Sunday, June 27, 2010
Truly the end times are upon Toronto. Last night a friend of mine had to forgo Herbie Hancock at the Toronto Jazz festival because a group of anarchist sociopaths who have a penchant for black apparel decided it would be great fun to set police cars on fire and smash out dozens of shop windows in the downtown Toronto area. All transit was shut down and no one could get to the downtown core. This was the first time in history that the police have EVER had to use tear gas for crowd control in Toronto. Ever.
Toronto is a world-class city. It is the most successful at integrating almost every type of culture into itself. We don't just tolerate, we embrace and celebrate our diversity. We look ahead to the future and are environmentally aware. We believe in democracy, peaceful and creative protests.
Whatever the REAL protesters had to say at this G20 meeting was completely overshadowed by these assarists, oh, I mean self-declared anarchists. What was their message? Who knows? I couldn't hear above the wailing of sirens, the sounds of crashing glass and I couldn't see through the plumes of smoke coming from the police cars set on fire. This is not how things get done in Canada.
THIS is how things get done in Canada.
We take action but discuss things in a relaxed manner. This is a REAL Canadian demonstration - a guy with a knapsack that has hemp snacks and Arizona green tea in it, and he'll share too.
There have been hundreds of arrests today and police located a good group that were hiding out in the University of Toronto residence facilities. They found black bella clavas tossed into the bushes just outside the residence. Pure tactical brilliance. I watched as it was being broadcast on tv, police leading the arrested in handcuffs. It looked more like parents coming to collect their unruly children who had too much to drink the night before as they shuffled out of the building, handcuffed and hung over.
Ah kids, will they ever learn?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Today I woke up to my bed shifting back and forth. I wondered if my cat had gotten herculean strength to get me out of the bed to feed her. Nope, my first earthquake ever. Wow. Freaky. Luckily it was only a 5.5 but being from prairies where NOTHING happens, this was a waker upper. My cat was fed pronto.
Posted by Artist/Painter at 1:32 PM
Sunday, June 20, 2010
And now I'M in a treasury and it couldn't have happened to a nicer piece - artwork I mean. I LOVE that painting and currently it is showing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but maybe not for much longer? Thanks again to Ms. Sofia for generously including me in this collection. Check it out : )
Posted by Artist/Painter at 3:09 PM
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I just HAD to put this treasury together - I want all of it! Thanks to all the Etsy store merchants who stock such high-quality, high-skilled produced pieces of craftsmanship. It makes wading through the not-so-great stuff tolerable. Thanks!!! Mwah!
Posted by Artist/Painter at 1:00 PM
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I just listed this image on Etsy - it is a fine art giclee print. The oiginal sits above my alter and I just can't let it go! *laughing* There is something about it that is so healing, so necessary that I have to keep the original, for now. I used professional golden and winsor newton paints and iridescent and bright gold. For the leaf motif I use an actual leaf I found.
This painting was inspired by those, shimmery summer early evenings when the sun is heading towards the horizon and catches the dust particles just so and everything around you becomes ensconced in the most beautiful, most ethereal warm golden-orange light. There is something so nurturing, relaxing, calming and energizing about that.
Maybe one day I will let the original go but not now. I need it.
Posted by Artist/Painter at 2:44 PM