The King of the Jungle is complete!
The little kitty purrs peacefully as she meditates, knowing her King has her back.. Kings.
See it as 3 cats of the jungle if you wish, it's meant to make you smile, that's all.
The meaning for me is beyond words. Countless brushstrokes, thoughts, ideas.
As soon as it is framed in the snuggery it goes, where I will see it every day. 41:10
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way
-- things that I had no words for.
~ Georgia O'Keefe -
Happy Thanks Giving Weekend Canada!
Not long ago I painted the Bear, Fox & frog.. Storm called it 'Moonlight sonata' and claimed it as his own, he rarely does this - I was happy to gift it to him, I had my friend Kathy from Kats Gallery frame it (above) for his birthday, as you can see he has hung it in place of value! Beside the fishing poles. Storms painting was a different mindset only a month or so ago.
I decided to paint myself a matching piece - this time 3 cats!
The Lion, Jaguar and kitty. Again, I sketched it and then stared at it for about a week.
This painting means already more to me than most will realize.
More than I realized as I continue to work on it.
The Lion.. the King of the jungle.
As I was just painting, it crossed my mind..
I believe, I've met the King of the Jungle.
"The King of the Jungle". Are you the King/Queen of your jungle? I AM.
As soon as it's complete it's off to Kat to frame matching Storms then I will hang it where
I will see it first thing EVERY morning... to remind me of My King.
Give thanks and start my day.
It will remind me to keep my strength, the King will look after me, so does the Jaguar...
I am the cat, ready for peace, love and prosperity.
Before I started painting I picked up this piece of paper it says on the back:
"He will whisper words of comfort. That no other voice can speak."
A bible verse with the quote on the opposite side from my little 'Bread of Life ' holder, I have had forever : Isaiah 41:10 ¶Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
I carried it up to my desk, then I went on PIN for my good morning hello and to look at my cats, the first quote that found me was a bible verse.. amazing close to that I just put on my desk.. and I LOVE it.
Protected by love I cannot fail.
Inspired by love I will not fail.
I like to say "I have an assistant"- who assist me and it's been a blessing this summer!
I was telling a friend I needed help, with all sorts of stuff, finding art, hanging art in the office, sorting the paint room and was at a loss.. she said "ask that girl at the coffee shop, she likes your cartooning!" Jessie, she had drawn me that cute little 'get sconed'.. what did I have to lose? I asked she said "YES!" I explained the deal, we would barter *as I do with many, for art lessons, original art - what ever. She showed up an we instantly hit it off. How could you not like her?
I can't help but think of her as a firecracker- petite with red hair but huge on personality and talent! We had a drawing lesson, more to see what she was capable of and I soon realized she was quick to pick up what ever I showed her & has what many do not- the imagination to go with! & her own distinctive style already- even if she does not realize it. Next an introduction to gouache & sure enough her first sample, painted in her own time blew me away.. Check out the cute little bag she made for the 'coffee scrubs':
After only a quick introductory lesson?? I didn't know if wanted to smack her or hug her!
lol.. I get this way when I meet someone with artistic talent and find out they are not using it, how does everyone not eat, breath and sleep art, I don't know. ;)
Jessie has joined me up at the cottage, there too she was incredibly helpful and simply a pleasure to be around, although it is where Poppy 'decided to like her' - and since, is having no problems showing her affection as does Daisy! You can hear her speak it "Jessies here!" she runs to get what ever toy she knows Jessie will throw.
What started as some assistance has turned into a friendship, I will miss her when she returns to school but will be visiting all the time - so that's good. Never let age get in the way of speaking to anyone, as I teach her, quite offen she teaches me something as well. I've got to know a couple of her sisters and it is really wonderful to know they are all smart, educated, traveled, kind, successful & funny young woman (well Jenny, another sister- she's another story, she cracks me up... I'm not sure why, she too manages to make me smile instantly- good thing, since I see her usually for 'our first coffee of the day) they have been a blessing in our lives and I'm happy to know them! * Jade too- who returns to law school in a few weeks in B.C. ! One more excuse to visit and I asked her to become 'something I can use..' Not a criminal lawyer- lol I know from our short interactions - watch out. Just the thought of her being a lawyer - kicking ass- makes me smile.
Jessie also makes unbelievable body scrubs- so far I've had the lemon, coffee and mint- they exfoliate my psoriasis and have helped get it a little more manageable lately, not to mention stimulate all the senses. I really think Jessie is going to be something- CREATIVE! I look forward to watching it happen!
I've included my favourite photo taken at the cottage.
She has proven to be much needed & added sunshine this summer and I'm truly grateful to God for the introduction. & Jenny - for having her work in her coffeeshop and make fun of her 'little sister', as sisters do.
Today she's coming over I have a surprise a backyard painting journal!!!
I'm forcing her to start one! lol I'll show you when complete - she has talent and I can't wait to see it blossom! In full out gouache color!
Do what you love, surround yourself with people you enjoy and inspire and make you smile.
Come back tomorrow to see 'our nature journal' and the FUN 'Hawaiian' photo op/cut out we made!
* P.S. there are still about 3 people waiting for art - I've not forgot..
have faith, trust in me... it will come, you will see. ;)
BTW all my framing is done by my longtime friend Kat of Kat's gallery.
I highly recommend. : https://www.instagram.com/kats.gallery/
Just don't ask her personal questions about us, I can't remember if we are fighting or not, she probably can't either... 30, years I think. hee hee hee xox
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 <><
Sometimes I have to audacity to think I am in control of this life.. then I think:
Who am I?
I remember... I AM not a body, I am free! I AM as God created me.
Focus, lose the ego. Move On.
You are not here for 'that' reason. It's just a distraction. DO NOT let it get you down.
Pull up your big girl panties and have some fucking fun!
You deserve it- here it comes.
I can't rush it- nothing matters, not money, connections, timing - nothing.
IF it is meant to happen it will... just have TRUST.
Keep your mind & heart open ready for all that comes your way.
My post it note stuck to my comp:
ALL things are lessons God would've me learn.
I was speaking with a good friend and told him: If God wants me to be there, I will. "
It is that simple- regardless of what I THINK or feel for that matter.
When I say 'there', I mean: there as in anywhere & everywhere, He wants me to be.
Right now I'm content being in my own office!
My assistant Jessie and I re-hung it the past 2 days, sorted and more.
I could not wait to get in there to day and paint!
A nice reminder to hang by my computer.. My Ego is not my Amigo. ;)
German bud!! My international Bud collection grows! <3
Let there be light! Every day is a new day! Give Thanks !!
For sunlight and moonlight!
I asked what do you want to show me today? & this is what I saw.
Big bold letters across my computer screen and my first thought was:
I'm sure it's been done.
Not by me... a child of God, wanting to express my love the best way I know how.
I really am enjoying taking my time, calming my mind.
I'm researching, looking at natures beauty constantly, gives me a new appreciation for everything. If we can't get 'out to' see it - at least we can view it online.
What will you choose see today?
Instagram has an incredible amount of talented people - enough to make me get off and draw! I find it inspiring, especially when you see such talent from young beings all around the world! The key is becoming inspired and not absorbed, imo. ;)
It took e a while for obvious reasons - plus a few distractions like going to see The Revenant with my guys, wow- action from start to finish - & helped to put me in the snow mood with beautiful scenery - Filmed in Canada. *Best Movie I've seen in a while BUT - I do not like the movie theatre experience anymore. I am fine to stay home and watch it on TV. Unless its some "fantastic 3D movie', I'll pass.
A few photos below of the process.. today I'm drawing otters! I did a little sketch and it turned out pretty "otterly cute' so I'm drawing it toon size! Another Creature of God that holds hands when they sleep.
Tomorrow a Cannabis related cartoon about more lies & propaganda being said here in Canada.
How true & thank God for the reminder. Everyday.
I just spent the morning (and have a few STILL) sending e mail to those I love.
Those who put a spark in my life and days they Inspire, teach, make me laugh and show me love in countless ways, with gifts, e mail, notes, Skype dates and more. Time.
People, my life is richer because of. Not with $$ but with love and that is truly priceless.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
- Albert Schweitzer -
I even apologized to a few for my... occasional mania, sending e mail... You all know who you are and I truly thank you, for the times you ignore me and don't! LOL
I like to think, I speak with only love and hope everyone remembers that when I get frustrated. I have the feeling they do.
Time to paint & continue thinking of those I love, I am so excited to see what this years holds for ALL of US!!
I plan on giving more. Making more people smile. Simple.
Happy 2nd day of 2016!
I love you.
There! Someone told you I love you, this year!!
That is the best way to start any year, day, moment.
Oh, I already received a reply... no wonder I love this guy, he wrote back:
as for your behaving…I read a quote by Mae West on one of the beer cans I made some art for saying:
“when Im good, Im very good. But when Im bad Im better”. hihihi
so don’t behave yourself.;)
I plan on being me.
I am still as God created.
There is nothing like nature to bring me back to where I need to be. I believe it's the same with most of us. Reading A Course in Miracles- I was reminded simply:
I am here.
Every leaf, every stone, every bird every mushroom reminds me of God and Jesus and a presence that surrounds and comforts me - should I take the time to only stop, look & listen.
While away, I couldn't stop thinking about fall- the colors the 'death of a season' getting ready for snowfall and then rebirth in spring! Birds are it for me- I can't take my eyes off of them. I was fortunate to see many bluejays while away and a giant woodpecker & a deer family that visited at least 2 times a day. BUT - I missed 'My' bluejays who were born near my house & I have watched since babies. I am in love with Bluejays. They are curious, beautiful and funny. I have about 3 babies who visit regular & have no problems letting me know - there are no nuts in the bowl!
Nature- it just does it's thing. A reminder - God looks after us.
Keep going, enjoy the sunshine, leaves, birds and small creature comforts that surround us and make us part of the planet.
I am here.
Who walks with me? Always.
I can't find anything more comforting to me, than that.
More nature from my mini Halliburton stay. Give thanks.
I hope too, some of you are enjoying a glimpse of Canada - rocks and trees - lol
I'm not sure of any of the 'mushroom names' and can't attempt to figure them out so..lol DONT EAT any from the wild! Unless you are positive they are NOT poisonous.
Can deer eat mushrooms that would kill us? I wonder....
Below also my best deer photo. My friend who lives up there - takes these beasts for granted- He see's them all the time- I think he was getting tired of me:
"Jim! Come see the deer!!" lol!
I could not get enough - it's my new goal.
I want a place to go and watch the deer & be closest with my creator... when ever I want.
Note to self: * Let's make it happen Georgia! ;) How will I get my bluejays to come along?
The bluejay photos are from my backyard.