Memorial Day…….Remembering those who fought

Riverside National Park

Memorial Day is a day to give honor to our troops who have passed on as well as those who have returned home.

I give honor to my dad who was in WWII.   I took this picture in 2009 on Memorial Day at the yearly celebration that was at the park . This is located near the entrance of the park.

There are always a lot of people who have come together with the same agenda.  They come together in joy and silence to remember.    Thank you to everyone who has ever liked any of our post and those who follow us.   Comments are always wanted, so feel free to leave them.


Carla Ryan

A recent topic of discussion has revolved around the purpose of life and what that is at its purest, most basic level. After peeling away the reasons for working or…why we do certain things or…our goals in life…it seems to come down to this – the purpose in life is To Love and To Serve….each other, ourselves, family, friends, employers, humanity.

I was reminded of the importance of living with this purpose in mind when I attended one of my grandchildren’s graduation ceremonies – from kindergarten. While the five- and six-year-olds were clearly nervous standing in front of their families and those of their classmates, it was evident from their smiles and their performances that they felt supported…served…and loved. Every parent and grandparent had a camera device to capture the moment. The answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” received applause with…

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Abstract Thoughts

Abstract Thinking II

The month of May has been very busy with new projects.  This is the first time I have been able to actually exhale.  Not that I’m complaining, no I am very happy for the new work.  My small art series is coming alone and I am  happy with my results.

There were some disappointments that I won’t go into because I will just take it as “a lesson learned” and keep moving forward.   When you know better, you do better.   My focus for the next few months is going to be increasing sales so if anyone has any suggestions feel free to leave them.

Moving forward to part 2 of this journey.  With May coming to a fast and fury ending, we are at the 6 month mark of the year.  On a higher note I celebrated my birthday this month, well I should say I’m still celebrating it because I’m  still getting cards and very unique gifts.  I think this is the best one yet.   The painting is one of the small art series  oil on canvas 8 X 10.  My thoughts were abstract that day and although it is a small painting it took me two days to finish it because my thoughts kept jumping around on what to paint.  I have also added our website for personal items with our art on them.  From note cards, to coffee cups, pet outfits. These make great gifts that are simple and not expensive.

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Notes, Sketchbook and Painting

I got a lot accomplished in April as I looked over my notes for the month.   Not only did I stay on course with my painting a day goal ,I also attended the stage play “The Convert”, went to the movies, met some new artist, went to some networking events and got invited to participate in  the Artist for Arthritis Fund Raiser Exhibit.  April seems to be a month which reflected my hopes for being in this career.   Now that we are in a new month (May) the goals start all over .  It’s kind of over cast and cold  so today we’ll be inside working on new ideas to paint.   Since I have moved my studio on the patio for the summer because I am back to using traditional oils and turpentine being outside works a lot better for the ventilation and drying process.  First I draw in my sketchbook whatever it is I ‘m going to paint . This gives me some idea on the direction I want to go. I may make changes once I start painting  but the foundation for the drawing with my notes are in my sketchbook .   This is one of the small works series  8 x 10,  Oil on Canvas. I used a lot of colors blended together.  Flesh Tint, Lemon Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Jaune Brilliant, Raw Umber, French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Payne Gray, Soft White, Medium Yellow and Cerulean Blue.  Most of the colors are blended with others  so they don’t show up as much.

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Food A Form of Art

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Small Art

Painting small allows me to do without trying to figure out where to put everything.   I remember when I was in school I had a professor who insisted that you paint large.  The larger the better.  While this may have been good practice, you still had to have five paintings at the end of the semester.  Many of those large paintings I had to finish at home in order to make that quote.   Painting smaller gives me that feeling of completion and well-being.   Since I started this goal of painting something everyday , painting smaller has allowed me to keep up with that goal and not lose interest mid-stream.   Since the weather has made a change I can now paint outside a lot more.  This is a 7 X 9  Water mixable Oil on canvas, called Seaside.

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Featured Artist- Andrew Wokabi

As away to expand our reach from time to time we will have a featured artist’s work to show you.  I feel this is away of exposing others work to you.  I have had the artist to tell you a little about themselves, and the process they did for their paintings, as well as the meaning the painting has to them.  I felt this was a great artist to start with and I know you will enjoy reading what he has written.  I would like to thank Andrew for being my first featured artist.

Since every artist has a different style this should also give new expressions of different types of artist.  As always your comments are important so please leave them, follow us, like us as we continue to grow with the new face of art.  Thanks for your support.


Andrew Kinyeru Wokabi is an artist specializing in all forms of modern artistic expressions ranging from Realism painting to Mixed Media Art.

Wokabi is a native of Kenya and is fluent in English, Kiswahili and Kikuyu. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Therefore, the experiences and knowledge of both the indigenous African and urban American cultures are often seen in Wokabi’s artwork.

He is also known to frequently produce works that are aimed to build on the spiritual level of its viewer.

A Maasai Warrior Away Visit’ is one of the Wokabi’s portrayals of the strength of one’s culture (in this case, East African) on its people. It is an oil painting done on canvas and measures 36 inches in and 48 inches wide.

The images combine to illustrate a rare traditional practice of one of the most indigenous tribes in the world, the Maasai who are seen herein wearing their signature red and black striped tribal one piece garment and of whom Wokabi is a fourth generation descendant.

The exclusive practice states that if a warrior is out in the fields guarding the tribe’s cattle during the day as is customary, and a male visitor such as an elder pays a rare visit to his manyatta or homestead, then since the warrior is absent and as a sign of good gesture, the elder can sleep with the warrior’s wife if so desired by the elder. But for the elder to perform such an act, he must first plant his spear on the doorway of the warrior’s house to alert everyone especially the warrior that he is inside. Then the warrior must respectfully wait outside his homestead till the elder comes out and then they can discuss the nature or business of his visit.

In the painting, Wokabi uses a mixture of warm colors (yellows, browns, oranges) to create a feel of the intense heat usually common in the afternoon of the arid and semi-arid regions where the Maasai reside. The main character of the depiction, the Warrior, is placed on the foreground intentionally by the artist as Wokabi proceeds to use planes to depict the varying roles of the Maasai age sets with the children seated in a circle in a different plane while playing games. The two women are watching over the children while attending to chores like carrying firewood and pumping water. The cattle, an important part of that culture, appear to be led into the warrior’s makeshift enclosure. A green cow is inside the den indicating Wokabi’s occasional inclusion of some sort of minute surrealism in most of his works.

“The importance of art in society and lives of its enthusiasts and even around the unconcerned or unaware cannot be overlooked. Art’s influence and ability to visually educate and impact the observer is also quite fascinating. Long live art and artists as they draw from their wealth of creativity endowed by the Great Creator.” – Andrew Kinyeru Wokabi.