We all go through some hard shit. ALL of us, rich, poor, in between, sane, insane, healthy, unhealthy, mean, kind, selfish, charitable. If you have not, I'd love to know your secret!
In this piece, She Believes, we have a strong woman. She has chosen to stay tough and BELIEVE. She has realized no matter what life has thrown at her, she's gonna keep going. This woman is the best example for us all.
We could talk of hope, faith, and the ability to get up again, but true belief in your deep self, the child-self you should never abandon, is paramount for a life well-lived.
Ever get dumped? This woman just did. It must really suck. It must be hard on the self-esteem. Alas, some people get dumped.
Sometimes, life is really hard. Sometimes, life is a real bitch! Whatever life throws at you, just remember that tomorrow's a new day with new opportunities. Look at life for what it truly is, a journey. On this journey, YOU can make it however YOU want it.
I called this piece, She'll Be Okay, for a reason. You see, if you can find the strength to keep on going, to push through the shit that's rolling down the hill toward you, you just may be okay.
Keep going, be tough, be stubborn, be a bitch! Sometimes, it's the only way. Don't take any crap off of ingrates. Never trade in who you are, don't just roll over. Don't cash in your integrity. Don't drink that Kool-Aid that the smiling, tempting piece of shit is offering. It's laced with a toxic substance. Leave that stuff for the politicians. You keep your good heart and you'll see beautiful things, ALWAYS. X
Have you, as an adult, ever been sitting around, and you suddenly think, "Hey, since I've gotten older, I've become complacent and lazy!" Of course you have, or, you SHOULD have.
Many of us, when we get older, we forget that spark, that fire of discontentment. We lose something in our souls, the CARING, the ability to give a shit about our fellow humans and the world we all HAVE to share. Wake up, dumbass! Don't get me wrong, of course I get like this too. It makes me ashamed. There's nothing worse than rolling over for The Man.
Well, if I can't convince or inspire you to get off your fat and old lazy ass, maybe Greta can. She's a tough one. She has the kind of resolve that most of us only dream about. What's really great about her is that she makes grown-ups like Trump look like buffoons. It's time to remember the child-you and rise up...
You just may be like this boat, calm, silent, at peace, and just a particle of ZEN...X
I have chosen to be calm. I've given a name for the generation I choose to be in. I call it Zen X. Namaste...
Have you ever been out on a lake or river? I have. There's nothing like it in all the world. It's very peaceful and freeing. It's actually therapeutic. It gives a person the chance to just be and not worry or plan anything.
The word for today is ZEN...
Old Man Winter in Canada can be BRUTAL! However, it can really be beautiful. I called this piece, Last Bit of Winter. I've seen winters that were very enjoyable and pretty. This painting was inspired by that experience. X...
When I was little, things were weird. My path was fraught with many trials. No, a little boy should not have to go through that, however, it DOES shape who a person is. Maybe it can make us stronger and wiser, but more importantly, it can help one contribute something worthwhile while they're here.
The little boy in the second photo is the son of a man that contacted me to ask if I'd send them a signed copy. I was glad to do it.
I started drawing at around age 8. I was inspired by the beautiful area I lived in and the Spider-Man comic I had. Life was very new, exciting and full of wonder. Now, think of this little boy who now owns my book. What if HE ends up inspired by my art? Wow! Now, that would be marvelous.
If you ever wonder if trying that deep down urge, that hunger to do something outside the lines, or something people around you may laugh at, DO IT! That could be a good sign there's something truly worthwhile around the corner. With courage and imagination, you can create magic. Trust me, I know.
May that little boy with my book always seek to find the glorious things that can be found.
The artist. He's a real pain in the bum. He's complex, moody, sensitive, strange and will likely tick you off at some point. However, the world needs us artists, trust me. How do I know this? Well, look around at the world today, with all it's bullshi*. Ahhhh!!!!!!
Look at the politics of everything right now. It's sad. It's like a clown car filled with insane and paranoid zombies. All this ludicrous stuff going on with the "Please don't offend me" crapola. Please...
Then we have people who THINK they want to be artists, or even BELIEVE they are. Yikes! Let me tell you something, folks, real artists are few and far between, especially these days. Unfortunately, the '60's are gone and what we're left with is bloody chickenshi^.
If you're overly concerned with how dressed up you are, who you're stroking to get ahead, you're no artist, you're a politician. If you're happy all the time, you're no artist. You see, real artists need their angst, their hard times, their searching, and then, ultimately, their resolve and strength. If you're always concerned with seeing how much butt you can kiss or always worried you may offend someone, you're no artist. How will you ever create anything that contains real, raw truth? How will you ever be able to really translate EVERYTHING in our world through art? You won't.
Leave the peeing on the leg to the politicians and shady business people. If you wanna be an artist, a creator, get REAL, get angry, get sad, get fired up get your head outta your rear end. ;)
We all have, or should have, that one person who grabs our heart, This is mine, Misty, a goddess, the one woman who really knows me. She doesn't let me away with my crap, she keeps me grounded, makes sure I eat right, is the shoulder I've cried on and inspires me. She's also my agent, best friend, a genius, ravishingly beautiful and someone who people don't want to mess with. She's my cheetah and I'm her bear. That's a winning combo.
If you're lucky enough to come across your great squeeze, treat 'em right. They will make your life a thousand times better. The angels will sing and the gods will cry. The demons will smile and the birds will sing. Life can be short or it can be very, very long, if you don't let your guard down and love.
Believe me when I tell you that love is the most powerful thing in our reality. X...
When a painting flows from me, the helping spirits and my deepest gut, something extraordinary happens. This is when my brain goes, "boing!" It goes, "boing" because something really groovy occured, I was able to combine the "letting go" with the paintin' "know how". Oh, sweet purple saviour, that's a sweet thing. My collectors know these paintings, of course. As W. Joe Innis said to the painter, "Your favorites will be bought first."
My agent, my amazing agent, says "boing" to this piece. ;)
Have a fantastic day! I love you. X.