Stanley Park, British Columbia, Canada
photographer, Darren Su
Stanley Park, British Columbia, Canada
photographer, Darren Su
After a visit to one of the hospitals I’m truly overwhelmed at the number of “sick” people contained in a maze of corridors and multiple floors. This being only one of the large hospitals in this city.
In Japan one of the wellness programs they introduced was to spend more time with and around trees. I guess this came out in the early 80’s Japan in known for its spring time blossoms, people flock to the parks to take pictures and enjoy the refreshing ambiance of trees in early bloom.
Not spending a lot of time confined to a hospital, or home environment it is an eye opener to visit one of these places. Yes my Mother had been hospitalized, but my attendance there was focused on my Mother, and where I would have noticed or seen that the place was humming with activity and a lot of people, the thought came and went. Today I had occasion to have to track down my sister-in-law, she had been moved from the area I had been told she would be in. The hospital is big it has grown and expanded over the years, even staff were not sure exactly where or how to get to certain rooms, didn’t help that you had to know if you were in the right “section” never mind floor. Like a Chinese menu, there are multiple choices.
I came away with the determination to work harder at obtaining and maintaining a good health report card. Like most, I can cheat at sneaking in a dessert or extra starchy snack, now I have a visual reminder of where I do not want to be.
What about you… are you setting attainable goals, then sticking to them?
PL Principle #8 I will not have a mind to be greedy
PL Principle # 2 I will not have complaints about others, matters, nor the weather, Rather I will always be creative and will look for shortcomings in my own thinking and actions.
pictures in this blog by- Darren Su
AT home I have a recliner, but basically I sit around with my feet up, and my whippet is never far.. .
Yup I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk, working on the computer, or doing something with my paints and stuff. In this picture, I was trying on shoes.. I did go an buy them. (some things never change)
I watch programs that take me underwater, and show me creatures that live in the sea. Except, in this case, I was swimming underwater, my avatar was swimming with mermaids.. ah ha! that could be a bit of fantasy… but… I was there, via my AV .. I was the avatar and the mermaids and other swimmers were friends, it was a benefit to raise money for a charity RLF (Relay for Life) hmmm sounds like a familiar event. we were all there visiting in real time.
I am the cute one ( sorry E) Siamese cats are just that much more adorable. Especially the Dinky avatar ones. =^_^=
Now, true in the day-to-day world, I am not going to put on a sea witch outfit and jump into the Ottawa River, or the St. Lawrence. (river that divides some of Canada from the USA) but my friends are from all over the world, and we really do meet and chat in-world when these events take place.
We wake up every day, and often we are always doing something within a certain mile radius of our home base With the social media blossoming like it has, we get to stay in touch with so many friends, and their friends, whether they live close to home or not. Golly gee, now they even have to warn us about “fake news”
So…… I ask you again…. when is fantasy real? =^_^= gives a Shirley Temple smile, and skips off the screen. (for now)
PL Precept # 15 All is a Mirror
PL Precept # 7 Everything exists in Relativity
waves good night to everyone..
Church in the morning see you then =^_^=
Welcome to my mess. If you look .. you can see that it is a colourful mess. It happens. Both these canvas pieces, I found in a thrift shop. Both I brought home with the intent to recycle. How I would end up recycling tho’ I had not predicted.
I was looking for something rather specific for another canvas I had been working on, and it turned out that the tail on one of the birds was perfect for what I wanted. I pulled the canvas off the frame, and ripped it into pieces to get the piece I wanted.
Lo and behold I found that it was a very satisfying sound, the ripping of the old, dried canvas, and every more pleasing was the discovery that I really had myself some great pieces to do some unusual cards. So today when I found this other canvas with the paint splatter all over. There was something about it that drew me.. it was too busy for my taste, but I saw possibilities. For a few dollars it came home with me.
Once again I found myself delighting in the sound of tearing canvas. and … Now, I have a mess on my desk. I know, I just know. I really do… that these pieces are going to come in handy. At what .. I don’/t know yet. I’ll keep you posted.
Meanwhile.. I’m a very contented camper. I’ve ripped, torn, and pulled apart a canvas, finished a super special card, found a piece that is perfect for my “escape” canvas… and the day is not done. How lucky can one person be. =^_^=
Now that the mess is made, and I’ve recorded it for ??? I can pack up the pieces and put them away for another day.
Happy happy happy, every one..
PL Precept # 17 Grasp what is most essential
Step outside the box, enjoy all you do..
life is meant to be lived
Art is subjective. Art takes on many forms and is never really something that people will agree on. Style, techniques, presentation, so many many varieties and opinions.
As an “artist” I begin with an empty canvas or sometimes with one I’ve seen at a thrift and want to repurpose. It is amazing how effective gesso is at wiping out what was previously on the canvas. In this case I covered up a rather mundane picture of leaves and shrubs with black gesso (Demco) used for oil and acrylic.
This little character started out full-bodied, but somehow, he didn’t like what was happening, and as other artists will tell you.. it wasn’t long before, he took on a life of his own. Happens when writing too. The story line you have had in your head for days, starts to take shape on the screen, your fingers are typing away, your mind is playing out the scene… it is all so smooth, so “happening”.. till you stop and take a breather…. you see the plot has taken turns, even you didn’t expect.
Is it “intuition” what happens when we are creative, when we try to reproduce the ideas in our mind to paper, canvas or other form of expression. How often do we hear the expression.. “life happens” or “sh#t happens” Sometimes it is super cool, great, awesome even, and other times, it is a lot of , darn, cripes, and %@%# ! Whatever, there is always a consequence to our actions.
IN PL we learn … that every day is a new beginning. We learn to be creative with any and all challenges /opportunities that come our way. Most importantly to appreciate the lessons, and outcomes of the day.
There is always a way, always someone who will help guide you to find the “way”
PL Precept # 11 Always be with God
PL Principle #3 I will live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things.
Happy start to a new week! My Little guy is hanging for now on a wall where I can enjoy his little smile. The little imp is smiling.. he’s happy .. let’s spread the happiness. Where ever he goes, the smile will go with him…
Sometimes, where one begins, another ends, or……… in a short span of time, we see what lies ahead.
Looking out a still frozen, Lac des Loups, Quebec.. a drive thru the Pontiac.
Blessings .. happy Thursday
PL Precept #16, All things progress and Develop