Happy New Year Everyone, Grandpa John and Grandson Kai Drawings

Happy New Year Everyone, Grandpa John and Grandson Kai Drawings

🙂  Happy New Year Everyone, Grandpa John and Grandson Kai Drawings 🙂

🙂 For the Love of family and all the creatures on earth for 2022 and always🙂

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grandpa John and Grandma Ing cannot see our two grandsons that often.  Since the earliest lockdown, we call our daughter’s family, and spend time talking to them in the evening almost every day on Face-Time.  Our older grandson Kai is six years old, he started school in September, 2021.  Eventually the school had to close because of the problem of COVID-19.  Grandpa John has some ideas for learning activities to help Kai.  He gives Kai reading and drawing lessons.  They explore any kind of artwork that Kai and John enjoy.  Kai loves to do artwork but is less enthusiastic about reading.  Because he is a good kid, he agrees to the reading lesson before doing his artwork.  From time to time, he will request a vacation or holiday, to omit his reading lesson.

The following are the result of some artworks from Grandpa John and Grandson Kai to cheer up everyone for the new year.  We hope that will give everyone a smile and a happy moment.  We all need it. 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Tuesday, January 11, 2022

🙂 🙂 Happy New Year Everyone for 2022 and always 🙂 🙂

After Finishing the reading, Grandson Kai, and Grandpa John, are ready to have a good time drawing.  Kai did a very fast drawing and he colored his artwork in a very short time.

Finally, Grandpa finished his drawing.  Kai Started the next drawing, he finished the drawing and was coloring his second art work.

After Kai finished coloring his second drawing, he went to get a roll of tape and a pair of scissors.  Then he turned his two drawings on the other sides, putting them together.  He cut the adhesive tape in short lengths and taped them on the back of his drawing in 4 places evenly in a horizontally position.  Next, he took out a long piece of tape, pressed it on the joining line of the artworks vertically.  Then he turned his artwork over to the drawing side, and drew a line from one figure to the other horizontally to visually join them as one artwork.  He did this process very quickly then lifted his drawing up to us, showing his finished artwork.  I really am impressed by the way he achieved his finished drawing.  I asked him, who taught you how to join your drawing?  “My teacher” Kai answered.  I am glad he learned something from school.  He went to school for only short period of time, then the school had to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic.    

Next day, started with reading time for Kai with Grandpa John before they enjoyed drawing.

In drawing time, Kai did his artwork very fast, showing us his first character.  After he did his second drawing, he joined them into one artwork in the same procedure he did before.

Kai is proudly exhibiting his artwork on his mother’s cabinet door.  Grandpa John also did an exotic character that he created on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

During a summer session, Jacob, one of Kai’s friends came to study drawing with John when Kai came to visit Grandpa John & Grandma Ing on a Thursday.  We are glad to have Jacob.  He is a good student and Kai enjoys having his friend do artwork and playing with him.

This is the latest of Jacob’s drawings with teacher, John on Thursday, October 7, 2021.  I like Jacob’s drawing; he is only 7 years old but he can follow John’s instructions very well.

Reading Lesson: Kai reading with Grandpa John, with some help from Mommy Mali.

Time to have fun drawing, after the reading lesson with Grandpa John

 Grandpa John’s Drawings

Kai’s Drawings

I think Kai got some idea for the baby dinosaur inside the mother dinosaur, by seeing his mother pregnant with his younger brother, Bodhi.

Kai’s drawings, Thursday, 12, 30, 2021

Kai’s drawings, Friday, 12, 17, 2021

Kai’s Sculptures, Saturday, 12, 18, 2021

Kai’s drawing of his father surfing on a wave, Monday, 12, 6, 2021.  Kai is 6 years and 3 months old.

Kai’s drawing of his mother, Mali’s portrait, Saturday, 12, 11, 2021

This is his mother laughing, hea, hea, hea,——— after she saw her portrait by her son, Kai.

Kai’s recent drawing this year, Thursday, January 6, 2022

John & Kai are drawing while Bodhi wants to participate.  He is watching intensively, Tuesday, 8, 31, 2021

Kai is helping his little brother, Bodhi to climb to the 2nd floor, Grandpa John’s exhibition room to seeing his Godzilla movie design.

Kai’s Godzilla movie design, Sunday, 12,26,2021

Bodhi is copying his older brother, Kai reading when he saw Kai was reading with Grandpa John, Monday, 12, 27, 2021.  Bodhi is 1 year and 9 months old.

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Happy Holidays Everyone, Peace with Nature, The Discoverer – The Most Beautiful Christmas Trees Around the World, and How to Celebrate St. David’s Day, Wales’ National Holiday

Happy Holidays Everyone, Peace with Nature, The Discoverer – The Most Beautiful Christmas Trees Around the World, and How to Celebrate St. David’s Day, Wales’ National Holiday

Peace with Nature: Photographs and Artwork by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

the Discoverer: The Most Beautiful Christmas Trees Around the World, and  

How to Celebrate St. David’s Day, Wales’ National Holiday by Julia Hammond

 Peace with Nature: Photographs and Artwork by Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Happy Holidays Everyone from Our Family

Ing’s newest logo

 On Sunday, April 4th, 2021 I sat under our rose tree in the garden with my work book and sketched some drawings.  The end result was a peace sign that I will use as one of my logos. It is a good opportunity, and the first time for me to launch my peace artwork on the 4th Of July.  By focusing on peace for the US and the world, came the message of, “KEEP PEACE IN YOUR HEART”, “LOVE” and “NATURE”. This concluded my wishes for myself and everyone on our planet.  

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, July 4, 2021

 Peace with Nature

Happy Holidays Everyone from Our Family

John Watts and Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts

Saturday, December 25, 2021

The Discoverer: The Most Beautiful Christmas Trees Around the World

For many cities, the annual tradition of putting up a Christmas tree is a treasured one. Many of them have a story behind them and all of them provide a little dash of joy to our lives as the nights draw in and the temperatures fall. Here are our picks for the most beautiful Christmas trees around the world!

London, England

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The tree that stands in Trafalgar Square is gifted each year from Oslo. Since 1947, a tree has symbolized the friendship between the two nations. It’s a token of their gratitude for the support shown by Britain during the Second World War, when the Norwegian government and its Royal family were forced into exile during the Nazi occupation. This year’s Norwegian spruce came from Ullevålsseter in Nordmarka and the tree always features vertical strings of lights, typical of the Scandinavian nation’s pared back style.

New York City, United States

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The iconic tree that stands in front of New York’s Rockefeller Center was originally designed as a pick-me-up for New Yorkers during the Great Depression in the 1930s. The first tree was erected on the site in 1931 by a bunch of local construction workers – two years later it would become an official city tradition. The ice rink followed in 1936. This year saw the 86th tree-lighting ceremony, and once the holiday’s over, the tree will be cut into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity, who’ll use it in home construction.

Tallinn, Estonia

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The Estonian capital claims to have been the first in Europe to erect a municipal Christmas tree, though this is disputed by neighboring Latvia, which asserts that Riga’s predated it. Both cities tell the story of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, a merchant association that donated a tree. Each year, the tree is installed with much ceremony, though never more so than in 1711 when Peter the Great, the Russian Emperor showed up to oversee the proceedings.

Bethlehem, Palestine

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A Christmas tree is especially meaningful in Bethlehem, where it stands in Manger Square in front of the Church of the Nativity. Christians are a minority population here in the town commonly believed to be the birthplace of Jesus, though the town receives thousands of visitors in the run up to this important festival.

Paris, France

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The window displays are delightful but it’s the tree inside the French capital’s most famous department store, Galeries Lafayette, that’s breathtaking. Each year, there’s a different theme – last year, it was the Dream Factory, sponsored by luxury watchmaker Piaget. In 2017, the opulent displays featured a tree made of balloons, thought by some to top the amazing upside-down tree that decorated the store a few years back.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio’s Árvore de Natal da Lagoa returned last year after a two-year absence due to lack of sponsorship. That’s good news for Yuletide fans as it’s thought to be the world’s largest floating Christmas tree, occupying a prime spot in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon and lit with over 900000 LED bulbs. Thanks to the support of Petrobras, the 70-meter high tree was lit as part of a spectacular music and lights show.

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The Discoverer: How to Celebrate St. David’s Day, Wales’ National Holiday

In the UK, there’s no such thing as Independence Day, because although everyone from the Romans to the Normans has arrived over the years, there’s never been a situation where you’d call it a hostile takeover. In fact, the UK holds a dubious honor: it holds the record for the greatest number of countries which gained independence from a single nation. Over 60 countries commemorate their independence from the UK or Great Britain, including, of course, the United States.

But despite a strong national identity, there’s no British national day. Instead, separate commemorations take place around the nation. In England, St. George’s Day (April 23rd) celebrations waned after the union with Scotland in the 18th century, though St. Andrew’s Day (November 30th) is still an official public holiday north of the border. Northern Ireland adopted St Patrick’s Day (March 17th) as a bank holiday in 2000. The Welsh national day, meanwhile, is held annually on March 1st. Here’s how to celebrate St. David’s Day.

Learn A Little About St. David

St. David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Photo by jax10289

St David, the patron saint of Wales, was born in the 6th century. When he was baptized, some believe that the blind monk who held him regained his sight. Following this miracle, the boy David was taught by monks and later adopted their monastic ways. Once, according to legend, he was preaching to a crowd who were struggling to hear him. A dove flew onto his shoulder, the ground lifted up, and his voice was amplified.

Although no one knows exactly when he died, perhaps 589 AD, his death is traditionally agreed to be March 1st. His body was buried at the cathedral in St. David’s in Pembrokeshire, the place that bears his name. In 1123, Pope Calixtus II canonized him and declared that two visits to the saint’s tomb were equivalent to one pilgrimage to Rome. Since then, the day has been important to the Welsh. Read more about St David in this book by Welsh author and historian Gerald Morgan.

Wear a Daffodil – Or a Leek

Daffodil and leek on Welsh flag. Photo by JurassicPaul.

In St. David’s time, records weren’t exactly reliable, but some sources suggest that he may have existed on a diet of leeks and water. Whether that’s true or not, living at the monastery he certainly would have had an austere existence. Some historians think that the tradition of wearing a leek might stem from a 7th century battle; soldiers fighting for the king of Gwynedd, Cadwaladr wore the vegetable to identify themselves against the enemy – a kind of uniform, if you like. Shakespeare, writing Henry V in 1599, mentions in a conversation between Gower and Fluellen the practice of wearing a leek on St. David’s Day. The custom possibly refers to Edward the Black Prince defeating the French at the Battle of Crécy in 1346, when his archers fought in a field of leeks.

One man changed all that: the only Welshman to hold the office of British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George. He encouraged his fellow countrymen to wear a daffodil instead. One myth that perpetuates suggests that Lloyd George wore the flower at a ceremony where the future Edward VIII became Prince of Wales in 1911, though as that took place in July and daffodils bloom in spring, that’s highly unlikely.

Others will point out that one of the Welsh names for daffodil is Cenhinen Bedr, or Peter’s leek, so maybe something got lost in translation. Regardless, Lloyd George was an advocate for the flower, which would have smelled a whole lot better on his lapel than a pungent leek. Grab yourself some bulbs to plant in the fall, wear this pretty pin and bookmark this roundup of the best places to see daffodils in Wales for when travel resumes.

Cook Some Delicious Welsh Food

Traditional Welsh cawl. Photo by CKP1001.

Good news – some of Wales’ best dishes are super easy to cook. Cawl is probably the nearest you’ll get to a Welsh national dish. This tasty stew traditionally uses lamb or mutton, but you can make it with brisket or gammon too. Chunks of meat are slow-cooked with leeks, potatoes, onions, carrots and rutabaga in a meat stock to create a hearty dish that’s both filling and nutritious.

If you’re in the mood for a tasty snack, try a variation of cheese on toast called Welsh Rarebit. Pronounced “rabbit” by some and “rare-bit” by others, a thick cheesy sauce spiked with mustard is grilled over thick slices of crusty bread. Another quintessentially Welsh treat is Bara Brith, a fruit loaf containing tea, once made with yeast but these days much quicker to prepare. Finally, knock up a batch of Welsh cakes. They’re a kind of flatbread whose flavor is boosted by the addition of fat, sugar, and dried fruit before they’re cooked on a griddle pan.

Listen to a Welsh Choir Online

The 2018 National Eisteddfod Welsh Culture Festival in the Bay of Cardiff. Photo by Andreas Zerndl

Music and poetry are of great significance in Wales. For centuries, singing has been a way to pass stories and traditions down from generation to generation. It’s helped, in part, by the poetic nature of the Welsh language. (Incidentally, that didn’t go unnoticed by the author J.R.R Tolkien who appropriated certain characteristics of Welsh for the Elvish language he used in the Lord of the Rings.) Today, Eisteddfodau, the name given to competitive festivals of music and poetry in Wales, are still held on a regular basis, both on St David’s Day and in the summer. The next national Eisteddfod is scheduled for 2022.

After the Industrial Revolution, miners found solace from the hideous conditions of their day job in communal song – by 1900 there were an estimated 5,000 choirs across the country. And because mining was predominantly a male occupation, men-only choirs became common. One of the best is the Treorchy Male Choir, whose members once traveled to Windsor to sing for Queen Victoria. You can listen to them here.

Try a Welsh Tongue Twister

The Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch train station. Photo by hipproductions.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch boasts the longest place name not only in Wales, but anywhere in the UK. Translated into English, it means St. Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the red cave. Its 58 character moniker is often shortened to Llanfair PG which is considerably easier to fit on an envelope and simpler to pronounce so long as you can master the Welsh “ll” sound. Advanced Welsh speakers could try these fun tongue twisters too.

Dydd G?yl Dewi Hapus! Happy St David’s Day!

About the author: Julia Hammond | Travel Writer

Enthusiastic advocate for independent travel and passionate geographer, Julia considers herself privileged to earn a living doing something she loves. When not roaming the globe, you’ll find her windswept but smiling, chatting away to her two dogs as they wander the Essex marshes.

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Ing’s Street Art “My Little Red Shoes”, “Elephant Bath” and “In the Midst of Troubles, I Seek Peace” Part 1

 

Ing’s Street Art “My Little Red Shoes”, “Elephant Bath” and

“In the Midst of Troubles, I Seek Peace”

Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Part 1

 

Thanks to the sun for giving life to my plants, provided it is the optimum condition for my plants grow beautifully.  The colorful full flowers give a pleasant sight for the people who pass by.

I appreciate everyone who is helpful to others.  In this case I am very lucky and thankful to my husband, John Watts who helped me stretch the canvas and hang up my painting.

I produced the original painting, “My Little Red Shoes” in 1996. 

In the Midst of troubles, I Seek Peace

 

Cultivating my gardens

To show their beauty

Green leaves of different shapes

Extend out to obtain the sun

 

I water them every day

In the extreme hot, hot sun

I spray water on the plants

 

The mist of water

Reaches over the leaves

And colorful variety of flowers

 

Yellow, red, pink, purple, Orange

In the green ocean of light

And dark green leaves

 

As I spent my time

With my plants in the gardens

Either in front of our shop

Or at the backyard garden

 

It is a utopian time

When I seek my Peace with Nature

 The plants in our backyard garden, 2021

I produced “Elephant Bath” in 1999.

In the Midst of troubles, I Seek Peace

 

“This is very beautiful”

“And feels very peaceful”

A voice spoke from a man who walked by me

As I looked back

Seeing two eyes

Showing the only part of his face

Still visible beyond the mask

 

COVID –19 Is

“In the Midst of our Troubles”

 

With his focus on plants

He seeks Peace in the beauty of nature

 

 

In the Midst of troubles, I Seek Peace

 

“Do you sell the flowers”

A pretty lady asked me

 

The flowers are for everyone who

Passes by to see something pleasant

 

The pretty lady smiles happily

Noticing the flowers

 

My wish has come true

We are seeking peace with nature

 

 

In the Midst of troubles, I Seek Peace

 

“Is that your painting?”

A young man asked me

 

“Yes!  Are you an artist too?”

I asked

 

“I did some drawing, but not like this.”

He responded

 

“The plants are beautiful!”

The young man commented

 

I smile with happiness

Sharing with others

With my best ability

One human being to another

We are seeking peace with nature 

 


  

In the Midst of troubles, I Seek Peace

 

The car door opens

Appear a woman with a child”

“Look!  Beautiful flowers.”

She points at the flowers

The child’s big eyes wild open

Smiles responding to his mommy

 

“See yellow flowers!”

I point at a group of marigold flowers

 

“How old is he?” I ask

 

“Two years old” She replies

 

“Our two grandsons come to stay with us twice a week”

“One is going to be six years old next month”

“One and a half years old,

The young one who is very busy bee”

 

“He is very busy bee too”

She responds to our conversation

 

Parents and grandparents understand

The lives around the little ones

 

Our grandsons give me joy

Seeing them healthy and playful

 

 Visualizing the young ones in my mind

As I lay down sleep at night

Smiling with peaceful sleep

Tomorrow my two little ones will be here

 

A Black yellow spotted swallowtail butterfly on very large pink flowers.

A Black light blue spotted swallowtail butterfly on a very large pink flower.

A golden swallowtail butterfly on an orange flower.

A monarch butterfly on very large yellow flowers.

A monarch butterfly on jade plant flowers.

A monarch butterfly on golden rods flowers.

A golden swallowtail butterfly on mixed colorful flowers and golden rods flowers.

 I miss doing my artwork.  I do not have a quiet time to be able to concentrate on composing the artwork.  This may be due to worry about the COVID-19 virus epidemic, especially during the last administration that caused about 500,000 (Five hundred thousand) people to die.  Almost every day there was some controversial news that came from the presidential twitter account, from the White house.  I had to listen to the news carefully in order to be aware of the circumstances. There was no peaceful time to contemplate doing my artwork.  But now that the Biden administration has far less controversy, I can begin to have some time to think and even feel affect of missing doing the artwork.

This year my Butterfly bush trees have more beautiful large purple and white flowers than in past years.  I saw more butterflies came to drink the nectar from the flowers.  Three weeks ago, I saw six monarch butterflies drinking the nectar from one of the butterfly bush trees and more on the other trees.  I could not get a good picture because they were very busy, flying here and there.  Not one of them stayed still long enough for me to capture the image.  In previous years, I was lucky to be able to capture photographs different types of butterflies.  I also found some of the older flower photographs that I like.  So, I combined the butterfly photographs with the flower photographs.  The result is the above pictures of different butterflies and flowers in our garden that I was enjoyed capturing in photographs, in previous years.

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, October 1, 2021


 

Peace with Nature                    Happy 6th Birthday Kai

Grandpa John and I are very happy that

you read so well today.  Now, you can read for

Bodhi and your classmates.

Love,

Grandma Ing & Grandpa John

 

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Peace with Nature

Peace with Nature

At our Backyard Garden

Downtown Newark, New Jersey

During the month of May and June, 2016

Let Nature Heal Us

Happy Father’s Day John, James, Jim and All Fathers

John’s sculpture at our backyard garden

Looking from our backyard garden

MY GOOD FATHER, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

 I miss my father

Who passed away twenty years ago

I miss him everyday

Especially the day that

The world honor fatherhood

 

I wrote a letter telling my parents

I found my true love

We love each other

We decided to marry

My parents were joyous

 

Father and mother gave you life

They are happy to see you find love

And build a new family

They are joyful with your happiness 

 

Daddy I miss you!!!

I love you dearly!!!

Please do not kill me!!!

My husband is a good man!!!

He loves me!!!

And I love him!!!

We are going to have another life!!!

We will have grandchild for you!!!

Daddy!!!

Please do not kill me!!!

 

Please good father

You are a good human being

You created life

Your daughter has become

An individual person

You do not own this life you created

You nurtured her

And you watched her grow

To become a good human being

 

Please abolish Honor Killing!!!

You gave life but do not destroy it

The world is not flat

The world is a sphere

Some of what we believed before is good

And some is bad

 

Honor Killing is revenge

Revenge is war

Revenge is killing

Revenge is unhappiness

 

Please seek Peace

Make peace not war

 

Honor Killing is inhumane

Please do not do it

Abolish Honor Killing Good Father

 

“Please do not kill me Daddy!!!”

“I love you!!!”

“Have A Happy And Peaceful Father’s Day Daddy”

 

Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, June 18, 2016, 11: 19 am

Thank you very much Cynthia for sending me your five lovely flower pictures.  They are beautiful.

The following pictures are Cynthia’s photographs:

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