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Lens – Artists Challenge #135: Glimpse into your world

This week, the theme from Sheetalbravon is ‘A Glimpse into your world’She invited us to show the things we love that make our world spin or things about our world that make us delirious with joy.

The immediate world that fills me with inspiration and amazement is my garden. My morning routine, especially in the summer, is to visit the garden while I drink my coffee. After coffee, with the gardening tools in hand, I check the flower bushes, trim the dead branches, or dig up weeds.

I started feeding birds from 2014 and the regular visitors are Ruby Throat Hummingbirds, mourning doves, American Finch, American God Finch, Scrub Jay, Song Sparrow, White-Crowned Sparrow, and a few I couldn’t quite identify. Over the years, there were baby Mourning Dove, baby House Finches, and One baby Hummingbird born in my garden.

There are other animals such as squirrels, stray cats, and lizards roaming during the day or at night.

I have many hobbies, more than I have time to fully enjoy each of them. Not included in the images here is photography, which I started as a teenager when the photos were black and white. Another hobby is ceramic. I did the whale free hand with clay. I made it into a nightlight for my baby daughter. When my daughter was nine years old, we took a ceramic painting class together in the summer. It’s something we continue doing separately until these days.

I learned to draw and watercolor painting as a young adult. After retirement, I took classes on both and used some watercolor painting to illustrate the poems in my book.

My immediate community of 35 years is a church fellowship and the group of ladies. They are a part of my world for fun, for friendship and support. Some of these friends’ kids and my daughter grew up together. The ladies gave a bridal shower to Mercy for her wedding. Some friends still send gifts to my granddaughters as their own.

Music has been my world since I was a kid. I didn’t have a family background to nurture my love of classical music. It seems to be a natural favorite. The first time I performed Handel’s Messiah was when I was still in Hong Kong.

Most of my family except for one sister are in Hong Kong. Lynton’s family is my extended family, and we see each other regularly.

The biggest world to me is my daughter’s family. My granddaughters lighten my heart and give joy every day. My daughter has a TinyBeans.com account where she posts multiple photos and videos daily to chronicle the kids’ growth and family activities. There was not one day I go without checking on what they do. Nora’s birthday on March 22, and I wish to visit them.  

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Thank you for reading. I hope to hear what the things you love that make your world spin or things about your world that make you delirious with joy.

Lens – Artists Challenge #135: Glimpse into your world

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Discover Prompts, Day 16: Slow

Ben Huberman at Discover, WordPress posts daily prompts throughout April. The prompt for today is Slow. 

He invited us to write about  an activity, chore, or habit we enjoy lingering on, or music, art, literature we turn to when we don’t need to rush.

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I worked for the same school district for twenty-five years before retirement. The freeway commuters increased year by year. Every driver was impatient, but there was no other option to many people to get to work. For me, I had an option of taking surface streets. It took fifty to sixty minutes each way. If the freeway were free, it would take about forty minutes. During the rush hours, it could take an hour and fifteen minutes, but it was still unpredictable. Eventually, I only took surface streets to work.

There was an internal clock that woke me at six o’clock before the alarm went off. There was no time to linger in bed. The morning routine was repeated methodically. Every five minutes of delay to get out of the door would cause extra ten minutes late to work. There was no time to have breakfast at home so I would eat after I got to the classroom or office when I worked in the school district office.

After retirement, the internal clock still woke me at six o’clock. It took a good year for me not to worry about getting on the road. It has been almost ten years now. I enjoy my slower pace of life with no apparent deadline and no rush in getting things done. If I cannot get it done today, there is always tomorrow. Sometimes, it is all right if I do not complete the job.

The best way for me to learn to slow is doing watercolor painting, drawing, and ceramic painting. Here are some samples.

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Discover Prompts, Day 16: Slow

 

 

Plumeria Flower Painting – I Was Featured on YesterdayAfter

I participated in Carolina Russo’s Watercolor Painting Challenge. She provided a photo of the Plumeria Flowers taken in her garden. The participants used the photo to do watercolor painting applying any techniques they chose. I leaned the negative painting techniques and was eager to use them for this challenge. 

My painting was featured on her blog. The challenge has ended but you still can see paintings from other participants.

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Carolina has a new design for her blog and has a New Design Launch Party drawing of a surprise gift for visitors. Here is the link to her new Blog.

Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017, Questions and my responses.

  1. Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …

I want to learn more about watercolor painting. When I did acrylic painting, I was told that acrylic painting is very forgiving. If I don’t like a certain part of the painting, I could paint over with white color and change it to what I prefer. Watercolor is different. There is a glaze technique when I can paint one layer, let it dry, and then put another layer of color on it. It always starts with the light color, and gradually put the darker colors on the previous colors. If I make a mistake and drop the dark color on any spot, I can use water to brush it off right away. I can’t use white paint to cover the dark color though. There are so many techniques to learn in watercolor.

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  1. On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

For me to have a good night sleep on any vacation, a comfortable bed is required, that is a given. I am a light sleeper. Quietness is a must because I don’t wear earplugs.  We always ask for a room with the window facing a quiet area. Another thing is equally important, that is the almost complete darkness of the room. Some hotels have thin curtains; the light of dawn would wake me up. I wear a mask to go to sleep in any place, but the light from the thin curtain could find a way to wake me up.

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  1. What is your greatest extravagance?

The greatest extravagance was getting a car I always wanted. When I graduated with my doctorate degree in the year 2000, I reward myself with such a car. I made a list of all the features I wanted. I used the Consumer Report of Cars and picked 5 makers, copied the features of those 5 cars on a spreadsheet to make a side by side comparison. After that, I picked the car with the most reasonable price and had all the features I wanted. I still have the same car after seventeen years. It is a great car. I think I’ll keep the car for a few more years.

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Cee’s Share Your World – September 18, 2017

Thursday’s Special – Imitation

The theme this week for Paula’s Thursday’s Special is Imitation.

My daughter Mercy and her husband Will were planning for their vacation. The idea of going to Dolomite, Italy came up in the conversation. They would like to go on a hiking trip there. Due to one reason or the other, they went to Zion National Park in Utah U.S. instead. When they were thinking about going to Dolomite, I found some stunning mountain ranch images. I picked one and did a watercolor imitation of the photo.

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Paula at Lost in Translation’s Thursday’s Special -Imitation

 

SoCS September 16, 2017

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “vol.” Find a word with “vol” in it, and use it in your post. Have fun! – Lind G Hill

This is my fourth year taking classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) held at California State University of Fullerton. OLLI is an Institute that offers classes and activities for the semi-retired and retired individuals.

In 1979, a need-assessment by CSU Fullerton indicated that a substantial percentage of Orange County’s population was over 60 age bracket. Recognizing that lifelong learning and social interaction were important keys to a successful retirement, almost 50 enthusiastic members launched the lifelong learning organization. Eventually, the organization raised enough funds to have its own building right in the heart of CSU Fullerton.

The fall semester 2017, there are 186 classes covering the arts, science, technology, special interest groups, trips and other programs. All the individuals on the executive team, chairpersons of committees, and instructors of the classes and activities are volunteers.

I have taken drawing, watercolor, life story writing, chorale, and poetry classes. There are other classes I’m interested in taking such as ceramic, photography, Tai chi, and ballroom dancing. For the current semester, I’m taking poetry, watercolor, and chorale. That’s all the time I could spend on taking classes. I enjoy them and best of all, I made friends with members of these groups.

Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday: SoCS September 16, 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