Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Confucius Quotes and a Still Life Portrait



 ‘Respect yourself and others will respect you.’ - Confucius
‘The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.’ - Confucius
‘What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.’ - Confucius


I was searching for quotes and came across a few from Confucius.  He was a smart guy.  It is amazing that quotes from over two thousand years ago still hold significance today.  



In my Be Still 52 class the assignment was to take a Still Life Portrait, no person in the image but items that give you a 'portrait' of the person.   This is a Still Life Portrait of my daughter, Megan.  I took the photo on her worktable, under the strong light.  This is where she loses all track of time.  She makes jewelry at this table, stamping letters into metal shapes or making pendants with wire and beads.  Megan loves chocolate milk and Trader Joe’s macaroons.  Blue is her favorite color.  She collects keys and went through a phase writing faces on rocks, I still find them everywhere in the yard.  She loves the ocean and collecting seashells and sea glass.  Megan’s love for the ocean prompted her to get certified in SCUBA, just in an indoor pool for now; someday she would love to SCUBA in the ocean and be a marine biologist.  Her bird Rosie is one of her favorite companions, Rosie follows her everywhere.  Thirteen years flies by so fast…

There is a slight chill in the air, fall is on its way in my part of Ohio.  It is time to find jeans and sweaters that have been hidden for a while now, making soup and soon taking lots of pictures of colorful leaves.  I hope you are enjoying your fall weather too.

Today I am joining Kim Klassen’s Texture Tuesday.  My top image was textured with Kim’s texture 0603 and my Still Life Portrait was textured with total grunge.

Thanks for stopping by!!
Have a great week!!
Michelle

 Kim Klassen {dot com}

20 comments:

  1. What a lovely tribute to your daughter. Mine always loved chocolate milk too, until this year when she finally figured out she is lactose intolerant.I should really work on this assignment, but short on time this week, maybe, hopefully next week. Marine Biologist is a great choice.

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  2. Michelle I love your post today! The tall feather is so elegant and simple. Megan is so creative too and SCUBA sounds exciting. I hope she continues with Marine Biology - such an interesting life. Love the pieces of her, with hot cocoa and macaroons from Trader's (yum!) included.

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  3. Confucius is very wise man. I was thinking the same thing you were --how the truth in what he said still applies today.

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  4. What a great portrait! So many interests, and you captured them, and your daughter, perfectly!

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  5. I love all the details in your portrait of your daughter. I love the ocean too and love exploring and learning about all the sea creatures I find, but I don't think I could scuba dive.

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  6. What a neat concept! Love how you captured her! :)

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  7. I love the tall feather is that lovely blue vase...sure stands out...and your Confucius quotes are wonderful...some days I find my quotes so easily and other days I struggle...It is nice to visit here...and thank you so much for your visit and for leaving me that lovely comment..
    Have a great rest of the day...

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  8. What a great assignment. Very creative depiction of your daughter. Love the Confucius quotes. No matter what the century his words are full of wisdom.

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  9. Perfect tribute, perfect image. Love your work. Visiting form be Still 52.

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  10. Your first image is simply stunning! I love the portrait of your daughter - awesome!

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  11. What a creative tribute. :) The feather is so elegant in the pretty blue vase, and I really like all the quotes you shared.

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  12. Love your first image as well as your still life portrait! Such wonderful work...both of them!

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  13. I have really enjoyed the many portraits painted as inspired by Kim's assignment, and the still life of your daughter along with your beautiful description of her interests is heartwarming. She sounds like a delight - and determined and bright, too. And your still life with vase and feather is one of my favorites - striking and sculpture like.

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  14. The portrait is beautiful, but my favourite is the first image. So simple and elegant - love it!

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  15. The portrait of your daughter is amazing... it makes for a wonderful memory! I also love your first image - so clean and graphic with a wonderful quote.

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  16. Lovely portrait of your daughter! I can see the love you have for her in the photo and your words:)

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  17. Wonderful. What a beautiful blue vase . . . and exquisite feather. Now I almost know your daughter.

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  18. Great images. Interesting how that one shot defines a side of your daughter's personality.

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  19. Love the "portrait" of your daughter.

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