The week is gone and it's been hot. I love it. Too hot to sit out in it for me & Poppy, but we have no problems painting in the heat on the deck. I told Storm Im having trouble cartooning - although I have many - he said 'Good!'
"Good? What do you mean by that?" I exclaimed?? - ego steps in - you' don't like my cartoon masterpieces? lol
"No mom, it's just that your painting are fantastic right now - so why stop?"
Why indeed. Well, because Todd is in jail ;( for 3 years, pick up any paper and some Perv gets a slap on the wrist for destroying some kids life. WRONG. If you think it is not, send me a message I'd like to know why. Todd was hurting no one.
Just like the war on drugs, wanting to sue the public, ALL the 'Dirty rotten Pigs" Yes, Im making a judgement call - that they catch- beating the crap out of people for no reason- the Abuse of Power in general seems to be at an all time high and the revolution is on the horizon. People are sick of it. What reason would you have to beat someone who is helpless and at your mercy. Physically? NONE. So... cartoons will be drawn, they scream to get out.
My new rule - if you come you paint is wonderful! LOL - So far, Linda painting a terrific mermaid and on Tuesday Bonnie and I painted! & her handsome hubby took photos of my own passerines! You will see 'My boyfriend' below, who tweets to me for a few years now. Photos below. I started my new fun painting - I'm struggling with my first gold fish, already his expression is causing me to giggle so I'll carry on.
I've made it pretty clear, company is by invite only now. No drop ins.
I need days of peace. lol Oprah might be disappointed. ;)
I miss the Oprah show. lol Norm took tomorrow off! Wonderful!
It's a busy weekend - of what else more painting! lol I am a lucky lady.
a few cartoons too I imagine - It's time.
Have faith <>< xox
Dear Rona.. I don't hate you, I find your behaviour, pretending to be so ignorant on such an important subject like cannabis is a terribly sad situation for ALL Canadian.
Just thought I'd clear that up. I don't hate anyone...
I don't like S.H.either.
Tis time! I am painting & losing wall space, canvas & paint, to feed my addiction - which is keeping me healthy(?), happy and sane - lol - I need to part with some art. From time to time I will place art on my 'Art for purchase' page. - all sorts- all prices.
I am thankful for the requests I receive ALTHOUGH, I am no longer taking commissions.
I will be removing the page.
What you see is what you get! lol
I can't stop painting - but it's time to toon! This bunny - again sitting out on the back deck, suddenly my hare had a doozie in his mouth! I said bunny with a blunt but blunt is not technically correct - a blunt i smoked with tobacco leaves and not papers like a joint. Come on Georgia! It's called 'artistic license'. I've used before I will will use it again it is what artist do - especially cartoonists with talking dogs!
I have difficulty selling work, putting a price on 'art'.
My time and talent is worth something - as is anyones and this is the gift God has given me ;) & I need supplies! The prices are what I am willing to let them go at. So, thank you for your consideration. Check back to my Art for Purchase page... and Im going to add a paintings page - I have no intention of stopping any time soon! Right now - I'm drawing the cutest little logo you ever did see! lol - I cant show you of course until the owner does... time to draw!
Like Buds Bunny? He makes me smile sitting right now on my desk. Painted with TLC & THC the cannabis keeps coming out - paint me! Draw me! Talk about time! plant the seed of cannabis education!
Thankfully, I am not a starving artist by any means but my talent and time is worth as much as yours.
Have Faith xox <><
To see more of what is available click here!: Art for Purchase
I also have a donate button. All money earned goes towards art supplies, postage, printing and more! Keeping me creative! I have no intentions of stopping anytime soon.
God provides! & so do some friends and supporters. lol Thank you!
Georgia… on my mind:
Turn off your T.v.. We watch perhaps one movie a night many nights not even that (usually as a family & we vote on it) lol. Not other time is the T.V. even on. We DO NOT have cable - not for years! & LOVE it. We do stuff, we paint, read! Garden! build! create! Turn off your T.V. for 3 days. and see what happens. if you have little ones - UNPLUG it and tell them it broke! ;) Let them get creative. I doubt it’s that simple now with all the electronic gadgets and phones.
Sandra Blad IMO did NOT commit suicide. ;( It has got to end.
punishment for the color of ones skin is the biggest sin on this planet.
If you ‘say’ you believe in God or Jesus - but have hatred in your heart simply because of the color of someones skin.. I don’t know. I don’t know what to say to anyone who thinks like this.
I don’t want to judge. lol Do you think it was suicide?
It could be anyone - anyone that has attitude would have gotten treatment like that from that officer. Beyond unprofessional. Terrible behaviour and it started with him telling her to put out her cigarette. That was attitude.
I do think police cameras should be mandatory and NOT touchable in anyway, for any reason.
Painting! Yesterday, during a heated conversation wit my son, not even sure what it was about - in my frustration I picked up a sharpie and decided to draw details on my canvas!
I loved the results! My mind is on a journey of it’s own when I paint. It is when Im most at peace, I don’t think about much except at the task at hand. Thank God. Really.
Have Faith! I do - 2 guys pulled a shark out of the water and removed hooks and put it back.
Tell me something good! I’m having a contest for a painting and I want people to post links to good stories!! You have a head start.. find one and get ready if you want to win and original little painting By Me! Georgia Toons! No rules other than that, No fee. NADA! Watch for the post at 1:11 a.m.
I drew this same idea a few years back, it wanted to be drawn again.
Imagine me sitting at my desk - and drawing this, to draw such happy faces - it helps if you feel happy! Boat & bylaws aside, lol - I have much to be happy for!
I'll share today- something I do love about Keswick and have for over 19 years is Quick Pizza. We go way back!
When I use to have my studio, teaching kids art, cartooning & crafts I also had parties - It was crazy - some Saturdays I had 3 parties! Kids loved it here. I still miss it.
BUT Quick Pizza provided the food. Over the years.. stuff. One time I craved it but had no money, I phoned, Hamid (the owner) answered, I told him the truth and a pizza was delivered and paid for at a later date. I did this a few times over the years. it was on our account to just send the pizza. It is what it is. He and I were o.k. with it.
They have also offered Toonie Tuesday for as long as I can remember, think what you will, for years every Tuesday we have had Quick Pizza - $2. for a slice (and use to be drink) of fantastic pizza - you bet! That is $6.00 for diner for 3! Woot Woot!
Canada is not the USA - this is a deal! lol I have several friends who have all admitted this.
They say you never miss anything until it is gone... tis true, even with pizza.
Norm went to get diner a couple of weeks ago and they were CLOSED! What?? OMGoodness! Norm spoke with Hamid and learned renovations were underway! We had about 2 weeks to wait! Last Night - we had Quick again! Amen & thank you! Not just for, seriously the best pizza around - it is what company from the city now looks forward to & asks for! lol Lucky for me! It's much more than that.
Hamid and I are friends. I can say that. I like him, he and I have spoke over the years, usually as I waited for my pizza to cook. He shared much with me, as I with him. What many people don't know is he came here with nothing and could not even speak english but he WORKED and never stopped. He forced himself to learn English anyway he could and he even paid a young kid (more than minimum wage) to correct him and help him with his English and his store as he started Quick. The rest is history. He never stopped working, I can tell you 9 out of 10 times he is there! Still. He is a family man, some stories over the years we shared of our teen frustration - lol We both have come out the other side with amazing Children, in our opinion.
He also reminded me to put racism aside when it was high, because we are friends. We should have a friend of every race, color and religion - we would try harder to get along. In a perfect world. He has the same struggles we all have & MORE and has persevered!
We all sing a different song, pray to different Gods, 'Like' different comments - lol
Let it Be.
Work and be nice! Thats about it. We have talked about everything and we agree it's simple... Be nice first.
Are you going to judge people you don't know? Go for it, your loss. Or take the time to get to know someone, you might end up with a friend and great food. lol
Recently, I ordered a pizza with company from the city here... the conversation was kinda filled with the usually: Hello handsome! You bet my dear! Alright I can't wait!
A few seconds after hanging up, the phone rang. My cousin could hear the person on the other end.. "Hello my love- you forgot mushrooms!" lol!
I replied: "no darling, I have company and they do not like mushrooms!"
My cousin couldn't get over the relationship I have with 'my pizza guy', who delivers personally, our delicious pizza.
Hahaha! The names are just something we developed over the years.
What I really call him is friend. Who happens to make the best pizza around!
We had Quick for diner last night! YIPPIE!! Let me tell you - It got better!
Can you believe it? Norm and I must have said 3 times - 'wow, this s good'. I look forward to many more meals! Toonie Tuesday or not - the price was bound to go up sooner or later - it is a once a week staple in our home.
So, I am thankful for Hamid & family, for friendship and food!
I look forward to the next 20!! Nom Nom Nom!
I should take photo of the pizza - but I never remember because we can't wait to dig in!
I was away with Storm and loved it.. too much. I have talked about moving ever since.
Was it the people, vibe, mood, weather, lack of children screaming in the neighbours yard, the house prices? LoL All of the above!
Or was it that Keswick feels like a 'police state' some days and it started last summer.
If you remember we had a bylaw officer 'approach' us regarding our boat. An altercation that was rude and unpleasant and uncalled for. It's been addressed. No apologies ever given (from the person mentioned) and more bullshit followed after - drive by photo taking, letter - registered 2 - all at our tax dollar. Constant threat of harassment - in my mind - I'm entitled to an opinion. Or am I?
I looked into it. Do you believe in this area of Georgina - you are NOT permitted to have a boat parked in your driveway at ANY time! The towns main website - Welcome to Georgina image - is of BOATS. Take a walk, drive on any side street and a boat will be found, a trailer, camper and sometimes 'stuff'. Oh well... Do you pay my property taxes?
Is my STUFF physically hurting you?
Our problem was solved. My handy dandy hubby built a new gate and we now park the boat beside our home - our property allowed for it and more- I don't even see the boat in the back yard- so, let it go. NO.
How unfair is this bylaw? For over 22 years we have been here many of those years with a boat, never a peep. Yes, it is just a coincidence the bylaw officer just happens to live down the street- and I did ask if they were making 'the quota on the way to work...', I was told no. I tell you when they left that day - they left with attitude! I got my letters in writing 'move it or else' and then it was made sure my boat was moved or "you could go to court, and if a judge sees fit, you could go to jail.' As we were told by a bylaw officer - over a F&^%*&g boat. How many others will be harmed/stressed over a boat? Then - the local paper said someone was putting letters in mailboxes, encouraging people to rat on neighbours who had items in their drive way. I HOPE they have investigated where these letters are from - and who is trespassing on all our properties at night- COWARDS btw. If you have something to say say it. We have a name for those people here in Canada.. I believe it it "Shit disturbers" People with nothing better to do but stir up trouble for others.
For over 20 years the town has been able to ticket whom ever they choose - for what ever reasons they choose & justify it with - "someone complained - but we can't tell you who". WTF is that? Yet how many have never been ticketed? Unfair YOU BET!
Ticket us all or none and then watch how fast the bylaw is changed and dismissed!
When everyone becomes aware.
Our problem is solved but for many more - it is not, and it's just begun.
To sign a petition regarding this no 'toys in driveway' click here.
On top of this - this week I read the town 'is discussing' of possibly introducing a new bylaw ' from what I understand (you can read more on the link and figure it out for yourself): if you say something bad about someone, on the town committee, staff etc. - say the mayor - and bylaw officer or you ruin their 'reputation' (lol) the town wants to be able to sue you and make you pay for it!!! So YOU better only say good things. Welcome to' Kesrock' as in Alcatraz. Are you kidding me? Are the court systems not crazy enough?
Hurt someones reputation? Please!
Who are we dealing with Mother Theresa? What a bunch of *&^%% babies!
Oh but wait, I might be sued over this. Can you imagine if Rob Ford was this way?
Someone concerned about what people can say on social media.
We have a new Mayor - I asked her for help regarding the boat thing and I was fluffed off. Again - in my opinion.
I like Margaret, I met her years ago a few times.. so again I let that go.
I've saved all my letters and communication even from the bylaw officer - who responded to my initial complaint - assuring me I was wrong - WOW -
I laughed out loud when a superior said - 'I've never heard anything bad.'
No, I guess not - how many people go around and display bad behaviour to their employer. It never happens... right. How many even get past the complaint, when the one you complain against addresses it? I showed a friend I think we came to the conclusion of slight intimidation process going on - It's what I felt, so yes I guess it was.
IF your reputation is ruined. You ruined it. Simple.
Actions speak louder than words.
Here is apetition I see someone started: click here to see petition, please consider signing.
What kind of a community puts letters in mailboxes at night, fines people for having boats - this is Keswick! ON LAKE SIMCOE. All of georgina - are you going to tell them they all have to move their boats? Cars, trailers, toys, stuff?
Welcome to living amongst fascist - if you say something they don't like they will sue you & make you pay for it. If your property is not pretty enough they will make you pay!
If someone complains - say a neighbour with a grudge- too bad- you don't have the right to know.
I have a reputation, ask people.
Some will tell you I am kind, generous, funny and will go to any length to help you if I can- strangers too.
Others will tell you I am a bitch. I try to bring attention to unjust actions like cannabis for very ill children and not being able to park your own boat in your own driveway, and NOT tolerating RUDE bylaw officers who work for the people they address, adding extra stress to already stressful lives.
Have some common consideration.
Yeah - whatever. I don't care about my reputation...
I certainly would never sue anyone, over saying I was something I know I AM NOT.
Since my son has become more of a serious fisherman my offers to join him have been few, not because he does not want my company - it's not something I've physically 'felt up to doing', my head as usual interferes. That and my 'SEA legs' are not what they were! He did askthough... and I said YES! Well - lol - 'he added' I did not have to sleep in a tent but could sleep in a cabin and could bring Poppy!
From start to finish, I did not have a thing to worry about, just pack my comfortable stuff and camera, Poppys food and napsac! From stopping at the best chip-truck around! Redbus#48 ( I think that's it' I'll have to check later) to treats to eat for the cabin - all my favourites even coconut water!
I got to sit, water color, watch the most amazing duck family! Was taken by boat ride to what I called 'bird island'. So many laughs- Poppy in her life vest! lol I can't help but smile still.
With people who soon felt as friends, no wonder he said bring 'comfort clothing' only!
I did! Storm commented even my twitching was pretty good it seemed and I agreed! How could it not. ;) I felt at peace in the town with he smallest jail in the world. lol! I also had some terrific ice-cream! Kawaratha Dairy from a girl who has a 2lb Poppy of her own! It seemed every meal & everyone was 'just right' & relaxed.
The property we stayed at was hesitant at first but Poppy proved herself, she did let out an 'little bark' - It was towards a few she seems to actually like really like (ear rub supreme) and when if I was sitting somewhere - more of as a mom someone is coming - acknowledging vap for me and to them. No midnight barking, getting up even and pooped on demand. lol She too was perfect. She only went in the lake, in the shallow area if I was right beside her. She never left missed, guests were commenting as how well behaved she was. I'm glad - Storm told me if I was not comfortable we could leave, not to worry.
The couple that opened and operated the inn were as down to earth as the ducks on the property. I felt incredibly comfortable, relaxed and the weather - I could not have wished for better. I told Storm - I've no doubts I will feel that on the next road trip or I would not be going! It is about not where you go, but who you are with. Including yourself.
I did not have one thing to worry about. We even caught a MUSKY! lol - He did! He did it all! We were having the perfect mother - son conversation, one where I was thinking of how proud of Storm I was for the person he is, he was telling me how he felt about fishing...
'How it reminded him to be thankful for everything. Everythin...' - and that is when it bit.
Just after my visit to bird island! Why he wanted me to go in the first place.
I love my son Storm. I am a blessed mom, I say this and he says the same. lol
OH, I was having so much fun - I forgot to take photos for FB. lol - That speaks volumes.
Like poppy in her life vest, chasing ducks!! OMGosh - what attitude!
I loaded up a few- it really lets you see how beautiful Ontario is in the summer!
Apparently - they can be just as busy in the winter - for those tourists who love to experience a Canadian Winter!
Painting 'Artist Conk' - Fungi is different to put it mildly.
The saw blade was interesting to paint- and I have another waiting as I type!
There is no canvas as interesting as a FUNGI. I've painted several over the years.
My mom has a painted one that is at least 30 years old. The fungi has it's own life and it lends to what will be painted on it!! I'll share a few things I've learned though over the years.
Norm recently came across a bin that was full of these shrooms! They were collected when we had our cottage, they were dried and I had primed the surface to paint- I think this was a good thing. Put in a box when we sold and forgot about for about 15 years. lol
I believe priming the surface is what kept them safe- well almost all of them.
First let me tell you - They are not an easy surface to paint on - you will not accomplish the detail you would get on a canvas - well- almost. Most were originally just scratched into with a sharp object, mine are primed and painted exactly like a canvas and then sprayed a final protecting coat.
You have to be careful of critters, I lost a couple to something as you can see they were eaten from the inside out, some - you can not tel by simply looking but they are very light - give them tap and they fall apart. The ones that are still fine are quite heavy.
I am so excited to paint my next big one- it has a river on it naturally- I look at what iI had started years ago - and it's childish . This next one will not be, it will be a nature scene for our own home. I don't know when I'll find another beauty like this- and thats 1/2 the battle.
From what I understand it does not hurt the tree- BUT if you are not going to paint - don't pick it! Just remember where it is and go and watch the canvas grow! Leave nature where it is. I don't think I'll pick any new now, I have a few left to paint & numerous canvas
from DeSerres- not 1/2 the hunt. lol. Have a peek below a few photos taken this a.m.
The small one I have started I will draw for. The contest will ONLY be open to Canadians as- I am not sure about mailing. I'll keep it simple. So if you are here- you have a head's up! Stay tooned for more details on the free giveaway soon! Time to get out and get back at it!
It's Sunday! The day of rest. For some.
Yikes- it just hit me, I think the reason I get frustrated when I think of Marc Emery is because he is responsible in Canada for stores being legally OPEN on Sundays. lol
Well, Marc and the many others. I learned that watching a documentary a few years ago- it was only a matter or time and it's too bad. BTY I read an article on Marc not too long ago - a negative one by the press... all it did was make me Like Marc & dislike the nasty article. Mean spirited all around and why? He did his time it should not be discussed any further.
Let him be.
I wish we could all have one day like today - it would help keep families together, a day of play, rest - creativity! It is my favourite day! I hear as I type, Storm washing the truck!
We are going to mass.
We have been up for a while already! Norm and I fed the birds, fish, sat by the pond & had our coffee. Went out to the gazebo- he read the paper & I started a bird sketchbook journal! I drew a few as well.. For my anniversary he really did get me 100lbs of bird food. I did not want anything. Oppppppsss... When he asked - I did say 'Just a little silver smart car'. Storm jokes whenI call it that - he replies - 'Yes, just a small little BMW'.
And then... Norm had to get me a wagon - an awesome one dump/wagon that really moves around the backyard great- to carry the bird seed! I love it, I can't believe how many times I used it yesterday and today for all sorts of stuff. The guys agree. Best anniversary ever- who needs diamonds!? Not the birds.
Then we moved up to the back deck - I was anxious to finish my newest painting! Norm anxious to make breakfast! lol - Another reason I love Sundays.
I finished! Storm appeared, just up and here he is with a fresh coffee!
Norm - NOW really anxious to play & get out in the garage being creative!
Building coffins- all kidding aside - more people want them than you know. This one is going into a new business as a 'Display for the product' & you'll never guess what it is!
I do have to add - when Norm told me the name of the Company & what was, I LOVED it and thought - 'I'd go in there - just to CHECK it out.'
I can't tell you the name of the company - I'll ask the owner first.
I will keep you posted. If I can get a photo of it set up in shop I will.
Well with my canvas complete! For my desk. ;) Time to get dressed, go to mass, say hello to same friends- after I say Hi to Jesus first. lol Come back home and continue on! It's going to be a hot day, an expected 28 degrees. Great day to paint.
Have Faith xox
*As I was taking the photos below, I took one straight faced *since I was having such a 'complete rest' -that is when, for what ever reason it disappears- completely if only for a few moments and so far its been a great morning. When it happens, my entire body feels NORMAL. it is these moments that keep me sane.
You can see though now, even when at complete rest my face is 'changed' from what is happening.
BUT - when I first looked at it, I started laughing out loud.
Thank God I'm a cartoonist and do have a sense of humour. It cracked me up and immediately - the twitch set it off and gone, but I'm still smiling. Still here.
Getting ready to go to mass with my son.
Giggling on this beautiful God given day!
The birds! The birds!
I told Storm today, on the way home from the birds store in Newmarket
- I don't know why this bird/distraction direction!! God wants me to focus on fowl. So be it. I thought it was to destress... lol.
First the craftsy class- which I'm not finished yet- then the books (Canadian nature), then I find a book at the library yesterday - it found me. I'm learning of the seriousness decline in songbirds. To sit in a backyard and not hear birds - what would be the point! I'm going to help bring attention to birds. If I can. This was my first attempt at a humming bird, I'm still enjoying the new mind training using the black canvas background.
My newest is for my uncle, who for years has been asking me to paint a saw blade.
He sent one up for me to paint. lol His birthday is soon and I thought why not!?
He likes owls and I really think he will like this gift! The owl at midnight, has just turned to see what has caught his attention.. you.
I had fun! Interesting surface- so smooth, Norm will spray it and I think it will be pretty well protected. I enjoyed it so much I asked Norm for another - he tells me "I throw them out!" LOL never again - but there the thing- they would cost too much to mail. I guess, I'll just paint and gift to people I can hand it to.
The book - it has me on a mission - written by a Canadian from Ontario! I had no clue- I find it difficult to put down! Birds are dying at alarming rates.
If you can start a bird sanctuary (even a little one in your yard!) We have hummingbirds, cardinals, mourning doves, redesigned blackbirds, house sparrows and blackcap chickadees and Goldfinch! All in our yard! Oh don't forget the grackle! Not a well liked bird (I like them), but highly entertaining, it runs across the fence, plays with others and they love to play on the pool when the cover is on. I decided to start a new 'bird sketchbook'.
The painting takes away from cartooning - well not really - cartooning is always on my mind- I believe painting is my mental break from cartooning, it comes much easier for me.
I am also really enjoying the new paint I am using. Every bit helps! If you want to learn how to paint start today! I think I'll have a step by step lesson soon on a black canvas.. a bird of course and I will be drawing for an original painted bird on canvas. You'll just have to stick around and see.
A new sketchbook is in order! Just now while sitting in the backyard I drew the bird feeding station I will ask Norm to build .. and Norm will. 23 years. It is going to look fantastic!!!
I'll show you from sketch to finish! Perhaps you will be inspired to also help some little passerines, a world whiteout birds - think about it the next time you hear the little 'tweet tweet.' More on birds on the days to come - although - cartooning is calling!