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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Birds / Lighting - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Scenery - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Bird Reflections - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Sky - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Birds in Action - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Architecture - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Nautical - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Snowy Egret - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Birds in Greenery - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Birds Miscellaneous - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Different - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Gravestones - Photograph Top Picks of 2015

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These are my Top Picks of my own photographs that I took in 2015. I ended up with too many for one post, so I arranged them by category.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"Comic Strip Background - Woman" - Postcard

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This is 1 of 2 postcards that I created using a Comic Strip for the background. My piece was inspired by this artwork on Anjas Artefaktotum. (She creates a lot of great artwork and usually includes the steps involved.)

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

I applied "Gesso" over the background using a brush.

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

The words are from the song Need You Now by Lady Antebellum.

The fonts are:

Bookman Old Style Light
Bookman Old Style Light Italic

"Comic Strip Background - Man" - Postcard

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This is 2 of 2 postcards that I created using a Comic Strip for the background. My piece was inspired by this artwork on Anjas Artefaktotum. (She creates a lot of great artwork and usually includes the steps involved.)

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

I applied "Gesso" over the background using a brush.

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

The words are from the song I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler.

The fonts are:

Andalus
BoltonTitling

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Blackness" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Anything Goes."

I created a black piece, for reasons that I will keep to myself. I rarely share any personal information about myself on my blog, and the driving force behind this piece is private.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

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

The words in the foreground are from the song Make the World Go Away by Eddy Arnold.

The words in the background are from the song Demons by Imagine Dragons.

The font is Andalus.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Eve Sunset Fog - Photograph

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I took these photographs at sunset on Christmas Eve in Fairfield, CT, at Lake Hills Beach #2 (by the Samp Mortar Dam).

Heavy thick fog was sitting on top of the lake and rolling across the road at the bridge at Black Rock Turnpike (although it was thin there). I just managed to catch the tail end of a red sunset which reflected on the water.

The weather has been unseasonably warm here, which resulted in the fog. On Christmas day, I felt more like I was in Florida than Connecticut, with how warm it was.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas! - Postcard

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Merry Christmas to everyone!

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

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

The font is IsadoraCaps Medium.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Christmas Eve! - Postcard

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Happy Christmas Eve to everyone!

I created this "Believe in the magic of Christmas" piece based on a Christmas card I received.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

I made the stars background using G'MIC filter Patterns - Stars. I also used a few brushes. (See the side of my blog for links.)

The font is Janda Elegant Handwriting.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Desolate Beach - Photograph

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I took these photographs at Long Beach Park in Stratford, CT this past week.

I liked how the sun rays shone down through the clouds, which were otherwise grey with the threat of rain. Long Island was barely visible across the Sound. It has been unseasonably mild here, and we might set a record high on Christmas Day.

Monday, December 21, 2015

"Nutcracker's Music" - Postcard

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

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone at SPA!

This is 1 of 2 postcards that I made for this. I love nutcrackers, as can be seen in my previous posts of Christmas decorations and ornaments. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is my favorite ballet.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

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

"Nutcracker's Army" - Postcard

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

This is 2 of 2 postcards that I made for this. I love nutcrackers, as can be seen in my previous posts of Christmas decorations and ornaments. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is my favorite ballet.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

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

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Small Nutcrackers - Photograph

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This is 1 of 3 posts of photographs that I took of Christmas decorations in my house.

I love nutcrackers and have them all around the living room as part of my Christmas decorations. These small nutcrackers are on a shelf in front of some rhinoceros decor (that is normally on display). I liked how this photograph came out.

Drummer Nutcracker - Photograph

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This is 2 of 3 posts of photographs that I took of Christmas decorations in my house.

I love nutcrackers and have them all around the living room as part of my Christmas decorations. This drummer nutcracker is on a shelf behind a Christmas stocking and in front of a rhinoceros (that is normally on display). I liked how this photograph came out and might try to make it into a Christmas card (if I have time).

Nativity - Photograph

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This is 3 of 3 posts of photographs that I took of Christmas decorations in my house.

Growing up, we always had a Nativity on our mantelpiece, as part of our Christmas decorations. As an adult, the year I decided I wanted to get a Nativity to display in my own house, there were none in any of the stores. The past few years, I have seen them in the stores again, and I got this one. (I purchased a few extra animals, to go along with it.)

I love the Nativity scene and nativity ornaments the most, because that is what Christmas is about. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior. The New Testament is filled with examples of Jesus' compassion, forgiveness, and love for mankind.

Christmas Tags - Tag

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I created more Christmas tags to use as decorations on my Christmas Tree.

I created these using GIMP 2.8.16.

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Darling, save the last dance for me" - Postcard

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I created a romantic themed piece showing a couple dancing.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

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

The words are from the song "Save the last dance for me" written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.

The font is Sandwich

This piece is my entry for the following:

Week That Has Been 

Nativity Ornament and Tree Top Angel - Photograph

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This is 1 of 6 posts of photographs that I took of ornaments on my Christmas Tree.

These are a Nativity ornament and Tree Top Angel holding lights.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior. The New Testament is filled with examples of Jesus' compassion, forgiveness, and love for mankind.

Snowball, Vintage Tag Ornaments - Photograph

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This is 2 of 6 posts of photographs that I took of ornaments on my Christmas Tree.

Some of the best ornaments are homemade ones.

These are Snowball and Vintage Tag ornaments.

Rocking Horse, Crescent Santa Claus, Snow Globe Ornaments - Photograph

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This is 3 of 6 posts of photographs that I took of ornaments on my Christmas Tree.

These are Rocking Horse, Crescent Santa Claus, and Snow Globe ornaments.

Snowman, Egg, Santa Claus Ornaments - Photograph

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This is 4 of 6 posts of photographs that I took of ornaments on my Christmas Tree.

These are Snowman, Egg, and Santa Claus ornaments.

Nutcracker Ornaments - Photograph

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This is 5 of 6 posts of photographs that I took of ornaments on my Christmas Tree.

I love nutcracker ornaments. I also have a few owl ornaments, which can be seen in the third photo.

Nutcracker Ornaments - Photograph

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This is 6 of 6 posts of photographs that I took of ornaments on my Christmas Tree.

I love nutcracker ornaments.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

"Masquerade" - Postcard

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This week’s Moo Mania challenge was "Favorite Stamps and/or Images."

I used two of my favorite masquerade/gypsy fortune teller women for this.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

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

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Christmas Tags - Tag

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I created some Christmas tags to put onto gift bags.

I created these using GIMP 2.8.16.

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

"December" - Tag

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I created this for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015 - December challenge.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.16.

I made mine slightly differently than what he did.

I created the wreath using individual holly leaves, like Tim did, but I used red holly berries for accents, instead of bells. One of the red berries got covered up when I added the bow, which I preferred on the bottom, instead of the top where his was.

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

Because my artwork is digital, and Tim Holtz's challenge is intended for people who buy his products, I don't normally post my tags on his site, but this time I am, to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

"Christmas Greetings" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Holly and/or Ivy."

I created two similar Christmas holly postcards for this.

I created these using GIMP 2.8.16.

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

The font in the first postcard is Rogers, and the font in the second one is Cloister Black, Light.