Thursday, December 31, 2009

Over and done with!!

With the current year ending this very night, I thought it'd be wise to collect all of the posts for 2009 in one spot for everyone to see and share.

Presenting the 2009 Archive Post!!

Every single blog entry from this year will be listed and linked right here from beginning to end!

The perfect way for "newbies" to get all caught up or for "veterans" to reread a thing or two! Feel free to comment on any of them!

So while everyone else was partying the night away, I spent the past several hours slaving over my computer to get this ready for you!

I'm proud of all that I managed to post this year, yet it felt strange looking over the older entries. It brought up a lot of those feelings again. I didn't realize how hard I am on myself. What's worse is that I'll continue to do so even with that realization.

In any case, it's interesting to see how my writing style progressed along the way. The silly posts, the serious ones, the downright sad entries. It really was quite a year!
*exhausted sigh*

Enjoy and Happy New Year to everyone!!


(04-02-09) Nude Female Ink Sketches - Back and Front Pose
(04-04-09) "I love you. I need you to survive."
(04-07-09) "One is the loneliest number"
(04-08-09) Chicago's Millennium Park at Night!
(04-12-09) "Glass Ashtray" ACEO
(04-16-09) Dean Facts!
(04-18-09) Pansy sketch and unexpected city colors!
(04-22-09) *Happy Dance* I got a Lemonade Award!
(04-23-09) Up in the sky.....
(04-26-09) "Ugly" (self-portrait)
(04-28-09) The gift of art.....
(04-30-09) Rain, puddles, and tears (Part 1)


(05-02-09) Rain, puddles, and tears (Part 2)
(05-03-09) Rain, puddles, and tears (Part 3)
(05-06-09) "Sheila's Butterfly" ACEO
(05-09-09) Dandelions sketch
(05-13-09) Chicago's Buckingham Fountain at Night!
(05-17-09) Wow! I got A Passion for Painting Award!
(05-19-09) W.I.P. Hibiscus Painting - Step 1 - Drawing
(05-21-09) Having a bad day.....
(05-23-09) A new dawn. A new day....
(05-27-09) W.I.P. Hibiscus Painting - Step 2 - Underpainting
(05-31-09) Dean Facts!


(06-04-09) Strawberries sketch
(06-07-09) "Tequila Sunrise" (W.I.P. Hibiscus Painting - Step 3 - Completion!!)
(06-11-09) Chicago's Millennium Park at Night!! (Part 2)
(06-15-09) I LOST my dead-end job!!!!
(06-18-09) Nude Male ACEO
(06-21-09) My new baby!
(06-26-09) Nothing lasts forever.....
(06-29-09) Cloudy day in Chicago!


(07-05-09) "Abstract Squares" (ongoing series)
(07-11-09) Praying for something better.....
(07-16-09) And so it ends.....
(07-23-09) A sign of thanks.....
(07-27-09) Impatiens on LSD!
(07-31-09) "Samira"


(08-03-09) Unemployed and on unemployment.....
(08-07-09) Ugly is beautiful.....
(08-13-09) Nude Male Ink Sketch - Side Pose
(08-16-09) Nothing goes as planned.....
(08-21-09) "He broke it"
(08-27-09) Face the day.....
(08-29-09) Taking the long way home.....


(09-01-09) W.I.P. Self-Portrait - Step 1 - Drawing
(09-05-09) W.I.P. Self-Portrait - Step 2 - Painting and Panic!!
(09-08-09) Keep the faith.....
(09-13-09) "You have six months....maybe a year if on chemo."
(09-18-09) W.I.P. Self-Portrait - Step 3 - Salvage
(09-25-09) Is it worth it?
(09-30-09) "Depressed" (self-portrait)


(10-04-09) For a limited time only!
(10-07-09) Wordless Wednesday - Tree's canopy after the rain.....
(10-11-09) When the urge strikes.....
(10-17-09) It's only a matter of time.....
(10-23-09) I've got mail!!
(10-27-09)'ve got mail!!


(11-01-09) "Day of the Dead skull" ACEO
(11-06-09) "It's just not going to work out."
(11-11-09) Wordless Wednesday - Fall in Chicago.....
(11-16-09) Sleeping the day away.....
(11-22-09) "Crumbling"
(11-25-09) Wordless Wednesday - Foggy Day in Chicago!!
(11-30-09) "Lord, have mercy....."


(12-04-09) I received two blog awards in one week! WHOA!!
(12-08-09)'ve got mail!!
(12-13-09) "Christmas Apple"
(12-19-09) All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.....
(12-23-09) Wordless Wednesday - Christmas in Chicago!!
(12-27-09) Footprints in the snow.....
(12-31-09) Over and done with!!


Unknown said...

Hugs to my blogger friend. I wish a thousand fold better year for both of us! I'll hang in there if you will Dean. Deal? Deal (((hugs)))

Dean Grey said...


You got a deal, girl!!

(((HUGS))) back at ya!


Joey said...

Hey Dean!

I hope that 2010 sees you finding all the happiness and peace that you deserve in life. Remember...skydiving in 2010!


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I second that, Dean.
Just came by to see how you are doing and see all these links. That's putting your time to good use.
Don't be so hard on yourself and don't forget, we're all just a click away.
{{{{Dean}}}} **** great guy, fine artist, compassionate human being!

David K Small, artist said...

Happy New Year to you as well.

Anonymous said...

Hey Dean, have a wonderful New Year's and all best for 2010.


stanw said...


You sure did a lot of work here, super idea.

Most of us are harder on ourselves than we ought to be, I know I am, so you are not alone. Keeping on doing the same thing, boy, my life was full of that.

Happy New Year. The fireworks were so close to where I live that my window shook tonight! Really cold outside so I just glanced at it through the window just before it rattled.

Aaron said...

And reading the entire blog also show just how much you have achieved and managed to coped with over the past year. Although it hasn't been the easiest ride for you but through your posts, what's obvious is your determination and perseverance through everything that life has thrown at you. It's absolutely incredible the things that you have achieved and done, Dean. I genuinely, genuinely have a lot of respect and admiration for you.


And here's to an incredible 2010 filled with even more achievements, perseverance and optimism.


Much love.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year and best wishes for a wonderful 2010!

Mike said...

Just been reading through your posts from the year [not all of them ... will save that for another day!]

I have no artistic skills whatsoever myself, but have foubnd so many of your posts fascinating because they are genuine.

A good way to start the New Year.

Manon said...

Dean.... Happy New Year!! Great things for you this year my friend... I feel it!!
hugs to you

Dean Grey said...


You really want me to jump out of a plane, Joey!? You're going to kill me before the year is over! LOL



You're right. I wanted to put my time to better use!






The same to you, Corey!



It must've been awesome by you. You not only saw but felt a spectacular fireworks show! Cool!



Oh you! You always give me so much credit and praise. If only I could look at myself through your eyes.






That's a wonderful compliment! Enjoy the reading!



Let's hope you're right!


I'm wishing all of you a safe and Happy New Year!!!


Anonymous said...

May 2010 bring you....
Health and Prosperity,
Love of Good Friends,
But mostly Joy and Inner Peace

melanie said...

Wishing you a happy new year, I hope this year see's hope and excitement, joy and peace flood your life.

It's a pleasure to read thru your blog.
Your honesty is a gift that I have appreciated it and related too so much of your journey'

Here's to your unconquerable soul'
xox Melanie

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Oh, Dean you are so organized! Compared to me, I mean! I've spent 3 weeks trying to re-create my Google subscription group! I should have just asked YOU - you'd do it in one NIGHT!

My friend, I wish you blessings and grace this year. I hope you see how many people you've touched through your blog. I swear if my husband ever has a business trip to Chicago I'm stowing away and going to visit you! Continue on your journey, and feel us all with you.... Happy, happy New Year, dear!

artbyakiko said...

I wish you lots of happiness and joy in 2010, Dean!!
Hugs, Akiko

Dean Grey said...


If I had all of that, I'd have an amazing year!



It's a pleasure having YOU read MY blog!



Chicago will be waiting for you!



I wish the same to you as well!


All of your New Year's well wishes are greatly appreciated!!


April Jarocka said...

Hi Dean! You are so SWEET to pop into my blog to wish me a HNY. Thank you!

Whatever your wishes for 2010 I hope they all come true. I'm going pop you on my blogroll to keep up with how your 2010's going. Keep praying, keep smiling and keep blogging!
Love and hugs

Anonymous said...

<3 happy new year, dean :)

Unknown said...

Hey there -- just found your blog in a strategic search for new reading material (aka bouncing around the net and no idea how the hell I got here), and what a great time to start -- so I am starting at the beginning, and love your first couple of posts.

Keep up the great stuff!

Happy New Year,

Dean Grey said...


I hope all of your wishes for 2010 come true too!



Happy New Year!!



What a happy mistake then!

So glad you found me and Happy New Year to you as well!


Thanks to the three of you!


Unknown said...

I spent a huge amount of time writing this past week. I needed to decompress. I decided to start and the beginning of your blog and read all of 2009. It was a rough year for both of us. I hope you don't mind all the comments. In case you ever doubt, the beauty of your soul shows through in both your writing and your art.

Dean Grey said...


I'm honored you're reading through my blog and starting from the beginning.