Wellbeloved: God Glasses

I have quite a few things I could write about right now, but don't really have the time.  Hopefully I won't loose the inspiration by the time I do have a few minutes to spare.  I've never re-blogged before, but today I re-read my second post and was so glad I had written it.  I want to remember to look at life through my God Glasses.

Wellbeloved: God Glasses: There are times in my life when it is easy to trust God.  I laugh at the devil when discouraging thoughts come to mind, and I just smile and...


Photography Friday

Though I thought this week would be a little sparse on the picture side, here are at least 15 of my favorites.

I love the clouds in this picture...but yes I did adjust the picture a little to make them stand out a little more.  It's so hard to get details in clouds when you are shooting a darker foreground.

Now the zoomy was done while shooting, but obviously I adjusted the color.

The tractor pull wasn't the ideal place to practice freelensing, but I did get to work on my panning.

And here's that dear old place I have been looking forward to. 

I don't exactly know why I like these pictures so much...oh yeah, because the dress is cute. :)

...and this one has nice framing and contrast.

Here's our ghostly cat.  It was very dark outside, and I forgot that auto focus wouldn't work.

Here's more what I was going for.  I liked the shadow patterns on the cat.

 And I'll close with my cubism cat.  This actually is two different perspectives of the cat; the cat didn't move.

Aaaaaaannnnnnd...I just looked at the clock.  Yikes.



Photography Friday (overload)

Hello!  I have really enjoyed my camera--as you will witness as you scroll (too many pictures for one week!).  These first few are from our garden--mostly the bean plants.

I got to take my camera on a little walk in town.

window pictures!

Compare the next two: one is Photoshoped and the other one is free-lens.

The following are my freelensing experiments :)

MarLeah, my sister, did a lot of freelensing too, and this is one of my favorites.

So...that was a lot of pictures.  Next week I'll have to keep reminding myself that...

Otherwise, I'll never get those outfits done (along with all the other projects and preparation) before the big two-zero (Our national camp meeting at Monark Springs starts a week from now).  So, enjoy your weekend, and hopefully I'll get a lot done next week.  ...and not stay up late reading Coleridge. Or discovering new things in Photoshop.  sigh.



The girl with the golden hair:

...And why she has a frog in her mouth.

For two months, this ghostly sculpture has been haunting my room.  It was a paper mache project I did in sculpture class, but I never got around to painting it.  Finally, Tuesday, I decided it was time.

The first coat was white (and gold hair).

Then I did some layering and splattering and detail...and it's done.  That feels good.

Introducing: "She Has Golden Hair"

So...Why does she have a frog in her mouth?!

If you didn't take time to read the little fairy tale, basically it is a story of two girls. One sister—because of her sweet disposition—was blessed with diamonds and jewels coming out of her mouth with each word she spoke, while the other—because of her rudeness and temper—was cursed with snakes and toads coming out of her mouth with each word. This is the story I had in mind when I created the sculpture. The assignment was to sculpt a bust out of paper mache that would mingle ideas of attractiveness and repulsion. Furthermore, a verse in the Bible says,"Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man." (Mat 15:11) Put the verse and the fairy tale together and you have a pretty girl with a repulsive bad temper who hurts others and sins by the words coming from her mouth (represented by the frog).

Stylistically, I went for contrast--especially around the frog and mouth. There is smooth/ rough, pale/bright, and red/green contrast, and all tie back to the concept that repulsive is noticeable contrast to a pretty face.

The gold hair? It puts emphasis on the value people place on beauty (blonde being often considered a mark of beauty). The green eyes also hint to an envious nature, which is often times a malicious girl's biggest problem.

Detail texture

Detail hair

Detail eyes


By the way, does anyone see the phantom eye in the background of one of these pictures?  Double points if you know who it belongs to.