Sunday, April 15, 2007

Welcome BBC Readers...We've Topped 100,000 Visitors!

This weekend the BBC was gracious enough to host a slide show with a sampling of my artwork, and a link to this blog. My 'sitemeter' has gone off the scale with visitors. It is very interesting to read the wide variety of comments being left here at Fire and Ice. I want to assure all of you that I do read the comments and appreciate the earnestness and honesty informing the thoughts of the overwhelming majority of folks who've taken the time to leave a word or two. I want to invite those of you who may take exception to my political views to at least take the time to view artwork and photographs scattered throughout 125 postings.

Sometime this Saturday my viewership topped 100,000 and I want to recognize this milestone. I started this blog in September of 2005 merely as a way to keep family and friends informed of my adventures, and to have a place fellow Marines could go to see more of my artwork. It became so much more than I could have imagined and has led to things such as being featured on the BBC. It is somewhat ironic that the very first 'combat art' I ever sketched was a drawing of a sailor and a Marine aboard the USS Guam Christmas Eve 1990, during Operation Desert Shield, listening on a small shortwave radio to the BBC.

Listening to the BBC, Christmas Eve 1990

21 comments:

The Infidel Sage said...

I just wanted to congratulate you on the BBC story, and thank you for the strong committment that you have to your fellow servicemen.
I will link to the BBC article and your blog. Thanks for your service.

tammyswofford said...

I linked to you also on Saturday. smile And congratulations, of course.

LCDR Tammy Swofford, USNR, NC

Lily said...

It was great to run across your stuff by accident on the BBC site -- I then forwarded the link to a bunch of Marine friends I've been keeping up with news about your art progress. I'm here for the pictures more than the politics, definitely ;-) Gorgeous stuff.

Arthi said...
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Arthi said...

In school we had just finished talking about the works of art and literature of the Vietnam war which led me to wondering about the art and literature that would come from this time. Because of the BBC article this wonder was answered and I really like the message your pieces bring. Congratulations and keep capturing the world in your work :-)

-Arthi

Jo Castillo said...

I appreciate your work, it is amazing. I also enjoy your politics.

Thanks for being there and sharing with us.

Jo

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael your anecdotes really were nice to read. I was curious of how you get to sketch these vistas...I assume you must be in great danger of being targeted as it does put you in the line of fire!

Take care and sketch/color on dear friend :)

Lorenzo Calza said...

I'm an italian pacifist, against this war. But I respect your point of wiew, your art and I love the eyes of humanity in your work.

tim in yuma said...

Congratulations on the BBC slide show. I appreciate your sketching and watercolors. Look forward to seeing more of your works and also reading your posts, I'll come back again. Good luck with your endeavors.

Maxine in Silicon Valley said...

God bless you and all who serve. Is there any way to purchase some form of your art? Do you offer cards or reproductions? Be delighted if this can be a way to raise funds for needy service men and women. I hope the US media is also giving coverage to the work you do. Also enjoy your blog observations and AMAZED to find a fellow enthusiast for The Phantom Tollbooth! But, do please offer your art commercially. The sculpture is also very moving.

Tc said...

Excellent pictures. Happened upon them whilst trawling the news on the BBC ( I am in the uk). I particularly enjoyed the fact that they appear to show all facets of conflict. Often in the Uk Americans are depicted as being very insular.

Dana said...

Mike, congrats on your success. Your pics are beautiful. I especially loved the one of Nick. Unfortunate that there is such a sad story behind that beautiful sketch.

Best wishes!

Dana

Buck Pennington said...

BZ, Mr. Fay!!! It's a great good thing you've received world-wide recognition. I'm amazed the Beeb didn't mention the fact that you were a SSgt when you created the works in the slide show but have since (long since) been promoted...

--Buck (Picker of Nits, First Class)

E-4 Mafia said...

Hey congratulations man! Indeed,I read about your work on the BBC. I think its important that the military has artists to document the war in Iraq. Keep it up!!

Steph said...

Well deserved and congratulations. Looking forward to much more from you!

liuyongqiu said...

Hi,I am a writer from China and I'm living in Sri Lanka with my family now bcause my husband is working here as a journalist. I have read the story about your art from the BBC website, translated it into Chinese and posted it on my blog (http://liuyongqiu.blshe.com/post/44/38971).
Some of my friends are very interested to your story and ask me to give them your blog address.
Now a magazine in China asks me to write a story about you. So,could I have the honor to make an interview with you via the internet?

王森昊 said...

向你表示祝贺!是BBC使我认识你的博客,希望看到你更多的好作品。

Lil Toni said...

Well, pfftt. I can say I "knew you when..."! *snicker*
Congrats on the BBC recognition, sugah.

Kristopher Battles said...

Hey, why is it so dark in here?
It's like the room is somehow in shadow...

hmmmm...

And what's that clanking sound I here?

Deborah Aylward said...

I am most pleased to say that I followed a link kindly provided by OPFOR. Pleased, because your works capture so well the "grunts" who are oft-times forgotten, by civilians, to be the heart and soul of a company. Thank you, sir, for your service. You make America proud.

Veritas et Fidelis Semper

Bag Blog said...

Once again, your work is excellent. Glad to find you again.