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.
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.
Photo courtesy of iFotoVideo.cz
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.
This new poem was written while on vacation in beautiful central North Carolina, I hope you enjoy it.
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
As a music fan, one of my favorite new television addictions of the summer is ABC’s innovative music competition Rising Star.
And of the several highly-talented artists that made it into the second round of competition, these two young ladies are among my favorites. Both have overcome some challenges and both have something amazing to offer.
came out in the first round, and has since advanced to the third with the help of voters on the West Coast who got her through her initial audition, came out with a harp. Yes, I said a harp. And with it she sang and played a unique a beautiful rendition of what is most likely to be one of the year’s top wedding songs, John Legend’s “All of Me.”
got through the first round easily and compelets in the second tomorrow night. She too offered a unique spin on a song by the Spice Girls (anybody remember them?) called “Say You’ll Be There.” And while Megan’s challenge may have been the use of an unusual instrument, April’s was the fact that she learned to play the guitar and excel at it with just one hand.
Here’s my newest poem. It’s a little dark but I hope you like it.
We all have our skeletons
Held back by closet doors
But there’s no need to fear
As they are bones
And nothing more
Let’s face it, a lot of reality TV and competition shows are flat out useless. And even if the show itself isn’t, some of the acts that appear on them are. This was certainly not the case with a young lady named Abigail Baird recently appeared on America’s Got Talent.
The skill, grace, imagination and creativity of this teacher-by-day is nothing short of inspiring.
Check out the official video here: