The Homeschooled Mermaid
People

People

People. I love drawing people. As a future animator, I’ve got to know how to draw people in different poses. I’ve been trying my best to steer away from drawing floating heads everyday. Here are some drawings I’ve worked on so far!
Inspired by Disney’s Frozen!
I rather like this, except I have to work on the hands a bit more.

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

When you mention “great military geniuses of the ancient world”, Alexander the Great always comes to mind. Son of King Philip II, Alexander the Great was also known as the King of Macedonia and conqueror of the Persian empire. 
During his youth, Alexander received a great education. Why, he was tutored by one of the greatest Greek philosophers, Aristotle, when he was 13 years old! Alexander showed promise as a young boy. He also showed great observational powers when he tamed the wild horse Bucephalus. (This horse was truly unable to be ridden, and devoured the flesh of anyone who tried.)
In 340 B.C, King Philip had assembled a large Macedonian army and invaded Thrace. He then left 16-year-old Alexander to rule Macedonia  as his regent. This really showed how capable Alexander was even at a young age. As King Philip’s army invaded Thrace, the Tracian tribe of Maedi posed a danger to the country. Alexander assembled an army, defeated the Maedi, captured their stronghold, and renamed it after himself, Alexandropolis. Two years later, Philip gave Alexander a commanding post amongst the senior generals as the Macedonian army invaded Greece. In the Battle of Chaeronea, the Greeks were defeated, and Alexander displayed great bravery by destroying the Greek force, the Theban Secret Band. Some ancient historians recorded that the Macedonians won the battle thanks to his bravery.
When Alexander was finally crowned King of Macedonia, he had successfully conquered Greece, defeated King Darius of Persia twice. He was also able to conquer Egypt and Babylon as well.
Alright, we understand that he was great in academics and in being a leader, but what truly made him so great?

If it weren’t for Alexander the Great, the world wouldn’t have known about the amazing culture of Greece. One significant way of spreading this Greek culture was coinage. Yes, the coins. Greek language and culture were spread through these little circular pieces of metal. The portraits on the coins became more realistic and more detailed. It was a different kind of art form! Here, I recreated one of the Greek drachmas.

So I’d personally like to say thank you to Alexander the Great, because if it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have known about the great wonders of the Ancient Greek world.

Kamusta Po Kayo?

Hello Lola,
Kamusta na po kayo? Medyo matagal na tayong hindi nag-uusap.
Mabuti lang naman po kami dito. Tinatapos lang po namin ni Kayla ang Pangatlong Markahan namin. Okay lang din po sina Mama at Papa. 
Miss na miss ko na po kayo, Lola. Kayo po yung parating nandiyan para sa akin. Kayo po yung parating nagbibigay ng lakas ng loob sa akin. Alam niyo po, kayo yung dahilan kung bakit hindi ako tumitigil na abutin ang aking mga pangarap. Naalala ko yung mga panahon noong makikinig tayo ng Sound of Music at iba pang mga soundtracks. Naalala ko noong mag-uusap tayo tungkol sa musika habang kumakain ng merienda. Hinding hindi ko malilimutan ang mga ito. Lahat ng mga alaala natin ay itatago ko sa aking puso habang buhay. 
Hindi ko rin malilimutan ang iyong payo sa akin, na parating magdasal at magsimba tuwing Linggo. Parati po akong nagdadasal pagkagising ko at bago matulog. Pinagdarasal ko ang kaligtasan ng bawat miyembro ng pamilya at pinagdarasal ko rin po ang kaluluwa ninyo. 
Pangako ko, Lola, na lahat ng iguguhit ko ay para po sa inyo. Lahat ng awit na aawitin ko ay para po sa inyo. Hindi po ako susuko para sa inyo. Gagawin ko po ang lahat para maipagmalaki ninyo ako.
Miss na miss ko na talaga kayo, Lola. Mahal na mahal po kayo. Bantayan ninyo po ang buong pamilya, ah?
Arielle
Systems of Equations

Systems of Equations

I’ve revisited my Algebra 1 book in an attempt to finish everything and just to get all my lessons on track. Systems of Equations were my favorite lessons so far!

Bust the Combustion!

Aren’t bonfires just fun? Picture this: a warm orange fire right in front of you during a cold night out, with heat just right that you just soak it all in. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but bonfires are harmful for the environment. Bonfires produce more carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, which comes from the chemical process called combustion
Combustion is pretty much another fancy word for burning. There are two kinds of combustion reactions: a complete combustion reaction and an incomplete combustion reaction. A complete combustion reaction is when oxygen is added to a compound containing carbon and hydrogen, producing CO2 and H2O. An incomplete combustion reaction happens when there is limited oxygen. This reaction produces mostly carbon monoxide or just plain carbon.

Last year, I got to go to a marine camp during the summer, and we got to learn about different kinds of marine life. One topic that made a lasting impression was about the corals. We learned that corals played an important role in the marine ecosystem. They served as feeding grounds for fish. They also serve as homes and breeding grounds. Being a junior scuba diver, I’m very fascinated by the beauty of these corals. They add to the amazing wonders of the sea.

Along with my love for marine life comes a concern for these amazing creatures. Did you know that corals need a very specific water temperature in which they live in? Corals live in areas that range between 25° and 29° Celsius. Because they are so sensitive to these changes, a sudden increase or decrease in temperature leave corals at a risk of damage. Have you gone snorkelling and seen a group of corals that were just white? That’s not normal. That’s what you call coral bleaching. This happens when the water becomes to warm for the coral to live in.


Here’s the thing though, where does combustion enter the picture? Two words: global warming.

Global warming is caused by all the carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide collected in the air. Because of all the excessive combustion, we have created a thick atmosphere of greenhouse gasses that keep the heat trapped inside, without a way of escaping.

With global warming, we mostly think of the ice caps melting, the unusual weather patterns, or the sea level rising. We never thought how this can actually affect marine life. With the rising temperature of the water, our coral life is at risk.

When corals are at risk, the fishes are too. Small fishes that live in coral reefs provide food for the bigger fishes that come to feed. These bigger fishes, well, they attract more predators. This chain can go on and on and on, even affecting other ecosystems in the process.

So how can we bust the combustion, as I would say? Here are a few simple things you can do: 
  • Need to go somewhere close to the house? Go take a walk or take your bike out! The fossil fuels burning in your car also contributes to the carbon monoxide building up in the atmosphere.
  • Remember the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. It’s better than burning it! By recycling half your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide annually! Here’s a fun song by Jack Johnson that’ll even make you start singing about the 3 Rs!

  • Plant a tree! What better way to bust the gasses combustion creates than with the things that USE those gasses themselves!
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Want to help save the corals? Then join me and BUST THE COMBUSTION!

St. Catharine of Bologna

St. Catharine of Bologna

One of Saint Catherine’s paintings

What is a patron saint? Well, a patron saint is the protecting or guiding saint of a person or place. Everyone has one. You have one. I have one. I always like finding out what important events happened on my birthday (October 23). I wondered, “Who is MY patron saint?”

I went and researched the patron saint for October 23rd, and I found out that my patron saint for my birthday is Saint John of Capistrano. He is also known as the patron saint jurists. 
During one of our discussions on saints, my mom said some people actually choose their own patron saint. Since I couldn’t rather relate with Saint John of Capistrano, I decided to go ahead and find out who the patron saint of artists was. Lo and behold, I discovered Saint Catherine of Bologna. [Hehe, spaghetti……oh wait, moving on!]
Saint Catherine was raised at the court of the Marquis Nicholas IV, Duke of Ferrera as a lady-in-waiting- of his daughter Margherita d’Este. During this time of her life, Catherine received an excellent education in reading, writing, singing, drawing, and illuminating. Oh how I could relate to her!

Saint Catherine died on March 9, 1463 (She was 49 years old). After eighteen days of alleged graveside miracles, her body was found incorrupt! She was then exhumed and relocated to the chapel of Poor Clares in Bologna, where it still remains on display.

I find it very inspiring how Saint Catherine used her talents to share a message to the people. She wrote Treatise on the Seven Spiritual Weapons Necessary for Spiritual Warfare which described the visions she had of God and Satan. A lot of her paintings also remain existent due to their status as relics of a saint. 

I’ve decided to choose Saint Catherine of Bologna as my patron saint, not just cause she’s the patron saint of artists, but because she inspires me to use my God-given talents for a good purpose. She inspires me not to take advantage of them, but to share them in any way possible. 

Saint Catherine of Bologna is my patron saint.
Who’s yours?