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Monday, December 31, 2018

"Midnight" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Midnight."

This is 1 of 3 pieces that I made with a New Year's Eve theme, but I'm only entering this one in the challenge.

Happy New Year everyone!

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Featured in the weekly sampler.

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But it's gone from your eyes
Les yeux sans visage
Even when it's twelve at night

Eyes Without A Face - Billy Idol

Sun Rising Up (Original Mix) - Deux

"New Year's Eve" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Midnight."

This is 2 of 3 pieces that I made with a New Year's Eve theme, but I'm only entering the first one in the challenge.

Happy New Year everyone!

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Time's Exit" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Midnight."

This is 3 of 3 pieces that I made with a New Year's Eve theme, but I'm only entering the first one in the challenge.

Happy New Year everyone!

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Monday, December 24, 2018

"Christmas Eve" - Postcard

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

Happy Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas everyone!

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Saturday, December 22, 2018

New York City Christmas Reflections - Photograph

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I took these photographs in New York City (Manhattan, NY) this past week.

The first two are Christmas windows in Saks Fifth Avenue. They had double reflections of the buildings across the street from them. There is an outer reflection, then an inner rounded snow globe effect reflection. The third is Saint Patrick's Cathedral reflected in the building next to it.

The first photograph is my entry for the following:

Weekend Reflections #482

Sunday, December 16, 2018

"Christmas Nutcracker Army" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Christmas."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Featured in the weekly sampler.

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I recently saw the movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. I went into the theatre without any preconceived notions of what the movie should be about, and I enjoyed it. I thought the movie had a well written, creative story and that it was well acted. Apparently the movie hasn't been well received by critics, but there have been movies that they raved about as being fantastic, that I thought were awful, so there seems to be a disconnect between their perceptions and mine.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

"Medieval Sheet Music" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Create A Christmas Card."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Friday, December 14, 2018

"Christmas Angel" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "Stars."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

"Angel Star" - Postcard

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This week's Moo Mania challenge was "Angels."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Monday, December 10, 2018

"Haunted Vintage Roses" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "What is art/Freestyle."

I went where my muse took me for this piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Christmas Carol" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

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I don't like how this art piece came out. I tried to fix it. Finally I decided I had wasted enough time on it. Sometimes it's good to cut one's losses, and give up.

"The Tribe Has Spoken" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

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Sometimes one can't see the forest for the trees. And then one day, it all becomes clear.

"You're so vain. You probably think this song is about you, don't you?"

"Haunted Yellow Flowers" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

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There are three facets to people:

1) How we perceive ourselves
2) How others perceive us
3) How we really are

Sometimes 1 and 2 can be distorted in familial relationships, even to the point of being the complete opposite of reality.

Nature is survival of the fittest: bullies against weaklings.

As the song lines say, existence can be so cutthroat:

Rather be the hunter (bully) than the prey (weakling)
Yeah, you’re a natural
Living your life cutthroat
You gotta be so cold

Have you ever been to a Family Christmas gathering where instead of it being a positive gathering, it is a negative Family Roast of people present and not present at the party, as well as stereotyped slurs against one's own ethnic heritage? Because that is what the Christmas spirit is all about, isn't it: bad mouthing one's own relatives and one's own heritage.

It's eye opening when you realize that at three different points in time three different family members all did the same thing to you. And majority rules, right? If that many people all did the same thing to you, you must have deserved it and they must be right, and you must be wrong.

And then you don't need to know anything else. You finally know your place.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Waterfall - Photograph

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This is a photograph that I took recently of the waterfall below the bridge on Valley Forge Road in Weston, CT near GPS location 41.244833, -73.349122.

"Christmas Soldier" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Christmas Nutcracker Horse" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Christmas Soldiers" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Christmas Tree Tags - Photograph

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These are photographs of some Christmas Tree Tags that I made.

I created them using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Red Santa Claus" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Saturday, December 8, 2018

"Angels Music" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Angels and Music."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"The First Noel" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Friday, December 7, 2018

"Christmas Red Santa" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Christmas Bell" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Thursday, December 6, 2018

"Hearth and Home" - Tag

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This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was "Hearth and Home."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Blue Winter Snow Sprite" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

"Angel" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Angels."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

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Loving can hurt
Loving can hurt sometimes

Loving can heal
Loving can mend your soul

And it's the only thing we take with us when we die

Photograph (Wait For Me To Come Home) - Ed Sheeran

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

"Christmas Tree Stars Snow" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Pagan Sun God" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Birch Trees / Haunted Woods" - Postcard

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This week's Moo Mania challenge was "Trees."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

"Christmas Greetings - Yellow Bird" - Postcard

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I made a Christmas theme piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Christmas Greetings - Red Bird" - Postcard

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I made a Christmas theme piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Christmas Reindeer" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "Blue and White."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Sunday, December 2, 2018

"Beacon of Light" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Blue."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Saturday, December 1, 2018

American Revolution Uniform and Cannon Ball in Wall - Photograph

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This is 1 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, CT this past week.

Colonial Keeler Tavern and Post Office - Photograph

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This is 2 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, CT this past week.

Colonial Fireplace Beehive Oven - Photograph

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This is 3 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, CT this past week.

Colonial Bed Spinning Wheel Bench - Photograph

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This is 4 of 5 posts of photographs that I took at the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, CT this past week.