Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The British Artist Tristam Hillier

Tristam Paul Hillier was an English surrealist painter. He was born on April 11, 1905 in Peking, China. He was the four children of banker Edward Guy Hillier and his wife, Ada Everett Hillier. He was educated at Downside School. He returned to China in 1922 to study the language. He stayed until 1924, when he started college at a Catholic school in Cambridge. His first one man show was in 1931 at the Lefevre Gallery. 

Hillier was a member of Unit One, a British Modernist group of painters, sculptors, and architects founded by Paul Nash.  Unit One was active from 1933 to 1935. This group is regarded as a very influential in focusing on London as the center of the Modernist Movement in art and architecture.

During the Second World War, Tristam served with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserves and the Free French. After the war he lived in France and Spain for a while before returning to England.

Tristam Hillier was married twice. He married Irene Rose Hodgkins in 1931 and they had twin sons, Jonathan and Benjamin.
The marriage ended in 1935. 

In 1937 he married Leda Millicent Hardcastle, the daughter of Sydney Hardcastle, the inventor of the First World War Hardcastle Torpedo. Together they had two daughters, Mary and Anna-Clare.

Tristam Hillier died in Bristol, England, on January 18, 1983. He remained a surrealist painter all of his life.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Lord of Blakeley by Carol Ann Kauffman

The series, TIME AFTER TIME, follows a pair of quintessential lovers, Richard and Nicole, through their many lifetimes together, in different places, in different times, with different names and faces and sometimes even on other planets. This follows the alternative theory that the relationships we forge in this lifetime, both the good and the bad, are continued into the future, and are rooted deeply in our past. Whatever we do, whomever we love, and the good and evil deeds we do today follow us into the future. Unsettled issues will present themselves again and again, until they are ultimately resolved. Those people who have had a profound effect on us in this lifetime will find us again in the future. And although everything changes, love remains.

Books in the TIME AFTER TIME series are: BLUE LAKE, BELTERRA,The BASLICATO, BENTLEY SQUARE, WAITING FOR RICHARD, LORD OF BLAKELEY, and MacKALVEY HOUSE. They do not need to be read in order. A new one is coming out in early fall called WAIT FOR ME>

Lord of Blakeley is the story of Andrew of Blakeley, a simple farm boy who lives on a primitive future planet. He is chosen by the lovely Lady Aleese to be her mate and rises to become the most powerful man on the planet. But a jealous man with access to mobile transport devices wreaks havoc on the young couple’s happiness, separating them, her on an alien rock planet and he, aboard a slave ship, and then dumping them in present-day Chicago. One day Aleese vanishes into thin air and Andrew is arrested for her murder and must stand trial. It is a story of devotion and jealousy, of loss and lunacy. And, in true Time After Time fashion, a story of love.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Schedule for October 15 - 19, 2017


Mon., Oct. 15 - Lord of Blakeley
by CarolAnn Kauffman
  Tues., Oct. 16 -  The British Artist
Tristam Hillier
        Wed., Oct. 17 - Interview with Author 
Larada Horner Miller
       Thurs., Oct. 18 -  American Illustrator
Jon Whitcomb
                    Fri., Oct. 19 - The Cat Collier Mystery Series 
by Carol Ann Kauffman

Friday, October 13, 2017

FREE Today! The Captain and the Ambassador by Carol Ann Kauffman

Ambassador Tull Redmond is looking for a quick ride home back to Earth after ending her twenty-year mission as peace negotiator.

All she wants is peace, quiet, and to be left alone. She boards the Earth Starship Giuseppe Verdi with its questionable leader, Captain Ben Jacobs anyway. It's the fastest way home. Her quarters has a full bath, a space view window, and a large, real bed! How bad could this rule-breaking, authority-defying Captain Casanova be? 

High Council hates him, true, but his crew loves him. Surely, she's too old and tired to be drawn into this bad boy of the quadrant's personal circus. 

Will Ambassador Redmond get the quiet, uneventful ride home she craves?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Untitled By Texas Collage Artist Parker Kaufman

by Parker Kaufman

This yet untitled surreal art piece is by our own Parker Kaufman. It is a 20" x 30" hand-cut cardstock pieces affixed a foam board. 

It accurately depicts the modern man, so intuned to the digital information colossus, yet unaware of his isolation and impending doom.

Could we live as our forefathers once did? No electricity, let alone wifi. Could we grow enough food to survive? Could we manage with only what the earth provides for us?

These are scary thoughts. 

Parker finished this piece on September 29, 2017. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Interview with Sci-fi Author Mari Collier

Mari Collier
29 Palms, California 

Mari Collier was born on a farm in Iowa. Since then she's lived in Arizona, Northwest Washington (on the banks of a river), and moved to Southern California after retiring from Nintendo of America. She's on the board of the local Historical Society and part of the Desert Writers Guild of 29 Palms, CA.

Good morning, Mari, and welcome to Vision and Vision, the Place for Art and Authors. It is a pleasure to have you with us this morning. Can you tell us a little about what you've written? 
The novels are:  Earthbound, Gather The Children, Before We Leave, Return of the Maca, Thalia and Earth, Fall and Rise of the Macas, Man, True Man, and my newest release, The Silver and The Green. There are four anthologies of Twisted Tales.  One the tales are set in the desert, one has all the tales set in the Northwest, and the other two are tales from Earth and elsewhere.

What is your favorite genre to write? 
Science Fiction

Favorite food.  
I like all foods except those that do not like me. Dilled salmon is especially delicious.

Tea or coffee?  
Coffee, black.  I don’t like to make a pudding out of it.

Pizza or ice cream?  
Ice Cream, of course.

Wine or beer?  
I love beer; it hates me.  Wine is therefore my drink of choice.

Where would you like to visit? 
The archaeological sites in Mexico or Egypt.

Favorite musical artist.  
I do not have one. 

Do you listen to music when you write? 
No, I listen to the people in my head.

What makes you laugh?  
Funny jokes, weird happenings like when my husband and I were on a freeway and the divider lines were missing.  People were driving all over the road.  Babies giggling at something they’ve done.

Favorite work of art or sculpture.  
That is a hard one. Van Gogh’s paintings have always been appealing.

How old were you when you started writing?  
I was about eleven when I started writing the stories I had been making up since I was about four or five.

Do you plan out your book with outlines and notecards? Or just write?  I just write.

Describe your perfect evening.  
Dinner out with family or friends, topped by a night at the theater.

Where do you get your inspiration?  
I have no idea. The stories are just there, although sometimes something in life will trigger one.

What do you do when you get a writer's block?  
I have not experienced that.  If you can write a letter or an email, you don’t have writer’s block.  You have a problem continuing the story you want to write. Let it sit and write a memoir or anything and the problem will resolve in your mind.

Who is your favorite author?  
Will Durant (a historian)

Best book you ever read.  
Caesar and Christ.

Last book you read.  
The Eternals, but the last one I truly enjoyed was The Ingathering by Zenna Henderson.

What would you do for a living if you weren’t a writer?  
Well, I retired from Nintendo of America. That was the best position I ever held. They paid me to read, write, talk, and play games.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why?  
I cannot say one.  It was both my father and mother.

If you could sit down and have a conversation with ONE person, living or dead, real or fictional, who would it be and why?  
Another difficult one.  If I could speak German, Dr. Martin Luther.  If I could speak Latin, Julius Caesar.

What advice would you give someone who aspired to be a writer?  
Read, read, read.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Art of Frenchman Jean Beraud

The Art of 
Jean Beraud

French artist Jean Beraud was born on January 12, 1848 in St. Petersburg, Russia, where his father was employed as a sculptor  on many important pieces in the Russian capital.  

When his father died unexpectedly in Russia, his mother moved the family back to Paris.

Jean Beraud was famous for his paintings of daily Parisian life and the dazzling nightlife of Parisian society. 

 He also painted religious figures, but put them in contemporary situations, which were deemed irreverent by the art critics of his time.

So he went back to painting scenes of everyday life in Paris with Parisian citizens.

His work was well received in the Paris and worldwide because of the beautifully depicted vignettes of French life in the capital city.

Jean Beraud died on October 4, 1935 in Paris at the age of 87. He is buried in Montparnasse Cemetery. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sea Witch by Carol Ann Kauffman

Dr. Laura Martin, Chief Extraterrestrial Life Scientist at The Touchstone Institute of Oceanographic Research, noticed troubling but subtle changes in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Before she could make sense of it all, her longtime assistant abruptly walked out. Laura hired young, handsome Scott Conner to be her personal assistant. 

Mayhem ensued, mainly because of Zara, the mermaid/siren/monster in the basement of the Touchstone Institute, who eyed on Scott as her possible mate in a plot for total domination of planet Earth.

“The Touchstone Institute of Oceanographic Research is the most fantastic, exhilarating place on the planet to work. It is high energy, exciting, sometimes maddening, often frightening, heart pounding work. It’s not a job. It’s a lifetime commitment. It gets in your blood. It grabs you by the throat and possesses you, body and soul. And it is work. If you’re not prepared to work your ass off day in and day out, weekends, holidays, your birthday, and your mamma’s birthday, leave now.”

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Schedule for October 9 - 13, 2017

October 9 - 13, 2017

Mon., Oct. 9 - Sea Witch
by Carol Ann Kauffman
Tues., Oct. 10 - The Art of Frenchman
Jean Beraud
Wed., Oct. 11 - Interview with Sci-Fi-fi Author
Mari Collins
Thurs., Oct. 12 - Untitled by Texas Collage Artist
Parker Kaufman
Fri., Oct. 13 - FREE Today! 
The Captain and the Ambassador 
by Carol Ann Kauffman

Friday, October 6, 2017

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