Wednesday, April 29, 2009

ART Dump

Semester of Year Two is now over and I feel slightly disappointed. I felt disgustingly mediocre, and terribly unproductive in terms of my art. Next year will be different. I'll be a wicked artist. One day...

the last two paintings use a lineart that DOES NOT BELONG TO ME. I just painted it for digital painting class practice.
The rest are all my own originals. They're scenes from a storyboard I did. 2 Rival bakeries.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Strike Two of Antolin Birthdays

Happy 22nd birthday to my sister. 

In April there are three birthdays in my family: Mine, My sister's, and my mom's (my father calls it "BROKE" month). Today's my sister's, strike two of the Antolin line of birthdays...only one week after mine.

Every year, my sister and I try to make a bet to see who's birthday gets the sunny nice weather....and every year (including this year) I've lost, with not only cloudy, gloomy days... but windy, rainy, snowy---some sort of precipitation falls from the sky on my birthday. Miraculously, one week later, my sister's happens to have the sunshine. My sister claims that the heavens were just happier when she was born. Damn. I woke up this morning hoping that we'd finally BOTH have gloomy birthdays.... Not a chance. The sun was shining bright and glorious in my face. yayyyy. I lose.

Anyway, for many artists, including myself, there are always certain people who, upon discovering you artistic ability, strongly persist on having you draw them. Well, for me, that certain person is my sister. Every time I need help brainstorming ideas to draw, the scenario usually plays out something like this:
Janine: I need ideas.
Jenelle: For what?
Janine: Drawing.
Jenelle: Draw MEEEE!
Janine: I need to draw animals.
Jenelle: oh. Draw me AS an animal!

After years of refusing her persistent request to draw her (in every possible way, shape, form, and style), I finally took a shot and did it for her birthday present. When you're poor and penniless, its good to have artistic abilities to offer. People eat that up like cake ;)

So voila, sister. My very own caricature rendition of you.

I think its pretty swell, don't you think?


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

She Gets To Go

In March, I sent in an application to be a summer short-term missionary in a Christian Missionary Organization called OMF, specifically for a trip to Japan. Mind you, I'd been praying about this trip for over 5 years now, and I waited on awfully long time to even be eligible to apply. Well, on Monday, the Board met to discuss the applicants for the trip, and I was approved! I feel truly blessed to have this amazing opportunity this summer to travel to Japan to share the love of Jesus there. I'm penniless, and a little rusty on my Japanese, but I'm so excited to go, and hopefully God will provide answers to all the little teeny worries I may have now.

Thank you to those who were praying for me. Please keep praying that everything will run smoothly.

God bless!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Stop This Train

So I turned twenty on April 3rd, and I don't think I ever felt so young. Some of my friends are talking about marriage, having babies, buying houses, buying cars... I just never thought how scary life gets when you get older. My sister's talkin about investments, large purchases, and all these financial words that I SHOULD understand (seeing as how I worked in a financial management company all of last summer), but I don't. The whole world develops a new vocabulary each year you get older, and I DON'T HAVE THAT UPDATED VERSION.
Haha, but I suppose life does get more exciting. The things that used to bother us as a kid aren't very important now. Its nice to know that in some ways, I'm growing up, even if day-by-day I don't feel it. I know twenty's not really that old (it's the new "fifteen" according to Nico), but I know there are a lot of responsibilities that come with not being a teenager anymore. 

I'm a... a Big Girl Now... hahahaha

And I know that God has a lot of work to do in me too.

So, now that I know I really can't stop this Train, its exciting to know that I'm on my way to becoming the woman that God wants me to be. 

Hopefully my art will do some growing up too. ;)

Don't stop this train
Don't for a minute change the place you're in
And don't think I couldn't ever understand
I tried my hand
Janine, honestly we'll never stop this train

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hosea's Wife

We are Hosea's Wife
We are squandering this life
Using people like ladders
And words like knives
If we've eyes to see
Ife we've ears to hear
To find it in our hearts and mouths 
The word that saves is near
Shed that shallow skin
Come and life again
Leave all you were before 
To believe is to begin.
~ Brooke Fraser