Aldous Huxley Quote

~ I just made this. The above is a quote by Aldous Huxley found on page 293 of the book, What About the Big Stuff?: Finding Strength and Moving Forward When the Stakes Are High (2002) by Richard Carlson.  Aldous Huxley is of course the author of the famous book, Brave New World.

Upon reading the quote, I couldn’t help but think to myself,

“Huh? What? – Thats it!?! Thats all u can say???”

This nothing but an empty platitude that anyone anywhere can say.

In the Meantime … Questions

– Jesus was asked 183 questions.
– Jesus asked 307 questions.
– and Jesus answered … ???

… Guess?

Follow Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Jesus answered 3 questions.

Aside: Some notes on types of questions…
1. Perfunctory questions: Will the snow ever end?
2. Personal questions: The perfs eventually lead to the pers.
3. Personal-Spiritual: Obvious… when it gets deep

Writer’s Block… sort of… Artist’s Unblock…

~ Been in a strange sort of rut… The thoughts about what I want to blog about come to me when I am really busy in life with all sorts of things. So I cannot write. However when I get some time and sit down to write… at that point the thoughts don’t quite land. What has been coming out is a scramble of confetti. Oh well…

On the flip side, things are a wee bit better on the Art end. Here is my latest experiment:

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Salwar Kameex & Cheongsam mix

~ The above is a fusion of the Chinese cheongsam and the Indian salwar kameez.  I am sure its been done in real life a thousand times. The idea came to me almost randomly as I was sketching around.

~~ I used Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 10 to make the line art and then used Manga Studio 5 to color it and add some other touches.

Koine Graffiti ~ χάρις – Charis

~ I have had in mind to do graffiti artwork of verses of the Bible in Koine Greek. I gave it a first shot in 3D and that did not work out. So I then tried 2D, and this worked out much better. Here is the word “grace” – χάρις – graffiti-cized. I used Xara for this.

Hebrews 4:16

Grace: χάρις, ιτος, ἡ – I always say: “Grace is the cement that fills the cracks in our lives.”

Also, the verse on the left is Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Machiko Hasegawa (1920-1992)

~ March is Woman’s History Month, so I made the following:

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Woohoo!!!

~ Here is a brief bio that I have put together based on my reading from her Wiki bio and elsewhere:

~ Machiko Hasegawa (長谷川町子 Hasegawa Machiko) was one of world’s the first female manga artists. She was born on January 20th, 1920. In 1946, Hasegawa started her own comic strip, Sazae-san in the newspaper, Asahi Shimbun. This comic strip which ran in said newspaper from 1949 to 1974, was about the life a woman, Sazae-san, a fictional Japanese housewife. This strip became very popular and was eventually even was made into a popular radio show in 1956. In addition to this Hasegawa also created another comic, Granny Mischief.

~ One more thing – an important one: For her work as an artist, Hasegawa eventually received the People’s Honor Award in 1992. She passed away on May 27, 1992, at the age of 72.

~ All that said, I hope to have a post out on the 31st on Anne Judson Hasseltine (1789-1826), who was a wonderful writer.

The Trial of Job

“Yet man is born unto trouble, as surely as sparks fly upward.” ~ Job 5:7

~ A whiles back I wrote a poem on Job.  A little later I came across a bronze sculpture of Job made by the Croatian sculptor and architect Ivan Mestrovic (1883-1962). I set the words of my poem to his sculpture and posted it on Facebook.  Here it is:

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~  I used Manga Studio 5 to make this.

A Doodle of a Peacock ~ Round 1

The following had been floating around my head so when I had a moment to kill, I made it. It is a peacock and yes I know it does not quite look like a peacock – but whatever… just a doodle… I plan on re-doing it in Inkscape.

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It looks a bit blurry. I guess I did not save it in a high enough setting for pngs.

Lover’s Gift by Rabindranath Tagore (Opening Lines)

~ The following is a decorative piece I put together for the opening lines of Rabindranath Tagore’s work, Lover’s Gift. Many people who read it do not realize that Tagore is talking about a certain very famous edifice … a famous marbled mausoleum. So I put this “collage” together to help people see what edifice he is writing about.  It is truly an amazing poem.

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*Note: I used Xara and Manga Studio 5 to make the above.

The Bible Project ~ An Animation Project Worth Mentioning

~ I came across this a short whiles back and since I have an interest in animation, I want to put in a plug for it here.

There is a group affiliated with Western Seminary out in Oregon that is putting out a very exciting animation series of the entire Bible starting with Genesis.  The url of the site is http://www.jointhebibleproject.com/

Here is a one-liner blurb at the site: We are creating free videos and resources that explore the narrative of the bible.

So far they have made Genesis P1 (= Part 1) and Genesis P2. Here is P1

(I wonder what software they used to produce this. It looks like it could have been done with Blender3D with freestyle. But then again, it could have been done with any number of softwares out there including very many 2d softwares out here. I am not sure.)

And also here is an brief youtube video that explains what the project is all about:

Here is their Twitter ID: @JoinBibleProj

~ I think that this is an awesome project! Totally awesome!!!

Christian Animation Videos

I found a whole bunch of Christian Animation Videos at max7.org.  They are very good. You have to download them and watch them.  Otherwise the viewing window is very small. Alternatively, if you do not want to download them you can find them at youtube also. I have included links to both.
~ The Parable of the Pharisee & the Tax Collector: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufe6zouTq8g
~ The Parable of the Wise & Foolish Builders: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXWHLB1f6_U
~ The Parable of the Lost Sheep: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyWZeOlaRo4
~ The Parable of the Sower: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9IOhGPrRvY

Nasrani… means Nazarene

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~ I just made this a while back and posted it another blog of mine which I am killing. So I have moved it here now.

~ The above symbol is an Arabic letter that is also a symbol for those who are Nasrani. The word means Nazarene. It is the symbol that ISIS paints on the walls of the houses of Middle-Eastern Christians in places like Iraq and Syria.  The reason for this is to mark them down for extermination. My Assyrian friend’s aunt, an elderly lady was gunned down by ISIS. She was just an old lady who posed absolutely no threat to anyone. Her only crime was being Nasarani.  My friend’s uncle also died after being on the run due to shelling in his Christian village. He died on the run because his heart just gave out under the sheer stress of it all.

While ISIS uses the symbol for evil, everywhere else in the world, the symbol has ironically become the voice of defiance and protest ad ISIS.

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” ~ Genesis 50:20

* I don’t normally post stuff like this. I guess this is an exception.

Word Is Spirit – My Latest Artwork – Using Inkscape…

~ I made following using Inkscape, which is a free drawing software program. Inkscape has this really neat Triangle-In, Triangle-Out feature that I like using.  I don’t know if any other vector based drawing software has anything like it… probably Adobe Illustrator.

Also… one more thing… start at the bottom of the pic and work your way up top…

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Yes… I know. I could have done a better clean up job at certain points… but … ehh… whatever. Another day…

Dove Descending ~ Tongues of Fire

I was in an elevator and noticed that there was this little button with picture for a fire next to it. Next to the button was some message about pressing it in case of fire. As I looked at it, I started thinking “Hmmm. This looks like a dove descending. ” I came home and later on did a google search for the image, but could not find it.  However I found the following which looked similar:

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So???

Well. I thought I would try to make an image of a dove descending that looked like a tongue of fire.  Both I think are images of the Holy Spirit that are found in the Bible or are connected to the Holy Spirit anyway. Here are a couple of verses:

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.” ~ Matthew 3:16

“They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” ~Acts 2:3-4

Anyway – here is my attempt to draw a tongue of fire that is also a dove.  Its kinda messed up esp. up top where I attempted to put a ridge for the middle of the tongue. Ehh… it was fun overall making it.

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