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Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Pink and Black" – Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #74 was "Think Pink."

I don't like the color pink, but I think it looks great when it's combined with black.

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 words are "You seize the flow’r, its bloom is shed" and are from a poem by Robert Burns and which I originally saw in this great SPA entry by Deb.

The font is Bookman Old Style Semi-Bold.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Wizard" – Moo (1.1" x 2.8")

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This week’s Moo Mania challenge was "Masculine."

I created a Wizard/Alchemy theme Moo.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

The words are from Revelation 6:6.

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

"Tiger" – Moo (1.1" x 2.8")

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I created a cat theme Moo, using a Tiger.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Robert Burns" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Robert Burns Night."

I wasn't sure what to do for this, and ended up having to enforce my time limit on myself. This year I either have to declare my piece finished or abandon it, instead of spending excessive amounts of time on it if I don't like how it's coming out.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

On the Blizzard front, it looks like I got lucky, and the storm went further East than they originally forecast. It's still snowing, but the totals here are much less than the original 2 to 3 feet they expected. The eastern part of the state looks like it took the brunt of the storm, as far as Connecticut goes.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blizzard Warning - Tri State Area - 20 to 30+ inches of snow

I copied that image from the National Weather Service New York site.

Two days ago, the local weather stations were saying we would get a dusting of snow tomorrow. Today, NOAA has issued a Blizzard Warning, for 20 to 30 inches or more of snowfall:

000
WWUS41 KOKX 252019
WSWOKX

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
319 PM EST SUN JAN 25 2015

...CRIPPLING AND POTENTIALLY HISTORIC BLIZZARD TO IMPACT THE AREA
FROM LATE MONDAY INTO TUESDAY...

CTZ006>012-NJZ006-104-106-108-NYZ071>075-078>081-176>179-260430-
/O.UPG.KOKX.BZ.A.0001.150126T1800Z-150128T0500Z/
/O.NEW.KOKX.BZ.W.0001.150126T1800Z-150128T0500Z/
NORTHERN NEW HAVEN-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX-NORTHERN NEW LONDON-
SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN-SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX-
SOUTHERN NEW LONDON-HUDSON-EASTERN BERGEN-EASTERN ESSEX-
EASTERN UNION-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-
RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-
NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-
NORTHERN QUEENS-NORTHERN NASSAU-SOUTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN NASSAU-
319 PM EST SUN JAN 25 2015

...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM MONDAY TO MIDNIGHT EST
TUESDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM MONDAY TO MIDNIGHT EST
TUESDAY NIGHT. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY AND SURROUNDING IMMEDIATE
  SUBURBS...LONG ISLAND...AND MOST OF SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT.

* HAZARD TYPES...HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WITH BLIZZARD
  CONDITIONS.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 20 TO 30 INCHES...WITH
  LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. SNOWFALL RATES OF 2 TO 4 INCHES
  LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING.

* WINDS...NORTH 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS 55 TO 65 MPH...STRONGEST
  ACROSS EASTERN LONG ISLAND.

* VISIBILITIES...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER 20S.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN MONDAY MORNING...WITH
  ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE BY THE EVENING RUSH.
  SNOW WILL PICK UP IN INTENSITY MONDAY EVENING...WITH THE
  HEAVIEST SNOW AND STRONGEST WINDS FROM ABOUT MIDNIGHT
  MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
  TRAVEL DUE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL AND STRONG WINDS...WITH WHITEOUT
  CONDITIONS. SECONDARY AND TERTIARY ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE.
  STRONG WINDS MAY DOWN POWER LINES AND TREE LIMBS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
AND POOR VISIBILITIES WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS...MAKING
TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST
TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

ALL UNNECESSARY TRAVEL IS DISCOURAGED BEGINNING MONDAY
AFTERNOON...TO ALLOW PEOPLE ALREADY ON THE ROAD TO SAFELY REACH
THEIR DESTINATIONS BEFORE THE HEAVY SNOW BEGINS...AND TO ALLOW
SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT TO BEGIN TO CLEAR ROADS.

&&

$$

Super Bowl Sunday - Week 05 - The Book of Days

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The week05 theme for my Book of Days was Super Bowl Sunday.

Super Bowl XLIX is one week from today. I'm not rooting for either team, but I'll be watching the game.

I'll also be reading the sports news leading up to it, to learn about any developments in the Deflate-Gate investigation.

Apparently whoever is behind Deflate-Gate didn't realize sports irregularities are taken very seriously in the United States, like when Roger Clemens was charged with, but later cleared of, perjury to Congress, while men like James Clapper can lie to (commit perjury) Congress with impunity. James Clapper has not, and never will be, charged with perjury, when in his case, he is guilty.

If lawlessness is permissible at the highest levels of the United States Government, why should anyone be surprised when a sports rule gets broken? The precedent has been set that laws (rules) can be broken with the tacit approval of the law writers.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Background - Week 03 - The Book of Days

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The week03 theme for my Book of Days was Background.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

I liked the background that I created for this tag, so I decided to use it for a journal art page, too.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cats - Week 02 - The Book of Days

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The week02 theme for my Book of Days was Cats.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

"Obsession" – Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #73 was "Spots and Dots."

I created the background for this, then didn't know what to do after that. I'm not sure that I like the end result, but this year I'm also setting a time limit on myself: I either have to declare my piece finished or abandon it, instead of spending excessive amounts of time on it if I don't like how it's coming out.

The words and placing of them were inspired by Calvin Klein's slogan, "between love and madness lies obsession."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14. I made the barely visible sub-background using G'MIC Filter - Patterns - Periodic Dots.

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

The font is Bookman Old Style Semi-Bold.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

"Rectal Feeding/Torture" – Postcard

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

This is 1 of 2 pieces I created. The other piece can be seen here.

I don't normally make political statement artwork, but there are so many recent quotes justifying the United States Government's torture of humans, and so little outrage over it, that I couldn't refrain from using some of the quotes in my artwork.

And not many/any people look at my blog anyway, so it's almost like I'm posting these to myself. And as far as I know, the Constitutional First Amendment right to Free Speech still exists in the United States, although considering the Top Secret laws passed by the Government in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, also called the FISA Court) have eliminated the Constitutional Fourth Amendment right, I could be wrong.

Both of my pieces use United States President Barack Obama's quote, "We tortured some folks." (reference)

My first piece also quotes former United States Vice President Dick Cheney, who, when asked by interviewer Chuck Todd about "involuntary rectal feeding and rectal hydration" stated that it "was done for medical reasons." (Meet the Press)

However, Chuck Todd failed to ask Dick Cheney about "one prisoner later diagnosed with anal fissures, chronic hemorrhoids and "symptomatic rectal prolapse"." (reference)

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from Enchiridion Rerum Criminalium (1554)

I slightly modified the "waterboarding" image (page 103) by adding the "Diego Garcia" sign on the wall . I significantly modified the "rectal feeding" image (page 110).

"Waterboarding/Torture" – Postcard

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

This is 2 of 2 pieces I created. The other piece can be seen here.

I don't normally make political statement artwork, but there are so many recent quotes justifying the United States Government's torture of humans, and so little outrage over it, that I couldn't refrain from using some of the quotes in my artwork.

And not many/any people look at my blog anyway, so it's almost like I'm posting these to myself. And as far as I know, the Constitutional First Amendment right to Free Speech still exists in the United States, although considering the Top Secret laws passed by the Government in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, also called the FISA Court) have eliminated the Constitutional Fourth Amendment right, I could be wrong.

Both of my pieces use United States President Barack Obama's quote, "We tortured some folks." (reference)

My first piece also quotes former United States Vice President Dick Cheney, who, when asked by interviewer Chuck Todd about "involuntary rectal feeding and rectal hydration" stated that it "was done for medical reasons." (Meet the Press)

However, Chuck Todd failed to ask Dick Cheney about "one prisoner later diagnosed with anal fissures, chronic hemorrhoids and "symptomatic rectal prolapse"." (reference)

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from Enchiridion Rerum Criminalium (1554)

I slightly modified the "waterboarding" image (page 103) by adding the "Diego Garcia" sign on the wall . I significantly modified the "rectal feeding" image (page 110).

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Postcard/Letter – Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #72 was "Postcards/Letters."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

"Paisley Printing" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Paisley" for the pattern.

I was looking for paisley patterns in books when I found old directories for the town of Paisley. I'm not 100% happy with my end result, and it doesn't contain any actual patterns, so I'm not posting it to the challenge site.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"January" – Tag

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

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

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

I'm not bothering to post this on his site because my artwork is digital, and his challenge is intended for people who buy his products.

This year I've decided to "do my own thing" when it comes to challenges like his and others, where I "don't fit it" or the rules are more complicated than I want to deal with.

My goal for my artwork endeavors in 2015 is to Keep It Simple (KIS) and Have Fun. I'll continue to participate in challenges where digital artwork is welcome, and I'll also be working on my own Book of Days challenge.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Border - Week 06 - The Book of Days

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The week06 theme for my Book of Days was Border.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Faces - Week 13 - The Book of Days

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The week13 theme for my Book of Days was Faces.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Astronomy - Week 42 - The Book of Days

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The week42 theme for my Book of Days was Astronomy.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Faces - Notes Page 13 - The Book of Days

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I created two Art Journal Pages with "Faces" as the theme. I added this one as Notes Page 13 in my Book of Days.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Monday, January 5, 2015

"Harlequin" – Postcard

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

I was looking for Mardi Gras images and found a book of Butterick costumes. So this Harlequin is a new image that I'm using.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are from the Smithsonian Library

Friday, January 2, 2015

Title Page - The Book of Days

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I created a Title Page for my Book of Days.

Book of Days

A miscellany of

Festivals
Folk-Lore
Curiosities

in connection with

The Calendar

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Time - Week 01 - The Book of Days

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The week01 theme for my Book of Days was Time.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Month of January - The Book of Days

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I created a New Year's Eve theme art journal page for the Month of January page of the weekly planner/journal that I'm using for my Book of Days.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Month of February - The Book of Days

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I created a Valentine theme art journal page for the Month of February page of the weekly planner/journal that I'm using for my Book of Days.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Month of March - The Book of Days

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I created a Spring theme art journal page for the Month of March page of the weekly planner/journal that I'm using for my Book of Days.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Mardi Gras - Week 08 - The Book of Days

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The week08 theme for my Book of Days was Mardi Gras.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Journal Back Accordion Pocket

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I created a back accordion pocket for the weekly planner/journal that I'm using for my Book of Days.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

The Book of Days 2015

I've decided to create a Book of Days for 2015.

I used to receive beautiful Illuminated Manuscript Book of Days books as gifts for Christmas. I loved them. Last year I started The Documented Life Project challenge but didn't finish it. This year, their rules and requirements are too complicated for me to want to participate, so I'm doing my own thing. My only rules are Keep It Simple (KIS) and Have Fun.

The challenge involves using a weekly planner. I purchased a 2015 Sugar Paper Los Angeles 5" x 8" weekly/monthly planner, and will continue to use the Bic and Crayola markers that I bought last year.

I used GIMP version 2.8.14 to create 2" x 1.5" tabs that I then printed on card stock paper, cut out, and Elmer's glue sticked into the planner.

I created a page template in GIMP, which is 4.5" x 8" with 0.125" radius corners on the right side.

The weekly challenge themes are listed below, and I will add links to my entries as I create them. This blog entry will serve as my master index to them.

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Title Page

Inner Title Page

Journal Front Accordion Pocket

Journal Back Accordion Pocket


Week 1. Time
Week 2. Cats
Week 3. Background
Week 4. Oriental
Week 5. Super Bowl Sunday
Week 6. Border
Week 7. Valentine's Day
Week 8. Mardi Gras
Week 9. Layers
Week 10. Full Crow Moon
Week 11. Super Pi Day 3.1415
Week 12. Pocket
Week 13. Faces
Week 14. Full Pink Moon
Week 15. Stained Book Page
Week 16. Leaf Border
Week 17. The Mystic
Week 18. Beltane (Irish) and Full Flower Moon
Week 19. Butterflies
Week 20. Orange and Gold
Week 21. Oriental Flowers
Week 22. Art Deco Border
Week 23. Full Strawberry Moon, Celestial
Week 24. Color by Number
Week 25. Summer
Week 26. Envelope
Week 27. Full Buck Moon and Fourth of July
Week 28.
Week 29. Orange and Blue
Week 30.
Week 31. Full Blue Moon and Lughnasadh (Irish)
Week 32.
Week 33. At the Beach
Week 34. Summer Adventures
Week 35. Full Sturgeon Moon
Week 36. Skull
Week 37. Labor Day, Back to School, Skeleton
Week 38.
Week 39. Full Harvest Moon, Blood Moon
Week 40.
Week 41.
Week 42. Astronomy
Week 43.
Week 44. Full Hunter's Moon, Hallowe'en, All Soul's Day, and Samhain (Irish)
Week 45. Fairy Tales
Week 46. Finis
Week 47.
Week 48. Full Frosty Moon and Thanksgiving
Week 49.
Week 50.
Week 51.
Week 52. Winter, Christmas, and Full Cold Moon
Week 53. New Year's Eve


Months:

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Note Page 11
Note Page 12
Note Page 13