Saturday, May 22, 2021

Assignments for the Week

I thought I'd share these. I had an assignment this week. More about that later. 

I had to do an email blast about a new mobile app! 

+ a poster about a new sushi place being in Nashville. 

I was given fonts, images, and color swatches to use. I could use my own images with the things given to me, so I added one of my rainy images to the Nashville poster. 

Which image do you like better? They did not have to look the same. 


Have you ever looked at art or listened to music and got goosebumps? Possibly one of the two art forms brought tears to your eyes. 

It's happened to me quite a few times. So much so I find it embarrassing when it happens. Someone typically asks, "Why are you crying?" Um, Because I was moved to. It's just kind of awkward. 

To make an audience feel is an artist's job. It doesn't always have to be that strong of an emotion. Storytelling should be in work that's created. 

Frisson ( French for "shiver"), also known as aesthetic chills or musical chills, is a psychophysiological response to rewarding auditory and/or visual stimuli. Apparently if frisson has happened to you, you have a special brain. Here's an article that talks all about it.

Do you have a special brain and are moved with frission? 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Happy Birthday Isaak

I now officially have two teenagers on the house! You turned 13 today. We’re a ball of emotions at the Apel house. Man it’s been a wild 12th year for you. Covid + remote learning was a struggle.

You get your first vaccine on the 25th of this month. You are afraid of needles. Aren’t you glad you don’t get three shots a month like I do? 

Big news: You got accepted to be on the anchor team, for morning announcements! It’s one thing you really wanted to do. You said it will be hard to go to school so early. I think that part is a blessing because it interferes with my day less. 😂 You were also nominated by your art teacher to be in a club called Aca Pinta. You don’t think you’ll get into that, but I think it’s a great thing that you were nominated. 

You also get your braces off next month! Note the no teeth smile below. You were so happy to get braces. Now...the happiness has worn off. I’ll be happy to have the sink looking less like a food trap, when you’re done brushing your teeth. I remember the feeling of my braces coming off. Too bad you don’t have that feeling on your birthday. 


•You like going to school more than being remote. 
•You formed a new friendship with a kid named David. He stood up for you, and you’ve stood up for him. 
•You like coffee. We only let you have a cup on the weekends, and on your birthday. 
•You like Sunny your gecko and Warhol my gecko. 
•You like tacos and pizza.
•You like wearing your piano socks every day. It’s too bad piano lessons went out the window with covid. 
•Practicing beat boxing is something you do all the time. 
•You like hiding in your room, but not as much as Mica does.
•You like hanging out with your cousins Evan and Elijah.
•Bike riding is an adventure. 


•You really don’t like mean, disrespectful kids. There are unfortunately too many kids out there like that. 
•Like any 12-13 year old, you dislike chores. 
•You dislike longer hair. Even in these photos your hair is too long, for your taste. I refuse to get your hair cut a lot in a pandemic. 
•Directions! You suck at going just a little away from home. 
•Being called Zeek. Sorry it was a given nick name from birth.

What you asked for, for your birthday: 

•For David to come over. 
•For a back massager. 
•For a new pair of shoes (would have gotten you those anyhow)
•For an office chair. You got a new desk too. 

Happy Birthday Sir Isaak Jaxon Apel! 


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