Amy’s Girls #notinktober


If 2020 can get worse, then electing Amy Coney Barrett will be the icing on the year.

My mother had a good job in the defense industry, writing manuals
for various things she could not talk about.  There were deadlines and overtime
to be had, but she was not eligible.  She was a working single mother, and don’t you know, “the men had families to feed.”  She left her safe and good job at five, and went to work at nights in a bar, scantily dressed, to make ends meet when necessary.

My brother is gay.  In this family, two of us have had long standing relationships whereas the rest were constantly changing partners.  He is one of them, staying in one relationship for 20 years until his partner died, and now in a second for another 20 years.  If she makes it the courts will start reversing his right to love whom he pleases.

I come from a working class, and sometimes welfare family, where the dad was deadbeat, the authorities were not interested in chasing him even though he was
sitting in a cushy job at Cape Canaveral.  Medical bills have put my families finances
in jeopardy many many times.  Insurance costs in two healthy over-60 people means the difference between us saving or not…  If we had ACA for everyone, medicare for everyone, whatever — like most civilized countries in the Western world —
we’d have been able to save about $10K a year for the last decade…
that is $100K in our retirement funds, instead of just squeaking by.

The idea of abortion is also something to be explored.
By definition, and this is already happening in some states,
a mother cannot rid her body of a still born without technically breaking the law.
If you don’t think that there is already shame involved in many women who miscarry, bring up the subject of “how many have miscarried?” at a family gathering
and watch the female hands go up — if they are not ashamed.
There is no reason to be ashamed, but there it is, not discussed.
Now that will be part of what changes, for decisions like this will
no longer be between a doctor and the woman carrying, but between
the state and the men that are in charge.  I shudder to think.
I remember when a friend’s father raped her and she got pregnant and wanted an abortion… it was illegal, and so she went to Mexico, and was never able to have children after the butcher with the coat hanger got hold of her.  She nearly died.
THAT is what these stupid people who call themselves christians
want, a decisive legal ruling on all of it.

This woman and the other Federalist judges are not interested in our Constitution,
for things are spelled out clearly in terms of freedoms,
nor do they give a “christian” rats ass about the poor and lifting up and making equal.  They are NOT Christians, but American Taliban.

Amy Coney Barrett will put the nail in the coffin for women everywhere,
hurt poor people everywhere, and destroy many happy same-sex relationships.

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Navratri #notinktober


The Durgha Festival is on, Navratri, and ten nights of a celebration
of the many faces of the goddess is in full swing.
Lamy Al-Star with Robert Oster Opal Green ink.

She sits on my desk, a reminder of strong women everywhere,
and the power of women against evil.
Men too, for a female form is not what brings power,
but an honoring of the balance of the powers.

“The most popular legend associated with the goddess is of her killing of Mahishasura. Mahishasura was half buffalo demon who did severe penance in order to please Brahma, the creator. After several years, Brahma, pleased with his devotion appeared before the demon. The demon opened his eyes and asked the god for immortality. Brahma refused, stating that all must die one day. Mahishasura then thought for a while and asked a boon that only a woman should be able to kill him. Brahma granted the boon and disappeared. Mahishasura started to torture innocent people.
He captured heaven and was not in any kind of fear, as he thought women to be powerless and weak. The devas were worried and they went to Trimurti. They all together combined their power and created a warrior woman with many hands.
The devas gave her a copy of their weapons. Himavan, the lord of Himalayas, gifted a lion as her mount. Durga on her lion, reached before Mahishasura’s palace. Mahishasura took different forms and attacked the goddess.
Each time, Durga would destroy his form.
At last, Durga slayed Mahishasura when he was transforming as a buffalo.”
(Wikipedia has a decent synopsis that is understandable.)

We need MahaDurgha now,
for the evil that is afoot is mighty!

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Birthday Cooking 2020


We spent a weekend cooking for ourselves…
WE both have arthritis and need things that work for us, and many
“gluten-free” items are made with potato flour, because cooks think that doesn’t
bother people — but that is also a flour that swells in our bodies.
Plus I am allergic!

Mitchell made yummy homemade French Toast with GF Challah from New Cascadia Traditional, and made the whole loaf and we froze it so we have some to dip into…

We made homemade granola and it is so good… recipe below.
it will take the place of cookies or cakes when sweet cravings hit!

Finally I did what is now becoming a habit, checking the cooked beans supply (we freeze for the week) to see what needs to be cooked and make that.  This week is was Ayocote Blanco with celery/onion/hot peppers and Midnight Black Beans.
The Ayocote white beans are not as yummy as the Tarbais beans,
which I think make a better liquor.

OUR BIRTHDAY GRANOLA

6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon salt
½ stick (1/4cup) unsalted butter
¼ c olive oil
6 tablespoons maple syrup
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 cup each cranberries
1 cup each chopped dates

Preheat oven to 325°F.

In a large bowl stir together oats, nuts, coconut, and salt. In a small saucepan melt butter with maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla over low heat, stirring. Pour butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until combined well.  We tossed our dried fruits into the mix but next time we’ll try

In a large jelly-roll pan spread granola evenly and bake in middle of oven, stirring halfway through baking, until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Cool granola in pan on a rack and stir in dried fruits. Granola can be kept in an airtight container at cool room temperature 2 weeks.

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Stuffed Poblanos


The newest yummy thing I am making
to freeze for quick dinners or lunches.

Great for sketching in #notinktober.
Inks listed at the bottom of the recipe above.

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Inky Thots: Robert Oster Sydney Lavender

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On the Eve of my 65th Birthday 2020


This will be a word I contemplate every day for the next year…
After 40+ years at this Buddhist thang I should be able to find peace and joy
in the midst of even the worst situation, which we are not on yet in this country.

Perhaps the god/dess will spare us from the worst…
I pray they spare all sentient beings from the worst…
My prayer this middle of the night.

Beautiful new Birmingham Electron Blue ink.

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VSW Sydney, 4, #notinktober


The Sydney Opera House.

Image for reference by Debi Taylor.
Started with a line drawing, as always.
This building is so complicated I cannot image trying it without guidelines.


Jørn Oberg Utzon, AC, Hon. FAIA (Danish: [ˈjɶɐ̯ˀn ˈutsʌn]; 9 April 1918 – 29 November 2008)[1] was a Danish architect. He was most notable for designing the
Sydney Opera House in Australia, completed in 1973. When it was declared a World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007, Utzon became only the second person to have received such recognition for one of his works during his lifetime, after Oscar Niemeyer.
Frank Gehry, one of the Pritzker Prize judges, commented:
“Utzon made a building well ahead of its time, far ahead of available technology, and he persevered through extraordinarily malicious publicity and negative criticism to build a building that changed the image of an entire country.”


This drawing was created listening to Lost LA,
and certainly I am concerned we will lose the Sydney Opera House
to rising tides in the coming catastrophes of climate change.

Of course, that is the least of the many losses.

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VSW Sydney, 3, #notinktober


The Sydney Opera House.

This was a wild toad ride. 

I was going along nicely, enjoying the markmaking in the middle of the night,
when I reached for a waterbrush and had not closed the top tight and a huge blob of water hit the area above.  I grabbed my ink rag (full of red and blue ink unfortunately) and sopped it off, leaving a touch of red but removing the water.  I, and then let it dry.  In the end it recovered nicely, a testimony to Hahnemühle Toned Watercolour book!

Image for reference by Debi Taylor.


As I intend to try my hand a more images of this amazing building, one of my favorites,
so IF you are interested,
I am shamelessly stealing from Wikipedia, whom I support financially:

Jørn Oberg Utzon, AC, Hon. FAIA (Danish: [ˈjɶɐ̯ˀn ˈutsʌn]; 9 April 1918 – 29 November 2008)[1] was a Danish architect. He was most notable for designing the
Sydney Opera House in Australia, completed in 1973. When it was declared a World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007, Utzon became only the second person to have received such recognition for one of his works during his lifetime, after Oscar Niemeyer.

In 1957, Utzon unexpectedly won the competition to design the Sydney Opera House. His submission was one of 233 designs from 32 countries, many of them from the most famous architects of the time. Although he had won six other architectural competitions previously, the Opera House was his first non-domestic project.
One of the judges, Eero Saarinen, described it as “genius” and
declared he could not endorse any other choice.

The designs Utzon submitted were little more than preliminary drawings.
Dr. Emory Kemp’s consulting career began at Ove Arup, where, he conducted analytical calculations for the roof, noting this was no simple task, as Utzon’s sketches were designed to embellish the beauty of the international landmark, not necessarily for simple mathematics. Concerned that delays would lead to lack of public support, the Cahill government of New South Wales nonetheless gave the go-ahead for work to begin in 1958. The British engineering consultancy Ove Arup and Partners put out tenders without adequate working drawings and construction work began on 2 March 1959. As a result, the podium columns were not strong enough to support the roof and had to be rebuilt. The situation was complicated by Cahill’s death in October 1959.

The extraordinary structure of the shells themselves represented a puzzle for the engineers. This was not resolved until 1961, when Utzon himself finally came up with the solution. He replaced the original elliptical shells with a design based on complex sections of a sphere. Utzon says his design was inspired by the simple act of peeling an orange: the 14 shells of the building, if combined, would form a perfect sphere.[9] Although Utzon had spectacular, innovative plans for the interior of these halls, he was unable to realize this part of his design. In mid-1965, the New South Wales Liberal government of Robert Askin was elected. Askin had been a ‘vocal critic of the project prior to gaining office. His new Minister for Public Works, Davis Hughes, was even less sympathetic. Elizabeth Farrelly, Australian architecture critic has written that: “at an election night dinner party in Mosman, Hughes’s daughter Sue Burgoyne boasted that her father would soon sack Utzon. Hughes had no interest in art, architecture or aesthetics. A fraud, as well as a philistine, he had been exposed before Parliament and dumped as Country Party leader for 19 years of falsely claiming a university degree. The Opera House gave Hughes a second chance. For him, as for Utzon, it was all about control; about the triumph of homegrown mediocrity over foreign genius.”

Utzon soon found himself in conflict with the new Minister. Attempting to rein in the escalating cost of the project, Hughes began questioning Utzon’s capability, his designs, schedules and cost estimates, refusing to pay running costs. In 1966, after a final request from Utzon that plywood manufacturer Ralph Symonds should be one of the suppliers for the roof structure was refused, he resigned from the job, closed his Sydney office and vowed never to return to Australia. When Utzon left, the shells were almost complete, and costs amounted to only $22.9 million. Following major changes to the original plans for the interiors, costs finally rose to $103 million.

The Opera House was finally completed, and opened in 1973 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia. The architect was not invited to the ceremony, nor was his name even mentioned during any of the speeches.[18] He was, however, to be recognized later when he was asked to design updates to the interior of the opera house. The Utzon Room, overlooking Sydney Harbour, was officially dedicated in October 2004. In a statement at the time Utzon wrote: “The fact that I’m mentioned in such a marvelous way, it gives me the greatest pleasure and satisfaction. I don’t think you can give me more joy as the architect. It supersedes any medal of any kind that I could get and have got.” Furthermore, Frank Gehry, one of the Pritzker Prize judges, commented:
“Utzon made a building well ahead of its time, far ahead of available technology, and he persevered through extraordinarily malicious publicity and negative criticism to build a building that changed the image of an entire country.”

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Recovery

No, not the twelve step kind…
Needing to recover after work weeks of complete crazy..

A prompt circulating to day is “disgusting”.
I see Trump in the feeds more than any other item.
But you know, even the tag I am using, NOT-inktober, foretells of contentious times.

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Inky Sky #notinktober


Pure color.

Not easy to do a wash in inks (or watercolor, but I find the latter easier).
I think it is because you are adding a bit of water in the waterbrush,
and the ink doesn’t really want to be diluted with the water.
Plus a waterbrush itself is not a great brush — but a convenience..


As I was painting this I was listening to this I was listening to the end
of the California Grizzly’s life on the planet and thinking about
the consequences of our actions and how stupid modern man is compared
to indigenous people who lived in harmony with them for centuries.


We’ve learned nothing from past mistakes,
which is the very definition of stupid.

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VSW Sydney, 2, #notinktober


I messed the proportions on this one totally
Ah well… The Opera House.

Image for reference by Debi Taylor.

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VSW Sydney, 1, #notinktober


Looking back on the city from the Opera House.
Image for reference by Debi Taylor.

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Rona2: Zebra Beans


It isn’t that I’ve stopped eating beans, it is that I am settling into a comfort zone
with my cooking of beans.  I still write down my experiences with new beans and am finding new beans to try but have to be wait listed for many of them!
I haven’t been able to purchase more White Limas from Rancho Gordo
but tried the Christmas Limas and WOOT, amazing!
They also kept their color after cooking, so we ate zebra stripey beans.

Cooking them simpler is better after all, and then adapting them to recipes as I want.
I am amazed that I often have a bowl of simple beans for breakfast —
these beans are always so yummy with big flavor!

I also am braver with the Mexican Oregano, using a teaspoon now, with 1-2 bay leaves (depending on size), and no longer sauté my onions — by putting the chopped onion in without sautéing them the taste is cleaner and more pungent instead of sweet.
Yes, adding a couple teaspoons of my Sugar Chili pesto (you can chop any medium to hot roasted chili) and for us, as we like hot, about a half teaspoon dried chipotle chili.

Putting this out there for #notinktober…
Monteverde Moonstone ink has some sparkle qualities which did not show.

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True Blue Buddha


One more, because I love this statue so much,
using PenBBS with Robert Oster True Blue ink.

I think my first Buddha, below, is full of the passion I was experiencing that night after watching videos of protesters in our city being pushed around by out-of-control police…
I think that comes through.

These are more technically appealing, maybe.

What do you think?

I call him Buddhaball in all seriousness, because I like that he is a ball,
and that I don’t attach any emotions to him… I leave this open to interpretation.
Others like Weeping Buddha or Humble Buddha.

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Australian Sky Buddha


My sketchbook is about exploring,
and I wasn’t completely happy with my first Buddha.

I tried another using TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Robert Oster Australian Sky Blue ink.

This is a Buddha-of-the-Sky! 

What do you think?

I call him Buddhaball in all seriousness, because I like that he is a ball,
and that I don’t attach any emotions to him… I leave this open to interpretation.
Others like Weeping Buddha or Humble Buddha.

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Posies #notinkober


Ink drawing with a Platinum Carbon Pen
with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges.


Then many inks painted…
J.Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink, L’Artisan Pastellier Classique Jaune ink,
Sailor MO Tangerine ink,
L’Artisan Pastellier Classique Vert ink,  Troublemaker Sea Glass ink.

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Full Moon #notinkober


Full Moon….


Two inks….



Robert Oster Thunderstorm ink and a whole lotta water in the center:
Letting ink do what it will.
Robert Oster Green at Night ink to create the trees in front of the moon.

On this strange day we also found out POTUS has Covid.
I’m going to leave it at that but had to put it into my art journal.
All ink, and taken from a picture by Debi Taylor.
Inks on the side…

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Rona2: One More

 
I thank several photographers for posting almost the same iconic image of the police
lined up nightly before they declare a riot and go after protesters.


The TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Birmingham Tarnished Nickel ink,
and a Nemosine (no longer made) with Vinta Mother of Pearl ink..

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