Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Cabin Rituals by CK poem

Sitting here at the back porch
On the muddy floor boards.
Ricks of wood piled up here, there and everywhere.
I toke before i bring in a few overnight sticks
And the best dog in the world moves away from the smoke
To wrestle in the puffy snow.
The grey pollution blends with the sky.
The day's work is going to have to be done
As these bones are worn, this tissue is tired,
Skin is scratched and face chapped.
A little rest is appreciated sittin here
And much more after soup and tea.

My libations prepared and food made,
I let them cool as I get washed up.
Pick out the briars, clean the cuts,
Swab the nostrils, get twigs out of my ponytail.
I eat and drink, moving to the music on the radio
Spilling them on the floor.
I would attempt sleep, lord knows I could,
But these nights turn long without company.
Through the night, into the wee hours
I piddle around the house, organizing things
I widdle pieces of wood to make little crafts.

I make a wood picture frame with old keys to glue on;
Put together a wood bird house, moss glued to it;
I paint another bird feeder that I made out of a carton.
I do, I do and do till it gets too cold for me to be awake.
Three quilts keeps me warm enough to survive this winter.
The candle blows out, the wood is in the stove crackling,
The cats are sleeping at my feet and the dog in her bed.
I am not so alone, after all I am surrounded by warmth.
These creatures, my things, the food in my belly
And the wind howling makes life less lonely.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Media's complacency to social issues rant

The media in one breath will highlight a social issue and immediately become complacent, or worse, barbaric in solving issues. Whether it's sexism, racism, or classism, the mainstream media i.e. news, TV, lit, always fails to provide a platform for social revolution/resolution.

I'm watching the super bowl game because the TV is on...for one, it's nationalistic and capitalistic, but my point: remember just months ago the media was talking about how 95% of NFL players in a recent study had CTE, a brain disease that permanently affects functioning and behavior? Now these like minded people--that do in fact care about the health of the athletes--will capitalize on the super bowl by appearing in ads or promoting the super bowl as means of commercializing their platform. The media only uses their platform to report, not solve issues.

After the game, a white riot broke out, jumping on police cars, eating horse dookie, and burning stuff in the street--of course, the police said they were powerless to the riot...of course.

And of course the Superbowl has made sure they don't have another pro-black message again after they got a taste of it from Beyonce years back. There was a Black Culture ad, but there wasn't kneeling, nor any protest tonight from what I could tell--even though months ago Colin Kaepernick was fired for starting a movement in his own right highlighting the contradiction of patriotism for america when it's a system of injustice for Black Americans.

It's not just these contradictions's stupid Justin Timerblake too. He's the halftime performance for the super bowl. Him and a lot of these actresses are all #metoo and #timesup, but then work with Woody fucking Allen a month later. They're actually complacent in dealing with sexism.

Once again, the mainstream media only uses their platform to report, not solve issues. Let me remind you youngens that Woody is a beloved director that married his daughter. Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake are among some of Woody's apologists. Miley Cyrus, Kate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Emma Stone, and many male actors *duh* have been featured in his recent work--further highlighting the media's complacency in dealing with sexual harrassment, rape culture, and patriarchy.

Harrassment is so pervasive that the media reacts with complacency, complicitness, whatever. The media STILL has quite a LOT of pro-police TV like Brooklyn-99, a comedic spin on the copious TV cop dramas made up of hip and young comedian types to make police propaganda palatable for the demographic audience. Complacency.

 Once again the media does not highlight issues of black Americans during Black History Month because it isn't palatable to their demogrphic audience--because their audience is white and middle aged to elderly. This is why during Black History Month, the media will quote Martin Luther King Jr only, because they spin I Have A Dream into white American conquest or whites' terror of Black Power. An MLK quote was used in a dodge ram ad during the Superbowl, just so you know.

Facts about Black poverty isn't palatable because it's a reminder of whites' part in the enslavement of Africans and Black Americans. In present Black History, Black men are disproportionately incarcerated, and the reaction to that was an up surge of white police propaganda in the mainstream white media. Incarceration isn't palatable because of whites' part in the prison system, so the media doesn't talk about that, nor highlighting the black pro athletes affected by CTE. The media does not talk about how black women and black LGBTQIA+ are disproportionately affected by sexual harrassment, health issues, income disparity, and homelessness.

Don't expect FoxNews website to have any articles about figures in Black History during this month. I checked, they haven't had a Black History Month article since February 2016. It's February 2018. And get this: their Facebook page of course has zero posts this month so far highlighting Black History Month, EXCEPT for one screenshot of Ivanka Trump tweeting that people need to celebrate Black achievement. Stories of Black achievment is palatable.

I have mentioned too many complacent white celebrities--sorry, there's a lot of them--and a lot of them would rather think about brunch than human rights. I could go on and on because after the Superbowl, I watched Dave Chappelle's show on Comedy Central--and that too, is a reminder that shows with a pre-dominantly Black cast are getting replaced by white shows and white TV news anchors. Like I said, I could go on and on...

Certain people are not affected by food insecurity, homelessness, and all forms of poverty--those people are politically complacent i.e. white silence is violence. There's levels to white wealth, but wealth is pre-dominantly in the hands of white men while the most extreme forms of poverty are systematic to Black Americans.

The centuries of slavery, Jim Crow/KKK/lynching/white terror, the killing of civil rights leaders, prison industrial complex, waste dumping/land and water poisoning, and education segregation are all ways powerful and complacent whites normalized oppression. The white government killed MLK Jr, including Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and many others with Cointelpro. The white government pushed Assata Shakur and Kathleen Cleaver out of the country, imprisoned many political activists like Angela Davis and created fear for all Black civil rights activists.

The media is not going to have this coversation because it's a reminder that whites did not work hard for what they got, because their ancestors committed genocide of many bodies, stole bodies, imprisoned bodies, raped bodies, and took all the possible wealth. This is why mainstream media is complacent: it would be an admission of the way wealth is inherited rather than talk about generational poverty.

 Howard Zinn said: "you can't be neutral on a moving train," and this describes some media: it's not necessarily that white news is neutral on social issues, it's that they're complacent even after awareness of the issues. Whites aren't neutral about police brutality, because historically they have sided with cops. This is why white mainstream media doesn't demonize police brutality because their audience glamorizes police violence by the likes of cop shows.

The police will tear gas, beat, imprison, or kill human rights protesters, all-the-while the police won't do the same to KKK groups. Then the media demonizes Black Lives Matter, Occupy, Antifa, Standing Rock groups that are protesting for human rights. Police killed 1,129 people last year, which ranks thwm to terrorist status.

Somewhat, sexual harrassment was a national conversation but only because it was an awareness of harrassment towards white female celebrities. Still, there wasn't enough demonization in the media of this harrassment, male gaze, or any forms of sexism. The media does not genuinely demonize any violence, because violence is also glamorized in the media.

Poverty is not classified as violence but it most certainly is violent, but often poverty is glamorized. Even though there were several moments of a War on Poverty, the world has been waiting long for War On Wealth. War on Terror is 50% of the US federal budget goes to the military, include states' budget mostly going to police departments. War on poverty is palatable.

The liberal message that immigrants built this country is palatable, but in fact it was the stolen Black lives in the form of slavery--that built the infrastructure in this country. Slavery isn't palatable and Whites can't relate to slavery. Lincoln freeing the slaves is palatable because it takes away blame of Whites who upheld slavery.

Instead, it was the efforts of Black Americans then and now that have put in all the work for Black justice. Blacks have been highlighting these issues forever...They will not stand for Whites hijacking their narrative.

Blacks are the greatest leaders and activists, so their work and honor will not be confined to one month. #TimesUpforWhiteWashingHistory. We'll remember those Black inventors, writers, teachers, scientists, and artists with honor everyday. We'll appreciate and acknowledge the historical work of Black Americans, and then we'll look to the future all as one, together.

Black people have and are doing great things in this world and its history. There are Black American farmers like Ron Finley sharing a style of gardening to encourage youth to grow food everywhere. This message is about providing everyone access to healthy, low cost food and closing the food gaps in urban black neighborhoods. Tarana Burke, the creator of #MeToo, has been the driving force behind the movement preventing and ending sexual harrassment in the workplace, at home, school, and on the streets. BLACK LIVES MATTER, formed when the news showed videos to the world how Black lives were treated by police. The movement was sparked by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi with influences by DeRay Mckesson, Shaun King, and Johnetta Elzie.

We stand with the activists working today. We stand in remberance of the young lives lost long ago too from Emmett Till to Tamir Rice in recent years. Trayvon Martin would have been 23 today. From Marsha P. Johnson to Sandra Bland, and to all those lives gone in an instant: Rest In Power. Eric Garner who lost his life at the literal hands of police, you'll be remembered forever, and his daughter Erica who fought for her father's justice till her final moments...REST IN PEACE.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

My Grandma/pa's snowy winter front yard painting by CK

It's hard to see in the painting, but in the tree on the right, there is a woodpecker eating from the bird feeder; and there is a cardinal on the post on the left.

And, I do not endorse the amerikkkn (racist) flag--my grandparents just so happen to have the flag on their shed so I painted it because I'm giving this painting to them anyway...

Saturday, December 16, 2017

DIY Natural Woodland Birdhouse holiday gift idea

Here I have a bird house with glued sticks and bark. The process took about an hour, and I believe used almost four glue sticks to piece together all the materials I collected from outside. This is going to my grandmother for a holiday gift. She actually asked for a birdhouse--little does she know I didn't just go buy one. Although I did buy the "house" to glue the pieces to; but all the wood I collected from the yard.

This is a perfect craft for kids or anyone that loves crafts in general, including bird watchers/enthusiasts.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cardinals in the Fall Pines by CK

I painted this landscape of birch, ornamental pear, cardinals a while back. I love the combination of colors--honestly, I don't think I'm going to sell or gift this painting...I'm going to keep it for myself.

Holiday gift painting "Backyard flower garden" by CK

Hey, everyone. I'm still making holiday gifts. This painting isn't really a gift I'm personally giving, but I'm getting paid to make this for someone else to give as a gift.
I made another painting which I will show you in my next post. Of course, you can always look at all my paintings at my Deviantart and tumblr pages.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Making more holiday wreath crafts + natural wreath

I made the wreath wire, then cut pine & cedar to weave into the wire , but I'm not finished 

I made this wreath with deco mesh 

And I assisted my grandma in making this wreath

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday DIY card craft ideas with old buttons

these buttons are older than me & I wanted to use them since my papaw found these in his shed

I repurposed the buttons to make holiday cards for family

using glue dots "zots" the buttons will stick to the card

decorate the buttons in all sorts of ways
I made the buttons as ornaments or as wreaths, and there are more ideas for button card ideas on pinterest. Go to my previous post to see other holiday craft ideas I have been doing. I will be making arts and crafts throughout the season, so I will keep you posted.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Making Deco Mesh Wreaths for the holidays (gift ideas)

The first picture is a foam tree decorated with buttons held by sewing pins. I found this craft on Pinterest as a holiday activity to decorate with or gift. I also used pinterest to get ideas for the wreaths as well.
Over the last couple of days I have made five wreaths that I wanted to show you. Some of these I will be giving away as gifts for family members. I am keeping the wreath I am holding in the picture, and the last one I am donating for a charity auction.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Peace Love Bald Beauty painting by Cassie K

Cottage Tiny House Garden at Sunset painting by Cassie K

Over the weekend, I painted this quaint cottage in the woods at sunset. I want to live here!
Another painting I done was my first nude painting. If you want to see that one, you can click the links at the bottom of the page of this post and click on the left button that says "newer post."

Friday, October 20, 2017

Some interesting drawings of characters, scenes, & still life from 2013-2015

I was looking through some of my sketch books from 2013 and 2014, and I wanted to share some of the drawings I found. I know I have posted probably all of these drawings on here or on my deviantart page, but these drawings stood out to me the most. One particularly stood out to me of the drawings of Trailer Park Boys TV Show characters because this week one of the people died. The drawing of an old man's head in this picture, known as Jim Lahey, has passed.

trailer park boy characters

young Pam Grier

character idea "Mr Barker" 

Arrested Development character Tobias

face ideas

my fortune

selfie drawing

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Two more Fall halloween Paintings by Cassie Kinney

Here are additional paintings I've done this week. There are similar elements in the two paintings, with the witchy house, fall plants, and bats. The first painting has pathway leading to a house lined with birch trees of yellowing leaves. There are pumpkins, cushaws, mums. The second painting has a creek flowing past a house in the forest, washing through big rocks and plants.

Halloween scene with pumpkins, gourds, scarecrow decor

I took my grandma to see mums, pumpkins, and gourds, so we bought some things and I put this scene together for my grandmother.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Two Fall Autumn Witchy Garden shed acrylic paintings (FOR SALE)

I started painting again as you may have noticed. The painting I posted on here the other day of the pumpkins was sold on ebay. I'm a little frustrated because I want to be able to sale art, and in doing so you have to cheapen your worth (value). I learned my lesson though selling on ebay because of the cost of shipping with paintings is pricey! I sold that painting with free shipping and it ended up costing the exact amount that I sold for the painting. I actually went in the hole with the painting when factoring in that I had to drive over 15 miles to get to a post office!

So I hope you understand why I am selling the paintings at the price I am on ebay. Two paintings that I am showing you down below are also for sale on ebay. Go to my account and view all the paintings I am selling here: My ebay store.

The sign on the door of the shed says 'welcome'