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Fun With Glass

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Melody of Unchained Emporium having fun with glass…

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Our girls started painting flat-backed glass marbles again recently. It’s really a lot of fun! You can use glass paint…but we don’t have any. So we use fingernail polish. We actually bought the larger marbles per Starshine’s request. She was looking for fun things she could make to sell at our table when we sit at the Farmer’s Market and remembered how fun it was to paint the marbles. I’d done some Nine Men’s Morris travel game sets for a few friends about 3 years ago. They were meant to be used only when we were with each other, so the travel games were made with only one set of player pieces.

Anyway, back to the events of the last couple of days… Starshine’s idea was to create stones with letters on them. Here are the stones she’s painted so far. I have a weird sense of ‘just because it…

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365 Project, Art, Clouds, La Skies, Local, Rain, Storm, Storm Chasing
Day 231 of my 365 Project

Day 231 of my 365 Project

This afternoon, my wife and I went storm chasing. There were some impressive storms in the area, so we checked them out. This beauty was east of me. I got a nice panorama shot of it. We chased for over an hour. We saw a bunch of lightning and lots of rain. I’m not sure if chasing will be on the agenda for tomorrow since there is play practice.

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Mixed Media Mask Series #7: Started!

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John:

The beginning of another mixed media project from Unchained Emporium…

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I started work on number 7 in my Mask series today. The paint for the background is done so I’ll share that with you. Again, it’s purposely edited this way so I don’t give away the surprise when it’s complete. I’m using lots of metallic colors for this one. I /love/ metal. I’d have more piercings if I didn’t spend all my fun money on supplies! One day I’ll balance that…maybe. :)

This is the background for my newest mixed-media art project. I used acrylic paints in purple, turquoise, metallic gold, metallic green, metallic copper, and metallic silver. The canvas is 11 x 14

This is the background for my newest mixed-media art project. I used acrylic paints in purple, turquoise, metallic gold, metallic green, metallic copper, and metallic silver. The canvas is 11 x 14

I used a frame that makes it look like the viewer is seeing things through a dirty window. It goes along with my theme, in a way. I’m really hoping to get a more industrial feel, leaning toward the Steampunk genre, with this project. Stay tuned…

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365 Project, Art, Clouds, La Skies, Local, Storm, Trees
Day 230 of my 365 Project

Day 230 of my 365 Project

This afternoon, there were some nice storms that came through and gave us some much needed rain. I noticed these clouds after checking the mail. It was pretty epic looking. I believe the forecast is for more storms tomorrow. There is no play practice so I might be able to go chasing. I sure hope so.

Mixed Media Mask Series #6: Complete!

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John:

More wonderful creations from Unchained Emporium…

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I’ve been working on this piece for almost a month. It just didn’t come together as easily, or as comfortably as the last two I shared here. There was this idea in my head of what it /needed/ to be…and I couldn’t achieve that with what I had on hand. So my idea needed to be altered. This halted the creative process for me for a little while. I don’t know how anyone else works but when my work doesn’t come together like I want it to, I sort of freeze it for a while…put it on hold. It’s not on purpose. It’s more like my mind just cannot comprehend why in the world I’d want to change a perfectly good idea. I really have to laugh at myself sometimes. It’s better to laugh than cry, right? So that’s when I realized that what I was trying to do was…

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Mixed Media Artwork #5: Complete!

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A finished project from Unchained Emporium…Very cool creations on this blog

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I actually completed this piece yesterday but couldn’t get a decent picture. So today, I took advantage of the beautiful morning sun to get a better photo. Today, I proudly present to you “Geisha Garden”.

"Geisha Garden" is number 5 in my Mask mixed media art series. This edit was as close as I could get to show the vibrance of the colors. This piece is for sale. If you're interested, please send me a message.

“Geisha Garden” is number 5 in my Mask mixed media art series. This edit was as close as I could get to show the vibrance of the colors. This piece is for sale. If you’re interested, please send me a message.

This is a close-up shot of the bottom swirl of the mask. The colors of the brocade show really well in this photo.

This is a close-up shot of the bottom swirl of the mask. The colors of the brocade show really well in this photo.

This is a close-up photo of the top swirl of the  mask. Again, you can see the vibrance of the brocade very well in this picture.

This is a close-up photo of the top swirl of the mask. Again, you can see the vibrance of the brocade very well in this picture.

I’m really pleased with this one. I’m keeping the commentary short tonight. I’ll let the photos speak for me. I hope you enjoy seeing them!…

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Day 229/960

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Day 229 of my 365 Project

Day 229 of my 365 Project

This afternoon, my wife and youngest daughter were heading to town when we noticed this wonderful storm cell. I found a place to pull off the road so I could get some shots. When we started back towards town again, it started raining really hard. It was a really nice and impressive storm.

Day 228/959

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Day 228 of my 365 Project

Day 228 of my 365 Project

This morning, we had to make a trip to Crowley, Louisiana to pick up our adopted son, who is in the play we are involved with. On the way there, I noticed this very beautiful cloud formation. I found a place on the side of the road to pull off and get some shots. I couldn’t get all of it shooting landscape, so I got a shot in portrait mode and got everything. It was really cool to see.

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365 Project, Astrophotography, Clouds, Deep Space, La Skies, Lights, Local, Long exposure, Meteor, Nature, Night photography, Stars, Trees
Day 227 of my 365 Project

Day 227 of my 365 Project

This evening I wanted to get a shot of the Milky Way, which I can see when it gets dark. It’s a really cool sight to see. I got a shot of it last night because the sky was clear and I wanted a shot. When it finally got dark, I set up my camera and went outside. The clouds I thought was going to go away when the sun went down didn’t. I went on ahead and got a few shots and this is the best one. I did catch something flying but I’m not sure what it is. It took me a bit to edit the shot because it had a bunch of noise from shooting at a very high ISO (ISO 6400 to be exact). You can still see some of the stars from the Milky Way which is cool. When I get another clear night, I’ll post a clear one even if I have posted my picture of the day.

Let The Creations Continue!

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An update on one of the newest creations from Unchained Emporium. You should go check out her stuff.

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After what should’ve been an easy Friday turned into a terrible state of confusion and hurt, I’m surprised that my creativity is still functioning. And not only functioning, healing. I may not be able to fix every problem I come up against in my life, but I /can/ create. I finished the 5th mixed media art piece in my mask series. It feels kind of weird to say that. I’m an amateur artist and I have a ‘series’…hmmm… Makes me chuckle a bit, I must say! I’m calling this one “Geisha Garden”. The mask I chose, decorated in the way it came out, on this black canvas really made me think of the Japanese art and cultural photos I have seen.  The fabric feathers at the top were a happy accident (as Bob Ross would say) which occurred when my husband moved something from our table and a string of…

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