It seems to get harder every passing day, to watch the blatant and irrefutable insanity emanating from within our government, and see it exacerbated by every elected or appointed government official who allows it to continue.
I simply don’t understand why they do.
I feel helpless against the tide of humanity pushing us toward chaos. Society seems more broken than ever. The troglodytes get braver and ever more righteous. Nature herself seems to be responding as well, with hurricanes and earthquakes that rival the worst of the last century.
I do what I can. I donate. I call my State officials and leave messages, and I email them. I even emailed every sitting Senator a few weeks back, and it took me days. I mostly got stupid form letters back, and even though I expressly checked the box to NOT receive messages via their mailing lists, I now get junk emails from Senators and States from whom I would rather not hear. Arghhhh.
It seems as though I am constantly talking with the BLP and with my friends about the state of society and all the factors that brought us to this terrible place. Did I say "seems"? I really am.
One friend told me to just keep painting and making music, and he’s right. He also said, laughing, that “It worked for Nero. Oh. Wait…” and that made me laugh, too. Our very own Emperor Nero-Wannabe unfortunately has access to enough firepower to destroy the world, not just Rome. I need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and go through each day with as much positivity and joy as I can muster. Some days are easier than others.
Anyway, I’m still here painting and making music, and I just spent $100 on art supplies, so I guess there’s still some optimism left.
This painting is called Low Tide at Yukon Harbor; Sunrise. It is another local scene in a community known as Southworth within the city of Port Orchard, WA, where I live. The Puget Sound has many inlets and harbors, and each one has its charms for me. We went out early one recent September morning, the BLP and me, to catch the sunrise. (He is such a trouper when it comes to keeping me company for these jaunts!) We were rewarded with some lovely vistas, and this is the one I chose to paint first. I hope there will be time enough to make more.
Low Tide at Yukon Harbor; Sunrise © Rose Guastella 2017. Oils on canvas. 18” x 24”