Jul 25 2016

Love

 

The simple reason

I would quite happily give

Up everything-Love.

 

Haiku by Lucio Muñoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

lrmt@hotmail.com

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Jun 25 2016

BREXIT

Suddenly the whole
European union is
in deep shock-BREXIT.

 

Haiku by Lucio Munoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

lrmt@hotmail.com

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Apr 15 2016

Three wishes

 

When I was young

I wished for a princess one day-

Out of nowhere it came, a strong,

Beautiful lady.

 

When I was married

I wished to make my queen very happy-

Out of nowhere a love storm came

Turning sour my honey.

 

Now newly single

I wished for a princes or a queen one day-

Out of nowhere it will come for sure

And I am ready again to play.

 

Young and crazy,

Married and thoughtful,

Newly single and hopeful,

Three wishes, believe me each of them worthy.

 

 

Poem by Lucio Muñoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

lrmt@hotmail.com

 

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Apr 14 2016

A working love triangle

 

A beautiful rose

Once fell in love with both

A hummingbird and me at the same time.

 

Knowing that not being able to

Fly I was not a match for the hummingbird

During the day I was afraid of losing her.

 

The hummingbird knowing that

He could not be a match for me

At night was also afraid of losing her.

 

Then one day rose proposed a solution

To this situation: She would belong to hummingbird

During the day; and to me during the night and we all agreed.

 

Hummingbird,

Rose,

And me-

A nicely working love triangle.

 

 

Poem by Lucio Muñoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

lrmt@hotmail.com

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Sep 07 2015

A promise from my friends and me

I talked to the Sky

And he told me he feels

Better when there is no rain.

 

I talked to the Wind

And he told me he feels

Better when there are no mountains.

 

I talked to your heart

And he told me very loudly

He is happier when he is only with me.

 

You should expect no rain,

No mountains,

And happiness;

A promise from my friends Sky, Wind and me.

 

Poem by Lucio Muñoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

September 07, 2015

lrmt@hotmail.com

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Oct 11 2010

Enlightened Panda Imparts Wisdom In ‘Zen Ghosts’

Credit To NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130412091


Listen to Enlightened Panda Imparts Wisdom In – Zen Ghosts

Illustration of children trick-or-treating in 'Zen Ghosts.'
Jon J. MuthThe Tao Of Trick-Or-Treating: Jon J. Muth’s Zen Ghosts combines the simplicity and elegance of a Zen teaching with the mystery and magic of a full-moon, Halloween ghost story.

Several years ago, children’s author and illustrator Jon J. Muth drew a picture of a big panda in a very large pair of pants. It made him laugh, but he didn’t think much of it, and he put the sketch away in a drawer.

It was while he was on a book tour that Muth dreamed up a crazy idea: what if, as a child, you grew up a few doors down from a kindhearted spiritual teacher?  And what if that teacher was a panda wearing a very large pair of pants?

'Zen Ghosts' by Jon J. Muth

Zen Ghosts
By Jon J. Muth

Armed with a doodle and a big idea, Muth penned a series of picture books starring a wise panda named Stillwater. The panda befriends three children and teaches them life lessons between sips of tea and slices of bamboo cake. The first book in the series, Zen Shorts, received a Caldecott honor.

Stillwater imparts his latest teachings in Zen Ghosts, a story of magic and mystery on Halloween night. Muth discusses his third panda picture book with NPR’s Scott Simon.

‘You Don’t Write Down For Children. You Write Up.’

Muth illustrates his books in vibrant watercolors, and his prose is sprinkled with witty asides (Stillwater speaks “with a slight panda accent”). If you look past the panda in pants, however, Stillwater’s parables are surprisingly sophisticated. Most of them were inspired by Zen teachings.

“It’s obvious that he would be a Zen teacher,” Muth says of Stillwater. “You know, he’s a panda.”

In an interview with the Paris Review, essayist and children’s writer E.B. White once said, “You don’t write down for children. You write up.” Muth wholeheartedly agrees.

“I think that children are completely capable of intuiting wisdom as readily as adults are,” Muth says.”They just don’t have the verbal ability to put it into words … [but] they get this stuff very quickly. Even the kids who come to the book because it has this giant panda tend to come back because there’s some itch that’s set off — in their minds or their hearts — to re-examine what’s going on.”

Zen Ghosts combines the simplicity and elegance of a Zen teaching with the magic and mystery of a full-moon Halloween ghost story. It also demonstrates Muth’s careful balance between worldly advice and a playful attention to detail.

In one festive illustration (you can see it at the top of this page) a horde of trick-or-treaters makes its way down Stillwater’s street. There are kids holding pumpkins, dressed as ghosts, wizards and football players. If you look closely, a large pumpkin is fleeing across the street of its own accord. Several of the trick-or-treating ghosts do not have feet. A chimpanzee dressed up as a cowboy is there too — something that even surprises Muth.

“I guess — yes, that looks like a chimpanzee, doesn’t it?” he says, laughing. “You know, we go out trick-or-treating with the kids, and I seem to feel like I’m catching all kinds of things out of the corner of my eye like this.”

Stillwater
Jon J. Muth”I think that children are completely capable of intuiting wisdom as readily as adults are,” Muth says.”They just don’t have the verbal ability to put it into words.”

Speaking Directly To Children

Muth worked in comics for 20 years before he started writing children’s books; he was first inspired to start writing for a young audience after the birth of his son.

“I really wanted to start talking about different things than comic books had the room for at that time,” Muth explains. After working in Japan for a while, he turned his attention to books that would speak directly to young children.

Muth’s first children’s book, The Three Questions, was based on a story by Leo Tolstoy — his favorite writer — and written directly to his son.

“When I finished reading it,” Muth recalls, “I thought, ‘I really want to give [my son] the tools that are in this story, the wisdom that is in this story, but I don’t want him to have to wait until he can understand czarist Russia.’ So I sat down and decided to write it for kids — and for myself.”

Muth never intended to write a second Stillwater book. He expected to resist what he calls the “culture of sequels.” But while visiting his grandmother, he bumped up against an idea that could best be handled by Stillwater, who “seemed to be standing over there waving at me.” Stillwater has now starred in three books — and counting. Muth just can’t seem to get the wise panda bear out of his mind.

“When I’m least expecting it,” Muth says, “he’s dancing on my porch.”

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May 14 2013

Allison Richter Wildlife Studio

Featured Artist: Allison Richter

About the Artist:
A local McDonough Georgia wildlife artist, Allison Richter specializes in creating artwork of exotic, endangered, and beautiful birds.

Born in 1972, Allison grew up in the small town of Stockbridge Georgia where she began learning art from her mother who had been a commercial artist for many years.

“I remember bringing my drawings to my mother to see what she thought. I always admired the things she could draw at the drop of a hat. I would give her the drawing I had created with crayons or pencil, and she would use tracing paper to show me where to make corrections or start over. Then she would crumple up the tracing paper, and tell me to try again. I found it very frustrating at the time, but I believe it made my technical skills all for the better.”

Allison studied art in high school with Gregg Green, then continued her art pursuit in college where she studied under Tommy Daughtry at Clayton State for fine arts. A bit of changing majors from fine art to commercial art, then to interactive design at the Art Institute of Atlanta gave her a greater artistic proficiency as well as time to hone in her vision as to what she wanted to paint. She combined this experience along with years of painting, trips to the wetlands of Florida, visits to local Georgia wildlife refuges, as well as backyard birding to bring her experience and talent to her works.

Allison has captured her love for nature and the environment through pigments paired with many long hours in her studio. The ability to bring what she thinks and feels to her fans, collectors and viewers through her work is such a joy.

“I really want my viewers to be able to enjoy their artwork. So many things these days come with such emotional strings, that it’s painful to take them in. I would rather focus on the positive. If people see these beautiful animals living a joyous colorful life in their environment as it should be, this sends such a positive reaffirming message. I hope to encourage people to love their environment and appreciate nature through seeing these birds as I see them. If everyone owned a little bit of joy, and took time to look at their artwork with a uplifting outlook, perhaps we can encourage people to being aware of how we can help take care of nature. Even if it’s just one little step everyday.”

In Allison’s latest collection “Ugly Pretty”, she uses an impasto look and feel to add texture and depth to South Florida Roseate Spoonbills. In this collection, the foliage, sky, water and light of the day reflects in the feathers of these majestic oftentimes overlooked birds. Roseate Spoonbills have been reported in recent years as being endangered. Their species was over hunted for plumage depleting their numbers from several thousand, to now only having approximately 880 recent reported nests of these shy birds.

Allison Richter on the Web: http://www.allisonrichterwildlifestudio.com/
Allison Richter’s Blog: http://allisonrichter.wordpress.com/
Allison Richter on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllisonRichterWildlifeStudio
Allison Richter on Twitter: @RichterAllison
Current Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013allisonrichter/artshow/prweb10701055.htm

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May 03 2013

Julie Dumbarton Fine Art Painter – ‘Enchantment’ Sneak Peak

Julie Dumbarton Fine Art Painter – ‘Enchantment’ Sneak Peak

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Jan 20 2011

Sonja Ljubicic – Original Drawings


Featured Artist: Sonja Ljubicic


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Mar 05 2011

Featured Artist: Daniel Gerhartz


Featured Artist: Daniel Gerhartz


Notes From the Artist:

“Art can warm even a chilled and sunless soul to an exalted spiritual experience. Through art, we occasionally receive-indistinctly, briefly- revelations the likes of which cannot be achieved by rational thought. It is like a small mirror of legend, you look into it but instead of yourself, you glimpse for a moment, the inaccessible, a realm forever beyond reach. And your soul begins to ache.”
-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Daniel Gerhartz’s Blog
Daniel Gerhartz’ Website

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