P-P-P-Puppy Power!

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Scooby and Scrappy

A grave injustice has been done, and I’m here to right it.

They say “haters gonna hate”, but oh ho ho, no, they ain’t. Not today, people.

I am taking to my blog this time in defense of the little cartoon puppy that never did no one no harm. No, not never.

The fact that someone else made this is proof we aren't ALL Scrappy haters.

The fact that someone else made this is proof that I’m not the only one with a soul.

Readers — and by readers I actually mean my dear-but-misguided best friend Paul — it’s time to stop all this misdirected hate. I ask you, how can there be so much hate for poor Crappy Doo, er, Doggy Doo, grrr, I mean SCRAPPY DOO!?

Now, I know, Scrappy Doo is not a popular character with the majority of the population. In fact, he’s been voted as the most annoying/hated cartoon character ever. Several times. And I myself am not exactly a, what would you call it… “fan” of Puppy Power. Yeah, I just admitted it. I’m not a fan of Scrappy Doo either. But I also don’t hate the little fella. How can I? Continue reading

The Renaissance Man

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I’ve always said that I was born too late. Usually I just mean that I’d be happiest as a 1950’s housewife. A real June Cleaver-type, you know? Vacuuming in heels? Heck, yeah, I’m there! But it’s even more accurate to say what my dad has told me.

“You were born in the wrong century.”

*sighs* Yep, he’s right. The 21st century just isn’t doing it for me. Now, the late 15th, early 16th century? When the art world was flourishing with incredible religious paintings and sculptures? YES. That’s where someone like me belongs.

The Italian Renaissance was a time when everything old was made new again, and creativity was abundant. The Renaissance effectively ended what is known as the Byzantine era. It pushed away the stiff, flat forms that had dominated art during the Middle Ages, replacing them with much more classical, realistic depictions of the human body, harkening back to the art of ancient Greece.

Now, I love Byzantine art. I mean for crying out loud, my Twitter bio says, I’m a “Commission artist specializing in Byzantine styled Bible symbolism.” But there is nothing more beautiful to me than the religious works that emerged from the hundred year period of about 1450 to 1550.

Many great artists came out of the Renaissance period. Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Titian, Fra Filippo Lippi, Carlo Crivelli, Raphael. But the greatest of these was arguably Leonardo Da Vinci.

Francesco Melzi's Portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci

Francesco Melzi’s Portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci

Born April 15, 1452, 563 years later, Da Vinci is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. He is the quintessential “Renaissance Man”. The artist was known primarily as a painter, but he was so much more than that. Continue reading

Easter: What is Love?

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What is love?

Is it words spoken?

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“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me, and I lay down my life for the sheep. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have the authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.”
~ John 10:14-19

Is it seen in an expression?

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“Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
~ John 13:34-36 Continue reading

The Sight of the Stars Makes Me Dream

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Van Gogh, The Starry Night

“The Starry Night” (1889)

For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.

The above is a quote from Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh. One of the world’s most tragic artists was born on this day in 1853. In his short and troubled 37-year life, Van Gogh saw no recognition as an artist, selling only a single painting before he died. A man at constant war with his demons, he shot himself in the chest on July 27, 1890, and took his final breath in the arms of his beloved brother, Theo, two days later. Continue reading

Serling’s Advice to Writers

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Wendy Brydge:

Who better to give writing advice than Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling? The man was an absolute genius and artist with a pen. His stories are imaginative, poignant and continue to be relevant 50+ years after they were first put to paper.

For my first ever reblog, I want to share my favourite post of Paul’s, “Serling’s Advice to Writers”. This is advice that every blogger will benefit from.

Read, learn, and apply!

Originally posted on Shadow & Substance:

As most writers know, ideas often come in a flash of inspiration. You’re reading, or walking, or driving, and … click. A seemingly perfect premise or angle appears in your head.

And all too often, that’s where it dies. We overthink it or overanalyze it to death. Or we get distracted and forget all about it. Rod Serling, however, had a different approach:

Serling Typewriter

The instinct of creativity must be followed by the act, the physical act of putting it down for a sense of permanence. Once you get that prod, that emotional jar, that “I have witnessed something.” Or “I have felt something.” Or “I have seen something.” Or, through observation, “I have been moved by an event.” I think the answer is, “Get it down. Get it down quickly. Write it down.”

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The Art of the Pin-up II: Gil Elvgren

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Gil Elvgren - Illustration for a story in McCall's magazine, March 1946

Teaching art is like teaching mathematics or anything else. There are certain basic principles which anyone can learn. You can teach anyone to draw and paint, but you can’t make them an artist.

 ~ Bill Mosby

Were he still alive, pin-up artist extraordinaire Gil Elvgren would be 101 years old today. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota on March 15, 1914, Elvgren was a true master in the art world. His career began in the mid-1930s and lasted more than forty years. Dubbed “The Norman Rockwell of Cheesecake”, his pin-up girls still grace calendars to this very day. Continue reading

Understanding the Trinity

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The Trinity is a basic foundation of Christianity. But for a lot of people, it’s one of the most difficult things to understand. I’ve heard a number of explanations, including the one about how God is like water — the same thing in three different forms. But that’s not how I understand the Trinity at all.

The Trinity is not three separate persons. The simplest way to understand this is to look at yourself first. As God is a Trinity, so are each and every one of us. The Bible says that we were made in God’s Image, Likeness and Form — three things that when united form a trinity. Continue reading

Auditioning the Addamses

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I really like it when I stumble upon something cool right out of the blue. I said that about this interesting 1974 interview with Christopher Lee, and now I’ve found something else that was just too good not to share.

I certainly never intended to write another Addams Family post so soon after the last one. In fact, I didn’t think there’d be an occasion to write about them ever again. But one of the best received features of my previous Addams Family post was the behind the scenes images of the actresses other than Carolyn Jones who auditioned for the role of Morticia.

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You don’t recognize this photo from the other post? That’s because it’s a new shot. One of many wonderful unpublished images (from LIFE Magazine’s archives) that I found today. All are obviously from 1964 — the year “The Addams Family” hit the airwaves. Continue reading

Be My Valentine… In the Twilight Zone

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Roses are red, Kanamits are scary, I’ve often wondered if Venusians are hairy.

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Do you remember exchanging Valentines in public school? Every kid likes February 14th when they’re that young (well, unless you’re Charlie Brown!) because it means two things: 1) No real school work, and 2) Arts, crafts, and candy!
Peanuts Valentine's DayI never cared about the candy/chocolate (I’ve never liked chocolate!), or the fun Valentine’s Day-themed word puzzles and colouring pages. No, I was more anxious to get my hands on that little brown paper bag, the red and pink construction paper, and the glitter. Because few things were more satisfying than taping that fancy little arted-up Valentine “mailbox” to the side of my desk. Continue reading

Words From the Wise

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Peter Paul Rubens - St. Thomas - 1611

I just love when the month begins on a Sunday. I’m not sure why, but I really do. It feels like today is a good time for some words of wisdom. So here are a few of my favourite Proverbs. Wishing you all a wonderful February. God bless!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

~ Proverbs 1:7 Continue reading

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