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And so one of the little girls taught the other about the all important pop music and what one must know. Then the little girls sang a lot while swinging. In the aftermath of the winter house mess, we were finally ready to start moving around the boxes of stuff around in our house and go through them. What stays? What goes? What I had been looking for and really missing. Like all my paints and art supplies!

My acrylics paints emerged and I could finally start the painting that a very patient person won in a draw. Once I had the painting finished, I reached out to the winner to say hey, guess what. A couple hours went by and her name registered with me. Could this be the girl I had such fond childhood memories of? And it was. Say what you want about social media, but this was a fun encounter made possible by Facebook. Karma and the universe move in a wonderful synchronized way.

I am happy to have been able to paint her fur babies Lilly and Bernie! Painting birds is like therapy for me. Especially when I am working on a few secret commissions that require so much thinking and planning and thinking. You get the idea! I had a vision for how I wanted this painting to look. It was really about getting the dramatic background in without overpowering the raven. I had to step back many times with this to do a sanity check. Will I be able to pull it off? So today, after I signed it - I set it on the easel to my left and started to work on another piece.

I caught this guy out of the corner of my eye and winked at it. I actually winked at it. Then I looked around to make sure no one else saw me. Then I laughed out loud at my silliness! I think I met my objective. I have a complete fascination with them.

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They are as intelligent as they are somewhat intrusive. They have a social system and work collaboratively. Also they have long memories. And apparently they are trying to fish the goldfish in our pond. Not kidding. They are trying to figure it out. One in particular sits on a rock at the edge of the pond and watches. One eye on the fish at all times. And it is self aware to know it is sneaky as I get a funny look before it flies off with one caw. Like busted. Did I mention they are iridescent?

Maybe that is the subconscious reason I love to paint them. Once upon a rainy day this Eastern Grey Squirrel was perched on our deck railing under our bird feeders. Happy and proud. Perching just for me. Earlier we had decided we wanted to feed the blue jays…but the squirrels had a different idea. Blue jays tend to loudly announce their arrival. Shrieking in their arrival. The are squirrels aggressively willing to defend their stash.


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There were a number of interesting clashes of wit and will that provided us with endless entertainment. This fella was perched just for me. At least that is my story and I am sticking with it! The painting started to come together well at the beginning. What happened next, was not the fault of the painting. We had contractors in to start the remediation for the water problem we incurred. We installed an internal drainage system with a sump pump. But the concrete dust in combination with the gyprock dust is unbelievably relentless. Clean it up today and tomorrow it is back with a vengeance.

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Not exactly conducive to oil painting. Soon… it will all be ok sigh. It is so hard to believe that we have come to the end of our fabulous Florida vacation. We had this planned since we started having the water issues with our property due to the harsh winter, you know the snow - torrential rains then flash freezing cycles! Had to escape. I brought along my watercolour paints in hopes of getting some painting time. Every day was perfect. Perfect sun, perfect weather and perfect sky.

We got to see so many different birds. I think that the most unusual was the anhinga. At first I thought it was a swimming snake. It was in the water swimming or wading and all you could see was its long neck sticking out of the water. A few minutes later is cam out of the water and sat in the sun to dry its wings. And the amount of pelican photo I was able to get.

There is a painting or three in there for sure. Oh and the shorebirds. So happy that my husband is patient. Pretty hard for me to walk a continuous straight line without stopping for photos! We walked around the lakes as part of of daily routine while in Orlando. My daughter Jenn warned me about alligators. Simple answer. Work on putting my studio back together starts next week. I really miss it - hopefully it will be up and running soon. Challenging to paint when everything including my paint and brushes got packed up and placed in storage through all the crazy weather happenings this year!.

Hey everyone. It has been so long since I have been able to complete a painting. Happy I finally completed Mourning Glow. Not so happy my studio is still torn apart for so long. My husband and I look at mourning doves with two lenses. They are peaceful birds, quite elegant in their own right and with a beautiful mournful song. I love how they seem to glow when the sun starts to rise and shines on their fronts. Pretty sure they face into the sun to welcome the morning light! The other lens is less flattering.

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They are bird seed hogs and well, they mess where ever they want - which is usually on our deck furniture. Placing them squarely in the pigeon category! But I love that they roost in our trees so close to our house. I recently completed another painting of a trio of Mourning Doves roosting in our apple tree - Moody Mourning - Blog post click here. Mourning doves have a most interesting pallette. A hint of blue, taupe, gold and mushroom tones. Quite lovely to work with. You can see the colour variations played out in these two paintings captured in very different lighting conditions.

They can be elegantly monochromatic and then dramatic when the sun shines directly on them. Mourning Glow is available here. Still looks like this! Torn apart with no real end in site. The kitchen counter works but the lighting is not really great for painting. Soon, I hope soon. Moody Mourning oil painting fresh off the easel. This painting was an interesting journey as I decided to take a different approach with my painting process.

I created a detailed underpainting with Paynes Grey in acrylics and then painted with oils over it. It was an interesting process for me. Often I will do a loose underpainting with thin oils and then paint the detail. This is the first time I worked in almost full detail. And I have to admit when I first started to apply the oils, I was pretty uncertain.

Uncertain because of the atmosphere I was trying to capture and the quality of the colours. No thin transparent washes would work with the subdued colours. Need white. This made the paint quite opaque and almost completely covered my original efforts. At first I started to thin it down so I could still see and work with my underpainting, Then I went in as usual - painting each feather individually. The underpainting exercise was still very valuable as I really knew my subject and helped to guide my painting. My approach with the branches was a bit different as I was able to keep the paint a bit more transparent as to let underpainting work.

We had a crazy winter storm come a couple off weeks ago. The storm followed a previous storm that dumped a lot of hail and then freezing rain. Then it flash froze. A few days later a second storm came through bringing crazy heavy rain. Resulting from all this was some unfortunate damage to my studio. We had to move everything out of there and rip up the flooring etc. I am afraid it may be awhile before we can get it taken care of and put it back together. Really unsure what this will do to may painting - Everything is in boxes and I am unsure what is where - eeks.

This was a wonderful family day at the beach. The story begins in what appears to be a classroom at a university--however, this isn't certain, as the film lacks title cards to tell you what is occurring something few movies of the day had. However, when the group of scientists are led out to what appears to be a giant bullet, the action heats up and the story gets interesting. The "bullet" is opened and it seems it's a space capsule. The capsule is shoved into an enormous gun and is shot to the moon.

At this point, the film is really cute--having an actual man's face in the moon. The face is quite upset, mind you, when the capsule becomes lodged in the eye! Surprisingly, the air on the moon is fine and the men walk about the weird moonscape full of cool stars and planets you just have to see to appreciate.

Later, they discover an underground cave The moon men are hostile, but considering that they explode when you hit them, they aren't too much trouble for our intrepid travelers. They make a hasty escape and fall from the moon back home. The film is so full of wacky special effects and cute over-the-top gimmicks that it is just a lot of fun to watch.

Its basic virtue - the profound, surprising freshness. GuyCC 2 September I was finally was to see this film during a film history class. Although short and primitive by today's standards, "A Trip to the Moon" told a complete and interesting if simple story. The special effects were clever for that stage of film's infancy, and often bordered on surreal during the moon scenes.

One of the most impressive aspects of this film was the amount of depth that the sets portrayed. From a technical standpoint, the special effects set a standard for its time. Anyone interested in the origin of film should make it a point to view this classic film that is one of the first complete stories, and an entertaining piece of cinematic history. Before Apollo 11, our great grandfathers were quite ignorant back, but I do not blame them.

The moon used to be a very mysterious place before the space age. It's amazing to see what we used to believe was fact that we now take for granted. The film is loosely based on two popular sci fiction novels, H. The way that the film allows the traveler's to reach the moon mirrors Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon's bullet ship. The plot is pretty easy to get into, a bunch of men travel to the moon after being shot in a bullet capsule from a giant cannon by beautiful, swimsuit clad women.

It's silly, it's weird, it's just happen to be women in swimsuits. George Melies was known for putting beautiful women in his films and not giving them a part except to be wallflowers. There was no point to it, but eye candy. I love that they use to build 2D models for their sets and props -- like the rocket, cannon, town scene -- but just paint them to look 3D.

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Just shows how strongly film was dominated by theatrical precepts. After blasting off, the men land on the moon, twice. The first time it is shown crashing into the eye of the Man in the Moon; the second time it is shown landing on the Moon's flat terrain. I don't if it's done on purpose, or accidentally.

If done on purpose, it was be some lost art concept. I believe analyzing it that it's suppose to be Tautology or unnecessary repetition of meaning. The film hints a Munchhausen trilemma, that proposes that any world view reduces ultimately to the choice between unprovable axiomatic assumptions or infinite regress of language, reasoning, logic and metaphor. This is why, the stars turns into multiply logos, or symbols. For example, the men sleeping on the moon and the normal stars turn into human-like symbols. That why it's always reminds of The Adventures of Baron Munchausen just its sense of creativity.

Maybe I'm looking too much into it, and it's just a mistake. After all, a scene after they land, they get out, the bullet ship disappears from the screen again. Some people have also claimed that the film was one of the earliest examples of pataphysical film, aim to show the illogicality of logical thinking. It can also mean the hierarchal values of modern French society and hold them up to ridicule in a riot of the carnivalesque.

This is seen as an inherent part of the film's plot: the story pokes fun at the scientists and at science in general, in that upon traveling to the Moon, the astronomers find that the face of the Moon is, in fact, the face of a man, and that it is populated by little green men. It's still up in question. After all, it's not like I can ask George Melies about his message or vision anyways.

While George Melie's film only runs 14 minutes, projected at 16 frames per second, which was the standard frame rate at the time, the uses of innovative animation and special effects was ground-breaking. There are two versions of the film, one is the black and white while the other is hand-colored. The hand-colored version was discovered in in almost total decomposition, but it was frame by frame restorated. Watching in color is interesting and my opinion better. It was hand colored by George Melies.

This is amazing once you realize that they hand-painted each and every one of the film. Even though they did not paint the entire movie, imagine the time and patience spent on coloring frame by frame with stencils, every detail with care. For a while, some of the film was also missing, such in the case of the ending of this film. The ending sequence was considered lost until , a well preserved complete print was discovered in a barn in France. This is what kept our great grandparents entertained at the theaters. It must have been so wonderful to have minds so innocent to be captivated by these kinds of shows.

Modern day audience might be such movie snobs now that this might bores them. I see it as a interesting piece of history. It's not the greatest film, and the plot is silly as hell, but it serve as a inspiration to many of the modern day Sci-Fiction movies we love today. Plus, steam punk was born. Also to note-- it's inspiration books such as that of Hugo Cabret. It was a inspiration for music as well, fueling ideas for Smashing Pumpkins 'tonight tonight' video and bands like Air. Imagine a world years ago when the plane wasn't even there.

The world was close to never seen from great height and don't even think about electricity, what was still experimental in that time. Then you can make a fantasy story with some frightening realistic forms going to put in a film. It's just wow. Of course the effects aren't great, but if you look through it, you see so much brilliance.

That's how you should view this movie. It is pure poetry in motion. A Trip to the Moon Le Voyage dans a la lune starts off with astronomers who come together as a council of astronomers who sit down and try to figure out a way on making it to the moon. The head astronomer draws a diagram on the methods of making it to the moon. A huge fuss breaks out because some of the astronomers do not agree but eventually a compromise is made and the plan to build the bullet continues. The astronomers come up with a design that resembles a bullet and they discuss shooting it the bullet out of a large gun.

As the builders are building the bullet the astronomers are observing the bullet design. It seems as if they are questioning some aspect of its design. An assembly of people gathers once the bullet has been loaded into the gun. The astronomers rejoice at the completion of the bullet and load into it one by one. The military was in charge of firing the bullet. The bullet was fired in such a way that it resembles the launch of a modern rocket through space.

Somehow the bullet lands on the moon with everyone unharmed. The astronomers get out of the bullet and rejoice as they look at the Earth from the moon. Eventually, they settled down to sleep while in the background you see shooting stars and images of people's faces within the stars. Once it starts snowing they wake up and try to find shelter. As they search for shelter they come up to an alien who one astronomer hits with his umbrella and the alien explodes on impact.

More and more aliens come and the humans are overrun. The aliens take the humans back to an area that resembles a court but the astronomers manage to run away while aliens around them are exploding. They get back into the bullet and head down back down to Earth where they land in water. Ships come to the rescue and a ceremony is held where they are regarded as heroes. It's hard to imagine how Melies was able to create such an exciting short film over a hundred years ago. His incorporation of animation and use of imagery within the film still goes on today. He depicts aliens as frightening creatures who are hostile towards humans is something that Hollywood does to this day.

In this film Melies designs bullet that resembles a rocket. This bullet's design is similar to the rocket designs that engineers were actually building and launching forty years after this film. Melies was able to successfully associate technology with the body. Theo Robertson 1 August Georges Melies was a magician by trade and brought his trade to cinema.

He is effectively the founder of special effects in cinema and throughout the infancy of early cinema other film makers sought to emulate his style - one of having audiences gasp and sit back in awe at the on screen events. It is simply landmark cinema at its most radical You have to be somewhat forgiving watching it in the 21st century however. If you're used to seeing dinosaurs chasing Sam Neill in a jeep and Elijah Wood battling a giant spider then the effects seen here may seem lacking.

Likewise the story which has a run time of 13 minutes but again you need to remember the historical context. Everything in cinema at that time was geared to visuals. If you were interested in stories you'd be better off reading a book Talking of books leads to either a bitter irony or poetic justice where Melies is concerned. Thomas Edison's film technician's had secretly made copies of the film meaning Melies lost out on financial profit in America , so much so he eventually ended up bankrupt.

Sad maybe but considering the film rips off both Jules Verne and HG Wells , neither of whom are on record as receiving a penny for their obvious inspiration for the movie perhaps we shouldn't be too liberal with our sympathies. Atavisten 25 May The hand painted backdrops are fantastic, the "animated" moon and stars are wonderful and the alien Selesians are imaginative. Allegedly this is the first film to use both animation and special effects, to great effect.

But it is not the first sci-fi. It doesn't take itself very seriously and that is a delight. The president looks like a wizard from 'Fantasia', one of the astronomers falls in to a bucket of nitroglycerin and an umbrella grows into a mushroom, but the best is when they fall of the edge of the moon. Recommended for anyone not afraid of the black and white. Unlike many films in this time period, this project has a story centered on a specific set of characters, complete with introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.

Essentially, what we find in "A Trip to the Moon", lays out a number of elements that we see today in modern films that lie on the more realist elements of the spectrum. He is remembered most for special effects work. All of these cuts were incredible special effects for the time, and they allow the story to flow fluidly and seamlessly.

It showed other filmmakers what they could do to help the audience abstractly connection several frames that would, without context, appear to be unconnected. Nowadays, edits like this are so commonplace that we do not even take the time to think about them, and we have Mr. For example, he uses the concept excellently in the scene with the cannon; the base of the cannon is positioned in the bottom left corner of the frame while the rest of the cannon naturally leads the eye to the moon, as the cannon is pointed directly at the moon.

In this case, I would consider the cannon to be the dominant, and because the cannon is essentially a line, our eyes are naturally led to what lies on the ends of the line, which is the moon in this case because the other side leads to the end of the frame. However, there are still plenty of similar attributes that he could and did manipulate in "A Trip to the Moon".

This choice of wardrobe establishes several important and useful effects: it becomes very easy for the audience to distinguish the aliens from the main characters we have been following up to this point, and it makes the aliens feel strange, distinct, and, well, alien. It allows the audience to sympathize how the main cast of characters would be feeling about the aliens in that situation. Additionally, all of what has been said of these color patterns can apply to the structure the aliens appear to inhabit, along with the other oddly dressed aliens with flowers for heads on the left side of the frame during the alien encounter.

When the toy finally grew up theowinthrop 10 February The early years of motion pictures from to or so are fairly boring. As a television series from the s called it, it was the period when there was a toy that grew up. While eventually England and America and Germany and Italy and the other countries would start realizing that movies could tell stories, the initial period did two things with movies: record current events and sometimes tell a story, like a mock filming of the naval battle of Santiago Bay in the Spanish-American War but far more frequently mistakenly photograph things of temporary interest military parades, or the dedication of monuments or something like that.

Sometimes they would show the funeral of a leader President McKinley, for instance. But Edison and others would also photograph people dancing, or in one moment of daring two actors performing a notorious "kissing" scene from a recent Broadway success I bet that got some serious attention from church groups.

Since all these films were silent, the idea that any scene from a current play was shown seems rather ludicrous, but the actual kiss between the mustachioed man and his girlfriend sold the movie tickets. Then came a whiff of fresh air from France. A former music hall artiste, a magician named George Melies, suddenly realized what a remarkable device the motion picture camera was. He used it to showcase all of his magic act - such as decapitating an assistant and blowing the man's head up with gas so that the head would sputter in anger as it got too large - insisting that it should be reattached which it was at the end of the film.

Slowly Melies went beyond his bag of magic illusions. He decided to dramatize a story - by one of his nation's best known novelists. Primitive as is it's special effects to our age of computerization a century and five years later, for Melies was light-years ahead of any competition. And while both stressed telling a straight story, neither had really interesting special effects. This is the first in chronological order movie most of us remember.

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We recall the firing of the "Columbiad" and the capsule with our space travelers approaching the moon, and the most famous shot - the capsule hitting the eye of the man in the moon. It was a clever joke and one not in Verne's novel - it's Melies own gag , and it has lasted years now - not bad at all! But there was more to Melies' version than that - about twelve minutes of movie.

He has a meeting of savants discussing the project and wearing the costumes of "wizards" when they meet - is this his idea of Verne's Baltimore Gun Club? They agree on the project specifications, and we see some of them wearing 19th Century frock coats and top hats watching the casting of the cannon and the space capsule. Then they board the space capsule, and a bevy of female space groupies perhaps a little plump for male tastes today, but quite attractive to male viewers in load the capsule into the cannon. Melies was a magician, and probably had female assistants on stage - he probably realized that whatever we thought sex sold tickets!

Then follows the shooting to the moon, and the capsule's arrival, with the door opening up and spilling out the travelers. But it turns out that if you hit them, they explode and disappear. Still the travelers decides to leave the moon, turn their capsule around and take off just how is hard to explain. They return to earth and are feted as heroes. I've often wondered if Verne who died in ever heard of Melies' film or watched it.

In his last years Verne had cataracts in his eyes, so viewing might have been difficult. He also had diabetes he'd die of it. He may have regretted the jettisoning of so much of his plot, but I would hope that he would have enjoyed the enchanting magical variant that Melies did create. It was the first film classic of lasting importance. A fun movie for its time frame nlee 25 May The early French film, Le Voyage dans la lune, is regarded as the first science fiction film; perhaps it could even be considered the first comedy-science fiction film as well.

The film explores the possibility of space travel with a comical twist. One comical moment shined when the explorers were loaded into a spaceship shaped like a bullet, and were shot into the "moon's eye," through a giant size cannon.