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Day 503 of 365 More.

ALERT! ALERT! Photostream views are about to reach critical.

When I came home from work today, I found that my photostream was only a couple hundred views away from the 250,000 mark. It was only 10 months ago when I was all excited about hitting 100,000.

I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was 7 years old. Over the years, that dream kind of died. Actually, it didn’t even die. it was killed by a combination of art school professors telling me I wasn’t a real artist and a growing sum of college debt convincing me I had to get a real job.

But it never really died. Sure, I lost it for a while, but there was still that little spark.

Usually I only talk about the day that a picture took place on, and save anything that happened after midnight for the next day. But today, at 1:21am, my flickr photostream hit exactly 250,000 views, and I realized, maybe for the first time in my life, that the dream of a seven year old boy had come true.

I may not be rich, I may not be able to quit my day job. Hell, I may not be much of anything. But a quarter of a million people on this planet have been interested enough to take a look at what I’m doing, and that’s why the spark has grown into a flame again.

My name is Chris Maverick, and I AM an artist.

So, thank you.

365 days

12 comments for “12-27-07

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    December 28, 2007 at 2:44 am

    Glad the flame is there, again. I’ve always done poorly in Art classes because I can never suck it up and do things EXACTLY how they expect in them. I always weave my own path into the brush.

    I like the alarm head. :]

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    December 28, 2007 at 3:13 am

    Well, there ya go!! Dreamkillers aint really nothin but haters anyway. Creative pursuits don’t necessarily make you rich, but they are rewards of the spirit. Do what you do Chris Maverick, and alway keep the spark of the seven-year-old who traced Spiderman glowing brightly!

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    December 28, 2007 at 6:55 am

    Well, Hell. I could’ve told ya that.

    Congrats on this milestone 🙂 But seriously, I really could’ve told ya! Just think, when you DO get rich and famous, I can say that I knew you when. And if you don’t take care of your poor ol’ mama, I’ll have to sell my story to the National Enquirer so I can make ends meet. Tragic, isn’t it? But I digress…

    Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

  4. avatar
    December 28, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Damn right you are baby!

    And you’ve inspired lots of other people to try and be artists too. That’s way more than most well-respected or well-known artists have done.

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    December 28, 2007 at 11:33 am

    thank you for a lot of inspiration. And congrats on reaching 250k views!

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    December 28, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    wow, a guy with a siren on his head. (clicks)

    congrats on the quarter of a million views. :]]

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    December 28, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Go you, Mister Artist! That’s awesome. Very very cool.

    I’m still at 95,000. 🙂

    But I hate that number anyway. I’m much more interested in the new "photos" view count in the stats thingy…I’m glad you can finally see that.

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    December 28, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    @Chaparral [Kendra]: I actually did quite well in art classes until college. And technically I was even good there. It was more a matter of philosophy.

    @DeHoll: I never traced! I just copied until I learned to get it right.

    @lrayholly: hey, the Enquirer pays good money from what I hear.

    @mickeysacks: yeah, honestly, I’m pretty proud of that.

    @Cirkusprinsesse: thank you.

    @Applesaucer: I thought the whole thing was silly.

    @d.rex: yeah, that thing is pretty cool. I’ve got over half a million photo views. It blew my mind.

  9. avatar
    December 29, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Like the night insects we’re drawn to the light of a new find! congreds.

  10. avatar
    December 30, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    @boydcreek2: that’s very nice of you to say. Thank you.

  11. avatar
    December 31, 2007 at 9:07 am

    My name is Chris Maverick, and I AM an artist.

    GOOD FOR YOU!!!! It’s a hard thing to say…someone asked me if I was a photographer recently. I said no. Of course I’m not a "photographer"…but I am.

    Happy New Year Mav!!!

  12. avatar
    January 1, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    @pi c’s: thank you. Happy new year to you too.

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