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

Healing via Paint

11665655_10207299354907294_8179770684902720442_nOver the last several months, I have had a really difficult time. A family member had been living with us and as can be expected of such arrangements, it made life very challenging and it ended terribly. I am working toward recovery, but it’s been a long journey so far. What has resulted is the end of a formerly close relationship with said family member, and a lot of grieving. I poured some of this into the largest painting I have ever done. It isn’t finished yet, but here it is.

It felt good to do it. I haven’t done much painting since October 2014, which, as I think about it, was when the whole scenario began. Wow. Amazing how deeply impacted you are by the presence of toxic people.

I hope that once the dust settles a bit more, I will be better able to begin again on my goals in posting at least once a month with a project. And I should clarify that I haven’t been totally creatively dormant. I took up embroidery over the winter and in accordance with my wpid-20150404_002328_lls.jpgsomewhat caustic humor, I made some fun projects. I also started playing with clay a bit and made these three likenesses of my cats, (L to R) Henry, Gilly, and EZJ (Eliza Jane). Lots of fun. Imperfect, but who cares? Not me. I have not played much with clay. I took a pottery class around 10 years ago. Made some cool bowls, which my cats eat and drink from, but I am not a wizard by any means. Anyway, I really hope I can get back to it very soon. So do my furry ones. I think they think I am irritating, always taking pictures and stuff… but they are just so cute. ❤

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PS – I should add also that I have begun a rather enormous undertaking… I am compiling my written works, drawings, etc. into a sort of zine… kind of akin to wringing out a sponge. More on this later.