Whatever Was I Thinking Ten Years Ago ~ CREATIVE ARTS THREE DAY WEEKEND

  
By:  A. Macarthur  •  one week ago  •  96 comments


Whatever Was I Thinking Ten Years Ago ~ CREATIVE ARTS THREE DAY WEEKEND
 

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Did this ten years ago - "The Hand of Fate"

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    one week ago

First things First - Check the article at this link.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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2  author  A. Macarthur    one week ago

And we're back!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @2    one week ago

"The Hand of Fate" is VERY spacey - could be a great poster for a Sci-Fi film.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.2  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @2    one week ago

a great creation amac.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @2    one week ago

That is truly an amazing artwork, Mac. Even then your unique artistic talents were thriving. I never tire of seeing your wide range of awesome artwork.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3  Buzz of the Orient    one week ago

Following your lead of going back about 10 years, here are some of my photos from that era, back when I was teaching English and Australian Commercial Law at a private high school in Zhengzhou, Henan Province.

A bridge not too far...

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NewsTalkers member USA1 and his wife helping celebrate my wife's birthday at our school apartment. The Headmaster told me my apartment was better than his.  Mine had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a huge living-dining room and 2 balconies.

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The school was out in the suburbs of Zhengzhou, and this photo looking down from my balcony indicates that it was really WAY out in the suburbs.

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They might still be looking for this paddleboat.

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"There is a crack in everything.  That's how the light gets in."  (from Anthem, by Leonard Cohen)

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The fragmentation of a fireplug.

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The spooky tree.

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Just fishin'

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The little hotel next to the school.

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A gaggle of geese pondering about taking a slow boat IN China.

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shona1
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3.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    one week ago

Arvo Buzz..love the spooky tree..

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3    one week ago

Wonderful series of unique photos, Buzz.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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4  evilgenius    one week ago

it's not the Easter Bunny...

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Buzz of the Orient
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4.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @4    one week ago

It has beautiful fur - good thing for it is that people aren't wearing real fur coats so much any more.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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4.2  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @4    one week ago

Reminds me of my Calico fur baby I had many years ago. A weally lubly bummy wabbit, EG.

 
 
 
Dig
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4.3  Dig  replied to  evilgenius @4    one week ago

Cool. Is that a snowshoe hare with summer coloration? We only have cottontails around here.

 
 
 
Veronica
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5  Veronica    one week ago

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My front garden area.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Veronica @5    one week ago

Really lovely flowers, Veronica. They really stand out against the white fencing. And the bright red tulips stand out on their own. 

 
 
 
Veronica
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5.1.1  Veronica  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1    one week ago

Thank you.  They bloomed beautifully this year.  Last year they didn't pop like this year.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Veronica @5.1.1    one week ago

When I had my house I had a lot of different flowers, and for some reason, they bloomed very nicely in the even years, and not so good in the odd years. I checked with our local nurseries to see why that might be, but, they all said something different from each other, so there was no real answer.  So I just chalked it up to Mother Nature and be happy with what I got.   jrSmiley_74_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Veronica
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5.1.3  Veronica  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.2    one week ago
Mother Nature

Yea, I believe she likes to play with me.  My lilac bush still has closed blooms.  Driving me batty.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.2  Gsquared  replied to  Veronica @5    one week ago

Very nice.

 
 
 
Veronica
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5.2.1  Veronica  replied to  Gsquared @5.2    one week ago

Thank you.

 
 
 
devangelical
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5.3  devangelical  replied to  Veronica @5    one week ago

love the pink!

 
 
 
Gsquared
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6  Gsquared    one week ago

A Brief Visit to the Land Down Under

Beach At Noosa, Queensland

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Leaping Kangaroos at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane... with an Emu, too!

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Sydney Harbor Bridge at Sunset

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Sydney Opera House

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Beach at Noosa (Different View)

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Raven Wing
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6.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @6    one week ago

Great photos, G. And really like your unique artistic editing of them as well. Makes the usual become unusual, yet, keeping with the true effects of the sights.  Very nicely done, G.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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6.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @6.1    one week ago

Thanks, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @6.1    one week ago

I was going to say that, but then I read that you already did.  

But a warning - if you ever see a dark purple cloud like that, run for cover.

 
 
 
devangelical
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6.2  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @6    one week ago

dude, please...

 
 
 
shona1
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6.3  shona1  replied to  Gsquared @6    one week ago

Morning...ahhh my home...the Great Southern Land..🐨🐨🦘🦘

 
 
 
Gsquared
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6.3.1  Gsquared  replied to  shona1 @6.3    one week ago

It was an interesting place to visit.

 
 
 
Dig
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6.4  Dig  replied to  Gsquared @6    one week ago

Bonzer!

 
 
 
Gsquared
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6.4.1  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @6.4    6 days ago

Thanks, Dig.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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7  author  A. Macarthur    one week ago

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Monument Valley, Late Afternoon

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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7.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @7    one week ago

Having traveled through Monument Valley at different times of the day, the warmth of the setting sun and late at night with the glow of the bright moonlight and stars above, are my two favorite times. They were very Spiritual experiences for me.

 
 
 
devangelical
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7.2  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @7    one week ago

what the hell? is this let's give dev a flashback this weekend group?

 
 
 
Gsquared
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7.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  devangelical @7.2    one week ago

Yes.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @7    one week ago

A monument, yes, but it looks like a middle ages castle.  In any event , beautifully displayed.

 
 
 
Dig
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7.4  Dig  replied to  A. Macarthur @7    one week ago

Really well done.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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8  Raven Wing    one week ago

OK....I'm back!!  Yes, the extended project I have been working on for some time has finally been approved and put to bed! While it was both a fun and rewarding project, I really missed my time here on NT with my NT Family. 

So to kick off my return to norm here on NT, here is a new creation....

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The meaning of this creation is whatever/however you see it. Let your imagination be your guide.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @8    one week ago

That's fantastic.

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.1.1  devangelical  replied to  Gsquared @8.1    one week ago

ditto

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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8.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @8.1    one week ago

Thanks G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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8.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @8.1.1    one week ago

Thank you very much, dev

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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8.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @8    one week ago

Let’s start with the tree, a bristlecone pine a long-lived tree, highly resilient to harsh weather and bad soils. One of the three species, Pinus longaeva, is among the longest-lived life forms on Earth. The oldest of this species is more than 4,800 years old, making it the oldest known individual of any species.

So, RW, is your image a visual metaphor for endurance or persistence and the reward of a long life because of those qualities?

My 2 cents.

Are the birds crows or vultures, or perhaps RAVENS ... an ingenious signature!! -  and, a knife in each of the hands of the subject, symbolic of total commitment and preparedness to meet the adversities of life with “both hands,” again, a visual metaphor?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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8.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @8.2    one week ago
visual metaphor for endurance or persistence and the reward of a long life because of those qualities?

In a manner of speaking, yes. Much like the Bristlecone Pine, Native Americans have lived in this land called America for thousands of years, and endured many hardships and disasters over the years, those of the European immigrant being the most devastating, which Native Americans are still having to endure in many ways.  But, in spite of those hardships and devastation, Native Americans of all Tribes had the determination to endure and survive stronger than ever.

And indeed, the knives in both hands depicts their willingness to stand firm and continue to fight for their land and rights as a people, and as American citizens.

or perhaps RAVENS ... an ingenious signature!!

Ah....you guessed it!  (big grin)

p.s......Your critiques are worth far more than 2 cents to me.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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8.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @8    one week ago

I think if I were to provide a caption, I would say There is Beauty in Distortion, and then it concerned me how he was looking at the dog, while holding knives in his hands. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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8.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.3    one week ago
how he was looking at the dog,

A very good caption, Buzz. But....that is not a dog with him, it is a Wolf.  Native Americans are the defender of all wildlife on Mother Earth. So the knives in his hands also speak to the Warrior standing strong to fulfill his obligation to defend the Wolf, as well as all other animals.

 
 
 
Kavika
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9  Kavika     one week ago

Storm forming over the Atlantic, Gulf Stream, FL. 7 am this morning. 

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The clouds are getting darker and the wind is picking up at 7:30 am this morning.

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Raven Wing
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9.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @9    one week ago

Those clouds don't bode well for those in its path. jrSmiley_55_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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10  author  A. Macarthur    one week ago

Can't remember if I posted this one before …

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Meadow Sunset, Montgomery County, PA

© A. Mac/ A.G.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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10.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    one week ago

I don't recall seeing it before, but, I'm seeing it now and enjoying its true beauty. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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10.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    one week ago

It's well worth looking at more than once.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11  Raven Wing    one week ago

An oldie....hope you still enjoy.....

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Buzz of the Orient
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11.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @11    one week ago

One of my favourites.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.1    one week ago

Thanks, Buzz. I remember how well you liked this one.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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11.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.1    6 days ago

One of mine, too.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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11.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @11.1.2    6 days ago

Thank you, G.

 
 
 
Kavika
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12  Kavika     one week ago

More photos from Gulf Stream, FL. 

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Raven Wing
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12.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @12    one week ago

Great photos, Kavika. Makes me want to head to the beach, especially, since tomorrow it will 99 degrees and sunny. 

 
 
 
shona1
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12.1.1  shona1  replied to  Raven Wing @12.1    one week ago

Arvo Raven...99 sob...I will be right over...

Windy, cold and it just Bucketed here... currently 14oC and falling. Will have to turn the heater on shortly. Can feel the cold moving in.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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12.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  shona1 @12.1.1    one week ago

We are on a roller coaster of temps here, shona. 99 tomorrow, and down to upper 70's by Tuesday. It's been that way for months now. The temps move between upper 90's for a couple of days, then down into the mid to upper 70's for a few days, then rinse and repeat. So we get to have revolving cool and hot days. 

But, I can't complain...I'll take our weather compared to what is going on in the mid-west and east. 

 
 
 
Gsquared
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12.1.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @12.1.2    6 days ago

I just checked.  It is supposed to get down into the 70s.  I can't wait!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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12.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @12.1.3    6 days ago

We have some very high temps out here in the Inland Empire during the summer, and often down to freezing in the winter.  And in the Spring and Fall the temps are normally a roller coaster of varying temps, which are what we are having now.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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12.1.5  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @12.1.4    6 days ago

The area where I live is the hottest part of L.A. when it's hot, and the coldest part of L.A. when it's cold.  We don't ever get freezing weather, although an occasional low temperature at night during the winter can be in the low 30s.  

 
 
 
Dig
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13  Dig    one week ago

Wren singing away.

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Petunias.

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Dueling orioles.

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Climbing rose.

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Dueling hummers.

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Hanging ivy geranium.

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Holding her ground.

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Iris.

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On the lookout.

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Another iris.

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Buzz of the Orient
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13.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @13    one week ago

An absolutely superb series of photos.  

 
 
 
Dig
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13.1.1  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @13.1    one week ago

Thanks.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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13.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @13    one week ago

An awesome series of photos, Dig. I have seen more than a few hummer duels when I had my 5 feeders. Very territorial little tweeters they are. 

The array of beautiful flowers are wonderful. Thanks for sharing them with us. 

 
 
 
Dig
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13.2.1  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @13.2    one week ago
 Very territorial little tweeters they are. 

They sure are. Every now and then I'll see one perched near a feeder and guarding it. Not eating or anything, just waiting there to run other hummingbirds off when they show up.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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13.2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @13.2.1    one week ago
Not eating or anything, just waiting there to run other hummingbirds off when they show up.

Indeed! They won't even let the sweet little 'lady birds' have a sip. Unless, or course, it's mating season. Then they will entice the girls to come and help themselves in exchange for a l'il tête-à-tête. (wink wink)

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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13.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Dig @13    one week ago

A well created “Spring Bouquet” of imagery.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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13.4  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @13    6 days ago

Wonderful photos, Dig, as always.

 
 
 
Kavika
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14  Kavika     one week ago

The late Ojibwe artist George Morrison — a founding figure of Native American modernism — has been honored with a pane of   U.S. postage stamps  featuring his vibrant abstract landscapes drawn from childhood memories and a deep connection to the natural world. His Ojibwe name was  Wah Wah Teh Go Nay Ga Bo  (Standing In the Northern Lights)

From Chippewa City MN he was acquainted with some of the greats including Jason Pollock. His works are in many museums and galleries around the US including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is waiting for you to visit Mac.

This painting is entitled ''Lake Superior Landscape. 

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“I seek the power of the rock, the magic of the water, the religion of the tree, the color of the wind, and the enigma of the horizon,” he said of his artwork in the book, “Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison.”

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @14    one week ago

Fascinating artwork, Kavika. Thank you for sharing it with us so that we might enjoy it as well. His story behind his artwork says it all.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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14.2  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @14    6 days ago

That is a beautiful work of art.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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14.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @14    6 days ago

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This is George Morrison

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USPS Honors Native American Modernist Artist George Morrison

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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14.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @14.3    6 days ago

A great way to honor a great artist.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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15  author  A. Macarthur    one week ago

Migration by Moonlight

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Gsquared
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15.2  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    6 days ago

That reminds me of one of the first pieces I did when I decided to try to get creative with my photos last year.  I posted this then.

"Butterfly Migration"

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Raven Wing
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15.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @15.2    6 days ago

I remember seeing it, and I was excited to see you off to a good start in creating your own artwork. It's great to see how far you have come since then. jrSmiley_79_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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15.2.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @15.2    6 days ago

I knew my inspiration had to come from somewhere! Nice work!

 
 
 
Gsquared
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15.2.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @15.2.1    6 days ago

Thank you, Raven Wing.  I do think I've made a lot of progress.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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15.2.4  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @15.2.2    6 days ago

Your work inspires me constantly.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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15.2.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @15.2.3    6 days ago

I really enjoy seeing how you are stretching your imagination in so many areas since your first creation. Are you using the Microsoft PowerPoint software much? That and CorelDraw are the primary software I use in creating my artwork. I also sometimes use a couple of others for some special effects.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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15.2.6  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @15.2.5    6 days ago

I use a combination of the Microsoft PowerPoint software, Microsoft Paint3D and the basic Microsoft editing tools for almost every piece.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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15.2.7  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @15.2.6    5 days ago

I have not tried the MS Paint3D yet, I've just been too busy with other work. But, I'll have to check it out.

Whatever you are using, it sure pays off well with the results of your artwork.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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15.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @15    6 days ago

Canada Geesetronauts

Listen (link) ->

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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16  Raven Wing    one week ago

Quite an interesting concept, Mac, and well displayed.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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17  Raven Wing    one week ago

A Mother and her newborn child......

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Buzz of the Orient
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17.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @17    6 days ago

Lovely.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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17.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.1    6 days ago

Thank you, Buzz.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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17.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @17    6 days ago

That is so nice.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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17.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @17.2    6 days ago

Thanks, G. It is one of my very first creations when I was using mostly wood burls of all kinds as backgrounds for my artwork. 

 
 
 
Dig
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18  Dig    one week ago

Hey everyone, there's a total lunar eclipse tonight. They're calling this one the Super Flower Blood Moon.

It's a pretty early one, too – the partial starts at 10:28 p.m. EDT, the total starts at 11:29 p.m., and the maximum is at 12:11 a.m. The times are earlier as you go west, of course.

It's stormy here so I don't know if I'll be able to see it, but if you have clear skies then get your cameras ready. :)

 
 
 
charger 383
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18.1  charger 383  replied to  Dig @18    one week ago

Thanks, I thought it was tomorrow.  Might be cloudy but I will be looking for it

 
 
 
Dig
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19  Dig    6 days ago

This is all I could get of the eclipse. I missed the beginning because of clouds, and then once it got past where it was in the crappy second pic it was too dim for my camera to even find a focus.

It's in totality right now and it's so dim I can barely see it with my eyes, let alone through the camera, so I'm not going to bother trying to take any more pics.

Not a very good moon if you ask me. Too low in the sky, too far away, and the air is too humid and hazy after the rain. I was hoping it would be higher and closer, being a supermoon, but no.

Not very good shots at all.

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Raven Wing
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19.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @19    6 days ago

Thanks for trying, Dig. What you got looks good, and gives us an idea of what the rest of the eclipse might look like if we could see it. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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19.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @19    6 days ago

Well, at least you got to see it, but it wasn't visible here. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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20  author  A. Macarthur    6 days ago

Thanks to everyone; will close this down soon.

 
 

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