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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

"Long Shadow" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Illustrate a Quote."

My inspiration quote was an Irish Proverb:

All sins cast long shadows.

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, November 25, 2018

"Squares Beyond The Invisible" - Postcard

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

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.

"Icarus" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "Wings on Things."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

Saturday, November 24, 2018

"Song Lyrics - Numb" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Illustrate Song Lyrics."

This is my third piece. My inspiration song lyrics were from Numb by Linkin Park. The lyrics are here. The sound track video is here:  Numb - Linkin Park. (Note: I have not watched the video of the song. I like hearing the song, but not seeing the video itself, so the content may be offensive, for which I apologize.)

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

For a long time, song lyrics have touched me. It could be only a few words, one sentence, several sentences, or the whole song that has a meaning to me when I hear it. I rarely watch the videos for songs that I like, because I have my own imagination of what the song means and the videos don't match it.

"Designer Paper / Die Cut / Circles" - Postcard

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This week's Moo Mania challenge was "Tic Tac Toe" and I chose the row with Designer Paper, Die Cut, and Circles.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

"Song Lyrics - Be Alright" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Illustrate Song Lyrics."

This is my second entry. My inspiration song lyrics were from Be Alright by Dean Lewis. The lyrics are here. The sound track video is here:  Be Alright - Dean Lewis. (Note: I have not watched the video of the song. I like hearing the song, but not seeing the video itself, so the content may be offensive, for which I apologize.)

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

For a long time, song lyrics have touched me. It could be only a few words, one sentence, several sentences, or the whole song that has a meaning to me when I hear it. I rarely watch the videos for songs that I like, because I have my own imagination of what the song means and the videos don't match it.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

"Song Lyrics - I'm A Mess" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Illustrate Song Lyrics."

My inspiration song lyrics were from I'm A Mess by Bebe Rexha. The lyrics are here. The sound track video is here:  I'm A Mess - Bebe Rexha. (Note: I have not watched the video of the song. I like hearing the song, but not seeing the video itself, so the content may be offensive, for which I apologize.)

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

For a long time, song lyrics have touched me. It could be only a few words, one sentence, several sentences, or the whole song that has a meaning to me when I hear it. I rarely watch the videos for songs that I like, because I have my own imagination of what the song means and the videos don't match it.

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Note: the below paragraphs are not about anyone in my blog world.

You know what is worse than someone who doesn't listen to what you tell them? Someone who thinks that they know you better than you know yourself and tells you their incorrect assessment but insists that they are right and you are wrong. A close second, or perhaps a tie with that, is someone who tells you how you should react to something. Even better than that is when that same person doesn't do as they tell you to do in reacting to the exact same situation. Do as I say, not as I do.

I would love for all of the experts in my life, who know me better than I know myself, to tell me what they THINK this song means to me, which parts of the song touch me, and which parts don't. And then those same geniuses can tell me what my art piece means, since they know better than I do everything about me.

But people don't like to be around negative people, and they feel that way even more strongly during the holidays. Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a time when families get together with their loved ones to share a meal. The irony of the significance of today's past and the present isn't lost on me.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

"Gratitude Tree" - Postcard

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

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

Featured in the weekly sampler.

"Grim Reaper Time" - Postcard

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

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

"Time Runs Out" - Postcard

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

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"Turquoise Red Flowers" - Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Splashes of Turquoise and Red."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Vintage Red Retro Diner in Milford, CT - Photograph

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I took these photographs of a vintage red retro diner in Milford, CT back in 2013.

It was located at the south side of South Broad Street, after the intersection with Factory Lane. I say "was" because it was physically removed this week and is being sent to Indiana.

Here is my 2013 blog post of the Coca-Cola sign.

The first photo is my entry for the following:

Tuesday's Treasures

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Union Cemetery Gravestones - Photograph

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This is 1 of 3 posts of photographs that I took of gravestones at Union Cemetery in Easton, CT this past week.

The sky was still overcast from a rain storm that passed through. The grey skies and bare trees seemed to give the gravestones a spooky appearance.

Red Berries / Water Droplets on Grass - Photograph

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This is 2 of 3 posts of photographs that I took at Union Cemetery in Easton, CT this past week.

I was hoping the Eastern Blue Birds would be here again, but it might have been a little too cold for them to be out this time. The sky was still overcast from a rain storm that passed through. I almost didn't notice the leftover water droplets on the blades of grass.

Kent Gravestone Patriotic Santa Claus Pinwheel - Photograph

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This is 3 of 3 posts of photographs that I took of gravestones at Union Cemetery in Easton, CT this past week.

I almost missed this gravestone all decked out with patriotic US flag stars, Christmas Santa Claus stakes, a pinwheel, and a Poinsettia.

"Music Roses Butterfly (Cigar Box #2)" - Wood Box

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I made the same music roses butterfly wood box as this one, using a paper cigar box, so this is box number 2 (#2).

I painted over the paper using Martha Stewart Vintage Gold Metallic Paint (346 433 / M18121), and applied two coats of paint. I created top, front, back, side and bottom panels for it, and decoupaged them onto the box after the paint was dry, using Liquitex Gloss Gel. I used two layers of Delta Ceramcoat Gloss Interior Varnish (clear coat) over that. I left the inside of the box unaltered.

I'm going to try to sell this at a cigar store.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.4.

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

Monday, November 12, 2018

Ridgebury Cemetery Gates and Gravestones - Photograph

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This is 1 of 3 posts of photographs that I took at Ridgebury Cemetery in Ridgefield, CT this past week.

Old Spooky Gravestones - Photograph

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This is 2 of 3 posts of photographs that I took at Ridgebury Cemetery in Ridgefield, CT this past week.

Skull Face Wings Gravestones - Photograph

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This is 3 of 3 posts of photographs that I took at Ridgebury Cemetery in Ridgefield, CT this past week.

"Death Skull Music" - Postcard

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This week's Moo Mania challenge was "Dark and Scary."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

"Insect" - Postcard

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

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

Sunday, November 11, 2018

"Poppies / Remembrance Day" - Postcard

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Today is Veteran's Day in the US and Remembrance Day in the UK.

The foreground words are my poetic license nod to Dido's Lament.

I first made a tag with these same images and words.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

"Poppies / Remembrance Day" - Tag

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Today is Veteran's Day in the US and Remembrance Day in the UK.

This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was "Poppies."

The foreground words are my poetic license nod to Dido's Lament.

I ended up making a postcard with these same images and words, too.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

Saturday, November 10, 2018

"Wizard of Oz Scarecrow" - Postcard

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

This is my first entry, which has dark theme undertones in it.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

Featured in the weekly sampler.

"Sepia Scarecrow" - Postcard

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

This is my second entry. Once again, despite wanting to make more colorful artwork this year, dark sepia moods have crept back into my muse.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.6.

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

Friday, November 9, 2018

Gravestones - Photograph

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This is 1 of 3 posts of photographs that I took at Umpawaug Cemetery in Redding, CT this past week.

Gravestones - Photograph

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Gravestones and Statues - Photograph

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This is 3 of 3 posts of photographs that I took at Umpawaug Cemetery in Redding, CT this past week.