Having fun playing with paint.
'Will the Poppy's even been in bloom?
Who cares.. I smile, I've just spent the last three days in my imagination admiring & painting them.
I'm very excited & a bit anxious now & of course have a gazillion things to do before I leave, mostly make sure Bird will be o.k.. As you might be aware I've been quite the hermit the past few years - and now I'm off to Orange County, blessed it's with a friend who lives there & is going to show me around. I landed once sitting in the front cockpit between two handsome pilots! It was my dad who saw me landing, he was beaming! That's my girl! lol
The same dad was on the plane with me at a later date only he was in the cargo dept.
It was a unique experience. Peaceful in many ways.. and I was able to take a special trip with him. How many people can say that? I'm glad we didn't fly alone' on that journey. Flying alone is clearly on my mind.
Perhaps this time Poppy & I will join the pilots! Hardly- I'm sure things have changed since 9/11. How blessed I've been. I won't be alone! I'll have Poppy on my lap - Oh My Gouache Poppy & I in California. We even have matching beach attire (not intentional!)
You absolutely know - I love 'what' I do - every day- I am God Blessed- to be able to sit here paint, listen to music e mail friends, spend time with my dogs- family and more but with this condition- I get no rest some days, even lying down to nap is out of my control, I'll nap when it lets me. Good thing I love to paint & not sleep. I am blessed also with cannabis- which keeps me doing all I love & loving every stroke. Not taking deadly addictive pain medications that won't help. I'm currently smoking Humber Valley Kush for any who can try it.. here I sit still working/playing at 1:50 and will be up at 5 happily anxious to start painting again! That's a testament to a medicine if ever. Side effects? Giggling and a great sleep.
I never blame God for my health issues.
I blame human evolution, chemicals, man made problems, poor food choices, too much Alcohol, not enough water. Not being educated on many things - like inner strength, peace, meditation.. What better place to realign? The California sunshine.
Now if I could pick the perfect plane mate to sit beside me it would be.. hmmm 5 hours they would have to be funny and amusing a little handsome.. One time I sat beside this super nice, friendly funny hunk, we laughed all the way to the Bahamas.. my 2 girlfriends were admittedly jealous- lol so, this time lets try for Stephen Colbert.. but I prefer grey hair.. Jeff Goldblum - yes, he would be the perfect flight companion!
Ooooohhh on the fly with the fly! Giving me goose bumps!
Or Broadway bear of course.
Miracles come true.
Broadway lifts Bear... he makes her smile.
It's amazing how powerful that is.
It's been quite a while since I've been on an adventure.
My mind racing with several issues as I try to make sure I'm all organized.
Poppy is ready - I imagine. Am I? Of course.
The universe still conspires & it continues to all fall into place..
I'll start to stress over something & think - there is no point.
What's the worse that can happen? Pelicans will scoop up my sketch book?
Joshua Boulet is in Oakland California & assures me he will work his way to OC so he and I can draw on the beach! This has been on my 'bucket/To Do list - ever since Josh & I became friends long ago at the first EXPO, I still remember that first E mail I sent him.
He has had the pleasure of drawing the ocean several times over.
Will this trip get any better?
Whatever 'problem' that trotted crossed my mind have again looked after themselves..
Trusting in God has it's rewards. Friends with good intentions, positive wishes & prayers help too. I've no doubts it's why I'm on my way.
Bears are on my desk as I post.. Broadway & Bear exploring an unknown area of the garden. Broadway as Cheeky as ever.. I think I might have painted a pose similar - but I just DO them, they arise from my soul & passion and pose which ever way they choose. I don't look at the others I've already painted - they are in a binder. 'The Book Of Bears.'
As I glance at it a smile slowly crosses my face, it can't be helped this furry, love expressing compulsion. I'm feverish to get back at them on the thunderous wet, grey morning.
A Jerry Garcia idea... Inspired by some PINS Stephen Boehme PIN'd.. I can't wait to see what he is doing. My rendition is going to be cute!
This vacation planning takes a lot out of you... lol
I've had to do very little except confirm our tickets.
I've got 'black boards' cuts to size - 14 & several smaller & blank cards of course!
A painting a day while I'm away! A card for someone to warm up my heart & hands each morning! Then Off to the ocean for our morning stroll.
Mostly... I shall go where my sails take me!
On my 'ToDo' list I added today:
Why Not!? I literally dream about the caves in France. Just like I use to dream about bears, I know I'm going to see them one day in the near future.
Do you still dream or No? Will you stay or Will you Go?
If your going to dream DREAM - DREAM!
Imagine - what could God provide me in my perfect world.
I Imagine & it's going to be better than I imagine. I know.
Back to Broadway on my mind & my canvas.
I found myself thinking of Canada Day & art for this celebration of 15o years.
I picked up 3 new $10 bills at the bank- to take to a couple of little friends I'll be meeting in OC. ;)
The art, I will have - this is just a warm up for my Celebratory thinking!
If you visit Canada and drive this beautiful country you will come across an Inukshuk or two. 'Rock people' I always thought growing up.. what kid has not tried to make their own?
I noticed you can purchase little Inukshuk kits.. It's a nice idea if they help the immediate community especially. They are a sign "We were here" .. Powerful if you are in the middle of nowhere, snoozing' with Poler bear - you realize you are not alone.
If you find one PLEASE leave it- it is a sign of respect & thanks to those who created it & to be left for the next person to see & be reminded.
Of course my Inukshuk is Cannabis friendly, my imagination hoping.
Bring on legalization! We were here - now LET's move ON & focus on Indigenous women.
Those who NEED US the most & men - therefore it only makes sense the children are suffering. HUMANS. My Canada Day celebration would be also dreaming, imagining a prouder Canada - who looks after everyone. This 'hatred thing is not working. '
How cool Obama & Trudeau hung out this past week in Montreal- could you feel the love? Yep.
One moment - I'm California dreaming & creating- the next- Canada Day celebrations!
Torn between two countries & loving every second of both. What am I looking forward to most? Meeting & hanging out with someone I've known a long time, the ocean air & beach - shell inspection and Not thinking..
I'm not going to 'promise' any ART- blogs- anything from now until after we return.
It's not like I'm packing my scanner. I'm taking very little - except paint! ;)
The Less stress the best. I don't own a cell phone & not sure I can even set up my iPad for mail. It's outdated. A real vacation!!!
All business can wait until we return.
Have creative days & plan some adventures... Mostly, believe.
in others .. In yourself.
It's time we focused on people, not plants.
Especially plants that don't KILL.
I don't see them out there stopping the sales of Lilly of the valley.
Georgia... On My Mind.