TODAY (01/18/2021), I was going to write about one painting I recently completed that was not my most difficult, but I rate it as one of my best. The second painting I’m currently working is difficult in that I’m struggling to get it “right/good/beautiful” to my satisfaction.

However, I’m struggling today. This morning, I’m out walking my dog in a active adult community. I’m on the street heading back home when in the distance I see a man out working around his RV/trailer with a 4-wheeler on it. I cross the street because I could tell he was not wearing a mask. When I came up across the street from him, he smiled waved and said hello. I said hello, but then said that he forgot his mask (in a half serious/half joking tone). He then got angry and started shouting at me, stating “I don’t believe in wearing fucking masks”, “fuck Biden”, and something else as I was getting out of ear shot. What is with people? The world is admitting that wearing masks help to not spread CoVid. How does someone not know or care that they might be spreading the virus? And after all, everyone living in this community are vulnerable seniors.

And later, a wife of a HS classmate of mine posted this long diatribe on FB about the following: “How to pick a side in the next civil war…” “I used to think I was pretty much just a regular person, but I was born ‘white’ into a household which now labels me as ‘Privileged”, racist and responsible for slavery. I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which by today’s standards, makes me a fascist because I plan & budget. But I now find out that I am not here because I earned it, but because I was “advantaged”. I am heterosexual, which according to some folks, now makes me a homophobe. I believe the Lord did not give me the heart to judge others. I am not a Muslim, which now labels me as an infidel. I believe in the second amendment, which makes me a threat to liberals and I get labeled as being part of a militia. I am older than 40, making me a useless person with outdated ideas and values. I think and I reason, and I doubt much of what the ‘mainstream’ media tells me, which makes me a ‘right-wing conspiracy nut’. I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American culture, making me a xenophobe. I believe in hard work, fair play and each individual’s merits, which today makes me a target of socialists and Antifa. I believe our system guarantees freedom of effort – not freedom of outcome or subsidies which must make me a borderline sociopath. I believe in a strong defense and protection of America for and by all citizens, now making me a militant. I am proud of our flag, what it stands for and the many who died to let it fly, so I stand and salute during our National Anthem – so I must be a racist. I kneel only for The Cross, which makes me racist. I think that all lives matter, which labels me as a racist. I think the riots and destruction of property around our country are wrong and are just an excuse to push a political agenda, so I’m labeled a racist. I support our law enforcement, servicemen and women, which labels me as a racist. I question how fear is being used to control us during the COVID-19 pandemic and think the crisis is being used for political gain, so I’m labeled careless and non-sympathetic. Yet I know the virus is real. Liberals have tried to make me feel bad about who I am! Based on everything above, some want me to believe I am a bad person; I’m not, I’m a good person who loves my God, my family and my county. God bless America! Feel free to copy-paste!!! I did! Unfriend me if you don’t like this post.”

There are so many generalities and untruths in the above FB post, how does one address it? I could go through this sentence by sentence, but what is the point? Whoever wrote this post (the writer’s name was not included) is beyond reasoning with. It struck me as a very sad issue. How does one not understand what white privilege means? What BLM means? Or how does one equate that they are a racist if they support the military and law enforcement? I believe that the author is angry and using “Trump-like rhetoric” in an attempt to prove points. But no points were actually proven. Instead, for someone trying to say that they are not racist, they come across as being just that.

Back to painting. I’ve not painted as often because I am currently babysitting a 15-month-old. She is a joy, but I do miss daily painting. Her mom recently tested positive for CoVid. Myself, and the rest of the family tested negative. However, I am quarantining for 14 days before I go back to sitting for them. I have one more week for painting. LoL

The one painting I’m still working on is an abstract ocean scene. I am not going to talk about this today, as I’m not ready to post a picture of it.

One of my most favorite paintings to date is my Ocean Beauty: This was inspired in a tutorial by Alesia Habovch. It took a few days to paint, but I was most pleased with my results because I have struggled capturing water in various paintings. I chose a gold frame for this painting, which brought out the gold in my sand. I used Folk Art (FA) Pure Acrylics primarily; Golden and Artist Loft acrylics, as well. The gold on the sand is FA Treasure Gold. Unfortunately, this picture does not show the gold like I would hope for, but the actual painting does.

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