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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Layers - Week 09 - The Book of Days

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The week09 theme for my Book of Days was Layers. (This is actually week 09 of the year.)

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Valentine's Day - Week 07 - The Book of Days

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The week07 theme for my Book of Days was Valentine's Day.

The images are from a DuckDuckGo search.

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Swiss Travel" – Tag

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This week’s Tag Along challenge #77 was "Travel."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

"Pieces of Pictures" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Pieces of Pictures."

I wasn't sure what the theme was supposed to be, and all I could think of was puzzle pieces. So I made a piece that is comprised of several pictures, put together as puzzle pieces.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

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

"I Want You" – Postcard

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I created a modern day version of an advertising poster for the United States Government, in the vein of the vintage Uncle Sam posters.

I authored the words on my poster:

      I Want You

      to help US
      subvert the Constitution
      Ours
      Theirs

      Free thinkers need not apply

      This message approved by the CIA, NSA, NGA, FBI, ATF, DHS

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The Uncle Sam image is from the Library of Congress, and I applied the G'MIC "Hope poster" filter to it. (See the side of my blog for links.)

This piece was inspired by the ever growing list of actions committed by the United States Government.

After the latest revelation about the United States Government's hacking of Gemalto and their theft of Gemalto's encryption keys for SIM cards used in cellular phones around the world, I decided to get the courage to post this. (If I get brave, I'll even mail printed postcards to Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.)

From the CIA torture report, to coups that aren't coups (Egypt, Ukraine), to arming Syrian rebels who later morph into ISIS, to spying on the American people in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, and more, the ever growing list is alarming.

Where is the voice of the US Media, who were so vocal during the Senate Church Committee and Watergate eras?


President Barack Obama, June 7, 2013:

"And the modest encroachments on privacy that are involved in getting phone numbers or duration without a name attached and not looking at content — that on, you know, net, it was worth us doing.

That’s — some other folks may have a different assessment of that. But I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have a hundred percent security and also then have a hundred percent privacy and zero inconvenience. You know, we’re going to have to make some choices as a society."

President Barack Obama, January 17, 2015:

"The bottom line is that people around the world, regardless of their nationality, should know that the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security, and that we take their privacy concerns into account in our policies and procedures."



The Fourth Amendment

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."


President Abraham Lincoln, September 17, 1859 Speech at Cincinnati, Ohio:

"The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both Congresses and courts — not to overthrow the constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert that constitution."


The First Amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Saturday, February 14, 2015

"When you come undone" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Hearts and Flowers."

I used a design similar to the one on this tag that I had created a few weeks ago.

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 Bookman Old Style Semi-Bold.

The words are, "Who do you need, who do you love, when you come undone?" from the song "Come Undone" by Duran Duran.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Male Hooded Merganser - Photograph

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This is a photograph I took recently of a Male Hooded Merganser that was floating around on the water sleeping. However, he seemed to keep a watchful eye on me. Two females were also nearby.

It's been very cold and snowy this winter, so I haven't been out taking photographs. This was my first time taking photographs in several months. We're supposed to get more snow tonight and tomorrow, except this time they're also saying we might get 0.25 inches of ice here along the coast of Connecticut. That will be very bad. I hope I don't lose power.

Hooded Merganser Couple Sleeping - Photograph

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This is a photograph I took recently of a Hooded Merganser couple that was floating around on the water sleeping. However, the male seemed to keep a watchful eye on me.

Elisabeth's Robert Burns Postcard - Photograph

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I received Elisabeth's Robert Burns Postcard in the mail this week. Unfortunately one of the butterflies got ripped off somewhere in transit. She decided to mail her artwork to the first person who commented on it, which I thought was a great idea! This was her entry for a recent Sunday Postcard Art challenge.

"Thoughts of Love" – Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Thoughts of Love."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are by the artist Walter Crane and are from the Internet Archive. (See the side of my blog for links.)

Monday, February 2, 2015

"February" – Tag

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I created this for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015 - February 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.)

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.

This week's Take a Word challenge was "Hearts" so I'm posting this there.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Imbolc / Oimelg / Brigid's Day / Mid Winter Festival" – Postcard

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

I used several symbols of Imbolc in my piece. I show Brigid driving out Winter/Darkness (snow/moon) and ushering in Spring/Light (flowers/sun). The snake that emerges from the hole is in front of her. The fertile ewe is behind her.

This is my second attempt at a piece for this theme. My first piece wasn't coming together. After a good night's sleep, the idea for this piece came to me when I awoke. I don't know if I've made a similar piece before, or if I started this idea once before but was unable to bring all of the elements together to create it and gave up, but I am very happy with how this came out. I started with the woman, and the rest of the elements followed.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.14.

The vintage images are by the artist Walter Crane and are from the Internet Archive. (See the side of my blog for links.)


Imbolc Hymn:

Thig an nathair as an toll
   La donn Bride,
Ged robh tri traighean dh' an t-sneachd
   Air leachd an lair.


The serpent will come from the hole
   On the brown Day of Bride,
Though there should be three feet of snow
   On the flat surface of the ground.

Carmichael, Alexander (1900)
Carmina Gadelica: Hymns and Incantations, Ortha Nan Gaidheal, Volume I, p. 169