An Artist's Life: Que Sera, Sera

Sometimes the best thing to do in face of a crisis is just let it be…

The year 2020 has taken off with a big KABOOM. And after almost three months in, it’s still only getting started.

The sudden tragic passing of LosAngeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant with eight other passengers on that doomed helicopter flight in Jan 26 (one of them being his daughter) had the City of Angels reeling at its loss, which was felt all around the globe. The news got me feeling numb and helpless, just another reminder that life is short and fragile, and we are mere humans with our days numbered; our life can end in a blind no of an eye and we would not be prepared for it.

Then came the COVID19.

It was apparent that this was a long time coming- the Black Plague that had wiped out a third of the world’s population many centuries ago has reemerged in the 21st Century in a form of a new kind of virus, one that my Dad sometimes affectionately called “the bat flu.” It was nothing new of course there had been other kinds of flu that had nearly erupted into a pandemic years before- bird flu, swine flu, SARS, MERS- among several other non flu related diseases. But this time it’s more serious, thanks to the ineptitude of the authorities drunk by the hush money and and foolish pride this flu managed to reach the finish line the other flu types had failed before, and now to date has seen to nearly 340,000 cases and 19000+ deaths worldwide(Coronavirus tracker, updated frequently). And now with the order issued everywhere for civilians to stay indoors and avoid social contact we have become prisoners in our own homes. Whatever short term or long term plans we’ve made will have to wither wait or bid adieu with no certainty of when this ordeal will end.

And that’s just fine with me.

By now I’ve learned the futility of making meticulous plans and to be more open to whatever sudden changes or hurdles may come my way. I’ve written about this few weeks ago so I know what to do now. I just sit back, relax, drink beer, make art, play video games, eat junk food, watch dumb YouTube videos, all while waiting for this whole thing to blow over. Of course most important of all take care of my health and my parents and survive on hope that we, our families outside this house, and friends across the country and beyond will make it through this storm and in the future this will be just another one of those dinnertime chats.

Here’s a sweet little song to end this rant by the lovely late Doris Day:

Stay Safe Everyone. God Bless You All.

DA Revival

Back in May I resurrected by dormant DeviantArt page (http://deviantart.com) and started making fan art again, sort of a step back from what I’m currently doing, just because I needed a break and wanted to play around. Before long I began getting requests from users online and I’ve happily obliged, giving me opportunity to expand my artistic reach and to explore other styles and techniques I have not tried before or had but since gave it up. And I admit I’ve gotten lot better handle of different drawing styles and medium (largely sticking to pen and markers, some occasional watercolor too). Still pondering if I’m gonna eventually start charging for these requests, though I think it’s still illegal to make money off of someone else’s work, even if I’m not directly copying it.

I may post some of the works I’ve done in the past couple months here another time, but meanwhile you can check out my DA page where it all is, along with some past works from way back. I’ve also changed my ID there to fit with the rest of my current brand, a part of a new beginning. My page is http://deviantart.com/atallgirl. I might come back to talk about my past stint with DA at a later time, so stay tuned. Have a great week!

YouTube Channel back up and running…

Hi everyone from the grave…(j/k but it has been quite a while since I’ve last posted anything here.)

I have relaunched my YT channel, a t.@L.L.GIRL and will be adding videos on a semi regular basis, depending on how much content I’m able to put together. My YT name is ataallgirl.

I will put the link here. There is also the Social menu above and below this site with the YT icon which you can click on to direct to the channel.

I hope you will show support by subscribing to the channel and comment on the content. And I will do my best to bring lot of cool stuff there and beyond.

Have a great weekend!

YouTube Channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGnVs-RPumDHycERfwyNAMg

{Reblog from} — Cristian Mihai

“Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone.” – John Steinbeck To paraphrase another American writer, life breaks us all. Whether we want it or not. And, yes, some are stronger at the broken places. Some are not. We are defeated simply because there’s a lot more to learn from defeat than from […]

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[Reblog]Either Or

Learning to live within your means…that’s a need for artist like me.  😉

He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. (Hebrews 11:26) Read: Ezekiel 27:1 – 28:26, Hebrews 11:17-31, Psalm 111:1-10, Proverbs 27:15-16 Relate: What amount of money does it take to live? To answer that question, we really need to take […]
http://tworiversblog.com/2015/11/18/5692/

[Reblog]The Beauty of Art

The beautiful thing about art, I think, is that it cannot get boring. Or to say it more accurately… If you get bored you’re doing something wrong. Tired of a story line? Introduce another, or entertain yourself with an entirely separate story. Tired of writing? Go find a book worth reading, go watch a masterfully […]

https://mindsplatterings.wordpress.com/2015/11/13/the-beauty-of-art/

[Reblog]Blogging – Be Responsive

I think the most important thing with “blogging” is to be responsive. I understand of course we are all here for our own reasons. We all have goals for our blogs. Some are here to share, some to care, some to sell, some to promote, and some simply to spill our thoughts and minds. I […]

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Why am I here?

Church Set Free

I read a post this morning (fantastic by the way) about how to garner more comments out here on WordPress, meet and greets and the like. It got me to wonder that age old question, why am I here?

What started out as a recovery breakthrough and call from God has taken on a life of its own that led me all the way to the Catholic church. I’ve met people out here in blog-land who’ve accepted me throughout the entirety of this journey, and some who have not. I read and re-read so many theology based posts I sometimes become nauseous with the verbose and stale translations that make Jesus dead. I’ve been asked to be myself but most times I’ve been asked not to be myself. At times I don’t even know what to call myself. 

The mass, it is my saving grace.  Receiving Jesus weekly in the…

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The Rise of the Poser: Is There Room Left for Authenticity in the Digital Age?

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You’re it
No, you’re it
Hey, you’re really it
You’re it
No I mean it, you’re it
– Teenage Riot, Sonic Youth

I get my hair cut alot more often, now that I am older. There are three precise reasons for this new development.

1. Proximity. I live on a fairly busy street on the West end of downtown Toronto. There are  at least six hair stylists in my neighborhood. The one I prefer is directly across the street. She is a lovely Vietnamese lady. What she lacks in English vocabulary, she more than makes up for with a delightful cackle and a declaration of what she doesn’t care about.  Which is extensive, by the way.

2. Price. She is quite reasonable. A haircut for men is 12 bucks. I like her, so I usually tip her 3 bucks, so it comes to 15, all in. That’s pretty…

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