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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

"Asian Flower Circles" - Postcard

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

I have artist's block again, so this is kind of a hodgepodge.

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, February 25, 2019

"T Stands For Teddy Perusing Periodicals" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

This is my summation of the past week:

Teddy continues to volunteer to get the mail out of the mailbox for me. Then I wondered where my magazines were, and I discovered Teddy reading them. Teddy said the cover had a Spring like appearance, and he wanted to find out about what's trending in home, garden, and food, per the article teaser.

Teddy offered to pose with the Stop and Shop flyer, so we could get our beverage credit in. Teddy said he was thrilled and excited to learn from Elizabeth that having something that contained a picture of a drink counted as our ticket into the gathering. (I told Teddy we already knew that, and let's not revisit the voucher debacle.) Then he muttered something about still hoping to get a spokesperson position with the grocery store chain.


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We continue to get lucky with the weather, and got spared the brunt of the winter storms that went through this past week. One was even all rain, instead of snow, thankfully. But now (2/25) it's very windy, with gusts as high as 50 mph. And more snow is forecast for later this week.

I made two moo art pieces this week. I haven't made them since 2015, and I forgot how fun they are to make. And I found some Photoshop powder brushes to use, to qualify for the Try it on Tuesday challenge theme.

Then artist's block returned, so now I'm struggling to make artwork for the challenge themes.

Addendum: I urge everyone on blogger to read this post by Lavender Dreams. After 10 years of activity, Google deleted her blog without any warning! It's troubling and concerning, to say the least.

"Vintage Flower Bird" - Postcard

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This week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge was "Vintage Florals."

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, February 22, 2019

"Skyline Cityscape Flying Machines" - Postcard

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

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Medieval Story People 11" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

I tried to imitate Maschas Buch's story people collage art style, which you can see here. I love her art style. I used medieval writing and images for my piece. This is my eleventh art piece in this style, but I'm not completely happy with my result.

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

"Woman Yellow Dress" - Moo

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

This is my third entry, and another moo (instead of my usual postcard artwork). I forgot how fun a moo size is. I haven't made any since 2015.

I used some Photoshop Powder brushes from Deviantart in the background of this, so I'm also using it as my second entry at Try it on Tuesday where the challenge was "Powder your..."

Lately most of my public domain images have been coming from archive.org, but I also use the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library, as well as other sites.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Woman" - Postcard

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

This is my second entry, in my usual postcard format. This also has a nod toward clean and simple (CAS) and white space.

And for your listening enjoyment: Someone To Watch Over Me - Ella Fitzgerald

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Woman" - Moo

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

I made a moo this time (instead of my usual postcard artwork). I forgot how fun a moo size is. I haven't made any since 2015.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

"Powder Couple" - Postcard

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This week's Try it on Tuesday challenge was "Powder your..." My artwork is digital, so to be compliant with the theme, I used some Photoshop Powder brushes from Deviantart in the background of this. I'm not completely happy with my result.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Full Snow Moon" - Postcard

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I made a postcard out of my Book of Days week08 Full Snow Moon art journal page.

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, February 18, 2019

"T Stands For Teddy With A Meal Voucher" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

This is my summation of the past week:

Recently Teddy volunteered to start getting the mail out of the mailbox for me. I didn't suspect he had an ulterior motive. Then Teddy told me we had received a voucher for a free meal up to $50. I told Teddy that sounded too good to be true. He handed me the postcard that came in the mail, addressed to me, but which he had opened (in violation of Federal laws ;-). At face value, it appeared Teddy was correct. Then I noticed the fine print: $50 off a meal that cost at least $100. Teddy was disappointed when I broke the news to him, and said he considered this mailing to be somewhat deceptive. I couldn't disagree with him on that point. But Teddy learned an important lesson: all that glitters is not gold.

Teddy said despite his lesson learned, he liked his photos with the voucher, and didn't want to pose with a drink, so he said I needed to create an artwork piece as our ticket into the T-Day gathering again. So I went in search of tea, found a teapot, and created this.




Tuesday and Tuesday night (Feb 12) we had another snow storm: snow, sleet, then freezing rain. Teddy helped me shovel the driveway Wednesday morning (Feb 13). The snow was water logged so it was like shoveling cement. Our feet got wet again because our boots are no longer water proof, and the stores already sold out their winter inventory, so we couldn't find a new pair for this season.

Thursday was Valentine's Day and I posted some artwork that I made for it.




I made more story people collage artwork. And this week's Sunday Postcard Art theme was "masquerade" so I created this for it.




On Saturday, we watched Unearthly Stranger (1963), which another blogger had mentioned (I don't remember who). If you like science fiction movies, I recommend seeing it. We finished up our weekend by watching D.O.A. (1949) on Sunday. If you like classic old movies, I recommend seeing it.


Feb 19 follow up note: After seeing Elizabeth's comment, I took another look at the photo of the voucher, and spotted the glass of wine. I asked Teddy if he knew that was on there, and he just turned away, without answering. So I suspect she may be right, about Teddy trying to make more work for me. :-)

"Teapot Shadowland" - Postcard

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I made a teapot themed art piece as my ticket into Bleubeard and Elizabeth's T Stands For challenge found here. My actual entry for this week is here.

This is also my entry for this week's Take a Word challenge of "Purple."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Full Snow Moon - Week 08 - The Book of Days

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The week08 theme for my Book of Days was Full Snow Moon.

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 master index for all of my entries is here.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

"Masquerade" - Postcard

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

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, February 15, 2019

"Green Flower Border" - 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, February 14, 2019

"Valentine Be Mine" - 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.)

"Red Border Valentine" - 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, February 13, 2019

"Medieval Story People 10" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

I tried to imitate Maschas Buch's story people collage art style, which you can see here. I love her art style. I used medieval writing and images for my piece. This is my tenth art piece in this style, but I'm not completely happy with my result.

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

"Mushroom" - Tag

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This week's Tag Tuesday challenge was "Mushrooms / fungi."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Medieval Story People 9" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

I tried to imitate Maschas Buch's story people collage art style, which you can see here. I love her art style. I used medieval writing and images for my piece. This is my ninth art piece in this style, and I'm happy with my result.

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

"Vintage Roses" - Postcard

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This is more of a fragment than a complete piece. It could probably be used for a background.

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

"Africa Lion" - Postcard

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This is 1 of 2 very similar pieces that I made for this week's Three Muses challenge "Africa."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Africa Rhinoceros" - Postcard

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This is 2 of 2 very similar pieces that I made for this week's Three Muses challenge "Africa."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

"Medieval Story People 8" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

I tried to imitate Maschas Buch's story people collage art style, which you can see here. I love her art style. I used medieval writing and images for my piece. This is my eighth art piece in this style, and I'm happy with my result.

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

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Sometimes words touch you. Sometimes words can have more than one meaning.

Be soft.
Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let pain make you hate.
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
Iain Thomas

Love Somebody - Maroon 5

Month of Jun - The Book of Days

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I created a Sunrise theme art journal page for the Month of Jun page for the weekly planner/journal that I'm using for my Book of Days. This piece is based on my Sun postcard. I replaced the color ink cartridge in my printer, so this image printed correctly.

This is also my entry for this month's Art Journal Journey challenge "The Color Yellow."

Oh yeah: and it's snowing here today (Feb 12, 2019). That's why my thoughts are focused on yellow warmth.

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 master index for all of my entries is here.

"Medieval Valentine" - 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.)

Monday, February 11, 2019

"Take Me All The Way" - 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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Life is full of ironies....

Love Somebody - Maroon 5

Hymn For The Weekend (Then we'll shoot across the sky) - Coldplay

"Medieval Story People 7" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

I tried to imitate Maschas Buch's story people collage art style, which you can see here. I love her art style. I used medieval writing and images for my piece. This is my seventh art piece in this style, but I'm not completely happy with my result.

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

"T Stands For Teddy With Ikea Candles" - Photograph

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I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for this week's T Stands For challenge found here.

Teddy wanted to share with everyone the scented Ikea candles that we got this past week. It was a small indulgence to brighten things up as we creep toward Spring. Ikea has great prices (as in low / affordable) on scented candles. I got some SINNLIG Scented tealight, Tropical pineapple, yellow candles for $2.99/30 pack, and some BLOMDOFT Scented block candle, Sweet pea, light orange candles for $4.99/3 pack. (Note: I can confirm the tea lights burn for almost 4 hours, as Ikea says.)

The yellow tealights have a subtle scent that isn't too overpoweringly sweet the way some fruit scented candles are. And the pink candles have a soft but heavenly flower scent that definitely makes me think of Spring. This Winter we've had two arctic blasts so far, that brought unseasonably bitter cold temperatures that I think many (all?) of us would prefer to do without.

We wrote a tutorial on how to use the Crop Tool in GIMP. I use the term "we" loosely because someone who shall remain nameless insisted on getting partial credit for writing the blog post even though he merely "starred" in the photos used for it. His name begins with "T" if you couldn't guess who I'm talking about. :-)

Teddy suggested I start keeping a mini-journal about his, then he corrected himself and said "our" activities during the week, for our T-Day post. I told him so far he hasn't been photographed with a drink, so we need to work on that next. Teddy said he doesn't think he's been shown with tea yet, so that might be a nice treat for him, ahem, us, to show this time.

Teddy mentioned that in case everyone doesn't know it, bears love honey in their tea. I told Teddy I think people get that. Teddy then mumbled something about asking everyone to send him honey in the bear shaped containers, and I told him we already have more than enough of those in the cupboard, because of him insisting I buy some every time I go out anywhere. We settled on me posting an art piece featuring a tea cup, for T-Day, as our ticket into the group gathering.


I tried to make a few story people art pieces. I also entered Tag Tuesday, Try it on Tuesday, and Moo Mania and More this past week.


I took some photos of "the cat" to share with everyone. Teddy complained that he wasn't in the photos. I told him I had a hard enough time getting the cat to sit still, to get any good photos. (Yes, those are my legs in there. He clings to me like a dog, which I love, but it makes it nearly impossible to get a good snapshot of him.)


I was this week's guest host for Sunday Postcard Art, and I chose the theme of "The Sun." Next week the theme is Masquerade. I hope some of you consider joining us there, because everyone is friendly and welcoming of new contributors. All mediums are allowed, as long as your artwork is 4" x 6" or 6" x 4". 

To end our Sunday, we watched Dragonwyck. If you like classic old movies, I recommend seeing it.

Then we had Shepherd's Pie for dinner.
 

"Tea Cup" - Postcard

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I made a tea cup themed art piece as my ticket into Bleubeard and Elizabeth's T Stands For challenge found here. My actual entry for this week is here.

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 Cat" - Photograph

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I took these photographs of my cat this past week. I realized I don't have many photos of him. (Yes, those are my legs in there. He clings to me like a dog, which I love, but it makes it nearly impossible to get a good snapshot of him.)

Shepherd's Pie - Photograph

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These are some photographs of the Shepherd's Pie that I made for my Sunday dinner. I defrosted some leftover stuffing that I made at Christmas, to use as the meat filling. I also used two cans of Campbell's condensed cream of mushroom soup and one bag of peas and carrots. I topped it with buttered mashed potatoes.

"Pierrot Valentine" - Postcard

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This week's Take a Word challenge was "Love Is In The Air."

I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

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

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.

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 master index for all of my entries is here.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

"The Sun - Sunrise" - Postcard

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This week I have the honor of being the guest host at Sunday Postcard Art and I chose the theme of "The Sun."

I hope everyone has fun with the theme. I can't wait to see what everyone creates. I'll be by to visit everyone during the week.

For my piece, I started with the woman wearing the sunrise dress, and then created the scene around her. I added the sun / moon / fan couple but modified the colors to be more yellow. The dark blue border matched the color of the moon, and the smaller flowers within it reminded me of stars, so I used it as my symbolic night sky which was fading at dawn. I added the radiating sun spokes in the background, to line up with the sun on her dress and enhance the appearance of the rising sun.

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, February 9, 2019

"Medieval Story People 6" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

I tried to imitate Maschas Buch's story people collage art style, which you can see here. I love her art style. I used medieval writing and images for my piece. This is my sixth art piece in this style, but I'm not completely happy with my result.

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

"Medieval Story People 5" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

I tried to imitate Maschas Buch's story people collage art style, which you can see here. I love her art style. I used medieval writing and images for my piece. This is my fifth art piece in this style, and I'm happy with my result.

I've been suffering from artist's block lately, but I've had a break through with these. I might make a few more, to take advantage of the free flowing creativity I've got right now.

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

"Medieval Story People 4" - Postcard

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I created this using GIMP 2.10.8.

I tried to imitate Maschas Buch's story people collage art style, which you can see here. I love her art style. I used medieval writing and images for my piece. This is my fourth art piece in this style, and I'm happy with my result. This time I added a border, which I don't think I've seen her do. While I like how it looks in this piece, I think borders should be used sparingly, and mostly not at all, for this style of art.

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

Friday, February 8, 2019

Crescent Moon - Photograph

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I took this photograph of the moon as the sun was setting today. The image isn't as crisp as I would have liked it to be.

This is my entry for this week's Sky Watch Friday.