Thursday, January 20, 2011

What is on my easel?

Just an hour or so ago, I finished another painting and will be send to The Netherlands next week where it becomes part of a private collection.

It is painted on (non-streched) canvas with acrylics and its size is 33" x 32".

Anybody who knows me a little, knows that my pictures of my work are not the best and yet again I manage to NOT capture the true colors. 

The following detail of the painting gives a better idea about the colors.

I named the painting: "OWL"

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Seriously Sarah?

In March 2010 Palin started a “Take Back the 20” website, featuring a U.S. map targeting--with bullseyes--20 Democratic House members, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. In one of her tweets Palin urged her supporters, “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” and she even  made the phrase a part of her campaign trail repertoire. 

The site was taken down in the wake of Saturday’s attacks. It wasn’t until something like the Arizona tragedy took place before someone in the Palin camp thought it was a good idea to take this stupid and perhaps even dangerous site down from the internet. 

I checked Sarah Palin's official website (not the take back website) today, out of curiosity, to see if she left any comment with regard to what happened to the Democatic Senator Gabrielle Giffords. And this is what I read TODAY:

"On The Tragedy in Arizona"

My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today's tragic shooting in Arizona.


Seriously... nobody told her that Senator Giffords is still alive. Or is Sarah Palin waiting for somebody who actually is going to reload... 

But maybe somebody will tell her - and with her many other politicians on every level - that ranting, throwing mud and opening stupid and even dangerous websites have nothing to do with the freedom of speech. In the least it shows that such politicians are ill mannered and are barely able to foresee the consequences of their doings. Not my kind of politician!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 and then some

Going home last night I sat in the metro. Across from me sits a young woman trying to ignore ... well basically everything, a true poker face, blank eyes and staring into nothing. The next stop two men walk in and one decides to sit next to her - still no chance in her expression - and the other one sits next to me.
The man next to me was carrying several bags and out of one he lifts a bottle in a brown bag and takes a zip. 
The man opposite of him - yes next to the poker faced woman - looks at him and then the following conversation starts:
"Is that a single malt?"
"Nope just some pick-me-up"
"Sounds good, sounds good. Are you sharing?"
"Yeah sharing, like in the spirit of the holidays"
"Nope I am not spiritual at all."
"Oh good, cause I should not be drinking with my medication and all..."

Still no change in her facial expression and I know she is listening...

"What kind of medication would that be?"
"To stop the voices"

The conversation now hangs in the air.. what can you say after such a reply, right? 
But I made a little bet with myself that she will get up within 10 seconds, even though she kept her cool.

"Do you hear the voices often?"
"Yes... even now..."

She only gave me a quick look and gone she was.
I smiled  and the little girl inside was doing a little victory dance.. I won... I won...!
The men kept talking with each other and I returned to my book. A good beginning of the 2011.

Have a wonderful 2011 filled with good conversations, little victories, good health and a lot of smiles!