Motion Graphic – 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

I am laughing….

“Go big or go home” does not apply to image uploads,
but if you have a few seconds to hang out….


Wishing all of life a peace-filled, healthy, and prosperous
New Year!
I like this quote for 2021;

INTELLIGENCE OF HONEY
“It’s increasingly difficult for me to vibe with people — even keen, talented
people — who are salty about everything all the time. Gotta have some
sweetness in this life. I believe in the intelligence of honey.”

—Saeed Jones

Stay safe, stay healthy, and take good care.
Thank you.

Paintings – That’s A Wrap…

I thank you all.

Learning about life through art and a pandemic.
On Thursday I will be uploading my last creation for 2020, but first I wanted to say thank you to all of you who follow, or drop by my site.
I am so very grateful for each one you on this journey.
Every comment and conversation has been a delight, and a link to a supportive, funny, and talented community.
I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to discover and follow your work, your process, lives, and the inspiration you offer.

The poetry, art, photography, music, favorite books, food, and news of the world have kept me connected in an isolated time.

In these last few days I am reviewing my steps, stumbles, leaps and what I have learned in 2020. What to carry forward, and what to definitely leave behind entering 2021.
I am asking myself “who was I as a person in 2020, and what did I offer to others?”
What better place to discover yourself than to review the past year of your own site? A snapshot of a challenging and enlightening year – in thumbnails.

In January
We ushered out the old year and welcomed the new. I painted and wrote about pursuing your path, and the importance of having a dream.

February & March Lockdown
I painted and wrote about learning new things, the wonder of life, welcoming spring, and contemplating solutions.

April Lockdowns
Masks alerted our attention on the importance of a smile. While we were in lockdown nature was bursting forth.
I came across a nature-made altar, painted it, and also found that life can be both prickly and sweet.
Most of all, I just kept believing in the greater good. A sense of humor became gold.


May & the Southwest States Second Wave
20,935,000 Americans were only the first to become unemployed, hospitals were overwhelmed.
I painted the focus, acceptance, and trust of nature and birds,
and wrote about what I learned from them and within myself.


June, July, and August
D. Trump lifted a ban on baiting and killing hibernating bears, their cubs, and wolves in Alaska
that had previously prohibited sports hunters from slaughtering them by any means.
I painted a mother bear and her cub while asking for their protection and for the balance of the planets eco system. There were devastating fires.
The world seemed surreal, the virus was receding but the mounting life imbalance surged.
People came together in the determination for change in protecting, and rebuilding a new democracy that had systematically been allowed to be humiliated, but not destroyed.
And the protests escalated.
Many remained steady and vigilante on the platform of grace. Many did not.


September and October
Acceptance became sanity. My industry changed, and I chose to pivot, explore, learn and head into that change.
We embraced the colours of autumn, nurturing and change for the better…for everyone.

November
“Change, and the Center of Gravity.” I am passionate about questioning everything,
asking for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I imagined miracles and possibilities, and finally, finally arrived at a painting style by shear accident that I liked.
(Note to self; keep in 2019.)
Then I began teaching myself motion graphics…
and I was so very thankful to life itself.

December
Reflecting on a year that was a deep dive,
a personal and emotional deep clean,
and an excavation of all that held no value.
I shared in, and embraced the true Spirit of Christmas.


Almost ready for 2021…..
If you have actually read this far, then wow, I am truly honored and grateful.
Embracing the now, waving goodbye to what is no longer valuable
for myself, all of humanity and the planet.

Peace to all.

Animated Painting – The Spirit of Christmas…

Every year on Thanksgiving night,
I revisit the true Spirit of Christmas.

I now have many more life experiences to factor in, accepting “what is” and discovering the last ten months has also included many hidden gifts.
During the Christmas season I have a few “go to” sources and treasure their wisdom all over again;

The following quotes are a wonderful reminder of the true Spirit of Christmas.

First we have Charlie Brown. I think many people identify with Charlie and feel a little confused about Christmas, especially this year, and many are feeling the pressure.

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus.
Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy.
I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.” – Charlie Brown

Next is Sally Brown, and she has another idea about Christmas;

“Christmas is getting all you can get while the getting is good.” – Sally Brown

Sally cracks me up, every single time.

Christmas is about having your heart in its true place,
when all of the pure love you give becomes the greatest source of your own abundant joy each day.
The bonus is this also becomes a joy and support to others.

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons.
It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” – Dr. Seuss.
And …….
“And what happened then?
Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!”

There is a magical “wakeup” moment for Scrooge as well, when he caught on that it wasn’t money or gifts,
it was the giving and receiving love.
But first,
he had to forgive himself,
others,
and the past.
Scrooge chose the magic of living in the moment.

“I don’t know what to do!” cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocoön of himself with his stockings.
“I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy.
I am as giddy as a drunken man.
A merry Christmas to every-body!
A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!”

― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol“

Believe in goodness….and cherish faith.

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them.
Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound.
Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”
― Chris Van Allsburg

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
― Chris Van Allsburg

The Simple and powerful Spirit of Christmas

The greatest gift you can give arrives from a never-ending supply, has no sell by date, is always available, and can be given freely.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

 

Thank you.

 

Animated Illustration – A Star is Born, Encore!

Thank you Neighbor.

Listening to my neighbor inspired this illustration. Cleaning can be an effective stress-reliever. My neighbor goes at it with wild abandon.

 

This is when I usually put on the “greatest noise canceling headphones ever.” Silence is rapidly restored and I continue happily with my tasks. But today for some reason, I didn’t look to the heavens and immediately reach for the headphones. Instead I just listened, and then I began to smile. I could see this in my imagination.  First I made this simple illustration;

 

Yikes! Now she was really having a good time! I was listening to a full-fledged concert, so I added her rock star lighting.

Going with the flow is when my imagination really kicks in and it can verge into the silly. I wondered if she were playing her air guitar/broom?
Is her mop bucket providing percussion?

And of course she needs an audience and fans!


I wanted to bring this illustration to life and complete the cleaning rock star concert experience!

Animating requires a different file set-up but I didn’t plan on doing anything with this, I was just playing and also, I was having fun. The concert had ended, and I imagined her encore and gracious acceptance of the applause. Let’s make this illustration “rock!” (I hope this moves in the WordPress Reader.)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time to reflect with gratitude for the previous year and how we have learned through our experiences.
Yes, this year is different.
Possibly this change can enhance our gratitude for all that is in this moment, while not bemoaning what is different. That’s my plan.
We are all experiencing a loss of some sort. For some, very little has changed. For others it has been horrendous.
It feels like a collective grieving to me. I realize I can resist or accept.
Accepting the cacophony presented by my neighbor opened a door to many hours of playing and fun. I would have missed out on this if I had resisted and judged the situation as a momentary loss of peace.
I don’t readily enjoy challenges, but when I accept them a mystery seems to unfold.
As always, I become the true recipient. And, I am grateful.
This Thanksgiving may we all find a grateful heart in each moment …just as it is,
and allow the mystery to unfold.

Thank you.
And to all, happy Thanksgiving!

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