Sunday, October 28, 2012


Black Widow

5:47 AM  -  Limited

So Trump has a spare $5M for charity but will deny that charity unless he can force some one to do his bidding.
What a creature such as Trump will never understand is that real charity, the type of charity that honest hard working folk tend to participate is given freely out of a wish to help.
When you attach conditions and strings it is no longer charity it is at best an ego trip at worst an attempt to bully.Only the morally corrupt would use a $5M carrot dangled over the needy to incite hate

X


Thankfully a large ego and a need to bully are not a required attribute to give to a worthy cause

Show you care and be the better man/woman go 
NO STRINGS 
and donate today



to name but a few 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

do we dare to dream?

so ...
time i think for another bi polar post
(not a rant i hasten to add)

bipolar and its effects on art








the first and most direct effect of bipolar on art is i think we can all agree is
medication


this is a topic that comes up fairly frequently and is one that has most artists/creative types at logger heads
with their Dr's/Psychiatrist

most artists will tell you that they feel the medication will hamper the creative process and significantly impair if not  kill inspiration,
in general they reach this conclusion through observing other artists both on and off meds and their resulting pieces,
by talking to other artists and asking how they feel it effects their art
and of course through personal experience

most psychiatrists will tell you that they do not think medication harms the production of art in any way
many going even further and laying claim to it improving the process
they come to this conclusion by ... well most of them don't say
some of them cite working with many other artists and claim they continue to paint successfully

i think some of this disparity of view comes from the difference between technical proficiency and inspiration
(most psychiatrists don't seem to know there is a difference)

whilst meds
(so long as they are not to zombie extent) 
do not actually impair the technical ability to paint a proficient piece
(what i call the pretty paintings)
there is in our eyes a huge difference between
a pretty well executed painting
and
a painting filled with inspiration
one that has the ability to speak to you ,
not in a psychotic way of commanding you to burn burn burn, but in the manner of being able to evoke a strong emotional reaction with in the viewer







another less explored effect bipolar has on art and one that i think affects me the most
comes from the training
to guard against mood swings

from a very early point in diagnosis we are taught manic highs bad, (lots of fun but very very bad)
euphoria = danger
delusions of grandeur = the evil of all evils
(allow your self to succumb to it and chances are you'll be deciding to fly off the nearest tall building, because hey you can do anything )

along with struggling to keep the lows in tight reign we are also taught that its imperative to keep just as tight reign (if not tighter) on the highs
after all lose control of a low and you might end up dead
lose control of a high however and the results can be far more wide ranging and dire,
destroying the lives of those you care about,
landing you in jail,
life savings blown,
homelessness
and so on

were taught that one of the warning signs of an approaching high is over confidence,
the belief that we have the ability,
skill set to do things which we are not in actual fact capable of doing.
it is emphasised time and time again,
drummed into us that we must on no account give in to this.
in effect we are
taught,
trained,
and
berated
into continually questioning our own abilities and if they are merely a perceived delusion or an actual ability  

which for a lot of things is a fairly good tactic

carpentry for instance
can be quickly decided between delusion or ability
by the amount of blood resulting in constructing a piece of furniture,
if it stands to the test of time,
and if the resulting furniture is safe
(sharp exposed nail and chances are your within the realms of delusion rather than ability)
where as flying
can be fairly easily written off as a delusion


art however is subjective,
success does not necessarily come with talent,
(in large most success is achieved through p.r or knowing the right folk)
many with out talent can be highly successful
if they move in the right circles
and many with huge amounts of talent never manage to achieve success in their own life time


so how do you actually distinguish from delusion or talent ... dare you dream that you are actually any good? or must you guard against delusions of grandeur?

sales?
...
well no as mentioned lost of crappy talentless paintings sell, often for large amounts of money


people telling us they like what we paint?
...
nope because folk are often surprisingly kind, biased, or feel as though your so lacking in self confidence so much they need to boost it for you. besides they might be as delusional as we are..
(not to mention the flip side of that folk can also be amazing cruel, jealous or just mean spirited)

can we boil it down to figures?
if we can produce that which around three quarters of folk can not... does that equate to talent?
...
not really because some of the three quarters might be so full of self doubt they don't try there by messing with the figures,and even if you can produce something others cant how do you tell the difference between mediocrity and true talent?

so
whether we have talent or not we are left in this limbo of hoping we have talent but not daring to dream and take it to the next level in case its just dangerouse delusions of grandeur

how does depression affect your creative spirit?

and do you find treatment enhances your creativity or impairs it ?


on an interesting side note...
you
(if you have read my blog before)
have seen me comment on the possibility of a link between thyroid/adrenal glands and bipolar

given that since the mass's turned up there has been a huge decrease of my bipolar
both in severity and frequency,
i think it may also bear pointing out that there has also been a decrease in inspiration
not a cessation merely a huge decrease





Thursday, September 8, 2011

so yep im bloody awful at updating this thing, i really really got to try harder huh  

things got hectic here again

with a kinda mixed bag of news

YAY

he got cleared for work after the spinal injury

BOO (hoo)

 two days into new job he had a mini stroke and crashed the car

YAY
he was uninjured (shame cant say same thing about the car)

BOO (hoo)  
the mini strokes kept happening

YAY
they have at least slowed down now

drs say they are not connected to the spinal injury, got to wonder about the timing though that was the first time he was back into hard graft and boom, thankfully there is very little damage resulting from them, his attention deficit seems to be increased but that could just be stress, fine motor function (on him not the car) seems intact (unlike the car which is now kaput)

so where was i ...

BOO

they found more masses in my thyroid
YAY
that decreases the chances that they are malignant
BOO (hoo and AARRGGG owwwww)
had a biopsy
mini boo,
bugger the solids are floating in liquid so they kept floating away from needle after several passes and consulting with the path lab between each try we gave up

YAY HEY YAHOO... son number 1 sprung a surprise flying visit on me :-)

YAY
i got one of my paintings into a cultural festival art show, (juried event)
had barely made it through the door when i was approached by one of the organisers
(hadn't even officially signed it in) she was wanting to buy it

BOO
i forgot to take final photo of how it looked
but heres an earlier shot of it (whilst i was working on it)



i got thoroughly reprimanded about under pricing it .. and reprimanded even more when i justified price by pointing out the flaws in it (reprimands were of course in the nicest possible way)






Wednesday, June 8, 2011

my own thoughts on a news story




you decide




A concerned would be father with a message of pro life?

or a creepy act of an obsessive stalker that sett's a dangerous precedence?

the message
"this would of been a picture of me holding my 2 month old baby
if the mother had not decided to kill it"

could be seen as a haunting message for pro life


except for the fact that the man in question
has admitted that he was told that the mother in
question (Nani) had had a miscarriage

he states that he has his doubts

in my own opinion doubts are fine but i would of though you needed actual proof before you could so publicly accuse some one of Killing anyone or anything

the claim is that this billboard is not aimed at
Nani

and that the acronym N.A.N.I
(national association of needed information)
was not an attempt of vindictiveness or persecution
of Nani

as of yet i have not seen any reporting done
on the opinion of Nani
 or on whether or not she believes
"created for N.A.N.I"
was an attempt to persecute herself
(herself being Nani)

i can say with out a measure of a doubt though
that had my controlling abusive stalker husband
started an organization
with the acronym
T.R.A.C.E.Y

i would pretty much assume it was aimed at me (Tracey)

and i can only say that i am glad he is not around to see this
billboard
otherwise he would of added this tactic to his arsenal
of isolation, persecution, retribution, harassment and assault

and there is the rub
as they say

how many other abusive ex's are out there reading this story in news papers and on line
and realising 

"this guy can do this with out arrest"
"without any retribution"
"no penalties, no fines, no jail time" 

the fact that the "man" in question
has been given two weeks to take the poster down
 is merely telling all those abusers that
this type of behaviour is acceptable
























Saturday, May 21, 2011

so the raptures over and were still here?

 W.T.F ? we werent good enough????

depressed ?
dont be...
heres a little music to help you get over the rapture blues


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Thursday, May 5, 2011

I was reading an article
and thought i would share my feelings on the topic with you
I think as with most things in life its unlikely that the massive increase in bi polar diagnosis/incidence is down to any one reason, but more a combination of contributing factors...

its possible misdiagnosis accounts for a huge part in this.

Simple time constraints on over worked Dr that just does not give them the time required for an in depth exploration of the nuances in their patients behavior/conditions.

Sloppy/lazy diagnosis with bipolar merely being the quick easy option...

or caring sympathetic but overly cautious Dr diagnosing bipolar "to be on the safe side" erring on the side of caution due to the possibly huge ramification should they be wrong

and i hate to say it but, in some cases, greed its far more profitable to diagnose bipolar than to tell some one they are moody

And of course with the symptoms of bipolar being so widely know now there is that fraction of society that will lie or exaggerate their "symptoms" merely to procure an excuse for miss behavior

or in the case of children parents who will do like wise simply so they have an out... a reason to say their child's behavior is not because they as a parent failed

Another thing to take into consideration is the "seek and you will find" factor... you see what your looking for

Life styles/society/the environment even diet is ever changing it is highly plausible that this or an aspect of this may also explain an increase

The illicit drugs factor is difficult as there is always that chicken or the egg factor... is the incidence of higher use merely an attempt at self medication?

I feel i have to mention that i have had bipolar all my life although of course i was not diagnosed until early teens, medications were fairly ineffective, leaving me foggy, unable to concentrate or create. As i entered mid to late teens i like many others "experimented" with hashish, smoking it socially fairly regularly for around a year or so, iv got to say that although this would be considered the "wildness of youth" it was possibly the least "wild" time of my life... the incidences of both the deep depressions and (rather perversely) the highs mellowed with a greater space of time between them

In incidences where it is said that there was no bipolar before drug use, one thing i have noticed with my bipolar is that with or with out drugs every 4-7 years it "morphs" .. it could merely be a case that for some the symptoms were milder and over looked prior to drug use, and diagnoses after drug use merely a result of a normal progression (morph) of the disorder

All good things must come to an end though and as i started thinking of having a family i stopped using hashish and the bipolar returned as strong as ever and i struggled with it for years, various medications that left me ill foggy or just simply did nothing.

Lithium did once work when i took it well over a decade ago... but... and i know this is silly, the effect scared me, keep in mind i had grown up with bipolar and knew nothing different other than when i was on hashish... so to me waking up in the morning smiling meant, to my mind, that i must be high or manic, no one had explained to me that this could be considered "normal". Happiness with no cause/reason was something i had only ever experienced whilst in a manic state or whilst using hashish... both of which in societies eyes are bad/wrong/evil a sign of mental instability and something to be avoided, and so i ceased using it ...
when questioned years later on why on hearing my explanation a Dr suggested we try it again, this one patiently explaining that happy for no reason was OK but unfortunately the lithium no longer had the same effect

If i may digress from the subject of the article for a moment, something you may find interesting, a number of years ago i developed a few mass's.. one on the thyroid, one on the adrenal gland.... since then the bipolar (curiously) has been minimal, perhaps even milder than when i was using hashish, or when the lithium worked.

From....

..... rather regular periods of mood swinging from the seven pits in the depths of hell
 going through suicidal tendency out the other side to feelings that even death wouldn't help or ease pain, and its flip side of weeks with little sleep and extreme activity (were talking decorating,revamping,remodeling the entire house in the nude in three days kinda thing whilst dashing off 4 canvases and wanting to copulate with anything in trousers)
....To....

....now days ... i get a little blue sometimes and have occasional bursts of inspiration, got to say with such a drastic change i find it hard to believe the occurrence of the mass's and decrease in bipolar are unconnected (although i do doubt it will become a popular cure lol)
apologies for the length it seems i have a lot to say on bipolar

a really bad doodle in really bad taste

been a really crazy weekend

lack of sleep and over medication produce  the worst doodled ever
in the worst possible taste
were it better executed it would probably insult the vast majority of groups/sects out there

thankfully its crap


so... i thought id share it anyway
disclaimer
this was a twitter comments inspired doodle not based on any of my own opinions

"Fuck its getting too crowded here"

"if Rapunzel turns up next shes fucking fired"

yeah i know dont quit my day job