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Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Journey

     Everyone has a journey. We never know exactly where the path will take us. Some events happen over which we have no control. Nevertheless, we make choices every day - some of them are life changing.
     I never knew my grandparents - Danish, Dutch and French Canadian. My father died in my early 20s and my mother moved to Merida in Yucatan, Mexico, so she rarely saw my children. I didn't want that for my grandchildren or for me. When the opportunity came, I  pulled up roots in California and moved back to the South. I studied painting with Julio Panisello (an artist from Barcelona) for several years in Los Angeles and I have continued painting in Atlanta. This series of oil on rice paper was inspired by my grandchildren and their journey in the world. 
     Since my show at Epiphany Gallery scheduled for April 2020 was cancelled due to Covid 19, I've invited you to my online show. Thanks for visiting and spread love wherever you can. Liv



the journey









































sandplay



oops!

























two teams

























attitude


























forest twins plus one



travel buddies

























the library



























so high



pure gold
























yippee!


























ballet


ballet two





















awesome




























shadows




swing along


























oops two






















beach buds






skyline spies

























water pals




waiting





winter school days
























puddle pals








spider sibs 





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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Faces of Bhutan - Children

There's no greater joy for a portrait photographer than to spend a day in a natural setting capturing living moments with people of all generations. These photographs were taken at various locations in Bhutan during my travels in December 2013. Watch for further posts of Faces in Bhutan

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.     William Martin

















Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they do not belong to you.  Khalil Gibran























































The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.  Albert Einstein




  It is easier to build strong children, than repair broken men.  Frederick Douglass























There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.  Nelson Mandela








Some of my happiest moments were knowing all my children were safe and asleep in bed.  Gretchen Estrup



















Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.  Carl Jung
































The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.  Mark Twain































 There rate only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe















The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children.  Jim Henson







Accept the children the way we accept trees - with gratitude, because they are a blessing… You don't expect trees to change, you love them as they are.  Isabel Allende









Children learn to smile from their parents.  Shinichi Suzuki




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