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Spring has come, at last! Sure, it's still a bit shy, but the trees did not hesitate: with the first sun rays, they started to stretch their branches and to dress them with beautiful small flowers. I love spring and I love trees in blossom! And I especially love the cherry trees.

To me, the delicate cherry flowers are the supreme symbol of purity and serenity, flowers capable, if we look at them attentively, of freeing us from the chaos of everyday life... look...

 

According to Chinese mythology, in the goddess Xi Wang Mu's magic garden grew immortality cherry trees and long-life cherries. Furthermore, in China the cherry tree wood is said to ward off evil spirits.

That is why, when I subscribed to the European Design Contest 2012 organised by Swarovski and I-Beads, I decided to make silver cherry flowers. The white and luminous silver is a purity symbol too and the petals' silver shine enhances the yellow pistils represented by 3 Flat Back Swarovski Topaze Strass 1,8 mm (3 strass x 4 flowers = 12 strass).

The first selection is based on the public's votes on the Internet. So, if you like this jewel, you can vote by clicking on the following link (and if you wish, you are also welcome to share it :-)

http://www.bloomingbeautifulcompetition.com/fr/design-gallerie/#146_1

This flower composition can be worn as a pendant, attached to a brown silk cord representing a branch, as a bracelet (you just need to wrap the "branch" around your wrist) or as a brooch.

I'll wait for your on the Blooming Beautiful's website : http://www.bloomingbeautifulcompetition.com/fr/design-gallerie/#146_1

Thank you and see you soon :-)

Si'


A Shadow Puppet Show

Posted by: CSHoldsworth

Tagged in: video , the , story , shadow , puppet , photography , myth , medieval , light , knight , folklore , film , fable , dragon , dexter , culture , chinese , art , and

CSHoldsworth

Shadow Puppets

Dexter And The Dragon


A couple of years ago, I collaborated with another student named Ben Boothman to create a shadow puppet show. I decided to make this shadow puppet story after listening to a song called 'Mykonos' by The Fleet Foxes. In my head I felt it could fit perfectly with the story I had in mind and began to make a story fitting to the song. Almost like a music video for said song. I created the puppets and moved them for the story whilst Ben recorded. We edited together, although his graphic skills played a big part and he put the clips together very well. 




There was a few things we had hoped to do during editing which we were unsuccessful in. For example, when the priest raises his hand a bolt of lightening should miss the dragon and strike the dead knight, which would explain that scene better. Ignoring these small factors I feel it was successful and in the short amount of time we had to make this video it turned out better than I could have expected.



 

asian girl wearing a hat watercolor portrait

Watercolor on Arches CP 140lb, 9×12″. Photo reference: Angel Zhang of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party. Yeah…not very happy with this one. Overkill.

I worked on it while at my booth during a local event yesterday. People really like watching somebody paint (I do, too) and I’m getting used to the pressure of somebody looking over my shoulder. It’s not that bad when you space out and ignore the world outside of your painting (which I do anyway, regardless of spectators).


Originally posted on September 26 at: http://watercoloredhands.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/a-portrait-a-day-18-angel-zhang/

 


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