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September 08 2014

Natural light

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When I finished painting one evening last week, I snapped a quick photo of the finished piece in the artificial light (^). I took another photo in natural light the next morning, and…

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No surprise, I know. More vibrance, more truth in natural light. Hands down.

Seems trite maybe, but it makes me think about life…

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September 04 2014

Just finished another year of #DrawingAugust with the fine group of artists on Twitter. I decided to use only orange, because I never seem to use it.

#DrawingAugust Days 22-31

September 03 2014

Just finished another year of #DrawingAugust with the fine group of artists on Twitter. I decided to use only orange, because I never seem to use it.

#DrawingAugust Days 15-21

September 02 2014

Just finished another year of #DrawingAugust with the fine group of artists on Twitter. I decided to use only orange, because I never seem to use it.

#DrawingAugust Days 8-14

September 01 2014

Just finished another year of #DrawingAugust with the fine group of artists on Twitter. I decided to use only orange, because I never seem to use it.

#DrawingAugust Days 1-7

August 28 2014

Book & movie lists (fiftyfifty.me update)

What a fantastic summer this has been! Toughest summer to date for me trying to juggle my work with everyone home, but it was still the best summer in the books for this family. Now the kids are more or less back in school and I’m sorting out my new fall routine.

Lots of reading and watching over the last several months. Here’s my latest book and movie update (fiftyfifty.me):

Books

Currently reading…

 A Homemade Life, by Molly Wizenberg

 Learned Optimism, by Martin E. P. Seligman (I’ve been reading this one since last summer. It is good and I take it in bits… takes time for me to soak it all in.)

Completed…

16. The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

15. The Return of the King, by J. R. R. Tolkien

14. The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien

13. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien

12. Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver

11. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien

10. Mom & Me & Mom, by Maya Angelou

(Previous books #1-9 listed here.)


Movies

32. The Grand Budapest Hotel

31. Senna

30. Ernest & Celestine

29. The Great Gatsby

28. How to Train Your Dragon

27. Hook

26. The Neverending Story

25. Jumanji

24. The Princess Bride

23. 12 Years a Slave

22. The Red Balloon

21. Toy Story

20. Much Ado About Nothing

19. Pain & Gain-

18. Paper Moon

- Don’t recommend ;)

(Previous movies #1-17 listed here.)


And if anyone likes book and movie lists as much as I do, here are my complete lists of 25 books and 50 movies from 2013.

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June 25 2014

Sketching again. (Why is it so easy to fall out of the good habits?) My favorite is that first paint sketch of my daughter on 062314. It just feels like her.

April 29 2014

fiftyfifty.me update

I’m having trouble believing we’re a third of the way through 2014 already. But I have been keeping up pretty well on my fiftyfifty.me goals to read 25 books and watch 50 movies this year.

I read my first three ebooks. I much prefer paper copies, but checking out ebooks from the library for free and from home was terribly easy. The major downside of ebooks for me: My kids see me staring at my phone and not reading books. (One time it bothered me so much that I told them about it, and then I tucked the phone into a book so it would look more like I was reading a book.) So we’ll have to see about that.

Books:

Currently reading…

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9. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Dayby Pearl Cleage

8. Somerset Groveby Dionne Peart

7. The Signature of All Thingsby Elizabeth Gilbert

6. Danny the Champion of the Worldby Roald Dahl

5. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

4. Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

3. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

2. War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells

1. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf


Movies:

17. Dallas Buyers Club

16. The Talented Mr. Ripley

15. Inkheart

14. The Philadelphia Story

13. Gravity

12. Valentín+

11. A Cat in Paris

10. Pacific Rim-

9. Elysium

8. The African Queen

7. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner+

6. Escape from Planet Earth

5. Holes+

4. The Angels’ Share

3. Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts-

2. Frances Ha+

1. Footloose (1984)

+ Movies I particularly liked 
- I don’t really recommend ;)

The fiftyfifty.me website is a great place to find book and movie recommendations, even if you don’t sign up for the challenge! Maybe you will next year… ;)

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April 21 2014

Youth Art Team // The Viewfinder Project


I get to work with a remarkable group of young people called the Youth Art Team. Their ages range from 5 to 18, and the way they express the world through their artwork blesses my soul.

They now have 50 pieces in an exhibition at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Come meet the Youth Art Team and experience their work!

The Viewfinder Project: Reception & Ceremony
Thu. April 24 @ 6-7pm
waterloocenterforthearts.org
Free and open to the public

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What is ugly?

Youth Art Team students spent the first day of The Viewfinder Project brainstorming things they considered ugly: dirty old snow, garbage, broken windows. Holding up their hands to make a rectangle viewfinder, the team practiced looking at ordinary things in interesting ways. They moved close to view pencils on their tables; they twisted to view them at different angles; they chose what to include and what to leave out.

Then students photographed “ugly” things. When they viewed the photographs together, the team discovered beauty. By adjusting the way they looked at the world around them, they had redeemed “the ugly.”

I took a picture of an old house. It’s cool because there is so much leaves and stuff on it. It looks kind of broken. I discovered that when the sun shines, it brings a new color. I want people to see the sun shines bright in a spot and makes a new color. – Ian, age 5

This was a plastic egg all alone and it was just a fun picture. I discovered that not everything has to be glorious and intricate. Specialness can come in many forms, even simple! Even if people feel not special, if they look they can find beauty and greatness in the simplest of things. – Josh, age 17

After photographing the same neighborhood in Waterloo, Iowa for 16 weeks, the Youth Art Team has quite a story to tell. Don’t miss this! The exhibition is always free and open to the public during regular gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm; Closed Mondays. waterloocenterforthearts.org

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The team spent 2013 participating in The Viewfinder Project, a curriculum that uses photography to help people of all ages “see life differently,” challenging them to use creative thinking in becoming community change makers. This was the team’s first project that stemmed out of a curriculum, and I can’t praise it enough. It provided excellent structure and direction while allowing us a lot of creative freedom. We are thrilled with our end result. Learn more about how you and your group can participate in The Viewfinder Project: theviewfinderproject.com

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Youth Art Team is a project of Link Christian Community Development, a partnership between Harvest Vineyard Church and Orchard Hill Church.

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April 16 2014
March 23 2014
Last hours of spring break! I would love one more week.

(Photo from my trip to Des Moines with the kids - “Nomade” by Jaume Plensa in Pappajohn Sculpture Park)

Last hours of spring break! I would love one more week.

(Photo from my trip to Des Moines with the kids - “Nomade” by Jaume Plensa in Pappajohn Sculpture Park)

March 07 2014

After trying #skymarch three times and struggling with our gray skies, I decided to get creative with it. The portrait is a work in progress. If all goes well, the sky tie should eventually become apparent. (This is the largest pen/ink drawing I’ve attempted, 18x24.)

Enjoy the day… it’s Friday!

March 05 2014

All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king. — J.R.R. Tolkien

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March 04 2014

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I updated my sidebar to show my fiftyfifty.me progress (love that image from their website). I think you have to view the sidebar on a computer – I seem unable to get Tumblr to display standard view on my phone anymore without forcing it to display standard view all of the time.

Anyway, here’s my progress toward my 25 books / 50 movies goal for 2014.

Books:

Currently reading…

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4. Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

3. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

2. War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells

1. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf


Movies:

12. Valentín+

11. A Cat in Paris

10. Pacific Rim-

9. Elysium

8. The African Queen

7. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner+

6. Escape from Planet Earth

5. Holes+

4. The Angels’ Share

3. Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts-

2. Frances Ha+

1. Footloose (1984)

+ Movies I particularly liked 
- I don’t really recommend ;)

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March 03 2014

Busy-busy and sadly less sketching. This never bodes well for me. Back to it!

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reading & watching:

Books:

Currently reading...

_. A Homemade Life, by Molly Wizenberg

_. Learned Optimism, by Martin E. P. Seligman

16. The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin

15. The Return of the King, by J. R. R. Tolkien

14. The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien

13. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien

12. Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver

11. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien

10. Mom & Me & Mom, by Maya Angelou

9. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, by Pearl Cleage

8. Somerset Grove, by Dionne Peart

7. The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert

6. Danny Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl

5. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie

4. Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

3. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

2. War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells

1. Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf

Updated book list 8/28/14



Movies:

32. The Grand Budapest Hotel

31. Senna

30. Ernest & Celestine

29. The Great Gatsby

28. How to Train Your Dragon

27. Hook

26. The Neverending Story

25. Jumanji

24. The Princess Bride

23. 12 Years a Slave

22. The Red Balloon

21. Toy Story

20. Much Ado About Nothing

19. Pain & Gain-

18. Paper Moon

17. Dallas Buyers Club

16. The Talented Mr. Ripley

15. Inkheart

14. The Philadelphia Story

13. Gravity

12. Valentín

11. A Cat in Paris

10. Pacific Rim

9. Elysium

8. The African Queen

7. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

6. Escape from Planet Earth

5. Holes

4. The Angels' Share

3. Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts-

2. Frances Ha

1. Footloose (1984)

- Don't recommend ;)
Updated movie list 8/28/14



Join fiftyfifty.me, a group of people challenging themselves and each other to read 50 books and 50 movies in 2014. (My goal is 25 books and 50 movies.)

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