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

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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!

Plumeria flowers

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

Plumeria Flowers and Watercolor Painting Challenge

Cocoons – Butterfly

The Shower of Blessings

Daily Prompt: Transformation

butterfly watercolor

  • Watercolor painted by Miriam Hurdle

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Sad
Lonely
Hurt
Discouraged
Loss
Empty
 Trapped 
angry
Where are you, Lord?
I'm everywhere, I'm here with you.
Help me, Lord!
I'm all powerful. Here's my help.
It's so dark. I can't see.
Here's my hand. Follow my lead.
I can't move. I'm weak.
I'm all mighty. I can carry you.
I feel something......
I know.
I see a dim light!
Yes.
I'm coming out! 
That's right.
I'm different! It's transformation!
I see.
I'm beautiful.
I made you!

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