Thursday 18 April 2024

Painting on the Leg. Grounds Off White and Red Woman Troublemaker

2014, Water, we have a responsibility to our children. Starbucks Coffee Cup art project: Like the ripples in the pond, may our creative endeavors spread healing and positivity. As we sip from our cups, let us remember that water—the lifeblood of our planet—is a sacred trust. We hold it for ourselves and as stewards for generations to come. Our responsibility extends beyond today; it reaches to the 7th generation—a legacy of care, compassion, and sustainable choices. 

2022-2024, Off White

José Martí’s poem “White Rose” (also known as “Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca”) is a powerful expression of his philosophy of generosity and goodwill towards all, regardless of their actions towards him. The white rose symbolizes peace, forgiveness, and friendship. Martí speaks of tending to this rose both in July and January, indicating that his feelings of goodwill are not seasonal or changing; they are constant. In the poem, he extends the white rose to both the true friend and the cruel person. To the friend who is open and honest, the white rose is a symbol of mutual respect and affection. To the cruel person, who causes pain and suffering, Martí offers the same white rose instead of a thistle or thorn, which could represent resentment or revenge for some. This act signifies Martí’s commitment to peace and kindness in the face of hostility, reflecting his broader humanitarian outlook.The poem is a testament to the idea that love and kindness should be universal and not withheld even from those who may not seem to deserve it. It’s a call to rise above bitterness and to respond to cruelty with compassion. Martí’s message is one of hope and the belief that love can overcome hatred and conflict. AI, Copilot.

2018-2024, Red Woman, The Grande Mother Nature.

2024-03-22, Tonight, I started this painting of a forest in just an hour. Interestingly, this was painted over a previous work which depicted a woman protester, I had also painted within an hour outdoors during a protest rally over water in front of the Alberta Legislature in 2018.

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