February 17, 2017

#resistancelog (Derivative Edition)


When I started with my activism in resistance to the current fascist regime, I used to get pretty rattled by fascist-loyalists who would attack me online. The way I dealt with it was to not back down and reply back to all the punches with compliments ... compliments that I'd relay to the fascist-loyalists on behalf of peas. Yeah, you know the tiny green round legume. I loved how this irked the fascist-loyalists. "How dare you tell me that peas think I'm smart?!" they'd huff and puff with their pea brains as they all eventually became split pea soup before they would drip away from me.

I've learned that by not backing down and being true to who I am (and using tools like satire and logic and well-readness) is the best way to make split pea soup. Yesterday, I did get a fascist-loyalist named Yvette who stopped by my FB page who said many things including this:

"We are all Americans and if you don't appreciate ALL the opportunities that this great Country has to offer then maybe you need to think about moving."

I couldn't believe it. Think about moving out of my country?! At that moment, it felt right that rather than sending a compliment on behalf of peas, I simply told her to:

"Fuck off."

To which she stated her commitment to pray for those that feel oppressed. To which I said, "Go ahead and pray to the derivative of Jesus."

My activism is based on who I am, and how I feel. Who I am includes a pretty deep understanding of the Bible. I've read the entire book more than once. I know many passages and all the books within the Bible by memory, including the Old Testament, which is organized according to the Pentateuch, History, Wisdom, Major Prophets, and Minor Prophets. Pentateuch is a Greek word that means "five books" which makes sense because it includes the first five books of the Old Testament which are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. I won't bore you with the rest of the books. You get the picture.

I also understand who it is that fascist-loyalists pray to, which is not Jesus at all. Jesus—the dark-skinned radical who fought for economic and social justice for the poor and disenfranchised. The fascist-loyalists pray to a distorted DERIVATIVE of Jesus—the light-skinned, blue-eyed, capitalist who champions walls to keep dark-skinned people at bay, gives tax breaks to wall street and finds ways to punish women who try to control their own bodies.

And as Alan (my friend from high school)  preaches from the pulpit to his congregation in Chicago, integrity comes from being what you are. And who I am ... is clearer than ever before ... with no fear of pointing out the hypocrisy and hatred toward the "other" that is at the heart of the fascist regime and its loyalists who distort and erect derivatives of truth. 

February 16, 2017

Fangs & Flaws, A Conversation With:

RedlineDear friends:
I am honored and privileged and extremely thrilled to be leading a discussion with Redline Design on March 16, 2017, in Reno, Nevada. It'll be an intimate setting where we talk about the creative process, and the journey that I've been on, to pursue art with complete freedom, deep meaning, and uncensored expression. It's a never-ending journey, really.

If you are able, I hope you'll join me for this special experience where we will dive deep, raise a glass, nibble on treats, listen to each other, and leave with greater resolve to pursue lives where we the quality of light we shine onto our efforts is so lucid and bright that we can't help but find and express the truth of who we are.

Here is the link to enroll for this event. On the following days, I will be teaching a couple of painting classes for those who are able to extend their stay in Reno to paint with me as follows:

Looking forward to seeing you in Reno!


February 15, 2017

439 Operatic Petals

Operetic439 Operatic Petals
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I had the pleasure of bringing home some flowers from Lavenders Flowers today. It's the floral artisan I've always dreamed of knowing and having hear my home. As I was meeting some of the exquisite flowers, I told Janelle, the owner/chief florist of the shop that I felt I could hear them singing opera. I placed some flowers on a table in my breakfast nook, right when the light was hitting them so beautifully, to reference for this work. Opera.


February 14, 2017

438 Orange Dum-Dum

Orange dumdum438 Orange Dum-Dum
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I unwrapped an Orange Dum-Dum and used it to reference for this work.

Red Notice by Bill Browder

RednoticeDid you know that:

  • in 2012 Vladimir Putin's regime announced a proposed ban that would become law, prohibiting American families from adopting Russian orphans?
  • this ban is one of the ways in which Putin retaliated against the Magnitsky Act, a bipartisan bill passed by the US Congress and signed into law by President Obama, that imposes sanction on Russian officials responsible for the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky?
  • Sergei Magnitsky was Bill Browder's lawyer who helped uncover the deep corruption of the Russian government that stole money from its very own people?
  • Putin's regime captured, tortured and ultimately killed Sergei Magnitsky who refused to retract the truth about the corruption that he helped uncover about his country's kleptocratic regime?

I just finished reading one of the most harrowing books I've ever read: Red Notice by Bill Browder, which I first learned about through Katie Couric's podcast.

Do you want to better understand Russian history, the American political system, and the ongoing atrocities of Vladimir Putin and his regime? I recommend that you listen to the podcast and also read Red Notice. The most eye-opening, educational, horrifying and inspiring books I've ever read.

Horrifying because of realizing the long track record of the terror that Putin inflicts upon his enemies and how the current US President shadows the practices of this totalitarian regime and continues to align himself with Putin.

Inspiring because of humans (like Magnitsky and Browder and members of the US Congress and countless human rights activists) who refuse to back down from exposing the truth about terrorists like Putin.


February 13, 2017

482 Talk NErDy to Me

482 Talk NErDy to Me
24x18 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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On this Valentine's Eve, I made this painting ... to express that to me, nerdy talk is the best kind of dirty talk. My other turn-ons? That would be people who:

  • read
  • comprehend what they read
  • listen
  • are smart, humble, compassionate

So here's to you ... you sexy ones who wear pocket protectors, work hard, read for pleasure, speak in complete sentences, listen to your partners, appreciate art, don't obsess about luxury, don't flaunt your possessions, get excited about science ... that's right ... YOU. Thanks for keeping so many of us truly turned on. Happy Valentine's Day. xoxo


February 11, 2017

#resistancelog (Freedom Edition)


#resistancelog (Freedom edition) Some folks have written me privately asking whether I worry about losing some business with my activism. Technically, I probably have lost some but I've also gained some so it's been sort of a wash. And honestly, it's not that I don't care about all of that. It's just that I care MORE about living as who I am and to achieve the status of being absolutely free.

And it's another reason to live within my means and resist being an over-consumer of stuff I don't need ... material stuff that bogs me down ... making me think I need to earn more to consume more ... all to protect that which makes me have to silence myself more. Such bullshit. (Does this topic intrigue you? I recommend that you watch the documentary titled Minimalism. It's on Netflix. It'll rock your world.) Here's more on this topic from the amazing Audre Lorde:

"And that deep and irreplaceable knowledge of my capacity for joy comes to demand from all of my lfie that it be lived within the knowledge that such satisfaction is possible, and does not have to be called marriage, nor god, nor an afterlife ... and this is a grave responsibility, projected from within each of us, not to settle for the convenient, the shoddy, the conventionally expected, nor the merely safe."

February 10, 2017

481 Flower Garden

Flowergarden481 Flower Garden
20x16 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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My continued study and practice of painting flowers with an economy of strokes ... about 7-10 strokes per flower.

480 Rachel

The amish480 Rachel
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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This is my demo painting that I started yesterday while teaching a private painting session to two humans. I finished it today. I felt that this subject took on the feeling of Rachel: the Amish woman as portrayed by Kelly McGillis in the 1985 film titled Witness. So I let it go there. It was a beautiful movie and a wonderful portrayal of a culture that is often misunderstood and for me, filled with such beauty laced simultaneously with serenity and longing.


#resistancelog (Chances edition)


#resistancelog (Chances edition)

There's this thing that some people say in response to my activism, which is "Why don't you give him a chance?"

Every single morning, I wake up with some hope that maybe he's been humbled and enlightened. Maybe he's been counseled by a level-headed adviser to tackle the day with increased compassion and awareness and presidential polish. Because even ideas that I disagree with can be accepted when delivered with calm. With polish. With respect. I think this hope is synonymous to chances.

He is given a chance every day to #actlikeapresident. And every day, I die a little bit more because he  displays his misogynistic, racist, fascist, and kleptocratic values by abusing his position in such an arrogant manner that incites true terror in my psyche. A terror of knowing that if allowed, my country will become ruled under totalitarianism by a regime that is allowed to exist above the law ... where my rights as a woman are stripped away. And that he will ignite unnecessary conflicts with the global community as he taunts and undermines delicate foreign relations all over the world.

And the thing about me is that when chances I give aren't taken, I resist.

So to those who continue to ask "Why don't you give him a chance?" I ask two questions in reply:

1 What the hell do you think he is given every single day?
2 How much longer can your conscience allow you to remain willfully unaware before your pillow gets so hard that you can no longer sleep? 

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