Recently, a kind and complete stranger on Google+ wrote this about my last painting titled: ‘Your Life Is Your Message To The World, Make Sure It’s Inspiring’ -
“The vibrant cascading colours combined with the precision of bold, fluid brush-strokes movements lead to a universal puzzle of life. A sense of inspiration is provoke by the above mentioned factors which explore the meaning of life and the inner beauty of the soul. The viewer is jolted to respond by the dynamic impact of Nature’s true beauty of conjured images created by this high calibre piece of art which possesses provocative qualities, visionary, conceptual, integrity and a unique style. Spectacular and provocative themes. Plus your interesting comment. Wish I could see the real painting of sheer delight !! Impress.” Andrew Smith, Cape Town, South Africa
Side by side, my last two paintings show an unintended sequence one from the other, a balancing act or yin-yang if you will, portraying how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are indeed complementary, interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn in relation to each other.
Recognize that whether you are worthy or not is all a “made-up story”. Again, nothing has meaning except for the meaning we give it. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never heard of anybody who went through the “stamping” lineup at birth. Can you imagine God stamping each person’s forehead as he or she came through? “Worthy … unworthy … worthy, worthy … unworthy. Yuck … definitely unworthy.” Sorry, I don’t think it works that way. There’s no one who comes around and stamps you “worthy” or “unworthy”. You do that. You make it up. You decide it. You and you alone determine if you’re going to be worthy. It’s simply your perspective. If you say you’re worthy, you are. If you say you’re not worthy, you’re not. Either way you will live into your story.
(Excerpt from ‘Secrets of the Millionaire Mind’ by T. Harv Eker)
What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
Move over Gombrich – there’s a new art book in town!
For sceptics, art lovers, and the millions of us who visit art galleries every year – and are confused – What Are You Looking At? by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz is a wonderfully lively, accessible and enlightening history of Modern Art, from Impressionism to the present day. Will Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and probably the world’s first art history stand-up comedian. He was a Director at the Tate Gallery for 7 years. He has a particular interest in modern art and has written about the arts for The Times and the Guardian for over 20 years. In 2009, he wrote and performed a sell-out one-man comedy show about modern art at the Edinburgh Festival. He was recently voted one of the world’s top 50 creative thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine.
TGISunday and there’s nothing better to start the day than a steaming cup of Latte Art. Latte art is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the resulting latte. It can also be created or embellished by simply “drawing” in the top layer of foam. Latte art is particularly difficult to create consistently, due to the demanding conditions required of both the espresso shot and milk. This, in turn, is limited by the experience of the barista and quality of the espresso machine. The pour itself, then, becomes the last challenge for the latte artist.