The Despairing Child by L. Martel

This is a 20″ x  24″ oil on canvas painted sometime ago. I saw a photo in a newspaper that gave me the idea for the painting. It is something that one really doesn’t want to see – a child in despair. But we must be mindful of this.  The painting resides with our younger son and his wife and family.

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The Reader by L. Martel

This is a special time of year for children and so I’m featuring some drawings I have done in the past. This one is of a young boy sitting in his rocking chair reading a book. It is pencil on sketch pad approximately 10′ x 15″.

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This and That Blues by swo8 Blues Jazz from the Christmas album in iTunes

Time is flying by so fast I’m already into Christmas mode. I’ve been cooking and baking all weekend. Had a few catastrophes – broke a bottle of Rosemary, and knocked over a bowl of cottage cheese mixed with Parmesan.. The kitchen floor needs a good scrub. The point of this song is the materialization of Christmas. Perhaps if I didn’t have so many mouths to feed I wouldn’t have to cook so much…do you think? 3:11min.