Tea and Tunes

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John:

Some late night tunes after a long day of driving and touring to and from New Orleans…

Originally posted on Muddled Mawkishness & Murky Musings:

I’m sorry I didn’t have much time today. Between trying to upload my artwork to deviantART and post in my business blog, along with taking care of family things, I just didn’t have a lot of time at the end of my day. I hope you’ll enjoy this long chill mix. I should have more tunes for you tomorrow. Our signal is so much slower at night than it is during the morning hours. It’s rather frustrating and one of the downsides to living in a rural area. Anyway…the music…on with it!

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Lonely rose at the cemetery

Art, Black and White, Flower, Local, Nature
Lonely rose at the cemetery

Lonely rose at the cemetery

When we first arrived at Saint Louis Cemetery 1 and started walking around it, I noticed this rose. I grabbed a couple of shots of it. I don’t do a lot of selective coloring but I felt it was appropriate with this shot. I added a grunge texture and canvas texture for the final effect.

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Today’s Art Challenge: Skyline

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Today’s challenge met quite well today…Some really nice shots

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When I first heard about today’s art challenge, I cringed. We don’t get many opportunities to see a real city skyline. Then I realized it happened to coincide with a trip we needed to make to New Orleans, LA. I was so happy!

…And then I thought about it some more. The nifty thing about this art challenge group on facebook is that the artist has the freedom to choose the interpretation of the theme and the medium they wish to use. This is great for me because it means I’ll get to participate on more days than I would otherwise. I don’t always get to break out the paints. Neither do I always have the time to devote to a detailed pencil sketch.

So the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I didn’t have to do a traditional skyline and since when did I prefer…

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Day 272/1003

365 Project, Art, Black and White, Local
Day 272 of my 365 Project

Day 272 of my 365 Project

Early this morning, my family and I made a trip to New Orleans to see our “second son”, who has been grafted into the family, get sworn into the Navy. He shipped off today around noon for basic training. After he left, we did some sight seeing downtown. We went to Crescent City Brewery for lunch. Their Black Forest beer was excellent. After lunch, we made it down to Jackson Square and did some walking around. We saw the artists that were out. We went to the Catholic Church and got some shots. It was fun. After we were done, we decided to see one of the cemeteries. When we got to Saint Louis Cemetery 1, it was closed. The brick was low enough for me to place my camera on top and get some shots. This statue caught my attention when I saw her. I got a far away shot first and then the above shot. She really intrigued me because of her positioning and I couldn’t see her. I did my best to focus without looking through the view finder. I pushed the shutter button half way and turned the lens to manually focus (my automatic focus isn’t working). After getting this shot, I grabbed quite a few more. It was getting late, so we went back home. On and off during the drive home, I thought about how I was going edit the picture. Some time in the near future, Melody and I are going back to New Orleans and do a cemetery tour. We will get shots from inside the cemeteries, but not at night. LOL

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365 Project, Art, Local, Sunset
Day 271 of my 365 Project

Day 271 of my 365 Project

This evening, Melody and I were out getting sunset shots when we had a little impromptu photo shoot at the place where I like to get sunset and storm shots. This is best shot of the few taken. We both wanted something out of the ordinary with the edit, something grungy, post-apocalyptic looking. I hope I conveyed what we were looking for.

Current Art Project: Work In Progress

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An update on her current project. It’s starting to take shape and it’s looking really good

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My goal for today’s artwork is to finally get started on mixed media Mask series #8. First order of business…demolition. I have to take all the coin charms off the chain they came on. Time consuming…indeed…but the result when I laid them out on the mask is already looking pretty epic. Judge for yourself!

This is the layout so far for the masculine mask. There's a feminine mask, too, but I haven't started working on her yet.

This is the layout so far for the masculine mask. There’s a feminine mask, too, but I haven’t started working on her yet. I took the photo with my cell and used Pixlr Express to edit it. I used a golden sepia finish to hide the actual colors. When it’s all done, I’ll share the finished piece!

I hope you enjoy the work so far. I’ve managed to embellish this mask with brass beads so far. The next step will be adding the coins and then this fella will be done and ready to add to…

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Current Project Done For Now

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John:

Another project done (for now)…

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I finished the pencil doodle I started this morning. I have to say, I needed to take a few breaks to rest my hand! I haven’t done this much detail work since high school, many moons ago. But I’m truly happy with the result of my labor. I may ink it in and add a little color later but I’m done for today. I used my cell to snap this shot and edited it with Pixlr Express. I uploaded a similar photo to my deviantART account that I edited in Gimp. I’ll be linking this photo when I get back to my computer. I hope you enjoy the picture!

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Tea and Tunes

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John:

Tunes to relax too this evening…

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All songs from Electus tonight. I’m tired and I really love Electus. It’s a great way to wind down at the end of the day…listening to music you enjoy…with the people you love…sipping warm tea from your mug. :) So no long mix tonight. Just some really great tunes from one of my favorites. If you like what you hear in this post, then be sure to support the artist Electus at YouTube, at SoundCloud, and anywhere else you can find them.

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