Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth." ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~
Julia Kay is an exceptional artist in every medium she sets her hand to. Click on the link above to learn more about her. I had the good fortune to meet her in person in San Francisco, she is as delightful in person, as she is in virtual reality.
This portrait was done on my iPod with the apps Paintmee, brushes, and Artist's Touch.
My camera was on the wrong setting, darn it! these guys live on the road, biking for war veterans. I thought their story was pretty interesting. People take care of them, I donated some money, just because....
Psychology Today: Do you have any formal interest in psychology?
Werner Herzog: I loathe psychology as one of the major faults of our civilization nowadays. There’s something not right about this amount of introspection. I can only give you a metaphor: When you move into an apartment, you cannot start to illuminate every last corner with neon light. If there are no dark corners or hidden niches, your house becomes uninhabitable. Human beings who are trying to self-reflect and explore their innermost being to the last corner become uninhabitable people.
PT: Let’s not forget that psychology isn’t just about introspection; it can shed light on other people.
Herzog: No, you can understand others by other means. By dint of compassion, you understand other people, and there is a concordance of hearts. That is something different. Move away from psychology and engage in concordance of hearts.
A person is supposed to reach way down inside them and paint from the inner gut. I am not very good at doing that kind of thing, and went mainly to accompany my sister. A person is also not supposed to post or share the paintings that they have done. Bah to that. I did a couple of "generic" paintings that I am going to post on this blog. I do recommend the experience, if only to get a person painting, ie, moving one's arm with a brush in the hand. The atmosphere is very congenial, Stewart, the facilitator is warm and friendly, and the people are, in general, lovely. Nuff said.
It was such a beautiful day yesterday, I took my bicycle on the ferry to the island our airport is on (Gravina Island) and went for a bike ride down the highway "to nowhere" that was built down the middle of it, at taxpayer's expense, for no reason that an average citizen can see. Anyway it is a great bicycle ride and nice to see Ketchikan from a different perspective.
This woman lives in London, I believe. She does amazing watercolors. I tried to "copy" one of her watercolor portraits of a fellow flickr artist, LOL, and made him end up looking like a bear. Thankfully he was quite happy with the results.