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Art for Peace, a Yoga Goodness Art Show

  • To celebrate their first anniversary, the studio where I study yoga, Yoga Goodness, is having an artshow on the subject of peace. Several members of our sangha have been invited to display artwork inspired by yoga. In addition, there will be an installation community project of 1000 paper cranes folded by our community in rememberance of those who have lost their lives to gun violence. I will have several paintings in this show, including my latest Animanity oxpecker and giraffe painting, titled, Animanity: Symbiosis. A protion of the proceeds from  the sale of my own work from this show will be donated to the families of those who have lost their lives on the "Anti-Poaching Teams" in Africa. The illegal trade of ivory has caused areas of Africa to become literal war zones, and it's not just the elephants that are losing their lives to poachers. So, I have chosen to donate money from the works in this coming show to help the devestated families who have been left behind. I hope you will come out this First Friday, April 1st, 2016, and join us  at Yoga Goodness Studio, on the second floor of Riverviews Artspace in downtown Lynchburg from 5:30 PM -8:00 PM for beautiful art and beautiful friends. You can even learn how to fold and string origami paper cranes. You can also see several of my other pieces on display in the Riverviews Co-op Galllery on the ground floor while you are in the building. Hope to see you all there. 



Roughing it with Puffins

Today I dropped this puffin painting off at it's new forever home with Miss Chelsea. She was so excited to know it was coming that she met me at the door before I had even knocked. Before I had driven the fifteen minute drive back to my house, she was already posting pictures of hanging it on her wall in a prominant spot over her bed. This made my entire week, that something I painted could already bring such joy to a friend who also happens to suffer from a dibilitating disease. So for the next story behind the painting, I thought it fitting that I tell the story of Chelsea's puffins. I hope you enjoy it as much as she did.


 Life at Sea

Puffins spend the majority of their lives at sea, only coming to land with their bond mate to dig a burrow into sheer rock cliffs, and breed. They lay and incubate their eggs on the cold rocks, and rear one to two voracious chicks. Even on land, they return to the sea continually, diving to depths of more than one hundred feet, in search of fish to feed themselves and their young.  When the chicks fledge the nest, they do so by literally jumping off a cliff and plunging into the sea. In fact, they spend the first five years of their lives at sea while they learn to dive and hunt the dark waters for themselves. When I think my life is tough, I think of the puffins and take comfort. 

This painting was commissioned by Chelsea Larigey, who suffers from a horribly debilitating disease known as ME or myalgic encephalomyelitis. 100% of the proceeds went to fund research for finding a cure and defining better treatments for ME. For more information on how to help those who suffer from ME/CFS visit solvecfs.org.

If you are interested in more about puffins, or you just want to spy on live ones for a bit, check out Audobon's new spy cam and their alerts from the Atlantic Puffins breeding grounds.