Archive for August, 2008

Hope & Change

For the first time in many years I heard a Presidential candidate address some of the major issues of America in our time in a way that makes sense to me. Barrack Obama offers what seems to be a healthy direction for America.

Under his leadership we can regain respect for our county and rebuild some of what has been lost in the last 7.5 years.

Make your voice heard: Register to Vote and then show up and Vote.


America’s Promise

“What — what is that American promise? It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect.

It’s a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, to look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road.

Ours — ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves: protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools, and new roads, and science, and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.

That’s the promise of America, the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation, the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper.

That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need right now”

Barrack Obama from his acceptance speech as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.

“Yes We Can” by Antar Dayal


Pie or Pi


Ishmael at Salisbury University

Ishmael was inspired by the award winning 1992 novel of the same name by Daniel Quinn. [1] The Novel begins, “Teacher seeks pupil. Must have a desire to save the world.” The young man who responds finds the teacher to be a 450 pound silverback gorilla named Ishmael. Ishmael is a student of ecology, life, freedom and the human condition as well as a teacher to humans for survival on Earth. The sculptor, Bart Walter was inspired by the thoughtful insights of Ishmael. From hundreds of sketches made from observing silverback gorillas at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Walter created the statue which simulaneously captures the essence of Ishmael. presents a real gorilla and functions as a work of art. Walter is internationally known for his distinctive approach to surface and texture in his wildlife statues in bronze and wood.”

Bart Walter [American, 1958- ]
Ishmael, Cast 1995
Foundry – Art of Casting of Colorado,
Loveland, Colorado.

If They Give You Lined Paper, Write Sideways, book by Daniel Quinn

“…no one with anything important to say has ever managed to encompass the whole of it in one book,”


(in no particular order) 

* Female pride and empowerment. 

* Disabled pride and empowerment. 

* Global and local landmine awareness and information. 

* Challenge inferiority and/or guilt complexes that hinder creativity- 
historical, cultural, social, personal, African, European. 

* Question established concepts of physical perfection. 

* Challenge old and ingrown concepts of cultural cooperation. 

* Celebrate true beauty. 

* Replace the passive term ‘Victim’ with the active term ‘Survivor’

* And have a good time for all involved while doing so!

Miss Landmine Site Angola

Mine Action ORG

“Mine action entails more than removing landmines from the ground. It includes actions ranging from teaching people how to protect themselves from danger in a mine-affected environment to advocating for a mine-free world.”

Countries in Blue have signed the Ottawa Treaty.  “The Ottawa Treaty or the Mine Ban Treaty, formally the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, bans completely all anti-personnel landmines (AP-mines). As of 2007, it has been signed/accessioned by 158 countries. Thirty-seven states, including the People’s Republic of China, India, Russia and the United States, are not party to the Convention.”

American Symbols #1

Inkjet on canvas, 12″ X 12″ ready to be painted on.  Apple Pie & Baseball.

I will be painting over these images in some way.

In process digital version. Symbol from the company that has been behind many Central American Revolutions !

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