the menu above and my photos and art via the “PORTFOLIO” option on the same menu. You can also find links to the various platforms I use online on the same menu or click “This Link” to access my Linktree page which has all my “active” links. So this site is my personal website, my blog, my art and photography portfolio and it also acts as a link, a hub if you like, to my other main active platforms…

ABOUT THE BLOG… The blog section itself probably won’t be wholly taken up with art and photography but I think it’s fair to say that a large proportion of it probably will be, still keep your eyes peeled for anything else that takes my fancy, pricks my interest, causes me to go on a rant or makes me feel the need to mention or comment on. There will also be posts regarding my various interests, hobbies, beliefs and the like. Finally there is a category for “Journal” style posts which will give a bit of info about little old me and what I’m getting up to in my daily day to day life, although this category may get even more boring than the rest as I have a rather mundane life…

ABOUT LITTLE OLD ME… So anyway, I’m Pop’s Pic’s (aka Kev Wheeler). I am a divorced, 64 year old (at time of writing), retired old fart living in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, England. I have two grown up sons. I had a massive heart attack on the 13th February 2018 followed by a triple heart bypass operation on the 26th February 2018, I then retired from work on the 25th September 2018. My work for my whole adult life, prior to retirement was in the local shipyard.

I have also suffered from depression and anxiety, on and off, for many years although I do have plenty of times when I am fine emotionally and mentally. I have Arthritis in my lower back and my knee and ankle joints occasionally give me trouble, but despite all of this I like to keep myself happy and contented as much and as often as I can. I’m mostly cheerful, I love people, sunshine, Christmas etc, but I do have a dark side, I have a taste for the dark, scary and macabre 😁

I am a Wigan Warriors and a Manchester United fan. I have two tortoises, Timmy and Tammy, they are Hermanns Tortoises (Testudo Hermanni) and they live in my house with me in a tortoise table, they live in the tortoise table not me. My interests include photography, art, nature, bird watching, Orchids, houseplants, music, TV, eating and sleeping πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ˜΄

I am a Visual Artist, I use photography, both digital & analogue (film) and traditional art mediums like watercolours, acrylics and oils etc in my own art. I am purely an amateur in both photography and art, I don’t do either as a job, I do them for my own enjoyment.

I was a photographer before I took up traditional art, and although I do enjoy painting, drawing and so on I still do more photography overall. I really don’t make any distinction between my photography and my more traditional art, to me photography is as much an art form as any other artistic medium, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art, crafting, creating ceramics, calligraphy (and I’m sure many other similar things I can’t think of at the moment) are all visual art as far as I’m concerned.

I am also a “Buddhist Witch”, I guess that right now you’re probably thinking I’m some sort of weirdo new age hippy nutcase or something, well okay I probably am to some extent, but let me try to explain myself anyway. I am very eclectic in my beliefs and I don’t do organised religion, regarding a person’s personal beliefs I don’t believe there is such a thing as a “one size fits all” solution, I don’t really think of myself as religious but rather spiritual (yes I know this is a cliche), I prefer to “borrow” anything I find useful to me from wherever I find it.

The main basis of my own personal beliefs is Buddhism, no particular flavour of Buddhism, more an amalgamation of bits from different Buddhist sects. I also love nature, almost to the point of nature being the nearest thing I have to religion. I have discovered that Witchcraft, Paganism and Wicca do have a lot to do with nature and it’s worship, I have also found quite a bit within them that I enjoy, so they have also become entwined into my own personal beliefs, thus I tend to call myself a “Buddhist Witch”. Within the framework of my own personal belief system there are odd little bits and pieces nicked from other sources as well but Buddhism and Witchcraft / Paganism / Wicca make up the main part of my own personal version of spirituality…

Anyway, thanks for visiting and please Be Well, Be Safe, Be Happy πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ’–

 

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