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Monday, September 15, 2014

Random Photos: Keawakapu Beach




Maui


Taken on September 15, 2008 using the Canon PowerShot A400.



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gabriel Mark Lipper

Art Appreciation

As mentioned in previous entries, I follow certain art blogs such as Art Odyssey and Impressioni Artistiche. Many times, I find myself admiring an art style or a painting, which then inspires me to learn more about the artist.

For example, I came across a painting of a strong attractive brunette with long curly hair resting her arm on a table in front of the Flemish painting titled Gabrielle d'Estrées et une de ses soeurs.

The painting is by an American artist named Gabriel Mark Lipper. Resorting to a classical painting technique, Lipper is recognized for his oil portraitures and paintings of human figures in everyday lives.

You can see more of his paintings HERE.


Martique via artodyssey1

Sunday Reading via impressioniartistiche

The Three Graces via tatucya



Sources:

http://artofgabriel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/GabrielMarkLipperFineArt
https://www.youtube.com/user/8paint
http://www.fergusonfinearts.com/CaughtInTheMoment/Pages/Lipper/Gabriel_Mark_Lipper.html
http://www.therymergallery.com/#/lipper-gabriel-mark/4577048031
http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/g/gabrielmark/artist_reviews.html
http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2011/06/gabriel-mark-lipper-oregon-united.html
http://tatucya.com/2011/10/13/gabriel-mark-lipper/
http://ohbythewayblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/beauty-art_9588.html
http://impressioniartistiche.blogspot.com/2011/08/gabriel-mark-lipper.html#.VAxz2PldUxE
http://artodyssey1.blogspot.com/2010/06/gabriel-mark-lipper-here-and-here-i.html
http://celestebergin.blogspot.com/2009/07/visiting-with-gabriel-mark-lipper.html

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Random Photos: Iao Needle,


Iao Valley State Park, Maui


Taken on September 13, 2008 using the Canon PowerShot A400.




Friday, September 12, 2014

D.A.R.E. and Bowlin'


"Dad, today in D.A.R.E. we talked about bowlin'," my son said as he entered the car.

"Bowling?" I asked with my head trying to wrap itself around the connection between drugs and bowling.



"Yeah. They take it to the extreme too," he continued.

"Well, I guess bowling can be related to smoking marijuana."




"No Dad, bowlin'. You know, when kids are mean to each other."

"Oh, BULLYING."



"That's what I said, 'bull-y-ing," he correctly pronounced.

"With your twang, it sounded like bowling. I was trying to understand the connection between bowling and the D.A.R.E. program."



All images from wikipedia.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reblogging my own entry regarding September 11th



Originally posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Our American Spirit


If you are my age, chances are you remember where you were when you first heard about the first twin tower. I was in my bedroom at my parents house in McAllen watching Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. You can read my previous posts HERE and HERE.

Our lives changed dramatically after September 11th. We lost trust in each other. This distrust not only included Middle-Eastern people but Hispanics too. Racial profiling became the norm, and some would argue it was for good reason.

One thing that wasn't lost was our American spirit. Collectively, we continued life and kept going. Evil will never prevail.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Random Photos: Drumming





Taken on June 29, 2008 using the BlackBerry 8310.





Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I dreamt I met Stan Lee


Last night, I had the wildest dream. To be honest, it was the best dream I have ever had. I woke up with the biggest smile and made myself remember it before I would forget.

I dreamt that I had met Stan Lee. We had met at a Wal-Mart and he decided to sit with me outside on a picnic table.

I don't remember our conversation, but it seemed as if we enjoyed each others time together. He was quite delightful. He even talked to my son who was sitting with us writing a story.

At one point, Stan Lee reached over and gave him a few tips on writing comics. My son listened as he continued to write.

Then a huge mob of people started exiting the store. Stan Lee was leaving, but I didn't want to loose him until I got a picture with him.

I called out for my friends to join in the picture, and as the flash set off, I woke up.