Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wheels of Rainbow

Dr Abe V Rotor 

 Wheels of Rainbow mural showing details (5ft x 8 ft) by AVRotor, June 6, 2012

They come through prism splitting the light of heaven,
     In joyful, glorious colors of seven,
Each color the color of life in joy and sorrow,
     Today and the promise of tomorrow,

Wheels of fate to wheels of destiny in man’s hand,
     They all come down to the faithful in band,
Through time and space on the road of man’s lifetime,
     Whether this or another or over the clime.

Old as they may or new, while others are yet to be born,
     Their origin is the same – goodness sworn;
Passport to the way beyond this life each one must earn
     Above the material, blind faith and yearn.

They come down in gears spinning, large and small
     Moving constantly bouncing like a ball,
The essence of competition, the essence of oneness,
     How one plays in compassion and goodness.

Claim for heaven alone by the book and tongue is falsehood,
     Veering from the chain peace and unity should;
Poor orphan of humanity, the very core of faith,
     Forlorn, and man returns to his own fate.

But where is heaven, what is the afterlife, ask the people,
     As they look at the sky and the totem pole,
And losing faith they break away from the holy bond,
     Alas! walk down the road of a vagabond.

They pray for heaven to come down, out from the blue,
     The long Promise to billions waiting to be true,
Where the discs as one on some fertile ground must grow
     Into one Eden arched by the rainbow. ~

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Big Bang – the Origin of Life

Dr Abe V Rotor
Big Bang (19" x 23") painting by the author 2012

Once upon a distant past, a proto mass 
     of converging gases, too huge 
to hold on in space exploded -
     the Big Bang like a centrifuge.  

Born the universe and galaxies
     in countless numbers expanding,
countless more, orphans in space,
     our known world but a sibling.

Were this true - life so little do we know
     today from its very spawn; 
move over Oparin, move over Darwin, 
     theories past and our own. ~

The Lonely Island

Dr Abe V Rotor 
                                                                        Danajon Reef, Bohol 

Let life's burden to ease,
    in ripples and rivulets, 
save the passing breeze, 
    whispers like clarinets.

and the sun in lazy haze
    blankets the cold and old,
veils the face pained by grief, 
    and conquers the bold.~

I love to paint fish in the deep

Paintings by Dr Abe V Rotor
Which way is in, which way is out?
a school of fish moving about.

Fish imprisoned among the weeds, 
their nests, food and other needs.

Piggy ride for joy in the deep, 
a mother for its young to keep.

The color red to revere,
to rule the deep by fear.  

 Forest of the sea, forest on land, 
 the Creator's contiguous plan. 

Riddle in hide and seek, 
mimicry of the meek.

Christmas every day among the coral reefs,
to humans, save a Season, the world sleeps. 

 Like cavemen before, fish live in cavern,
allegory of the cave they didn't learn. 

Survival -  bloody, rough, ruthless, yet the rule,
like men, the brave triumphs, woe to the fool. 

The Art of Diorama: Museum of Natural History, UPLB Laguna

The Art of Diorama: Museum of Natural History, UPLB Laguna 
Photographed and Edited by Dr Abe V Rotor
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Philippine Eagle lords over the vast landscape atop Mt Apo, its home. Fewer and fewer sightings tell us the bird may soon join the list of extinct animals - if we don't protect its remaining population estimated to be less than a thousand
The idea of a diorama is likened to a showcase in a mall. It is an enclosure of glass, multi-dimensional so that the viewer enjoys a natural panoramic scenery - foreground and background, ground and ceiling, and a spacious center view for the main subject.  From one side to the other, and back, the viewer finds freedom of vision to explore the whole diorama.  

Natural history dioramas gain attention to naturalness.  The stuff animals look real, a pond reveals the secret of its bottom.  Water always looks fresh and invigorating.  Trees and the whole vegetation retain their freshness. Depth of field leads the eye to the farthest point disappearing in thin air. 

Emphasis is given to interaction of the living with the non-living world, the  interrelationships of organisms in food chains and food webs, and by the flow of energy from one organism to another.  

A diorama artist is multi-skilled: he is a sculptor, a painter and an architect.  Above all,  he is a scientist who understands the working of biology and ecology.  He must be a naturalist, and being one, must uphold the philosophy of reverence for life that makes man the custodian of creation. 

The Museum of Natural History is an educational center with a sprawling natural setting - Mt. Makiling, a tropical rainforest reached in three hours from Manila. It is a world-famous center of studies and researches in agriculture, environment and many related sciences, including humanities.  

I recommend the place for a whole day educational field trip. An itinerary includes the Mt Makiling Botanical Garden, tour of UPLB campus (agriculture and forestry) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Special lectures and guided tours may be arranged. Packed lunch under the trees is a rare experience.  Nature photography, is at its best - so with on-the-spot composition (drawing, musical sketch, poetry). 

Happy field trip!
The Hornbill is another endangered Philippine bird.  The first and last time I saw hornbills was in the seventies at the tip of Luzon along the treacherous Patapat road joining the Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley. They are a closely knit family moving on the forest canopy. Their call is heard far and wide.  It is resonated by their big hollow bills and echoed by big trees and cliffs.  
Cave bats in a simulated habitat.  Being nocturnal, the bats hunt from flying insects in the dark locating their prey through echolocation, the principle of the radar.Their droppings make a huge guano deposit mined for agriculture. 
A rare rodent that lives on trees in Palawan, the last bastion of rare animal species, among them the porcupine, mouse deer and anteater.  
Nesting pigeons keep vigil for intruders and predators. Masters of camouflage they blend with the surroundings and remain extremely quiet and still at the sign of danger. But when imminent, the mother bird stealthily dashes to another place and decoys away the attention of the enemy.  
 Instead of a diorama, the actual skeleton, and replica, of a whale  are displayed for anatomical and morphological study. In  the Smithsonian the blue whale, the biggest creature that ever lived on earth spans the length of a hall the size of a typical chapel. 
Tree mushroom garden 
 A cluster of nature dioramas, each an ecosystem pristine and unspoiled.  
 Centennial celebration of UPLB, pictorials at the museum's lobby. 
Author and wife are among the countless visitors.   

"Go forth and multiply." An identification test.

"Now as for you, be productive and multiply; spread out over the land and multiply throughout it." International Standard Version

Dr Abe V Rotor

Identify the following organisms and tell how they reproduce. 
1. Clue: egg mass of a kind of insect.

2. Clue: Pods of the biggest legume in the world

3. Clue: Shellfish in the wild

4. Clue: Mosaic virus of a plant family that can remain 
dormant for as long as 20 years.
5. Clue: Nitrogen-fixing nodules.
6. Clue: immature stage of housefly 

7. Clue: popularly referred to as plant lice living at the axils and
underside of leaves

8. Clue: saprophyte, lives on dead wood

9. Clue: pods of wild orchid

10. Clue: flower emerges separately from vegetative phase, emits foul odor to
attract flies to pollinate, scientifically 
Amorphophallus campanulatus.

1. Egg mass of preying mantis, 2. seeds of acacia (dicot), 3. eggs of oyster, 4. mosaic virus of tobacco, Family Solanaceae, 5. Rhizobium bacteria of legumes  6. maggots hatched from eggs of housefly, 7. young of aphids (Aphis maydis or A. gossypii),  8. Ganoderma shelf mushroom by spores 9. seeds of a wild orchid, 10. seeds of pongapong (Amorphophallus campanulatus)

Congratulations! Children's Integrated Art Workshop Graduates

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Organizer and Instructor

Children need a break.  But not to indulge on TV and computer, and complacency.  In fact they don’t find relief and fulfilment from these gadgets.  Instead, they need to express themselves, and not to adjust to what the machine dictates. 

What better activity to offer kids on a Sunday afternoon,
but an on-the-spot painting session under the trees,
their shadow intermingling with them and their work,
urging them to just-do-it, you-can-do-it, and let-it-go ,
the creativity through the inner eye, from the inner self,
befriend “The Little Prince” when in doubt, when bored,
and discover you are not alone in this world.

  Hasnia P Datucunog 11, Sanisah A Pitiilan 12
  Haira P Datucunog 13, Sharina Rose Reyno 11
  Lucie Denise Reyno 9, Pauleen Nicole Reyno 6
  Francesca R Forges 9, Minjhin Viernes 8
  Mark Jefferson Ragca 11, Mark Lester Formoso 10
  Charla Cassandra R Borjal,  Sabriya Lorin Ruelos 10
Adrianne Grace Ruelos 11, Frankyn R Pastor 8

Other Graduates

Kristel Lagasca
Dave Ong
Goldane Ruelos
Tyrone Nino Juanizo 
Gerizia Mae Estigoy 
Rizaldine Jade Estigoy
Yarcia, Kriz Laurenz 

You may take pride in having a state-of-the-art cell-phone, but not more than a painting you yourself made. A gadget can’t be part of you, but a piece of art you made – painting, melody, story, verse - is your own. It is part of you. It is a prize you give yourself and no one else can take it away. It is a lifetime achievement. In fact, it is your legacy.

Kids in the neighborhood and from afar come to experience the adventure of integrated art under a common denominator called talent.  Many ask - and doubt - if they have the talent at all.  I assure them they have. Each person has, in fact under a wide profile of eight realms. Many don’t realize this potential. Kids see the world “complete” and “instant” from food, toy, music, show - to instant relationship. Why bother when it’s there at fingertip? Perhaps we, grownups must tell them the truth.  Life is never designed this way. Good life is earned and it must be earned well.
Art evolved – and still is – through movements or schools, in this simplified order: primitive or ancient art (drawing in caves), realistic that is true to the subject, classical (perfection and timelessness is the essence), romantic (mainly for the elites), realism for the grassroots, impressionism and expressionism (gateway to modern art), and modern art is usually referred to as abstract, which blossomed into various and virtually free expressions.

Kids learn early in life the struggle for excellence, not in the classroom or street, but in themselves. The greatest struggle is with oneself – it is the biggest triumph, but it can be the biggest failure, too. Yet there is always the opportunity to conquer that opponent. This is the road to excellence. Each day you become a better person, ad infinitum.

Take time out with Nature from TV and computer,
from loafing around. Nature is your best teacher.

Kids learn early in life the struggle for excellence, not just in the classroom or street, but in themselves. The greatest struggle is with  oneself – it is the biggest triumph, but it can be the biggest failure, too. Yet there is always the opportunity to conquer that opponent. This is the road to excellence. Each day you become a better person, ad infinitum