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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Disappearing Act

My sweet friend Judie left me a comment "You have disappeared again!" Oh Judie I am so sorry, I keep forgetting your are not on Facebook and because my family is so far away that's where I post a lot of things. So my blog gets pushed aside.
I will try better.
I am going to catch you and those that follow me up.
I am now the proud owner of two little poodle puppies, my new puppy is almost 10 months old, Her name is LULU , ohhhhhhhhhhh how sweet she is. Funny and very very very....did I say VERY energetic.
And then there is little Bella who is almost 2 years old. We have known her since she was 5 days old. WOW! Time just slips through my fingers.
Mike is done school. FIVE years, we are waiting to find out that he passed all his classes and once this happens WELL graduation is in June and he will be a Mechanical Engineer. Can I just say how very proud of him I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So here is a sweet pic of my little pups.

I have been doing a lot of art journaling. I really find it freeing. Mike bought me the journal last year, its lined and I watercolor in it , markers, and really whatever I feel like doing. NO RULES!
Awesome!
And last but not least amongst those pics is a pic of Mike and I , we spent a lot of time this past winter in a program called the "Winter Warrior Program"! Yes we did Winter camping, now while we have a hard camper with heat, Ontario had one of the worst winters in over 2 decades. Very very cold.
We had a wonderful time, there is nothing like having a warm campfire under the stars while beautiful snowflakes swirl around. It truly was magical.

thanks for stopping by and I will try my hardest to stay appearing.

ART on lovies.

ANg

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Art Love - Duality

I am the sort of artist that everything I do has a meaning. I pour my heart and soul into everything I do. Every painting I do, has an underlining meaning. It may not be visible or told but its there, So I have decided to tell some of these stories.
 
"Duality"
 
This particular painting was finished the summer of 2013. My husband Mike and I had a fantastic summer, camping, enjoying nature, building lots of campfires and eating lots of spider dogs and S'mores.
I would sit and stare into the beautiful campfire mesmerized by the dancing flames and my mind would wander into the weird and wonderful mind of an artist.
Monday would come and I would find myself sitting at a desk, typing typing typing and more typing. LOL.
I looked around and everyone was typing. I again wandered into my weird and wonderful artist mind and thought " All of us are SO much more than what we see and present to the world."
We live, love, feel joy, sadness, we dance under the moonlight, giggle till we can't catch our breath, cry so hard it feels like our hearts have broken.
 While I really like my job, I LOVE my life.
We all have such a "Duality" to us.
So this goddess gurl reminds me of that.
One side of her is purple and the other side is green. And somehow it works, this crazy wonderful duality of each and every one of us.
Art on my friends,
ANg

Friday, November 15, 2013

Goddess and Angel Gurls

Angel #1

As promised here are the angel and goddess gurls, for sale.
They are 5 for $20.00, Size A2 - 4.25 inches x 5.50 inches, they come with a envelope.
They have been professional printed on linen cardstock.This makes the print match the actual art,  like a the painting and reminds me of the watercolor that I begin all my paintings with.
I am also working on a calendar, there will be a goddess/angel gurl for each month, with the calendar part being hand made by me. The size would 8.50 inches by 11 inches , which does not include the calendar part. These would be $28.00. I would have to at least get 10 orders of these to do another print run, as the first run is ALL but sold, I have 8 more left. SO if you are interested in these let me know ASAP.

Shipping for the cards is $3.50 and for calendars is $5.00, I charge actual shipping cost.
Monies can be sent through paypal. My email is altermyworld(dot)angw@gmail(dot)com
The wonderful part you get to choose which angel/goddess gurls you want.
SO you can pick  5 different ones or you can have all the same, it does not matter.
Rocking cool eh?

Goddess #2
Angel#3
                                                  
 
Goddess#4
Goddess #5
Angel#6
Goddess#7
Goddess#8
Angel#9
Goddess#10
Goddess#11
Goddess#12
Goddess#13
Angel#14
 
  
If you are interested please email me - altermyworld(dot)angw@gmail(dot)com
To my art friends, I am always interested in a trade, only for the cards, as the calendars would be too costly .
Art on my lovies and Merry Christmas! And OHHHHHHHHHHH I make Christmas cards also, Crafty Artisans type. Very pretty. Let me know if you are interested in those as I can post some pics.

L. ANg

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Deva Curl- "Calling all Curls" but NOT all gurls!

8 months ago i started using a product designed especially for us curly hair gurls. I really liked it, I liked it SO much i told everyone. Trust me, when i get excited over something I can be very persuasive! Early this month DEVA CURL, put out a call for Curly girls, in Niagara Falls. I was pretty excited I submitted my pictures of my hair and a week or so later I got a thanks but no thanks sorta email, we'll keep your picture on file.
and THEN yesterday on their facebook page, they posted another call, this one was alittle more specific.

A direct Quote:
"Could You Be the Next DevaCurl Top Model? DevaCurl seeks curly models for an upcoming, pro photoshoot in NYC. Selected talent to receive compensation, travel expenses, customized DevaCurl products and curly services by NY Guest Artists. REQUIREMENTS: Must be available November 11-13 and fit size 2-6 wardrobe. Please submit 3-5 photos of you and your curls to colleen@mydevacurl.com by Thursday, November 7th."


Can you imagine the reaction? A size 2-6 wardrobe. Loads and loads of comments came in.

Here are just a few.

"I never comment or post on here but the whole 2-6 sizing is disappointing to see coming from a company who claims to encourage natural. Though that size is natural for many it's not for all of us and even the fact that you'd post that is offensive" ~Ana~

Ya! I second that Danielle! What about us curvy girls?! U better rethink those sizes devacurl people!

"lol. my hair alone is bigger than a size 6!!"~Audrey~

"I Cannot believe this.... Now you are asking for a specific size!!!! Why??? You should be ashamed!!!!!! deva curl was introduced to me by my friend who is not a size u are asking about neither am i!!!!!!! She was all exited to submit her photos!!! She posted this on her facebook She has introduced your Products to the whole office. Now you insult her!!!! How dare you !! You should apologize etc!!!!!!!!!~Rita~

"Disappointed that this is only for size 2-6 ladies. What about us larger curly-haired ladies?"~Clara~

"Wow... Curly haired girls have struggled for years with their hair ... Now we have to think about size 2-6 ...agreed not nice!"~Kathryn~

"Just like hair comes in all shapes, so do the gals who are rockin' it. Come on Deva, you're better than this."~Colleen~

"Ya! I second that Danielle! What about us curvy girls?! U better rethink those sizes devacurl people!"~Carol~

" I am also extremely disappointed in the body size restriction that perpetuateske the notion that only a very small fraction of bodies, that in no way actually represents curlies realistically, are beautiful/ worth capturing"~Ellen~

" I'd totally do this but I don't fit those sizes. If I am a curly HAIR model why the size restrictions? I am more representative of the majority than a size 2-6 person. No offense meant to thin women but this is very upsetting. I only use Deva products "~Rennie~

"Yeah, don't discriminate against those of us who may be a little bigger!"~Candy~

Now these are the ones my friends and I captured on our phones, prior to DEVA - don't want no big gurls, CURL , taking down the Facebook Post.

HERE IS THE TWO RESPONSES, AGAIN THE TWO WE MANAGED TO CAPTURE FROM DEVA - don't want no big gurls, CURL

"Diversity is a DevaCurl priority and one that will be well reflected across all our brand communications. This is just the first of several professional photoshoots planned for 2013/2014."~DevaCurl~

THIS IS THEIR INITIAL RESPONSE:

"Fret not, Curly Girls! Please know, we value and welcome the views and opinions of the collective curl community and want the conversation to continue. Diversity is a DevaCurl priority and one that will be well reflected across all our brand communications. This is just the first of several professional photoshoots planned for 2013/2014."~DevaCurl~

My response: FRET NOT?????????????? Do we look like children to you? You speak as if we should be patted on our heads and everything will just go away, we will be satisfied. I can well imagine there are alot of women who are totally disgusted by you, by the perpetuation of this sterotype of "Who is beautiful?" I think you owe alot of us an apology.
Society has a lovely way of trying to put all of us women in this little bitty tiny box, as i read online "Dont' try to think outside the box, Understand that there is NO box" So dear DevaCurl, stop trying to put us curly gurls in the box.

We have mothers and sisters and daughters and neices, AND we have husbands and fathers and sons and nephews that love us just as we are! By putting a number on who is accepted and who is not, it again tells society who is beautiful. DO you know that we have children ages FIVE that have body image issues. I am not asking you to change the world, but i am asking you to be the change. FRET NOT?????? Oh you have opened up a whole can of fretting, see its not just about this one show in New York. Its about a collective soul of women that YOU have offended.

You can take down the Facebook post, you can try some crowd control. However a whole group of us will not forget. And remember in the beginning when i said i can be very persuasive, if anyone ask me about DevaCurl I used to say how awesome the product was, now the first thing i will tell them is about how you are part of a societal problem, thinking inside the box.

This takes me to one more point, the trend setting show in Niagara Falls Canada, the one i politely got a no thank you, i wonder if i was not selected based on your idea of that 2-6 size.

Just makes me realize how small minded that post was.

Proudly no longer a DevaCurl gurl,
ANg

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Never enough time


Today My furry friend Lucy died. My heart feels broken, but really its not. It has another crack in it.
It reminds me that there is never enough time, there was never enough time for me to give her all the love i felt for her.

The death of my son, and the death of my dear furry friend Sasha two yrs ago taught me, you only give one chance to witness the death of someone you love.

So as Lucy died i was holding her in my arms, as they shaved her little paw, and put the needle in she growled and hissed like her alter ego "Rattlesnake" I cradled her and told her to let them have it and to be a brave girl. I sang to her.

A song i have sung to her since she was 8 weeks old

Mamas gonna buy you a diamond ring and if that diamond won't shine.

Mamas gonna buy you the sun in the sky,

And if that sun don't shine,

Mamas gonna buy you the stars and the moon.

I sang it and sang it, i told her How i was so lucky to be her mama, how she had healed parts of my brokeness. I told her she was going to be reunited with Sasha her BFF (best furry friend). I thanked her. The ride to the vet she purred and purred, something she had not done for weeks.


I want to share with the lyrics for Marc Anthony New song, the salsa version

VIVIR MI VIDA (LIVE MY LIFE) - The song is in Spanish so here is the translation

I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna dance

[I'm gonna] live my life, la, la, la, la

I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna enjoy

live my life, la, la, la, la

Sometimes rain comes

to clean wounds

Sometimes just a drop

can overcome the drought


And why cry, for what?

If it hurts bad, forget it

And why suffer, for what?

If life is like this, you must live it


I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna dance

live my life, la, la, la, la

I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna enjoy

live my life, la, la, la, la


I'm gonna live in the moment

to understand the fate

I'm gonna listen in silence

to find the way

And why cry, for what?

If it hurts bad, forget it

And why suffer, for what?

If it hurts bad, forget it

I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna dance

live my life, la, la, la, la

I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna enjoy

live my life, la, la, la, la

My people!

I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna dance

Why mourn? Why suffer?

Start dreaming, laughing

I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna dance

Feel and dance and enjoy,

you only live once

I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna dance

Live, always keep moving forward

Don't look back

My people, you only live once

I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna dance
live my life, la, la, la, la

I'm gonna laugh, I'm gonna enjoy

live my life, la, la, la, la

So my friends, connect with one another, there really is never enough time. Connect with your loved ones, connect with yourself.
Really thats all there is in this life and to be honest its all too short.

Love, ANg

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Return to Zero

Please click on link to make the pledge
My name is Angie or as most of  my online friends know me, ANg, my mom and dad call me daughter, my sister, calls me sissypoo, my neices and nephews call me Aunt Geegee. My husband calls me, mama, sweets, lover girl, friend and Ang.

My son, calls me Mama, He is on the other side. He died October 22, 2001, almost 12 years ago.  His name is Andrew.

Somewhere along the line of being a bereaved mama, i have become an activist, an educator.

I talk to social workers, i talk to doctors, i speak at work about my experience and have met so many women that are battling the death of their child and trying to incorporate that into their lives. This week i had the honor of listening to the story of a woman who is exploring the possiblity she may have permanent infertility.

Somehow or another we have stopped telling our story as a societal whole.
And if we tell our story, mine is 12 yrs in the making then i must not be "getting over the death of Andrew:" or i must not have found "closure".

Please know love does not get over, love does not find closure.
Love goes on and on and on, even in death.

There is movie called "Return to Zero" It is about "RETURN TO ZERO is based on the true story of a successful couple preparing for the arrival of their first child. Just weeks before their due date they discover that their son has died in the womb and will be stillborn. Lives and relationship forever altered by the loss, they try to cope through denial, escape and alcohol, but nothing can save their marriage. And that's when they discover that they're again pregnant (from a last ditch 'save the marriage' getaway to Las Vegas), and must come together to face a turbulent and terrifying pregnancy" ~ imdb.com

I have become a local leader and all that means is i have pledged to spread the word about this film. Breaking open the societal silence. I am asking each of you to pledge to see the movie if it should come to your hometown and please please when pledging use my name as the local leader you are under. This requires a quick name address etc, no money is involed just you pledge to see this film.
Imagine the compassion you will learn. Please in memory of every little boy and girl who have died and the families left behind, please sign the pledge, by doing so it could possibly be shown in all theaters.

"Ang Westermann"
Here is the link - RETURN TO ZERO

L.
ANg

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

And Furthermore!

Hi my lovelies! Remember last week i wrote a post about SHAMED BY SOCIETY- FREE TO BE ME

Then I saw this video REAL BEAUTY DOVE SKETCHES -  A video designed and with the intention of having women celebrate their own beauty.

And of course it led me to DO THEY EVEN KNOW REAL BEAUTY?

FURTHERMORE!
I just want to add there is this misconception that if a woman has acceptance for her body, especially if she is fat, then she has to be unhealthy and is promoting being unhealthy. Its not the same thing! Its a basic human right to be treated with respect, fat, skinny, tall, short etc. Its ok to give thyself permission to love your body . PERIOD END!
So today, this moment in time give yourself permission for self love, for body image love, give your body a hug everyday from YOU.

TONIGHT  I found the most awesome site  THE BODY IMAGE PROJECT.

What follows are  DIRECT Quotes  from "The Body Image Project" I could not have said it better, Jes you are a hero!

"Body Image(s)" is a photography series by Jes of JSPhotography that showcases the many sizes, shapes, and shades of beauty.

We often lose ourselves within the concept that the ideal body image is unilateral; that it excludes all save a few. The reality is though, that when you step away from societal norms, you start to see that “ideal” is relative and that beauty is ubiquitous. There is no “right” or “wrong” shape or size; Kate Moss is just as stunning as the “Venus of Willendorf” and vice a versa . This is not a personal opinion, but rather a fact.

By photographing the diversity of the female body, Jes' hopes were to empower women by embracing all beauty and educating others while eradicating exclusivity.  Wondering if she could gather a dozen volunteers to bare their skin, she was overwhelmed when her mailbox filled with women willing to embrace body acceptance and self love.

This series has turned into a two way gift. A gift to the photographer, as the models donated their time and offered an intimate invitation to be photographed, and a gift from the photographer as the images were given to each model as visual proof of their exquisiteness. Each session was lovely, but as they progressed, Jes noticed that each woman left with a renewed self-confidence. This, she felt, was the greatest outcome she could have hoped for.

This project is still living, breathing, and growing so check back regularly for new images"

To all my woman friends, I am hugging each of you.
L.
ANg

Enchanted Once Again


I love anything to do with the Fairy Realm.

This card is again a celebration of a fairy and the enchantment of them.

Take a piece of watercolor paper, mix together blue and purple Watercolor paints
Wet the entire piece of paper and drop in the colors of paints and while the paint is wet, sprinkle salt in the wet salt.
Let it dry and then rub the salt off. Then stamp the images using any kind of dark black pigment ink. I find the pigment ink much darker
Embellish with some stickers (flowers are outline stickers) Color in with coloured pencils.
  I just love to embellish cards.
Always remember to be enchanted by life, find wonderful moments to make you smile.

Art on my fairy friends,
ANg  -

Here are the stamps I used
MOON LADY and ENCHANTED