A few months ago, I posted some of the art I created, using watercolor pencils and pastels I got for Christmas. Since then, I have experiemtned with many styles, and got lots of practice during my fundraising art-a-thon. Recently, I have enjoyed drawing anime and My Little Pony. Follow me on Deviant Art and Instagram.
Picnic in the Park June 30, 2016 by SarahRoseS
On June 18th, the weather turned cold and gloomy. Heavy rain lashed down, and I hosted a picnic in the park. Not the best timing. I rented a small building on the edge of the playground in a local park, where I brought crafts and food for everyone.
The playground outside had three climbing rocks, swings, spinning ropes, and lots of space to play in. After most of the people had arrived, three other kids and I decided to go outside to play hide and seek, even though it was still raining on-and-off. A small gathering of parents and kids ate, talked, made beautiful art, walked around the park, and played outside.
My picnic in the park was a definite success, and it was tons of fun to run!
Last Sunday, I spent the whole day doing art to raise money for Saving Kids' Sight. I loved coming up with ideas, and putting them to paper, for a great cause. The Art-A-Thon was so successful that I continued to draw through the week, adding some whimsical subjects as well. Over $900 has been raised, which is awesome!
I recently visited Great Wolf Lodge with one of my friends, Julie. It was Julie's first time, and my third. We stayed overnight in a very cozy Kid’s Kabin, with our own TV and cute critters painted on the walls
In the water park, there were tons of totally awesome water slides for us to ride. I wore my old glasses, because my new glasses could get ruined from the chlorine in the water. I didn’t want to use my prescription swim goggles, because there isn't really any swimming involved. I would look weird and out of place wearing them. Contact lenses might have worked, but I don't have any. Going without correction wasn't an option, because then I wouldn’t be able to see at all. My old glasses were the best option, and they worked out really well.
The first time that I went to Great Wolf Lodge, I was scared of the Howling Tornado ride because I thought it was the steep green thing that takes the rafts up (in above picture), so I didn’t go on it. The next time I went to Great Wolf Lodge, the friend I went with persuaded me to go, eventually, and when I did, I had a blast! Now it’s my favorite ride by far.
Julie and I played mini golf where our only light was UV light, so everything looked like it was glowing; it made it hard to see, though. Julie was very helpful, and made sure that I knew where everything was.
At night, we curled up in our bunks, turned on the TV, and proceeded to paint our nails. Painting my nails is hard, especially because it’s difficult to see, but with practice, I’ve gotten better. Full of smiles, we returned home the next day, giggling and chatting, for we had the time of our lives.
Yay, the Icare lending library is set up at Duke Eye Center! Thanks to everyone for your support. I am so excited!
Here is four year old Quinn, choosing his Icare to take home.
Shawn Rocco/Duke Health
Quinn loves having his eye pressure taken with the Icare.
Shawn Rocco/Duke Health
I got some great art supplies for Christmas, and have since been experimenting with different subjects and styles.
Here are some of my recent pictures, using water-color pastels:
I joined the Girls In Tech after-school class this semester, and had lots of fun creating this Google Doodle.
The theme is "What makes me…ME".
Many things define me. I enjoy reading, so the G represents reading a captivating book. The Os, second G and E represent my adoration of nature and animals. The L represents my love of drawing. The sky-like background is for my notion that everyone should follow their dreams.
Only two more people before it’s my turn… I stand nervous-excitedly, awaiting my turn to break a board. My friends are scared and want me to go first, before deciding whether to have a go themselves. I glance outside to see my mom and other moms handing out donuts and lemonade. People are also getting hand massages. My friend Annie is helping out with registration.
Now it’s my turn. I am instructed to write a message on my board. I draw a heart using a Sharpie marker. Sensei positions the board on cinder blocks. I raise my hand up and bring it down hard. My board smashes beneath me. Feelings of satisfaction and achievement flood me. My friends realize that they can be successful too, and line up for their turn.
It was a fun afternoon for my first fundraiser at the ZUltimate self defense studio where I learn Kempo karate. About fifty people came to break boards and we raised over five thousand dollars.
People in gorgeous costumes surrounded me as I browsed the vending aisles at Everfree Northwest. My Little Pony bookmarks, paintings, keychains and more covered the vendor stands. A smile spread across my face at the sight of all the colorful equine merchandise.
People think that My Little Pony is for five year olds, but I was one of the youngest there. Most of the people at this convention were fourteen to seventeen years old. I used to also think that My Little Pony was for little kids, until my friend Susan showed me some of the Youtube videos. She explained that there is a lot more to My Little Pony than people think, and that there are different generations of the show. The newest generation is really for older kids; little kids can still watch it, but will not understand the true underlying meanings.
I was sad that Susan couldn’t come, because she lives so far away. She has never been to a My Little Pony convention before, and has always wanted to go. Her favorite comic artist was in the vendor room, and I talked with him about his comics and DeviantArt. He gave me the inside scoop about his new comics. I sent a message to Susan as soon as I got home afterwards. She was very excited!
There were long lines for autographs from the voice actors. Kids twelve and under, like me, were called foals, and thankfully we had a much shorter line for each voice actor. I chose to line up for three of my favorites. A guitarist entertained us with requested fan-made songs, as we waited. I recently broke a bone in my wrist, and instead of autographs on paper, I ended up with signatures and sayings on my cast.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I asked my dad to bring me to my first ever convention. The ambience was happy and excited, and well-organized at the same time. In addition to teenage girls in role play costumes, I was surprised to see so many older boys and young men present. It wasn’t quite what I had imagined, but It sure was awesome!
Signing cast with John de Lancie
I am super excited that our first iCare tonometer has been loaned to a family with a 12 year old boy named Cole. Cole has had two surgeries in the past four months, and has another surgery scheduled for April, to try to get his eye pressure under control.
The goal of my blog is to increase awareness of childhood glaucoma and other eye diseases, and to unite kids like me living with visual impairment.