All posts by XingfuMama

Amateur photographer seeking beauty in both the memorable and the mundane. Sharing pictures, stories and meditations from here and there.

Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 20

This challenge is simple: step back for a few minutes each week to find a lovely thing, a precious moment, anything you find lovely. Then post about it. You can just post a picture or you can go into detail and tell it as a reflection, story or poem.

It could be anything:

a smile…a rainbow…a flower…a kind act…a tasty treat

What was lovely in your life this week?

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Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 20

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 20 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2022. Is this year going fast for you? I feel like I am getting whiplash. Nothing much going on but boy is time whizzing by!

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 20

Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 19

This challenge is simple: step back for a few minutes each week to find a lovely thing, a precious moment, anything you find lovely. Then post about it. You can just post a picture or you can go into detail and tell it as a reflection, story or poem.

It could be anything:

a smile…a rainbow…a flower…a kind act…a tasty treat

What was lovely in your life this week?

Continue reading Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 19

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 19

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 19 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2022. Is this year going fast for you? I feel like I am getting whiplash. Nothing much going on but boy is time whizzing by!

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 19

While my cat lay dying…

You might say that I’ve been on a creative ramble of late. Calling it a journey would ascribe an intent that doesn’t exist.

My cat passed away just before Easter. I had the luxury of time, and spent a lot of it letting her be on my lap petting her. She has always liked to “help” me with computing. I think she liked the warmth of the computer and it felt like I was petting her when I used the mouse.

I got a little bored just sitting though, and went down an internet rabbit hole that wound up with discovering a program called Blender.

Blender is my kind of video game. It is a 3-d graphics program. I have no idea why it is named after a kitchen appliance.

I started by doing YouTube tutorials.

I did the donut:

Screen shot of my take on the famous donut tutorial from Blender Guru.
I did the donut!

This was a 16 part tutorial by Blender Guru. It is legendary, almost everyone mentions “doing the donut” in their “my journey to learning Blender” posts, of which there are many. This is an amazing, incredibly thorough tutorial. It is animated : The donut spins and the sprinkles drift downwards, like petals falling. My computer would take about 12 hours to render it into a video so I haven’t completed that last step. I also did Gran Abbitt’s Old Man and Scary Monster beginner series. (If you ever decide to learn this program I’d start with that, then do the donut.)

Nothing is safe from my new obsession:

About the time I finished those tutorials my sister-in-law sent us a cute Easter card:

My first solo project, based on a greeting card.
Nothing is safe from my new obsession!

I watched sculpting tutorials by Grant Abbitt and made this:

Another solo project.
My golden squirrel pen.

Now, I have two projects going. I am modeling my sister’s Asian garden into a fantasy island, and I am learning how to “rig” and animate characters with Ryan King Art’s Penguin Tutorial.

I am on part five of Ryan King's tutorial to create a penguin, rig it then do an animation.
Isn’t he a cutie?

I’m already eyeing my little deer Amie-Lu for a potential rig.

I've been wondering if I could make Amie-Lu dance.

For Ragtag Daily Prompt: Creativity.

This is not a Tweet.

I shouldn’t have to care about Twits and Musk.

I don’t have a Twitter account and barely knew that Mr. Musk had some involvement with Tesla, had the brilliant (?) idea of launching a car into space, and periodically says something stupid that causes the stock markets to react.

Over the last few days I have felt bombarded with references to them. This morning’s paper had two articles about it in the business section, Mr. Maher’s New Rule was about how we should up our BS meters to learn to live with a lack of censorship. I agree, in a way.

We do need to tune up our BS meters. No question about that.

Let us start with the BS that Twitter is either a town square or about “free speech”.

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Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 18

This challenge is simple: step back for a few minutes each week to find a lovely thing, a precious moment, anything you find lovely. Then post about it. You can just post a picture or you can go into detail and tell it as a reflection, story or poem.

It could be anything:

a smile…a rainbow…a flower…a kind act…a tasty treat

What was lovely in your life this week?

Continue reading Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2022 Week 18

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 18

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 18 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2022.

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2022-Week 18