Back in Blighty. What’s with the weather?
I turn my back for a week, and bam!
Wain Wain Wain…
So we had the best time ever in San Francisco.
I love that city! It’s a vibrant, colourful, creative place.
But there is always something which does not sit well with me in most urban areas.
You can close your eyes to the poverty line if you want to,
but I for one could never.
Not when I lived there, and not now.
The homelessness in SF is very distressing.
Not all drug addicts and alcoholics either.
So many war veterans too, who have just lost their way.
And since this Monday was Memorial Day Weekend,
the Stars & Stripes were flying high.
So for me, there really was a sort of conflicting message in there.
I suppose, if you have to be homeless,
then California is definitely the place!
But there’s something intrinsically wrong with the system,
when a man or woman comes back from fighting in a war,
and ends up on the streets.
What can you do?
The Glide Memorial Church does a lot I can tell you!
So there is hope.
If these poor people can get to the Glide, the men and women there can usually help and redirect. There is a lot of help available
– but most of these poor souls don’t even know where to go to ask for help.
When my daughter Grace was a little girl, we lived down the coast a little, in Monterey. I remember one Sunday morning, we were making our way up the Highway to San Fran and to the Glide. Well, we stopped at the traffic lights, and there was a War Veteran, sitting huddled with a cardboard sign, saying
“Will Work for Food”
Gracie asked me, “Who’s that man?”
I told her he had no home.
“Where’s his Mommy?”
“Well, maybe he has forgotten where his family is.
Not all people have a house to live in, Grace. Sometimes they have to sleep under bridges or on park benches.”
Silence from the backseat of the car.
After a couple of very quiet minutes, Grace responded:
“When I grow up, I am going to be very, very famous and make loads of money. And I’m going to build the biggest hotel in the world, for all the homeless people to live in.”
She was 3 at the time.
Now she’s 24, and this weekend in San Fran, we walked past a poor homeless vet, and out of nowehere, she said, “I will do it Mum. I haven’t forgotten. It’s just taking a little longer than I would like”
So HOPE there is.
Here’s a little piece of artwork which uses our Hope Framer
Stamp the Hope framer on copy paper, and cut out the O.
Carefully! We need the centrepiece for the next bit!
with your Speedball brayer.
Place the Clarity Treescape Stencil (one of our best-sellers)
down on the wet paint.
Lay copy paper over the stencil and Gelli Plate, and BLOT well.
Lift off the blotting paper,
place the paper centre O where you want to see it on the Gelli Plate, and pull a print on a piece of 7″x7″ Gelli Card, like this.
Now add Hope using Coffee Archival.
Put the stencil back on the artwork and secure with some low-tack masking tape all around the 4 edges of the card.
Using Stonewashed Adirondack or Cloudy Blue Adirondack and a Brayer, add the sky. (add a little moon mask before you begin)
Using Lettuce Adirondack and a Brayer or our Stencil brushes, with a torn piece of paper for the hill shape, add the hills and grass.
Add shade with make-up sponges.
Add a couple of little birds in the O using Coffee Archival.
I stayed inside the O, but you can add birds all over the artwork,
in the trees if you like.
Add some shaded hills in the centre, using Lettuce and torn paper.
Lettuce Adirondack Ink Pad I mean!
Like Gracie always says:
Be the change you want to see in the World.