January 30, 2017

Stop the Muslim and Refugee Bans!

"Bound" 2011 by Traci Tompins

Urgent Call to action @ACLU

Call your Senators now!
Tell them how to stop it.

And Finally, all who #resist should read this guide, by Indivisible
Real Action, and its working!

January 27, 2017

Let it Begin!

Art, Activism, and Resistance

Oh yeah, art. I have some projects I'm working on and will post here when I can. Just got a new scanner (thanks Mom and Sis)! 

I know I hoodwinked you into coming to look at art and not my rants, but welcome to the new age. We are all responsible for what is happening in our world. As the Indigo Girls wrote, "if I have a care in the world I have a gift to bring" so let's bring it! (Just quoted you @Indigo_Girls, and will probably do so again). This time the song is "Hammer and a Nail" as in get some and do something!

Go to Make your voice count! at countable.org, where Reps and Senators read your comments. Call them directly. Let them know how they vote now affects how you vote later.

#watchpaintdry #resist #aclu. Comment on more causes we can follow. 

Keep Fighting, this is not a time to hide and hope things will get better. They will continue to get much worse.

I swore, took an oath, and planned to have engraved on my tombstone, that I would never join Twitter. But I want to keep up with #resistance going on, so email me for my handle. I can control trolls here, but not there.

Did Ya Hear?

Next Big Washington March may be Scientists Remember those educated people with knowledge of the real truth?

January 24, 2017

The Process

A (very) brief process video of the #watchpaintdry alternative viewing content

Final Artwork for #watchpaintdry, alternative viewing

Zen Tangle over Hate  <-------Click Here!

Rock The Nation

I marched in the Sister March on Washington January 21, 2017
Life Changing.

Woke up to a fresh batch of poison from #45. I closed my Facebook account. Too much hate, too little humanity.

Now I am acting locally and shouting LOUDLY. Here, where no one may hear. But this is ok.


January 2, 2017


Check out this hashtag on any social media. #watchpaintdry #__watchpaintdry (two underscores on twitter). Save the world with art!

December 27, 2016

Five and a Half years later and now I'm 50...

The events of the past years have made me cranky, grateful, humble, and so very sarcastic. I have been in the shadows, I have been quiet, I have been broken, and I have been loved. Now its time to dust off that thing called "art" and take her out for a spin. I am not sure how this is going to go, except I'm pretty sure I'm starting off with zentangles. I will also be shamelessly displaying the artwork of my 11 year old daughter who draws hands better than I do and I have been failing at it a lot longer!

Watch this space.

April 28, 2012

Interview with Jocelyn Rossiter of soulbrushart

Joss Rossiter
I met Jocelyn Rossiter through ATCs for All (atcsforall.com), an artist trading card site. We have done personal trades, been in swaps together, and she has been in a couple of my swaps. I have noticed in the year and a half that I've had the pleasure of knowing Joss that her style has just become stronger and deeper, and I've been blown away by the art she is creating. I know she has recently had local success in showing her art, as well as success in selling her work on line. I wanted to interview Joss not only as a way to help promote her and her artwork, but also to pick her brain about how she creates such brilliant pieces. I often talk here about how I struggle with finding a creative style, so I want to talk to Joss about how she developed hers.

Where do you live? Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in London now, but was born and grew up in South Africa, during the difficult Apartheid years. We emigrated to England in 1986 due to the political unrest, and to this day, my heart remains in Africa! I think African women (particularly the rural people) are just amazing. Their fortitude and perseverance in the most dire of circumstances is truly admirable.

Sisters in the Sun

How did you become interested in art?
I always loved art, but couldn't draw a straight line a s a child. In fact I was told more than once that I was not artistic at all. I was fat, wore glasses, and very unhappy child. So I began to believe that I was completely useless, and my confidence was smashed on a daily basis.

After having a spinal operation in 2003 (I slipped my disc and was told I may never walk again after the surgery), I was recuperating slowly, but finding it difficult to stand or sit for long periods of time. My eldest son (who is very artistic himself), brought me some paintbrushes and an easel and acrylics and said, 'Draw, play around, it will help your recovery', and I just smiled wryly.

I felt sure that nothing could help the depression that had descended on my shoulders, but I played around with the paints anyway, and it was fun. Every time I stood before the easel and dabbled with the wonderful colours, I forgot the pain. I often look at these pieces and giggle. They were awful!

Dancing in the Moonlight
Are you self taught or formally trained (or both)?
In 2006, we moved to a new house and there was a Learning Centre nearby offering introductory Art lessons, which I attended for 3 months, then went back to work full time (fully recovered from my back surgery and other ensuing surgeries that followed). We drew with pencils, charcoal and inks, then went on to using watercolours, and eventually acrylics. I loved the lessons, and was sorry that I couldn't continue. But none of the styles really 'spoke' to me.

After a few years, I met up with this same Art teacher and decided to join another woman at her home, doing lessons, which I did for the next year. Again, we dabbled in lots of different media, and I found myself drawn to faces, and gradually to African faces in particular. After the lessons, I would go home and interpret what I had learnt into something with an African style.

Serenity Steven
What inspires you to start a piece?
An image, a face, a part of a painting, a picture, an idea in the middle of the night, something I see.

What media do you use, and what is your favorite?
I enjoy lost of different things. I use acrylics, watercolours, gouache, inks, sharpies and other markers. I also dabble in collage- but I like to mix my collage in with my painting.

What themes interest you most?
I find that faces and the human form, particularly with an emotional content always attract me. And of course all African art, masks, statues, dolls, tribal art, family art, faces etc (not landscapes- I am really not a landscape person.)

How would you say your style has developed over the years?
In leaps and bounds, from hardly being able to draw, to trying out all sorts of styles and media- flowers, still life, abstract- to eventually discovering my absolute love of all things 'African'. My style has been called 'raw and primitive' and I love that- it's a compliment.

Mother's Love
Tell us about your recent local success in showing your artwork.
I was walking past a coffee shop in London a month ago and saw an advert in the window asking local Artists to bring their art in to possibly have it displayed in the shop. I rang the owner, sent him an email with my art, and he wrote back immediately saying he loved it and would like to display/hang it in his cafe. I am so excited and am delivering it to him today. It is such a proud and emotionally overwhelming day for me.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Yes. I am a teacher (part time now) and I always tell my students that they should keep trying, to endeavour to achieve their dreams and never give up. If I had listened to those people who told me I was useless at art, I wouldn't be here. If I had not taken the challenge my son gave me I wouldn't be here, and if I had not taken the risk to show my art on Etsy, so swap it with other wonderful artists round the world, I would not be here.

So keep on keeping on! Always try and try and try and never give up your dreams! It doesn't matter how old you are (I am 64), you are never to old to have fun, to start something new and even have people all over the world buy your art. (I have now sold 28 pieces of art on Etsy, to America, South Africa, Australia, Canada and Malaysia).

Check out more of Joss' art and get in touch with her!

email: jossross@yahoo.com