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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Color - Artwork Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own artwork that I created in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Unique - Artwork Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own artwork that I created in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Desolation - Artwork Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own artwork that I created in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

I don't usually post any personal commentary, however, 2014 was a bad year for me. I'm hoping 2015 is better.

Tags - Artwork Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own artwork that I created in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Miscellaneous - Artwork Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own artwork that I created in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Black Cat Fortunes" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Open Theme."

I created a Fortune Teller theme.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The font is Constantia Bold

The words are by John Donne

Friday, December 26, 2014

Best of 2014 - Photograph Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Architecture - Photograph Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Strike A Pose - Photograph Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Water - Photograph Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Color - Photograph Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Action and Birds - Photograph Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Little Egret - Photograph Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Solitude - Photograph Top Picks of 2014

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2014. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

"Medieval Christmas" – Postcard

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Merry Christmas!

I created a Medieval themed Christmas postcard.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

Most of the images are from the Getty Research Institute. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Merry Christmas! - Photograph

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These are some photographs that I took of my Christmas decorations.

Merry Christmas!

Old Fashioned Santa Claus - Photograph

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These are some photographs that I took of my Christmas decorations.

Nutcracker Christmas Tree Ornaments - Photograph

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These are some photographs that I took of my Christmas decorations.

Owl and Horse Christmas Tree Ornaments - Photograph

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These are some photographs that I took of my Christmas decorations.

Christmas Candles - Photograph

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These are some photographs that I took of my Christmas decorations.

Mouse King Nutcrackers - Photograph

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These are some photographs that I took of my Christmas decorations.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Gift Tag – Tag

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I made another Christmas Gift Tag. I'm going to print some of these, cut them out, and attach them to gift bags.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from a DuckDuckGo search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The font is Segoe Print Bold.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

"The Krim Kreaper" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Krampus (Creepy Christmas)."

I created a Grim Reaper who is impersonating Santa Claus, hence the play on words with Kris Kringle. This year, it won't be Santa who is driving that sleigh...

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The font is a dripping marker 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Gift Tag – Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #67 was "Vintage Santa."

I made a Christmas Gift Tag. I'm going to add names to these, print them, cut them out, and attach them to gift bags.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from the Old Design Shop. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The font is Segoe Print Bold.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"November" – Tag

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I created this for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014 - November challenge.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

I spent more time than I should have, working on this, and almost gave up a few times. I still need to improve my technique for inking edges. I also need to improve my technique for making something look like it is layered (peeled away corrugated cardboard) and underneath (three dimensional).

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search and Photos Public Domain. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Bon Voyage" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Moustache."

I created a travel theme after I found the image of the man with the moustache.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The font is Androgyne

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"The Huntsmen" – Tag

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Last week’s Tag Along challenge #64 was "Text" but I didn't finish this by the deadline, to be able to post it there.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The Medieval images are from the Getty Research Institute. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The font is _a e i o u Semi-Bold Semi-Condensed

Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Shoes" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Shoes."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from the Old Design Shop and a DuckDuckGo search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Haunted Explorations of Haunted Places

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I created this blog post to document all of the allegedly haunted places that I have explored. I will update this post over time.




I've been to this place a few times. It is true about it being very silent. In the middle of the summer, when all of the bugs were buzzing loudly on the outskirts of the woods, none were heard further inside, in the middle of the woods. Any bird calls I heard were in the distance, and none were overhead.

I personally have never experienced anything out of the ordinary while I was here, but that could be because I am a non-believer. I did have one inexplicable photograph but I still don't know what caused it.

Haunted information. More haunted information.

If anyone knows how to contact the Dark Entry Forest Association to get a permit for entry onto their property, please leave a comment. Thanks.

Interesting, but fake, links that I found on the Internet for Dudleytown:


Notes:

1) The original video said it was "captured on Chase Avenue" when there is no such street near Dudleytown in Cornwall, CT. A recent comment on the clearer video said "the video is filmed from a house on forest road on the priory estate." I'm not sure if the location they mean is actually Dark (Forest) Entry Road.

2) The effect in the Dudleytown video of someone "walking along the edge of the road" is very similar to the fake effect in this "ghost" video posted by the same person. At the end of that video, you can see the ghost's head strike the overhead light cord/string that is hanging down from the ceiling. Obviously the same "special effects" method was used to create the Dudleytown video.



This is often rated as the most haunted location in Connecticut, and is allegedly haunted by the "White Lady". I've gone here several times, during daytime and nighttime, but I never saw anything supernatural.



I didn't see anything supernatural here. Haunted information.



I'm not sure if the actual grave is haunted, or if the myth here is more about her allegedly being a witch. I didn't see anything supernatural here.



I didn't see anything supernatural here. Haunted information.



I went here during the day. The main buildings are fenced off to prevent entry. (I-95 North exit 75.) Haunted information.


Places I haven't been to yet:


Allegedly Captain Kidd's pirate treasure is buried here and the island is haunted/cursed. The island is accessible from shore via a sandbar (tombolo) at low tide, so I need to time my visit accordingly.



Back in 2011, the "Ghost Hunters" program filmed an episode here.

I haven't been inside this place, and I am unsure of how to arrange a visit here. If anyone knows who I should contact, please leave a comment. Thanks.


Boothe Memorial Park, Stratford, CT
Witnesses allege "eerie feelings, unexplained knocking and voices" and "shadowy forms" in the cemetery. Haunted information.



"Halloween" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Orange and Black" and is the fourth of the October Halloween themes at SPA.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from a DuckDuckGo search. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The font is Cry Uncial

Union Cemetery Fall Foliage - Photograph

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These are some photographs that I took recently at Union Cemetery in Easton, CT.

Union Cemetery Green Orbs - Photograph

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This is a photograph that I took back in May at Union Cemetery in Easton, CT.

This site is listed as one of the 20 Most Haunted Places in Connecticut.

I went there at night, but I didn't capture anything supernatural on my photographs. The green orbs in the photo are most likely due to backscatter reflection.

Hookman's Cemetery (Great Hill Cemetery) - Photograph

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This is a photograph that I took back in May at Hookman's Cemetery (Great Hill Cemetery) in Seymour, CT.

This site is listed as one of the 20 Most Haunted Places in Connecticut.

I went there at night, but I didn't capture anything supernatural on my photographs. The orbs in the photo are most likely due to backscatter reflection.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Scenes - Photograph

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These are some photographs that I took recently at Riverside Park in Fairfield, CT.

Fall Leaves - Photograph

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