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Dear bentenlaughing friends.

I hope you enjoy Arterial Flow's new collaboration with gifted Brazilian singer/songwriter ERLER PINHO

Some months back I invited Lee to translate our song Strange Day into Portuguese.

Arterial Flow's "Strange Day" beautifully reinterpreted & translated by Brazilian singer/songwriter, ERLER PINHO.

Arterial Flow members live on distant shores from me so it's an often slow process in developing tracks.  We rely on goodwill and our shared love of experimentation.  After ERLER PINHO translated Strange Day he then added a vocal to our original track. I decided it required a new treatment especially for him.  Kirk Kadish brought it magically to full realization and included my original backing vocals!  Thanks again Kirk & ERLER.  I love the final mix.

In the new year I hope to do an interview with Erler so that you can learn more of his own formidable music as he's a great singer/songwriter .  Cheers from the Blue Mountains of A…

I am a dancer!

Like stormy nights
lightning strikes
zig zag movements running across the sky
my dance is my drawing

(excerpt from I am a dancer: janice slater
(c) 1990's)

Drawing: (c) & courtesy of Jacqueline van Leeuwenstein. Arnhem, Nederlands

Summer here in Australia & it's June!

Welcome bentenlaughing readers!  Thank you for arriving here!

I live in the Blue Mountains of Australia & we're experiencing unseasonable weather but (currently) I'm not complaining....winter's can be bitter here!  Nonetheless it's a red alert for what may be up ahead.

I apologize that I've not posted consistently over the last twelve months but now I'm back on track!

Benten is still at the helm of my little boat!  We sail across calm & stormy seas and  along the way; I hope to gather more stories to share with you and any gleanings I discover along the way on the nature of change!

I'd also like to continue to share with you my (albeit) brief interviews with artists, singers, writers, musicians, and healer friends.

For instance; I've been creating a series of soundscapes with Kirk Kadish, and Jack Clift, my two cherished New Mexico based musician/composer friends and soon we'll have tracks for you to download via Nimbit.

Have a listen …

Visual Artist Sherrye Lantz Interview

Artist and Art Historian living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Sherrye Lantz is an internationally known artist with works in private and public collections in the contiguous 48 states as well as Europe, Australia, and Turkey. She has won numerous awards throughout her career for intaglio printmaking, drawing and painting. She was included in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Biennial of Prints and Drawing, exhibited in Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts: Minds Wide Open, she received the 2010 YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Arts.

Janice:  Sherrye you've been creating artworks for a variety of mediums over a number of years. 

Sherrye: Yes Janice, I have worked in different mediums beginning as a printmaker and moving to painting luckily finding joy in all.

Janice:  Recently I viewed a couple of very playful photographs you'd taken in Paris, perhaps in the1980's? Can you share with us the context of the images.

Sherrye: The images from …

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…

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

The Heart of Dependent Origination (Vidya Rao)