Harry Potter Land

Hello lovely readers! The Spring Break Adventure continues! I was able to go to Harry Potter Land at Universal Studios Hollywood on Monday, and it was AMAZING! For the Potter fans out there- you simply have to go. And for the non-Potter fans- sorry you still have to go too. The details were spectacular, and everything was just like the books! All the way down to the food you ate at the Three Broomsticks and the cobwebs on the windows, everything felt 100% accurate. Enjoy these photos!








Easter Sunday


23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 
24Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 

25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
-John 12:23-25

Thank you are not a big enough words
in fact
all the languages in the world combined
are not enough
to express the gratitude
He deserves
because it is
infinite

and so my small voice
whispers
Thank You
that it doesn't have to be enough
ever
because you
love me
that much









Spring Vibes

I am so happy to announce that I am now on Spring Break! Yay! To kick it off, my sisters and my neighbors pulled all of my paints and art stuff outside and had a little outdoor art party type thing. It was a nice balmy 75 degrees out (yay California!) and you could smell the flowers blooming. One of the best afternoons I've had in a long time.












Book Review: Pet Sematary

Summary: Pet Sematary is a horror novel by Stephen King about a family of four that moves to a small town, and a nice house along a busy highway. Everything is going wonderfully until the family cat is found dead, presumably hit by a truck. When a kindly old neighbor from across the street leads Louis, the protagonist, out past the creepy old pet cemetery behind his house and to an old MicMac burial ground, Louis isn't sure what to think. He is even more confused, and altogether terrified, when the cat comes back to life the next day. But the cat isn't the same, he acts strange, possessed even. Does Louis dare to touch the cemetery again, even if there's a chance he might be able to bring a deceased loved one back to life?

Review:
This book is an awesome introduction-to-horror book. It's a bit creepy, but not extremely frightening, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the genre, but doesn't want to be plagued with nightmares if it's not for them. Nothing should jump out at you or surprise you too much, and it is easy to close the book if you decide that maybe the horror genre just isn't for you. I have a totally overactive imagination, so I can safely assure those like me that you will indeed have a little bit of scare, but it probably won't stick with you unless you are reading it right then or decide to replay it over and over in your mind in a dark room all alone on a windy night.

Overall, I thought the book was done well and followed a solid plot line without deviation or confusing loops. The story was concrete, and I found parts of it quite chilling.

But I was a bit dissatisfied with the amount of actually scary parts. I wanted to be creeped out a little more than I was- the actual horror part didn't come until the very end. The buildup to the climax seemed to last forever, and most of it wasn't scary in the slightest. Most of the book did contain a sort of eerie undertone, but I wouldn't categorize it as 'horrifying'. But once the scary part got going, I was pretty happily freaked out, in a mild, I can handle this, sort of way.

Honestly, I almost felt more sad during this book than scared. Gage's death honestly made me grieve with the family, King did a great job conveying Louis and his family's feelings.

As a character, I enjoyed Louis just fine. He was not static, and I thought it was interesting how you got to see the cemetery sort of take hold in his mind. Jud was also a good character, and provided a sort of curveball in the story. Gage before resurrection was sweet and amiable and likable, and after resurrection frankly terrifying to imagine.

I also really liked the idea of the cemetery, and its connotations and hints. It was so cleverly maniacal, and gave the whole book an idea that something evil, something that shouldn't be real but was, was going on. The Wendigo and deadfall and the climb up the stairs to the MicMac burial ground was tense and exciting to read, and artfully lead the reader into the proper mood for the desired effect.

The thing this book did the best on: foreshadowing. The foreshadowing in this book was over the top 100 out of 10. Everything had a creepy theme threaded through it, and the way you saw Louis becoming more and more drawn to the idea of the cemetery, and all the quoting, was very clever and creepy.

My favorite part of the book would have to be the graveyard scene. It was suspenseful, nerve-wracking, shiver inducing, and a little disgusting. It sort of embodied all the aspects I would want in a horror novel. I also found the ending quite disturbing, in a good way. Be sure to read to the epilogue, because it was a solidly tenuous finish that every horror book should try to achieve. Brilliantly done.

Overall, I considered this book a nice introduction to the genre and a great book to have around if you feel like having a little scare. I think Stephen King is a genius, and his careful manipulation of characters and slightly-off events produces a work that is complex and chilling to the core.



What did you think of Pet Sematary? Were you scared? What was your favorite part? Comment below!

Sketchbox #4

ANOTHER SKETCHBOX!!
I'm so excited (as usual) and I have already done so much with the materials in this set!

check out that art on the box--so neat!

So I received some thin pens, and a black pen also to add extra details, a sketchbook sticker, a giant copic marker, that neat artist card, the supplies card, and a super cute little mini sketchbook that is SO ADORABLE!! 

Check sketchbox out @ https://getsketchbox.com
(since a lot of you have been inquiring about where these magical things come from)
Also--check out their blog which has a bunch of amazing art done with the supplies! http://www.sketchboxblog.com


A Serious Case Of Not Caring

Hello, hello, Doctor is it you?
Yes it is I, no I don’t have the flu
I’ve called you with something much more urgent you see,
And I sincerely hope that you can help me.
If only you could see how badly I’m faring,
I believe I’ve come down with a serious case of not caring!
My lack of motivation, hope and persistence
Is what caused me to ring you for assistance
You see I don’t care so much about anything at all,
I noticed it starting at the beginning of fall
It came on slowly,
And then all at once
Until suddenly nothing
Was worth all the fuss
Just ask my mother,
My sister
My brother
All I want to do is sit on the couch, nothing other!
I don’t care about school
I don’t care about books,
I don’t care about TV,
And I don’t care about looks
I don’t care about my friends, my family, my neighbors
I don’t care if I’m late and I don’t do anyone any favors
I don’t care if it’s raining or if the sky is blue,
And frankly I don’t care all that much about you!
I don’t care what I eat
I don’t care what I drink
I don’t really work
And I don’t really think
I just want to sleep,
And maybe do nothing
Why is this happening?
I swear I’m not bluffing
I need a cure quick,
For finals are coming
And track season is here so I need to start running
And do something other than what I’ve been doing
Oh doctor oh doctor I can’t stop boo-hooing
A need a subscription
An antibiotic
To save me from this terrible case of not-caring-o-chronic
Pills, medication, I’ll take it I will,
I can’t fail my classes, I have life in me still
So hurry it up,
Before I realize,
That I don’t really care so much about my demise
Oh no, wait!
I feel it coming on now,
Perhaps I should just go,
It doesn’t really matter
I’ll either live or die
Probably the latter
Oh doctor, please,
Can’t it wait till tomorrow?
You see I’ve got nothing to do and nobody to see
And I don’t really care what happens to me,
So just leave me alone to my hopeless fate,
I’m sure it’s not contagious, this tragic state
Oh no, don’t worry
I couldn’t care less,
Talk to you later,
Farewell and God bless
Don’t call don’t check up, it doesn’t matter how I’m faring
I’ve come down with a serious case of not caring
And I don’t really care about this phone call anymore
Goodbye dear doctor, this is too much of a chore.

I wrote this not because all of it is necessarily true, but because honestly we all feel like this sometimes. 
Plus, I find it rather amusing.

What's Playing on my Speaker

I thought it might be fun to give a bit of a list of some of my favorite artists and songs. I'm going to just list a few favorites for you! Let me know your favorites in the comments :)

Fun is my favorite band, and I love their music. Sadly, they only have one good album and a single (I've never really been into their first album).
-We Are Young
-Sight of the Sun (single)
-Carry On
-Why am I the One
-All Alright
-Out on the Town
-One Foot
-It Gets Better

The Format has the same lead singer as Fun, but I've found their music a little bit lighter. Plus they have sweet album covers.
-Let's Make the Moment a Crime
-She Doesn't Get It

I recently started listening to CHVRCHES and I love their music. The sounds are so neat!
-Leave a Trace
-Playing Dead
-The Mother we Share

Twenty One Pilots! It took me a while to get into their music but once I started listening more it grew on me pretty quickly. Their songs are also relatable and meaningful, and I like that.
-Stressed Out
-House of Gold
-Tear in My Heart
-Ride

You can never go wrong with a Bastille song. Never.
-Pompeii
-Flaws

George Ezra is just really nice to listen to- calm but whimsical. 
-Budapest

I have only heard one Hawk Nelson song and I love it, so I need to listen to more. The beat is so great, and of course, the message of the song is awesome.
-Drops in the Ocean

The Postal Service has super creative sounds and words that are very poetic and dramatic. Great to listen to anytime.
-Such Great Heights
-The District Sleeps Alone Tonight

I generally don't like the Chainsmokers, but I love their song that they did with ROZES. It is super fun to listen to.
-Roses

And of course, Shawn Mendes. I know everyone's listening to him right now and he's a little overplayed, but how can you not love Stitches?
-Stitches

Glass Sword Book Review

SUMMARY
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard is the fantasy sequel to Red Queen (read that review here). It follows Mare Barrow, a girl with red blood but incredible lightening powers unlike anything silvers possess, as she works with the Scarlet Guard to locate and rescue all newbloods and train them for what lies ahead, which can only be civil war. Mare tries to appear strong and like the leader that the newbloods think of her as, but on the inside she is truly a glass sword- sharp and deadly, but prone to shattering.

SPOILER ALERT

I thought that Glass Sword was an awesome sequel to Red Queen, and well worth the wait. The plot was quick and engaging, the characters were nice and complex, and it finished with a terrible terrible cliff hanger that I really can't even think about.

Although the book was overall an awesome read, I still have a few minor critiques. One was the dramatic sentences that appeared at least once a paragraph. Those are fun to read during a climax, or right before a character's breaking point, or as foreshadowing, but when you are constantly reading them they sort of loose their umph, and become annoying and silly sounding, in my opinion. And in Glass Sword they were everywhere, so it would've been nice to see a little less of those. But the truth is, they were really nicely stated, so they would've been super powerful if they were not so frequent.

Mare was as usual an awesome character. I love her presence and her epic lightning power and her constant inner turmoil. But she got a little bit confusing in this book. I had a hard time seeing clearly what her goal was, what was driving her, since she continually seemed to circle back on past reasoning and question things she had said. As for her little thing with Cal, it was also a little confusing, but fine. I didn't have anything I really hated or loved about it, it was just there. I think that I am still with Mare and miss Maven, which is amazing that they author can convey that missing all the way past the characters to the reader. I really thought Maven was good back in the first book, and something about the way he's constantly mentioned in a  longing way makes me think he's going to be coming back in more complex ways than just the villain.

The killing of Elara? I was happy, but it was a little anticlimactic. All that pursuing and drama with her and then she was just...dead. Shade's death really got me though, and I was very sad, both for Farley and Mare. I really liked Shade as a character, and he is death was a blow to the reader for sure.
*Also, plot prediction, I'm pretty sure Farley is pregnant!

I was also really sad that Kilorn and Mare sort of lost their connection towards the end of the book. I know that the author is trying to make the whole 'no friends, no trust' thing a prevalent theme, but it does a lot for a reader to have there be another character who the protagonist trusts, and I thought Kilorn would be that character. But then again, the lack of trust and constant doubting of alleged allies really does keep the reader on their toes, and forces you to question everything.

Overall, I loved this book. The ending nearly killed me, and I wanted nothing more than to read it once I had opened it. I highly recommend it, and I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!!!!!


What did you think of Glass Sword? Did you enjoy it? What did you think of the ending? Comment below!



Sketchbook Work

Sketchbook work! None of this is super finished or anything, but I supposed that's why it's sketchbook work- it doesn't have to be finished. Enjoy!

Watercolor

Some plant drawings- used a nature book for reference

Random doodles in pencil from Winter Camp


The Infinity Dreams Award

So I was nominated by my awesome blogger friend Zelus from My Hopeful Pencil, as well as the lovely Sarah Lou at  Her Electric Ocean for the Infinity Dreams Award (is that a rad name for an award or what, like how can you not do a tag with a name like that?) So I finally got around to doing it! Thank you so much both of you for nominating me!


The Rules are:
-Use the Infinity Dreams Award picture
-Thank the blogger who tagged you
-Tell us 11 facts about yourself
-Answer the 11 questions
-Come up with eleven new questions
-Tag 11 bloggers

Eleven Facts:
1) My favorite number is 2
2) Eleven facts really feel like a lot right now
3) I really really love the moon and the stars and space in general. Star gazing is one of my absolute favorites
4) My goals as a grown up are to become an author and do God's will
5) I have two younger sisters (one of which has a blog- Life Through the Lens)
6) I have a very long list of books I want to read, and I still continually pick up books that I find that are not even on the list (the life of a reader right?)
7) Books help me escape reality on a regular basis
8) Right now in my Bible I am reading the Gospel of John
9) I am learning Spanish in school right now, and I want to eventually become fluent
10) I really love wearing socks with neat patterns on them
11) My favorite school subjects are anything that challenges and engages me (but especially art, english, and science...oh but I also really love my history class...and yeah I really love all the subjects)

Zelus's Questions Answered:
1. What's the longest time you've gone without sleep? actually have no idea, probably not that much, my family really loves sleep.
2. What's the best compliment you've ever received? The best compliment I've ever received...that's tough... I'm going to say the compliment that I am very wise, I don't know why but that always makes me feel good inside.
3.  What do you feel you lack? Wow, ok, deep. I feel like I lack quietness. I feel that my life is always whirring or humming or singing, which can be good but sometimes it's important to be still.
4.  If you could repaint your room (in one colour, no wallpaper or anything else), what colour would it be? This is going to sound very boring but white. I want it to be all white so that I can hang lots of neat pictures and art prints on it, without the colors clashing, and have tons of pops of color everywhere. I sort of want my room to be a blank canvas for me to paint on with all my favorite colors.
5.  Have you taken your Myers-Briggs personality test? If so, what are you? If not, go and read about the 16 personalities (briefly) and what do you think you are (based on just reading the 16 personalities) I am an INFJ (I took the test after reading this question and it weirded me out how accurate it was)
6. Have you ever danced in the rain? Indeed I have
7. What's your heritage? On my dad's side, my ancestors came to New England with some of the very early settlers. They eventually moved to California to become apple pickers after the Dust Bowl. On my mom's side, I am also originally European, but my great great grandma was a Native American, and my grandpa is Jewish. I also have Native American on my dad's side as well I believe. 
8. What is your perfect pizza? Bacon, basil, tomato
10. If you could be any age for a week, what age and what would you do? I don't know I guess I hope to be every age for at least a week and I suppose I will just do (and have done so far) normally extraordinary things in those week(s).
11. What would you do differently if you knew that no one was judging you? I think that I would wear dresses and skirts more and just dress more like myself. I don't know why but I always get self conscious in skirts and dresses and generally prettier things so I always chicken out and never wear them even if I really like them.

Sarah's Questions Answered:
1. What is your favorite quote? "I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people." -Vincent Van Gogh
2. What is your favorite aspect of blogging? Being able to express myself and the things I love as they truly are.
3. Where do you find inspiration for your posts? Probably mainly on other blogs, and on Pinterest
4. Who is your role model, and why? My role model is probably my youth group leader, she really inspires me and makes me want to be like her.
5. What was the last movie you watched? I believe it was The Martian, which was very good but not as good as the book.
6. Where do you see your blog in the next 5 years? I hope that I will still be blogging, and hopefully it will be about art that I am doing then and of course where God has taken and inspired me.
7. What is your favourite TV show? I know I'm a nerd but I have to say The Cosmos.
8. If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be? Creative, Imaginative, Imperfect
9. If you were a disney character, which one would you be? I know it sounds sad, but I think I would be Ellie in Up. She doesn't really talk but I feel like I can relate to her sort of whimsical spirit and her outlook on life. 
10. Is there anything you feel strongly/passionately about? I feel strongly passionate about Jesus and His Word, art and the way it impacts the world, words and their power, the environment and being good to the Earth, and equality and love for everyone
11. What is your starbucks order? Passionfruit iced tea no sweetener with strawberries and a turkey bacon sandwich. 

My Questions for YOU:
1) Favorite artist? (musician, author, web designer, photographer, playwright, painter, anyone who's doing something creative in this world)
2) What album can you listen to over and over?
3) What's something you daydream about often?
4) What was your very first post?
5) What is your Myers-Briggs Personality Type (I know I copied Zelus but this was such a fun question)
6) What's a book that changed your entire life?
7) Describe your dream house.
8) How long is your hair?
9) If you were to get a tattoo, what would it be?
10) What's your favorite class in school and why?
11) What's your favorite comment you've ever received on your blog?

I Nominate:
All of you who are following or reading my blog at this moment. I am so grateful for all of you! Please let me know if you do the tag so I can be sure to read your post! <3

Sketchbox #3

I have received another awesome ketchbox in the mail! I am so excited about these materials- check out what I got in my box.

The neat cover illustration

Inside

Prismacolor premier pencils! I ended up giving these to a friend because I already have a lot.

This super cool sand eraser that erases everything.

Two Sketchbox markers- blue and red

A neat sketchbox sticker

A nice manual sharpener

The featured artist and supplies list--check out that neat landscape