Hands by Labdhi Shah

I attended the Darshan Festival in Tuscumbia, AL.   In the midst of the vivid colors of the artistic renderings of India, my eyes took me to  a contemporary offering, the hands of Labdhi Shah.  When she defined the nature of capturing the beauty of the expression of…

Foundational Power: Art by Cecilia Lamptrey-Botchway

I was enchanted by the power of the artistry I met in viewing the work of Cecilia Lamptrey-Botchway.  Then I browsed her collective work;  I was mesmerized by the diverse talent of this artist – painting, batik, performance art, and the consciousness of celebrating women.  Garden Spices welcomes…

Urban Exploration with Artist, Jonathan Carter

    I’m a city girl; maybe that is why Jonathan Carter’s work captures my soul.  Through the subtle nuances of his palette, I can feel the color and pulse of cityscapes.  The featured image, Edge of Night 2 illustrates how cities speak through elements like the dawn…

Time for Change

  By Ute Bonn Pitts Living in the current situation will make us look deeper into ourselves and what we are about. War, pandemic, inflation, food shortages – all fear-inducing. It is not easy to stay positive and have faith, and trust that God has it under control….

Kuntal Patel

  I met this gentle spirit that is Kuntal Patel at Darshan:  A Vision of India.   Patel’s work allows us to become a part of his creative process.  His birds symbolize freedom, and beyond the beauty of the vibrant colors of India, we feel the California sun of…

Which Way Do I Go?

  Recently, most of the conversations I participate in are geared or pointed toward change. Most times, the difference is pretty drastic, or shall I say, life-changing. The pandemic fallout has left most of the world in a tizzy. Changes beyond our wildest dreams have taken place. We…

The Course Shifted… Again

  On April 27th, 2016, I finished the initial draft of my first novel, tentatively titled ‘Eleven Fifty-Nine.’ I was giddy with excitement and had a feeling of achievement because I had completed a project I didn’t think I would… ever. The idea for what I thought would…

Follow the Directions

  At some time in our lives, most of us have come to a fork in the road and needed to decide what direction we should take. If only we had a GPS to guide us, or even an old-fashioned Road Atlas or one of those maps we…