Wednesday, December 3, 2014


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 Australia. jan.s 'arterial flow'.

Dia Estranho: slater/kadish/soarez: apra/amcos 2014
Strange Day: slater/kadish: apra/amcos 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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 to the four new ambient tracks by 'arterial flow' WATERDANCE.

 for purchase on Nimbit link as follows: Go to Store to listen to sample tracks; cheers! We hope you enjoy them.

You can also follow us & hear us on soundcloud.  Do say helloe!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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 Paris come from a month long stay years ago.   Having time to wander around the city my eyes were drawn to daily places of color.   This image was quite simply a fun spot which touched memories of childhood play.  By the time these where taken I was teaching studio art and art history which gave me a wonderful reinforcing background in composition.

Janice:  I also viewed a number of photographs of flowers.  There's a particular vivid image which reminds me of the work of Georgia O'Keefe...the reduction of an image to its parts....  could you share with us your influences regarding photography Sherrye...
Sherrye:  The strongest influence upon my photo imagery would be my father who gave me my first camera as a child. I went around for years taking pictures of horses and the Blue Ridge Mountains.  

As far as education is concerned, study of the history of photography created a desire to see things closely and a liking for softy focused images.  

The flower images are close in and out of focus in areas intentionally.

 I love flowers so they became a natural subject as my own garden has grown throughout the years.  
Comparisons with Georgia O'Keeffe are a great honor!  In fact it is the Steiglitz and Steichen approach to photography that most influences my ideas on photography.  The idea to capture an image with the camera and waiting until the light is just right has stayed with me. Ironically Alfred Steiglitz was Georgia O'Keeffe's husband and that brings me back to the flowers.  When you see an O'Keeffe, the edges of her flowers are so defined, so lush in color that so many are drawn to them.  Like O'Keeffe, I am also drawn to the shapes found within the flower and it is those shapes that find their way into my paintings and drawings.  
Janice, it has been lovely speaking with you. 

Janice:  Likewise Sherrye, I'm looking forward to following more of your work.


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