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No Dairy for Kerry



I recently went to see a new internist.  With all my negative experiences over the years with doctors, I expected only the worst.  My plan was to just get anyone as a new internist, as the present one was in his 70’s and his wait times were hideous, like more than two hours.

I arrived on time for the appointment, and the doctor was running on time.  That was good after the last guy.

She took 40 minutes for my first appointment.  She got a complete history of all the various things that are wrong with me.  She advised that since I have fibromyalgia, my body was inflamed.  Yeah, OK, I know that.  Then she says, “therefore, you shouldn’t eat dairy, as it further inflames the body.”  OMG.  A doctor discussing health and nutrition.  That’s an oxymoron.  Doctors usually know nothing about nutrition.

She went on to say that I should change my diet to vegan or modified vegan, that is allowing some chicken and fish, depending on where they come from.

She further told me to watch a movie called Forks Over Knives.  I highly recommend this movie.  It gives the scientific reasons why one should consider a vegan diet.  Basically the science shows that diets high in animal protein cause cancer.

Hawaiian Sky

Hawaiian Sky

Hawaiian Sky

Here is another pastel from the class I’m taking.  You can read about that class here.

I have learned so much in this class and become so much more confident in doing landscapes.  haven’t really done many landscapes.  I am an abstract artist.  Or at least I used to be.  Now I’m becoming a more rounded artist.

This is very exciting for me.  I really didn’t believe I could do palm trees.  But, whoa, I did.  I just started painting, and they appeared.  I am learning more and more with realistic painting that, yes, I can do it.

I used to believe I couldn’t draw realistically.  But it’s turning out I can paint realistically.

One thing I have learned since I started painting in 2012, is that in art, as in life, just show up and do your best, and you’ll do well.

It’s all in showing up and being willing, I think.

Hawaiian Clouds

Hawaiian Clouds

Hawaiian Clouds

This is another pastel I did for my pastel class.  I’m really having a lot of fun exploring pastels and landscapes.

This is the view from the lanai where we stayed in Maui last year.  Actually this was a sunrise, but I turned it into a sunset.

I’m feeling like I need to paint an abstract.  These landscapes stretch me and challenge me.  That is fine and good.  But I love to paint abstracts.


Hawaiian Sunset

Hawaiian Sunset

Hawaiian Sunset

This pastel was done from a photograph I took from our lanai last November in Maui.

I haven’t ever really done landscapes until recently.  I really didn’t think I could draw one.  But I’ve taken two classes on landscape art now, and amazingly, I’m doing them.  They are so much fun.

I am taking a class from Karen Bonaker at the Digital Art Academy.

Karen made over 30 pastel brushes for us to use in our class.  They are amazing brushes.  They make marks just like various kinds of real pastels.  One can use different paper textures to get different effects.

These brushes were made to use a setting Painter has to paint with two colors at the same time.  It is called Color Expression.  Karen made these brushes so that when I press lightly, I get one color and as I press harder, a second color appears.  This feature is just great.  Many of Painter’s brushes can use this effect.

I had played around with Painter’s pastels, but had become frustrated with them.  Now, I have a great set of pastels.

Anything about Painter, one definitely wants to check out Karen Bonaker’s blog.  It appears Karen just set up a new blog site.  Go there for information on Painter, as well as free brushes for Painter and many other goodies for Painter.  You can buy these pastel brushes for a very reasonable $2.00.

You can check out Karen’s You Tube Channel here.

I plan on taking more landscape-type classes at DAA.  They are reasonably priced and a lot of fun.





I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but I’ve used Shakespeare quotes lately on my home page.  The quotes from Shakespeare have become such a part of our world, that we often don’t know that many common-sense sayings are from him.

His common sense has guided us since the 1600’s.

Today, I used a quote on honesty.  Look to the right, and you’ll see it.  No legacy is so rich as honesty.  When I chose this quote today, I thought to myself, yes, this is now about me.  Part of my legacy is that I am honest.

That wasn’t always the case.  I was an only child.  Not having other children, I think, caused my parents to be unrealistic about what they could expect.  They tended to be very strict and have unrealistic expectations.

This, in turn, caused me to lie to them about what I did and where I went.  Lying as a teenager, became a way of life for me.  It started me on a path, where dishonesty, in my opinion, was acceptable.  That acceptance of lies led me to further dishonest in all areas of my life.

About 1983, I came to realize that this was not an acceptable way to live.  I made a decision that if I wanted good things in my life, I needed to clean up my life.  I needed to be as honest as I possibly could be.  It was hard at first.  Always telling the truth.  There were always those handy excuses like, well, those corporations screw people over all the time, everyone cheats on their taxes, who will ever know.

Who will ever know?  That’s a big one.  I will know. The God I believe in will know.  It will be my karma to have dishonesty in my life. I believe that what I put out there is what will be returned to me.  I don’t want dishonesty in any form in my life.

I believe that dishonesty poisons us spiritually, emotionally and physically.  It interferes with me receiving the good that God has for me.

I didn’t turn into an honest person overnight.  Whenever I have changed a behavior, I find that it takes time.  It is the two steps forward and three steps back that applies to me.  But I’ve done it.  It is now over 30 years since I made a decision to be an honest person, and I am.

I’m still not perfect at it, but I keep working at it.  I still don’t know what to do about those situations where a friend has a new dress that looks ugly, and she loves it.  I still try to be positive about the dress.  I try to say, things like, “wow, you really got one!” and smile a lot.  That is still cheating and not telling the truth.  I make sure not to cut those corners like that on the big issues.

I have to say that I am proud of myself for being an honest person, and the feeling I get from that is fabulous.

The art used in this blog is a page of seamless tiles made from one of my abstracts.  These tiles are what I was using to paint with my paintings in two previous blogs.  I’m Painting With My Paintings and More Paintings With My Paintings.

Pastel Sky

Pastel Sky

Pastel Sky

I’m taking a pastel sunset class at the Digital Art Academy.  It was started by Karen Bonaker, who has an incredible knowledge of Painter.  Not only that, but she makes the most wonderful brushes for each class.

I totally don’t know what I’m doing drawing these landscapes.  I’ve never really done landscapes before.  I’m an abstract artist.  Before that, I did textiles.  Last month I took a landscape class at the DAA given by Aaron Rutten, who is an incredible teacher.  Aaron, has 180 videos on You Tube.  Most of them about Painter.

So, it was with trepidation that I entered the pastel sunset class.

This is my first attempt at a sunset.  I posted it in class, and got positive comments.  So I thought, what the heck, I’ll post it on my Twitter account.  OMG, it got a bunch of retweets and favorites.  I think more than any of my other paintings.

But, I have to say that this pastel bugged me  a bit.  I couldn’t put my finger on what it was.

That is where my good friend, Eva Macie came in.  Eva is a wonderful artist.  She supported herself and her children with her art.  Truly an artists dream to be self-supporting with their art.  Eva paints digitally as well as with acrylics and just about anything else.  She is a multi-faceted and multi-media artist.  Check out her blog here.  She just posted a pastel of an orange that is fabulous.

You can also see Eva’s art at Fine Art America.  Eva has exquisite taste in art and is always seeking to learn more about digital art.  Check her out at You Tube to see the great videos she watches.  I wish she’d start doing her own videos.

Eva told me she liked my first pastel.  But she too had a problem with it.  She took my pastel and turned the trees into bushes.  She pointed out that the trees I had placed were all the same size (how could I have done that?) and that they acted as a curtain.  Yes, that was it, that’s what was bugging me about this piece.  So, here is Eva’s redo of my picture.

Pastel Sky-2

Pastel Sky-2

I feel very lucky to have an artist like Eva to give me advice.  I like Eva because she calls it as she sees it.  She could have told me how wonderful this piece was.  But instead, I learned a very valuable lesson from her.


More Painting with My Paintings

Pattern Pens

Pattern Pens

This is another painting I did using pattern pens in Painter X3.

The patterns are made from my own paintings.  Look at my last post for details.

I just started a pastel class that is focusing on sunsets.  So I’ll be trying to do that for the next four weeks.  I haven’t ever really painted realistically, so I’m kind of bumbling around trying to figure out how to paint skies and clouds and the other things that go into a landscape.

I’m taking the class at the DAA, the Digital Art Academy, run by Karen Bonaker.

If you are interested in learning Painter X3, this is THE place to go.  Karen and the other instructors are wonderful.  Karen has put so much time and energy into this particular class.  She made over 30 pastel brushes for us to use.  She provided paper textures and other goodies as she calls them.

Best of all, the classes are very reasonable.  $42 for a four-week class with live webinars.


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