If you read this blog you know about Elly & Jim.
You know I love them and would be lost without them.
Jim the character in the 'Bear/Bare' toon (it was his and Elly's suggestion BTW) was thrown from his golf cart on Monday.
He was golfing with a friend & family was behind him in another cart. He was celebrating his 52 birthday.
I can not being to express the following hours after the accident.
He went into a coma right away and was pronounced legally dead the next day.
We were told he would not have suffered.
Jim donated his organs - to which I was not shocked at all, knowing Jim.
Elly posted this:
We received the following news this morning:
"I just wanted to let you know everything went well last night with the recovery. Your husband and father is a hero to many recipients and their families. His heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas islets, liver vessels and eyes were recovered. He has saved the life of four people through his heart, liver and kidneys. He has enhanced many more lives through pancreas islets, liver vessels and eyes."
Jim's generosity continues.....
We are all still in shock, Jim leaves two incredible kids, who I also have no doubts will be better than fine, because of who their dad was and who their Mom continues to be.
I have never witnessed such love and sadness to the degrees as I have the past few days.
Jim was LOVED.
Jim is loved.
Today I'm drawing a Laughing Buddha with Jim in mind.
Please continue to keep our family in your prayers.
Pray for strength for Elly and her son & daughter - and all of us who Jim meant so much to. The pool will never be the same.
Have Faith xox <><
New drawing tomorrow.
Drawn with TLC & THC.
Last week, frankly - I've had a difficult week physically. Not much of a break.
Life goes on - so get up and go paint. Either way it is happening so let it happen and do what you love!
Pallet painting s PERFECT! Here you GO!! A 'step by step' for anyone that wants to make one for mothers day or for the garden! I can tell you - I was out taking a photo and it made me smile! It just went "POP" Just what the garden so badly needs! - I know it will only look better when the lilies are in bloom - unless it finds a new home at the Art in the Garden Show.
Below - step by step with tips and what was happening as I was going along!
Enjoy! **IF you make one send me a photo! I'll send you a post card!
Pallet painting is pure pleasure! They are big, not perfect, wood, pliable and recyclable!
For what ever reason -I lose all inhibitions when pallet painting! Let lose & have fun! Someone was only going to burn or toss it.
* These are nice pallets, I have a few friends and these come direct from a factory for me!
They have a smooth wooden surface. Note - I do offer pallet art of all my pallets to the provider. ;) Its all part of the process.
Together we have created art! That might just last a little longer on a wall rather than a landfill!! They are still.. some thought, some work and lots of paint. This pallet in particular - (not doing that intentionally- hee hee hee) was inspired from a simple Octopus I saw painted on a pallet on PIN, an another few days ago - for what ever reason it stuck and I wanted to have fun - I am right NOW- in between drying (when I PIN) painting another on paper! 'Swim at your own risk'. Taking me much longer than the Pallet did. Loving every MOMENT.
The idea is that they will be for sale at the Art in the garden show on the 9th - but... lol
I have no problems if they don't go. Very affordable for original art - that is the idea- have fun! Display art! Art is not about a gallery - Art is everywhere - Look at the Gallery God provides! I see it in every snail. ;)
Speaking of Snail, I received some wonderful snail mail from Japan, hand written of beautiful paper. It puts e mail to shame. My friend Yasunori Abe and I have made an agreement to not e mail or FB but snail mail. I met him at the first EXPO, he speaks no english and I no Japanese and today we are friends - Good friends.
See what love & the universe does, when you let it.
His letters are pure joy to sit and read. I also have a friend David who rights such entertaining letter - They are now ready by at least 5 people. lol I see his letters and a smile instantly crosses my face.
So on my desk today 2 new snail riders! A Bee and a Butterfly!
It is death day! I think I'll celebrate - how else - turn off the computer - Go paint! Draw- Go outside and look at nature. Gods gallery. There is no better inspiration.
BTW.. I have snail action!! I set up a tiny tank on my desk, what better way to study my favourite specimen... today I see I have Snail action! Movement! lol Finally - I was not sure If I found empties. They will move out to the pond at a later date unless I bond. ;)
More on snails soon.. NOW time to draw!!
xox Have faith
<>< Happy Earth Day!
Snail riding hare.
I'm not completely Hoppy with my Hare, his eyes should be more to the side but the cartoonist in me brought them around. I will re draw, my initial hare was much wilder looking.
In between these drawings I've been getting several other projects completed- I find if I work on one piece too long - other then my snails - which are for this reason - I can get into a funk - or repetition so I move onto other projects.
These are a great way to warm up my brush strokes and imagination.
Next A Snail and a Musky! Or my favourite - Raven
Storm inspired the Snail and the cute owl - we took this 'online test' - to find ones SPIRIT ANIMAL, he got cute owl, my cousin rabbit, mom- hedgehog, my friend a cute monkey thing... everyone I know, got a cute little furry creature - what did I get?
A Narwal. I must admit I did not know what a Narwal was. I am now super excited to draw a Sea Unicorn! Hee hee hee..
The Women of Weed. I am one of them.
Women warrior? I prefer to call myself a Cannabis Crusader. lol
Thank You Skunk!
Johnny e mailed me awhile back asking for a photo, Norm picked up the magazine just the other day and he is beyond thrilled - lol - He can now tell all his wife is a
'Skunk Centrefold' and technically - he is right. lol
What terrific issue and to say I am not proud to be surrounded by such soul sisters! I am! The smile that crossed my face when I saw I was beside Alice B Toklas - lol!
Break out the brownies!
Awesome! Look up and to the left is my sweet Ariel! I love this family. *Her dad is Todd Stimson - who recently went to jail - blog soon it's been very emotional even thinking about Todd. How wonderful to see her beautiful smiling face right there.
I have the poster up on the chalk board but there are women on the other side too!
I feel like 'romper room' when I stand and look at it.. - I see Michelle! I see Tracy, Mary, I see Gayle, Jade, Deanna, Laura, Mykayla! WOW ! lol I'm smiling. Above my photo Granny Stormcrow! I see Corrie... lol
Gosh, it is wonderful and hopeful to see so many women of ALL ages come together for what we believe in! Passionate about a plant and about people who are being punished for it! Move out of the way and sharpen my pencils!
I am actually drawing cartoon for Todd. I am an very angry - still. I must try to draw with love and passion so it opens some eyes, it is all I can do.
I feel bad sometimes - I see these women attending all sorts of functions I wish I was there,
God has other plans.
It is what it is and I am exactly WHERE I am meant to be. At my desk ;)
Drawing snails and thinking about cannabis - lol clearly this newest one has a leaf in it't mouth, and it's not a tulip.
I see Sandra, Dori, Kalli, Kim, Amy and Mieko - Storm laughed that I gave 'Georgia Toons' - but really - that is who I am. Thank You Watermelon! lol
What has hit time most is the amount of women (I recognize the names) who have shared, commented, sent me e mail over the years and thanked me for my cartoons! Asked to use them for their FB pages, fliers etc. THANK YOU!
Do I ever feel blessed right now and yes LOVED. By my Souls Sisters
Planting the seed of Cannabis Education!
Women will and are making this happen.
Not with war but with LOVE... watch closly.
Have Faith <>< xox
***Any woman on this list can e me for a thank you post card BTW.
it will be sent with TLC & THC inspired.
Stuck in snail mode.. lol - I am to learn something here? Is this to represent my life and I should embrace my new snails in stillness? Perhaps I just like drawing them.
The more I learn about them, the beauty, color the intricate detail, many of us just crunch on over. I am attracted to them, I did set up my little snail tank and found some by the pond but I believe now, I found 'emptied shells'... I'm patient, I can wait... That's it! Patience!!!
I am not patient lately and my friends know it... I have this sense of urgency!
Do it today! Tomorrow might never come!
I send random e mail - feeling - they need to know!
I send random e mail telling people stuff at all hours. Sometimes business advice - usually not asked for, art inspirations, places they should visit, sofas they can sleep on - I'll help arrange it! LOL... I bug them - What are you doing? What are you painting? Are you keeping creative? Do you miss me? - I miss you ... I invite myself to their homes and I've yet to receive a 'NO'. So, Passport page 'one' has been filled out.
I have come to the conclusion only again last night - some of my most talented friends - need to hear it! Think about it, do you put yourself out there every day? Share with the world and hope you have inspired, made someone smile?
Do you tell people who inspire you, you love them? Don't you? Why not?
Why is it easier to think I hate that... I hate you.
Perhaps even saying it to someone.
Yet, tell someone you love them, it's hard BUT they too have a hard time hearing it.
I know, people must wonder - what is she after. Frankly, nothing.
I do not NEED anything - except - peace of mind. God helps me with that.
I've decided to start to change that if only 'in my mind'.. today I will whisper in my mind
'I love you' to every other living being that crosses my path.
I will say it 'out loud' to a few as well.
I don't care if they have a hard time hearing it.
I mean it.
Storm suggested I call my snail series "Riders on the Snail..." instantly the tune was in my head a smile across my face! Is that not the best song for a snail ride?? LOL!
Poppy is on her 10lb snail, riding all over the backyard! I see it now. Storm sang a few lines that has just had me cracking up again! A new song will be on the way to accompany my little snail adventures.
Today - I'm drawing an owl on a snail for someone I love.
They won't know it - until they get it in the mail.
Like it or not.
TELL someone - Tell everyone!
If only in your mind when passing them in the street!
It's got to make for a better day!
Have faith <><
I am not appreciated around here.
Every-time I look at this I giggle, both Storm and Norm look at me and wonder why.
Because. It was the perfect quote for me & my little friend.
It is mixed media and one of the times I really wish you could see the original.
The shell is covered with a gold clear finish. The paper was HEMP - LOVE drawing on hemp with water color crayons, it blended really nicely.
Thank you to Quintessential Tips for my great paper! My friend Candice from QT has me considering Prague in Nov., a cannabis expo and some amazing art! Hmmmmmm...
I was on my way to bed and looked at the beginning of this sketch and sat down to play, I stop to check out PIN when drawing, I need a little 'dry time' in between stages - enough where my hand won't make a mess dragging across the paper.
More inspiration, more dreaming. ;) I think I should stay off, I could just get into trouble I think. I have a tendency to do... never of course with the intentions of doing so purposely - I get carried away in such creativity! I DO!
It was so peaceful, I plan on making night time drawing a routine.
It is easy (er) IMO to draw get lost without all the interruptions of the day - between the dogs barking at squirrels to street traffic. I am too, blessed with the fact that I don't have to live by a clock. Why not!?
I have kermit the frog head phones for my music! I am all set.
I am trying very hard to live with what is happening, drawing can be a challenge - with constant interruptions from my own head every few moments. I do what I have to do and draw what I want to draw. We learn...we adapt we continue and hopefully throw in as much fun as possible. Look at that content frog... he makes me smile. He is O.k. with-in.
I will make a new trail.
Tonight - a new creation!
Oh - lol - I was thinking I was going to post on FB
- 'Free cartoon to the first person who gets me a new snail!'
*Thinking - it would be one of my local pals - like Cathy, Sue, Marie - Liam lol
- on their adventures - would surely pick up a snail and bring it!
BUT then I thought - OMGosh!
What if people read it on FB & I start to get Snail Mail!!!
LOL! How cool would that be! Hahaha
I crack me up.
NOT if I was sent a few of those 101b snails!
Poppy would NOT be imprressed!
There is a drawing!! I can't wait!
First to finish some doggy doodles for a friend.
I am child of God created to create. I hope you like it.
Did it make you smile!? Then my task is complete.
No - oh well, I tried and will try again.
I will succeed- I have great power in me.