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Really? Thank you, you made my day!!!

I think I'm just struggling to still feel useful. I can't due much anymore due to disabilities I've accumulated from a bout of Transverse Myelitis and the MS.

So much of our self esteem is tied up in our sense of purpose and what we can do for others, and I can't do very much anymore, even my brain doesn't work right anymore. So I guess I paint because I like having hope that someday if I ever get good enough I can still have something I can give to others that they would like.

Pastel painting I did yesterday.

Another 8x10 on Uart 320 grit.

Boy I miss having an art teacher like when I was in high school. Critiques by artists cost 200 or so per painting which is a bit more than I can afford since my work is nowhere near ready to try to sell. Frankly I don't think my work will ever reach that point.

I guess people go to workshops but I don't have the stamina to travel or even to be up for many hours at a time (I have to lie down during the day because of MS) so that's out for me.

But I wish I could get good enough so someone might say, hey, I like that painting, can I have it?
Well, that's my dream anyway.


New pastel painting. 8x10 on Uart sanded paper


Soft pastel, "Sunset Over the Ocean"

Made it for my in-laws, I hope they will like it!

16x20 Ampersand Pastelbord

Posted by LiberalLoner | Tue Sep 8, 2015, 06:45 AM (6 replies)

Smoky Dawn

Soft pastel on 8x10 Uart 400 grit sanded paper. First time trying to post a photo. Hope it works.



Heart so sad and weary I think I will never feel happiness again.

I feel as if the GOP/tea party is coalescing around the idea of

Making rape legal, or at least a whole lot easier to get away with.

They have so many insane and hateful beliefs now, and the last few years I really feel I've seen them moving towards a pro-rape position.

If Hillary wins the primary and then the election in 2016, I wonder if the misogyny will flare up like racism has under President Obama?

I swear the R's that I run into, I can tell they are an R without asking because they are so full of hate, it just seeps into everything.

I'm getting scared. I feel the party and its followers, the Faux News watchers, are getting more unhinged and hateful/violent by the day.

I feel as if the R party is just all about hating, now.

Please someone, tell me everything will be okay. Because I feel things won't be, right now.

But what a beautiful flower! And surely the essence of the plant will

Live on forever.

My grandfather had a stroke and passed out, less than a year before he died.

He was so upset they brought him back to life. He was angry. "Why'dja have to go and wake me up?"

He talked about how he was in a place with the most beautiful gardens he had ever seen.

He was a farmer all his life, dropped out of school in the fourth grade to work the plow, and knew all about gardens and growing things.

He said it was just so beautiful, and he felt so happy there, and he just couldn't describe it, but he had tears running down his face as he tried, this grizzled old Montana farmer who never cried over anything.

I would like to think the beautiful agave plant goes to the beautiful gardens to bloom forever.

What do you think, Omaha Steve?

People don't get it. I'm glad your wife has you to care for her!

I hope she gives care to you, too.

It took me twelve years of going to the doctors, before anyone even suggested it might be MS.

Before that, my weird numbness, bladder spasms/pain, intense fatigue, spells of depression, were all written off as hysteria.

As I tell every doc I see now, "they were right....it was all in my head....oh and in my spinal cord, too."

Life is way way way easier now that the doctors actually believe me and want to help me instead of doing the "get out of my exam room" and rolled eyes routine.

Yeah I'm bitter, LOL, who wouldn't be?

I think the guy is genuine. I've read some of his books, and his

Change of heart and misery at what the nation has become seems real. I cut him a break, wish others would, too.
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