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Drawing caricatures

I’ve always admired people who can draw well

It is such as skill in that it is artistic, creative and involves serious attention to detail and patience. At a recent celebration in my area, local caricature and portrait artist Sam Thong spent several hours creating drawings for patrons of the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. In addition to having mine done, one of the other subjects was my father, and I shot some video of the process just for you.

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Some of the top guitarists of all time

Music can be such a powerful force

and when we think about it, sometimes we like to make comparisons between styles and eras. I do anyway. I would venture to guess  you do the same from time to time.

With that in mind, I was watching a concert on television the other day and it got me thinking about some of the elite guitarists over the years. So, just for fin, I thought I’d put together this brief list of some of who I consider the all time greats. Keep in mind these are in no particular order.

B.B. King

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Eric Clapton

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Carlos Santana

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Richie Sambora

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Slash

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Jimmy Hendrix

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More songs to make you feel good

A while back, I posted a list of five songs with videos that can have the effect of making people feel happy. Well, here are two more for you to enjoy.

American Authors – “Best Day Of My Life”

Imaging Dragons – “On Top Of The World”

Ballad of Me

Guest post by Clara Littleton

 

I am a girl, pretty and fair.

I like to wear flowers in my hair.

I care and Share with all I meet.

I worry about all the people without enough to eat.

I am a woman and think with my heart,

by this is only a very ..very small part.

 

Some days…. many days….

When this is me….

I want to race cars, climb mountains and play baseball.

these are the days I dread….

when the words come that I don’t like,

I don’t like them at all.

 

Dyke, bitch, confused and not doing my part.

Now that I think back, not so much.

The names are here no matter the garb.

Tom boy, whore

Biker bitch, tease

My long dress, they think I cover for shame.

Too long or too short,

look at those clothes. She’s such as slut.

 

She must be selling something, I bet it’s free.

Tits too small, or too big. They bet they’re fake

They stop and stare.

Is it my clothes, maybe my hair?

I wonder why they are still standing there.

I turn away.

I want to fight back.

I want to scream,

but these same venomous words are all that is available to me.

To label me.

 

Not girl enough, too much a boy.

I dance with spiders and snakes.

Sometimes they assume it’s all a fake.

Is it because I am a girl?….

To the man crying out to be allowed to feel.

This all makes my head whorl.

From the men too, pride they steal.

 

Rare day they dare,

To ask me, to be fair?

What label may we address?

I’m always caught so unaware.

Bo, girl, femme, masculine,

modest, outrageous, too skinny, tooo fat,

I sometimes forget where I’m at.

 

Lost in what I might be called,

They ask again, wanting to know it all.

I sigh, the words don’t mean a damn.

Not to me, or these people who have set me free

from these labels, schemes and plots.

They ask again, what label do you want?

 

Finally, I look up, filled with dread.

I feel sad and mad and wish I’d fled.

I contemplate one moment,

the words still flying free.

If you want to label me…

I remind them of civility.

Label me please but with the label I want….

Stop playing this game,

for the label YOU want.

For everyone it’s simply the same.

I just want you to ask for my name.

About the poet:

Carla is an accomplished educator and art enthusiast who also owns and operates her own artistic services and jewelry business Archaeotype Designs.

Micro 4/3 Camera Magic

Only a few years ago, digital SLR cameras had one major drawback, especially for users making the transition from point and shoot models to these more professional-grade cameras. That major drawback – lack of a live-view LCD screen.

The Micro 4/3 system changed that forever and thus I am one a big advocate of this mirrorless sensor technology.

Best of all, not only does it offer the live-view capability but it has a doubling effect when it comes to your lenses. For example, if you lens has a range of 15-45 as some kit lenses do, the system actually converts that into the equivalent of a lens with a range of 30-90.

I urge you to find out more about this cool advancement in digital photography.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Photo courtesy of iFotoVideo.cz

 

A bizarre treat for the creative type

As a creative person with an interest in writing, music and video along with a sense of humor, I really got a kick out of something a family friend shared with me a little while back. It is a Youtube phenomenon known as “Epic Rap Battles in History” with a channel that has recorded more that one billion, yes that billion with a “b” views.

Here are two of my favorites both dealing with legendary writers.

Unrestricted (A Poem)

This new poem was written while on vacation in beautiful central North Carolina, I hope you enjoy it.

Unrestricted

Unrestricted by restrictive things

In nature’s realm from all things set free

Whether dawn or eve

What else can compare

To walking with feet upon the grass

And between trees reaching for the air

Nature shot by werner22brigitte

Nature shot by werner22brigitte

 

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