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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Unfurled


A little poem written in about five
minutes one late evening while
deep in thought!


Unfurled
 The egg  has broken
discussion now open
The yolk of it all
will cause many to fall

waiting in the wings
to see who sings
 held for years deep within
waiting for the conversation to begin
Substance abuse, food as drugs
pain suppressed corked with plugs
 Civil words never safe
trust eroded, an internal chaff
 On the edge years and years
waiting until someone hears

shake in your boots to be exposed
As they divulge, to gain repose!


Someone really knows how to have fun!!

These two getting into the 
spirit with their traditional 
first peppermint mocha
together to kick off 
the season! 

Anyone feeling the Christmas Spirit yet?

We like to enjoy the lights
music and colours of the season longer than most!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Attitude of Gratitude


I splashed colour on the page and coaxed these girls out of the paint!
It's difficult not to be happy when you're feeling grateful. I can honestly say despite how sick my daughter and I were there was ALWAYS something to be thankful for. I was counting down the days to feel better. To once again have a really good sleep.
This is the back page of my Happytiler peeps journal!
Each day I was extremely grateful someone was there to care for me!  I was so fortunate to have a nice bed to cough in, a phone to play games on, and tv in my room to distract me when I couldn't talk for two days! 
These ladies were coaxed out on the opposite page... hence their similar coloured outfits!
 Even though there are rough days I always find joy in something. A lot of the 
time  colour really perks me up too!! Which surrounds me in my home!
First snow fall and Cupcakes photos were used in many online News outlets!
The leaves were still on the trees when it snowed!!
Cupcake loves the snow and took these  in the middle of the night!
The week before it was unusually warm at around 70 Fahrenheit
Sadly we both barked like seals for too many days to count!  Which prevented 
Beardo from getting any sound sleep. The remedies of old didn't work. All the
while we were sick,  good things continued to happen. Cupcake won a couple
of wonderful restaurant gift certificates, and got two really nice pieces of
clothing in the mail to survey. I had two nice conversations with friends and family.

Despite our grief, illness, pain, life still goes on and there are always beautiful
 little things to be grateful for. Especially when you live in such a rich 
country as Canada.

It's often difficult to tune out the nasty news and sad events but there is always
something equally  of good value  to focus on! Lately,  those days where the
news and coughing get me down I change my focus..... it seems to help. 
Along with a marathon of Jane the Virgin....on Netflix...what a quirky show that is!! 

      Other than art what have you been focused on lately?
 I missed everyone  the last few weeks and will try and catch up on blog 
reading this weekend!! I pray none of you get the nasty virus we just had!!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Suzies Shame

Digital colour manipulation of a wip.
This story was shared in 2006 but is quite fitting to share at this moment!
Susan
At nineteen, stylishly dressed in a fashionable outfit she closed 
the door behind the disarray of an alcoholic mother. A proper
lady at only five feet tall, she appeared to the world as though
all was normal in her life! The sweet hairdresser would be
meeting a young sailor for a date and was excited at all the
possibilities! He took her to a club to dance!
In completion the original will be hung horizontally.
She awoke nude, in a closet, with her underwear wrapped 
around her head.It was nineteen fourty three, and that was
not a lady like position to be in. She didn't remember dancing,
in fact she didn't remember much of anything.
Mickey Finns, (named after a notorious underworld 
Chicago bar owner in the late eighteen hundreds,
famous for drugging his patrons with a sedative, 
then stealing their money,) proved to  be a popular 
way of forcing demure young women, into unwitting
sexual intercourse. Chloral hydrate, a form of sedative
known as a Mickey Finn was slipped covertly into a
woman’s drink. With the innocent woman incoherent,
the male was then free to take advantage of her in an
illicit way. Just like the male victims of the eighteen 
hundreds, women had no recollection of what 
transpired when they awoke.
Original wip cradle board.... going to paint out the paisley .. not happy with them...
Humiliated and shocked by her state of confusion it was reasoned
that she had been slipped a Mickey Finn. After some time at a 
medical facility, Susan was diagnosed with gonorrhea.  
Speaking roughly in an accusatory tone  a crotchety old nurse
treated Susan harshly. Vulnerable and terrified, Susan felt alone in
her shame. Later the doctor revealed to the nurse that the young
woman was still a virgin, hymen in tack. The nurses voice 
softened with the realization that Susan was not the 
promiscuous young woman as first surmised!
I'm always surprised at the interesting colour that occur digitally.
To this day, it’s a mystery how Susan kept her virginity after being
assaulted. It was assumed that the sailor attempted to violate her, 
was either frustrated at her small size, or at risk of being caught
in the act. Either way, his appalling actions caused Susie great
pain and degradation, resulting in months of care for a 
Bartholin Cyst. Terrified she’d never be able to have children, 
she resigned herself to never marry.
Another interesting colour combination... I don't mind it!
However Susan did marry Al two years later, divulging early 
in their relationship the possibility of infertility. Although
she suffered with Bartholin Cyst flare ups her entire life
she bore  two children during her forty one year marriage!

I was a very  developed eleven year old  when my mother
shared her story. My daughter was also very young when I told
her. It made us acutely aware of how anyone can be  covertly
drugged by acquaintances or even people they think they know.
My mom was ahead of her time talking about this subject! 
She'd be proud to see women finally speaking out!
I know I sure am! #metoo

Were you ever disrespected by someone you least expected?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Making Room for good things!!



I've had this Halloween boot for over 20 years now and I still love it!
A few weeks ago I was inspired by Katjas  post as she fought purging some of her outdated art supplies. It's funny how we change our styles as we evolve. Several months ago we did a big blitz on my art supplies. They tended to surround me in boxes, instead of being neatly put away. Many I never touched. Although I got rid of loads of stuff....
 I feel the urge to do this once again!! 
We live in a Colourful house! Beardo before thanksgiving dinner!!
I started using up little bottles of paint I had squirreled away in a  plastic drawer originally stored under the stairs, but is now in my bedroom closet!! Years old, many are clumped up and thick....but I thought I would incorporate them into some of my latest work and I am very pleased with how it has turned out!!  It's a bit of a newer style for me but I love the little isolated patterns of swirled paint married on the canvas!! 
A very old hanging I gessoed over and painted!!
For months now almost everything in site has been getting a repaint of some sort! Many furniture pieces have been painted white! I was ready to release some of the whimsy in my home!! I have outgrown some of the colour combinations. Painting it out white or a plain colour has been a nice relief. I have always said a change is as good as a rest!! 
Those little hearts up the stairs are our homes code of conduct!
  Of course there will always been loads of colour in my home, proof are the gypsy pink living room walls, the teal throughout the upstairs!! Still there are punches of colour everywhere because I just can't live without it!! Neither can my family who loves colour...except Cupcake for some reason prefers blank walls in her bedroom. Which is so strange to me!! 
This Llama is Cupcakes spirit animal that they stopped the car for, so she could have a chat with him!!
Growing up she started with red, white and blue in her room with an ikea rainbow comforters
I made. Then she had a pink room with a teddy bear boarder ceiling height. Her third room was  electric blue with purple and blue furniture. For the last ten years as a couple they've  had a black room, which  they love!! Now black just happens to be the trend. 
I have always been years ahead on trend colours!! The teal upstairs is the first time I have kept a colour longer than ten years!!  I am rambling... my orginal thought was  once you 
release all the old things in your life it makes room for new things that are needed! 
These pricey heart shoes were left  in the store. Beardo and I insisted Cupcake get them. Three days later they came home with her!!

If you carry around old stuff that isn't being used or valued it just takes up energy and takes away from letting newer better things into your life!! Time and time again we have given so much away and not a week or two later new good things come into our lives so unexpectedly in the strangest ways!! Whether a friend drops by and gives us a bread maker, or we win a contest, or a discontinued perfume magically becomes available at a discount store!! Time and time again new and wonderful things come into our life once we release our old things into the universe!! On rare occasion we sell things, but monthly we give a few bags to charity! The same goes for giving gifts, making food for others, giving away baking... Mother always said what you give away comes back ten fold....how right she was!!
Flashback Friday to when the kids were still teens!

Our intention has always been to give from the heart, we never expect the things we  receive it just happens!! Each and every time we are so grateful!

Do you get rid of things regularly? Have you noticed better things come into your life when you do? Are you a natural giver?


Thursday, October 05, 2017

Sad Week


perplexed faces
Such a heartbreaking week. I have been crying off and
  on, sleeping short intervals at a time, and dreaming 
every single time the whole week long! Not since the 
   twin towers tragedy when my brother, the faidy cat flyer
 was stuck in Toronto sleeping at some random 
relatives of his ex, trying to avoid  their stinky pillows
 have I felt this way!
I remember feeling so devastated for the people whose
innocent family members went to work and never came
homes. I was sick for days.

Cupcake and Beardo were married in Vegas, Cupcake 
often went there for business trade shows, and as you
know they both love their concerts! Even though country
 music isn't the genre they gravitate to,  a few artists
they love fall under that umbrella. My kids  could have
 easily been one of those concert goers! My heart 
sinks every time I think of it!
I just had to paint  to divert my brain. Four sad faces appeared.
Sadly even though this happened nothing will change either!
People keep doing the same thing over and over
expecting a different result! The exact definition of 
insanity! Truly this senseless tragedy is a form
 of insanity in a civilized world!
I wanted to try some different features like this bulbous nose!
Last week a baby born a few months too 
early at a pound and a half died. Cupcake
   grew up with the father since kindergarten
 These natural devastating circumstances 
are difficult enough to  cope with.
 I knew this man as a sweet little boy..... 
I partied and laughed with his mom, saw
her daily at school drop off and pick up!
I went to their trailer on the lake, and drove
  on the back  of his dads snowmobile during 
an epic snow storm. We've all gone in different
directions now but my heart still  broke for 
him and his family!
Tuesday Beardo found out a man who visited him
  regularly at work for years  passed away last month.
The sweet father like figure and his wife even 
showed up at one of Beardos concerts. Something
his own parents have never done! He adored
  Beardo and the feeling was mutual. Last night
we watched Gords beautiful memorial video
at separate times. We both went into the ugly
cry on separate floors!! I only met the man 
and his wife once but he reminded me of
my dad. I was so happy this good
man has such an affinity for my dear 
son in law!! He'll be missed.
Then yesterday we found out Cupcakes dad 
was in a car accident in another Country.
Thankfully he is okay. He was shook
up and sore! His wife was hurt but should 
be okay.That's a blessing since the phone 
call could have been a whole lot different.
  I'm sure they are still in shock, we're
so grateful the news wasn't worse,
considering the tone of this week!
There is a housing crisis in our area
and renters are becoming needlessly
homeless. It is scary for the average
person, especially single moms
which I have a real heart for!
One of the tent cities has a virus
outbreak....
Truly time  for me to absorb
a great Netflix marathon
and count my blessings!!
I'm so grateful that Cupcake takes so 
many photos and shares them ALL 
with me!! All the outdoor photos 
are credited to her!
I'm daily grateful that my kids tote
anything I need up and downstairs
for me since it's difficult to carry
things with a cane!
I'm grateful to see my daughter
in that beautiful long red sweater
which I too would own if it was 
in my size!!
I'm always grateful to live in Canada,
where I have clean water and a beautiful
roof over my head! There are a million
more things I am grateful for daily...
being alive right now is a really good one!!
 In the past few weeks Beardo has won
two sets of really expensive concert 
tickets which I'm really grateful for!
 As a happy tiler...which I am.....
I'm always grateful for scrabble games
and painting to take my mind away
from such sadness!! 

Tell me something HAPPY about your week!! 

Sorry I didn't get to all the blogs last week
but I promise to catch up!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

We need Solutions!


 I started the following post last January. Sadly things seem to have exacerbated and we really do have to look for every bit of love and beauty in the world now more than ever if we are to stay sane!! Opening our hearts to new conversations about why people are angry and hurting would probably help too!!
Sharing digital art this week! These have been in my arsenal for months!!
Taking off  the glasses of judgement  to see past the ugliness in our world seems like a great start for change. While raising my daughter if I spotted bad behavior I didn't just assume it was her fault. I asked myself what I could learn from her behavior and how could I direct it correctly. I like to take negativity where ever possible, find out why, what, how it manifested! If one strategy didn't work I'd look  for another until I found a solution!
I haven't shared some of my digital art lately, since I don't have photos of my wip these will have to do!
I was never a mother to tolerate bad behavior. I'd always heard that children will try your patience even seek your attention with negative behavior when the positive isn't working. So I always made sure to leave the room if things were to my dismay. Rewarding only good behavior with my attention. I only wish I'd done that with adults behaving badly. Instead I tended to confront them.  Back in the day, my mindset was  Adults should know better, whereas kids sometimes don't.
This is 90 degrees Fahrenheit...real feel even hotter!! Insane for Autumn weather!
Now I wonder if we ignored the bad acting adults in the world and encouraged only the good  if attitudes might change for the better!  I doubt it!! It seems so many inflate internet banter with trolls who constantly barrage it with nonsense, and stupidity. Not realizing they could be engaging  with a raging alcoholic, a  person in a fit of non medicated mental illness, or a very abused ignorant soul!  When saying nothing can be  message enough. 
This quirky piece was done months ago, I chuckled when I recently saw it!
As a former motor mouth I can tell you silence always spoke volumes to me. I knew instantly there was an opposing opinion. I could be too headstrong for the meek to contend with. Yet I've always appreciated a very strong objective argument written or otherwise.  I often changed my perspective completely after contemplating a fair argument!  Hearing a different perspective often helps me to  rationalize ideas in a new way!  It  helped me grow and change over the years! I'm always grateful to those with opposing views as longs are they are kind in their presentation!

Although I am quite passionate about many issues, I much prefer to spend my energy 
else where  these day! At times I too get revved up, however I  tend to abstain from confrontation! Instead I have passed the torch  to my once very shy Cupcake
 who is now vocal enough for the both of us, and I love it!
  High five Cupcake, always keep your passion alive!! 
Remember it's not what you say, but how you say it that matters!
You make a difference!!
 Cupcake picking blackberries to freeze just like her grandmother use to!
Have you ever had an argument change your
perspective?   
 
Have you ever engaged the internet trolls? 
 
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