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


Jul 18 2015

Together for ever


You are the moon

And I am the tallest peak

In the world blindly in love with you.


I am happy

Because I know I will see you

Tonight and admire your immense beauty again.


You are glad

Because you know I will see

You with loving eyes until the end of time.



And me





Poem by Lucio Muñoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

July 18, 2015


Jul 03 2015

Bees, Beetles and Butterflies: A Photoshow

Bees, Beetles and Butterflies: A Photoshow


Jul 01 2015

Happy Canada Day


Happy Canada
Day-I hear people singing
Oh Canada! Eh. 


Haiku por Lucio Munoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

July 01, 2015


Jun 22 2015

The first time

The first time I fell in love

Knowing that I was not

The chosen one…

I wrote a haiku to sadness.


The first time I met someone

Who smiled at me and liked

My crazy personality…

I wrote a poem of hope


The first time I tasted sweet kisses

With my eyes closed and

My heart singing…

I wrote a song to love           


The first time I could take a moment

To think about my past

And my lucky life…

I wrote a story of happiness.


First, I wrote a haiku to sadness,

Then, a poem of hope,

Next, I wrote a song to love,

And finally, I wrote a story of happiness.


Poem by Lucio Muñoz

Vancouver, BC, Canada

June 22, 2015


Dec 01 2010

Dark Times Befall ‘Painter Of Light’ Thomas Kinkade

Credit to: Alex Schmidt 
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Central Park In The Fall is a 2010 work by "Painter of Light" artist Thomas Kinkade. The park, Kinkade writes, "is a place where a quick cab ride lets you escape the big city and immerse yourself in nature's brilliant color palette."

There’s a good chance you own something by Thomas Kinkade. The artist’s warm, cozy paintings have been widely reprinted on calendars, coffee mugs and more — and it’s estimated that his work appears in 1 in every 20 U.S. homes.

Yet Kinkade’s company is struggling. Dogged by fraud allegations, his company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June, and it plans to be back in court soon to file a plan of reorganization.

But financial challenges aside, Kinkade’s artwork continues to sell. He is, after all, the “Painter of Light” — he came up with the nickname himself.

Kinkade has said that the light that streams through his paintings is the light of Jesus. Above, his 2008 work Christmas in New York.

God’s Light?

A Thomas Kinkade can make you feel like you’re strolling down a cobblestone path to a cozy cottage with smoke puffing out the chimney.

“When I look at a Thomas Kinkade painting, I get a warm, soft, cozy feeling,” says window shopper Anna Kayne. “Like I want to go into where that is and be part of it.”

Kayne, who was browsing an art gallery in Irvine, Calif., says she particularly likes Kinkade’s winter vistas — the perfect blankets of snow over peaceful gardens, the snow-covered cottages lit from within.

“I think it harkens back to some imagined past,” she says, “before cities, before crowds, before traffic, before the stresses of everyday life.”

Ami Davis, who teaches art at the University of California, Los Angeles, wrote her master’s thesis on Kinkade. “I’ve heard [about] almost quasi-religious experiences with some of these paintings,” Davis says.

Kinkade has said the light that streams through his paintings is the light of Jesus. But some of his gallery owners have accused the artist of using shared Christian values to defraud them. They say he persuaded them to open galleries in areas that couldn’t support them — and then competitively undervalued his own paintings.

“It’s very disappointing when an individual expresses a worldview that’s about peace, love, joy, family, and then ends up taking a position that is contradictory,” says Terry Sheppard, a longtime colleague of Kinkade’s. Sheppard testified in lawsuits that several of Kinkade’s gallery owners brought against the artist.

The gallery owners won a nearly $3 million judgment and are attempting to collect after the company declared bankruptcy. To add to the artist’s troubles, Kinkade was arrested for a DUI in June; his mug shot has made its way around the Internet.

‘An Incredible Footprint’

But never mind the legal and financial troubles, the criticism and the controversies — Kinkade’s work continues to sell.

“I’ve been carrying Thomas Kinkade for over 22 years,” says Marty Brown, co-owner of the Village Gallery in Irvine. “And the fact that he’s been selling with such regularity for such a long time is unprecedented.”

Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love is a 2010 painting from Kinkade's Disney Dreams Collection. He says in his paintings for Disney, he has "attempted to portray a panorama of the entire movie, rather than an individual scene."
The Kinkade Co. sees the success as part of a calculated business mode — it methodically sells Kinkade’s products in as many formats as possible, from calendars to lithographs to armchairs.

“What’s compelling about this brand is, over the course of time, about 25 million people have purchased a Kinkade product,” says company COO Frank Turrell. “That’s an incredible footprint.”

Turrell adds that the company is also changing strategies, and the galleries at the heart of the fraud allegations are no longer the main key to expansion. New plans include building partnerships with companies like Disney and Warner Bros., and strengthening avenues that cater directly to consumers, like home shopping corporation QVC.

“If you can restructure the fundamentals of the business and get the cost structure down,” Turrell says, “there’s an enormous demand out there for Tom’s products.”

Not that any of these corporate strategies matter to Kinkade’s longtime fans such as Kayne. “This is the first time I heard of his bankruptcy,” she says from the gallery in Irvine. “And I don’t look at his paintings any differently. I won’t.”


Jan 02 2011

Alfred Currier – Oil Painting Demo – Paris Cafe

Featured Artist: Alfred Currier

Alfred Currier demonstrates oil in his studio using the alla prima method.


Nov 01 2012

Street Artist: Ard Doko

Featured Artist: Ard Doko
Post Provided by: Vault 17

About the Artist:
Ard Doko started out as a graffiti artist in Callantsoog, The Netherlands in 2007 and soon got noticed by local artists. After his debute things went on a roll. With graffiti tours all over the globe and art exhibits in Holland, Austria and the United States, Ard is one of the young and upcoming artists in the contemporary art scene.

Notes From the Artist:
“I’ve been chased down by police.
Someone pulled a gun on me..
I haven fallen off roofs..
Coughed up blood..

“Some say artists suffer for their artwork..
I do not. It’s what has kept me and my art alive.
I grew up as a graffiti artist painting literally everything.
Cars,trains,houses you name it.. from 40 inches till 60 ft. walls..
Nobody knew it was my work and the people that thought they seen all my work were wrong. I still don’t tell people where all my work on the streets is.

It’s cliché to say that I paint what I feel or how I’m feeling at the moment but it’s true. Suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Manic Depression, my life has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions so far.”

An interview with Ard Doko:

Enjoy Ard Doko’s full portfolio on or by following this link:!doko/c222b


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.


Aug 29 2010

Turtle Island Quartet Re-Imagine Jimi Hendrix, With Strings

Credit To: NPR Staff –

Listen to Turtle Island Quartet Re-Imagine Jimi Hendrix With Strings

The Turtle Island Quartet has earned rave reviews for their jazzy take on traditional chamber music and their classical take on traditional jazz. Now, they’re taking on another style altogether: the music of Jimi Hendrix.

Hendrix changed the way the guitar was played and inspired legions of aspiring rock stars to crank up their amps and make that feedback sing. David Balakrishnan, then a young violinist, was among those inspired. As a young violinist growing up in Los Angeles, Balakrishnan says Hendrix changed his sense of music.

“I started playing guitar actually first and quickly realized there were lots of guitar players but hey, no one was doing that on a violin,” he tells Audie Cornish, guest host of NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered.

Balakrishnan would grow up to form a jazz-classical fusion outfit called the Turtle Island Quartet. Tackling the music of Jimi Hendrix is not the first time the group has challenged the sound of traditional chamber music. On previous albums, they’ve tackled John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie.

While listening to Electric Ladyland a few years ago, Balakrishnan says he was struck by how Hendrix’s writing for guitar suited the style of string quartets.

“[H]e wasn’t playing a bunch of chords the way a guitar player would normally play,” he says. “But with Electric Ladyland, he was really layering melodies… and the way he played the guitar, he could really get that sinuous vibrato that creates this texture and bed of melodic fragments laid on top of each other — perfect for a string quartet like Turtle Island.”

The majority of Turtle Islands’s Hendrix interpretations come from Electric Ladyland. Balakrishnan calls that album Hendrix’s magnum opus, and says it was the ultimate expression of his creativity as a guitarist, singer and songwriter — but most of all, as a composer.

“Folks don’t necessarily think of him that way,” Balakrishnan says. “I feel him using his ear and his mind the way I associate with composers of the classical tradition using theirs.”

Have You Ever Been…? also includes “Tree of Life,” a four-part original composition by Balakrishnan that he says was inspired by Hendrix.

“I totally fell in love with something called the Hendrix chord. … It’s what you hear in ‘Purple Haze,’ ” he says. “It just so appealed to me. … I’m still 14, somewhere inside me, in love with Jimi Hendrix, and I hope people hear that connection.”

Turtle Island String Quartet on NPR

Turtle Island String Quartet Offical Website


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