Inspirational video for your Monday on how not to be an asshole.
Always Passing Through
oil portrait painting on 6×12 canvas
You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect – you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.
― Bob Marley
Wish Upon the Pink Stars
Prints are available here
So, here’s a semi humorous story for you. My Instagram was hacked a couple days ago. It’s completely my fault for using an untrustworthy app to schedule my Instagram posts. I thought it would save me some time, but turns out the connection wasn’t secure. It was stupid of me, I know.
I noticed something was off when suddenly my Instagram feed was full of people I didn’t recognize. I clicked on my profile, and noticed I was following 600 or 700 more people than I normally do. So, I changed my password, and started the long process of clicking and unfollowing all those accounts.
Guess what happened? While I was trying to get my account back to where it should be, I got blocked for “suspicious activity”. Oh, the irony in that. Why didn’t you block the hacker, Instagram, before they were allowed to follow so many people?? It would have saved me a bunch of aggravation and time. ! Live and learn. Be careful of the apps you trust.
The amazing 3D work of Stefan Pabst
So, I watched him do it, and I still don’t know how he does it.
shot with iPhone
I was being lazy when I went to shoot this photo. Instead of going through the whole grind that I usually go through with setting up my dslr camera on my tripod, I just shot some quick pics with my iPhone instead. I figured it’d be good enough for Etsy, but it turns out I was wrong. I uploaded the photo above to my computer, and thought..wow, what happened? The photo looked nothing like the painting once I saw it on a bigger screen.
Now, I love my iPhone, like..really LOVE it, and this is in no way bashing the job it does. I think it takes great photos, especially compared to the horrible Android I used to have, but here’s why I don’t think it’s good enough. The photo below was shot with my Nikon D3200. The lighting was the exact same for each of these shots, and the photos were taken just minutes apart.
shot with Nikon D3200
My eye tells me that the painting looks more like this photo than the one above.
Now, if you use your phone for all your photos, I’m not telling you to run out and buy a Nikon (I’m actually thinking of switching back to Canon soon, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post). I still plan on using my phone to take work in progress shots because it’s quick, and easy. For final product shots, I’m going to stick with my dslr, even if it is more work to set up the tripod.
It’s been dark, and raining here for the past couple weeks. I don’t really mind. I love stormy days, as long as there’s no threat of tornadoes. A sweet gentle rain is the perfect time to make a pot of raspberry tea, curl up with three cute kittens and a good book in my hand. I haven’t had much time to read all winter. I don’t know about you, but I can only go so long without reading before I start feeling my entire world is off balance. It was definitely time for me to go on a book reading binge, and that’s what I’m doing.
I don’t know if you know about the daily deals you can get from Goodreads, but I’ve been saving a ton of money on ebooks ever since I signed up. Now, typically I prefer having a real book in my hands because I like the smell and feel of the pages, but some of these deals I just couldn’t pass up. Signing up to get on the mailing list is free, and they email you every day with a list of ebooks that are on sale at Amazon. You choose the categories you’re interested in.
Last week I got The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. I saw the documentary when it first came out on HBO, but wanted to read the book, also. Books are always better than the screen, imo. When it went on sale for only $1.99, I couldn’t resist. Regular price is $10.99
I also scooped up Amanda Knox’s book, Waiting To Be Heard for only 2.99. Regular price is $13.99. I’ve been fascinated with this murder mystery from the start.
So far this week I’ve purchased The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubinn for only $1.99. (I thought of Dotty‘s recent blog posts when I bought it) The normal price is 15.99. If you hurry, it still might be on sale.
Also, Neil Gaiman’s book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which I’ve borrowed before from the library, but for $2.99, I couldn’t resist owning it. Neil is one of my favorite authors. His books are worth every penny spent, but I do love me a good sale. Regular price is $7.99.
“Sin ought to be something exquisite, my dear boy.
French writer Emile Zola (born April 2, 1840) was friends with artists like Cezanne and Manet, who both made him the subject of paintings, but when he wrote a novel about the artists and their bohemian lifestyle, The Masterpiece, Cezanne broke off their friendship.”
It made me quite curious as to what he wrote that ended the friendship, so now I must find out. I’m pretty sure I already know because I’ve read about Cezanne and Manet, but it will still be an interest read. It starts off with a rainy scene. Coincidence? I think not! 😉
Listening to Charlotte Eriksson
Did I mention that I LOVE rainy days?