Jul 20 2014

Grandma

 

The angel in my

Heart who even today

Shapes my life-Grandma.

 

Haiku by Lucio Muñoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

July 20, 2014

lrmt@hotmail.com

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Jul 16 2014

Featured Artists: Robyn & Mic Garnet

Featured Artists: Robyn & Mic Garnet

Notes from the Artist:
Hi my name is Robyn Jean Grace Garnet, hence why I sign and call myself RJG for art purposes :) My husband Mic and myself are probably very new to the “art world” although we have both followed projects before. Ours is one of those beautiful love stories that you only ever seem to read about. We are each others greatest inspiration and best critics.
Mostly we have worked in wood and played with airbrush and graphite prior to receiving a set a pastels for Christmas 2013 from a sibling. This gift began our concentrated art journey and our journal. M.R.Art https://www.facebook.com/artmrjg
Neither of us are under the illusion that our art will fund our habit of eating each day or even remunerate our indulgent spending on supplies to create our projects. We do however hope that at some point we will make a few sales, as does every artist. Possibly more for the knowledge that someone likes your art enough to pay for it than the actual money :). Mic is very much into the coloured pencils at the moment whereas I am still dabbling across the fields. My preferred medium is wood, but I must admit I am totally enjoying making an “indoor” mess during our winter with graphite, acrylic, water-paint, pencil and anything else I can think of.
We are M.R.Art and we are creative souls enjoying art for the love of art and life.

Links:
M.R. Art on the Web: http://www.artpal.com/RJG
M.R. Art of Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/artmrjg

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Jul 15 2014

The flame of eternal light

 

People told me

She was a nightmare

She had burned men

As if they were bush fires.

 

Happily I did not listen to them

I followed the advice of my heart

Who told me she was a beautiful rainbow

Just waiting for a man like me.

 

And my heart was right,

The people were wrong

Our love is now so strong

That it could be the flame of eternal light.

 

Poem by Lucio Muñoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

July 15, 2014

lrmt@hotmail.com

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Jul 13 2014

She looked so happy

 

Before I met her

I used to love playing with flowers

Removing patiently from them petal by petal

Hoping each time it would end “she loves me”.

 

Then, when I met her

I started dreaming about

Playing with her hair softly

Hoping she would fall sleep on my shoulders.

 

And later when she became my sweetheart

I got into the habit of

Kissing her slowly

Hoping she would again push me back into our nest.

 

First playing with flowers,

Then dreaming to play with her hair,

Later playing with her lips-

And when I did that she looked so happy.

 

Poem by Lucio Muñoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

July 13, 2014

lrmt@hotmail.com

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Jul 10 2014

Featured Artist: Tess McCoskey

Featured Artist: Tess McCoskey

About the Artist:
Tess developed an interest in watercolour about 15 years ago after many years of acrylic painting of ceramics during the holidays. She has taken a handful workshops and a watercolour class at Marylhurst University. She is devoted to watercolour with pen/ink detail and is now experimenting with acrylics. She loves realism and the Renaissance period. Her favorite subject matter are flowers, animals and Mediterranean architectural scenes. She devotes herself to self-study other Watercolour artists such as Birgit O’Connor, Claudia Nice, Susan Harrison-Tustain, and Jerry Yarnell.

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Nov 26 2010

Series: Balloons


Featured Artist: Michael Solovyev


Chronofly
Colour paper, black ball pen.
28×24 cm
2010


Hinnus
Colour paper, black ball pen.
28×24 cm
2010


Kettlefly
Colour paper, black ball pen.
28×24 cm
2010


Spinair
Colour paper, black ball pen.
28×24 cm
2010

Zippair
Colour paper, black ball pen.
28×24 cm
2010

Visit Michael Solovyev’s Website
Visit Michael Solovyev Blog

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Apr 29 2013

Featured Artist: Sesé Mata

Featured Artist: Sesé Mata
Sesé Mata is and illustrator and graphic designer.

Click here to see Sesé Mata’s blog.

Click here to see Sesé Mata on Facebook.

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Sep 03 2010

Short Stories To Die For: The Art Of The ‘Obituaries’


Listen to – Short Stories To Die For The Art Of The Obituaries


Credit to: Tom Rachman – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127739417

The Daily Telegraph Fourth Book of Obituaries: Rogues
Edited by Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd
Paperback, 432 pages
Pan Books

Many things embarrass me, but reading isn’t one of them.

I’m not ashamed of my slightly weird collection of prison memoirs. Nor the flaky meditation books. After all, I can pretend I never read those.

My guilty pleasure is at the foot of the shelves, hidden in shadow. It’s this: volume after volume of possibly ghoulish, probably macabre, thoroughly entertaining obituaries.

The pleasure I get from reading obits is a little creepy — there must be something amiss since I can’t imagine doing it at a cafe, which is perhaps a good test of a guilty pleasure.

Of all the obit books, my favorite is The Daily Telegraph Fourth Book of Obituaries. Its subject is rogues, and it combines an English affection for eccentrics and an English fascination with the slightly perverse and the very drunk.

There’s an obit about a brothel-keeper from Marseille who ended her days “toothless save for one rotting fang”; an Australian politician who “gained nationwide notoriety for his keenness to enter beer-belly competitions, his habit of stirring his tea with his finger, and his regular nomination as one of Australia’s worst-dressed men,” plus a low-life writer whose penchant for booze was so pronounced that, when commissioned to write an autobiography, “he had to place an advertisement asking if anyone could tell him what he had been doing between 1960 and 1974.”

A common defense among obituary-fanciers such as myself is that the obit is not about death at all. It is about life. This is true since an article about the condition of deadness would make for turgid reading at best.

Yes, an obituary is a record of a human being condensed and terribly reduced. But it’s also a tale from start to finish: a complete life, whole in a way that, ironically, its subject can never see.

The obit is as close as news gets in structure to the short story. After all, how many other news articles have a conclusion? An obit also shares with literature a talent for the revealing detail, as in The Times of London obit of Cyril Connolly, which delightfully describes the intellectual’s “habit of marking his place in a book at the breakfast table with a strip of bacon.”

During my past career as a journalist, I relished writing obits and equally dreaded phoning relatives for the necessary facts. But to my surprise and great relief, they often wanted to talk — they wanted their recently deceased loved ones recorded in print.

Those rogues in The Daily Telegraph Fourth Book of Obituaries had more to confess than I ever have. Still, when I close that book, a grin on my face, I’m the one who ends up looking guilty.

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Nov 09 2010

In the Courtyard


Featured Artist: Romel De La Torre

See other works of Romel’s at the Water House Gallery

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Jul 06 2013

Featured Artist: Armani Mondragon

Featured Artist: Armani Mondragon

Notes from the Artist:
In Mexican iconography a retablo carries special prayers and wishes to God. This is why I taught myself to paint. I love these wooden & tin prayers… I love artwork affirmations… I love sending these prayers into the universe and hoping they land beside someone in need.

Most of these “prayers” in painted form are based on memories, either real ones from my childhood or the memories I had always hoped to have. They both an exorcism for what was and a longing for what could have been. It is how my imagination carried me through a life that I never thought would be over. I suppose this means at the root of all my artwork is survival.

Armani Mondragon’s Etsy Store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/retablos
Armani Mondragon on Facebook:

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