Book Thing

Long time since I posted… this is a gift I made for a friend… the crude stitching is crude on purpose… kinda was going for a super rustic messy kind of look with this… I think I achieved it pretty well. Anyway, my friend loves it… and that was the point. Looking forward to more book making in the future.

 

This one… well, this was from a class I took recently… “Mental Health Art Journaling”

They wanted us to kinda keep it positive… which is fine… this opened the door for me to use up much of what I have accumulated over the years — old writings, drawings, clippings, etc. I have saved things with the intention of creating a zine… and lo, the things do sit. I will be excited to play around some more.’

I am not intent on these being positive for myself. I have a ton of old poetry that would be perfect paired with a mixed media project like this.

 

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Day 6 & 7 of 30 Day Painting Challenge

Just 3 more after these and I will be caught up. I kept all my failed studies from college and chopped them up into small panels for this challenge. I still have one sheet of super high quality watercolor paper, but I’m hesitant to use it just yet. I’m so out of practice. Enjoying myself though! 

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This was going to be more realistic, but that requires some planning and technique! Not there yet!

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Just a study. A basic, basic study.

Watercolor

Just got a set of decent WC and I’m playing around for the first time since college. I’m participating in 30 days of painting. I’m behind, so I’m doing a bunch of little paintings to catch up.

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My EZJ (Eliza Jane)

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Just so you can see how small they are!

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

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Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was born on December 25, 1995. He’s been sentenced to death for protesting the tyrannical Saudi Arabian government at the age of 16. He was 17 at the time of his arrest. His confession was obtained by way of torture and his trials were secretive and unfairly conducted, as he was not allowed his rightful representation. At any moment he could be beheaded. His head will then be reattached, and his lifeless body will be publicly crucified for three days. *** if you’re super curious about what this looks like, there are some very graphic photos available online. Absolute barbarism. I don’t recommend curiosity. ***

Ali is by no means the only young person facing a barbaric sentence. There are at least three others facing similar sentences.

There are specific rights for child detainees which are outlined by the United Nations Human Rights Council, who, in very poor taste, welcomed Saudi Arabia-a country where beheading, crucifixion, stoning, amputation, and lashings are commonplace punishments-as chairman! The Saudi Arabian government who is in direct violation of international law. It is very bizarre indeed, that the OHCHR should publish this information, given the Saudi appointment to the council.

The Saudi Arabian government is also funding ISIS

And yet, the United States of America insists on remaining allied with this terrifying country, who issued a statement threatening social media users with the death penalty for speaking out against the atrocities they commit against their own citizens… basically saying, “fuck you, we kill who we want!”

Is this a governmental body that should be sitting at the helm of a human rights council?

Hell. No.

I urge you to take an interest in this case. They want your ignorance, your apathy… please don’t give it to them. Think about the message that it will send to other tyrants if you choose not to speak up. One life matters. All life matters.

I urge you to look at those eyes and see the face of your own child, your brother, nephew, friend. When I look at him, I see my sweet brothers, and I see that this could be either of them. Ali could be every one of us.

I painted this in an effort to help the campaign to save Ali’s life.

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It’s not my best work, but I had to do it in a hurry. It’s heading to a gallery in NYC whose owner is very sympathetic to Ali’s plight. This is so intimidating for me. New York knows the art world. I don’t. But it doesn’t matter. Nor does my pride or vanity.

Please take a moment to sign the petition urging the Obama administration to negotiate the release of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, and then share it. 

#AliMohammedAlNimr #SaveNimr #AliAlNimr #Ali_AlNimr #OpNimr