Buddy on the Slopes by L. Martel

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.



Happy Valentine’s Day, Moments of Affection by swo8 Blues Jazz

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.

Khajuraho by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Black Taj in iTunes

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.

Buddy on the Slopes by L. Martel

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. SDC18316


Thank you Mountain Energy Yoga. I will strive for more mindfulness in my life.

Mountain Energy Yoga

Zombies are mindless. Finding mindfulness may be the cure.

Specter frightening a young woman by Utagawa Yoshiiku

Mindfulness has been studied and found to be successful in treating physical and emotional distress. Functional magnetic resonance imaging is a type of photography used to view images of the brain; it has shown that brain activity changes in subjects who have learned to meditate. The images show that the areas in the brain that are involved in rumination and depression become less active. This type of photography was used to evaluate the resilience of the subjects who practice meditation while they were not meditating. The studies showed that emotional stability improved for these people.

Being focussed on the moment is something that can come and go – you may slip away and become a zombie at times. When you become a zombie, you may become obsessed or unhappy and forget about the…

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The Gentle Giant (side view) by L. Martel

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.


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

It was about this time of year we headed to India. It was foggy when we landed in New Delhi. Our driver picked us up and took us to our hotel. The next day, very early in the morning, I heard this heavenly voice from the street. I rose to check it out. There in the street below was a beautiful young woman whose plaintive voice revealed a broken heart. The next day we took the short drive to Agra where one finds the Taj Mahal. It is amazing what one does for love and a broken heart. The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna River. It was commissioned to be built by Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This monumental edifice is a most remarkable tribute to love.3:17 min.