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Sunday, August 30, 2015

"Beltan E'en and the Kelpie" - Postcard

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

I used some poetic license on this one. My piece is actually focused on Beltan E'en and the Kelpie. The tragic ending results in the maiden being carried down to the bottom of the sea, where the fish swim, and where she drowns.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

The words are from the poem "The Kelpie of Corrievreckan" by Charles Mackay.

The font is Benjamin Franklin.

The Mystic - Week 17 - The Book of Days

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The week17 theme for my Book of Days was The Mystic.

The images are from an Internet search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Beltane - Week 18 - The Book of Days

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The week18 theme for my Book of Days was Beltane.

(I took some poetic license by including Pegasus on this. He is unrelated to Beltane.)

The images are from an Internet search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Orange and Blue - Week29 - The Book of Days

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The week29 theme for my Book of Days was Orange and Blue.

The images are from an Internet search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Yellow Full Moon - Photograph

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I took these photographs of the full moon last night. It is known as the Full Sturgeon Moon and it looked yellow at the time that I took these photos.

The first photograph is my entry for the following:

Skywatch Friday

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Only Emptiness Remains" - Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #103 was "Crackle."

First I created the background. Then I applied the G'MIC - Patterns - Cracks filter to it. Next I added the paper strips with words on them. I stamped stars after that. Finally, I spritzed the whole tag with gold flecks.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

The words are from the song Toy Soldiers which is sung by Martika.

"You're on my Heart" - Postcard

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

I went to the beat of my own drummer on this one, so it's not the conventional tattoo artwork one expects to see. I also couldn't decide which of these two pieces I liked better, so I posted both.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

The words in the background are from the song Just Like A Tattoo which is sung by Jordin Sparks.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summer Adventures - Week 34 - The Book of Days

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The week34 theme for my Book of Days was Summer Adventures.

The images are from an Internet search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

At the Beach - Week 33 - The Book of Days

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The week33 theme for my Book of Days was At the Beach.

The images are from an Internet search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Butterflies - Week 19 - The Book of Days

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The week19 theme for my Book of Days was Butterflies.

The images are from an Internet search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cherubs - Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #102 was "Cherubs."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Butterflies" - Postcard

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

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

The words in the background are from The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe.

The font is Jane Austen.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Male Woodpecker on Bird Feeder - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a male Woodpecker about two weeks ago. See my series of 3 posts about this bird below.

Woodpecker - Photograph

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This is 1 of 3 posts of photographs that I took of a Woodpecker couple this week.

Whenever I put seed in my bird feeder, this male woodpecker would fly in, take a few bites, then fly off into a nearby tree. I could never get any good photos of him, because he didn't stay still long enough. When I took these shots, I finally realized what he was doing. I stopped focusing on the bird feeder and looked over at the tree. The female woodpecker (his mate) was in the tree, and he was taking seeds to feed to her!

These are photographs of the male, just before he fed the female.

Female Woodpecker - Photograph

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This is 2 of 3 posts of photographs that I took of a Woodpecker couple this week.

Whenever I put seed in my bird feeder, this male woodpecker would fly in, take a few bites, then fly off into a nearby tree. I could never get any good photos of him, because he didn't stay still long enough. When I took these shots, I finally realized what he was doing. I stopped focusing on the bird feeder and looked over at the tree. The female woodpecker (his mate) was in the tree, and he was taking seeds to feed to her!

These are photographs of the female.

Woodpecker Couple - Photograph

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This is 3 of 3 posts of photographs that I took of a Woodpecker couple this week.

Whenever I put seed in my bird feeder, this male woodpecker would fly in, take a few bites, then fly off into a nearby tree. I could never get any good photos of him, because he didn't stay still long enough. When I took these shots, I finally realized what he was doing. I stopped focusing on the bird feeder and looked over at the tree. The female woodpecker (his mate) was in the tree, and he was taking seeds to feed to her!

If you look closely at the second photo, you'll see the seed in his beak that he's about to give to her.

Sterling Opera House - Photograph

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This is 1 of 2 posts of photographs that I took of the exterior of the Sterling Opera House in Derby, CT a few weeks ago.

I love the architecture and carvings on this building. I would also like to find out how to see the inside and take photographs.

Sterling Opera House - Photograph

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This is 2 of 2 posts of photographs that I took of the exterior of the Sterling Opera House in Derby, CT a few weeks ago.

I love the architecture and carvings on this building. I would also like to find out how to see the inside and take photographs.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bird on Branch - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a bird on a branch at the reservoir in Easton, CT about three weeks ago.

I'm not sure what kind of bird this is. It might be a Kingfisher. Any identifications are welcome.

Moon - Photograph

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I took this photograph of the moon a week or two ago.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"Paris / August" - Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #101 was "Paris."

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

I mimicked Tim's steps to create my tag, using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

The font is Kalenderblatt Grotesk.

Because my artwork is digital, and Tim Holtz's challenge is intended for people who buy his products, I'm not posting this on his site. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

"It's written in the stars" - Postcard

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

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

The font is Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

"Summer Fairies" - Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #100 was "Anything Goes."

I created a theme around Fairies.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

The words in the background are from The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe.

The font is Jane Austen.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"Golden Days" - Postcard

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

I have no idea what my piece is supposed to be. If you can figure it out, let me know. I might hang up my "paint brushes" for awhile, along with my camera...

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

Saturday, August 1, 2015

"Caught on Film" - Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #99 was "Caught on Film."

The actress is Hedy Lamarr.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

The words in the background are from the song The Friends of Mr.Cairo (Emotional Cut) - Jon and Vangelis.