February 18th is Family Day for us here in Canada. It isn’t a statutory holiday so some people will still be going to work. But the kids have the Monday off and what better way to celebrate than with a very Kool Man, our grandson. I think he might have a future in this area. 3:11 min.
I did some further work on this 20″ x 24″ oil on canvas. Buddy’s a Golden Retriever and the dog is beginning to look a little more like himself. I also spent some more time on the young man, my younger son. I have to fade out the trees because it is suppose to be snowing. Have you ever skied in a snow storm? It’s quite the challenge.
Thursday is the big day and if the weather weren’t so rotten we’d probably go out and do something special. Since that isn’t the case we’ll just stay in and wait for the snow plow to come by. So wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day. 2:55 min.
Thanks to Harris Tobias for his wonderful lyrics. We collaborated on this song two years ago. With Valentines Day on Thursday, one tends to have romance and love on their mind. However, sometimes things don’t work out. This song isn’t on iTunes yet. I’ll have to check and see if I have enough songs for another album. 4:32 min.
Valentine’s Day is coming up next week so what better way to celebrate romance than with a little erotica. Khajuraho is known for its game preserve but more so for its temples embellished with erotic carvings. The Khajuraho temples, like almost all Hindu temple designs, follow a grid geometrical design called vastu-purusha-mandala. The design plan has three important components – Mandala means circle, Purushais universal essence at the core of Hindu tradition, while Vastu means the dwelling structure. The temples feature a variety of art work, of which 10% is sexual or erotic art outside and inside the temples. Some of the temples that have two layers of walls have small erotic carvings on the outside of the inner wall. Thought to have originate from the 10th century, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples. All the photos were taken by me. 2:31 min.
This is 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas. It is in the preliminary stages and far from complete. The dog is a Golden Retriever and I’m still waiting for a picture of him to work out his details. What is a dog doing on a chair lift, you say? Well I know of a place where they would let this happen. We used to ski there. This is a sentimental piece for our younger son who had to lay Buddy to rest.
The Indian tradition of greeting is Namaste. The literal translation of the word “Namaste” breaks down into three sections…Nama means bow; as means I; and, te means you. Thus, I bow to you. The gesture is one of greeting. Most often we hold our hands together in the prayer position at our heart chakra. 2:48 min.
I don’t know why I have a preoccupation with elephants. I think they are a lovely animal, intelligent and very graceful for their size. I don’t remember doing this drawing, unfortunately I didn’t date it. I think I was studying their musculature. I’ll include the front on view which I feature a week or so ago. We’ve been kind of busy with digging ourselves out of the most recent snow fall so I’ll have to delve into the past for this post.
Now for the front view.
It was about this time of year that we headed off to India. We landed in New Delhi. If you think about it a lot of cities are more than a single entity. Delhi has many identities but best known for the Old Delhi and the New Delhi. 3:42 min.