A Review of the movie Trust Fund from Mapelle Films and the book Love Was Near

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 The movie Trust Fund from Mapelle Films and the book Love Was Near

Today, I will be reviewing, The movie Trust Fund from Mapelle Films and the book Love Was Near.

I was quite excited when I learned that Mapelle Films‘ movie Trust Fund  producer/cinematographer is Isaac Alongi, who just so happened to be home schooled! I am always excited to learn of home school success stories.

My daughter was EXTREMELY excited because there was a book that accompanies the movie.

The movie Trust Fund from Mapelle Films is a modern day parable to the prodigal son. It takes the bible tale and spins it in a fantastical modern view.

I personally found the movie sad. Perhaps as a parent raising a teenage girl in a society that can seem all too selfish is why.  I found myself feeling incredibly sorry for the main characters and their tribulations, albeit extremely unrealistic. The movie drew me in quickly to the classic tale of the older and younger sibling and the oh-too doting father. Unfortunately, the incredulous circumstances, however, left me feeling this was closer to a Disney Fairytale Princess story. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the movie.  I must admit parts had me wondering just how long the movie was.  It seemed a bit drawn out at times, yet other times seemed to somehow skip over details. Bare in mind, this story is geared towards teenage girls, I am certainly no teenager! My opinion means nothing, my daughter’s is the important one.

The accompanying book,  Love Was Near, is a wonderful tool to delve further behind the movie and the main character’s plight and innermost views/thoughts. It contains a way for young girls to further explore their own choices in difficult scenarios. There is even a download study guide to further explore into the movie’s theme.

When I asked my daughter Kira for her honest opinion about the movie Trust Fund from Mapelle Films and the book Love Was Near,  she said this,

“Although it is not the type of movie I would normally watch, as  I like action movies with fantasy, I actually really liked the movie and the way it is a parable for the prodigal son, which is actually my favorite parable to read! The story line is so true to young adults nowadays and I believe it can teach us all a valuable lesson! The book was a perfect companion for the movie.  Although, I think they need a better editor because the grammar and punctuation were atrocious!”

 

 

 

 

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Art Life Seemingly On Hold

What a hectic July it has been thus far. It is only the middle of July, but it certainly feels like the month should be over.

By this time next month there should not be too much left of my thyroid.  I had an ablation done last week.  I have since enjoyed the subtle teases of me glowing green from my radiation treatment.  If you cannot laugh at yourself, what can you laugh at?  Between the prep for that, homeschooling my daughter, running to and fro between appointments and life in general, I have not had much time for art. I have found the less I create the more moody I become. I sketched a little here and there and managed to eek out a mini canvas painting.  Nothing of consequence and certainly nothing worth posting here.

My boss has left me holding the bag on the next book release. I think he forgets that I am an artist not a publishing company. I illustrated, edited, created all ads, a book trailer, and formatted and reformatted 12 times. If the printer does not like my formatting, then it is my opinion, that my boss can use an actual formatter, not an artist for that task. I bite my tongue, for now.

The heat and humidity seem worse this year. Perhaps it is merely me getting older.

Okay, end of mindless rant.

I hope everyone else is able to have a beautiful Summer!

 

Fascinating Education, Fascinating Chemistry (A Review)

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Fascinating Chemistry

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Fascinating Education

 

Today, I will be reviewing, Fascinating Chemistry from Fascinating Education. 

Science was one of my favorite subjects in school. I always found the how and why of it all very interesting.  I know I can directly attribute my love of science to Mr. Hubert.  I fondly remember this fascinating educator I was blessed to have while I attended Miami Shores Elementary, many, many years ago.  Mr. Hubert made science seem fascinating and magical. His educational approach made all of the difference in my own personal desire to learn all things science.  Between Mr. Hubert and the Mr. Wizard’s Science Show, I was destined to love all things science related! It was no surprise to find that Kira loved science. If you could have only heard the squeal she let out when she learned she would be learning Chemistry!

 

Fascinating Chemistry from Fascinating Education is simply a wonderful lesson.   Dr. Sheldon Margulies’ approach to science education is quite fantastic.  The lessons’ approach teaches in a straight-forward but fun way, thus enabling the student to not only learn, but to enjoy themselves while doing so.

The layout of the lessons keep your child interested.  Dr. Sheldon Margulies speaks in clear layman’s terms that any child can understand.  The lesson, script, and test layout are a perfect way for any child to grasp.  There are even fun labs. Perhaps my daughter’s (and mine, but shhh, don’t tell) favorite part of any science course! With 12 labs available in this course alone!

Imagine growing your own salt crystals! This first lab was fun and cost us only the few items needed, which we actually already had around the house!  I imagine almost every one would have a jar, water, about half a cup of table salt, stirring rod, fuzzy string or pipe cleaner, and a pencil in their homes.

The lessons can be completed easily one per week.  Each lesson averages to about 45 minutes.  Each of the 19 lessons are exactly what a child needs to grasp the ins-and-outs of chemistry.

My daughter sometimes has a hard time understanding people, especially if they are speaking quickly.  It was wonderful that she was able to go back over what Dr. Sheldon Margulies said as many times as she needed to, or read the script, to fully grasp each and every word.

Although my daughter has not completed the entire course yet, I asked her what she has learned and understands thus far,  I was pleasantly surprised when she answered. Kira quickly boasted about what she has learned of the bond between atoms, the London dispersion force, strong force, and electronegativity! Needless to say, I was quite impressed.

Although not every child is as into science as my daughter is,  Fascinating Chemistry from Fascinating Education is designed to help any child learn chemistry in a fun yet completely educational way!

Kira and I highly recommend  Fascinating Chemistry from Fascinating Education to all home school families. We have enjoyed this experience so very much.  Once Kira has completed her lessons, we are looking forward to completing all of the other courses available from  Fascinating Education!

 

 

 

 

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Beakman’s World was after I graduated high school, so I sadly missed out on that fun and of course this is no longer aired for my daughter to watch.

When I Am Offered Work

No matter how hungry you are as an artist/illustrator, never undercut your self worth. Avoid proposals that are not upfront about how much you will make and what is expected of you! Time and time again people expect art for free…I wonder if they expect all services for free. Can you imagine asking a carpenter to build your home for free? It is disrespectful. Do not even entertain these types. Exposure is NOT payment.

 

For The Love Of Markers

Azile Marker art

Markers have certainly evolved since I first used Crayolas as a child. I fondly remember my first set of markers. I also remember the devastation I felt when they dried out.  As time passed my art evolved.  Occasionally I would use my Micron pens, but markers were mainly used to decorate handmade cards or packages. I seldom created art with them.

The more I delved into digital art, the more I longed to return to organic art.  Illustrating books, creating book covers as well as the advertisements and book trailers thereof left little time to do so. I could make a few smaller paintings, but drying time and such delayed any true sense of gratification. My graphite sketches and Micron ink drawings seemingly lacked. Then…. I discovered ….. Chameleon Pens.  I believe I first saw the video on Facebook.  No doubt my bestie had tagged me in the post.  It seems when a new art product arrives I am always tagged about it.  If only I had the luxury and wealth to buy these items. I remember sharing the post with my husband.  The idea of blending markers and one marker providing seemingly limitless colors was simply awesome to us.

Then came Valentine’s Day. My darling husband surprised me with the 22 box set. The rest of the available colors came shortly thereafter as an Easter surprise.

Chameleon Marker Art

I never thought I would enjoy markers again.  But I love these! They make creating art as fun as I remembered it. I have many other top brands of markers as well, but I always seem to go back to my Chameleon pens. They flow beautifully.

Flight Of Colors Marker Art

It has not become my favorite late evening activity. I doodle with my Chameleon pens.  It is a welcomed break from the digital monotony that has become my world amidst illustrating children’s books!

Alaska Marker Art

I still paint, wood burn, sculpt, sketch, and draw using ink, of course.  However, the ease and instant gratification from using the Chameleon pens are wonderful.  I have enough time after work and preparing my family dinner to actually complete a piece of art.  Nothing compares to waking up the next day and seeing my doodle sitting there. Even if it isn’t perfect, I feel better knowing it is complete and I feel accomplished.

To see more of my art please visit my website at www.alysathena.com

Chibis and Washitape

Washi Tape….I had never heard of this stuff…then I saw someone post art using it. I fell in love. I have always loved crafts as well as art.  Combining the two is perhaps one of my most favorite things to do! So I dove straight in!

It started out innocent enough, my husband brought home 5 rolls.  After I created Polka however, a beast inside me took over……we headed straight for Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.  I simply could not believe my eyes! Mind you now, this tape had ALWAYS been there.  I never gave it a second notice before. But now, now all things had changed.  They may as well have been giant cupcakes or gold bars.  I was mesmerized.

We left the stores with 28 more rolls and an organizer, which subsequently only holds half of what I acquired. My mind was full of ideas!

I already saw many chibis out there and loved how the cuteness looked.  So I decided to try my washitape art on chibis. At this time, I was also beginning my Disney Princess Fan art series.  I decided I may as well make those Chibis too!

I am not sure what else I will do next but I am having a great deal of fun with these!

The Fairies of June

The Fairy and the Sprite

 

The Sprite and the Fairy 

Disney Fan Art

Drawn for one of my best friend’s birthday.

I think fairies may be my absolute favorite subject to draw.  I have always admired art that contained them. I do believe I have more art that I have done containing fairies than anything else.

If you like my art and would like to commission me or purchase any of my original  work please visit my website at http://www.alysathena.com/

 

*fan art is never for sale