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Friday 14th.

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you are my rock  – there I stood, looking out, searching the horizon

I looked down – and there you were, just waiting  for me to realize that you were

as always, right there by my side.

lakeshore marina in the harbourthere is a world for us to visit, explore, discover and see

but you are always, right here with me.

what a blessing it is to be me

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unconditional love and only love sets us free

oyashikiri

PL Precept #11   Always be with God

journals, art and

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Good morning, Bom dia… How are you all, this lovely Friday morning. The teasing aroma of simmering pork riblets is wafting in from the other room.  Ahhh another day begins.

What you see is another start-up collection of journals, I have gathered them and put them in one spot. The couple that I am currently working in, are still in my atelier.  According to the Oxford dictionary (yeah hey guys, remember the dictionary, hard cover with actual pages)  a journal is a newspaper or magazine dealing in a particular subject.  A daily record of news and events.  A diary.

Mine are mostly art journals, prior to the art journals I was having fun in “junk” journals.   The art journals allow for me to play with my paints, and inks, experiment with various techniques, and truth be told, play around and have fun with medium that allows for visual expression.

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This spatula is a fun tool that I found at DeSerres the other day.  I have used it now in my ways, I amaze myself at how much fun I can have with one new addition to my tool box.  Had it not been on sale, I would have passed it by, it had a red sticker, and I was checking out the sale items.

That happens all the time, we are so focused on looking for what we are wanting or think we want, that we will miss other gems along the way.  That day I was inspired to bend down to check out items below the usual area of my search and find gaze.  It is amazing what we can find or discover when we let go of “patterns” and try something different.

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“There are always flowers for those who want to see them”  Henri Matisse

Oyashikiri

Smiles darlings, share the sunshine that glows from within.

*anyone interested, the journal covers from American Craft are in the clearance at Michaels.  Along with some inserts (56 pages) Ottawa

dyllusion products, Scrapbook Centrale, Montreal

 

 

 

Rain on the 417

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Bom Dia, Good Morning,  For those of you who do not live in the area, the 417 is the highway that takes one from Ottawa, to Montreal. It is a divided highway, two lanes going east, and two lanes going west .  The landscape between here and Montreal yesterday was beyond spectacular.

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The weather forecast was rain and more rain.  Ottawa was predicted to have heavy rains most of the day.  Montreal less so.  When we left, we were not expecting a great sun-filled or colourful day.  There was no sun, not even a glimmer or hint of sun.  BUT the colours were out of this world.  Brilliant, rich, full of drama, it was often gasping wow moments. It truly was mesmerizing, I couldn’t get enough of it.  Never have I been so enthralled with a rainy, misty foggy day.

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My co-pilot was just as blown away as I was, our conversations were constantly being interrupted with our reaction to the scenery we were driving through.  Sorry no pictures it was raining too hard,  this is an extremely busy, highway.  Suffice to say, it was often surreal. The rain was so heavy that it drenched the barks of the trees, so that they stood out, like  inked ebony sculptures dripping with leaves of wet glistening golds, and often fiery burnished copper would stand out majestically against a stand of evergreens.

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We don’t go out expecting to be presented with endless miles of Natural wonders…. but when it happens, friends, you feel truly blessed.  The ride home was foggy and we had the rush hour traffic for part of it, but the ride to our destination, was gift.  A picture would not do it justice, we had to live it.  Live it we did.  What a day, it was glorious, yeah, really… that great.  Neither one of us expected such a 3D high-definition all out mind-blowing show…but the heavens provided and we reaped the rewards.

Life can be exhausting, but it can also be simply divine, when you least expect it to.

Oyashikiri

Norm and fellow door chasers, there is a door in one of these pictures, with activity happening in the room beyond,  You can see through the windows.. Actually there is more than one ..

Till next time… you are loved!!!!

Chop Suey Tuesday 18th

oct journal pageHappy September 18th everyone.

First I want to thank you all or your birthday wishes.  I was away for a birthday outing yesterday, when I came back I was overwhelmed by all the messages and good wishes.  Wow, it is going to be super awesome year, I have been jet propelled into a new year.  I am truly blessed, I say thank you each and every day!

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While some look for pristine, blank pages, I work at making mine look old, and sometimes, like here, I strive to make rust, and dirty a page, this is my playtime. Yesterday was spent visiting places in west of downtown Montreal, looking for paint, inks, and any and all other artistic, creative tools, to be found,  It was an all day event that I got to share with two like-minded friends, needless to say, it was a lot of fun.

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Every person is unique, we each and every one of us, expresses ourselves in our own way.  What rocks one person, can be a total turn off to the other, yet when we are on a search and find mission, the enthusiasm of the other person’s excitement when they have found something that has fired up their enthusiasm for their craft, that is catching.  It is smiles all around.

In our travels as we headed back towards Ottawa, I found Catnip who I knew would be perfect for my October Fright journal.

Sharing happiness with friends is a blessing.  What better way to share a birthday celebration, Catnip will always remind me that my 2018 birthday was not only  great.  It lasted for days,  Today I am off on another adventure.

PL Calendar for 18th.  Look forward to what’s ahead

There is no use brooding over the past.  Always try to begin each day anew with a fresh outlook.

Oyashikiri

 

 

 

Grunge art my way

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Good morning everyone.    For a little while now I have been playing with different media, doing some of this and some of that.  This all started when I began doing handmade cards for our church (Church of Perfect Liberty) (institucion Religiosa perfecta libertad)

The first Precept (1 of 21)   #1  Life is Art    This is not about how you paint or draw, but rather how you use your creative expression to get through the day to day challenges of life.  How you see the opportunities that come your way and in accepting them, being able to grow and channel new found energy into your daily life.


 

. I love life, I love being alive, and the sense of wonder I get from even what most could consider a mundane moment.  Death is a by-product of life.  It happens.  When you lose someone who has been a part of your life, there is a sadness and a feeling of loss. However, if you have lived loving and cherishing the person, there are no regrets.  You live forming honest interactions – always – some people you connect with instantly  and with others..  it can take a long time, or… it just never happens.

Important here, is to be true to yourself, not someone else’s expectations, or how other’s want you to act or do something.  This is a concept not everyone understands, or appreciates.  Again, we all have  to live with our SELVES…  To do something we like means to follow one’s instincts and do and use whatever makes it happen.

The above picture is a card that I did for ME.  Not to put in the collection of cards at the church for sale, but for ME.  My wise little sister once said.. remember you are making cards to sell, that means you have to make cards that people will want and like.  Not her exact wording, but you get the drift.  She was right.  Handmade cards or any other craft, where you put your personal time and energy into creating or making something is a balancing act.

The “Artisan” “Craft” person can spend hours even months making something creating a piece they love, yet find that putting a “retail” value on it, is very difficult.  Many people simply do not want to pay for something that they feel they can get at a dollar store.. the fact that what they are getting in these places is manufactured and basically are made in the 1000s, doesn’t matter.  -” To each his/her own”

Because we are a throw away society, what is IN now , may not be in a couple of months or years..  I digress…oh dear… bottom line… we will skip the rest of this for now.. I’m sure it will crop up again =^_^=

Back to the picture.  I hadn’t picked up a paint brush in years. I mean yearS.  When I did, I found that I didn’t want to put it down.  I have been trying for a distressed look on the cards, using inks, pencils and markers… but never felt I got the results I really wanted. At times not even close.

I had my own idea, or image in my head, it just wasn’t happening with the tools I had.. BUT when I took brush in hand, and some inexpensive water colours I found on sale.. POP, SHZAMMMM, I loved what I was seeing.  Best of all the cartoon characters that I discovered in a shop in Montreal, Scrapbook Centrale, made me smile.. It was a new line for me, PaperArtsy.. you can find more about them at http://www.paperartsy.co.uk

I am letting go of what I think other’s may want, and maintaining my own sense of wacky, wild and wonderful.. I got up this morning and tweaked the card some more. It is fun fun fun.

PL Precept # 2    To Live Is to Express One’s Self

Oyashikiri

Artist Loft 4 n1 brush – Michaels ** multi functional great value

Cardstock – watercolour 130 lb. Strathmore

Artist Loft – basic 24 colour pallet – Michaels

Prang – oval 16           DeSerres

Yasuyomo – mettalics (16)     DeSerres

Tuesday, really?

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Ok really, trains passing, going at a clip,  for one reason or another, I just wasn’t getting what I wanted.  Some times like this morning. I was looking for a picture of “nothing”  You know, emptiness.  But .. all I could find were pictures of this, that and whatever.

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OH, how about this empty lot, in the spring, before it became an active fresh veggie stop, no that didn’t work, I’ve used other versions of it before.  These long week-ends are soooo long,  on Friday I was thinking it was Sunday, on Saturday a non holiday, I thought it was Monday, Sunday was Sunday, then Monday, a regular day for us, but a holiday in the States, I was thinking it was Wednesday.

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There is really no such thing as an empty space, nothing, there is always something.  we need only really look, we have all heard the expression, “seek and you shall find” 

and here is another one, “perception is reality”

Namaste       –          Oyashikiri

 

btw. I do know its Tuesday, and I’m off to MontrealsmilePencil

Perfect Liberty – church of

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Good Morning everyone!

One should never assume.  Here  I have been happily blogging away about my life with Perfect Liberty, thinking everyone knew about the church of Perfect Liberty or had heard of it.  My apologies.  Above is the church in Ottawa, Canada. There are also churches in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, New York and Hawaii.  These are the churches in North America.  For the locations of the churches in Brazil, Argentina, etc. you would need to contact the Holy Land in Japan,  In Japan there is a network of churches all across the country.  It is my understanding that the next huge network is in Brazil    .  Pertfect LIberty HQ > 2172 -1 Shindo > Tondabayashi, Osaka 584-8651  Japan

The Ottawa PL Church branches out, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver with little communities in between.  The PL Church in NY is headed by Rev. T. Goto (Sr. Minister) who was our Sr. Minister here in Ottawa for approx. 13 years.  He is now located in Jackson Hts, NY. and can be reached by e-mail or phone.  The phone # is (718) 424-8815.   The Ottawa phone number is (613) 225-1850, Rev. Eugene (Sr. Minister) and  Rev. Tiago are available 7 days a week, to assist you.

New York and Ottawa are in the Eastern Time Zone.. when it is noon here, it is  9 a.m. on the Pacific Coast.  Japan is 13 hours ahead of us. Again noon here, would be 1 a.m. the next day in Japan.  At the moment the Canadian website is the most current, http://www.perfectliberty.ca   any and all contact information given us is confidential.  Should you wish to send me information I will forward it to the contact nearest you.

Los Angeles CA USA, phone number is (310) 328-4861          San Francisco,CA  USA  (415) 665-3131         Oakland, CA USA (510) 531-5155

Honolulu, Hawaii   (808) 537-3237 –

Pl Church (Perfect Liberty) has a history that goes back to the First Founder Rev. Tokuharu Miki who was formerly a Buddhist priest,the story begins in 1912, when Rev Miki met Rev. Tokumitsu Kanada.  Our history is fascinating one and one we will look forward to sharing with you.  The Second Founder was Rev. Tokuchika Miki, who passed away Feb. 2. 1983.  Our current ( Third ) Founder is  Rev Takahito Miki

The PL 21 Precepts are the basis of the PL Teachings.  They reveal the true path of life for all humankind.  Beginning with PRECEPT #1   Life is Art”  – It is these precepts that I write about and live in my life on a daily basis.  For me PL is a way of life.  Not just a philosophy or teaching. Like the TAO it transcends  all earthly definition.   I invite you to join  me in my travels in life for we are connected by the ONE and only divine energy of Universal Oneness -God/Tao           The flames spell out    LIFE IS ART

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