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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

"Old Fashioned Girl" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "Old Fashioned Girl."

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Medieval Comes To Mind - Week 04 - The Book of Days

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The week04 theme for my Book of Days was Medieval Comes To Mind.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

The master index for all of my entries is here.

"Travel / Adventure" - Postcard

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This week I have the privilege of being the guest host for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge. I chose the theme "Travel."

I started with a map for the background. Then I added the stylish, adventurous woman with her travel bags / luggage and golf clubs. Lastly, I added her travel destination cities.

On a personal note, I started entering the Sunday Postcard Art challenges in February / March of 2009, which is how long I’ve had my blog for. I’ve grown as an artist because of SPA, and I've met many nice, helpful people on there. Early on, I was thrilled the first time I made it into one of the weekly samplers for my butterflies piece. I'm glad Mandy has kept the challenge going all of these years, and that participants have been able to help her do that.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Stratford Point Lighthouse - Photograph

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I recently took these photographs of Stratford Point Lighthouse in Stratford, CT.

Winter Beach Scenes - Photograph

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I recently took these photographs at Short Beach in Stratford, CT.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Papers Scraps Doodles - Week 03 - The Book of Days

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The week03 theme for my Book of Days was Papers Scraps Doodles.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

The master index for all of my entries is here.

"Boston Matchbook Covers" - Postcard

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I made a vintage Boston matchbook covers theme piece.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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"Music Birds" - Postcard

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

I went where my muse took me.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

"Secret Garden" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Secret Garden."

I took some poetic license with this, and used flowers, fairies, and garden poems for a slightly dark theme.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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Monday, January 15, 2018

"Zetti Black Bird" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "Black Bird."

I made a Zetti theme piece, which is my interpretation of the style. I know what Zetti Art looks like, but I always struggle to make it myself. I used Prismacolor Markers colors for this, and have been enjoying making artwork using my own style of Zetti.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

"Playing Cards Suits" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Add a Tag."

I made a playing cards suits theme piece. The Queen of Hearts is in the scallop edged tag that I added.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Beginning - Week 02 - The Book of Days

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The week02 theme for my Book of Days was New Beginning.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Friday, January 12, 2018

"Zetti Seahorse" - Postcard

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I made a Zetti theme piece, which is my interpretation of the style. I know what Zetti Art looks like, but I always struggle to make it myself. I used Prismacolor Markers colors for this.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"Zetti Woman" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Zetti Art."

I know what Zetti Art looks like, but I always struggle to make it myself. This is 1 of 2 pieces that I made, which is my interpretation of the style. I used Prismacolor Markers colors for this.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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"Zetti Sun" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Zetti Art."

I know what Zetti Art looks like, but I always struggle to make it myself. This is 2 of 2 pieces that I made, which is my interpretation of the style. I used Prismacolor Markers colors for this.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Medieval Dragon Eating Fish" - Postcard

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

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

"Snow Queen" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Flourish / Swirls."

I made a cold Winter weather snow theme piece. An arctic air mass "buckle" has been in place for almost two weeks now. This weekend we have a wind chill advisory for daytime temperatures to feel like -5 to -10 F, and overnight to feel like -10 to -15 F.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

1/365 postcards for Project 365 Somethings in 2018. I think that challenge might be too overwhelming to try to do, and I'm starting it late.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Blizzard Warning - 12 to 18 inches of snow - NYC, NJ, CT tri-state area


There are so many winter weather hazards going on right now that there are fourteen different color codes for them. It's currently 25 degrees F where I am, and after the storm passes, the high won't get above the low teens until Monday. This will be very bad if the power goes out.

NWS Forecast Office New York, NY

Blizzard Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service New York NY
1139 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018

CTZ006>008-010>012-NYZ078>081-177-179-050045-
/O.CON.KOKX.BZ.W.0001.000000T0000Z-180105T0600Z/
Northern New Haven-Northern Middlesex-Northern New London-
Southern New Haven-Southern Middlesex-Southern New London-
Northwestern Suffolk-Northeastern Suffolk-Southwestern Suffolk-
Southeastern Suffolk-Northern Nassau-Southern Nassau-
1139 AM EST Thu Jan 4 2018

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM EST FRIDAY...

* WHAT...Blizzard conditions occurring. Travel will be very
  dangerous to impossible. Damage to trees and power lines has
  been reported. Storm total accumulations of 12-18 inches are
  expected.

* WHERE...Portions of southern Connecticut and southeast New
  York.

* WHEN...Until 1 AM EST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 55 mph will
  cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant
  drifting of the snow is likely.

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 are likely. This 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. The latest road conditions for
the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Let Go - Week 01 - The Book of Days

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The week01 theme for my Book of Days was Let Go.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Month of January - The Book of Days

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I created a Full Moon / Blue Moon theme art journal page for the Month of January page for the weekly planner/journal that I'm using for my Book of Days.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Journal Front Accordion Pocket

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

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

The master index for all of my entries is here.

Title Page - The Book of Days

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I created a Title Page for my Book of Days.

I created this using GIMP 2.8.22.

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

The master index for all of my entries is here.

The Book of Days 2018

I'm restarting my Book of Days theme for 2018.

My only rules for myself are Keep It Simple (KIS) and Have Fun.

The challenge involves using a weekly planner. I purchased a Lemome 5.75" x 8.25" 2018 Academic Weekly, Monthly and Year Planner. (As of 2017, the Sugar Paper Los Angeles 5" x 8" weekly/monthly planner that I liked was no longer available.)

I created a page template for my planner, which is 5.25" x 8.188" with 0.1875" (3/16") radius corners on the right side for my Art Journal pages.

I re-used the 2" x 1.5" tabs template that I created with GIMP, and made divider tabs that I then printed on card stock paper, cut out, and Elmer's glue sticked into the planner.

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

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Journal Back Accordion Pocket

Week 1. Jan 1 - Let Go  
Week 2. Jan 7 - New Beginning
Week 3. Jan 14 - Papers Scraps Doodles
Week 4. Jan 21 - Medieval Comes To Mind

Week 6. Feb 4 - Hearts Flowers
Week 7. Feb 11 - Multi Layered Background
Week 8. Feb 18 - Watercolor
Week 9. Feb 25 - Large Flowers

Week 10. Mar 4 - Envelope
Week 11. Mar 11 - Shapes
Week 12. Mar 18 - Fragment
Week 13. Mar 25 - Butterfly Collage

April
Week 14. Apr 1 - Queen Of Hearts
Week 15. Apr 8
Week 16. Apr 15
Week 17. Apr 22
Week 18. Apr 29

May
Week 19. May 6
Week 20. May 13
Week 21. May 20
Week 22. May 27

June
Week 23. Jun 3
Week 24. Jun 10
Week 25. Jun 17
Week 26. Jun 24

July
Week 27. Jul 1
Week 28. Jul 8
Week 29. Jul 15
Week 30. Jul 22
Week 31. Jul 29

August
Week 32. Aug 5
Week 33. Aug 12
Week 34. Aug 19
Week 35. Aug 26

September
Week 36. Sep 2
Week 37. Sep 9
Week 38. Sep 16
Week 39. Sep 23
Week 40. Sep 30

October
Week 41. Oct 7
Week 42. Oct 14
Week 43. Oct 21
Week 44. Oct 28

November
Week 45. Nov 4
Week 46. Nov 11
Week 47. Nov 18
Week 48. Nov 25

December
Week 49. Dec 2
Week 50. Dec 9
Week 51. Dec 16
Week 52. Dec 23
Week 53. Dec 30