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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sneak Peek Paint Party Friday


A sneak peek at the Charity piano I'm working on. It's a lot more work
 than expected but I am really enjoying it and there are still lots of mistakes to fix.! I'm on a bit of a time crunch so it's all I've had time for this week. Here are a couple of sides, 
and a few digital colour edits just for fun!
When Cupcake was little I hate to admit Christmas was overly abundant. 
Let's face it, my kid got WAY too much!! I was able to keep Santa a secret 
for several years! However Santa only gave her one unwrapped
 gift and a stocking!
 Working a full time, shopping after work, baking and wrapping presents until the wee hours is quite a feat for any woman! No way should Santa take the credit for all that!!  I wanted my child to appreciate where things came from. A jolly fictitious character was no measure for
all that mom did!
  I  worried less fortunate children would feel inferior if my child was
 gifted more from Santa than they were! I figured one gift 
was a safe bet.
One year I fooled Cupcake by duplicating a gift in her stocking and wrapping the other
for under the tree.  Then I told her that Santa and I got our wires 
crossed!! I hid her gifts in plain sight, places she walked past daily.
 I told her the gifts were stored at a friends house!
 Not once did she find them early.
I don' believe in lying to children, and promised her I'd only tell fibs 
 during the holidays so I could surprise her! To this day she hates 
surprises, but it's not because of those wonderful Christmases 
we enjoyed when she was a child.
Together every October we'd purged her bedroom 
donating to charity, making space for new things. 
Last night we went through a lot of my old nick knacks
and donated them to charity today! Funny how the tables turn!
One year Cupcake wanted a crawling doll for Christmas, she got it from Santa
but was so disappointed at how hard the doll was. After that
she inspected all the toys at the store  before any purchases were made!
And an advertizing skeptic was born!
Cupcake remembers those 
Christmases with such fondness as do I!
If I had it to do all over again I'd have bought way less!
Now as an adult Cupcake makes sure to buy well 
thought out really special things for her nieces and 
nephews as well as less fortunate children of single moms! 
Some of my favorite memories were attending Christmas eve church services.
Watching children's Christmas concerts, singing Christmas Carols
in our old neighbourhood and baking for friends!
I also loved having our dear friends over for Christmas eve card 
games and seasonal visits with friends. 
Christmases are different now but enjoyable just the same!
What are some of your favorite holiday memories?
A few weeks back my blogger friend Sharon emailed this Character she made
for me!! I love it! Thank you Sharon for your lovely friendship! 
You can find Sharon's blog at Sharon Art Inspiration.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Card Reject Paint Party Friday!


Art is subjective and we all have different tastes! I have never professed to be good at drawing or painting. I have always been about the colour. Big bold beautiful colour that I just can't live without! If you asked me why I couldn't answer you. I just know it's like a drug for me and I'm addicted. Surprisingly I mostly wear black!
Unfinished reject
 So when Cupcake said she HATED my Santa I laughed. Her disdain was funny as she repeated Hate, Hate Hate over and over which is a swear word in our house!! I knew all along she would. I was experimenting with this years Christmas cards... who knew it would be met with such rejection!! I'm still giggling....
 Well I must confess, I knew all along she would hate it!! So I didn't even bother to finish the Bad Santa. I giggled as I showed it to Beardo who also started laughing. He would never use the word hate, but his reaction was fun none the less and as he commented that it looks like Liza Minelli...I could barely contain myself I was laughing so hard!
Cupcake hates his smile and eyes, and his hat IS disproportionate and he is too feminine!
My idea was to start with a big friendly smile. If I can get a bit of comedy in my Christmas cards I'm happy!! However my transgender  "Bad Santa" didn't make the mark this year!!
Back to the drawing board for me!!
 I agree with Cupcake..but the smile still makes me giggle and let's face it, Santa really is Mama!!
Of course Cupcake was apologizing that she didn't like it, and I just laughed even harder! Instead I thanked her for her honesty!   I love that they are both so honest. We don't all like the same things, that is the bottom line! Life would be so boring if we did!!
This is another card reject because I am owled out! Actually it's not enough fun, but Cupcake liked it and I don't!
I am never insulted if someone doesn't like my creativity!! I am so picky about what I surround myself with that I would be the last person to subject someone to my tastes!! So many great styles of artwork to love and dislike! If I can produce a smile, or a giggle with my images that's good enough for me!!
Thankfully we can all laugh together about our crazy antics and creative boo boos!
I love to laugh and nothing brings me more joy than a real good giggle!! 

Who in your life do you love like to share your mistakes with the most, other than no one?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Joy thief, Paint Party Friday

Paint Party Friday

It hasn't been a very productive week creatively, life got in the way,  so I am sharing things I did  a while back. Beardo brought home a little functioning piano that he wants me to paint to auction off for Childrens hospital! I'll be working on that it this week!

There was a group on facebook " You know your from North Van if" I would lurk the pages reading all the shared memories of the city I was born in. It gave me a sense of great joy to see photos of old haunts I frequented in my youth. Appreciating the wise young man who snapped  so many  mundane pictures back in the day!
 
With such a magnitude of change over the years we  can now all enjoy those historical photos with new eyes! Memories can now be easily shared and discussed online! 
 
People would chat about the old roller rink  that I practically lived in  as a teen. Stories about the rec center, theatres and  a quaint cafe built in the 1930's was shared there.  Anyone could read the great bits of history on that  page.
I can't tell you the thrill it was to  anonymously peek in from time to time  to see if there were any new photos, or conversations of historical  interest for me. I learned so much I never knew as a child. 
 
Some people  have aged better than others, many successful, many very creative. Some I only  knew as acquaintances. I now realize I hung with mostly arty types even in high school.
 
I left the vicinity early, before I was twenty. I was raised there and have  such fond memories of the neighbourhood I passionately trekked through for years!  I love to read as others reminisce about  the people and the city!

Autumn changes are  late this year. I took this today when the sun shone for a moment during a very stormy day!
Recently, during a moment of nostalgia I went back to that page but it had been locked down. 
Digital color change on autumn trees!
You have to join the page now! Someone,  decided to control it. All  the lovely photos of my childhood are blocked from sight!  I can no longer anonymously enjoy the page.

 
 I can't send Cupcake over to look at the cool photos from  my past. To see anything one must now join the page! Ho hum.... so I was wondering what makes some people so controlling over simple things!

Not once did I see an inappropriate conversation. Rarely was anything too personal!  I did observe  an administrator complaining about one fellow  posting too many photos...but seriously this guy documented many parts of the city in different eras  just as I remember it! 

I was so thrilled those photos were preserved depicting the city as it used to be! Photos I used to find boring,  are now wonderfully documented pieces of history that could never be replaced! I loved viewing them from an adult  perspective!
My brother stayed in the area a lot longer and loves bumping into old cronies. 
I'm much more private, hate small talk and prefer a more simple life!
So I won't likely join, besides it would only sabotage my creative time....
it was so fun lurking on occasion while it lasted!

Have you ever come up against a control freak who put a thorn in your side, 
stealing a little joy from your life?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween Paint Party Friday

Not all monsters are in costume! They can be integrated in our midst. Warm, friendly, full of smiles! Veiled in goodness, or so it would appear! They are trusted, kind and full of life! They can be successful, intelligent, and generous. They can be dear friends, pillars of society, coaches, volunteers  or our spouses! We support them in their everyday choices, love their perspectives and enjoy their company! Should anyone dispute who they are we defend them!

Behind closed doors  their insidious personality is revealed....doing  untoward things. Leaving victims in their wake!  Victims terrified of confronting them or revealing their nefarious  behavior to anyone, let alone authorities! Freeing  the cocky monster to arrogantly flaunt his daily disguise. None being the wiser!
 Victims of all ages hide behind their shame. Deathly afraid no one will believe them.The monster stays the victor! Hiding behind all his good deeds and flawlessly honed facade! After all who wouldn't believe a monster dressed in a harmless jesters suit?   A jester who has built a reputation of success and honor.
Victims feel  helpless, afraid of more ridicule, intimidation and abuse. They stay silent. Carry the baggage of their marring experience, knowing the truth revealed  could  be held  to the light of scrutiny by men, women, friends, family and community. The monster counts on that. He has the power, content victims will never tell! Arrogantly he hides behind their fear and shame
Should the secret be revealed, landing in the courts, only one percent 
doubt needs to be presented for the monster to be set free!
 Women and Children are too often victims of abuse they never speak about. Without proper language to describe their degrading experiences they stay silent. Many families are cloaked in secrets  never told. Many of those stories lay dormant behind excess pounds and addiction until victims decide  to find recovery.
Often a large majority are so willing to stand behind the  monster in his charming  confidence!
Leaving victims to stand alone in their less attractive, shame, fear, and addiction! 

 One thing we aren't likely to  know about our friends, family and neighbors are their carnal habits and desires!  You NEVER know what goes on in the bedroom of your neighbors home!
Have you ever kept a secret you wish you hadn't?

 Happy Halloween!!  I hope it's spook-tacular!


Friday, October 24, 2014

Peace begins at home! Paint Party Friday

 Paint Party Friday
I am so late posting because I completely 
changed my subject matter for this week.
This photo doesn't do this painting justice. It's richer and more vibrant in person.
Wednesday a handsome father, husband, son, soldier was 
killed on  parliament hill by a lone gunman. 

 Canadians are a peace loving people, producing many 
creative souls.  A threat to our Government was felt by all!

 Thursday business continued as usual on the hill. 
Not with hateful hearts, but with strength, defiance of fear, 
and heartache for a peaceful country's loss of innocence.
The color on this painting is less vibrant.
Although sad, I feel  prouder today than yesterday
that our Country came together holding " Strong and free" 
Government speeches were  genuinely spoken  
with conviction and a sincere emphasis on gratitude!
Velda has a green face but her color is not accurate..I have no idea why!
 Peace begins at home! 
Outside of a wonderful drive into the 
Valley I find a frenzy on the roads  these days.
 
  I know that life is fast and everyone is in a hurry. However what
 do we teach kids when we don't wave people into a lane,
 or let them go first at a stop sign.  
  Is courtesy a dying art?

There are so many polite and loving artists on
 Paint Party Friday..
 a wonderful example of what 
peace looks like an often chaotic world.
I think to myself how are children suppose to learn kindness,
 manners, courtesy when there are so many overt 
examples of  narcissism, anger, and bullying out there.
  There needs to be more conversations about adult bullying
 before we are able to honestly discuss what happens at a junior level.

More Kindness campaigns like this!  More compassion in schools! 
There are already so many amazing people in the world doing the lions share.

Everyday  courtesies matter!!
 I still see so many everyday rude occurrences.
  I love to give people the benefit of the doubt.
Of course there are unique circumstances,
"A death in the family,  a sick child
or some other crisis..." causing
 people to become oblivious to their actions
....they're excused.
It's the everyday courtesies....like letting traffic in, helping an old person 
who crosses the street and drops her groceries...
No one did.
If our Prime Minister can hug his opponent with conviction
the day after a  parliamentary crisis and 
possible threat to our country.
I think there is hope and room  to  be kinder and
more courteous in our everyday lives. Not just as 
good customer service because we're directed to, but
as thoughtful, kind, loving  human beings by example!
If what we do to others truly comes back to us, doesn't
it makes perfect sense to make every effort to 
always treat people with kindness  and dignity
even if they're being difficult!

" Every Action has a reaction of consequence,"We reap what we sow" 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

And Peace begins at home!

What act of kindness have you received lately that
 affected you one way or another?
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