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Well, I struggled with this, I think I'm done,

I canít seem to do better than this. I hope my niece will like it anyway. ďBe Strong For HerĒ 8x8 oil on panel


Yes. I had the same feeling back then too.

After the idealism of my childhood in the late 60s and early 70s, I saw a long slide into the near dystopia I fear is coming soon.

Just the first layer of "Be Strong For Her"

A painting I started of my grandniece.

Looks awful right now but itís just the first layer.

I hope there will be lots of art created to help us stay strong and continue the fight.


Me too.

Iím so sorry. But we have to keep fighting for the future. We will not give up.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg dead at 87

Source: CNN

CNN)Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the court announced. She was 87.

Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court's liberal wing, consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day, including abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, health care and affirmative action.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-dead/index.html

Saw someone with a mask pulled down to chin at the docs office

Pointed her out to a nurses aide, and the aide turned and walked away without a word.

When the aide came back a couple minutes later, she deliberately pulled her mask down while she was taking my vitals. I didnít say a word to her. She pulled the mask back up properly before the doc came in.

I told the doc, who had me talk to the practice manager.

These anti mask assholes really make me angry. Iím sure nothing will happen to the aide.

I hate that a simple measure to save lives has become such a political thing.

Iím still so angry I am shaking.

I think I'm pretty much finished with this oil painting portrait now

I hope so much she will like the painting. I still have so much to learn about oil painting and art in general, itís always a struggle.


Did this 12x16 pastel painting, finished it today.


You know, I pretty much gave up art as a teenager because

I felt I wasnít good enough. I saw other students who did much better work than me and learned faster.

I let shame get in the way of doing something I really enjoyed.

When I had the transverse myelitis/MS attack that left me disabled, I realized I might not have all that much longer to live. And I asked myself, because I was grappling with depression at that point, what would really make me happy, make me want to get out of bed and face the day?

And the answer was playing with art supplies.

So I gave myself permission to buy some art supplies and do art as badly as I wanted to. The goal wasnít to produce anything that anyone would like, it was to get me out of bed and to stop me from feeling sad for awhile.

It was just therapy, to rehabilitate my emotional state and also my right hand which became clumsy after a lesion in my brain near the ďhand knobĒ took away my dexterity.

It turned out to be good therapy for me and Iím so grateful for the time, the resources and the space to be able to play with my art supplies.

And now, several years later, Iím even occasionally producing a painting that one or two people like enough to accept as a gift.

I hope to keep improving. Gives me something to look forward to.

I learned something. Life is too short. Give yourself permission to do something badly if it is something that brings you joy and doesnít harm anyone else. Even if people laugh at you, it doesnít really matter, because you only have one life and whatever happiness you can squeeze out of it, you should go ahead and take.

Did this 8x10 pastel painting today.


Thanks to anyone who looks!
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