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Assignment: Use the following 15 words to make a 250 character essay: 可以,借,明天,用,得,机场,接,妹妹,玩,飞机,到,手排挡,开,应该,问题。


我的妹妹叫小红。当我和我的妹妹是小孩子的时候,我的家人爱旅行,我们常常去中国看爷爷和奶奶。当小红上完了大学的时候,她开始参观很多不同国家。她最先去英国,伦敦。 她告诉我:“我希望我借了你的雨伞,因为伦敦天气经常下雨。明天我得用旅馆的雨伞。”

她旅行两年以后,小红终于回到家了。今天我会开我的新手排挡的车去机场接我的妹妹。 她参观了七个国家:英国,爱尔兰,挪威,法国,意大利,希腊,和苏格兰。小红会说一点外语,因为她参观了很多地方。我想问她很多问题,因为她有很有趣的故事。我听说她觉得法国更好玩。当我接了她的时候,她说:“美丽,好久不见!我非常累,因为在飞机上我不能睡觉。将来你应该和我一起去法国,我觉得你会喜欢吃法国菜。” 我希望将来我也会去很多不同国家,那小红和我可以一起旅行。

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Nautical Hanging – A Digital Painting Walkthrough

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I have been wanting for some time now to create either a series of pieces or line of drawings all with the theme of pollution, littering, over-fishing of marine life. My goal is to have a human or human-like figure represent one marine creature that is being severely affected by our actions, whether that may be directly or indirectly. While I don’t think I have fully captured my goal in this particular piece, it has begun to take me in the right direction. In the end, I hope to be able to create and present a solo art show with this concept.

“Nautical Hanging” was created over a period of two weeks and in those two weeks the main composition changed little. The beginning sketch was created on stormy afternoon in a strange period of contemplation as while I was drawing, my mind was far away. Looking back at the sketch now, it is clear I wasn’t necessarily thinking about anything that I normally think of when coming up with a concept for a new painting. In fact, it is easy to see that in the sketch I struggled with the body position and was also had that week’s art class assignment in the forefront of my mind.

The name “Nautical Hanging” is a direct correlation of what I was trying to achieve. It was my take on both overfishing and the idea of someone being caught or hanged by fishing line.

After deciding that I wanted this sketch to become a digital painting, I went searching on Pinterest for some pictures that I could use to get a feeling for the type of color palette that I wanted. I already knew that I wanted the hair and the skeletal fish to vividly pop against a darker background and that is one of the main reasons I was drawn to these two images. In the end, however, I decided to use a color palette creating website to find the colors that would best complement and contrast each other.

With the color palette and composition decided, all that was left to do was finalize it. The fixing of the anatomy, coloring, editing, and tweaking was completed over one weekend. Once I had finally completed the digital art piece, I realized that I had a long way to go before I even began to know the medium of digital art. There are a lot of things that I could have done better, but overall I feel that this is a good start.

 

Highlights of 2017

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Here is a list of all the things that I accomplished in the year 2017. It was a busy year filled with many learning opportunities and remarkable experiences.

  • Enrolled in Writing 121 and Math 95 at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SOCC)
  • Attended OSAA Championship Swim Competition for Oregon high schools
  • Took a fish printing class
  • Traveled to Chicago and visited with my Mandarin teacher
  • Enrolled in Writing 122 and Anthropology 232 at SOCC
  • Started writing chapters to my book
  • Went camping at Wallowa Lake
  • Traveled to Northern California to see my friends
  • Dyed my hair green
  • Attended a two week long marine science day camp
  • Camped at Salholm
  • Went kayaking in the Pacific Ocean
  • Family Reunion
  • Attended National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
  • Experienced the Solar Eclipse in totality in Salem
  • Traveled to England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland
  • Enrolled in Biology 201, Speech 111, and Math 111 at SOCC
  • Saw Imagine Dragons in concert
  • Joined Winterlakes Highschool
  • Sold 9 dozen lefse to friends
  • Completed 11 credits
  • Maintained a 3.89 GPA
  • Created a coloring book for the Charleston Marine Life Center

Self Potrait – September 2017

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For the year 2017, I spent my 15th birthday in Liverpool, England. However, the day before we were driving a rental car through the countryside with our destination being Liverpool. During the drive, I drew on my IPad to entertain myself. By the end of the drive I had completed a self potrait of myself in a simple cartoon style. I really like the style that this drawing ended up being and I want to try doing more of this style.

In the future, I plan on making it a tradition that every year during my birthday I draw a self potrait. This will be helpful in seeing my improvement on my art journey, yet I will also be able to see how my style of clothing and hair changes through the years.

Octopus Design – October 2017

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img_1673-1When fooling around in one of our Biology lectures, one of my friends drew a squiggly line. It wasn’t meant to be particularly anything, but while looking at the line I got an idea from it. As such, I started adding to the small doodle, slowing adding details until it became the octopus that is now. Currently, the octopus design is residing in my notebook. Since I grew to like the design so much, I took a picture of the sketch and drew over it on my IPad; forever digitalizing the image. I imagine that this design might be similar to one someone might choose if they were desiring an octopus tattoo, without too much detail and more zentangle elements.

Loki – October 2017 

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img_1669As I draw my original characters more and more, I have begun to get a more solid picture of my characters appearance and their personality. Loki is the type of guy to come off as being too extroverted and optimistic about everything. He is down to do anything and nothing seems to frightened him. I think in a way, I have based him off of my more reckless, adventurous self. Loki is the complete opposite of Khaos. It’s rather cliche, but they’re the sun and moon, earth and sky to each other.

Journal Excerpt – Ireland 2017

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Throughout my family’s recent holiday to the British Isles, I kept a travel journal. I wrote in the journal everyday about what we had seen, how I had felt, and my thoughts at seeing some truly beautiful places with a rich history. In total counting all of my entries from the entire trip, I wrote filled 51 pages in the journal. This is just one of them from my journal of a day when we were visiting Ireland.

• 22 September 2017 •

• Cliffs of Moher • King John’s Castle in Limerick • Killarney •

The morning of the 22nd was anticlimatic compared to the early afternoon. As it was in the early afternoon that we visited the Cliffs of Moher. It is extremely popular with the tour buses, so there were people everywhere, but that didn’t stop us from getting some good photos — especially a fantastic selfie for dad. He must have had everyone pose for 20 minuets or something just to get his perfect selfies. Honestly, the first one we took was just as goo as any other. Anyways, I had some fun goofing off there waiting for everyone else to be done. At the gift shop at the Cliffs I got a small necklace with a well known Celtic symbol on it made of Sterling Silver. I had been looking for on the entire trip and only now found one that fitted what I was desiring.

The rest of the drive to Killarney was fairly the same thing as the rest, though I can’t really say as I was asleep. We did make a stop at the city of Limerick to see King John’s Castle. While there, we also popped briefly into an antique store; there were so many old battles and clocks. I wish I could have brought some home, as the bottles in my collection are all new or at least fairly new in age.

Once we arrived in Killarney the traffic became absolutely horrible. It took us 10 minutes just to drive one kilometer and I don’t even think people were off work yet. On the upside the hotel is nice and I get my own bed again, though I am really looking forward to sleeping in my be at home soon.

Journal Excerpt — Highlands of Scotland 2017

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Throughout my family’s recent holiday to the British Isles, I kept a travel journal. I wrote in the journal everyday about what we had seen, how I had felt, and my thoughts at seeing some truly beautiful places with a rich history. In total counting all of my entries from the entire trip, I wrote filled 51 pages in the journal. This is just one of them from my journal of a day when we were visiting the highlands of Scotland.

• 14 September 2017 •

• Glenfinnan Viaduct • Rannoch Moor • Loch Beachside Stop • Glasgow •

Today was rather uneventful, the spectacular thing we did was also the first thing we did; which was walking up to a viewpoint to see the Glenfinnan Viaduct. This Viaduct is made popular, because it is the viaduct that the Hogwarts Express runs over on the journey to Hogwarts from King’s Cross.

Making our way to Glasgow, we drove through the Rannoch Morr. The landscape was stunning, surrounded by high mountains that blended into the low foggy clouds. A truly beautiful place to visit that was not on the bucket, an unexpected treasure.

It was around 3 o’clock when we arrived in Glasgow. BUt because we have been strangely tired these past few days we diddn’t go anywhere and instead stayed at the hotel for the evening.

Journal Excerpt – London 2017

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Throughout my family’s recent holiday to the British Isles, I kept a travel journal. I wrote in the journal everyday about what we had seen, how I had felt, and my thoughts at seeing some truly beautiful places with a rich history. In total counting all of my entries from the entire trip, I wrote filled 51 pages in the journal. This is just one of them from my journal of a day when we were visiting London, England.

• 6 September 2017 •

• Lamborghini Shop • Bater St. Underground • King’s Cross Station & Platform 9 3/4 • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 1 & 2 • Twinings Tea Shop • 

Unfortunately, when I woke up today I had a horrible sore throat and a stuffy nose. However, I wouldn’t let that put me down. After a simple breakfast, we went to the Lamborghini Shop for Jeff [my younger brother], who had been begging for days to go. I will admit that the cars were no half-bad, yet I find it unlikely that I will ever buy a car from Lamborghini. We then went back to Baker Street to get the a photo of me next to the underground sign. As the other day Dad failed to get the entire sign in the photo, having cut of the B in Baker.

Finally, we were able to make our way to King’s Cross Station after a couple of detours. I thought ahead when packing and had broughtt my wan that I got from Ollivander’s when we went to Universal Studios. The people in charge of the props and taking photos of Platform 9 3/4 were suprised to see I had brought my own. In the end, I left the shop at Platform 9 3/4 having bought a hoard of things: Slytherin jumper, scarf, and pin badge along with a marauders map t-shirt, an acceptance letter, a printed photo of meat Platform 9 3/4, and all four of Hogwart’s houses patches.

After Platform 9 3/4 we made our way to the Palace Theatre (where the Cursed Child would be played) by riding the underground. No matter how many times we use the local subway system, at one point during the trip we always manage to get turned around or more accurately, someone decides not to listen to what I am saying and instead get everyone else to do what they think is best. Most of the times it goes alright as they probably have the same idea as the subway expert (me), but every once in a while it doesn’t turn out quite like they’re expecting.

Anyways, before we actually checked in at the theatre we needed to have a quick lunch, as Part 1 of the play started at one and ended two hours later. Today we are at the Pizza Express, think the word express in the name would imply it is quick. It was not.

Quite to the contrary of the meaning of the word express, we ended up having to shovel our food down our gullets to make it to the theatre in time. Even worse, out of the two pizzas we ordered, I didn’t like one and the other was slightly spicy, causing my sore throat to become worse. However, I made it through and we finally arrived on the premise of the theatre.

From the very first scene to the very end my eyes were glued to the stage, memorized by the beautfiul sight. Actors clothed in robes rushing about the stage carry props to and fro, in sync with the music. The truthful and confident dramatic tone of eac line, loudly proclaimed to us by talented, passionate people. It was absolutely, awestruckenly amazing. Something that I will always connect with this trip.

Inbetween the parts of the play we walked to Twinings Tea and had dinner at a little fish & chips dinner. Once again, I probably purchase a little too much tea, but they were having a great deal, to which I couldn’t bare to say no.

By far, my favorite scenes of the play were those when it was Voldemort Day. The combination of actors, music, choreography, and props was seamless. Truly something unforgettable. I even choose to buy another Harry Potter related sweater, but this time with Voldemort’s Dark Mark. I also purchases a different design of the Slytherin Crest patch. The ending of the play left me giddy inside and all I could think about on the way back to the hotel that night was the play.