Sunday, November 27, 2011

My Great Great Grandpappy!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Check out my new paintings on my painting blog. This is my latest!

My Great Great Grandpa- Painting by Tina Winterlik  © 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Check out My New Paintngs

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Hey, I've got some new paintings to show you. Check them out here!

I just finished editing Ron Hedrick's instructional painting video which we will have available shortly. I am learning from him and you can see my progression as I paint 50 Black & White Paintings, learning value studies.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

For the Sake of Our Children, Our Loved Ones, Our World...

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

For the Sake of Our Children, Our Loved Ones, Our World- Please Watch this Video and Do EVERYTHING and ANYTHING you Can Do To Help!!

Nothing to Fear

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Wow that saying "There is nothing to Fear except Fear itself!" is so true!! Check out Rick Mercer and if you haven't seen the video Revolution 2012 has begun please watch it and the Message of Hope that comes after. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Climate Change Upon Canada- Watch this!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Watch this very informative video discussing the issues of Climate Change in Canada and the problems it is causing and how little is being done by Stephen Harper.

"Listen carefully to what he says about the children who were in the womb during disasters."

They Canadian Government has not budgeted for Climate Change Disasters. The are cutting funding for Environment Canada.


(Quoted from Video info)
Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May held a press conference with Dr. Gordon McBean on November 18th, 2011 concerning the potentially devastating effects of climate change on Canada in the coming years. A special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was released earlier in the day on this topic from a global context, called Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX). 

Dr. Gordon McBean is a Canadian climate expert who recently became President-elect of the International Council for Science (ICSU), a non-governmental organization devoted to international co-operation in the advancement of science.

Additional information on Dr. McBean can be found here:

The summary report from the IPCC can be found here: The full report will be found at the same URL in February.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Occupy Wall St - The Revolution Is Love-Video-Excellent!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

This is a really beautiful video. Talks about giving and really being community and we are all together, there is no other. We need to follow thru and keep this movement going so we can start our future, the future we've all dream about, one of peace and compassion and creativity and giving.

Occupy Wall St - The Revolution Is Love

OCCUPY - Poetry In Motion

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Last Spring I listened to  these incredible interviews with Ryan Eliason, and I still receive emails from him. This morning I received one that was called

What the heck is this "Occupy" movement anyway?

He mentions that alot of the message was being lost and it was frustrating so he wanted to share this great video below. See what he wrote and check out this message of hope.

Love in Action : Poet Drew Dellinger at Occupy Oakland

Through poetry and video Drew begins to capture the essence, and the message, of this diverse movement for change. Check it out (it’s 5 minutes): Love in Action: Poet Drew Dellinger at Occupy Oakland

Believe it or not, Drew actually makes a living spreading this kind message. He’s a poet, spoken word artist, author, and social entrepreneur extraordinaire.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Paintings So Far

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Check out the paintings I've been working on. 

Click Here to View the Others

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Suicide -the Taboo Subject

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

To post or not,...that is where my head is this morning. I could just post this video and leave it without saying anything but then I am doing exactly what I am trying to prevent...I'm not talking about the taboo subject of suicide. To me that is such an ugly word,...

Why?    you ask...well for alot of reasons. One, the biggest is because I had to deal with it at a very young age...just 11 years old. My father, a very loving kind man, took his life. There I said it.

I have been told throughout life by some, to just say it was a heart attack or something. My mom always told to to tell the truth. Mostly I never say anything.

It was a long time ago, 38 years so no reason to talk of such sad things. I'll tell you though that there was no help for him back then, we lived in a pretty isolated community and I remember the doctors giving both my parents lots of pills to deal with the terrible stress in their lives. I'm not going to share all the personal info but I just know they had no one to talk to. At one point they both tried the pills. My dad threw up or didn't take them, my mom took them and ended up getting her stomach pumped.

I know my dad tried a few times, he used to kiss us and tell us he was going die...and we as numb little children would cry and beg him not to go and then go back to watching tv ...what could we do, while he drunkenly drove off....

 He came home and said a police officer told him to go home.

On the day my dad succeeded he didn't do it with pills and it wasn't a car crash, I'm not going to go into all the details, I will just say that there was a gun involved. I hate guns.

My poor mom, I really don't know how she coped, that explains her heart attack and open heart surgery at 45 I guess. I was 14. Some people said we should have gone for counselling but we didn't. She was doing her best to keep us in school, fed and clothed and a roof over our head. She really was amazing! I miss her so much. That stress was what played a huge roll in why her body just broke down over time and she left us at the early age of 76.

To be honest, when someone you love commits suicide, it plants a seed in your head. When I was 15 I was terribly sad about a boy...totally normal, what young teen doesn't get hurt this way..but I decided I was going to end it all and I tried but my mom just got mad at me and told me I was stupid and never do it again. Yikes! But that tough love helped me somehow get thru it...and I survived my teens, and I don't think I told anyone.

Later in life, something terrible happened, and I lost my job and I was being harrassed by a teacher in a course I was taking and my whole life was turning into a disaster, and I thought about jumping off a bridge, just like this man. Luckily I didn't and when I got home I did tell someone, and we talked and talked and I survived.

I've learned a couple of things that have helped so much since then,
One is that if you can just get thru that very bad day, things truly will get better tomorrow.
Two is talk to someone you trust- tell them- just telling someone your burdens truly lifts a huge weight

I hope people will start to talk more and this subject stops being so secretive. We need to protect the ones we love and reach out if you think someone is awfully quiet or acting odd. If someone you love is depressed spend time with them, let them know you care.

Well I have to go make breakfast. Let me tell you something about the secretiveness and taboo of suicide, my daughter knows about what happened to her grampa and it makes her very sad and she cries, but it is life and I feel she needs to know. Where as my niece has never told her children and she feels they are too young to know about stuff like that...they are older than my daughter. It's definitely taboo and I don't know if we can ever break the cycle...after all it's against the law...and many believe against God's law. 

Just one last thing, if there's any mommies or daddies out there who are super stressed and really feel that you can't cope, STOP! Stop right now and think about your kids and what will really happened to them if you leave them all alone in this world. Don't do that to them. They need you. They need you as a whole healthy loving supportive person. Please, please reach out and get some help. Take it from someone who has been there. Please don't give up, just get thru today, tomorrow a miracle will happen. Just pray for help, pray hard and you will be amazed. I'm praying for you today. Don't leave, it will get better, your family needs you. Don't leave your children behind. Call someone, go have a coffee, meditate, focus on positive things, BREATHE!  Please reach out for the sake of your child. Please!

So weird, as I watch this little video I created to remember my dad, I am reminded I will be the same age this year as he was when he passed, and I can not help but feel teary and sad as I wish things had been different.

But I have my little girl and I will go give her a big hug and we will do our best to have the best day even though we have lots of stress from the men grinding the cement off the outside of our building to a host of other issues...but all we can do is get thru today...and the next and the next and miracles do happen...all the time....some little some big...but we just don't know what God has planned for us, we just have to stick around and wait and see....Please do that for me...Okay! Don't ever give up! :) As my family always says to me, "Chin up buckroo!! Chin up!"

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bernadine Fox- At the Culture Crawl Nov 18,19,20

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

It is that time of year again….  the most-well-attended art festival (at 15,000 strong!) starts in FOUR days.  The Eastside Culture Crawl (300+ artists opening up their studios to the public) begins Friday Nov 18th (5 to 10pm) and continues through Saturday and Sunday Nov 19th & 20th (11 am to 6 pm).  

Pears: And Then There Were Three ©  by Bernadine Fox


Want to go to an art opening? Not sure what to expect? 

Excellent Tip
Weather Forecast:  The weather report for the Crawl weekend is unfortunately for rain which means you should bundle up, bring an umbrella, and pick at least some buildings that have a lot of artists in one place - like William Clark Studios!  Did you know that William Clark Studios (red dot in map below) is one of the three largest buildings in the Crawl?  So, come and visit me, stay out of the rain, and take in 23 artists in one place! 

How to find Bernadine:

Bernadine Fox's Studio
Studio #7, 1310 William St. Vancouver, BC
twitter: bernadinefox
YouTube: foxbernadine

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Events-BE HAPPY!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

HEY, LET'S CHANGE THE WORLD!! On BE HAPPY! Grab 11 of your best people/friends/family and do something fun and happy. Have a great time and create a positive effect. See more here

See some of the Events here and Spread the world.

You and 11 people that are special to you will be connected to the World by a bond of peace and happiness.

Who are these people? 

Have you ever told them they are important to you? 

Do they share our vision of peace?

Invite them to participate this 11.11.11

We are ONE
One is the number of Unity
Unity is what our World urgently needs

Do you remember the movie PAY IF FORWARD, well this applies the same principles. We CAN do this, we just have to WANT it and APPLY it. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Great Video for What's Next- OWS- Occupy Vancouver

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Hey this is some great advice and I think you should all take a look at this. Please join Occupy Cafe tomorrow morning 800am PST, 1100am EST for our next call with Metta Center founder Michael Nagler and ED Stephanie Van Hook on Non Viiolence. Register at

What will happen to Occupy Vancouver?

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Just following the twitter feed Greg Renouf

@grenouf Vancouver, BC
Technologist, hacker, ethicist, newly christened activist who loves . Changing the world from inside & out...!/grenouf

From what I read here, people tried to get help for the girl that passed away yesterday at Occupy Vancouver. It is very sad what happened but the only reason that this poor girl's death is receiving so much attention is because of where and how it happened.

Apparently messages were sent to Mayor Robertson and Insite was contacted and it's unclear if a nurse and supplies arrived. Drug abuse is a very sad problem in Vancouver. Right now bad heroin is going around, I saw a sign posted on this warning people.

This province has a huge homeless problem and many are youths. Gordon Campbell contributed to the huge child poverty problem we have right now and you can read about the work some wonderful people are doing a Covenant house.

I don't know what is actually going down at the camp. I know they have the best intentions and they are definitely trying hard but the are up against huge obstacles...OBVIOUSLY...or they wouldn't be there in the first place.

It's not perfect there, there are going to be bad things happening, bad things are happening all to fix it, who knows...that's what this is all about.

At least people are taking a stand. When people stand up for Saving the Whales or Clayquot Sound, they are not popular, many look at them and think ...Wow! Crazy,...but THANK GOD they did or we wouldn't have whales or the Clayquot.

Yes, the stakes are much bigger now, this is a huge world wide problem. People are afraid. We have to be strong and stay positive, and channel the positive energy into the best avenues possible.

What will happen down at Occupy Vancouver...I have no idea, ...I have no words...

I am very sorry for the girl that passed away, she was someone's beautiful baby, someone's lovely little girl, but somewhere someone failed her, someone hurt her, something happened for her to turn to a terrible drug that would take her life.

Watching the news makes me crazy, they misrepresent things so badly, they kept showing scenes of what they said was "fighting" and saying how the camera man got pushed...but after a bit the reporter said it was because people did not want them filming the girl..that is was disrespectful...and it was.

I want to pay my respects and I pray that she is at peace now and is an angel watching down from heaven and lending a helping hand to this very important cause.

Perhaps the tents aren't the way to go anymore,...what other way can we unite and work together. I had this idea of paper necklaces... 

I posted that link above as it calls for  ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS, BLOGGERS, MUSCIANS, TEXTERS, SOCIAL CHANGES AND FILMMAKERS, ARTISTS- Creative Minds Unite!!

What can we do to keep this alive, it won't be easy, but it must be peaceful. Peace will attract Peace. What ideas do you have? How are we going to change the world? We didn't break it in a day, so it's not like it can be fixed in a day! We have to try though...we have to...for our children!! for the ones we love...

Related Links-

Saturday, November 5, 2011

My Paintings!

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

The Gardener- Painting by Tina Winterlik © 2011
My newest paintings are here  Check this page regularly to see what I'm up to.

The goal is to paint 50 paintings in Black and White. I am doing value studies. I really liked the painting I did yesterday.  It's for sale so let me know if you would like it. 

Have a great day! It's lovely out, sunny and the fall colours are gorgeous.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kindness Concert & Kindness Flag Project

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

My little girl, she's such a loving sensitive child, she loves to talk to people and she smiles and compliments everyone she can. Sometimes when people meet her, at first they think that she expects to be complimented back but after you know her, you know she does it purely to brighten that person's day. I told her when she was little to smile at people and it will work magic. 

Sometimes she gets sad when someone doesn't smile back and I feel sad for her too but something I read a while ago helped, it said it doesn't matter if the person didn't appreciate it, God saw and he smiled. So that helps a bit. If we all would just make that little extra effort to be kind, miracles would abound. Like the law of attraction, it would attract tons more positive energy. 

So have you heard about the Kindness Concert and Kindness Flag Project. My friend Ingrid Tamboline was the brilliant lady who started the Kindness Flag Project during Vancouver Riots. Isn't appropriate that they should get together with the Kindness Concert.
Email: kindnessflagproject AT gmail DOT com

Special Note: Ingrid is trying to get some permanent markers so that people can make Kindness flags to put up in the lobby for the concert. If you could be so kind to help her, that would be fabulous. 

 Please contact her for more info. She is also hoping for people to come down and make the flags so be sure and contact her :)

Please see my blogpost on this Fabulous Project

And now there's this Great Concert you can go to

11th Annual Kindness Concert

World Kindness Concert

WorldKindnessConcert- On Twitter

@kindnessconcert Vancouver, British Columbia
Global movement 2 Eliminate Bullying, Domestic Violence, Cruelty 2 Animals, Abuse 2 our Environment Kindness is the solution... 11th year join us on FB

Quoted from Website:

Mission :
The World Kindness Concert celebrates its 11th year by gathering world class performers to celebrate and promote the messages of kindness, compassion, love and peace, and to touch the hearts of people around the world. This is more than just a Concert

This is a Global Movement to eliminate violence, bullying, suicide, cruelty and abuse to our environment. Some of the most inspiring and powerful performing artists will gather at The Centre For Performing Arts in Vancouver, Canada for a one of a kind concert that focuses on  the solution to these global issues. 

It promises to be a most memorable evening where everyone will be touched by a simple and yet most powerful message… Kindness…. Why kindness? 

In a world where bullying, depression, suicide and violence has reached epidemic proportions, ‘Kindness’ is not just a nice idea or notion….it is critical to the well-being of our world.  

Too often we under estimate the power of a smile, a touch,  a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make trees. Let kindness begin today and be contagious to touch each of us in the most meaningful way.

The 11th Annual World Kindness Concert

Friday November 4th,2011
Doors: 7pm / Show 8pm
The Centre for Performing Arts
777 Homer Street-Vancouver, BC

Nominated for Ninjamatics 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2011!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

Hey!! This Blog Tina Winterlik has been nominated for the Ninjamatics 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards in the Best New Weblog, Ecology & Social Justice, and Life categories.

The 2011 Canadian Weblog Awards are a juried competition with nominations open in 37 categories between January 1st and October 31st, 2011. 

The nominees shortlist will be announced on December 1st, 2011, and the winners will be announced on January 1, 2012.

2011 Canadian Weblog Awards

I'm so excited!! This is so cool as just the other day I was thinking maybe I should put this puppy to bed. I mean I don't get paid for blogging, I don't even have ads or a donate button. I have tested both but for the ads, well I didn't care for the products and well the donate no one did, so just left my blog pure. 

I do love to share though and that's what drives me to blog. 

It's lovely to acknowledged and to win this would be really fabulous. Congrats to all the nominees! P.S. Adventurez in Mexico is nominated too!