Watercolor Haze

Until today, I had a secret.

Since last September my response to a  right-wing surge in western/eastern culture, brought on by years of 911 leading to theofacism,  is to play with watercolor paint.  My goal is 10,000 hours.  So, at three hours a day, this will take 3,333.3 days or just over 9 years.  Today, my artly skills and expectations are still very low.  Politics is still troubling.  Am I sharing my production?  Probably not, not unless we share some tea first.  

Yet, even art is about politics.

Dear Justin Trudeau … It’s not all about the jobs.  It’s about the law too.  It’s about social and environmental justice.   How do you even know it’s the 21st century? Certainly not by dirty pipeline expansions. 

If jobs are required in northern Alberta, how about developing the resource in situ?  How is it sustainable to ship the dirty mess across the globe and then ship it back as finished?  It certainly isn’t sustainable for the whales of the Salish Sea. It isn’t sustainable for the tourism industry that in part relies on a pristine coastal environment. 

Justin, I just don’t get you anymore.  How does a perfectly rational, 21st century feminist, Pinker reader, privileged with kids, son of PET, start thinking that bigger pipelines and bigger tankers are a good idea?  How does that even happen in your head in 2018?

In anycase, it’s not too late for you to get on the justice side of history. Just do it, Justin.  Save the whales. 

C Gregory
Victoria, BC

Eclipse 2017

If you just got here … it’s almost time… and what is time anyway?

Stay tuned.

eclipse
from post.google.com Aug 18 2017

 

Women in Ads 1

secret ad
What bothers me about this ad?

What bothers me about this ad?  Certainly, the words precarious and dangerous come to mind,  but why would a woman be depicted in this fashion, in this place? As in what’s up with her fashion? Or why is she wearing that,  and why should I care?

Life and oppression can be serious … so, imho, dressed in the clothes of the last 50’s and made up like drag queens, (maybe not this one, but there are many) … how does this fashion imply serious? Where is the struggle? Personally, I wouldn’t be seen hanging off a cliff in this outfit.  

I was watching the Women in the World Summit a while back … all those women on stage … the ones in dresses/skirts, most of them, were constantly pulling at their hems. Seriously, every second or two there was another woman in the panel pulling at the hem of her skirt. Is that is a kind of feminist power dressing in the 21st century?  If so, I’m going back to go playing my ukulele.   😉

Maya Plisetskaya Dances Ballet Documentary 1964

In 1964, two years after I danced with the Bolshoi and danced on stage with Maya Plisetskaya, this 1 hr 12 min documentary was made. Though today the ballet style looks almost ancient, in the day she was groundbreakingly awesome. I had a thing about her broken wrist lines, but what do I know? 😉

Maya was born on November 20, 1925. She died at age 89 on May 2, 2015.