Dance Performance Photos

Earlier this month my girls performed their last dance recital. They’ve moved on to other activities as mentioned in a previous post. This was a bittersweet performance not only because my daughters won’t be dancing anymore (my oldest just loves ballet and lyrical), but also because a girl at the dance studio committed suicide and it came as a shock to everyone. She was only fourteen years old. She was a beautiful girl with a kind heart. It’s heartbreaking that no one saw her internal pain.  My oldest daughter was a good friend to her and she is having a hard time dealing with the loss. The last group photo (the 9th photo) below of my oldest daughter and the other dancers was a tribute dance to the girl.

These are photos from rehearsal since we’re not allowed to take photos on the actual day of performance.

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Portrait

I’ve been reading and writing and just haven’t been able to post a lot.  I’ve also decided to return to college to finish my master’s degree.  I only have 7 classes left so I figured I might as well go for it.  I’ve also begun to edit other writer’s work because that’s what I’d like to focus on doing while in the process of completing my novel.

Anyhow, life’s been busy with the kid’s school and after school activities so there hasn’t been much time to post.  I just did a photo session of my niece early this week so I’ll be doing post production on those photos in the next few days.  I was able to slip some watercolor + mixed media in my painting journal.  Drawing and coloring (painting, etc.) have always been a stress reliever for me + music.  This piece was done yesterday using watercolor and charcoal.

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This morning, I found this beautiful piano piece and I think it kind of matches the portrait’s expression.

“Unbreakable” by Josh Kramer (emotional epic piano)

A Few Song Favorites and Sketches

The kids are on spring break so I get a break from driving everywhere.  With this little down time, I’m able to do a ton of stuff: write, draw, write, spend time on FB writing groups, etc.  It’s nice.  I’m also reading a book that I’m almost done with and getting ready to review.

A few song favorites that I have on rotation:

“Wayfarer” by Clau M

“About Me and You” by Clau M

“Where Is My Place In This World” by Soundmopi

“A Boy and His Cat” by Kari Sigurosson

Practicing on some quick portrait sketches.  Wish I had more than just 5 Copic markers.  I’m really loving them but I just can’t fathom shelling out the money for them as a hobbyist.  As you can see, I can only really color one girl with the Copics.  I want to give the elf queen in the top left grayish white hair, the girl in the bottom left red hair, and the girl on the bottom right jet black hair.

Hillsong United Empires Concert

Yesterday, husband and I went to see Hillsong United in concert.  It was unbelievably spectacular!  I had been wanting to see them live for so long so when the opportunity came I made sure to get tickets early.  We sat far up but it was because I wanted to just see the whole thing from above.  This was an amazing experience because this group of singers were more geared toward rock yet it had that underlying Hillsong-ness to it.  All the singers had beautiful and powerful voices that touched deep within my soul.  And, the music…perfection.

The opening singer was the very talented Lauren Daigle.  The funny thing is, within the last couple of weeks, I had been listening to Lauren’s music on YT.  I had no idea who she was or that she was even opening for Hillsong.  So, when she came out on stage and started singing, instantly I knew who she was.  Her voice is so unique that you can’t miss it.  You know it’s her.  I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears that I was actually seeing her sing live.  I was wiping tears just out of pure joy of this little surprise.

In the photo is Lauren singing one of her songs.

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Here’s a song that she sang called, “Trust in You.”  Words cannot describe how beautiful it was to hear this song live.

Mother’s Day Wonderfulness

If you celebrate Mother’s Day, I hope you had a great one.  I always enjoy going over my mom’s house to see my parents and siblings and to catch up on life.  A lot of times, the siblings and I like to talk and debate about politics and entertainment, and at times things can get a little heated, but we’re siblings so we always forgive each other, and accept each other for what we believe.  What I find funny is that each of us still call our parents, “my mom,” or “my dad,” even when we are together as if we each had our own parents.

Mother’s Day at home with my husband and kids was really sweet.  My youngest made a special gift for me at school and was so good about keeping it a secret that even when I tried to pry it out of her, she wouldn’t admit it.  Husband got me a very special gift: a Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset.  I had wanted one for a very long time, just a simple one, but he went the extra mile and got a bluetooth!

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This headpset is really amazing.  The sound quality is clean and crisp and the bass is really nice.  I’ve been listening to Danny Rayel with the headset and the music sounds even more beautiful.  Here’s a few of my favorites from Danny:

Cold Memores

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Travel With Me

I tend to listen to epic and trailer music when I’m painting in Photoshop or when I’m writing.  Goals is to have a writing blog but I’m still waiting for courage to put my writing up.  It will happen soon, I hope.  Anyway, for about two weeks now I’ve been working on a concept environment painting I’m calling, “Turtle Land”.  I’m hoping to share more of my progress on my Fairytale and Fantasy Art blog, but here’s an image of where I’m at currently.

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On My Playlist

Some favorites from my playlist from the last couple of weeks.

“I Won’t Fall” by Noctilucent

“Mad Hatter” by Melanie Martinez

“Woman” by Breathe

My Best Epic Music of 2015: Absolution

Earlier this year I stumbled upon this music from Ryan Taubert and found it difficult to stop listening to it.  I’ve been trying to write a fantasy novel about a type of fairy going extinct and this song playing in the background helped moved the story along.  This song also got me hooked on Assassin’s Creed clips on Youtube.  I’m not a gamer so I had no clue what this video game was about but I did some looking around and found that the stories to the game(s) are intriguing.  Here is the song set to clips from Assassin’s Creed made by a fan.  It’s a bit gory so if you can’t stomach it, don’t watch it.  I like it for the art and graphics and music.