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A-to-Z Challenge: Pointillism

Good evening everyone! Art has always been a relaxing hobby for me. I grew up with a friend who majored in art history and I dabbled in various art techniques after she chatted with me about stuff she’s learned. Today, I will explore a technique called pointillism which takes quite a bit of patience!

I’m gonna backtrack a little bit before pointillism to understand how it came to be. In the 1880s, two new styles of landscape painting were trending: impressionism & tonalism.

  • Impressionists often utilized vigorous brushstrokes and frequently applied paint thickly to their canvases via a technique called impasto. They sought to capture fleeting effects of sunlight and atmosphere. American impressionists preferred to paint everyday life: urban scenes of leisure and recreation.
  • Tonalism uses tonal harmonies to create the style’s heightened sense of intimacy. Some painters muted the detail in their work to create softly contoured representations of nature’s suggestive moments. (ie – twilight and dawn: mists prevails, light is less distinct, hues are susceptible to change). It typically evokes feelings of nostalgia in viewers.

Fast-forward to the post-impressionism era, painters began to try out a new direction in art and favored symbolism, idealism, and romanticism. They began to prefer subjectivity (conceptual) to objectivity (perceived).

In the late 1800’s, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac painted in a style called pointillism using “distinctive points of color to build form and image“.

Georges Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande-Jatte” (1884)

The idea was based on Michel-Eugene Chevreul’s work as a chemist for a tapestry company. He studied the way that different colors contrasted with each other so that his company could develop more attractive tapestries.

  • Chevruel published his research in a treatise describing how colors can impose their complements on adjacent colors. “A red dot placed next to a blue dot can make the blue dot appear greenish because green is red’s complementary color.”

Painters, Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh, were symbolists who grounded their work not merely their observations in nature but in their emotions. I think about how the moon is gleaming so brightly here creating romantic, magical feelings as the wind is swirling in the sky.

Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” (1889)

Modern Day Art Using Pointillism

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Photo Credit: Amber Char Lynn, “New York City Lights”
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  • Word of the Day Challenge: Moon
  • Reference– “The Bedside Baccalaureate” Edited by David Rubel: Page 103- XVIII. The Hudson River School Legacy, Page 287- XVIII. Post Impressionism
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A-to-Z Challenge: Garden

Deviant Art: Darkosikman – Rain in Garden

I Love the Rain…

… because it nourishes my garden during a scorching summer day here in Texas. Hm, maybe it would be a different story if I live near a city where acid rain takes place: mutant flowers and creating a dangerous place to dance in. I have so many things I want to do and envision so many garden projects in my mind: trellises, canopies, pathways. My siblings and I have inherited our parents’ green thumb. Growing up, we had fun experimenting with growing with a bunch of things: grape trees, corn, lima beans, mango trees as our parents poured their efforts in growing squash, lettuce, peppers, mint, cucumbers, bitter melons, pear, persimmon, apple trees.

Right now, my boyfriend’s family has gifted me with a garden plot, and I’m learning how to work with the soil in this area. I leveled the garden by raking the ground and adding layers of topsoil. It’s fairly sandy and the climate can be very hot during the summer in this region. Gladiolus, dahlias, sunflowers, hibiscus, and bluebonnet flowers shot up into the air pretty well with no problem. Lettuce grew well during the winter. Squash and pumpkin vines climbed onto the fence well! I had trouble growing tomatoes and herbs.

Rain in Pop Culture

I also love rain soaked scenes in movies which seems to heighten the drama and emotions experienced.

Prince’s song, Purple Rain, inspired a Rain Room in a museum in Los Angeles, CA.

Los Angeles Times – In a tribute to Prince, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art decided that the water in the popular Rain Room installation would be turned purple. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Quotes about Rain

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A-to-Z Challenge: Fly

Skydiving is special because it’s almost the closest to an out-of-body experience you can have.

Georgia King

When I first moved to town, I was trying to learn where everything was by visiting various major landmarks. One day, I saw this large sign on a building off the side of the highway.

I pondered what it would be like to fly around in a tank and float around like an astronaut. Haven’t gone yet, but every time I look at these pictures, I imagine what it would be like.

iFly instructors

The closest experience I have to flying is paragliding with my mom 10 years ago. We decided to look our fear of heights in the face and try out this amazing mother-daughter experience together. We gazed into each other’s faces for encouragement as the boat pulled us quickly above the ocean. There’s nothing quite like the experience of flying in the air seeing the sparkling ocean below! Mom and I were screaming with our hair whipping around in the wind, “Hey! We’re doing this!” The lush green island looked so beautiful.

As I’m recalling all of these memories, I’m feeling sleepy. Maybe, I’ll dream of flying. Good night wherever you all are! 😀

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A-to-Z Challenge: Anchored

Ahoy mateys! After being inspired by many bloggers, I’ve decided to join the fun in this A-to-Z Blogging Challenge! If you’re new to my blog, I generally enjoy writing about a variety of subjects (fiction, poetry, dreams, food, nature, photography, quotes, humor, culture ) based on various prompts I discover. So, brace yourselves, I need to catch up! 😉

“Let us not remain anchored in the quicksand of a waning past, and lose the war on obliviousness, but let us listen to the bracing sounds of new horizons, grasp the enchantment of the fleeting instants and seize the cleverness of the moment. (Could time be patient?)” 

Erik Pevernagie

In lightning, I see the “enchantment of the fleeting instant“. As I listen to the roaring thunder, a “bracing sound of a new horizon” accompanies it. A few days ago, I was faced with my own lightning bolt: a decision that scared me, but it was one that could better my life if I decided to take the leap.

The failure of one of my past experiences that I had when I was a teenager was paralyzing me in the present day. “What if it happens again?” The “anchor to the tide of my past was dragging me around in its current mercilessly. The “rhythm in my chest” of my heart beat was pounding heavily. I swiftly combated this thought with a quote by former U.S. first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

I stared at my vision board that I made earlier this year hoping to find some solace and motivation. Is time patient? I don’t know. Some days, time seems to fly by so quickly. Other days, it’s slow as molasses. My urgent lightning bolt seemed to slow down for me as I worked through my thoughts.

After a few moments of silence, I said farewell to the feelings I had as a teenager during those early experiences and seized the “cleverness of the moment” at hand. I decided to go for it! Did I just become a daredevil? 😉

“The measure of a man is not in how he gets knocked to the mat, it is in how he gets up.”

Jeph Loeb

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#Haibun – A Bishop’s Walk

“My hair may turn white as frost before I return from those fabled places – or maybe I won’t return at all.”, ” … I felt three thousand miles rushing through my heart, the whole world only a dream.

Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), Narrow Road to the Interior 

Take a lonely path
Beyond the arch, his refuge
The grand post brings hope

The bishop’s robes glide across the cobbled stones dragging a layer of snow as he leisurely walks across the courtyard. He takes enjoyment in basking in the simple pleasures of the oil lamps’ warm glow that give the cathedral an inviting presence during a cold winter evening. He just got back from a prayerful hike in the mountains behind the cathedral, one of his favorite, pleasurable avocations. He can’t wait to perform a few hymns on the organ listening to the melodies echo in the ideal room acoustics of the main hall before he leaves for his journey in the deep north. It helps keep him young at heart despite all the white hair brought about from the hardships he has faced this past year.

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Bishop’s classic song to Jean Valjean in movie “Les Miserables”
Britain’s boy band “Collabro” sings brilliantly!
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Shakers Galore

#Haiku – Shakers Galore

Curiosity roused
Colors delighting a guest
A still micro world

Greetings! I never thought that the first time I hold a hand grenade is when teaching a friend how to make summer rolls in her kitchen. Believe it or not, these are real grenades that have been re-purposed as salt and pepper shakers! Talk about an explosive pair!

I guess salt (sodium chloride) IS a combination of a poisonous gas and explosive metal. Pepper is a compound of hydrogen, carbon, and nitrogen. An ultimate power couple! (Bob, I’m pleased to announce that the chemical soap opera continues! 😉 )

A few days ago, I had a quaint adventure as I visited a friend. Her precious dogs yelped at me with genuine enthusiasm when I arrived. Boy, was I in for a surprise when I encountered her mom’s cool salt and pepper shaker collection! Over the years, she has received many types of shakers from family members and friends around the world.

My friend’s father built these sturdy shelves for his wife’s collection. What a sweet gesture! It’s all out in the open where everyone can see them instead of gathering dust in a storage box somewhere. All these shakers don’t look forlorn as they each seem to belong to a family, though I’m not sure where the grenade shakers go.

This exhibit fascinates me with the same sort of appeal a museum does. I took a moment to take in all the colors, shapes, and sizes. I learned that the first shakers came out in 1920’s and 30’s. It sure has evolved since then!

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Into the Spiderverse

Yesterday, the fog returned in full force! My boyfriend and I headed out to the movie theater after eating a delicious meal at a restaurant called Pho Garden. We shared some spring rolls, vermicelli pork dishes, and a tasty bowl of warm pho as we chatted about future goals, our daily plans, and life experiences. The restaurant gradually became packed with hungry customers. It was so much fun, and we licked the bowls and plates clean!

After debating between two super-hero movies, we decided to watch Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse and wow, I was blown away by the visually stunning animation and a solid cast of unique characters! Serious, dark situations were mitigated with humorous and intelligent dialogue. The antagonists in the story were intimidating and brilliant. A charming and stylish adventure, I was dazzled by how immersed I was in the whole experience: a blend of the 2-D comic book world that came to life and 3-D elements. I enjoyed the appearance of Stan Lee!

Afterward, we were still processing our roller coaster high as we stepped back into the reality of our world. While sitting next to the bowling alley and arcade, we looked at various Spiderman episodes from the 60s till present on Youtube, and I was amazed to see just how far we came along in terms of quality and speed. We discussed about what it takes to captivate audiences nowadays and wondered: If this is the bar now, what is it going to look like 40 years from now?

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 25

“There’s always haters, no matter what you’re doing. Whether they’re complaining that everything you do sounds the same, or it’s too different. I love DJing, I do. I love everything that comes with it; it’s fun and it’s kind of glamorous. I’m a DJ. I get the party started.”

Avicii

Merry Christmas to my blogging family! Hope you are enjoying your day! Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey! Taking a breath of air before I return to more festivities with family and friends! Nothing like the gift of the present! Today’s challenge is to post a song you like by an artist no longer living! I think about how the love of Jesus Christ has influenced many musicians in unexpected ways.

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Akiane Kramarik’s painting of Jesus Christ, “Prince of Peace

Clifford Stumme, the Pop Song Professor, explores more about the meaning and background behind the song I’m about to share, “Sunset Jesus”:

“…he [Avicii] meets “Sunset Jesus,” an interesting character dressed as Jesus who spends his time on Sunset Blvd with street performers and tourists…. the fact that Jesus came to him could also be a “sign”–a mystical symbol that Avicii’s in the right place. He decides that it’s a good thing he met Sunset Jesus.”

Clifford Stumme, The Pop Song Professor

I LOVE YOU AVICII (Tim Bergling)!!! 😀 I danced to your music at pool parties while hanging out with friends. You left a legacy in the EDM music industry. I will miss your incredible spirit and will continue to love your inspirational melodies and beats! You were an awesome DJ! The crowds you draw at every concert is a formidable accomplishment. Rest in peace! ❤

Photo Credit: Brandnite – Avicii at Ushuaia Ibiza 2016
Avicii – Sunset Jesus
Enjoyed the lighted visual Mashup Tribute Ananta!

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 21

The song, “Stacie’s Mom”, was very popular during the time I was in high school. It’s about a young boy’s infatuation with his girlfriend’s mother which obviously isn’t going anywhere. I first heard of the song on a Dr.Pepper commercial. A few of my friends would create parodies of the song when someone’s mom does something awesome like “Colin’s Mom”.

Here is the funny Dr.Pepper commercial with the incredible soccer mom and her mini-van! 🙂

Calculus took up a chunk of my high school life! It’s where most of us learned the various types of infinity and its uses in limits and continuity. The Mathematics Stack Exchange explores more about infinity in its forums. When most of us were struggling with the process of learning calculus, our mothers intervened and offered support. Some of the moms got together and baked cookies for our weekend group studies so that we would pass our tests. 😀

The original video is meant for mature audiences. 😉

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Wintry Virtual Reality

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My friend knew that I was intent
on exploring a stimulating new hobby
so she gave me a gift of virtual reality for Christmas
and helped me strap on the goggles over my eyes.

Anticipating a special adventure,
I wake up in a red telephone booth
which transported me into a kind
of magical wintry masterpiece
in the snowfall of my mind.

I was taken aback by a set
of yellow eyes staring back at me
through the foggy window
with its brilliant iridescent fur
coruscating against the snow.

I suddenly remembered that
the game maker added a nice feature
where this mythical canine
will serve as a sapient cynosure
for the rest of my journey.

The quest involved finding a golden tree
in a labyrinth made of holly bushes
guarded by the Ice Queen
who spoke in riddles and resided
in a sacred temple outside the entrance.

Grateful for my linguistics background,
I felt like it would be fun
to have some tea and chat with the queen,
but little did I know of what I 
was going to encounter in this reality.

In response to… a lot of words and phrases this past week! Thank you for your inspiration! 🙂