One of the first dolls to be made and sent on her way!
OMGosh this is too much fun- playing with dolls! & each doll gets a photo shoot with me before she leaves for her new home! I have even made it so they travel in comfort! Check out the images below. Faye is a fan! She purchases my comic books and sends them all over the USA - mostly to politicians. Ive come to know Faye a bit and think she is a wonderful woman & mom and has quite a bit to say. I asked Faye if she would not mind sharing paragraph with you:
Why does it take someone getting sick to become a believer?
All I did was walk in a Hallmark Store to pick up cards, turned my head to the left to look at a video and my world went dizzy.... I made my way to my car and was able to drive without any problem, but could not walk without dizziness and nausea. After doctors, specialist and many test, they could only tell me what was not wrong with me and couldn't give me any medication that helped; eventually they decided it was an inner ear virus.
I started researching the internet on my own and came up with hemp oil; I first tried a bottle and saw a definite plus in my well being, then ordered by the case and have been taking it ever since.
Due to propaganda and lies, hemp couldn't even be grown in the USA until this year; thank goodness for Canada. But, it made me keep researching and finding out the benefits of cannabis. Cannabis or Marijuana, whatever one wants to call it, there are medical benefits and should be a choice treatment for everyone. Big pharma, the FDA and the government have given natural supplements a bad wrap due to greed and lies.
Since I knew how hemp had helped me, I wanted to legally be able to try cannabis oil.
I have always been a human rights advocate, but became an advocate for legalizing cannabis/marijuana. I have told my doctors and specialist that if they tell me I have cancer that I will go to the nearest state where cannabis/marijuana is legal for my treatment of choice. I have allergies, take allergy drops every week, would not go the chemo route; I will take my chances with cannabis/marijuana and hope for the best.
It is not that hard to find truth once you start looking, you just can't believe that you had been fooled for so long. Google, that all one has to do.
So - Faye is a doll is real life too ;) Speaking out for many who do not. I am thankful.
The first of the Girlfriend Doll orders was of course and education...
I kinda thought this might happen... A lesson was learned about girlfriends- I was not charging enough. lol - some might noticed the price jump, after a well thought out experience- I realized the time, supplies, packaging & shipping - lol - I was practically giving them away at $50.
I also did some research on Etsy- no where can you find an 'original, custom' work of art or anything like this doll for anywhere near the price.
Each doll takes me a day at least from start to finish, $80. is still a very good price - if I continue to get busy with the dolls and such, I will probably raise the price again.
It's all about time these days and what I want to be doing most, I will say these girlfriends are more than a fun way for me to spend a day... If you want your a girlfriend of your own - check the link below and order your today!
Back to painting dogs...
I will post the next photos of 'Wendy' as soon as she reaches her destination!
Wait until you see 'Princess Jasmine'!!!
Dream drawing job or not... on Sunday I paint what ever I want.
This morning I was inspired by a deer looking back at me from my PIN page.
As you can see. I see something, and ideas come to my head, the deer photo is a reference for f the imagination, still I am thankful to the photographer that captured this deer in all it's grassy glory.
Below are a few steps from Start to Finish, todays lesson with gouache.
I refuse work all the time lately, many times it is a project that seems too long, others want me to draw 'their comics', conflict of interests, I need more time for my own ideas, it's too daunting, not something I'd enjoy drawing for the next 3 months, there are many reasons artists might not want to work except for the $$ - really, and as God has it - I don't need to work for money.
I am thankfully, pretty darn content at the moment. Many times the past couple of years especially, I have thought - I can't do it for obvious physical reasons and it's added stress to some degree - because jobs come with deadlines. I like to draw when the mood, idea hits.
This is one deadline I'm sure I'll meet, I love drawing & painting these images.
17 for sure for the book! I just realized last night I AM already 1/2 done! because I'm having so much fun! BONUS -I was given sheets with 'outlines' - draw what you want!
Draw what i want!? YOU BET! And that is exactly what I am doing with all the LOVE I can muster I might add! I want this book to help and be successful - Not for the reasons most do - I want it to work! I want children to have safe interactions with dogs.
I know a couple of children & adults who have been bitten over the years, I've blogged about it several times. Storm was bit when little. My fault. ;( I left him with our dog - who I felt more than safe with, but another male dog who' was in heat was visiting and Storm got in the way - one second. I should he been more careful with a dog I did not know. Lesson learned.
Do what you love!
I did work for Windy Willow Pet service in the past, Go check out the link: http://www.windywillowspetservices.ca
They have a little video I just saw and you will see my earlier work for them! The puppy training kit - it is easy and fun and interactive for children I highly recommend it for anyone bringing home a puppy!! I was honoured when Rachelle the owner of the company called me again, not to mention I really like her- we hit it off & she trust me - I know what she wants - and will do my pest to provide it.
These paintings will also make wonderful framed prints imo, or even gift cards.
Either way I will helping prevent accident between dogs and children and that is fricken AWESOME!!!
Wow, it brought back memories- Daisy was a pup when worked on the puppy kit project and she is in many of the images! Poppy was not even thought of, time flies.
Well it's back to it! I have drawings to do - I'm going to sneak in all our dogs of course and few of my friends dogs too!
I had a great cannabis cartoon come to mind in the tub and I believe I will try to start a daily strip - probably about the dogs. I'm going to draw them smaller to see if I can still squeeze them in more often!!
Have a terrific day.
Spend it with a dog you love... I have 4! That a lot of patting - I'm up for the task!
Do what you love and the rest will follow!
Oh, listening to a new podcast called the Cavern of Secrets. I Am enjoying. Like girlfriends hanging out and they talk about it all. I agree with most. If you wan to hear a normal Canadian conversation - have a listen.
Is it only Canadians who admit how f*cking scary Donald Trump is?
As you might know,I'm out of the FB bubble... lol - my son told me this a.m. Dana Larson
was arrested for GIVING away seeds.
GOOD FOR HIM!! I wanted to do this a couple years back! I drew a cartoon about it - Free seeds with every comic but my friend Marco informed me it wouldn't be wise as 'I could be arrested' even though I was giving them away for FREE. I thought then it was ridiclous and still do! Already - tax payers dollars are NOW being wasted! AGAIN. Seriously - have we nothing better to focus on!?
The police will give a statement on this- big deal- what can they possibly say?
He was giving away free seeds. Many will never get planted. Seed for a PLANT that has never killed anyone - it is not poisonous - as a matter of fact the USA government has taken the patent out on it for its medicinal values- yet greedy politicians in the USA also still send people to jail over plants. A Plant never been linked to a death only helps many feel better - I KNOW.
How much money do you think it has already cost us?
Here is a good article McLeans wrote back in 2013! Phbbbbt. http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/why-its-time-to-legalize-marijuana/
2016 and arrested for seeds!
What judge will see this in court?
I'm reading about people growing who are getting $5. fines and then tossed out of court.
If ONLY our money was going towards education, healthcare, hunger, jobs.. GEEZE!
Put the money towards 'potholes' would be better productive! No.. lets 'bust' someone for GIVING away seeds. What ever dufus made that decision.. seriously needs to be educated on cannabis and empathy towards others.
Me.. I'm painting, learning gouache, drawing a cartoon, and painting a birdhouse...
How about YOU?
Gouache Painting... I certainly am teaching my brain a few new tricks and it can get confusing.. If you think the only difference between oil, acrylic, watercolor & gouache is the thickness or 'type' of the paint - you are incorrect.
I just realized I have tried them all and which ever 'I am currently exploring' - I love the most! LOL Isn't that the way of life?
This one is tricky- or, is it because I am already using acrylic and watercolor - BUT thankfully - due to the kindness of awesome strangers & youtube - at 3 a.m. the other morning... I found this guy in Germany - who made me smirk as I painted, listened, watched and he said things - that made it easy for me, not necessarily easy - but for what ever reason I could relate - then once he said "Gouache is like oil, except it dries faster" and "I hope you're not using water color like gouache..." lol - I was!
All this with an amusing accent. I gather he does not have a website - I can't find one.
On Facebook: Johann Karpp, I do not think he will mind me mentioning him on here - if you want to learn - watch!
Here is the youtube video session I ended up watching the other morning:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfFUKyJQ2L4 I am about to watch this one right now.. as I paint into the evening. I am very thankful for such distractions that teach us how to take our abilities to new levels. I got lost with this Sloth this morning.
I think I read Johann Karpp wants to be a teacher, he would be an fun & entertaining art teacher IMO.
Time to paint 'doggens', a common phrase on Instagram - I thought it was just common around here.
Cannabis is no way as harmful as cigarettes. Make that clear.
Does our government have nothing better to concern themselves over?
Is it really a problem to smell a couple seconds of vaporized cannabis?
Some find the sent of curry more distasteful - not I! I love curry!
Do we not have more pressing, serious issues? Crime, unemployment, abuse against women, in equality in pay, hunger in children in Canada - around the world? Education? Poverty? Housing - lack of affordable - or should Wynne & co. continue to punish those who use cannabis as a medicine once again.
IF you do vaporize and are doing in in a room full of people - well, you get what you ask for.
I personally don't understand why someone can't excuse themselves for a moment and use the bathroom, hall, stairwell - what ever.
It will become a problem for most, when they make it a problem imo. That being said- to be charged for it - ridiculous.
Just more political pussyfooting around more serious matters if you ask me.. since you're reading this blog- I guess you did.
I have vaporized everywhere and no one ever noticed... I don't think.
It's April... tax time and the thought brings me to tears.
Norm is feeling especially blue over this years taxes too.
Not for the reasons you might imagine. Jim did our taxes. He worked for Revenue Canada. He died horribly last April when he was thrown from his golf cart and I find myself feeling torn apart all over again. My heart aches all over again it seems as it does for everyones closest to Jim. Elly & the kids btw are STILL dealing with issues surrounding the case not yet resolved... if only it was over so they might move forward.
I see Norm put Jims name on the calendar today and it made me angry- I don't need it on the calendar to remember- but, I get it too.. Norm is having his own hard time, he too is missing Jim.
Yes, I'm feeling extra blue, life can do that to us.
Thank God I have some serious drawing to do to keep me busy. I put LOVE into every brush stroke - as is expected. The 'old me' wanted to stay in bed and cry today - what a waste of a day, of a gift and even of memories. Jim wouldn't want any one of us to be still crying over him - everyone who knows him knows that to be fact. He LOVED life.
Jim loved my cartooning, he provided many ideas and inspiration. I miss him.
This time last year- I had no idea Jim would soon be gone. If I would have had some premonition of things to come - I would have made sure to get in a few more hugs at least.
Who will be gone from your life tomorrow?
Did you tell them you love them recently?
I don't think I actually 'said it' to Jim but I know he knew it.
Time to paint.
I purchased new sheets on the weekend and found these two napping in my bed!
What is it about new/clean sheets? :)
I've discovered the key to happiness.. keep creatively busy!
That is exactly what I am doing and I feel better everyday. I spent this past week painting, crafting & planning. I recently accepted a drawing job (because I believe in the message strongly) & have a deadline until the end of April to complete. 17 drawings- each takes some research, much thought & about 3 hours from start to finish for each drawing! I already have 3 complete and am excited to draw the next!
I've learned from past experience - even a drawing job that you enjoy - needs to have a little mix in it from time to time - so, in between I'm making Dolls!
I've sold a couple of my Girlfriend Dolls & wait until you see them! I will post photos after the first recipient received her custom beauty - I am so excited because I had fun right until the last detail of making sure my dolls travel to their destination in 'pure luxury & comfort'! lol I have to add I will be raining the price slightly.. they take a little more than first realized and I didn't really allow for shipping. I will also be adding the link to my ETSY site.
More on Girlfriends soon!!!
Today, I sneak in a bit of crafting - a HempWick dispenser with a BEEutiful detail! One for me and one for them! They are a wonderful company - always positive and have been great to me & supportive over the years so I'd like to say 'Thank you!' They don't know - so don't tell! ;)
Every morning I'm staring with a new tradition! Warm up with a custom card- that I then mail to someone- anyone! Todays custom card I will gift to a stranger!
Someone reading this Blog!
Would you like a chance to own a hand painted card? If so send me a message! email@example.com
The first human to e mail me and say they would enjoy the card will get it.
It's that simple.
More drawing time less internet time, unfortunatly- I know the more time I spend online the less time I have to paint... and not just that- it can effect our moods, thoughts and ideas- I have a difficult time - even when I wake in a great mood ready to draw - on many occasions I have then read something online that upsets or depressed and discourages.
We have lost control of what we see, hear and experience - social media/media has gained control.
I am taking back complete control and making myself happier & healthier every day... & it feels terrific! So - Who wants a custom card!? I'd love to gift one today!
Time to get creative!!! What will you create today?
Or will you make ART or excuses? The choice is yours!
P.S... Therapy dogs- I tell you I have a 'therapy bird'!
He makes me smile and plays .. we altered the Pinocchio perch & he LOVES it, I put little pieces of string, yarn on it and he hops from my lamp to his perch with his string and then eventually flies them into his next!
He is starting to come when I call and even now flies if the guys are in the room as well, smacking Stom on the head with his wing the other day - when we was paying attention to the iPad and not Bird! LOL! My door is open and he never leaves the room, he just likes to play around my desk & back not his cage. I of course secure him in when I leave.
Love is a little winged creature chirping hello! Listen!
You will hear it.