Acrylic on canvas 6 x 6.
I'm exploring colour.
I had an editorial make it into the local paper... yay!
& Nugget is growing like a weed.
Lot's to paint!
Much inspiration on the tiny farm.
One planet. I was thinking while painting this about our planet.. not doing so well & here we are distracted by social media, covid & corrupt politicians.
It has silver paint so it looks different in the light, more so it was enjoyable to paint & ponder.
I'm caught - do I stay on social media.. to see my friends? My account is private because I don't care about numbers, quality not quantity in all things I guess.. all things in moderation. I was sent a follow request & instantly knew this person had nasty intentions, so nasty I could feel it, yet her profile touted "Full of Light & Love" a sprirtual goddess - lol the account is covered with images of ass (like countless others) woman showing their ass & tits on social media (little more) enriching the rest of us - not me.
Not the the first imagry I think of when I associate 'Love & light' - how about you?
It's disappointing when I see beautiful TALENTED women - not foucing on their gifts or talents or mind. She then proceeeded (which I expected) to message me- and judge me and suggest 'how I should live' - LOL . What an interesting social experiment this is..
Full of light and Love - FULL of... ego. Full of. Full.
Luckily, I was sent a message of true love to counteract this nasty note from a very inspring woman, I shall focus on it and the message. YOU will love it.. I'm going to illustraite the prayer I was sent.
I'm no stranger to nasty messages- it happened when my FB was 15,000+ one of the reason I deleted. I don't believe I've ever intentionally sent anyone a nasty message, let alone initiated it. I am guilty of reflecting how I am treated. I'm not perfect. Never said I was, I don't go around claiming to be full of 'light and love' then judge someone - someone I do not KNOW... Phhhbt. Some groupies un-followed shortly after.. lol seen it too many times before & I was GRATEFUL - I don't surround myself with fakes in reall life - why do it on social media- those who unfollow you - are doing you a favor.
Those who act with nasty intentions (wrapped in love & light) will seen for what they are, sooner or later.
Either way- I was glad too because I've been debating a socialmedia break- time to enjoy these stunning leaves & life. :) I had a light bulb moment - trying to figure out why a neighbour called the town on us for building our shop. I realized & and addressed - the true issue is with the TOWN of Minden. More tomorrow, when I show you Norms most recent reno - we had guests & had fun keeping our distance, easy to do a big deck.
No inside guests until this covid crap is over.
I will continue to share art here, editorials and thoughts, it's become a habit after 10 years +
& this past week - thank you in particular to those who sent me messages, read the blog (some for 10 years - wow), in particular my American friends. I currently am at a loss for words - that and I don't want to share the words I do have for whats happening- they won't 'help'. I am concerned for several - I have grown quite fond of a few Americanas this past years.
Next Norms recent reno- impressed our guests beyond words.
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A painting I did while playing. I can't paint anything serious' at the moment as the PUP needs my attentionn more. Good puppy traing = great dog companion for life! So far so good- I can't belive in less that a week- my girl comes to her name, sit's, gives paw.
The interaction between them all has me constantly laughing out loud! Nothing like a pup!
So I paint quick stuff to keep me painting. I have new goat painting in the works and several editorial.
Yesterday, I got a e mail from my friend in Toronto in the wheelchair & after hours of contemplation I wrote to Justin, John Tory & Doug Ford telling them to GET their shit together! Their constant confusion is KILLING/hurting Canadians. This "all in this together" bullshit- is that - bullshit. Neighbours ratting about building permits...
My friend lives with a roommate as she can't afford on disability to live other own. She lives in building in Toronto and MUST USE the elevator - WHEELCHAIR - there are signs that say only so many on the elevator and you must wear a mask- well her roommate (out to get them supplies) when returning and several got on the elevator- too many & NO MASKS! - He questioned them if they read the notice in the lobby.. a few moments later some woman knocked on their door & PUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE! Telling him to mind his fucking business. WTF!? She has not received any extra assistance!
Her roommate was also in a taxi and the driver was yelling into a phone - NO mask - he asked him to get off the phone and put on his mask & the taxi driver pulled over and told him to get the fuck out of his car. THIS SHIT IS HAPPENING because OUR 'LEADERS" can't get their shit together, FACT! I've no doubts this is NOT an isolated offence- and NO my friend does not want to call the police for FEAR of escalation, I get it.
So enough with this bullshit WE are ALL in this together! ARE WE?
Are you going to ease someone stress today or ADD to it?
Speaks volumes about you - what you choose to do - how you treat your neighbour.
Actions speak louder than words.
Those who refuse to wear a mask - should absolutely addressed & fined.
In indonesia they make them dig the grave sites for covid deaths - sounds like a great idea to me. Or how about we send them to jail for week- in jail with no soap, sanitizers and POOR ventilation, no mask to wear there.... With winter coming- every non violent crime also becomes a possible death sentence. ALL in this together?
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It's Storms birthday & the first day of fall (summer offically ends this morning at: 9:30a.m.) YAY! Storm visited on the weekend! I love FALL & Storm.
Storm is an essential worker during covid - thank God, continuing to provide thousands with pain medicine/relief mental & physical during an exceptionally stressful time, as covid number continue to climb & winter is now only a season away. I'm so grateful he visited.
I know how busy he (they) are all. Growing massive cannabis gardens is team work with no holidays - farming. Plants need constant attention - or you won't get the desired results.
Storm visits and he becomes his dads essential worker! lol
Norm's built his shop to date, completely on his own and I can tell you it's IMPRESSIVE. He was thrilled when Storm arrived too - for several reasons.. lol These two are two of the hardest working men I know & I am proud & grateful for them both.
I am starting to realize - all the BLESSINGS covid has brought. How about you?
Time with my son & husband even more precious. These two are my inspiration & bring me joy each day, yes we have our 'moments'... all families do.
Each 'moment' a little learning lesson. I am grateful for every second.
My son is a gift from God, (all children are) the past 28 years have been by far the best in my life. I look forward to every visit, everyday, every text. ;)
Arrow immediately bonded with Storm, of course.
Our family grows in size & LOVE - daily.
Hug your son! Pat your dogs!
GET outside & enjoy this fantastic fall day!
I got a goat to paint.
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When this journey started I had a very limited, narrow-minded opinion' of drug addiction, drug abuse and addicts. I've asked for forgiveness on all those I judged as "sick" or criminals" I was blind but now I see.
Unless you KNOW someones complete past history - how can you judge them? We do. I do.
Do you know what led someone to becoming a drug addict? I use to assume it was a choice. Ha. I've since learned (for only one example) many young KIDS become addicted to opiates due to sports injuries - did they have criminal intent? Did they think they would become drug addicts? Did their parents?
How about a person who steals?
Norm & I did steal, many years ago, a case of baby food (times were tuff) I asked for forgiveness & then made sure we donated food to the food bank, for over a decade, LOTS - from our halloween events. I'm good with God about it. Am I ashamed about it, NOPE.
We did what we needed to do at the time - until the next paycheque.
What makes someone a criminal? Sadly, many will have to make some choices soon along those criminal lines. No work, Covid lingers (because don't get it and don't wear a mask out in public places) bills don't stop.
What will push someone over the edge? A hungry child will, I guarentee it.
Are they criminals for wanting to feed their family or just trying to survive?
Those who harm, hurt or steal from individuals - just take to take or prosper - are criminals and they will be dealt with sooner or later. I've stopped thinking of any addict as a criminal or SICK. Sick are the powers that be and decide to jail people who are sick. The jail is FULL of sick people, mostly men who have struggled their entire lives- most abused their entire lives. In Canada, mostly indegenous, black & poor are in jail.
Alcoholics, men & women - tossed in jail when drunk. Yet booze (poison in a bottle) is readily available in corner stores. In some communities - more easily available and cheaper than food. We all have a vice', some it's food - just look at obesity rates- are you going to tell me it's not an addiction - a drug for millions? Alcohol, pills, cannabis, shopping.. cats. The things that keep us gong are wider than I realized. What is your addiction - what do you feel you could not live without and must get more of? For some the answer will be Food. Not as an addiction but necessity.
I don't think anyone would choose crime if we ALL had the necessities in life. Food, Water & shelter. Many right now are living in FEAR of being evicted, feeding their kids and paying their bills... many right now are still dying- from cancer. Countless are suffering mentally, financially and physically - when they steal to survive - to feed their kids, keep the house warm this winter - will you call them a criminal & judge them.. or will you TRY to help - simply by not judging.
So be honest- what or who controls your cortex?
Drugs? Booze? Food? Sex? Pills? Porn? Cats? Plants?
You are what you think about.
I think, I'll go create something BEAUTIFUL.
Next.. something beautiful ;) hee hee
& being grounded - in more ways than one.
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Don't be a cheeky monkey, remember to wear your mask.
When Storm was little I called him Cheeky Monkey- a nickname many little ones get, no doubts. I needed to ponder yesterday (peacefully) - primates seem to be my goto' these days when I need to meditate the most. I had no idea what would appear when pencil was placed on paper - listening to the radio (canoe 100.9FM) hearing about kids and back to school - being bus drivers- school supplies- YIKES Teachers BETTER finally get a raise.
I guess that's why the mask appeared and the Poppies- REMEMBER your mask ;)
Stop & smell the flowers but then remember to put your mask back on.
Numbers are rising, winter is coming - did anyone think it was done?
Fucking TURMP admitting he downplayed it. WOW. 190,000 dead & counting.
I get it- we must teach out tiny humans life must go on - at what cost. I don't know.
I feel as tho I am witness to a mass science experiment & I'm not that fond of waching.
I painted that primate starting at 5 a.m. and continued right to 7 p.m. - it was wonderful.
The day before I received my first trojan horse gift. A jar of honey with a $900. rock bill.
Yep, I was hurt (again) but it's my own fault- I set myself up.. thinking I might have tea & conversation with my new neighbour one day, in a perfect world.
The world is far from perfect, currently. We must learn to go with it - like it or not.
& I painted THROUGH it. FORCE yourself to focus on your art.
Focus on your gift, your intentions and God will continue to walk with you.
I wish more would belive me.
I meditate & medicate and ponder & PRAY, clarity arrives.. before my painting is comlete. Thank God. This chimp looking back at me is thoughtful, playful, kind and a little cheeky. A gentle reminder for all cheeky monkeys all over the world. Put your mask back on when your done smelling those flowers. I wished the first day went well as I read about schools being shut down due to covid outbreaks.
AS much as I do focus on my art my twitch is escalated by stress.. (why, I try to avoid it) and yes, it's currently brutal due to a combination of neighbour crap, covid, chronic pain, exhaustion - even though I am tired my twitch does not stop enough to let me nap,
I don't share this for any other reason than this IS MY LIFE & I certinally will not be ashamed by it. I LIVE with it EVERY FUCKING DAY.. Every day, keep going, keep painting, keep trying. I promised God. Here I sit, God has provided.
For anyone who 'thinks' I take this promise lightly, you are mistaken.
I hope this monkey proves to you - Don't let covid, pain or shallow people stop you from creating. CHILD of God you are created to create & dont forget it!
I'm going to go paint another creature now, excited to see what will appear.
If I can do it so can you. Have you seen my hands lately?
Norm said my wrists look as though I broke them, they are both swollen & painful.. just another arthritic day and I won't let it slow me down today either.
Do not stop. Do not give up...
Be who God expects you to be.
I have handed it over to God, all of it & am confident I shall, as alwasy.. be.
With TLC & THC
Next another classic cartoon - and a dream bong. ;)
Meow! Thsi kitty was an experiment! I found some leaves - dried a few years old! lol
So I'm playing.. These are real cannabis leaves attached to this painting. Painted just fo these leaves. It's a secret how- and I'm not sure how well they will fare, now I'll watch to see if they deteriorate or fade. He's a bright kitty to face hanging around. My cat is OLD.
I wasn't going to bring the cat- I didn't... I left he cat with Norm as he finished the last house.. I thought - it's too old it will get out & get lost or eatten by a wolf. I even suggested he put it down, I want sure what to do. He brought the cat.
Fluffy loves it. He goes out and hangs out ont he deck all day, he LOVES it- No traffic - all the mice & birds he can catch. Kidding... He can't catch anything anymore - but he can imagine. I am done with felines for this reason - bird killing. Bird won my hear like no other little bird, I'm still missing him - big time.
So Fluffy will live until Fluffy no longer lives. I hope I never have to put another pet down ever- now we have a bungalow - it helps them too. No stairs - less problems. More bungalows need to be built.
Time to get out - while the gettings good. Time to work on that Christmas Gift! I will show you - because they don't know me or even know that I am painting it ;) Have a great day.
EAT healthy, pat the dog and practice deep breathing!
Below is a mushroom craft I made by using leftover cement from Norms current project. SUPER easy & cute I think - not to mention everlasting! Pour leftover cememnt into empy catfood, yogurt - any small round containers. Stick in LONG, finger thick (at least) sticks for stems and leave them to dry. 48 hours later - pop them out of the plastic and paint and add sme spots! I painted mine brown but mushrooms come in just about EVERY colour in real life - so go nuts! I think they look very cute grouped together. A few photos below have fun.
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Cockadoodle doooo! I was up before the roster.
Yesterday, as I do everyday- I get distracted by - nature. I was in the middle of painting Pooh when the next thing I know I had a hand full of herbs and a bag of clay in my hands. LOL So far so good! My newest creation then sat in the sun as I continued to garden. I was so excited to start painting, I was up before the rooster & Norm. I'll finish Pooh today for tomorrow.
I can't believe what we've accomplished this summer. Thank you Norm & Storm, even though his visiits are 'few' they are more meaningful & work full. He never stops working anyhow so.. hee hee hee. Workin is good. We all agree. For one, look at what you achieve. During covid even! Have you thought: 'if not for covid..." for example.. my house is clean.
I could welcome company and not have to wonder where to hide the stuff.
I shaved my head. I appreciate my art supplies! I realized, of course I have time to train a puppy! I appreciate everything & everyone, more. Yay Covid.
It would be nice if we could all have realized these many lessons without the sickness & death. The planet is healthier for a bit...
I don't understand why we are still busting cannabis grows... why?
I do understand human trafficking.
I do understand we have a serious missing women problem.
I do understand people are dying from opiates - still, daily.
I do understand poverty exists in Canada.
Look at this glorious morning I woke up to today:
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Are you awake? Food? Water?
I have birds in my garden! Humming birds, bluejays - the grackles left! Yay! -about a month ago actually, I was happy they left, gluttons & bullies. I stopped feeding the birds after I saw the bear. I only put out peanuts when I hear the jays and black seed for the chickadees, nuthatch & niger seed (we bring the feeders in at night - we as in Norm) (lol) -which is getting hard to get and more expensive - as is all seed due to COVID.
Have you noticed prices rising? You will if you buy tuna. We have Eggs!
According to Norm: Good luck getting pressure treated wood, which puts us in a predicament when wanting to build a small deck to hold the sauna... third world problems, I know.
I do know... It's depressing, it's reality... the resaon they are eatting dogs in Korea is hunger. Africa too, due to the current locus pandemic' has predicted food shortages, which will be felt (as in hunger) very soon. I've been reading less because it can cause me to feel - helpless. Reading about continue avoidable deaths because people still refuse to wear masks, is depressing. Masks on toddlers - good luck.. back to school anxiety is going to be like NEVER before. I cried putting Storm on that bus, I can only imagine how moms will feel putting the kids on the bus now AND when they get off the bus - back into the family homes - some with grandparents. Homes of the near future might have instead of mud rooms - detox rooms. This on going 'covid consideration' is mentally & physically exhausing.
I was living covid style long before it was cool- hahaha! Norm laughed.
I now see trees instead of humans. Personally, it's been the best year in a long time - I thank God (really) as I have been praying exactly for this & world peace! So, yes, I still have hope.. I'll go do my part- at least I can make a few smile, if not feed the world... I'll cut myself some slack. ;) I'll continue to ask myself... is this a 3rd world problem I am dealing with?
No? Thank God, and get busy, solve it, stop bitching and be joyful , simply to BE!
At least in Canada we are not eating DOGs (better not be) & Trump is NOT our soon to be REMOVED president. Yay & Yay!!!
Time to create.
No birds in my garden - (I really miss bird), I think I will notice more this winter.. glad I have a pup arriving soon. I have seen a squirrel hide a nut or two in my plants pots! Thankfully - all is growing great.
Another classic 'couple' next, can you guess?
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In covid times.. the coyotee would say : Fuck that bird.
Quit chasing. If he's wise he'll search instead for some quality bud to help him CHILL.
Forget about Covid, Trump.. masks.. if only for a few hours.
It's important to your own mental health to TAKE A BREAK - watch some classic cartoons.
The Road runner cartoons were a favourite for the artistic backgrounds, sharp lines, vibrant colours! The never ending persistance of the Whyle. E. Coyote is also admirable.
Busy days.. it was brisk this morning & going down to 6 tonight which means fire place must be in & I cannot wait! I love sitting chilling by the fire, book tea... bring on the blizzard. O.k. I won't push it. ;)
I painted a couple of rocks and willl leave them in Haliburton next visit.
A cookie rock- it looked like a cookie before I painted it.
A skull rock- I found with a touch of Stephen Boeheme (hee hee)
& my golden dinosaur egg, which I am keeping.
It was a rock I found & dropped and it has a black circle in the centre - Raptor Embryo . ;)
I have a few- waiting.
It's classic cartoon week!
Mighty Mouse is next!! Who remembers his line?
"Here......." <that's your hint.
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Georgia... On My Mind.