Looking at the Past, Focusing on the Future

Happy-New-Year

So another year has gone by, and full of interesting and unexpected things. I will say that to me, 2013 will always be remembered as the year of the weddings, as I had a TON of friends get married this year. It was like every other week was somebody’s wedding.

Anyways, so this is a time to reflect what the past year held for us, the big posts, the planned posts, and what you all seemed to like the most. ūüėÄ

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1) The Views

According to WordPress I had 9,542 views this year. That’s¬†7542 more than last year.¬†I would like to thank all of you for being a part of this and giving me your time and attention.

Anniversary 2) #1 Post

Surprisingly, the top post of the year was my Happy Anniversary post in which I celebrated six months of blogging. I have to say I never saw that one coming. Runner ups were¬†Snakes on a Post: Chinese New Year, Fulfilling the List: A Walk to Remember, Grimwood Ghouls’ Gym Teacher: Scooby‚ÄďDoo and the Ghoul School, A Monster Race: Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant ¬†Werewolf, and Save the Last Dance for Me: Dirty Dancing.¬†

thankyou153) The Followers

I now have 42 followers, that is 28 more than last January. Thank you all who follow and make my blog a part of your life. You are all awesome! ūüėÄ

Now for the success and failures of the year.

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4) My Favorite Movie Lines Lists

This all started when I did a post on one of the best movie lines ever. I then decided to do my own countdowns and post them once a month. I only did two;¬†My Favorite Movie Lines¬†and¬†It’s BACK!: The Sequel.¬†I planned up to 10 lists but never finished looking for videos to include, so they are just backlogged waiting to be published. I will have to look through them and post them this year.

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5) Musical Musings

I also started my musical posts, writing about some of my favorite songs. This year I covered¬†Nothing But a Good Time, Eye of the Tiger, In Rhapsody Over Clint Eastwood,¬†¬†Jump (For My Love), I’ll Be Alright Without You,¬†and¬†The End which reviewed a bunch of different songs. Look for more of these as I already have a few ideas for more.

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6) Romance is in the Air

Fourteen posts about some of my favorite romantic moments in film in honor of Valentines’ Day. I covered¬†Say Anything, He’s Just NOT That Into You, A Walk to Remember, An Officer and a Gentleman, The Wedding Singer, Shrek 2, Enchanted, Runaway Bride, 10 Things I Hate About You, An Affair to Remember, Music and Lyrics, It’s a Wonderful Life. Dirty Dancing,¬†and Northanger Abbey.

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¬†Instead of doing a post everyday like with Romance is in the Air or Horrorfest, I did a couple of holiday posts in which I reviewed the films or books that applied in one post on one day. This is can be easier and fit for the holidays chosen;¬†Snakes on a Post: Chinese New Year, Pot O’ Gold: Saint Patrick’s Day,¬†and the¬†25 Films of Christmas.¬†

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8) Painted Portrayals

For Easter I did something a little different from my other holiday posts. I discussed art that featured Christ, discussing the history and advancements of the pieces.  These posts were The Last Supper, The Betrayal of Christ, and Good Friday. I mean I have to use my Art History skills for something.

Pride and Prejudice Book Cover9) Pride and Prejudice Summer

So this was a failure. I had planned to spend a majority of my summer posting about Pride and Prejudice as it had just turned 200, but unfortunately my plans went awry. However, I did get a few done and I am going to complete this quest this year, so I can move on to another book. The posts that I completed as part of this goal are the following: Happy Birthday Pride & Prejudice, It is a Truth Universally Acknowledged, The 12 Men of Christmas, Parental Favoritism, and Definitely Not Mr. Darcy.

halloween-wallpaper-large00610) Horrorfest II

Now Horrorfest II wasn’t a complete failure, but it didn’t turn out how I originally planned. I wanted to do 31 days, but it was far too much work and only did 16. I didn’t get everything I wished to accomplish, but I think it turned out well. I covered the films;¬†The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Warm Bodies, The Mummy (1932), The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Crucible, Ringu, The Beast of Yucca Flats, Double, Double, Toil, and Trouble, Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Jurassic Park III,¬†and Children of the Corn.¬†I also did the episodes “A River of Candy Corn Runs Through It” from¬†Sabrina the Teenage Witch,¬†“Night of the Day of the Dead” from¬†Lizzie McGuire, and “Midnight Madness” from Are You Afraid of the Dark. I also discussed an artist who mixed horror films with Disney, Disnified Horror.

Of course there are plenty of other things that went on this year, but this finishes our review of the year.

On ending note I found this on Pinterest in the spring:

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and wanted to do it, but I thought it would be better if I waited for the new year to partake in this. I think that it is a fun idea and I encourage everyone of you to do it as well.

So Happy New Year, I hope it is the better than last year! And I can’t wait to see what posts come up this year. ūüėÄ

Good Friday

So the image I wanted to focus on today is The Holy Trinity by Masacio. I did a report on this painting so it is a huge favorite of mine.

Masacio is the first painter to use the rules of perspective in his works. His friend Brunelleschi was the one who came up with it and shared his ideas with Masacio. Masacio structures the fresco with the viewer in mind, making sure that the perspective was drawn according to the relation of how one would look up toward it.  Masacio also styled his painting so that it would resemble a side chapel-he studied the rest of the church and made the barrel vaults and coffers look just like the ones in the real church.

Like Leonardo, Masacio used the number three and triangles a lot. As the painting itself was about the Holy Trinity, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit (3), creating a whole painting out of triangles and threes connected the physical and spiritual realms.

  • First the painting is divided into three squares; the top of the image to about Christ‚Äôs mid-chest, from mid-chest to the groundline that the donors who commissioned the painting (on the far right and far left) rest upon, and from that groundline to the bottom of the image.
  • Many triangles are made throughout the image but the most significant being:
    • God and the two donors
    • Jesus, Mary (in purple) and John the Beloved (in a pinky hue)
    • Jesus and the two donors.

Masaccio recognized that using this method would not only improve the composition of his image but it would also make the spiritual tone stronger. There is a scripture in the Bible, in John 14:6, that says ‚ÄúNo one gets through the Father except through me‚ÄĚ and the use of pyramidal composition with the ascending line from Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, and to the Father alludes to this passage.

To further the message of Christ on the cross, on the bottom is a skeleton and tombstone; a reminder that soon you will be dead, and should consider where you want to end up. Will you be like the thief that repented and went to Heaven, or will you be like the other thief, headed downward.

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“They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means ‘the place of the skull’).¬†Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh,¬†but he did not take it.”‚ÄďMark 15: 21-23

“Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed…one on his right, the other on his left.¬†Jesus said, ‘Father,¬†forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing…One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: ‚ÄúAren‚Äôt you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!‚Ä̬†But the other criminal rebuked him. ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt you fear God,‚ÄĚ he said, ‚Äúsince you are under the same sentence? ¬†We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.‚Ä̬†Then he said, ‚ÄúJesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.‚Ä̬†¬†Jesus answered him,¬†‚ÄúTruly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.‚ÄĚ‚ÄďLuke 23: 32-34 and 39-43

“At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.¬†And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice,¬†‚ÄúEloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?‚Ä̬†(which means¬†‚ÄúMy God, my God, why have you forsaken me?‚ÄĚ)…¬†Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar,¬†put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.”‚ÄďMark 15:¬†33-36

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said,¬†‚ÄúIt is finished.‚Ä̬†With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”‚ÄďJohn 19: 30

“At that moment the curtain of the temple¬†was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split¬†and the tombs broke open…When the centurion and those with him who were guarding¬†Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‚ÄúSurely he was the Son of God!‚ÄĚ‚ÄďMatthew 27:51-54

 

For more Easter posts, go to The Betrayal of Christ

For more Good Friday posts, go to Elevation of the Cross