Sep 22 2014

Skye Wieland – Author

About the Artist:
Skye Wieland lives in Queensland, Australia where she is a secondary high school teacher with a passion to help students discover their potential in life and to strive for it.

About the ‘Dare to Follow’ Series:
Sarah’s Gift is the first book of Skye Wieland’s Dare to Follow trilogy about a group of friends who find God and themselves in the midst of adventure, danger, and beautiful vistas.


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Skye Wieland on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SkyeWielandAuthor

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Sep 20 2014

Featured Artist: Peter Thompson of Pete Drums

Featured Artist: Peter Thompson of Pete Drums

Notes from the Artist:
Hi, I’m Pete from Pete drums.
I have a background in carpentry, joinery and furniture manufacture. Illness and allergies from pollution in the industry made me move through many lines of work and I became very conscious of our connection between body and spirit. I have spent years cabinet making, welding, organic market gardening and teaching environmental education to school children. I was always searching for something different to do, until 20 years ago I found myself making drums. Having felt the power of making and playing drums, I’ve continued so others can share the benefit of owning their own drum.

My drums have found homes in many countries including the fifteen drums that were bought by the Wadaiko Ichino Drummers from Japan. Initially my drums were created with an African influence and I now draw upon many cultures for styles to compliment my individual ideas. I use recycled salvaged materials, including timber and skins fostering respect for the environment and honoring the forces of nature to help heal mother earth. I believe everyone should have a drum sending lots of vibrational healing energy around the world. One of my favorite drums is the North American Healing Drum. These drums are round or octagonal frames covered with deer or elk skin. The drum and beater are made in a traditional way with thanks and ritual. Use this drum to connect with mother earth and your own heart; a drum of empowerment to lift, balance and clear the inner being.

As well as making drums I like to experiment with different art forms including dream catchers, photography and painting. I currently enjoy creating unique spun art designs using a mixture of acrylic and oil paints to achieve different effects as well as unique tumbled wooden and resin beads and buttons. As with my drums I use as many recycled and salvaged materials as possible to lessen my impact on mother earth.

My work can be seen at gallery exhibitions and festivals such as Womad, where I have had a stall for the last fifteen years; I am also available to hold drum making workshops where you can view my drums as well as make your own. My artworks are available for purchase on Redbubble; please email me to purchase drums, buttons, beads and flower sticks.

Please feel free to email me for any inquiries.

Pete Drums on the Web: http://petedrumsandmore.weebly.com/
Pete Drums on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PeteDrumsAndMore

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Sep 18 2014

My Reflection on James B. Roberts

My Reflection on James B. Roberts

Jim had many philosophies and principles which he used to help guide him through his life. It was these core beliefs which made him such a wonderful and caring person.

Once such principle was his belief that when a child walks into your life, regardless of how brief or how long, as an adult it is our responsibility to love, teach, nurture, grow and respect that child. When they are old enough to reflect back on their own life, you will want to be one of the people they respect.

Indeed I am the living end of this principle. Jim met me as a young child and over the years taught me many things. He taught me the importance of always seeing the wonders of the world through the eyes of child. He taught me how to be a loving father and how important that bond truly is. He taught me to be a kind, caring yet strong man. I was lucky enough to know Jim well into my adult life and as adult I was able to return that respect and let him know just how much his love meant to me. We never missed the opportunity to simply sit down and talk to each other.

Over the past year during our talks Jim would seem to focus on another core value he held dearly, respect for family. He often expressed to me his desire to have all of us foster that love and respect and how he felt it would truly bring all of us closer.

Jim has taught me so much both directly and indirectly as I watched in admiration the way he choose to be the one in control of his life right up to the end. Even in death Jim continues to shape my life as he taught me one last lesson.

Laughter does not make the world less serious any more than tragedy makes the world less beautiful. When faced with the loss of life it is okay to feel sorrow. We just need to allow the feelings of happiness inside us to rise up and touch the living.
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Sep 17 2014

Featured Artist: Sheeza Mughal

Featured Artist: Sheeza Mughal

About the Artist:
Self- taught, studying BS Biochemistry. Specialty : Still life, pencil sketch, water colours, colour pencil.

Links:
Sheeza Mughal on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SheezaMughal
Sheeza Mughal on Instagram: http://instagram.com/sheza017

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Sep 16 2014

Featured Artist: Prachi Verma

Featured Artist: Prachi Verma

Links:
Prachi Verma on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/93197278@N02
Prachi Verma on National Geographic: http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/302772/
Prachi Verma on the Web: http://mytravelexprience.blogspot.com/
Prachi Verma on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prachi-Verma-Photography/1472174926328534

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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

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Apr 07 2011

Restfest Chicago 2010

Post Provided By: MsÂly Kâ

http://www.facebook.com/MsAlika?sk=wall

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Sep 21 2010

Specters And Ghosts In ‘Haunted Wisconsin’

Featured Artist Benjamin Percy – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129577834

Listen to: Specters And Ghosts In Haunted Wisconsin

In the far corner of my office, on the bottom shelf of a bookcase, hides a rather embarrassing collection of paperbacks. Their covers bear images of a ghost in an alleyway, a sonar reading of the Loch Ness monster, a grainy photograph of Sasquatch. Their titles — Ghostly Tales and Sinister Stories of Old Edinburgh. Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America — appear slashed by claws.

My favorite among them is Haunted Wisconsin by Michael Norman and Beth Scott, less for its literary excellence and more for the places described in its dog-eared pages. I have visited nearly every location listed in the book: a collection of stories I have transformed into a cobwebbed travel guide.

Its tales are drawn from archives, newspaper articles and personal interviews. They range from historical tales of terror to modern-day hauntings. There are bothersome poltergeists, Ojibwe ghosts, a lady in brown, a horse of death, a psychic set of sisters.

There is a strange touristic impulse to the way I consult these books — I read them the way others might highlight a Fodor’s or Lonely Planet guide. I’ll be hiking the same crowded trail as the rest of the backpackers — and I’ll be snapping photos of the waterfall along with the crush of tourists — but I’ll also be alone in the abandoned cabin or collapsed mine shaft, my eyes wide, my ears pricked. I go places others do not, and it is as though I own a map that no one knows about, its roads and legends written in invisible ink.

I keep the books in my backpack or the glove box of my car, like a flask, something I can sneak out and draw from when no one is looking. “Hold up,” I’ll tell my wife. “I want to take a little detour.” Which once translated to a six-hour trek to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where I sought out the “Mystery Light” of Paulding. As the sun set and the owls called all around us and the world grew inky around the edges, we stood in the woods, waiting. Sadly, the Mystery Light turned out to be nothing more mysterious than headlights glowing through the trees from a far-off highway. This was a familiar disappointment. I can’t tell you how many times I have stood in dark places waiting for something to happen.

I’m still waiting. And after reading so many of these collections over so many years, I cannot help but wonder, when I’m exploring the underground tunnels of Edinburgh or a haunted attic in a Vermont B&B, when a board creaks or a shadow shifts or an owl screeches, if I might find my way into a future chapter.

 Benjamin Percy is the author of the novel The Wilding.

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Mar 24 2011

Black Widow by Solifague Design (Speampunk Moto)


Featured Artist: Solifague Design (Speampunk Moto)

Post Provided By: MsÂly Kâ and Colourless Design


Steampunk has been an interesting form of art that just gives a classic look to average products and immortalize them with a unique design. You may have seen some of the most amazing Steampunk gadgets or vehicles in the past, but the “Black Widow” from Solifague Design is an amazing custom Steampunk chopper to take the onlookers by awe and wonder. Though, we don’t have much technical info of the motorcycle mod, however, the metal beast seems to scorch the road in style. Check out few more images after the jump.

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Sep 12 2010

Piece of Mind – Vancouver Film School (VFS)

Featured Artist: Ori Ben-Shabat

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbbfJClypYg

Created by Vancouver Film School student Ori Ben-Shabat through the VFS 3D Animation & Visual Effects program. The audio was created by Colin Janz, a VFS Sound Design program student, and received the award for “Best Original Musical Score” at the 2006 CAEAA awards.
Actor: Giles Tanton

Click here to see “The Making of ‘Piece of Mind'”

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