Obsession, Devotion, Work

Hello, my dear Friends,

Hope your week was successful and you did manage to accomplish several serious tasks. If not, then do not worry, you have plenty of time yet. Now time to relax and visit my channel at youtube.  Many of you know that I am a devoted film maker who cannot live a day without her camera.  I am obsessed with making videos about everything around me. Sometimes I dare to think of myself as a person who MAKES TIME STAND STILL. Every moment is unique and I would like to keep in in my heart.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBGjYIQCGU1OdVSQabHwZvQ

Though film making is not my only passion. Two years ago I discovered the still motion world and since then I have been babbling about any fantastic capture. A crazy kid who is happy about every shot made, especially great one.

Connect with my photoworld at twitter ann021814 or at Instagram ann.anro!

Finally, I recall my childhood years and come across the burning desire to write. I could not resist the possibility to start writing something serious and now I am on the half way to my new dream. I am going to finish it and you are going to LOVE IT. I am deadly serious and very decisive. Writing is a chat with my soul, it makes me feel complete. One more obsession, devotion, and work, which makes my heart jump in delight!

And what makes your heart jump in delight?

Have a delightful weekend! Do what you like and enjoy it!

Love you all,

Yours Ann

 

See Ukraine Through My Eyes (Advertising My Book)

BackgroundHello, my dear Friends,

Hope you are doing well and enjoy this weekend. Sunday has arrived and I cannot leave you without fresh food for your brain. In case you have a free minute and wish to relax, why not to read this little excerpt from my book, which is waiting to be finished by its always-busy author, and let me know what do you think about it:

BEING UKRAINIAN
The talk about Ukrainians as a nation requires an insight into our past. Ukrainian mentality was influenced by many factors: geographical location, specific climatic conditions, and tragic historical destiny. We have been known as hard-working, thrifty, skilled farmers emotionally attached to their land and family. It is historically proven that Ukrainians are Aryan descendants. Are not you impressed? Recently, Germans have made a serious DNA research, which confirms that Aryans were our ancestors, and also proved the fact that Ukrainians and Russian HAVE NEVER BEEN BROTHERS. We have different DNA genes. I knew it!
In Ukrainian culture there are a lot of elements related with the ancient Indo-European tribes – nomadic cattle-breeder, who called themselves “aryans”. They occupied the current terrains of Ukraine. Aryan soldiers similar to Ukrainian kosaks wear the same hair style, i.e. head is shaved with only one tuft of hair remaining. Also, Aryans were known to wear a battle waistband with different weapons. This waistband is still used in traditional clothing of Western Ukraine.

And now let us have a look at the modern Ukrainian. Ukrainians have always treasured a realistic look at life. We are mostly not given to artificiality. Ukrainians do not follow the rule of “a plastic smile” at their faces. Only natural feelings are stamped on our faces. Instead, our passions burn low but strong and steady. There is tendency to fall into moods; we may be sad, then suddenly burst with unabated optimism and infectious vitality. Our sense of humor is bitingly ironical. Surprisingly, the Ukrainian proverb “simplicity is not a sin” (direct translation) can serve us as an innocent excuse and who will argue about that. You cannot be sinful if your attitude towards things is just simple, without any second thoughts. You just follow your instincts and act according to your mind and heart. There is nothing bad – we are the children of Mother Nature. These features are reflected in typical Ukrainian character. In case you know the author of this book, then you are likely to have observed them. This book written by her is the most appealing fact…

To be written further…

Have a great Sunday and lovely forthcoming week! Appreciate every minute and smile!

Love you all,

Yours Writer

 

 

My Friend’s Book

Hello, my dear Friends,

I hope your summer days go well and you enjoy hot July weather. It is quite hot in the Eastern Europe and I am melting like a pineapple ice-cream.

Today is not my planned post, but there is a good reason to write it. One of my very dear friend, Monica, share with me wonderful news about her new book release. I was honored to read it, however, I failed to write a review on Amazon due to strict requirements of 50$ total purchase history. I confess I did not do shopping at Amazon. I tried several tricks, however, could not find the way to bypass the rules. I really wanted to help my fellow writer, since I know how much it means to her. Not everything depends on me. There is only one way how I can still share my opinion on her work:

CARRYING ALL THE WOUNDS IN MY SMILE is an inside look at what goes on behind the smile of every teenager. The book answers the question of what it is like to be a teenager in the 21st century where everything goes wrong. The author, Monica Pana, opens the doors to her very emotional and beautiful world of adolescence.

Everyone was a teenager, but not everyone faced the same problems. Teenage problems can be different, and yet they are very special. Today this problem becomes even more crucial. Teenagers are left to themselves along with Internet and cruel world where the stronger dictates the rules. A boy or a girl is trapped and often is tet-a-tet with her/his own emotions. Usually emotions are put into words scribbled secretly in their diaries. Monica gives us a unique chance to peep into our own teenager’s diary or even deeper. After Blue Whale invasion into young lives, any insight into teenagers’ thoughts is more than welcoming, do not you think so?

The book begins with the description of controversial feelings arise in our childhood. Later the author raises sensitive issues such as love, optimism, lie, destroy, honesty and parenthood. Page by page the reader finds himself involved in the philosophical and uneasy conversation with his/her soul. People hardly think of these things nowadays. Life for most of them is a constant wheel. The author stirs up a hornet’s nest. The important issues are written aloud, and the reader is in search of the right answer. Chapters about life experience, family and love bring smile and make you think again. An intimate chat between the author and the reader, yet you can not be sure, they both think the same. Every word or phrase is written by the author’s heart and soul, there was a trio, or there was the only voice whispering in the silence of thoughts, decision is yours!

It is difficult not to like the author with her emotional and thought-provoking style. The structure of the book is similar to a diary or a blog, which gains popularity nowadays. Also while the author answers many questions, she invites even more. The book provides a valuable and absorbing window into the 21st century teenage head that is for most of us inaccessible. A very young, but ambitious, girl dared to speak her own truth and she deserves to be read.

More information on this book and the author can be found at her website https://lookaround99.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/adolescence-trapped-between-two-worlds/

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation… A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.
― Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

Love you all,

Yours Booklover

 

As Cool as Cucumber

Hello, my dear Friends,

Today is Sunday and many of you get your pretty bodies out…I guess you are not in front of your computer screens now. And this is very right, weekend is the time to relax with  bodies and souls. I was also out, thus could not prepare a new Sunday Series video.  “Oh, no!” somebody of you will say…but do not be in despair, I’ve prepared something delicious for you,  I beg you pardon, something cool! Cucumber-4

Cool cucumbers dropped in for the summer photo session to me. I was taken aback by their willingness and serious interest in presenting their shapes as best as possible. They are very different from human models. Not so capricious, not so demanding (no private massage, no diamonds left afterwards, etc) and very easy-going. They can turn to any sides and take any pose. What a delight!

Cucumber-2Their road to our tables was a very long one. Foreigners from India captured our vegetable world quickly and painless. We happily met them and quickly sliced  to our salads. Also we found an approach to them and persuaded  to reproduction. Awareness that there can be more little cucumbers at our tables brought peace to our minds and welcoming sounds from our stomachs. Cucumbers are so delicious and useful to be neglected as very healthy vegetables (though in some countries they are regarded as fruits, lol). Just chewing them makes us loose calories and wash our bodies with the water filtered through their veins. No wonder the feeling is great when we apply cucumber slices to bruises under our pretty swollen eyes.Cucumber-5

Cucumbers are familiar to every Ukrainian. As an agricultural country we harvest cucumbers every year and try to supply every home with juicy and crunchy taste. However, last several years Ukrainians faced problems growing them. Due to global warming and raise of ozone layer climate in our country has drastically been changed. Our always rich soil has been conquered by many pests and lack of rain. Consequently, we harvest less cucumbers every year, which automatically rises the prices at the markets. Unfortunately, farmers use their methods to fight against it. As a result, cucumbers may be not free from nitrates that turns this veggie to not useful one. What a shame!

Cucumber-6

Cucumbers are great in salads, smoothies and by themselves, but many people are discovering that along with all of the above benefits, cucumber water is a healthy, refreshing beverage. This treat used to be found at spas but is fast becoming mainstream.

Cucumber-8

As to Ukrainian cuisine, cucumbers dance together with tomatoes. We have never been warned that cucumbers and tomatoes are not compatible. None of us ever thought that such beautiful red and green colors are not in tandem, even more when they reach the stomach and the process of fermentation starts, the acid released in the abdominal cavity for digestion can cause numerous digestive problems. Who would have thought? Tons of such mix has been consumed and probably will be more no matter of sound aftereffects. We still love it!

Cucumber-11

Did you get used to pile cucumbers? Do not do it again. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients. And their peel is so crispy! Cucumbers can be eaten fresh or pickled. They can be enjoyed as a  snack or used to add flavor in a variety of dishes. If you have a Ukrainian friend or you have ever been to any Ukrainian home, you know that Ukrainians cook a lot of home tins with pickled cucumbers. Receipts can be different as well as tastes, however, there is nothing better than to open a tin of your cucumbers at cold winter days.

Cucumber-9

July is the high season for cucumbers. You must have cucumbers at your gardens. They are very gracefully growing with the yellow flower first. Later you can spot a cute baby cucumber who grows as fast as sun kisses its head. Growing them can help you release your stress and improve your daily life. They are very healthy and photogenic! I believe my photo session was pretty successful. Thank you for my models and thank you!

Do you have cucumbers in your menu today? No, then I am coming to you! Ha-ha!

Have July Sunday!

Yours Food Specialist

P.S. This post was sponsored by…”CUCUMBERS Association of Ukraine” !

 

A Book Written By Heart and Soul

My dear Friends,

Today I would like to introduce the prologue of my BOOK:

Ad

 

PROLOGUE
While standing on the peak of this unknown mountain with a film camera in her hands Ann could scarcely make out the land hidden behind. A large orange drop of sun lingers on the horizon and spreads welcoming early morning beams around. The instant buzzing drone sounds approach Ann’s ear. She curiously lifts her head up and catches the first glimpses of flying object. It looks like a small plane on a serious mission. And truly its mission is very important, it smoothly inspects the endless unknown terrain and films stunning views. The colors visible through the tiny remote control are difficult to describe, the palette is the brightest as ever. A prominent artist will give them an appreciative look and imprint them in his/her creative mind. Later this picture will be presented to you at one of the markets, but you might pass them by being intrigued by stupid something. There is no time to admire art. Our minds are too often occupied by unnecessary thoughts, it is better to remove the clutter – the thoughts, the worries and the fears, and you will see that life roots at this moment. This is a perfect early sunrise on the green hill to meet a new day, a new life, and a new challenge. “That is, indeed, a real challenge!” Ann’s mind silently whispered to her. This little girl in a strikingly violet coat with her blond hair flowing with the wind has got this mysterious smile, the kind not seen in a while. She firmly presses her precious camera to her chest as if they are bonded. There is something in the way she looks, the way light sparkles in her eyes. It is weird how she doesn’t know, she attracted his attention the instant he laid his eyes on her. She does not see him, right behind her elegant back he throws admiring glances. However, she glances back and flirtingly smiles. Their glances sealed in a love dance speak for themselves. Their knot is tight, their souls are in tandem, both enjoy the same. He is a skillful master, she is a dream lady, and each of them knows what to do like the details of one wheel that circles well. He inspires her and she cannot stop creating something new. At this instant a thought strikes her mind and she throws herself into the void…she dreams a book! A pile of thoughts collected in her brain shelf to be released!

What did your critical reader’s eye catch?

Stay in tune!

Sunday Series will be also devoted to my BOOK!

Yours Film Director and Writer

 

Freezing of Water Painted by…

dscn0753_li

 Hello to you, my Friends! I am happy to see you silently browsing my blog pages. Hope you have some fun. This week our Mother Nature was especially generous for lovely surprises. She met dear Madam Weather and they agreed to have a painting masterclass. Look, what they’ve made:     Frozen Branch

anrostudio.com protected
anrostudio.com protected                                                   

We are very visual creatures.  Our love of images lies with our cognition and ability to pay attention. Images are able to grab our attention easily, we are immediately drawn to them. These are facts know to that two ladies whose pictures are just…help me with a proper adjective please? Comment, comment, comment…

dscn0725_li
Frozen Field

Don’t be greedy for compliments. These two artists were extremely successful today. Colors, shades, shapes are chosen so elegantly right. My eyes are beaming with pleasure, and yours? Not…hm…then one more image…

dscn0768_li

How odd is that the most beautiful things are most simple ones. They just wondered through that thick trees and enjoyed what they saw. Together with their simple equipment they managed to capture this innocent beauty and show to you. They felt themselves artists who can transform that live images into a picture that can hang on somebody’s wall or be presented as a greeting card. Do not know whether they were enough skillful, but their results are given here and available for download. In case some of you particularly like one of the image (or all of them) and would like to have then in original size or designed for special occasion as a greeting card, you may contact me via comment folder and I’ll provide you with all the required details ( I am their delegated agent). Everything is possible, art has no restrictions and borders. we can always spread it to be able to evaluate and treasure. A nice picture can always cheer you up in any season or weather, right, my Friends?

dscn0776_li

Have a sweet weekend! Enjoy the simplest!

Love you all,

Yours Ann

P.S. Who is curious about new episode of Fun Time with Ann?

 

 

 

The Best of Summer

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” (Charles Bowdan)

Recalling summer days is the most rewarding activity. It brings a broad smile to my face and a playful sparkle to my eyes. I felt a surge to reproduce the best of my summer and demonstrate it to you. I do miss my summer. It occurred to me that I did not say goodbye to the hot season when everything or anything is possible. So now let me tell you, dear Miss Summer, a couple of warm words.

anro-presents

“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year. You can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. Summer just opens the door and lets you out.” ―Deb Caletti

sunset-paints-the-sky

Summer does open the door to the brightest world ever. There you can enjoy the longest days and shortest nights, you can taste a variety of fruits and vegetables, and you can relax and let yourself being silly. Sometimes summer might be a bit wearisome due to extremely high temperatures that drank the water from our bodies. During such period our brain melts and we feel not so happy. All we need then is to leave everything and escape to some perfect place where the body and mind will dance in harmony.

http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/23283287-perfect-place?asc=u&p=greeting-card&rel=carousel

perfect-place

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”―John Lubbock

http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/23283422-swimming-to-orange-sunset?asc=u

swimming-to-orange-sunset

The place for being idle found me and I could not resist its beauty and calmness. My feet freely walked on the grass, between apple trees and flowers. My eyes caught the joyful glimpses of sunrise and sunset. My hands touched the gifts of the generous season. My mind was emptied from any thoughts. Or perhaps these thoughts were so natural that they were invisible or unreadable. A pretty awesome feeling when your mind is easy and light as a summer butterfly.

http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/23283536-busy-as-bee?asc=u&p=throw-pillow&rel=carousel

busy-as-bee

I can fly

I can fly

Without wings

My weightless mind

Helps me to touch the sky…

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”― Stephen King

http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/23283619-gifts-of-summer?asc=u

gifts-of-summer

 

 That was a good time. That was the best of our times. Those were you and I, my dear Summer, old Buddy, and that was the time for us!

 Hold on…it is not the end of my story. Now everything what you read is going to be put in several scenes, edited and shown to you. Stay in touch!

 Also let me invite you to my souvenirs photo shop where you can find many lovely presents for you and your loved ones. 20% off Use TOOTH20. Thank you for your attention and time!

http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/23283745-squirrel?asc=u&p=greeting-card&rel=carousel

squirrel

Love you all!

 Yours Ann

Grab A Bag

tote-bag

Every lady needs a bag…and not only one. Right?! In the wardrobe of any lady should be not less than 6 bags of different shape, size, color, and for various occasions. All of them take comfortable places at the shelves of the lady’s wardrobe and wait to be recognized in time. It is a very essential to pick up the right one for the right occasion and appropriate outfit. If bags can talk, what would we hear from them then? I suppose they would try to teach us that  going for shopping is not possible with an elegant clutch under your arm, as trying to squeeze there a piece of bread might be too challenging. Your pretty Ms Clutch would frown at such a thought even. Such dame’s loyal assistants can play  a key role in placing only luxurious occupants such as Mr Smartphone, Mr Wallet, Mrs Lipstick, and Ms Keychain. Seats are taken according to the tickets bought. Thus, we have to have an extra bag for shopping, which should be spacious and not so graceful. I believe Mrs Shopping Bag has to be of an  obese shape. Her primal mission is to provide enough space for vital food products or sometimes something else as well. Mrs Shopping Bag should accompany you almost everywhere, since we face so many difficulties with big things to be taken with us, for example, our lunch. We should keep in mind that lady Working Bag is of too noble origin to be able to provide such a service. Oh no, she is too business like. However, the most responsible from all of them are Mr Rucksack or Mr Suitcase. Yeah, two responsible females in the ladies’ circle. There should be always those ones who will keep everything packed and in order. What can I say! It is so beneficial to keep a cock in every henhouse. Would you agree, ladies?

bag.jpg

Dear Ladies, grab your bag, ONLY TODAY 20% OFF FOR ALL BAGS USE CODE COFFEE20, DO NOT MISS YOUR CHANCE! http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/works/23149191-butterfly-effect?asc=u&c=537937-nature&p=pouch&rel=carousel

Love you all!

Yours Ann

A Wake Up Scene

pillows

The first morning sunlight gently sneaks through the tiny holes of the shutter at her window. It cunningly teases the tightly closed eyelashes. No motion. Few second later the sunlight intensifies its effect and tries to squeeze its brighter beams through the narrow gaps of the window barriers. Every possibly efforts are directed at the sticky bars of the asleep eyelashes. The sound accompaniment joins the game. A cock wakes up the surroundings with his cock-a-doodle-doo song. Now ears are in game too. It is a foul play. As light as butterfly eyelashes give up in the unfair battle. They slightly shimmer and the lungs stop inhaling smoothly. Electric impulses are traveling through the body parts in search of something.  The legs and arms twitch convulsively.  Blood circulation becomes more evident. The other pressing needs give a red light. The deep sound sleep is interrupted. There is no way to come there back and hide from the signs of the brand new day…

cases

And now, my dear Friends, what will you tell me if I promise to demonstrate this scene to you via short film? Will it be of interest to you? What will you say?

See you soon! Until I choose the pajamas, I kindly invite you to check my shop and pick up something (postcards, greeting cards, pillows, cups, canvas, posters, T-shirts, skirts, bags, phone and tablets cases, notebooks and etc) for yourself and your loved ones:   http://www.redbubble.com/people/anrostudio/shop/recent?ref=sort_order_change_recent

greeting-cards

P.S. Only Monday, 12, there is a 15% discount for everything, use code HAPPY15 and order now!

Behind the Scenes

Hello to all of you, my little Friends! Hope you are doing well. I have been offline for some time, thus I did not post anything for a certain period and paid perhaps not enough attention to you. Do not bear a grudge against me. My mind (together with its beloved master) went out for vacation.  At least once in a year we have to let ourselves escape far away and set offline status. Certainly sweet gadgets are always with us. They are on guard of our cyber reality and not allow us to disappear without any trace. Moreover, Mr Internet accompanies our journeys and follows us to the most distance corners. I confess that this vacation was particularly good, since I was presented a visit at the very special place. This is a saint place for every freak filmmaker. Will you guess? Click on the link and the answer will appear automatically: 

Who will tell me what kind of trick I used in my short film? I am sure there are many creative specialists among you. I had such fun while preparing this 5-minutes tour for you. I had a goose skin, did not you notice? Kidding. However, it was really a fantastic experience for me to peep through cinematography hole. I found out a lot. As a filmmaker I could not share with you many secrets, but as a passionate fan of films I assure you that filmmaking is a hard and often exhausting process that requires a huge amount of knowledge and skills. Every detail has to be taken into account and played in the head. So many things have to be kept under control. You may not believe but that is true. On the creation of a few second scene usually work hundreds if not more people who are experts in the wide variety of fields. In my film you even have a unique opportunity to see a real space cabin used for The Martian…I do not joke, this is the same one used in the famous film. In fact, a lot of scenes from this film were made exactly at this studio. Unbelievable! I could spend endless time there. And I could talk endlessly about it, perhaps for some of you not so interesting as well. Hope I did not make you yawn from boredom. This topic is too dear to me and I usually forget about the time and the length of my posts. As it is known it should not be too long. Thank you for watching my film and reading my murmuring post. I am very grateful for every bit of your attention. I would appreciate any comment!

Your know I love you!

Hugs!

Yours Ann