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.
Halloween 2020 - the fact that it is even considered is just.. fucking stupid.
REALLY? Talk to your children & explain... a human life is worth more than candy.
It's ALL about $. Money or humans.
Candy & costumes have to sell! Trick or Treat!
It's proven after each holiday & celebration, like Mother's day, the long weekends and soon ThanksGiving... two weeks later more are sick and some die. Because WE can not stop socializing for a few weeks. The 'Brass Rail '- a famous strip club in Toronto infected over 50 (I can't rememeber details, I just shook my head sort of thing..) how many women do you think got it- besides the strippers? I wonder if they want to be there, I doubt it.
If, as all things - men are run/influenced by their penis... if this is an indication of covids future - 'were all fucked', with or without a penis.
Holidays, hormones & halloween - can kill this 2020 - is Halloween worth it?
Perhaps it's a time to really discuss these 'Holidays' and what they represent.
There ARE countless halloween crafts on one - many books and endless internet ideas.
If a parent wants to celebrate halloween - I'm sure it can be accomplished safely without the actual Trick or Treating.
To take a child out to get candy IS selfish & risking the lives of others... for what?
I don't think many pumpkins will be lit- not as many doors will be answered... regardless how cute these little beings are (especially in cute little costumes)
NOW is NOT the time.
It's Friday & I just read Trump has COVID & due to his obesity and other health issues - he might not do so well...
Is there a feeling of celebration in the air?
with THC & TLC
200,000 Americans DEAD from Covid.
Just another day in paradise... Fore!!!
Trump lies, encourages violence, doesn't pay taxes, twitters nastiness all day long... tells the poor to pay taxes. Pays $70,000 for hair products...
Actually, Americans paid $70,000 for Trumps hair products and probably a lot more for his golf clubs, golf shoes and that fancy RED hat.
Americans continue to die.
200,000 & counting.
With THC & TLC
I think this Halloween will be a no brainer' - tiny superheros - all in blue.
From head to toe in hospital gowns, booties, gloves & masks...
the ultimate 'Covid Costume 2020'
ONE SIZE fits all... boy or girl.
It would be a safe start... will Halloween BE? I don't know. I don't care.
I wouldn't want a bunch of germ carring demons visiting me for a sweet treat... not this year. Not that we expect to see anyone - kids or adults.
I think we should skip it.
With THC & TLC
A mental health Monday - editorial.
Canadians can help put their mental health to rest, with MAID.
I have researched M.A.I.D. & am grateful for the service.
I decided to draw a logo for M.A.I.D... they did not ask.
I think it would lighten the mood a bit.
I read business is 'booming' due to covid. (Sorry Boomers)
Maid, cleaning house like a BOSS..
I AM all for M.A.I.D.
with THC & TLC
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.
with THC & TLC
Did you think? What can you do in 40 seconds? LOTS! Order a coffee, greet a friend...
lose a child. I had to read the statistics at least 7 times.. and then read further.
Every 40 seconds a child goes missing!? WTF is wrong with Americans (all of US) that this is happening? No wonder mask ingoring Americans aren't worried about Covid killing kids - they are losing one every 40 seconds to HUMAN trafficking. Money for a fucking wall??? Police being used to beat, spray protestors - imagine if a 'small percentage' of funds for police was used to find & jail (hang) those who steal children to use for sex for pedophiles. Yep, you read 'hang'... That is how I feel about child molesters.
Capital punishment for Human traffickers, people who prosper & thrive off of others suffering, especialy children are no benefit to society - no matter what they think or all the good they 'might' be doing, elsewhere.
I guess it is a sin on my part for wanting them OFF the surface of the earth, oh well...
I'll live with it.
This bullshit drug war- war on the poor is all it is.
A mask Americans appear willing to wear... how long is this going to go on.
Canada it appears, is understanding that putting people in jail for "personal possession of any drug" is the real crime.
FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS! CHILDREN = The Future.
Imagine when all these hurt & abused children grow up - it they get that luxury- most are going to grow up to be even nastier - it's called human nature & lack of nurture. Or they will grow up depressed (understandably) adding to global misery & suffering, not helping the economy - that's a given.
It's time to VOTE soon - and yes, I am Canadian and use to think - it's not my business.
BUT it is OUR business - that presidential pig effects the rest of the world like it or not.
His insanity alone crosses our border daily, causing many Canadians stress.
What will you focus on today?
Will you now ignore this number 40? Now that you know ?
Turn a blind eye... not your business.. not your kids?
Karma on a HUGE fucking scale will effect us ALL - FOR not helping the children.
Like it or not.
VOTE that entire family of greedy fucking liars OUT... or don't and watch AMERICA fall apart as the rest of us watch - not shocked in the slightest.
Encourage your American friends to VOTE.
VOTE & Focus.
I also plan on looking into missing children in Canada as I am awareit is a world wide problem - a pandemic of scum stealing children, worse than any covid #'s
With THC & TLC
Norm saw this editorial and said: wow you've covered all bases with this one..
I hope so!
How are you feeling? A little blue?
I felt blue when I started this painting... I decided to 'go with it', instead of fight it.
I think this is key. Learning to GO with it. When you supress sadness - it does not go away, it just gets deeper, if you think about it for a moment & ask - Why exactly, am I feeling sad?
Why? Worried about things that might NOT happen? Thinking about pain from the past.. don't give it power. Force yourself to become active & creative - soon you will be thinking about what you are working on and not what's working on you.
There is no trick' to mental HEALTH- it's work. Life is work.
More noticably on Instagram are artists posting they feel stuck.. blue, covid, politics, financial porblems, lack.. many are feeling a little bluer than usual - I try to encourage them to work through it. You would be amazed at the difference in paintings you can create - depending on your mood. I forced myself to start Lady Algonquin' - I was in a terrific mood by the time I finished & had a new painting to show for it & a new experience with this "style". Just DO it.
Another reason for Artists in particular to be a little blue... ART is a luxury.
In a time of uncertainty when people are worried about work, food & bills - art is not a top priority. Someone recently asked to purchase a painting, at a discount. lol
Well, I'll expalain for all artists:
Our prices have not dropped on our supplies, as a matter of fact hey have gone UP. Do you know how much one good tube of acrylic paint costs $25 approx. - so 4 colours- $100. easy.. then there is canvas, the price depends on the quality - I'd like to use HEMP but it's still too costly - I'd have to up the price of my paintings. Brushes - each costs from $6. - to $35. they can be much more but I stay in this price range & brushes do not last forever, they have to be replaced steadily. Time, each painting takes me at least 3 hours. Never mind the size, bigger can take weeks. Some think $50. a painting is too much, for 3 hours work?
'If I worked minimum wage, it would be about right. NOT including shipping..
I have worked very hard to become the artist I am, endless hours (decades) of sketching, painting drawing (obviously) to fine toon' my craft. It's worh more than 'minimum wage.
Thankfully (not luckily- luck has nothing to do with it) I do well, I've started to sell on line (at least one or two a week) & steady comissions. I've decided to sell more, only because I have SO much. I pull out my binders and can't even remember 1/2 of what I've painted, so I will part with a few originals & spread the love & fun.
It's fun to own an original- I know - lol.
Maybe an artist friend is struggling more than usual, if you can - help.
BUY something, it might not pay the rent or bills but it will give them HOPE & that is priceless. I'm going to buy original art today - just to support an artist I like & encourage them.. I know they are blue.
If anyone is interested in this Blue 'Lady Algonquin' I will sell her for $60!
That is a deal! It took at least 5 hours. PLUS shipping. ;) If not - she will continue to hang in my home & be enjoyed and remind me, it's just a feeling - paint it out- paint through it and give thanks for another day- blue or not.. it's a gift many will not get today.
Happy Mental Health Monday!
Next another Canadian Female Artist who this 'hill' we live on is named after!
with THC & TLC
Remember when Pinocchio grew ears and a tail!? I was horrified, lol I think that's why I never smoked or even tried as a kid, really. It stuck with me that mental image. Now, I think Pinnicchio was smoking more than he realized. Or perhaps inthe waves waiting for the whale he popped a tab... something to help him with the transformation trauma.
Have you shown your little one Pinocchio? I'm watching it later this rainy afternoon.
The wood stoved passed with flying colors- RED! I knew it would, Norm installed it.
When we bought this house the old fireplace had to be removed and replaced.
I choose completely different from the existing as it opened up the house.
We did 'splurge' on the fireplace, it heats the entire house & sits in the middle of it, viewable from almost everywhere. My brother remarked - Norm will need help! He won't get that in by himself.. Phhhbt. Doubters.
No comment, then or now... I know what Norm is capable of - more than Norm.
I call it "ninja moves, Norm does stuff and I don't even see him! It can be small or big - the other day I was panting & before I knew it - the fireplace was in the living room & ready to LITE! Yee Haw! He even flipped the giant rock it sits on - that's brains for you - over braun.
The inspector showed up Sunday- gave us the approval & remarked - 'Amazing job. FYI (in Canada) IF you don't get a licenced person to SIGN off when you change your fireplace, your insurance company can & will deny payment if you have a fire. Do it.
We are thrilled with this investment', it's fire engine red, until it gets hot then it turns a deep burgendy. The viewing area is huge but the efficancy is beyond efficant! It has 2 warming shelves since I used the last for cooking I knew what I was hoping for, the 'top load' is a cook plate! Glove (slipper) warmers and red cast iron dragons as detaills. It's damp today so we lit it and in 10 minutes we are walking around in shorts. Not only is it stunning to look at not lit - lol - but lit, Oh my! I also am amazed with how differently it does burn, long and slow & bigger log mean: NO MORE GETTING UP in the middle of the night! Brutal in -40 mornings. hahaha & I can easily heat my house to wear short & T this winter, if I want, bring on the blizzards!!! Ginger absolutely adores the new fireplace, can you tell?
Below you will see the photos and how it changes colour. I highly recommend it, we purchased it from Mason House in Georgina.
* I have to add Norm said: You picked that fireplace & said we would be putting it in our new house, before we even saw this new house & it is PERFECT for this red house. ;)
I thank God, with every match, every single time I lite it - out loud.
The fuel is free.. in the backyard. It's also work.
I ask all guests' who express a desire to visit, especially in cooler months...
Can you use a chainsaw? I think, it discourages some. Good.
Chop Wood & Carry Water. How we live. Don't like it - don't visit.
Time to finish my 'BLUE Queen of Algonquin Highlands' & tell you about the amazing Canadian FEMALE artist who 'use' to live on this hill! After I sit by the fire & snuggle my girls and watch Pinnicchio with a hot chaga tea & fresh baked cookies, bong easily accessable. Norms chopping wood.
Hahaha... that made me laugh out loud. He would too.
Norm is the happiest I've ever seen him. ;)
With THC & TLC G
Georgia... On My Mind.