Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
And my old mother's black
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.
If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell
I'm sorry for that evil wish
and now I wish her well.
My old man died in a fine big house
My ma died in a shack
I wonder where I'm gonna die,
Being neither white or black?
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Brilliant Speech by Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken is a cross between Micheal Cain, Robin Williams and your favorite school teacher or university professor. If you do not laugh while watching and listening to his speech, please check your pulse. It is very entertaining, enlightening, funny and will make you rethink children's education.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
But, how dangerous is it? according to recent reports between ten and fifty people are killed by shark attacks worldwide every year! But, there are two side to every story, and the other side of the story is rarely told?
Facts: Humans attack and kill seventy million to one hundred million sharks every year(The United Nations Environmental Program estimates that we lose somewhere between 70 to 100 million sharks a year worldwide) Mainly just to cut off all their fins (while still alive) just to make FIN SOUP!!
If you visit or live in Asia where the demand for shark fins is the highest, refuse to buy or eat Fin Soup.
If we continue looking for shortterm profits by over fishing, and bulldozing the planet, especially the RAINFOREST'S (the lungs of the planet), what price will we ultimately pay?
If you have ever tried to comprehend the size of the universe?
According to NASA, if you suspended a dime against the night sky at a distance of 75 feet (or 23 meters) from your viewing position, the dime will cover approximately 1500 Galaxies.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
the above book, two reviewers talk about making a dream mandala and healing mandala? This also struck a cord, as the subject of mandalas keeps coming up? Do you ever feel that the universe is trying to give you directions to the answers you seek? Synchronicities are there if you just acknowledge them.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Sand Sculpture Festival in Haifa
We all at some point return to dust! (hopefully many, many years from now) Sand sculpture tends to amplify that process, it can be like watching a life movie at very high speed.
If you have ever visited the beach as a child, you have probably tried with a small bucket, sculpting sand. Many adults around the planet still like to play with sand sculpture; like Michelangelo played with marble.
To see some great sand sculpture photos from the world's largest sand sculpture festival in Brighton, England. click here
For more information on the Brighton Festival Click Here
Or, if you would like to see some amazing sand sculpture in person this summer in Eindhoven, Holland. Click here
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Tonight I have just finished reading Bill Gates recent speech at Harvard, where he champions, the poor, the homeless, the sick, those who do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation, the hundreds of millions of adults and children who try to survive on one dollar a day or less.He plans to retire from Microsoft in 2008 and devote the rest of his life trying to help such people!
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Slow down and take a deep breath! Then watch this incredibly creative and inspiring film. 500 Years of Female Portraits.
If you would like more details on each painting shown in the film click here
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Friday, July 6, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Here is the third close up of the large painting. When viewing paintings in art galleries or museums most people like to eye ball the painting from twelve inches away observing the details, by presenting these close ups this way I am trying to create that same view point. The complete painting will be posted later in the week.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Wisdom is always timeless.....
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
If Picasso had published his very first cubist painting on the web and was immediately copied within a few hours and then sold on eBay and in local galleries, would his originality and fame have been diluted? Many top flight artists seem to think so, as they closely guard how many of their paintings (if any) are published on the web.
The majority of the worlds museums publish very few of their holdings on the web, seeing it as a threat to their existence? By what percentage would their attendance and ticket sales figures drop if anyone could view all of their masterpiece paintings on the web?
Will elite artists around the world develop huge audiences without the help of the usual gatekeepers…. the news media, museums and galleries.
In 10 years will the museums and galleries still be the dominant players? Or with the aid of the web will the elite artists, musicians and writers become the dominant players cutting out the gatekeepers?
Will the creativity and ingenuity of top artists shine through as they adapt to the fast changing technologies and use them to their advantage. Only time will tell, but the next ten years looks very promising for creative souls.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Here is another oil painting in progress inside my studio,showing a contemporary urban landscape . I still have to finish the billboards and maybe add more people? the one person you can see sitting down is an alcoholic drinking; showing the sadder side of the glitzy party lifestyle image of alcohol.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
We live in a universe that at the last count contained over 120 billion galaxies. Some scientist even talk of there being an infinite number of parallel universes, or extra dimensional space. Within these facts contemplate the following links.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Why do certain images find the secret combination to our brains memory banks? Our brains view and process thousands of images every day, the majority are filtered out. But occasionally, one image, finds that secret combination. It runs through our filtering system to our memory banks like a laser guided image bomb. It announces: I am here to stay. It might be the picture of a young girl on the cover of National Geographic magazine, or Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe, or Grant Woods American Gothic, or Edvard Munch The Scream, or Picasso’s Guernica. Or add that image, you cannot forget _______________?
Neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran in the famous Reith lectures postulates that it is as simple as a gosling following its mother. That we have imprinted on our brain cells from eons ago, a recognition system of flee or flight, friend or foe, possible mating partner or not? where your brain has to decide in a spilt second. And today that survival technique has been transferred to how we respond to all images. Is the answer to our response to imagery is as simple as that?? It does make you wonder, when millions of us respond in the same way to all those iconic images.