Mother and Child of the Clin by L. Martel

We were living at 169 Faubourg St. Antoine, Paris in the 11th arrondissement. Our younger daughter was attending a French public school that was a short walk down the Rue Forge Royal. Everyday I would walk her to school. At the end of the day I would go to meet her and while waiting for her release from school, I would see women dressed in all sorts of native costumes. One woman, in particular, stood out for her beauty and grace. She was probably from Senegal. She had a young baby strapped to her back wrapped in cloth. I approached the woman and asked her if I could take her picture. I wanted to paint her. She shook her head and I never saw her again. I realized that she was probably an illegal immigrant and I must have frightened her. We don’t always realize the consequences of our actions. I’m sorry for for the trouble I must have caused her. Her likeness in this painting is from memory. This is a 18″x 24″ oil on canvas.

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Getting Nowhere Fast by swo8 Blues Jazz

Clearly this is a rant, but probably, you know from your own experience that traffic is a nightmare almost everywhere in the world. With all the technology we have today they should be able to do somethings about this. Can you believe it, some guy was trying to drive a tractor through the middle of the traffic. Some clips are taken from the internet and some are my own pictures.

The Two Sisters of Tonga by L. Martel

This is just a side step from the music for the summer. The two paintings, oil on canvas, were completed in 1983 are the two sisters of Tonga. One is called “The Beauty” and the other is “The Gentle One”. “The Beauty” hangs in our living room and she gazes off to the right deep in thought. “The Gentle One” is placing a flower in her hair.IMG_0603 IMG_0597