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Sunday, December 27, 2009


It's Christmas-week and the bliss continues! It would be so wonderful to live in a state of 'Christmas-time' all year! I love the whole atmosphere of this season, Spiritually and weather-wise. I'm a big fan of s-n-o-w! Therefore, one day soon, I'll establish a second-home somewhere beautiful with regular, robust snowfall! As you can imagine, watching the snowy scenes featured in the videos below is bliss-inducing for me. The deer are an extra treat! I hope you'll enjoy them, too.

Snow Falls on Quail from David McIlvride on Vimeo.

Winter Visitors from Petra Kues on Vimeo.

Another collection of winter activities outside the house and in the larger forest environment.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas Elves

This short video features Santa's elves. The designs and story are by Vicki Frank Day! The elf animation is by Dan Hering, Adam Newman, Will Clark, and Nettie Tien! The modeling, texturing, cameras, rendering and compositing are by Nate Ten.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fine Art Textiles by Marilyn Henrion: Amazing & Awesome

Celebrating Textiles as a Medium for Urbane, Sophisticated Art

Today's feature: Fine Art Textiles & More by Artist Marilyn Henrion

Marilyn Henrion's hand-stitched constructions transform geometric elements into abstract, metaphorical images with strong graphic impact. With frequent references to literature, she uses color, line, and form much as a poet employs words to convey an emotion or idea.

As in poetry, the images are meant to resonate, being both themselves and something they may suggest to the viewer.

With sixteen solo exhibitions to her credit, and with works in museum, corporate and private collections worldwide, Marilyn Henrion’s reputation as one of the foremost contemporary, fiber artists is undisputed.

Recently, Henrion has added digital photography to her repertoire with Metropolis…...a series of photographic images based on the same geometric urban environment that inspires the artist’s textile works.

The artist's papers and sketchbooks are included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art in Washington, DC. Among her many honors is a Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts, awarded in 2002.

Festival of Lights

Hello, Everyone! I hope this Hanukkah~Chanukah has been a heavenly one for you!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Reindeer & The Blinking 'Star'

That's Some Star!

This video features a short, animation commercial that's rather cute. The little reindeer in it follows a blinking star home, back to its family. Watch to see what the blinking star turns out to be. Clever!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Digital Artwork by Stan Bowman: Extraordinary & Exquisite

'Must-view' Digital Artwork

Today's feature: Fantastic Digital Artwork by Stan Bowman

Stan Bowman has been an artist for nearly 50 years and has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally, as a photographer, painter and digital artist. His artwork is in such collections as the San Francisco Museum of Art, Bibilotech National in Paris, German Photographic Society and many other locations.

Since the mid 1980's he has been involved with digital imaging, not only with still images, but also with digital video, 3D animation and digital music.

His recent work is about finding new ways of seeing digital still images, sometimes working at the pixel level. What excites him is discovering new ways of restructuring imagery using current digital technology.

Stan Bowman's digital art is absolutely gorgeous! I love it and I believe you all will, too!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Widgets and Badges to Share

Assorted Widgets in Sidebars >>> >>> For You!

Hello, Everyone! As I've mentioned I love widgets (as you can see) and badges!  Recently, I added more to share with you!  Below, I've listed all of the new ones, and actually embedded a few of those new ones in this post. Collect the ones you like, freely, from these sidebars and the sites of the widgets/badges! 

  • mycalendar.org calendar
  • Kids Talk About God
  • CodeAmber.org
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Grab it here; not available in my sidebar.
  • Gift of Hope ~ World Food Programme
  • FreeRice.com
  • #earthtweet
  • National Geographic Place of the Week
  • I Have a Dream ~ 10MillionEyes.com
  • Walking with Dinosaurs ~ The Arena Spectacular

Gift of Hope
Fight World Hunger

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cozy Open Fire

Cozy Fireside

Blissfully warm, cozy cabin fire. Looks soooo inviting, doesn't it?! "Oh, the weather outside is frightful(not really), but the fire is so delightful. Let it snow, let it snow, ..."

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

3D Santa, Sleigh & Reindeer Background

3D Animated Christmas Background

Beautiful 3D animated background for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (2006) in New York!

"-JULY 2006-
Digital Golem is in charge of one of numerous 3D animated backgrounds for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York.

The famous show, which opens 10th November (2006), uses a giant LED screen as a backdrop for many sets. The team designing all the graphical elements for the screen worked closely with Digital Golem for 10 weeks of pre-production, before flying to New York to set up for production. Meanwhile Digital Golem is producing a 3D sequence back at headquarters in Brussels." ~ Digital Golem

Monday, December 07, 2009

Bellagio's Lake Como

Beautiful Bellagio View

Hello! You'll love seeing the view from the Bellagio on the Strip (in Las Vegas) overlooking the Bellagio's man-made Lake Como. Quite lovely!

Michael John shot the video at night, using the Canon HV20 in the 'Program AE' mode. The music is by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman entitled "The Prayer".

Note: I am sharing the gorgeous water display only; not promoting gambling.

Disney's Prep & Landing

Christmas Animated Special on ABC

Hello, Everyone! Here's a behind the scenes look at the Walt Disney Christmas special 'Prep & Landing' created especially for ABC. This is Disney's first animated holiday special featuring elves that prepare a house for Santa's arrival!

This delightful animated Christmas special, originally scheduled to air Tuesday, December 1st on the ABC network, will now premiere Tuesday, December 8th (tomorrow) at 8:30pm ET/7:30 CT! The special will also air on ABC Family on Friday, December 18th as part of the network's "25 Days of Christmas." Looks like it's a gloriously wonderful animated special! Enjoy.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A Jazzy Christmas - Video

Christmas Jazz!

This animated card was created for the Verve Music Group by Clayton Junior. Tune in for the smooth jazz!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Christmas Snowglobe

Snowglobe Animation

Animation of a snowglobe showing the changing seasons a pine tree goes through, finishing with a Christmas message from all at Smoothe. Very creative and quite lovely!

Delight in the Lord

4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4, KJV
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