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

Do you know the story about the Black Taj? If you come from India you will know. No doubt the building of the Taj Mahal was a wonderful tribute a husband can do for his wife. The real Taj Mahal is a splendid sight of architectural genius. Made from the loveliest of white marble it sparkles like a jewel and changes through out the day as the sun moves in the sky. There was a plan to build a black Taj to be made from black marble where Jahan would rest for eternity. Alas it never came to pass. 3:57 min. 2 MB


Asian Lilies Two by L. Martel

These two photos represent the progress of this 6″ x 8″ oil on canvas board. The first photo is the before and the second is after several hours of work.

As an aside I did a portrait of a very famous and beloved lady, our former Mayor Hazel McCallion and it was submitted to a jury for exhibition. I just got this notice back – “Your piece has been selected for the exhibition: Do Your Homework: Explore the life and legacy of Hazel McCallion.” The art work will be on be on display in the Glass Pavilion, Celebration Square from April 12th until April 26th. in Mississauga, Ontario. So if you’re in the neighbourhood go have a gander.

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Asian Lilies One by L. Martel

This is a 6″ x 8″ oil on canvas board that is not yet completed but is coming close. Both are the same picture but the first one is prior to a couple of hours of work. Asian Lilies are one of my favourite flowers. They have an interesting structure, come in intense colours and their scent is powerful and intoxicating.  It has a companion painting which I will post next Wednesday. They usually bloom in the early part of summer. We are having an extreme cold spell today, so maybe this will bring a little warmth to the site.

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Tribute to the Bardo by swo8 Blues Jazz

On 18 March 2015, three militants attacked the Bardo National Museum in the Tunisian capital city of Tunis, and took hostages. Twenty-one people, mostly European tourists, were killed at the scene, while an additional victim died ten days later. The national Bardo Museum is a jewel of Tunisian heritage. It is housed in an old Beylic palace dating back to the XIXth Century. It retraces, through its collections, a big part of Tunisia’s history (from Prehistory to the contemporary epoch) and contains the largest collection of mosaics in the world including the famous mosaic representing Virgil, the poet. The photos in this video were taken by me prior to this attack. 1:32 min. 2 MB

At The Bar by L. Martel

This is a 6″ x 8″ oil on canvas board that was started sometime last year. It is still unfinished and you can see how slow the development is from the first representation to the second when further work was done on it. It is the depiction of a young girl at ballet class and, as is the custom, she is doing her preparation at the bar. The face of the young girl needs further definition and there are other points that need more work. The painting is very small so the detailing is very fine and rather tedious.

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Spring Break Special by Consumer Perspective

It’s Spring Break so this song is really appropriate. However, we are in the midst of the worst snow storm. We are having white-outs and Spring is the furthest thing on our minds at the moment. I just hope everyone gets home safely tonight. Poor kids, what weather – unless you want to build a snow fort. 3:39 min. 2 MB