Spring Garden by L. Martel

This is a 9″ x 11″ acrylic on canvas board called Spring Garden painted in 2009. Spring is here and summer is soon to follow. Our tulips are out and fading fast. This is a busy time of year in the garden. The green is fresh and lighter in colour than later in the season. The colours in acrylic are more intense than oil paint.


The Bouquet by L. Martel

This is a 12″ 16″ oil on canvas done in 1977. The flowers are snap dragons and pansies or they may be petunias. It was painted quite awhile ago and I’ve forgotten. My garden is full of snap dragons because they reseed themselves so readily. They come in the loveliest of colours and have fragrant scent.


Rhodos by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Unfinished Business in iTunes

Rhodos is the largest island in the Dodecanese, with a population of some 98,000 people. The story goes that the god Helios chose Rhodos as his bride and bestowed upon her light, warmth and vegetation. At some point the ancient Minoans and Mycenaeans had outposts here. Whether the Colossus of Rhodes ever existed is still in question. It was commissioned by Demetrius Poliorketes in 305 B.C. The bronze statue took over 12 years to complete and stood some 32 meters high. The location is still in question, but the entrance to Mandraki Harbour is highly likely. Our adventure began in Rhodos and our quest was to find the Colossus of Rhodos. 3:18 min 2 MB

Mother’s Waltz by swo8 Blues Jazz for the album Unfinished Business in iTunes

The video Mother’s Waltz is the result of a collaboration with the great American Author and Photographer, Marilyn Armstrong and swo8 Blues Jazz. I feel like Marilyn and her husband Garry are old friends now. The video is our shared effort with photos from both of our families and a tribute to our mothers. To be a mother is one of the most difficult and important endeavours one can undertake. We are given this vulnerable, needy, bundle of humanity and hopefully, within a limited period of time, we impart the values and skills they need to make them successful in life. They can be the source of some grief but also the source of our greatest joys. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. 3:29 min. 2MB

Ma Fille Cadette by L. Martel

This is a 20″x 24″ oil on canvas painted quite some time ago. (Neither dated nor signed to my chagrin) I remember hearing once that your children are not your children but little people, who for a moment, spend time with you until they disappear into adulthood. At this moment, my thoughts are with this lovely young girl who developed into a most wonderful woman.