Gettin' Close to Autumn ~ Creative Arts Three-Day Weekend

  
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Gettin' Close to Autumn ~ Creative Arts Three-Day Weekend
 

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

Fall in!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    one month ago

Beautiful pictures, Mac. It is beginning to look and feel like fall here too.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    one month ago

How I love your autumnal photos! 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
1.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.2    one month ago

It's a subject for which many FALL, and, once posted, one from which one seldom LEAVES.

Went out on a LIMB with that, but, it enabled me to BRANCH out.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2  evilgenius    one month ago

I don't see any garden gnomes in these photos... (all taken with my iPhone 11 Pro Max last Saturday)

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Kavika
Professor Principal
2.1  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @2    one month ago

I just got the iPhone a couple of weeks ago, I'll be taking photos with it soon. The camera is really wonderful.

This photo was taken with my old phone. 

The gang taking a mid-day break.

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evilgenius
Professor Guide
2.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @2.1    one month ago

Nice! I look forward to seeing what you capture. I still use photoshop for color correction and editing.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2.1.2  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @2.1.1    one month ago

I'll have to learn how to use photoshop.

 
 
 
evilgenius
Professor Guide
2.1.3  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @2.1.2    one month ago

I can show you all the basic any time you need. 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2.1.4  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @2.1.3    one month ago

Thanks, I'll contact you when I have some photos to start with.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
2.1.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @2.1    one month ago

Great photo, Kavika. Looks like a good spot for an afternoon nap.

Looking forward to seeing the photos from your new iPhone.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
2.1.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2.1.5    one month ago

Me too.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
2.1.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @2.1    one month ago

I am curious about something.  You've said that you couldn't post photos you took with your new phone, but you are able to do so with your old phone.  Is the process that different?

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2.1.8  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.7    one month ago

I didn't say I couldn't post photos with my new phone, Buzz. It works the same as my old phone.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
2.1.9  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @2.1.8    one month ago

Sorry, I recall your saying something about a problem you had posting photos, but maybe it was only because you were away on vacation without a computer.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
2.1.10  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.9    one month ago

Yes, that was it Buzz. Posting photo from a cell phone is challenging, especially for old guys.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
2.1.11  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @2.1.10    one month ago

For old gals too...(grin)

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
2.2  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @2    one month ago

Those are fantastic pictures EG!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @2    one month ago

Beautiful photos, EG. Reminds me of my trip to the Arboretum in Atlanta a few years back. The first one does look like there should be a Gnome sitting beside it. (smile)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @2    one month ago

Those are great shots of some very fancy mushrooms.  Any that are poisonous?

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.4.1  evilgenius  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.4    one month ago

The orange ones are listed as poisonous, but I've read online that in Europe some people par boil them twice to leach out the toxicity and then eat them. I don't know of the others. I think the first image is okay to eat, but know nothing of the ones in the middle image.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.4.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @2.4.1    one month ago

I have always loved mushrooms, but never picked and ate any I saw growing.  I once had a neighbour who used to go out to find and pick morel mushrooms, and gave me some - they were delicious.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
2.5  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  evilgenius @2    one month ago

Wow, these don't even look real! 

Great job.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
2.6  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  evilgenius @2    one month ago

These are textbook worthy, biological/morphological gems! Excellent work!

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
3  Gsquared    one month ago

Crepe Myrtle and Butterfly                                                                        800

© G. Gam 2021    

Covered Bridge, Kyoto

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @3    one month ago

Beautiful artwork G. The top one is really very pleasing to the eye in color variation and subject.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
3.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @3.1    one month ago

Thank you, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3.2  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @3    one month ago

Great shots, G.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
3.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @3.2    one month ago

Thanks, Kavika!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @3    one month ago

Love the bridge shot - bridges make great photo subjects.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
3.3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.3    one month ago

Thanks, Buzz.  Yes, they do make great photo subjects.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
3.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @3.3.1    one month ago

Maybe I'll make that my next weekend topic.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
3.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Gsquared @3    one month ago

Your photos keep getting better. Love both of these.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.4.1  Gsquared  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.4    one month ago

Thank you, Perrie.

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.5  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @3    one month ago

that butterfly picture is an album cover.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.5.1  Gsquared  replied to  devangelical @3.5    one month ago

"Gsquared's Greatest Hits"

 
 
 
Gsquared
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3.5.2  Gsquared  replied to  Gsquared @3.5.1    one month ago

Album title.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
4  Raven Wing    one month ago

Friday is here once again......and Fall is just a few days away. Time for some fun music and dance....

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Gsquared
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4.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @4    one month ago

That is really nice.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
4.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @4.1    one month ago

Thank you G.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.2  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @4    one month ago

That is a beauty, RW.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
4.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @4.2    one month ago

Thank you very much, Kavika. I'm really very glad you like it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @4    one month ago

A great image, and a fantastic frame.  You know that I've never been afraid to offer my honest opinion.  The frame is so fantastic it almost overtakes the focus on and interest in the image.  Perhaps if it were not so stark, but of a more muted colour taken from the image it would blend and direct attention more to the image.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
4.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3    one month ago
Perhaps if it were not so stark, but of a more muted colour taken from the image it would blend and direct attention more to the image.

Great feedback, Buzz. And glad you like the artwork. For a good contrast color for the frame, what color in the subject would you suggest?

You and others here know I truly appreciate feedback, as I always have an open mind and like to hear suggestions from others on how they see things. It is such feedback that helps me grow and improve in my artwork. So never hesitate to offer your feedback for me. It really is appreciated. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
4.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @4.3.1    one month ago

Let's see how the orange colour in the image works, and if not that I'm curious about whether the light blue-gray colour would be too light. It's just the black that I thought was too stark. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
4.3.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.2    one month ago

I'll try that next time and see how it works. Thanks for the suggestion.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
4.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Raven Wing @4    one month ago

Beautiful Raven.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
4.4.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4.4    one month ago

Thanks Perrie, very glad you like it.

 
 
 
devangelical
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4.5  devangelical  replied to  Raven Wing @4    one month ago

wow.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
4.5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @4.5    one month ago

Thanks dev. Is there enough red in it for you? (grin)

 
 
 
devangelical
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4.5.2  devangelical  replied to  Raven Wing @4.5.1    one month ago

you do know my taste in art.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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5  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

Off to a great start!

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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6  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

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A piece of "decorative" art.

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
6.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  A. Macarthur @6    one month ago

Very cool! Love the contrast of color to black and white.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @6    one month ago

Kind of a blend of Dali...

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...and Picasso...

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...is it not?

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
6.2.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.2    one month ago

It is indeedy, although if I remember correctly the Dali was partly inspired by Magritte. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @6.2.1    one month ago

Ah yes, here is an example of a Magritte painting...

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However, the Dali painting of A Couple With Their Heads in the Clouds has a special meaning for me.  In my wild pre-marriage days I was spending time with a hippie chick and for Hallowe'en we painted our faces like the figure on the left of Dali's painting, blue sky with white clouds, (which is similar to the Magritte figure on the right), wore masks and silver robes with hoods.  We, along with a few friends crashed a stranger's house party, and the host came over and yanked our masks off, was shocked by our painted faces, then went and got a pistol - yes a real gun, and threatened us so we couldn't leave fast enough. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
6.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.2.2    one month ago

Huh? You mean you were not welcome guests? (grin)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6.2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @6.2.3    one month ago

It's hard to feel welcome when someone points a gun at you.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
6.2.5  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.2.4    one month ago

avoid texas.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6.2.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  devangelical @6.2.5    one month ago

These days I'll avoid the whole USA.  Right now I'm living in a country where NO residents have guns.  Only the military, SWAT Police units (ordinary police don't carry guns), even bank guards don't have them. 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
6.2.7  devangelical  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.2.6    one month ago
even bank guards don't have them

I'll be periodically sending you some pistol parts mixed in with other metal parts, for a future visit by me. please find me a black wig and some clothes that blend in with the current fashions there.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6.2.8  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  devangelical @6.2.7    one month ago

Well, if you want to "fit in" you can have this outfit cause I don't intend to get married again...

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Or how about this T-shirt?   Although I bought it, I've never worn it.  It could prevent you from getting into any trouble with the government here.

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
6.3  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @6    one month ago

That really is a beautiful artwork, Mac. The contrast between the blue background and the B/W effects of the fish, and the gradient framing makes a great combination.

 
 
 
shona1
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7  shona1    one month ago

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Morning..This is Mr Fozzy in my tree the other day...Mum and bub Fozzy have moved over to another street as he will try and kill the Joey...She is safe saw her yday with bub munching away on the gum leaves...

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
7.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  shona1 @7    one month ago

Adorbs!  I have to see one of these in real life sometime soon. Waiting for the end of the pandemic.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
7.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @7    one month ago

Such a cuddly creature - toddlers should love the toys.  Pandas are the big thing here, of course.

 
 
 
shona1
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7.2.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.2    one month ago

Yes my brother and I had toy koalas when we were kids.. love pandas as well..🐨🐼

 
 
 
shona1
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8  shona1    one month ago

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I did not take this photo..but another of my favourites..An Echidna...They eat ants and often found along side the roads looking for ant hills...Have heaps of them around here...

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
8.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  shona1 @8    one month ago

Cutie!

 
 
 
shona1
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8.1.1  shona1  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @8.1    one month ago

Spikey...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
8.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @8    one month ago

Are those spines like a porcupine or are they soft?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
8.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.2    one month ago

Ooops, should have read your reply to Perrie first.

 
 
 
shona1
Sophomore Participates
8.2.2  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.2    one month ago

Like a porcupine...very hard and strong.. if under threat they burrow into the ground and raise them..get spiked and it is extremely painful..sigh much the same here with everything..stings, spikes, snaps and bites..but we love it ..

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
9  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

One more before Saturday

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© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
9.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @9    one month ago

Makes the word "tanglewood" come to life.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
9.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @9    one month ago

Great photo, Mac. The varied 'Autum Leaves' on the ground make the bright blue of the brook stand out even more.

Beautiful!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
10  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

Have not got out with my camera recently so I'm posting the Autumn leaves photos I have, most you've seen, some recently, but it's all I've got.  While looking at them you can listen to Nat King Cole sing Autumn Leaves.  

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shona1
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10.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10    one month ago

Evening Buzz.. absolutely stunning..we really don't get Autumn leaves here..all the eucalyptus trees are ever green...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
10.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10    one month ago

Beautiful essay on the awesome wonders of Mother Nature. There is a very tall and full tree across the street from me, and its leaves turn so beautifully each Fall. There are mostly Palm trees around our area here where I am, so it is really a treat to watch the leaves of the 'big tree' gradually turn and eventually fall off. As my apt faces the street I get a lot of the falling leaves blown into my front yard area each Fall. So I get to enjoy seeing the changing colors laying out across the street, and in my own front yard. A sight to enjoy.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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10.3  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @10    one month ago

Those are really nice photos.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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11  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

Don't know if the "energy" of the Group is losing steam, or, if it's just a blip in interest. I'm trying to think of something to energize things and would very much like suggestions.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
11.1  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @11    one month ago

For a while when interest was very high we were seeing a lot of DIY projects and people's artwork and writings. I think that we have fallen away from that and it could be part of the problem. 

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
11.2  Ender  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    one month ago

I am sorry I have not been posting. I have had things on my mind lately. I also haven't been doing much, so not much picture taking. Living a boring sheltered life....Haha

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
11.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @11.2    one month ago

Lots of understanding Ender. We are aware of your situation and not all days are good ones. No problem there. We just enjoy what you post when you can.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
11.3  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    one month ago

I really enjoy seeing your paintings, and would like to see them again. There is something new to see each time that got missed the first time. I don't have time to create artwork for multiple postings here, so I post some of the older ones that some may not have seen before, and so that are a bit more recent to help fill in each weekend.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
11.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    one month ago

I already made suggestions - challenges as to subject or format; illustration of quotations, lines from or titles of poems, titles of books or movies; posting of photos and asking for captions.  A member long ago challenged us as to use of a specific colour in a photo.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
11.4.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.4    one month ago

How about a photo that has an interesting story about the subject or about taking that particular photo - tell the story as well.  Here is an example of what I mean....

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When I was a little kid, my mother left me during some days with her parents, who had a shop on York Street in Hamilton, Ontario, the city in which I was born and grew up.  They lived over the shop.  I used to walk down the street to Dundurn Castle, a historical mansion that had been turned into a museum.  (Back in those days young kids were safe when out on their own.)  Behind it was a hillside overlooking the marshalling yards for the T.H & B (Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo) Railway, as you can see above.  I used to spend many hours sitting on the hillside, watching the trains shunting.  Around 30 years later, with my brand new 35mm Canon F1 SLR (film camera) I drove the 42 miles from Toronto where I was then living to Hamilton, went to the spot behind Dundurn Castle where I used to sit as a kid, and took this photo - to record forever some of the happy days of my childhood.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
11.4.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.4.1    one month ago

And an example of illustrating lines from a poem/song:  From the song 'Autumn Leaves' for which I posted a link in the introduction of my Autumn photo series above. 

"Since you went away, the days grow long, and soon I'll hear old winter's song. but I miss you most of all, my darling, when Autumn Leaves start to fall."

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The long shadows and darkening colours indicate the lateness , and the leaves on the ground signal Autumn as winter approaches.  The empty bench illustrates the loneliness, the missing of a companion.  What might be considered an anomoly is the expression "the days grow long" since the days grow shorter as winter approaches.  However what it is actually expressing is an emotion, how long the days seem without the person who went away. 

 
 
 
charger 383
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11.4.3  charger 383  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.4.1    one month ago

I like trainyards

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
11.5  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @11    one month ago

Unless it's too much of a burden on you as the moderator, maybe going back to keeping the page open like it was before.  More people seemed to have an opportunity to participate.   

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
11.5.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @11.5    one month ago

It got to be somewhat tedious and I did not want to go a day or more when I couldn't give it the attention it deserved.

I like Buzz's ideas but ultimately, it's up to the Group members to participate. Let me give it some thought.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
11.5.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @11.5.1    one month ago

I didn't intend for my ideas to replace the existing concept, but that they be made a part of it as additions to it, i.e. like "part 1, part 2, etc."

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
11.5.3  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @11.5.1    one month ago

As I said, if it's a burden on you, disregard my idea.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
11.5.4  Ender  replied to  A. Macarthur @11.5.1    one month ago

I kinda agree with Gs. I can't remember when anyone was a problem.

Well, I take that back, I remember several things.

Beside the point! Haha

Still people of all stripes just admired what was here. I liked it open.

Plus you welcomed everybody.

I also agree with Gs too as I know what it is like to have open seeds.

I guess my point is, yours are usually, most likely, almost always, cordial. And I thank you for that.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
12  Raven Wing    one month ago

Remember this one?......

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
12.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @12    one month ago

LOL.  I sure do.  Loved it then, love it now.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
12.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.1    one month ago

Thank you Buzz. Glad that you still like it.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
12.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @12    one month ago

Nice!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
12.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @12.2    one month ago

Thanks G. I really enjoy working with the children. Their faces and personalities show through no matter what is going on around them.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
13  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

I've done a lot of new paintings in preparation for a local festival on October 2nd. I will begin to post some.

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8" x 8" Canvas Board

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
13.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    one month ago

That's a real beauty, Mac. Lots of color variations and patterns. Thank you for sharing it with us.

 
 
 
devangelical
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13.2  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    one month ago

what depth, almost 3D. excellent.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
13.3  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @13    one month ago

Wow.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
13.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    one month ago

That one is a home run - can we nickname you "Jackson"?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
14  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

Finished variation.

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© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
14.1  Ender  replied to  A. Macarthur @14    one month ago

That one is excellent. Love it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
14.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @14    one month ago

You should send that one to MOMA.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
14.3  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @14    one month ago

A very nice variation at that. I like the way you have varied the colors from dark at the top to lighter as you go down to the bottom. Very well done! jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
15  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

I appreciate the kind words; thank you.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
16  Hal A. Lujah    one month ago

It’s that time of year again.  My wife has dozens of storage tubs filled with seasonal decor, but her favorite is fall.  There are probably 100 pumpkins throughout the house.

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
16.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @16    one month ago

FANTASTIC!!!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
16.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @16    one month ago

I agree...it truly is FANTASTIC! Looks like I could just reach in and pick that candy cane off the Christmas tree in the back. And the color variations in the frame and the warm orange glow around the photo is a great touch. Very well done, Hal.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
16.3  Gsquared  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @16    one month ago

I really like that picture.  

My wife always makes sure that I have a small pumpkin every year.  We don't carve it.  I just enjoy having one around.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
16.4  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @16    one month ago

Wonderful! 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
17  Kavika     one month ago

Here is a DIY project that I did a few years back. It's a turtle lamp made of willow, basswood, and birchbark. 

The turtle is held in high esteem in our culture. 

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
17.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @17    one month ago

That is a superb creation.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
17.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.1    one month ago

Thanks Buzz.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
17.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @17    one month ago

Outstanding example of functional art; the semi-abstract rendering of the turtle is perfection.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
17.2.1  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @17.2    one month ago

Thanks Mac.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
17.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @17    one month ago

I love it. Very well combined. Well done!

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
17.4  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @17    one month ago

Very nice carving.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
18  Raven Wing    one month ago

One more for Saturday to lead us into Sunday.....

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
18.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @18    one month ago

The Leonardo da Vinci effect.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
18.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1    one month ago

Thank you, Buzz. I feel honor to be compared to da Vinci's effect.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
18.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @18    one month ago

That is terrific, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
18.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @18.2    one month ago

Thank you G. I'm glad you like it.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
20  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

One more painting before Sunday.

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© A. Mac/ A.G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
20.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @20    one month ago

Very nice, Mac. Lots of excitement with the happy colors. And it looks like a Wolf enjoying the excitement in the upper middle of the painting. Very well done! jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
21  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

THIS IS A CHALLENGE ~ NOT A COMPETITION

•  COPY the following graphic

•  EDIT, CHANGE, MODIFY it in any way your software allows you to do so

•  WHEN YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH YOUR CHANGES, SAVE YOUR EDITED VERSION & POST IT IN THIS ARTICLE

NOTE: ONLY 1 (ONE) POSTED IMAGE PER MEMBER

Anyone may comment or critique the posted, modified images: be constructive, complimentary but not unduly critical or negative.

No winners, no losers … just share your image.

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Let's start with this and see where it goes.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
21.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @21    one month ago

800

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
21.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @21.1    one month ago

That’s the idea! Thanks for showing the way,

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
21.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @21.1    one month ago

Very interesting.  I like that.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
21.2  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @21    one month ago

I did this on my cel phone last night.

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
21.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @21.2    one month ago

Good additions, G. Very interesting, although I can't read what's on the blue one. Cute butterfly too.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
21.2.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @21.2.1    one month ago

Thanks, Raven Wing.  The image in the blue circle is a fortress or possibly representation of the Great Wall.  When I was playing around on my phone last night a group of images I had never seen before appeared above what I was working on.  It allows you to click on one of the images and edit it into the picture below that you are working on, but I have no idea how to change the color, or even find that particular image again.  It's a mystery to me.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
21.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @21.2.2    one month ago

Thanks for the info, G. From what I can make out it looks like an outline of something, but, I can't tell what it is. But the rest is really very nice.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
21.2.4  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @21.2.3    one month ago

It shows better of you zoom in on that part of the picture.  I wish it was more readily discernible.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
21.2.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @21.2.4    one month ago

Not to worry. I tried zooming in and it is more visible. I run into situations like you describe and learned to bookmark the various pages of the sites where I find helpful idea while I am working on visual lessons for those who seek my help with PT or other MS programs and find something I was not really searching for until I am done with the lesson just in case I need to double check something or forgot what I was looking for. Some backups I just delete, but, some I keep just in case I need/want to refer to them again. It's a good lesson to learn just in case.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
21.2.6  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @21.2.5    one month ago

I sometimes do look up and save instructional websites, but for the images I mentioned, I don't even know what they are.  They just showed up when I was trying to check out an effect on my phone. Trying it today, different images are there, not the ones from last night, and they are not easy to work with.  It's strange.  The images in the other two circles, including the butterfly, are always available as part of another aspect of the effects tools on my phone.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
21.3  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  A. Macarthur @21    one month ago

original

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
21.3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @21.3    one month ago

That is so great!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
21.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @21.3    one month ago

Love the blueberry and lemon-orange pies, not so sure about the other two.  LOL

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
21.3.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @21.3    one month ago

That is really awesome, Hal. Great framing as well. Well done!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
22  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

Good one.  Don't despair about this group losing popularity. Already 115 comments, 32 images, posts by 11 members and it isn't even Sunday yet.  Such results are just a dream concerning my movies, Discovery and Jane Austen groups, and my Confucius group has never reached this level.

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
23  Dig    one month ago

I don't have anything to post at the moment, but everyone's stuff looks great!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
24  Raven Wing    one month ago

It took me a while to get an idea of what to do with the challenge artwork, but, after an hour or so of trial and error I finally came up with an idea and spent more than another hour putting it together. Just for fun....

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devangelical
Professor Principal
24.1  devangelical  replied to  Raven Wing @24    one month ago

LOL, the kitty in the corner...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
24.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @24.1    one month ago

Yeah...the kitty was a last minute addition. Glad you like it.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
24.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @24    one month ago

Very cute.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
24.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @24.2    one month ago

Thanks G. The face on the blue image is because he is not as round as all the others, so he is wondering what happened to him. (grin)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
24.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @24    one month ago

Thanks for my first big smile of the morning.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
25  Kavika     one month ago

Wild pigs join the Brahmas, the odd couple. 

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
25.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @25    one month ago

That is really interesting. I would have thought that the Brahmas would have chased them away.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
25.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @25.1    one month ago

The pigs don't seem to bother the brahmas at all. We see this quite often, but it does seem strange.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
25.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @25.1.1    one month ago

It looks like the one Brahma is checking the pigs out, just to make sure they don't get too close. As the Brahmas live out in the open fields it is likely they get a variety of different 'visitors', so perhaps they are used to sharing their space with different species.

When I was a young girl we visited my Paternal Grandparents in Sulpher Springs TX in a somewhat rural area, and there was a large fenced field just as a few yards from their house. My Brother and I noticed there was as cow (Bull actually, but, we didn't know the difference at that age) and I wanted to give it an apple. So we each picked a nice ripe apple and headed to the field. We climbed through the rail fence and started walking toward the cow at the other side of the field. We got about half way across and the cow started loping toward us. We thought they saw the apples and wanted them. But, the closer it got the more we noticed it was angry, not hungry, so we turned tail and ran back across the field and got back through the fence just as the cow caught up with us. It snorted and stamped its feet at us as if to tell us not to come there anymore, or else. I tried to give it my apple but it turned and walked back across the field to t he shade.

I ran back to the house crying, not because I was that scared, but, my feelings were hurt that it did not want my apple.  (grin)

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
25.1.3  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @25.1.2    one month ago

LOL, run for the fence.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
25.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @25    one month ago

I had no idea there were wild pigs in Florida, alligators yes, manatees yes, but wild pigs?

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
25.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @25.2    one month ago

Oh, we sure do have wild pigs, bobcats, Florida panther, black bears, Florida Lynx lots of wild life in the sunshine state.

 
 
 
bugsy
Professor Guide
25.2.2  bugsy  replied to  Kavika @25.2.1    one month ago

Several years ago when we first bought our house in Jacksonville on a pond and a preservation behind it, we had a group of wild pigs that would come out at night and root through all of the neighbors yards looking for grubs. Thankfully, at the time, my yard was not yet very healthy, so they just skipped over me.

My neighbors had to resod their yards because of the damage.

On another note, Kavika, I was in your neck of the woods yesterday. We had family come from Ohio for the touristy thing so we took them to Sea World and EPCOT, then to Tamp at the Hard Rock. Went through 301/441 through Ocala to get back. I never tire of seeing the horse farms when we go there.

We also make sure we hit a Mexican restaurant called La Hacienda on exit 352 on 75, I believe, on the way back. Real good food

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
25.2.3  Kavika   replied to  bugsy @25.2.2    one month ago

Wild pigs can mess up a lawn in a hot minute, armadillos can turn a lawn upside down in no time, we have a few armadillos around here. 

I love the horse farms, I was riding before I could walk.

Oh yeah, La Hacienda on hwy 40 and 75. There is a Mexican market next door. We eat there and shop at the market quite often. I know some of the people there and they call me ''El Indio''.  Funny story how that came about.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
26  Hal A. Lujah    one month ago

original Currently sitting at the local micro-brewery enjoying a Mexican hot chocolate stout on the patio.  Weather is awesome, people out and about.  I just took this random photo with my iPhone in portrait mode, and edited it with photoshop and PicsArt.  Ever wonder how many photos you end up in, in some strangers phone?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
26.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @26    one month ago

Great photo, Hal, and truly awesome editing. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
26.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @26    one month ago
"Ever wonder how many photos you end up in, in some strangers phone?"

Now THAT'S something that never crossed my mind before, Your photo is unique.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
27  Raven Wing    one month ago

Here is a recent repeat for Sunday....

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A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
27.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @27    one month ago

Perfection; a spiritual masterpiece.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
27.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @27.1    one month ago

Thank you, Mac.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
27.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @27    one month ago

Interesting, and interesting even more that I don't recall seeing it before - can you explain what you depicted?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
27.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @27.2    one month ago

Thanks, Buzz. It depicts the vision of a dream-like world as seen through a Dream Catcher. The myriad of Butterflies flowing from the Dream Catcher speaks of a time when Mother Earth and all that dwells upon her will finally find peace and tranquility.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
27.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @27.2.1    one month ago

Maybe I should have known.  We have always had this dream-catcher on the wall over our bed.

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
27.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @27.2.2    one month ago

That's really beautiful, Buzz.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
27.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @27    one month ago

Spectacular!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
27.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @27.3    one month ago

Thank you very much, G. I'm very glad you like it.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
28  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

original

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
28.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @28    one month ago

Dreamy.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
28.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @28    one month ago

Very serene scenery. I can almost hear the brook singing its happy song as it flows over the rocks and makes it way through the woods.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
29  Kavika     one month ago

Now this is functional art.

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
29.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @29    one month ago

They had a great sense of humour.  Did you ever watch the movie "Bruce Almighty"?  Here is a scene from it...

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Kavika
Professor Principal
29.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @29.1    one month ago

I did see it and it was hilarious 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
29.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @29    one month ago

I never saw anything like that at the hotels I stayed in while traveling on business when I owned my own company. But, I found a lot of towel bunnies resting on the bed at some of the hotels I stayed in. There was always plenty of towels in the rooms so I didn't have to disturb the bunnies. (grin)

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
31  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

Let's give this another hour before I close it.

Thanks to all.

I'll try to come up with more challenges.

 
 
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