Today was an interesting day. Today Tashanna’s plan of having our CISV kids paint, and sell their paintings to strangers to raise money for activities came to fruition. I was put on edge when I learned that we would each be doing our own paintings (she had prepared nine “Canvasses”, i.e. pieces of thin wood painted white, procured from the studio), but it ended up much better that way. I was very impressed with much of the kids work, and I regret not purchasing Erica’s (who is not even a delegate but a delegate’s friend) work, which included a face without eyes eminating blue energy and a bust of the world. It was the painting that I was entrusted to sell (we exchanged works before going out to sell them), and I called it “Worldly Emanations of Spirit” or something similar. The man who purchased it, for a scant 4.50$ (like I said, I should have bought it myself), actually cried at its beauty. While it was not the highest money fetching painting, it did affect its purchaser the most. Other highlights included my painting selling for 6$ (despite most of the kids thinking it was crap. And, in important ways it was. I had attempted a very “modern art” represenation of Canada which consisted mostly of smudges of paint. Milan would have hated it). Also, my brother’s painting sold for 20$ (the highest grossing painting, by a factor of 3). Lowlights included me not bringing a camera, so the visual represenations of “World” and “home” were lost forever, except Lisa’s and Louise’s paintings, which I took home for a very reasonable 6$. Louise’s painting, “Hearts on Sticks” as I’ve named it, is truly excellent. Perhaps I will photograph it with my father’s digital camera (mine is broken) and post it online.
After the meeting, Simon and I proceeded back to Surrey were we enjoyed a wonderful summer barbequed meal, which included Chicken and Ling Cod, aswell as roasted vegetables (on the grill, my new specialty), and herb focada bread. After dinner, Simon and I rode to Cloverdale to rent “Goodbye Lenin”, which we watched in the late evening. I hope my family enjoyed it, I didn’t get a chance to ask them afterwards I was so enthralled in the special features. Also, I had poured myself what I judged to be a glass of cognac (a very expensive one, which I was given several years ago), but in effect was probably closer to two, or two and a half drinks. So, three hours later, I am still reasonable intoxicated.
What I failed to do today was give my mother and father their birthday present. I wasn’t in a good enough mood to dispense gifts on this non-significant date (my mothers birthday is in a few days, my fathers a few days ago, but they are getting one and the same gift). Perhaps tommorow will offer a chance. First though, I need to finish watching Goodbye Lenin’s special features. Adios.