Final “Anastasia” project

For this project, I primarily used images from the stage version of “Anastasia.” The lyrics come from the song “Journey to the Past.” 

I chose the photo order to demonstrate Anya’s journey. Before her memory loss, she was a princess (Family) with a loving grandmother (Love) and lived in St. Petersburg (Home). Of course, the drive of the story is that Anya doesn’t remember her past and searches to find it. However, memories of her former life haunt her (There was once a time).

On her way to finding out who she really is, she meets and grows close to Vlad and Dmitry (Family) and, in the process, falls for Dmitry (Love). They help her find her identity and her birth family (Home).  

The photos I chose for the last two slides add another layer of meaning to the project.

The second to the last slide features images of the real-life Anastasia and the animated version. While the legend of Anastasia’s survival has been adapted on screen for decades, the animated film is one of the more popular mainstream versions. I know I’m not alone in saying I always wished there was some sort of continuation or remake of the animated version, and the Broadway show did just that. 

In a way, the Broadway show completed the journey the animated film set its fans on more than 20 years ago (I’ll never be complete until I find you).

In case you don’t know the song, here’s a video that merged the animated film and Broadway version together when the Broadway version paid tribute to the film on its 20th anniversary.

Heart, don’t fail me now.
Courage, don’t desert me.
Don’t turn back now that we’re here.

Creating with “Anastasia”

One of my favorite movies and now musicals is “Anastasia.” I wanted to create some visuals that would help celebrate my love of this movie/musical and came up with the following.


The two .gifs I created used lyrics from “Come What May” from the movie “Moulin Rouge.”


The final piece I created today combined a lyric from “In My Dreams” from the staged adaptation with a scene from the series finale of “Sex and the City.”


I have one more piece in mind, so stay tuned! 

Snow Day

This morning, for a few glorious hours, Augusta, GA, was visited by a steady snowfall. I seized the opportunity to walk along the Augusta Canal. It was quiet and generally void of people, which is a rarity itself.  

“Seasons of Love”

“Rent” is one of my favorite musicals for so many reasons. When I was working on my calendar for 2018, I started to think of this beautiful show, and one of its most recognizable songs, “Seasons of Love,” inspired this graphic idea:


It was pretty simple to produce with Paint, and I’m really happy with how it came out.

One of my favorite places on Earth


People know Augusta, GA, for the Masters Tournament and James Brown. But there are so many other attractions the city has to offer. The Augusta Canal is a breathtaking, peaceful scenic trail that is ideal for event hosting, exercising, or just to be surrounded by the simple beauty of nature.

 Just a lazy Saturday afternoon

My cat looking out the window in our guest room.

“The Nutcracker” ballet

Aiken Civic Ballet's "The Nutcracker"
A photo I took of the Aiken Civic Ballet’s school outreach production of “The Nutcracker.”