I Hope You Dance…Again Colored Pencil Drawing/video

I had posted this once before, but am doing so again. I had almost forgotten I had even done the picture. It was done several years ago.

Do you remember this song?  Once you hear this song, you never quite forget it.  The words stay with you.  They did for me.

I had to illustrate what the song was saying to me.

A little girl dancing down the road to her future,  not knowing all that lies before her, but dancing anyway.

I hope you like this.  🙂

I Hope You Dance

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Simple Gifts with Alison Krauss and Yo Yo Ma/Video

Here is a duet done by two great artists, Yo Yo Ma and Alison Krauss.  The lovely music along with the sound of the deep sound of the cello and Alison’s angelic voice make for a beautiful piece here.  I did post a video with this piece early on when I first started this blog, and I feel I just have to post it again.  If you feel stressed out lately, just sit back and enjoy this one.  It seems to bring everything back in perspective.  Nice video, too.  Enjoy!  🙂

Two Awesome, Christmas Screen Savers

I have something to show you! I just found these two screen savers and I have to tell you , they are so realistic!!!  First of all, I want to live at this place right now!  I can’t believe the quality of this screensaver.  It is Snow Village 3D and it almost reminded me of Polar Express the way the snow is falling and the scenery and all. Beautiful!

I  know this is only a screensaver, but can you picture this as a dvd you could play on your wide flat screen tv that just keeps playing??? I wouldn’t take my eyes off it!  And I  really think they should make this into an xbox game where you could just walk through the town and go into every store, ice skate  and maybe even interact with the people on the street.  You know,  just kind of taking in the scenery.  I’d play it!!!

Anyway, hope you like it!  I also attached the screen saver with Santa in his Sleigh flying over the town at night with his reindeer.  This also looks real.  Check it out!  They are both awesome!  I’m such a kid at Christmas! 🙂

The Snowman (A Children’s Classic Christmas DVD)

For those of you who do not know me…I love Christmas.  Yes, I’m the one that secretly plays Christmas music well before Thanksgiving, mostly so I can be more creative in my drawing.  I don’t know, but the songs,  or even the music alone, brings out the child in me. I also love certain Christmas movies that I just have to play year after year, no matter how old I get.  I just have to.
One is of course, is A Charlie Brown Christmas. That’s a given.  Second, The House Without A Christmas Tree (my favorite). Third…The Snowman.  If you have not seen this one, you have to.  I first saw it on TV when the kids were small and they just sat in awe the whole time it was on.  Of course, I loved it because of the artwork and creativity in the piece. But, the interest lies in the fact that it is based on a children’s book which has no words…and so they made the movie wordless as well, except for a few sounds and a musical flying scene, which is one of the best parts of the movie. The drawings are done in colored pencil (which is my media)and it plays on the fantasy of every child’s dream, a snowman coming to life.  He plays with the boy who created him and takes him on an adventure all in one night.
Here is a description of the movie I found on Amazon:
‘This is a charming British animated short film based on the classic children’s book by Raymond Briggs and crafted with a colored-pencils-on-paper look, like fluffy, hand-drawn illustrations.  It tells the story (although without words) of a small boy in rural England whose lovingly constructed snowman comes to life and takes him flying over the white-blanketed landscapes, in a beautiful rotoscoped (traced) sequence based on live-action flying footage. Part of the charm of the film is the gentle, everyday quality of its fantasy adventures: the snowman is invited in to try on clothes and play with the Christmas decorations, then plays host to the boy at a party in the woods, at which his snowy relatives do English country dances. This is one of the very few Christmas tapes on the market that really deserves to be a holiday perennial, a gentle fable of friendship and the power of imagination.” –David Chute
I have found the flying scene on you tube and the music you may be familiar with.  The song is beautiful…please listen.
So please, if you get a chance to rent the movie or buy it , please do and add it to that collection of yours.  You won’t regret it.  Also, don’t be disappointed in the end.  Just play it from the beginning and it starts the adventure all over again.  There’s always hope. 🙂

The Beauty Of The Hours (Reblog)

This is a quote I illustrated awhile back which I really love.  It’s how I really feel about living and enjoying every minute of every day.  Time goes by so quickly.  My kids are now 17, 19 and 20 years of age.  I was a stay- at- home mom, and I loved it.  I wouldn’t  have changed any of it.

The Beauty Of The Hours

Today, as I was folding clothes on my bed, I put on an old CD I used to play for the kids when they were small and read their books.  It was music from the Beatrix Potter animated series that was on PBS (see below).  I love this CD as it helps me focus and think like a child when I have to be creative, drawing,etc.  When I started listening, I almost wanted to cry.  I could picture the three of them sitting on the couch, curled up reading their books.  Their stuffed animals cuddled under their arms while having a snack.  I remember this as clearly as it happened yesterday.  Times were so laid back then.  No homework, studying for SAT’s, driver’s ed and dating problems.  It was excitement, playfulness and innocence.  Hugs and kisses.  I’d take it all back in a second.

Anyway, before I get too emotional, this is what made me want to illustrate this quote.  This is what I picture when I read the words.  It makes me feel serene looking at the girl on the beach, just enjoying something as simple as listening to a seashell.  Can’t you hear it?  Enjoy!

Cheryl

Days Of Innocence (My Kids Patrick, Caitlin and Kelsey about 12 yrs. ago)

My kids reading their books before bedtime. 😦

Thanksgiving Music Everyone Should Have

Well, I’m up at 4:00 this a.m. and looking around at music online (like everyone else, right?) because I happened to see a cd in a Victorian catalog I just knew I should look into. As an artist, I’m always on the lookout for music that is perfect for getting the creative juices flowing.  Not only because of the peacefulness it brings, but also for the nice memories the music stirs up of days gone by, a great combination for any cd.

I found two that really caught my eye and I listened to the samples and I believe they are simply “must haves” for everyone that host Thanksgiving  get-togethers.  These cd’s really bring out the spirit of Thanksgiving, and you’ll know what I mean when you listen to the samples.

The two I found…so far..are “We Gather Together” a cd by Craig Duncan.

"We Gather Together" By Craig Duncan

The dulcimer and mandolin are used here, with other beautiful instruments, a clear giveaway, that this will be a great cd!  I looked on Amazon for this one,but it said this cd would not be available until October 11 and I didn’t see any link where I could listen to samples, so I looked further.

I found this at clevershoppers.com and you could listen to samples as well.  I believe the price was about $9.99.  Please look it up. You will not be disappointed.

The other cd is called “Thanksgiving” A Windham Hill Collection. Music By George Winston.

"Thanksgiving" A Windham Hill Collection

This one you can listen to on Amazon and the price is also in the $10.00 range.  You will also see that there is a vast collection of Windham Hill favorites for every holiday, and  that’s great!  The reviews are all good reviews, and this leads me to think that  I just may start a collection soon!

I believe I found a sample on you tube.  Listen:

There it is. Look these two music cds up and you might just be in for a treat. Put your feet up, turn up the volume  and you’re in for the perfect escape from the world… for a while, anyway. 🙂  Enjoy!