‘MooShroom’ – Day 291/365 – SOLD

‘MooShroom’ – Day 291/365 – SOLD

Price of Original Painting: R2450

(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)

Inspiration: artist’s own and common licence photography


ORIGINAL COPY POSTED ON INSTAGRAM DURING THE CHALLENGE

A painting for plant lovers, for animal lovers, for anyone who chooses mushroom over meat, for anyone who eats for the future. (which by the way is now known as being a #climatarian)⁠
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Thanks @beercountrysa for the stimulation to rise to a challenge (within a challenge).⁠
Side story: these okes finally caved to my constant, but loving badgering of insufficient veggie recipes under their RAD #beerfoodfire brand and shared their kick-ass mushroom burger (pg 85 of their @beercountrysa recipe book)⁠
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So, okes, I didn’t paint the miniature mushroom burger you asked for because food isn’t my art M.O. ⁠
Drea = m I n i N a t u r e (say it with me😋)⁠
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But I took your challenge to another level and painted the mini nature reason for eating mushroom burgers instead. This cute little fella’s name is MooShroom. He lives in a field of fungi. He wants me to tell you this:⁠
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“Meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, but it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Other research shows 86% of all land mammals are now livestock or humans.”⁠
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What a clever heifer! Also, his manure patties (that’s the original beef patty I’ll have you) make for epic nutrients for ALL sorts of plants to grow – including – wouldn’t you know it.. mushrooms. The magical kind😬⁠
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Ps: If you want more stats on the impacts of industrial animal agriculture read ‘Reducing foods’ environmental impacts through producers and consumers’, 2019, Science⁠

Small Mighty Rhino’ – Day 275/365 – SOLD

Small Mighty Rhino’ – Day 275/365 – SOLD

Let’s be small but mighty together.⁠

Sale Price of Original: R1900 – SOLD

Derivative work created with permission from photographer
(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)


ORIGINAL COPY POSTED ON INSTAGRAM DURING THE CHALLENGE

Anais Anin said, “I will not just be a tourist in a world full of images.”⁠

I don’t want to live in a world where only images of rhinos remain. And I don’t want to be a passenger while these atrocities take place on our watch knowing I could have done more.⁠

Great things really can be done by many small acts coming together.⁠
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Today’s miniNature is in ode to World Rhino Day (which I missed 10 days ago, but such is the nature of this challenge. I’m giving myself grace for stuff like this now.)⁠
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I have some fun plans for prints of this tiny painting next year when the challenge is complete.⁠
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But until then – let’s do something small together.⁠
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I’m donating R100 today. (See stories for proof if you need it)⁠
If every one of you lovely humans following this account joins me – we could contribute R10 000 to this cause. Wouldn’t that be awesome sauce?😍⁠
👉wwf.org.za/donate/⁠
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Let’s be small but mighty together.⁠
#smallbutmightyrhino

📸thank you @danchaknova for the amazing inspiration ⁠

 

PostScript – yes I donated. Not sure who else did. This is no miracle story – but if you don’t put things out there and try stuff – how will you ever know what the world responds to and what it just says ‘meh’ to? I’m still learning…

‘Hurt Rock From The Sun’ – Day 263/365

‘Hurt Rock From The Sun’ – Day 263/365

Two little girls marched with me. When I showed them my painting the older one said, “it’s Earth.” ⁠
The younger one said “it’s the moon”.⁠
The older one said, “but we can’t live on the moon.”⁠

(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Inspiration image: artist’s own


ORIGINAL COPY POSTED ON INSTAGRAM DURING THE CHALLENGE

We went to the #globalclimatestrike march in Cape Town today. ⁠
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Kudos to the many who were able to join, but considering what was being protested, there were not nearly enough people.⁠
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Two little girls marched with me. When I showed them my painting the older one said, “it’s Earth.” ⁠
The younger one said “it’s the moon”.⁠
The older one said, “but we can’t live on the moon.”⁠
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We carried a banner that read “To change our world, we must first change ourselves.”⁠
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I’m sending all the love and light I can muster to you, where ever you are on making sense of all of this. Figuring out how you want to show up for climate change won’t be easy. ⁠
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This really is a hard truth we’re facing. But we will have to face the future eventually. Perhaps the thing to decide is just what condition our planet will be in when you turn to face her.⁠

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‘Sad Sea Thistle’ – 245/365

‘Sad Sea Thistle’ – 245/365

“Let the sea set you free,” the saying goes.⁠
But me and this thistle think it’s time we set the sea free.⁠

(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Inspiration: meditation and groovy tunes


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She appeared to me yesterday while I was painting a different miniature, this thistle in her weeping watery mirage. I first thought I’d name the painting Sad Sea Flower, but this morning during my yoga practice I had some groovy Kerala Dust tunes playing. And this painting just kept coming back to me with a flurry of non-sensical ‘what if’ thoughts.⁠
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“What if she’s real and we never discover her because we’re turning our sea into lifelessness? What if she’s imaginary but she lives off of tears and sweat, not saltwater at all?”⁠
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Just then in the song, a word in the lyrics came through my thoughts. Thistle.⁠
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Ah yes, I realised, it wasn’t a flower at all – it was a ‘Sad Sea Thistle’.⁠

Just before posting this I got the urge to look up what ‘thistle’ symbolises.⁠
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And the answer? Protection.⁠
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This is perhaps my favourite part of this challenge thus far – the thing that happens when you open yourself up totally to the creative ebb and flow. Like breadcrumbs on paths of uncertainty, you never know the full context of what you’re part of creating until you’re at its end.⁠
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“Let the sea set you free,” the saying goes.⁠
But me and this thistle think it’s time we set the sea free.⁠

‘Pain Steaking’ – Day 241/365

‘Pain Steaking’ – Day 241/365

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I painted today’s miniature with a renewed return of the unbearable ache under my scapula. My sacrifice of daily repetition.⁠
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To say I eeked this one out is an understatement. It took me thrice as long because of all the distractions I navigated towards. The whole thing was f&^%$ painstaking.⁠
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As I painted alongside this pain, all I felt burning in my shoulder were the woods, the woods, the endangered wild woods.⁠
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And all I hear was hungry capitalism burning them down for a beef industry that feeds the world’s mass meat-eaters with distraction while they profit from destruction. ⁠
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While the sacrifice of my daily repetition is only my chosen burden to bear and wholly worthwhile, I believe, in the long run – the daily repetition of eating meat and turning a blind eye on your part in feeding the monster that burns our forest is not a sacrifice our planet chose or can recover from.⁠
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And that’s the P A I N – S T E A K I N G reality of our burning, burning, wild woods.⁠
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Please choose reduction, choose less mass-farmed animal agriculture. Choose Amazonia.⁠
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(artist retains all rights to print reproductions of this painting)
Inspiration: common license

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