The Art of Falling

 

I just came across this gem via one of my girlfriend’s posts.

It gave me goosebumps.

I found it impactful and beautifully done.

It has a profound message.

The Facebook page Access Oneness posted this clip with this lead-in comment:

“So, you lose balance and you fall … but, what do you do next? Stop? Or go on? Make art out of falling …”

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P.S. Re-watching it…..I just noticed something else. Look at the colouring of the trees from the aerial view.

 

A Photo Turned Into A Painting

Painting Style of a Photo of Me; April 2017

 

Before I ventured into the world of blogging, I was busily honing my writing skills and enthusiastic postings in the world of Facebook….starting out with one and two liners and eventually working up to story anecdotes.  And lots of photos!

All part of the writing process, right?

Occasionally, there are other activities that pop up in Facebook, such as quizzes, games, and other things….often shared among friends.  A few days ago I saw a friend’s post in which his profile picture had been rendered into a painting.  His looked so snazzy that I decided to see what that Facebook-connected site would create for my profile photo.  As it turned out, I was given the option to pick from my collection of profile pics.  It didn’t HAVE to be the most recent.

Always good to have options!  😀

So, I browsed through my photos, until I spotted this one.  I liked this one the best, because of the pose and the flowers – a girlfriend had taken it for me with my phone.

I was pleased how that site managed to turn the photo into a painting – with the warm colours and how it was rendered.  And I took a photo of it, so I’d have a way of keeping a copy of it, otherwise, it ends up tucked deep into Facebook-related archives.

And below is the original photo…..as a fun comparison!

 

At PIckerel Bay, Sept. 20, 2014 (2)

 

(original photo taken Sept. 20, 2014)

 

 

Six Word Story #9

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Canada’s Birthday in Ice and Lights

 

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What a vibrant glow from those red and white lights as they shine through the carved ice!

The colours of our flag.

Celebrations have already started, and there will be all kinds of activities and events taking place in communities  all across the country, leading up to July 1st of this year.

This ice sculpture is among several artistic and creative frozen carvings temporarily located in Confederation Park in Ottawa, Ontario, during the Winterlude Festival.

And here is how it looks in the day time – I took that one a few days earlier.

 

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Note:  I took the day-time one first as I was passing by…..when I went exploring the area,  right along with all kinds of tourists and visitors.

I didn’t realize that the colours would be intensified in the evening darkness, which I noticed yesterday evening on my way to go see a play at the National Arts Centre (located a bit further north of Confederation Park).

 

 

Tourist Moments #2

Street art always intrigues and fascinates me!

It’s on such a large scale, and I wonder how it was done….the equipment, the supplies, what kind of paint….and the quantity needed.

And how the artist’s perspective and skill comes into play to make the artwork “jump out.”

For this tourist moment I am highlighting some street art that I saw in the town of Vestmannaeyjar on the Icelandic island, Heimaey, when I was there last May.

This painting of the young albeit BIG child playing with a fishing vessel in the harbour can be seen along the side of one of the harbour buildings.

So, it’s the harbour with a real boat, perhaps to depict the island’s main industry of fishing.  Since the water isn’t deep, it seems to resemble one of those water play areas for children or perhaps just a big puddle in which the child is playing.

Fun for the imagination!

 

 

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In this next one….

 

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…..attached to a wall in the more residential part of town, I noticed this large mural of a fancy dressed puffin. So, perhaps this is on a government building?  I don’t know.  However, I did learn that puffins are Iceland’s national bird and that Icelanders promote the puffin’s image in all kinds of things.   And you can imagine the puffin’s popularity in souvenir shops!

And just so you can see what I mean, look at this street directional sign…..for the post office, the bank, and so on.  Friendly puffins to help guide your way.  🙂

 

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Six Word Story #2

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A monarch exhibit is Plexiglas cocooned.

 

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Photo taken earlier this year (in February), this temporary exhibit looked so appealing…especially when lit up at night!

It has the distinctive monarch pattern on the outside panel, and filled within the see-through walls inside this “cocoon” tunnel were artistically arranged samples of dried up milkweed and grasses and twigs (to denote trees) to show the main food and habitat for our migrating fluttering friends.