Jolene Levuka ATB
Adventure, Art, dogs

Drawing: Jolene at Levuka, Fiji

This drawing is a scene from our trip to Levuka a couple weeks ago. Our Fijian sausage dog, Jolene, is standing in the grass on top of a hill overlooking the ocean, just outside the historic port town. Watch my short travel video on Levuka here.

Puppy Jolene ATB
Art, dogs, Products

Original Art: Puppy Jolene

Our puppy, Jolene, is about three months old now. She is adorable. She's turning out to be a sausage dog after all, as I had hoped. She's got a long body on short legs with chubby paws. So cute. I suspect her father is a German shepherd because of her ears; they're large for her… Continue reading Original Art: Puppy Jolene

We Will Get By Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art

We Will Get By

I hope all of you are doing well, given the circumstances. Even all the way out here in Fiji, the coronavirus has arrived. The capital city, Suva, is in lockdown, and there is a curfew. But things are good overall. It's a time of togetherness at home, creativity, reflection and, as always, gratitude. Funny story:… Continue reading We Will Get By

John Prine by Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art, essay, Music

Ode to Music Legend John Prine, R.I.P.

John Prine is dead. He died on April 7, due to complications from COVID-19. He was 73. This is an incredible loss for the music world and all those who look to his songs for comfort, consolation and wisdom, as well as an artistic ideal. He was a musical and lyrical genius, and his influence… Continue reading Ode to Music Legend John Prine, R.I.P.

Rainy afternoon Illustration by Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Music

Original Music: Rainy Afternoon

I created another acoustic guitar instrumental track, continuing to experiment with Audacity. Same method as my last track: I recorded a snippet of rhythm guitar, copied and pasted it into a sequence in the Audacity timeline, then recorded a solo over the rhythm.   You can listen to my last track here and watch a… Continue reading Original Music: Rainy Afternoon