Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The wonderful artwork of Jacqueline van Leeuwenstein

Jacqueline van Leeuwenstein lives in Arnhem, the Netherlands and works as an artist/illustrator. She illustrates for various publishers, children's books and books for adults. She also makes wooden objects and drawings/paintings. She hopes to have her own original style and I assure she has!

Janice:  Jacqueline you create drawings which are whimsical and yet over brimming with the realities of life!  Where did your particular focus for these characters begin?

Jacqueline: That is difficult to say. If it is an illustration I focus on the story. But if it is a drawing for my self I start with an idea and when I am working that always changes.The end result is never the same as the idea I had. So there must  always be a next one.

Janice:   Your output is prolific! Do you draw every day?

Jacqueline: Almost every day. I try to work as much as I can. I also make wooden sculptures and smaller objects and brooches. When I don’t want to work/draw I make dresses for myself and sometimes I do nothing at all....but not that often.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Slater's Store

 When I was a kid I created my own little I've done it in cyber space
....Just opened my Slater's Store....such own storefront.... over brimming with Springtime images and drawings of cakes & portraits!

As a child I copied everything in sight, from cartoons through to fashion illustrations. When I discovered artists like Klee, Mondrian and Rodin, a new world opened up . To become an artist seemed an impossibility, as it was I became a singer! I've called on 'Benten', (One of the Seven Lucky Gods of Japan) to guide me through the seas of change. She has a habit of appearing in my life, in order to keep my ship on course.

Please enjoy this delightful video as follows:

Published on Jun 14, 2013
Benten/Benzaiten Dragon Goddess of music, dance, and art, Daughter of a Dragon King, Wife of a Dragon of the Waters, Lady of the White Snake, Player of the Biwa
Song: Sayuri's Theme
Channel: Aubrey Coletti

Sunday, December 30, 2012

December 31, 2012 a day of merit!

◤ Today December 31 was amazing today merits of Guanyin ◢ on this amazing day vegetarian, recite, chant, mantra, and letting them go, soup kitchens, application still is amazing, with great merit.

Blessing Buddha blessing, peace in the world, never a disaster, all sentient beings from suffering, peace good luck!
South no merciful Guanyin bodhisattva mahasattva! Om Mani a word used in Buddhist incantation chant beauty! Om Mani a word used in Buddhist incantation chant beauty! Om Mani a word used in Buddhist incantation chant beauty! (Translated by Bing

The following is a beautiful video of Quan Yin mantra...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

HAPPY 2013 TO ALL....

Wishing all happiness of heart, through nourishing the seeds of wisdom, compassion & devotion.  May we each bring to fruition that which benefits the many!

This beautiful image of the tulips is from the following link:

May all beings be free of suffering and the causes of suffering....may all  beings attain enlightenment!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

H.E. Ogyen Tulku in Vancouver BC

H.E. Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche is coming back to Richmond December 9-30
Dec. 09   Sun  2:00 pm     Empowerment: Queen of great Bliss (Dakini Dechen gyalmo)
Dec. 16  Sun.  2:00 pm     Practice of Riwo Sangchoe  (Mountain smoke-Purification Ceremony)
Dec. 23   Sun.  2:00 pm    Empowerment : Padmasambhava
Dec. 30   Sun   2:00 pm    Dharma Teaching:  Life of Patrul Rinpoche and his Advices on Turning Suffering                                                and Happiness into Enlightenment.
All teachings will be in English and Chinese

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