Chalk Talk, Family Entertainment, General, Uncategorized

Art Lessons Big and Small

Recently several people approached me with a strange request to participate in a comic or graphic Novel and one person simply said “Shaun, do that comic!” I suppose they perceived there was a desire there or lost project in my brain somewhere or something… idk? Anyway, in looking through some old file backup I found this image… In building the new structure of all I’m doing now, and travelling everywhere doing live art, I had completely forgotten about this idea.
The last few years have taken so many twists that when I see the old image below I just shake my head with bewilderment!

Shaun Hays, Chalk Champ, Artist, Author of "How To Be An Art Ninja" releases Series of Books and Instruction Videos.
Shaun Hays, Chalk Champ, Artist, Author of “How To Be An Art Ninja” releases Series of Books and Instruction Videos.


*When I saved this old image, I was getting ready for “Phase1 pre-Order” to enable the creation and release of a new art lesson series to supplement my income of speaking and speed chalk art. The Lesson here: I simply wasn’t ready to commit to the full concept. Mostly out of desire to do it right the first time.

3D Chalk was helping but not yet in full swing year round. At that time, I had released a small motivational book about creating fire in your heart and stoking that fire into a life changing movement… I didn’t understand marketing and book publishing, so I self-published a couple hundred and only sold that many. I didn’t have the right connections and frankly my heart felt motivation didn’t meet up with my lack of aggressive discipline. Another worthy lesson learned.
To switch things up from Chalks and Motivational Talks, the “Art Ninja” series was to be part Comic Book and part instructional with photos and other illustrations, accompanied by a DVD or CD ROM for each book. (I always intended on drawing a better ninja but I was only in the brainstorming phase, and this was from a very quick, and loose drawing with a felt tip marker on very “bleed prone” pulp paper. #geterdun )
LOTS of great things happened soon after which took my attention away from ever moving forward on the project. I was going to include all my strengths in illustration, including chalk, pastels etc but it was going to be just a general idea of great shortcuts and building blocks for anyone wanting to be a better artist. The funny thing is, I always felt I had NO IDEA how to teach simple concepts… I felt and still feel like you should have some truly basic skills before coming to me for any instruction, or its just wasting our time because ANYONE can teach you the basics. Well, that’s simply NOT true. About 20 years ago, I taught several basics to my nephews in a booklet I made for them as a Christmas present. I also included some advanced techniques so they could advance quickly if they wanted.
Turns out, one of them did. He was only 4 at the time and is now selling artwork around the globe. He’s trained himself in a style of artwork I find incredible and done almost everything, since that first booklet, on his own! Check him out here: Shaun’s Nephew (truly a Ninja of art)
My other nephew’s and neices are all Super Cool and Ninja’s in their own categories, but that’s for another post!
Perhaps if enough interest is shown, I will get back on this “Art Ninja” project, but I cannot add it in right away. If I do, the graphics and all will be redone and the books will be full color glossy pages and each include video instructional worthy of a network broadcast. I look back and think “I want to be proud of this if it is still in circulation 40 years from now.” I have thought of doing a Crowd Funding Page, but until I have time to assess the expenses involved, I simply cannot justify setting it up.
I am interested in your thoughts – would you like to become an Art Ninja? Do you think Art is important? Would you recommend it or buy it for someone? Please comment on my FaceBook Fan Page – I’m going to post this article there too.
Thank you for reading and commenting! – Shaun
Courage and Management
Keynotes and Seminars

The Art Of: Managing Courage

I haven’t allowed myself to write anything for a while… it was necessary for me to take time to reassess my stress-levels and my physical/mental/spiritual health.
Today i began to write again. If you have the time, please comment with feedback. Im contemplating a Kickstarter for a new book and seminar.
I know it needs proofreading, editing, rewriting etc. I simply wrote the thoughts as best i could formulate as a rough draft.

Excerpt from “The Art of Managing Courage”
copyright 2016 – Shaun A. Hays

We have all felt run down and defeated. Sometimes, we get back up, just to get knocked back on our assumptions. Does it make you mad or does it make you want to give up permanently? I know how that feels.

I have taken a continual beating from this planet and its policies of “defeat the weak, hurting and lonely” and the system that rewards the greedy, brutal and deceptive. As a former child victim of abuses and diagnosed (rightly) with PTSD, BIPOLAR, Rapid Cycling, and, this year; Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease… I am fully aware of the struggle.

I know that a quick post never truly does your pain justice. i also know from experience that the harder you try to convey the reality of your pain and struggles, the less you are heard. Generally, Humanity isn’t impressed, or concerned with defeat, failings, loss, grief, pain and weakness…even if it is an unjust dealing at the hand of an evil antagonist. Nope. Often it will follow the matra of “Hear no evil, see no evil…” and walk to the other side of the road to avoid eye contact. That is; until courage is added to equation.

When courage is added something amazing is borne upon the wind surrounding the “suffering ignored”. When courage is seen in the face of suffering and agony, inspiration is birthed in even the most calloused and distracted of humanity.

Courage is oft misunderstood. We have allowed our teacher to be what we have seen in the media… that of movie star actors sprayed with water to emulate sweat or tears working up an imagined emotion as they yell a tagline and run with weapon in hand to “turn the tide of battle”. Yet we say things like: “it takes true courage to raise a child in today’s world” and applaud the true courage of a survivor of cancer or the survivor of a random act of violence.

We have some confusion surrounding our definitions of courage, but lets address the biggest void right now: Most people have no idea where courage comes from and even less idea how to “Manage Courage”.

Right now, if you are hurting, you may have little to no courage left in you. That is a huge problem if you wish to change things. Courage is needed to make choices required to change your circumstances. This is always true. The ability to manage courage is paramount to living life successfully. The ongoing management of courage toward a goal is called Tenacity.

A few things are definitely needed to cultivate and manage courage continuously, and you can start right now by assessing the presence of these things in your everyday life:

1) HOPE – (that circumstances can truly change)
2) VISION – (clear understanding of the process)
3) SUPPORT – (because deep inside, we know we are prone to fail somehow)

Take any of these away and you will paralyze an otherwise courageous person. Circumstances will overwhelm them, and eventually, they will give up. Add these three; manage them continually, and you will create a contagious tenacity in any person… The kind of tenacity that empires are built upon.

This is just the beginning.

I urge you to take this information seriously and soberly. To use this information merely for self gain is ill-advised and can have such negative repercussions as to destroy your ability to recover from the carnage. In your haste, you may set off a firestorm of energy that consumes the very thing you set out to accomplish. History agrees with me here. There is no room for the selfish. Banish that before you continue.

Excerpt from “The Art of Managing Courage”
copyright 2016 – Shaun A. Hays

**Note from the author: It has been a year of great testing. Personally, Nationally and Globally. I have had to step back from writing in 2016 to deal with my family, financial changes, and health concerns. As i have reviewed the notes and writings made in my first draft of this book’s first chapter, I cannot help but see an important and timely discussion emerging. I must continue to write and work towards the completion of this book. Prayers would be most helpful.