Game of Chess by L. Martel

Don’t know how everyone else felt about “the great debate” but one thing that popped into mind was a drawing I did in 1983. It is a pen & ink on sketch pad paper of a game of chess. I see myself as the observer (centre front) giving the guy to the right “the look” (so what are you going to do now?) The opponent, in this setting, is a woman and she has walked off the scene in triumph.


Opinionated by Consumer Perspective

There’s one thing on my mind today, that is the debate later this evening in the U.S.A. Why should a Canadian care about that? What ever happens in the U.S.A. affects us and the rest of the world in a big way. Maybe I’m just Opinionated. Consumer Perspective does bring up some interesting questions. This video is about incompetent leadership and who pays the price. Check out his Youtube channel, share, like and subscribe to support the artist. 0:40 sec. 2 MB

Jahan’s Tribute by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Black Taj in iTunes

A tribute of love is inspiring to us all. On the south bank of the Yamuna River, in the city of Agra, lies an edifice that is a monumental tribute, of the love of a man for his wife, The Taj Mahal. The Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, had it commissioned in 1632, to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. As the sun rises over this amazing structure the white marble literally sparkles in the the sun light. It is a blend of harmony and balance. It is also an architectural wonder that will draw you into the magic of that love. 3:18 min. 2MB

The Rose of Black is Sacred by swo8 Blues Jazz Lyrics by Shelby Courtland from the album Unfinished Business in iTunes

Wednesday is my day for the visual arts but, unfortunately, it has been brought to my attention the killing of innocents. At least 15 black people have died at the hands of police since San Francisco 49’ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, began his protest on his knees before the NFL games.  Terence Crutcher, 40 years old, father of four was tasered, shot and killed on Friday by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma.Tyre King, 13 years old, shot by Columbus, Ohio police last Wednesday. Keith Lamont Scott, 40 years old, was shot by police in Charlotte North Carolina, yesterday. This is just to mention a few because there are more. There is something drastically wrong with a society when the police become the judge, jury and executioner.                                                                                                                                          This video is called The Rose of Black is Sacred, music by swo8 Blues Jazz lyrics by Shelby Courtland.This music was inspired by a truly great poet and lyricist, Shelby Cortland. The art work is also her creation. “The Negro IS the Black rose” S.C. “It just seems to go on and on…….Now a man is dead because his SUV broke down in the middle of the road.” Please feel free to share. 4:18 min. 2MB

Autumn Calls by L. Martel

This is a 5″ x 7″ acrylic on canvas board called Autumn Calls. It was a long hot summer this year and with the moderation of the temperature, these last few days, our roses are coming out once again. Most of the other plants are looking spent and sad. So the chaos you see in the painting somewhat resembles my garden at the moment.


Da Pino Piano Man by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Sahara Rose in iTunes

It was September when we spent a couple of weeks in Moscow. The weather was unusually rainy and cool for that time of year. There were four us who rented an apartment on Tverskaya Street which was fairly close to the Kremlin. We shopped in the grocery stores and ate most of our meals at home in the apartment. But from time to time we would go out for a meal at a lovely little Italian Restaurant called the Da Pino Restaurant. As the story goes, there was a very talented pianist at the restaurant and this song is about him. (all tongue in cheek) 1:21 min. 2 MB