As they say on Instagram.. happy Caturday! Perfect timing as I painted this last night!
Kat & I go way back as you might know (if you read this blog faithfully- lol) she's been framing my art for over 30 years.. we met many moons ago, became friends and still remain. Not nearly as close as we once were - but that's life.. if we only kept 'old friends close' we would never meet new people. We grew.
I wanted to thank her, she'd done a lot of framing & does give me a deal.. ;) perks with 30 years of service, friendship, bitching, crying, laughing.. etc! lol I usually just send her the work and say frame it. I trust her experience. Her ART.
I broke a cardinal rule with Kat recently - it's my own fault. In my excitement I asked her to frame something for someone - 'they would be good for it!' Turns out they might have changed their mind as Kat's not heard anything now that the piece has been ready a few weeks - oh well.
Frig, lesson learned, I apologized, it's not how we work after 30 years. It's all good! I bought the piece off Kat- for a deal - lol! I will hang it in my office as a reminder. Looking forward to it actually. 'Don't fall for it, don't take it personal Georgia. Lesson learned.'
Kat knows actually it was more than not picking the piece up.. I was hurt' I'm so silly sometimes I could smack myself. People change their mind, even about my art. lol
Deal with it, move on and focus on what is important. If I 'quit' every time I had a setback, I would have stopped drawing years ago.
This past few days I've had a few personal set backs.. cry or draw.
I choose to paint.
Recently, I noticed on Johns page (of Skunk Magazine) they asked who is a 'Canadian Activist' who has made a difference.. lol - I didn't see my name. I thought- I've been drawing almost 10 years now about cannabis awareness but can't seem to be 'recognized as contributing'? LOL
If I let that shit stop me I would have given up long ago.
I draw for the love of my son - first and foremost- I don't need any recognition beyond that. I get it. I'm mentioning this because I commented on a few people I thought qualified:
Ted, Gail (R.I.P), Owen, John, Kirk, Kelly, Adam.. then I signed off and thought - that was stupid- you fell into the trap that you don't like yourself!
There are too many to mention! I don't want anyone to feel left out- like I usually do.
To the point, in the future I won't name anyone.
Al Graham, Dori, Patricia, that grumpy old guy- I can't remember his name.. it hit me after I 'hit comment' .. they have been trying for as long as I have been watching and also don't seem to get any recognition. Thankfully they don't stop.
Just one person I might of forgot - made me think 'this is bullshit'.
For everyone out there who feels they are not being 'appreciated' - FUCK it!
Keep going! FORWARD. I appreciate you! Tell them you appreciate all they have done.
I don't need a magazine article/facebook comment to validate what I do.
I draw for Love. That is enough.
On a positive note!
My hair looks great! Holy, it has a lot of silver streaks, I like it short- why do I resist! lol
& I have a new framed artwork to hang! LOL - Still ONE of my personal favourites.
;) & Im drawing a new cannabis cartoon! lol
BRING this day on!
It's so beautiful today- deserving of a double post! lol
I almost forgot, we saw this on the weekend:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycogala_epidendrum en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycogala_epidendrum Wolfs Blood. and if you squish it it feels and looks like pink tooth paste. Isn't nature fascinating? Amusing? Now is the time the mushrooms are in full force.. as well - the leaves are changing color! Below you can see the orange peeking through - Here I come Ya'll!! Yells fall! Canada at it's most beautiful.
My kinda view - TREES & more trees. lol
My good friend Todd Stimson (still incarcerated in the USA for cannabis- legal lies) is married to Kerry. This tiny little shell of a woman- right! Kick ass Kerry - she is strong, determined and a down to earth woman effected more than most on this F&^%ing lie of a War of Drugs - WAR on Us. I saw her comment online one day.. "Sweep off your own porch before you come inspecting mine!" It stuck with me.
I was not sweepingly own porch. I am learning - everyday I breath - thank God.
So, here I am drawing how bad African Americans have it across the border (and they do!) but then I started to hear we were worse! Gasp? How is that?
We treat and have treated our Aboriginal people like they are nothing.
How ashamed I feel - ashamed: I had no clue.
Was I aware before 'The Hip mention', yes.. look into Human trafficking.
Where you aware? Are you aware?
Who does not know about missing aboriginal women, to think of it is heart wrenching, so it's time to draw about it. I don't know how.. how so it will bring justice to artwork & individuals.. for the lives of so many lovely, lost souls.. being born into generations of abuse- abuse of alcohol, abuse of the system- supposedly in place to protect them- to protect ALL Canadians, abuse by more than I can even imagine to know about.
I read this article in a Dr.s office a few weeks ago:
Most are in jail for NON-violent crimes. IF only we took some of the money to put people into jail & help them instead with education and support. Money wasted on the Drug WAR.
When you know better. Do better.
I am reaching a point personally I can tell you, though my education on cannabis - what I read happening around the world. Just F*cking legalize it, enough already and stop putting people behind bars because of it! So many poor, disadvantaged people already being taken and thrown behind bars, WE should ALL feel ashamed and continue to do so until WE all speak up and demand it end. Imagine the kids- the newest generation waiting.. to go to jail. Kids who never get to get a break from the start because the color of their skin. Fact.
The mushrooms are coming! It's fall in a couple of weeks - it's the same day as Storms birthday. Today my son invited me on the first official foray put on by:
The Mycological Society of Toronto! I have to say it was my first.. and I had too much fun.
I was laughing all the way home sharing stories of my walk with Joe & Randy - two people I just met today and throughly enjoyed their company! We almost got a little lost.. I followed - we'll Poppy attended her first foray also! She saw horses & horse droppings that were as big as her head... but I don't think she even knew what it was, she did not bark only looked. We had just finished speaking about Snakes- and to use caution when poppy accidentally rubbed against Joes leg and he jumped, I'm still laughing at the face he made as he looked down expecting to find - I don't know what.
I felt special to have these two talented computer geeks (hee hee, I'm only saying that as that is what they both 'do') ;) - who where quite knowledgeable about many topics.
Joe is also quite the herb enthusiast, between him and Randy I hardly knew which way to look! I learned about...
https://altnature.com/jewelweed.htm altnature.com/jewelweed.htm which helps if you have been touched by Poison Ivy - and it happens to usually grow close to it, good to know as Joe was continually pointing out the poison Ivy I was stepping on... lol
BTW, there was all ages and races - Perfect! I heard a bit a about India, Russia, Missauga ;) interesting as usual.
NOW, I must quickly draw a few of the finds before they dissolve, Storm discovered the coolest find - an EMPTY turtle shell! I was so excited to see it on the table - and to learn it was ours! woot woot! hee hee Thank you Nature. It was also fun seeing my son in action for the first time as the Foray Director, he is so helpful, everyone likes him- asking him a million questions- I was giggling at one time just listening to the 'Whats this Storm? 'Storm, How about this!?" The president was also there as were a few older members who really know their mushrooms.
How fun was it? There is another tomorrow and we're going again, my son tells me with the added bonus of the Burger priest on the way home. Time to paint!
Do what you Love!
Here is a great article I found on the Mycological Society of Toronto:
'I love Canada. Even in the winter.. I get more painting done! Nature is my clock.
What do I love about Canada? Stunning nature, trees, GREEN, bluejays, maple syrup (Heaven's is my favourite') Justin, poutine, Beavers, Moose & loons! The Ex- even tho I no longer attend, Mounties, Inukshuks... the list is endless & Now- Canada allows Medical Cannabis patients to grow their own medicine! Amen.
It has me wanting to celebrate and combine my love of Canada with my love of cannabis and here was the first in a series Im calling 'Home Grown Canadian'.
My sons long time friend Sam, surprised me with a new piece to add to my collection!!
Check out my sweet little glass nugget. ;) I'm very proud of him as I have bugged him a long time to keep creative! A little upset he admitted he is slacking lately and only working about 3 hours. That's not going to cut it. Treat it like a job you LOVE 9-5 at least!
Check out Soul Masta's Glass on FB!
On my Mind - my first sketch of the day... My MUGSHOT
Next on the desk.. a little Alice Fun.. Peek A Boo, peek thru. I'm going to Time-lapse!
On my mind... I will NOW only tolerate people, thing, events, jobs in life that
Turn Me On! Turn on my mind first and the rest follows! Meaning my heart.
On my mind.. Scruffy of course. I will admit yesterday during a TN attack and my face cramped for what seems like forever- it is my right side, my eye pulls shut and stays that way.. well Scruffy now has her right eye always shut. The things that dog does for me.
Dr. Karen Norman called me this am and assured me she was doing well. Scruffy went out for a pee - "make sure she is on a least she knows her way home!" and she said already you see her personality shine through. She is pretty bruised still, I can't wait for tomorrow- around 10, I walk up and go get her!
Lot's to celebrate!
Medical patients in Canada who use cannabis can now grow their own. Amen.
The court case proved it is not right to force people to have to use a 'Legal Gov. approved growers', but they can grow their own or if not well enough have a 'designated grower '- do it for them:
Thank God. How insane was it to tell anyone they can't grow plants that help them heal in the first place. A crime against humanity, now changed here in Canada! I feel very fucking proud of my country right now. VERY ILL Children all over Canada - will now be introduced more to the medicine they need. Would you not try a natural herb before a synthetic drug for your child? IF PROVEN to help? Google: Dr. Gupta Weed.... if you still doubt.
I'm not even sure what to draw yet! Next cannabis will become a legal recreational drug, good - it will mean fewer alcohol related deaths! I know you probably don't believe that.. I've been reading about it the past few years. Don't believe me? Research it. I Laughed Out Loud yesterday sitting the Dr.s office, across the T.V. screen - 'Ottawa warns of possible increase in impaired driving if cannabis is legalized' - (something like that). Of course. Bring on the fear mongering! Do you really think that there have been that FEW cannabis smoking drivers over the years/decades that it has not become and issue? LOL! It's not.
I had a great lunch with my moms friend Geoff yesterday, he took me to an "Irish pub", he confused my love of Scottish with Irish.. I'll forgive him. We chuckled, chatted and enjoyed a steak & mushroom pie, talked about going back to school late in life (which he did & was very successful at), why he got into politics- someone said to him, "your opinion doesn't matter- you're not even Canadian...", he quickly became one shortly there after. Cannabis, he is a cigarette smoker and I suggested he switch to cannabis! It's less harmful and apparently from all I've been reading - less addictive- so you smoke less. He told me he would think it over. ;)
Then I was at the Dr.s, we both laughed out loud at the fact that he could help me with my foot pain!! He is frustrated they can't seem to help me otherwise.. especially since I'm not for pills or surgery, again. He remarked, he's never seen anyone with a case like mine, so severe and does not know how I'm coping.. me either. Cannabis. We talked about much, how this illness has also given me a new found strength, the fights I've won with it, MC, The bank, anyone re: Poppy now.. and then he said while freezing the bottom of my foot:
& Cannanbis! You have won that fight too! I don't personally feel like I had any part in the winning. I prayed our stories of Storms and my own experience we shared have been heard, that was all. ***For all sick Canadians, already dealing with so much including judgement - constantly for those who DO NOT UNDERSTAND. One less fuckign thing to worry about. Affordable medicine, loving grown at home.
It comes with rules, as it should.. I know some will think 'I'm gonna grow!' lol- good luck, Its not that easy and they will have 'regulations' not to mention hard work, I know a few growers and they can be very stressed at times, not form politics - from work. it has toby safe, I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't talk about that. it doesn't matter really - people are never going to stop growing illegal cannabis- at least now patients who truly need it have the option. AT least NOW maybe the police will focus on other more important crimes like the missing indian woman in Canada! HUMAN trafficking. What matters most. HUMANS.
I AM very upset still they are saying "compassion clubs' 'dispensaries' NOW, don't matter' now that they have the legally approved Licensed producers.... and that they are considering the possibility of selling it via the pharmacy- WE ALL knew that was coming! $$$$$$$
If not for compassion clubs we wold have been lost. I will tell you first hand, many I know are not the criminals they are being made out to be - but people who truly want to help others. Our government is out to make money like everyone else. Greed rules.
The L.C.B.O. is starting 'mail home' delivery.. wow. I wonder how that will effect alcohol abuse in his country- well, I don't wonder. I know.
Time to think of what to draw to celebrate!
I'm also drawing the cover for Cannabis Digest and its 50th issue!
I'm calling it 'Give Thanks!!!'
Thank you Canada. Thank you Kirk & John...
Thank you everyone whom has ever tried to educate regarding the cannabis plant.
Thank you God.
WARNING all the links below contain videos/clips of just a TINY, tiny footage of DIRTY FUCKING Sneaky. LYING COPS (I like Pigs, so I don't call them that)
WTF America is going on *down there?
This is about bad fucking cops! I am thrilled each time I see one caught on tape and disgusted at the same time, short clips that bring me to tears. PIGS. I don't care what people are doing - you don't fucking beat, punch them when handcuffed!
From the moment he slams her against the wall.. I don't know what to say, maybe this guy just lost it.. then get out of your fucking job.
This one will frighten you... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHy_gNnBDuE
it makes me sick to my stomach. In front of their children? This PIG should go to jail. watch the entire clip. America has a serious problem going on. Listen to him, you can hear his ANGER, RAGE. he is a cop - he is suppose to be the one in control.
They should lose their jobs and GO TO JAIL!!!
Please wake up America, there are so many clips of dirty power hungry cops that are getting way out of line, and
THIS is WHAT THEY DO WHEN THEY ARE BEING FILMED!!
WHAT ARE THEY DOING WHEN THEY ARE NOT BEING FILMED
What a 'sick man' this cop is.. imagine. & it is being encouraged.
Encouraged by the American government when they outfit them for one - as if they are ARMY. It is a mental thing. TOO many Americans are o.k. with all this, until what?
Until it happens to them. Guns should be taken away in the USA and start with the cops.
& the cops working with them who go along with it are EQUALLY as guilty. When you see them beat a drunk, shoot a mentally ill man and THE cuff him!? & then clean up all the evidence - no wonder people are shooting the police. No wonder americans don't want to lose their guns. ;(
Read what our police have done and why CRIME IS GOING DOWN in Canada.
Imagine the children now who are witnessing all this brutality- in the future there will be so much hatred towards the police- once thought of as 'heroes and defenders'... now sneaks and murderers.
This is an editorial cartoon and nothing is fucking funny about it.
As a matter of fact the second panel - I know that little girl who had that fucking gun held to her head. FIRST hand. my friend Todd still in jail.. where all these dirty cops should be but never go. THAT IS the crime committed against America.
EVERY time she sees a police office that memory is imbedded in her head.
DIRTY, Nasty, evil people - who are not in the job for he right reason - & get this- DO YOU FORGET? Do you understand... YOU PAY THEM? When you see the men (mostly) who are cops .. abuse some people like they do, hit cuffed people who can not defend themselves and others watch. There are no words for these people that I can think of with out hatred welling inside me.
I don't know what the solution is, first de-militarize the intimidating police power shit.... Donald Trump wants to build a wall which makes me think a lot of Mexicans are thrilled.
I'm focusing on getting a few acres somewhere so I can invite my American friends to come up, hang out, be creative! & DE fucking stress... I know I get stressed with life- Imagine being aa American with Donald trump possibly as the next president - YIKES!!!
You must leave their guns at home btw.
I'll have one gun for 'bear protection' if necessary. that's it. lol
Never stop dreaming then working.
* forgive my mindset with he 'down there' - the same as saying 'down south', on a map you are .. down there ;)
When away, I slept.
I did not paint... which is blowing my mind. 3 little sketches, the one I did finish- I learned what 'rain does to Gouache' my meditation frog (below) was washed away.. so was I.
Up with he birds- and the birds were AMAZING! I was in bird utopia!
Arrrrgh! I forgot to bring some peanuts.
From bed to the dock was my first stop each morning as the girls - Daisy & Poppy would need to pee. *thanks to Storm for leaving his dog with me. & I would sit and sip my tea.
I'd wander between the cottage and dock, in at 11 to nap... deck, dock, bed nap.. lol!
Really. I needed it bad. Holy cow.
I was instantly overtaken with the peace and exhaustion- physically & mentally, took hold and said SLEEP. Thankfully, where ever I went, Daisy lay 3 feet away, ever watching me & Poppy. I LOVE my dogs. I love all dogs. I was so relaxed I slept with all the windows and doors open on the hottest few days and absorbed the quiet. Satellite Tv- I turned on and thought REALLY!? REALLY Georgia!? It was in time for the line from Ghost Busters (* which I will watch @ my desk painting) "Do you have any Hobbies?" - "I collect moulds, fungus and spores." It cracked me up, lol - that is Storm. He is anxious for the fall foray season. ;) I could NOT stay awake the first couple of days and hardly ate.
My body was screaming and my mind called the shots. SLEEP
I even started to feel guilty- you're not painting... oh well, sit back & breath.
I thought about a few people in specific on my mind lately all the time.
I didn't shed a teaar- also hard for even me to believe - lol, I sat and chilled with Poppy & Daisy. We wandered, I caught a big frog and a tiny one, thew rocks and napped.
Now, I'm home for a bit & paint fumes drift up stairs, the kitchen, it'c coming.
Norm goes non-stop. Bird is happy I am home.
I tell you what... I feel stronger mentally & physically :
God has me on the path, I just have to keep walking.
I know what needs to be done, there is no confusion in my mind.
I know what I want & I will have it.
Focus on what I am here to do. Draw.
I am drawing - it was an overwhelming desire yesterday - to draw about police abuse in America. Why? SPEAK UP!! FOR EACH OTHER! We are ONE it should not be tolerated.
It's getting out of control, no wonder people are shooting cops- who does not think that?
Bring attention to it. Yes, there are great police officer out there but the evidence does not lie- thank God for cameras. More on it tomorrow.
Understand also- I have a few Americans I'm really fond of - hee hee, seriously, I think about them and it's heart breaking. I want to have a few acres and tell them come on up, put up a tent and hang out. This toon is born of love from my friends and I feel it does speak the truth.
Trump or Hillary? .. .Hillary.
A Thank YOU Universe & to my good friend Jim, I love that Guy & everyone knows it.
I was telling Storm what a wonderful friend he's been all these years, so many laughs.
For assisting in providing me with peace & always showing me love.
You know, as I do with everyone close to me at one time sooner or later it seems...
I put him to the test a few times & he has never left me. XOX Thank God.
xox Have Faith <><
'Happy Canada day! Woo Hooo!
It's overcast today but who cares... It's a holiday for most and that is reason enough to celebrate- never mind Canada is 149 years old baby! Next year 150!! They already have started to plan celebrations for that one! Maybe I'll paint something special!
This is a painting I did on Monday when My friend Bon was visiting!
Clearly I am fascinate with this blue chicken! They really exist! When we started, I had a blank canvas and just painted - I didn't sketch it I just went right to canvas! Not even a clue of that I was painting really, the cock & fox appeared. The fox, a slight smirk is NOT going to eat the cock. They are friends.
When Bonnie visits we talk about Art, being artist, time, life, events, chickens.. Bon lives on a farm and paints usually what is reflected in her life- she recently sold several BIG paintings to a gentleman who runs a CoffeeTime store! That is fantastic - many will see her work! Check it out- She is inspiring me to paint BIG- but I have to prep a bit for that- like buy OUTdoor paint, it would be too costly with my acrylic.
What will you do this Canada day? First, I'm off to our favourite coffee shop for a carrot cupcake and ginger cookie! If you wear something Canadian you get a discount today!
Local & Imort if you do not know it.. so nice to have a tiny, personal, comfortable, fun coffee shop in town - that also have great baked goods and such. other than that it's the B.B.Q and painting outback today. Happy Canada Day - I hope you have a fun peaceful day what ever you choose to do.