For those who love animals

When I paint pet portraits for people it not only gives me a great deal of satisfaction but also it helps others get a piece of love that’s forever. The animals twinkle in their eye that only they know, the little markings of fur that makes them unique and the special bond they have with each other.

But not all animals have this love from their masters. Some are abandoned, disregarded and abused. Some are left to wonder this world and become ill or even worse hurt.

But then we come across the earth angels that go out of their way to save these creatures, no matter where they are. When they get the call they go out in the dead of night or early morning and find these poor creatures and save them.

I have the privilege of getting to see this in action in my local area through the internet. Victory for Animals Society is a non-profit organization that helps these poor abandoned and more often, hurt animals.

These ladies who run this place who are located in Brighton On are fighting to keep this place open. Fighting for animals who cannot speak and defend themselves. www.victoryforanimals.com

Why are these places so important? Because in this day and age not enough people DO care about the welfare of these animals. People move into a place with no pets so they leave them behind or dump them somewhere.

We need to praise those who sacrifice their time, their health and their safety to get these animals out of harm’s way.  If you can buy a coffee, you can donate. Every bit helps these animals and look at it this way, you did a good deed!

These animals need care, shelter, food. They need people like us to raise awareness to help get the word out to keep this wonderful shelter open.

Besides that, you get a tax receipt which looks good at the end of the year, so why not!

I hope you find it in your heart to give a little, they will appreciate it tremendously!

Donate today! >donatea                      https://www.canadahelps.org/gcgc/112885

 

Persistence is the winner

Often times we think we cannot win in some situations, we don’t have the right tools or the right education or even money to get where we think we need to go.

But not all is lost. We have our persistence that goes far beyond any of those boundaries. Its continued efforts are not so forgotten. If we really want something worth fighting for then education or classification of status is easily surpassed with dedication and fueled passion.

Here is some pearls of wisdom by Alva Folkes that I stumbled across while reading some of her blog: You may not be as experienced, as well funded, as well connected, as talented, but you can always outthink, out hustle, and outwork everyone else. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland–everyone talks about the extra mile, but few people go there.

You may not be as experienced, as well funded, as well connected, as talented, but you can always outthink, out hustle, and outwork everyone else. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland–everyone talks about the extra mile, but few people go there.
Even when everything else seems stacked against you, effort and persistence can still be your competitive advantages–and they may be the only advantages you truly need.
Power is energy and makes things happen in a good way. – Alva Folkes.

SO when in doubt remember this because it is true and we are indefinitely powerful enough to get what we want if we really want something bad enough!  SO go the extra mile even if you’re not getting paid for it because the return will be rewarded.TIP: People remember the person that did that little something extra because so few do!

TIP: People remember the person that did that little something extra because so few do!

Book smarts to get you a paycheck is not the correct way to live a full life, Passion is the gasoline that fuels our drive. If we love what we do then the amount of money we obtain is not the key to our happiness. Giving of yourself of your talents that are more rewarding than any dollar amount.

Namaste

Exhausted? How to stretch those hours into quality not quantity.

I often find myself taking on too many tasks and too many projects as they always seem to come in clusters. I feel as though I may not know when the next job comes as an illustrator so when a multitude of work comes my way I just can’t say no.

Typically I work late evening night hours as much as my body will physically allow, only to burn out and eventually become ill. So when is really a good time to stop working and be more productive at your job at home or in the office?

Well, I have started to use certain increments of time during the day or evening that it is set in stone that I set aside for my family and activities because really isn’t that who you are working for anyway? These time slots are not allowed to be broken they are a must a block of time to set aside that will not be broken.

If you don’t take those breaks for yourself, I find the creativity stops flowing and you become so exhausted that the quality of your work suffers as a result. Not to mention family members and friends wondering where you went to. So even if it is 20 mins to read that article that has been sitting on the table for weeks or just stopping to enjoy that cup of coffee or listen to your friends and families day can take huge advantages to your overall moral and health.

So even if it is 20 mins to read that article that has been sitting on the table for weeks or just stopping to enjoy that cup of coffee or listen/text to your friends and families day can take huge advantages to your overall moral and health.

Work is work and family is family and they cannot be replaced so remember that the next time you decide to work late to get in extra hours to buy that bigger home no one will ever see you in.  Remember what is really important, you, your health and your family.

 

Autism Awareness Month

Normally my site is for art. And 99.9% of the time it is. But today I wanted to touch on a very different subject that is close to my heart. Autism. I felt that as a parent who hears things from other parents and my own experiences I wanted to give something that may help.  Autism is different for everyone.

Each child is different and has unique abilities. It is not always something you can see right away even if you are a parent with an autistic child. That is what makes things very difficult for those who teach them and for those who are not in their life every day. No one understands unless you have lived it or with it.

Autism is different for everyone. The most common misconception is they are misbehaving or the parent is at fault for not disciplining. No one understands unless you have lived it or with it.  Please remember this the next time you are in public, and you see a child or adult “acting out” know that they could very well be a special needs person so we who do not know or have an understanding of what is taking place need to be less judgmental. Things don’t always appear as they seem.

Let me emphasize: No one understands unless you have lived it or with it.  Please remember this the next time you are in public, and you see a child or adult “acting out” know that they could very well be a special needs person so we who do not know or have an understanding of what is taking place need to be less judgmental. Things don’t always appear as they seem.

Instead of rolling your eyes or making inappropriate comments, why not think with compassion. Think if that was you in that situation how you would feel. Everyone is going through something that we have no knowledge about, it is not up to us to make a stranger’s life more upsetting. They have enough to deal with than adults making sarcastic comments.

But I wanted to tell you that I received a mp3 and It came to me from a text from a very good friend of mine. It was to play at night called 101 power thoughts. It is about an hour long. I was told to play it at night as I was going to sleep and to play it while my kids were asleep as well. powerthoughts  I thought when I listened to it awake the first time to be very good for the soul and very positive. I didn’t really pay it much attention when I turned it on again the following night and went to sleep a usual.

When I awoke the atmosphere of the house seemed the same to me. I got up and did the usual things. But something was different. My child was up and cleaning out clothing from the wardrobe, throwing away what was said to contain negative clothing!  I was shocked. How could this be? and it went on from there. The attitude the demeanor,  You can imagine my surprise.

I am amazed that something that I have been saying every day forever to be positive and to be kind and love others and not hurt one another with words (like a broken record) had finally sunk in. But was this fluke? I don’t think so, even my other child began to change in some way, kinder (if that’s possible) thoughtful.  Now I am not a scientist. no far from it. I only stumbled across this from my friend. But could it help other people? I don’t know but I don’t want to keep this information to myself. If you want to try it, do it! the link is here:

Now I am not a scientist. no far from it. I only came across this from my friend. But could it help other people? I don’t know! Everyone is different, but I don’t want to keep this information to myself. If you want to try it, do it! the link is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5j0v46p03vrw8qd/101powerthoughts_9781401934255-1.mp3?dl=0 .

What harm could it do, it helped my family so I want to help you! Anyone having a difficult time I say try it! It is unconventional yes but aren’t the best things stumbled upon?

I think that because our mind is awake even when we slumber and is not being distracted by everyday traffic in life so it has more impact and results.  I hope that this helps everyone!!!! and Please feel free to let me know how it went! I am curious and this could be a wonderful tool to help more people and our children.   This is a free mp3 by Louise Hay and if you go to this site you can also download it for free as a gift for signing up to hayhouse!!! >>>>  http://www.hayhouse.com (not that I am promoting them and am not in anyway getting paid to do so).

 

Namaste

 

L. J Campbell

Something Different

 

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As an artist, I get bored easily with doing the same thing. I am always trying to do things that will challenge me to become a better artist. I wanted to do something that I felt would make me have to adapt to a challenge like this painting and make it my own.

Although it is not finished you can see that I have gotten the base down for my project and will show the final completed image once it’s done.

I find that going beyond what you are good at makes you learn different things that work and the things that don’t. I see things as I want to accomplish not as something I can’t do. Because really how do you know if you have never tried?

In a few day’s I will post the finished result which will be available for sale. This once it is done will not be an ordinary painting because I will be adding my funky touches to it to really enhance it and make it my own.  I hope it will turn out like I am envisioning but again everything is trial and error. And that is ok too if it doesn’t turn out how I imagined, then I learned something.

Tip: if you never go outside your comfort box you will never discover something new.

Namaste

Paint Parties for kids!

As an artist, I am always looking for ways in which I can branch out more, something that will inspire both myself and others. I decided what a better way to do that with the chance to teach young minds to learn to paint themselves and get interested in a therapeutic and self-soothing fun pass time.

SO I am Sending this out to my fans and all those parents out there that are tired of taking their kids to a place and spend all kinds of ridiculous amounts of money only to walk away with little to show for it.

If you are local to Oshawa or Toronto I am now offering Paint parties for kids!

Here are the packages you can get and not only will the kids learn something but they get to keep their masterpieces and paint brushes for future use! Please note that these packages are for up to 10 kids a party. If more are needed charges apply.

Check out the packages and book your party today!

1 MINI AWESOMENESS package: 10 people(kids)

8×10 flat canvases, teacher, brushes kit, paint tray. $175

2 TOO COOL package: Package 10 (kids)

12×16 wrapped canvas, teacher, brush kit, paint tray $255

3 OUT OF THIS WORLD package: 10 (kids)

16×20 wrapped canvases, teacher, brushes kit, paint tray. $350

 

We are offering simple yet beautiful works of art that will inspire them. If you have an idea for the painting in which you want for your party let me know and I can paint a simple painting for the kids to work on.

email me directly @ lizard423@hotmail.com