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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #42: Creativity – Ceramic art

The theme for the week’s Photo Challenge from Anne-Christine is “Creativity.”

Creativity is the use of imagination or original ideas to create something new or somehow valuable – inventiveness. The created item may be an idea, a scientific theory, or even a joke; or a physical object, maybe a new invention, a literary work – or a painting. – Anne Christine.

 

I shared my watercolor painting before. Today I want to share my other hobby – ceramic painting.

My first ceramic piece was a free-handed project made with clay. I took a ceramic painting class as part of the Child Development program at California State University, Los Angeles. The students were to create any projects from a block of clay, then painted and glazed them. The professor then put them in the 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit kilt to fire them.

I was pregnant with my daughter at the time and wanted to make something for my daughter. The idea of a nightlight came to my mind.  Making a whale with holes from the blowhole, eyes and mouth gradually materialized. A light bulb holder is at the bottom to hold the light shining through the holes.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Variations on a Theme

When Mercy was in 5th grade, she and I took a ceramic painting class at a ceramic wholesale shop. It was a hobby we both enjoy and continue to keep. Several years ago, we had a mother-daughter outing and went to do ceramic painting. When we took the class together, my first project was painting the grey bottlenose dolphins. I’ve developed the fondness toward dolphins and have various collection of dolphins.

 

We are also delighted to watch live dolphins in different occasions. On one of the vacations in Maui, my husband went diving and swam with the dolphins. On another vacation in North Carolina, my husband went diving and we were so happy to see a school of dolphins up close.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme

SoCS November 25, 2017

The theme for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week is: “ink.” This reminds me of the ink I used for Chinese calligraphy.

I learned Chinese calligraphy in elementary school when I was in Hong Kong.

Chinese calligraphy is considered as an art. The following are five scripts of the word DRAGON.

 

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The shape, size, stretch, and type of hair in the brush, the color, and density of the ink, as well as the absorptive speed and surface texture of the paper, are the main physical elements influencing the result of calligraphy. The professional calligraphers use inkstick and grind the inkstick with water in the inkstone. I used bottle ink and poured the ink into the ink box with a cotton pad in it.

 

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There are a couple ways to hold the brush. Commonly, the brush is held vertically straight gripped between the thumb and middle finger. The index finger lightly touches the upper part of the shaft of the brush (stabilizing it) while the ring and little fingers tuck under the bottom of the shaft, leaving a space inside the palm (students were told that the space should be big enough for an egg). Alternatively, the brush is held in the right hand between the thumb and the index finger. I learned to hold the brush in a common way.

 

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The study of calligraphy includes learning the basic strokes, positioning the character, and copying exemplary works continuously, until the move becomes instinctive and the copy is perfect.

 

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As part of the homework, I practiced the large scripts as well as copied a paragraph from the book in small scripts. I contribute my artistic appreciation to my Chinese calligraphy background.

 

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Linda G Hill’s SoCS November 25, 2017

Plumeria Flowers – Watercolor Painting Challenge

Carolina at https://yesterdayafter.com posted a Watercolor Painting Challenge on June 14, 2017. The deadline to submit is on June 30, 2017. She took some photos of beautiful Plumeria Flowers. She challenged the watercolor lovers to make a painting out of her photo.

I accepted her challenge and created this watercolor painting today. Enjoy!

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Carolina  is an artist. She has different categories of arts and photography on her blog. Please visit her

Plumeria Flowers and Watercolor Painting Challenge

I Am Astonished with Delight

Never Too Late to Learn Something Brand New!

I am retired several years ago, but keep active in many areas. I try to keep a good balance of my activities:

Spiritually – I enjoy my daily devotion and contemplation; attend bible study groups to feed my inner being.

Mentally – I read. In fact, I find interesting in reading my husband’s several men’s magazines. I write. When thoughts come, I write on the back of a receipt or a napkin. I research. When I have an issue to discuss with my doctor, I always do my research before I go.

Physically – Other than going to the gym to work out with machine, going for walks, I started doing yoga two years ago and getting better and better in my balancing on one foot.

Emotional – I enjoy listening to classical music and opera. My favorite is the 2-CDs with all the Adagios (slow movement) from great compositions. I do gardening as part of my emotional therapy; and let the beauty of nature flood my soul with delight.

Kinesthetically – I always like ceramic painting.  I took a ceramic painting class with my daughter one summer when she was nine years old. I love doing it even since.

Out of my routine, I found a SURPRISE and it delights my soul:

In the fall of 2015, I thought I would try to learn watercolor and drawing. These are the two things that I always want to do in my whole life but didn’t have time to do. There were so many priorities and deadlines to meet that I never thought of sitting down to draw or to paint.

I took beginning classes on both subjects last fall.

I seem to have good visual perception of proportion, contrast, space and relationship in drawing.

In watercolor, I seem to learn the techniques quickly: wet in wet, wet on dry, glazing, negative painting, painting in different values of the colors.

I surprised myself with the progress I made in both drawing and watercolor in the first three or four months of study! I did so well that I DARE to do a painting for my daughter and son-in-law’s 5th year anniversary in May 2016!