July 22, 2015

Seven Things: Rain days & some wordly meanderings

01/ Sadly, no rainy day photos these days. Whenever it rains, I don't have my camera with me and when it does rain and I have my camera with me, it rains very little and I don't quite want to take photos.

02/ I think my commenting has become generic and maybe a little too spare and probably contain a lot of floral adjectives.  I really do try to say something that relates to the post subject and be as honest and as polite as possible without being rude.

Sometimes I just say a short phrase because it's easier and because I don't quite have the words. I don't often have the patience to come up with something long.  When there are less words involve doesn't that means less reasons for people to dislike what you wrote?

Occasionally I do leave long comments but I edited them a lot. They always somehow ends up shorter than my original thought. I try to cut out what I thought as mundane and unnecessary. I cut out what may be offensive or self serving. Maybe it's my habit to be as unrude and unoffensive and unloud as possible and maybe that is why I cut out so much. But I do like to encourage people and I think leaving good thoughts is a good thing. But I don't mind getting some criticism especially with my writings and even drawings.  I'm not against readers who leaves their true opinions however hard to take.

03/ I love bicycles but I can't ride them because they are always too large for me and because I really do not like the idea of riding a bike in the city with all the traffics. Drivers trend to be a bit too impatience and people too trend to be a bit impatience.  Maybe because I'm too careful when I'm outside, but when I see cyclists move themselves in between large buses and trucks, I keep thinking they should not do that. If they so much as swerve a little bit, they might not even make it. I just think it's dumb to take chances like that and not to mention they don't even wear helmets.

But I love seeing bicycles on the streets. There are so many pretty ones out there. Just last month, I saw a beautiful white bike decorated with flowers. It looked like it should be somewhere else like in a beautiful field of white roses or an open space with vivid green grass. Here's a whole bunch of great bicycles images at Eye Poetry

July 17, 2015

Get to know your fellow blogger: Emma

This week's blogger is: Emma from the Earth through a Lens

[ Part I: About blogging ]
01/ How many blogs do you have that are currently active?
I just have one currently active blog, which is the only blog I've ever had!

02/ What is your blog about? Do you have a tag line?
My blog is essentiality thoughts, or the way I see the world, with the occasional DIY or life update thrown in.

03/ Is your blog a reflection of you or just a place for your creative/personal outlet?
My blog is definitely a reflection of me, but as with all things on the internet, just a small part of who I am.

04/ How did you come up with the name for your blog?
I wanted it to be related to writing and I write about how I see the world, and so I came up with the idea of 'the Earth through a Lens', because I wear glasses and so technically I see everything through a lens. It wasn't until after I had set up my blog that I realised most people thought of a camera lens when they heard lens!

05/ Do you have a blogroll or a reading list of your favorite blogs? If not, then what blogs do you like reading?
I do have a blogroll, which I will just link to here to make life simpler, these are all absolutely wonderful blogs.

July 16, 2015

Three day rain angels

'three day rain angels'

closeups

This is for The Summer of Color. This week's color is orange + orange + blue.  I don't really have anything to say on this piece except that the umbrella poles they are holding might not be seen as such but I like the colors a lot.

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July 13, 2015

The witch from oz

'the witch from oz'
closeups
This week's Creative Tuesdays' theme is 'little critters.'  This is base on The wizard of oz characters - Dorothy, toto, the scarecrow, the tin woodman & the cowardly lion. Maybe it's a bit odd to turn the three characters into little creatures? I don't know. I like them.

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July 7, 2015

Girl of Autumn

'girl of autumn'
This is for The Summer of Color. This week's color is green + green + pink. This is the color version of this non-color version here. Actually, I had almost finished this and then decided I didn't like the colors and so I didn't finish. But now I did. I think this is a little better than the colors I had before and I also changed the eyes a little bit.

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July 5, 2015

Get to know your fellow blogger: Abraham

This week's blogger is: Abraham from La Vie Graphite 

[ Part I: About blogging ]
01/ How many blogs do you have that are currently active?
I have just one, it’s called La Vie Graphite, now in its 9th year. I started it in July 2006, on MySpace, and shortly afterward – with a growing readership – moved it to the much better and public Blogspot.

02/ What is your blog about? Do you have a tag line?
If anything unifies all my essays, it’s the spirit of reflective writing and life experience. It takes many forms - sometimes as poetry or photo-essays.

The closest thing to a tag line I have is something like this: “musing upon life's fascinating mysteries and living a pilgrimage of trust on earth.” That means each day and each written page is part of a forward movement with time.

03/ Is your blog a reflection of you or just a place for your creative/personal outlet?
The blog is essentially an extension of my daily journal-writing. Committing to completing my journaled ideas with essays and photos has been a great practice for solidifying my thoughts.

04/ How did you come up with the name for your blog?
The blog grew out of journaling – plus the art medium of photography. I studied photography in art college, and then taught it for 9 years while also working full-time as a professional photographer. I’ve been journaling since the mid-90s, and found myself keeping 2 parallel journals: one in pencil (for random thoughts, words, and observations), and the other in ink (for developing those thoughts).

For about ten years, the name La Vie Graphite has been the name for the pocket-sized pencil journals which I still use as creative formats. Pencil marks are made with graphite; like digital documents, they are ephemeral. Graphite, however, comes from deep inside the earth.

I was raised speaking French, and learned English when I was in grammar school, and have always loved words. The word “graphite” gives me a great concept to play with.

05/ Do you have a blogroll or a reading list of your favorite blogs? And what blogs do you like reading?
I do run a blogroll of what I call “kindred blogs,” but am always looking for interesting blogs I haven’t yet read. At the same time, with such abundance on the web, good, thoughtful, and creative blogs are hard to find. I’m among the first bloggers to use a manual typewriter to create blog entries, and the ever-growing group has come to be known as the Typosphere. That loose network has brought me together with many friends, and I’m very grateful for that. Writers can be very passionate about their writing equipment – almost too passionate! I really try to keep to my topics, and consider even the most beautiful pens, pencils, cameras, and typewriters as means to an artistic end. I like writing to be thought-provoking. Once, as a little statement about making tools more important than creativity, I wrote an essay about hands (read it here).

July 1, 2015

Gold Spring

"gold spring"
closeup

This is for The Summer of Color. This week's color is red + red + metallic.   If I had used real paint, maybe it might be a little different. I couldn't really make metallic gold colors but at least it looks metallic-looking, sort of.

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