Blue Monday

The Sketchbook

Blue Monday. The third Monday in January. Supposedly the most depressing day of the year. I assumed the concept was concocted to give radio announcers something to talk about, but Wikipedia says it originates from a press release put out by a travel company back in 2005. None of this has any connection to my day though, except that it gave me an idea for colour in my sketch. Painted on a snowy Monday in Montreal, in a Fabriano watercolour sketchbook, mostly with Cobalt Teal, Verditer Blue and Indigo.


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Norway maple

The Sketchbook

I’m trying out something new this week. It’s a pad of Arches 140 lb, cold press paper. Not a block that’s glued down on four sides, but a pad that’s only glued on the short side. I was curious to see whether the paper would warp, because I usually tape my sheets to a backing board or use the glued block. This paper surprised me. I painted on it with very wet washes and it remained relatively flat. That’s good news, because I find this format very convenient. I love the ease of throwing the pad in my bag and it’s quite a bit more economical than the blocks (although not as cheap as cutting up your own paper!). Perfect for sketch outings because it comes in both 9″ x 12″ and 10″ x 14″ sizes.


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After school

The Sketchbook

When I go out to sketch I often bring several blocks of paper with me because I never know what format will suit the scene. It took a couple of tries to get the composition I wanted on this one. First I tried a horizontal sketch but the street is so wide that the buildings on the left just seemed to go on forever. I also tried drawing it out in a vertical format but then I wasn’t able to fit in any those same nondescript buildings at all. In the end the square format suited it best. Sketched on a block of Fluid paper, 8″ x 8″.


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It Starts Once Again by Turtle Bay

Beyond the Cusp

It starts initially by Turtle Bay but in never stays there. Turtle Bay is where the launch gets announced but sometimes it is so hard to tell as the other instigations pop up blooming like tulips in the spring except these tulips have a deceptive scent that masks the first lies wrapped up in its soft petals, and lies is what is peddled. They sprout around Big Ben where Piccadilly Circus goes round and round. They tower with the Eiffel at the end of the Champs Elysées. They adorn an Arch of Titus beneath the great Colosseum. Eventually they explode onto the stage of the European Union Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium from where they fill the news world-wide gaining echoes about the presumed perfidy and deceits that Israel has used to avoid making a reasonable peace through honest negotiations. This year’s marketed Israeli unforgivable sin being paraded around the world…

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Europe, welfare migration, and hypocrisy

Taxpayers don’t like coughing up big amounts of money so other people can choose not to work. And they really get upset when welfare payments are so generous that newcomers are encouraged to climb in the wagon of government dependency.

This has an effect on the immigration debate in the United States. Most Americans presumably are sympathetic to migrants who will boost per-capita GDP, but there is legitimate concern about those who might become wards of the state.

Welfare migration also has become a big issue in Europe.

Reuters has a report on efforts by the U.K. government to limit and restrict the degree to which migrants from other E.U. nations can take advantage of redistribution programs.

“Cameron says he needs a pact to curb benefits for new migrant workers from EU countries… Proposals to allow British authorities to withhold in-work benefits for up to four years from EU citizens moving to work in Britain are under intense scrutiny.”

You can understand why Cameron feels pressure to address this issue when you read horror stories about foreigners coming to England and living comfortable lives at taxpayer expense. This isn’t just a controversy in Britain.


Christian Migrants Attacked by Muslim “Refugees”

999999A brief selection of news items that the biased media does not widely circulate:

In Germany:

Christian migrants in German asylum centres are living under persistent threat, with many fearing for their lives as the hardline Sunni majority within the migrant population attempts to enforce Sharia law in their new host nation. The situation is so bad that Christians claim they live like “prisoners” in Germany, and some have even returned to Middle East.


Throwing Christians overboard:

Rome (CNN)Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said.


In the UK::

UK Turning Its Back on Christian Refugees? British Policy to Give 20K Muslims Asylum,

Persecution Groups Say.
Anglican leader Justin Welby, as well as Christian persecution watchdog groups, have warned that U.K. government policies on granting asylum are discriminating against Christians who are avoiding entering formal refugee camps populated by Sunni Muslims amid fears of attacks by Islamic radicals.
“As countries like the U.K. debate how to deal with the refugee crisis, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said that their policy will discriminate against Christians. The policy takes those who are in camps, but many Christians fearing discriminant, violence, and intimidation have not been willing to enter formal camps that are largely populated by Sunni Muslims,” International Christian Concern said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.


Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973