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What should I do?

This Jewel Beetle had so many outfit changes before I settled on this combination. Do these colours exist in nature? I don’t know. Do I care? Absofrickinglutedly not. This is my beetle and I will paint him any colour I want to.

Contour line drawing of a Jewel Beetle.  Creatively coloured in with a sapphinre head, emerald green thorax and pink abdomen, wings and legs.
Jewel Beetle

This fella has been a good distraction from life stuff. Some things need more time and mulling through...other things like the @culturecrawl I have to decide on soon.

Last year, For the first time in 7 years, I didn’t participate in the Annual EastSide Culture Crawl (Vancouver’s largest art festival)because...COVID. I had hoped I would this year thinking we would be further along in terms of global management of this pandemic...but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

I am tempted to get on my COVID pulpit and yell...but that will only serve to waste valuable instead I am going to ask you guys to help me sort out my situation.

I only sell my art work once a year during the Culture Crawl. And then donate all proceeds to two great organizations (La Gonave Community and Child as well as @hugabulladvocacyandrescue ). It is a purely selfish thing I do for myself. For 4 days I get to interact directly with people who are curious about my work...I am not isolated by my disability and situation....and bonus...I feel like I am able to participate in my small way in giving back to my community via my donations.

The reality is I crash hard and I have a major flare for weeks after this festival...but I always look forward to the connections I forge on those few days. I really really missed that last year, and my mental well-being suffered for it.

Now it is 2021, and watching COVID data has me doing a risk/benefit analysis yet again. Even with vaccines, I can not control for poor human behaviour and predict for new variants.

So, I could register and hope the world gets its act together. Or I figure out a different way to get my art jollies. Something that is low energy, requires limited cognitive effort, allows me to fundraise over a short period of time...affords me the connection I crave...and the pleasure of sharing my work. Oh yeah...and it has to be over a limited period of time? Any suggestions?

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