Mid-JULY, Creative Arts Three Day Weekend (One Hour Early Start)

  
By:  A. Macarthur  •  3 months ago  •  173 comments


Mid-JULY, Creative Arts Three Day Weekend (One Hour Early Start)
 

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A. Macarthur
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1  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

Good evening; no particular reason for the early start, just felt like it!

 
 
 
shona1
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1.1  shona1  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    3 months ago

A/noon Mac..And why not..variety adds to the spice of life as they say...

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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1.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  shona1 @1.1    3 months ago

Viva la spicy! And how are you, shona1?

 
 
 
shona1
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1.1.2  shona1  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.1.1    3 months ago

All good thank you..

Just got back from Melbourne on Wednesday..Had a bone marrow biopsy and don't have to go back to until October now...They are very pleased with how things are going, as I am...How is Mrs Mac going??

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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1.1.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  shona1 @1.1.2    3 months ago

Her blood work is excellent, but side effects of the chemo are uncomfortable.

 
 
 
shona1
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1.1.4  shona1  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.1.3    3 months ago

Yes I can relate to that..Give her my best wishes and onwards and upwards..

 
 
 
charger 383
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1.1.5  charger 383  replied to  shona1 @1.1.2    3 months ago

shoan & Mac

hope for continued improvements

 
 
 
shona1
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1.1.6  shona1  replied to  charger 383 @1.1.5    3 months ago

Thank you charger..All is going well...

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.7  devangelical  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.1.3    3 months ago

does she need a care package from colorado? wink wink nudge nudge

 
 
 
Ender
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1.1.8  Ender  replied to  shona1 @1.1.2    3 months ago

That sounds like great news. All my best for the best of down under.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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1.1.9  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  devangelical @1.1.7    3 months ago

Thanks; not sure it would help.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    3 months ago

A truly beautiful new artwork, Mac. You are becoming an exemplary painter, and your new painting technique is getting every day.

Thank you so very much for sharing it with us.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
1.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @1.2    3 months ago

My extreme pleasure.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    3 months ago

A very French intro - and a fabulous painting, full of imaginary images.

 
 
 
Ender
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1.3.1  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.3    3 months ago

My niece wants me to get a tattoo with her. Was thinking about a flour de leis. 

Got a henna one when in Mexico. Was thinking about a permanent one.

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Raven Wing
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2  Raven Wing    3 months ago

Here is a new one to share....

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Buzz of the Orient
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2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @2    3 months ago

A great image - a look of deep determination.  Dressed to kill (in the way of fashion, not war).

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1    3 months ago

Very glad you like it, Buzz.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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2.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @2    3 months ago

That is a very beautiful image, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
2.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @2.2    3 months ago

Thank you very much, G.

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.3  devangelical  replied to  Raven Wing @2    3 months ago

nice RW...

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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2.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @2.3    3 months ago

Thank you very much, dev.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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3  Raven Wing    3 months ago

Thank you Buzz. I'm very glad you like it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

A thousand years ago Jewish traders travelled along the Silk Road from the Middle East and ended up in the then capital of China - Kaifeng, in Henan Province, where their presence pleased the Emperor and he allowed them to settle there.  My wife and I, and NT member USA1 and his Chinese wife, visited the area where they settled, where a museum is still maintained by the descendants of those ancient travellers - intermarried with locals, but still knowledgeable of the history of their ancestors.

This is not a display of artistic photographs, but merely a record of a visit to the museum that I share with you.

Street sign

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My wife and me in front of the sign on the house of Zhao, which houses the museum.

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Inside, Ester, a descendant of the original Kaifeng Jews and curator of the museum, displays a torah at the alter in the museum.

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My wife stands beside a painting of the original Kaifeng synagogue.

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We are standing in front of a sign that displays the most basic of Hebrew prayers.  Translated it says:  Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.   Bessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom forever and ever.

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An ancient picture of a "mikvah" (ritual bath) being filled with water.

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Our group, Ju-an and USA1, a young rabbi from Israel who counsels the Kaifeng Jews, my wife and me, and Ester   The descendants of the Kaifeng Jews still meet and celebrate the Shabbat (sabbath) and holidays together.  USA1 and I once joined them for a sabbath service and dinner.

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Raven Wing
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4.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    3 months ago

Very nice photos, Buzz. They are very interesting and educational. Actually, I am very surprised that the Chinese government has allowed the Jewish people to maintain their museum and conduct their Shabbat and other religious ceremonies there. I am very glad to know that they are that lenient.

Thank you for sharing such an awesome story with you and your lovey Bride.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @4.1    3 months ago

The concern of the CCP is religions that proselytize, and so become a competitive threat, like Christianity.  Not only are there very few Jews in China (mostly foreigners and in big cities), and not only do Jews NEVER proselytize, but they make it damn hard to convert to Judaism.  Grown males often find it can even be painful.  Chinese Jews, such as the Kaifeng Jews, just don't make a big noise or show about their religion and practise it very quietly. 

Historically, Shanghai was a refuge for Jews escaping from the Nazis as no visas were required, and even the Japanese, when they were in control there refused to follow Hitler's request that they kill the Jews because the Japanese could not understand why anyone should be killed because of their religion. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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4.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1.1    3 months ago

Thank you very much for this most interesting information. I for one was not aware of it, and I can now better understand the reasoning behind it.

 
 
 
shona1
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4.2  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    3 months ago

A/noon Buzz..Yes very interesting thank you for that...Had no idea about the Jewish traders being in China etc....

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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4.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    3 months ago

Exceptional post in every way; I had no idea about this and assume the same for most others.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4.4  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    3 months ago

Excellent series of photos and interesting history.

In 2018 one of my cousin's wrote a novel entitled "Shanghai Torah:  Yuanfen", which is about a Lithuanian Jewish refugee from the Nazis who escaped to Shanghai under Japanese occupation.  It's a great read.  My cousin has 2 time Emmy nomination in film editing and won the ACE Eddy award for best episodic editing.  She is also a really wonderful person.  You can check it out at shanghaitorah.com.  I know that her book is available on Amazon.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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4.4.1  Gsquared  replied to  Gsquared @4.4    3 months ago

"2 Emmy nominations"

I needed to do some editing!

 
 
 
Kavika
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4.5  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    3 months ago

Great photos, Buzz.

 
 
 
Dig
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4.6  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    3 months ago

Cool photos, Buzz.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5  Raven Wing    3 months ago

Looking forward to Friday, and this old one is for the birds.......

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Buzz of the Orient
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5.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @5    3 months ago

An image of the birds created by you for the people shall not perish from this group.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1    3 months ago

Thank you very, Buzz. I truly appreciate your kind words. (smile)

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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5.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @5    3 months ago

Magnificent flight of ideas combined into a masterpiece.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @5.2    3 months ago

Thank you, Mac. They represent the various Native American Spirit Guides and Birth Totems of different Tribes. The Spirit Guides can change throughout a person's life, but, their Birth Totem will never change.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @5    3 months ago

Fantastic image, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @5.3    3 months ago

Thanks G.

 
 
 
Kavika
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5.4  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @5    3 months ago

Excellent, RW.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.4.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @5.4    3 months ago

Glad that you like it, Kavika.

 
 
 
Dig
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5.5  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @5    3 months ago

That looks like a lot of layers. Great job.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
5.5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @5.5    3 months ago

Thank you, Dig. I'm very glad you like it.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6  Raven Wing    3 months ago

And a new artwork for Friday.......

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A. Macarthur
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6.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @6    3 months ago

In stained glass, this would be incredible!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
6.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @6.1    3 months ago

Thanks Mac. I had not thought of a stained glass effect. Thanks for the idea.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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6.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @6    3 months ago

It has the appearance of a magnificent medallion - would be considered jewelry.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.2    3 months ago

Thank you, Buzz.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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6.3  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @6    3 months ago

That is truly amazing!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
6.3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @6.3    3 months ago

Thank you very much, G.

 
 
 
Kavika
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6.4  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @6    3 months ago

Another beauty, RW.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.4.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @6.4    3 months ago

Thanks Kavika. I'm very glad you like it.

 
 
 
Dig
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6.5  Dig  replied to  Raven Wing @6    3 months ago

That's beautiful. I love the symmetry.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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6.5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @6.5    3 months ago

Thank you so much, Dig.

 
 
 
Veronica
Junior Expert
7  Veronica    3 months ago

I wish I had your talent for painting.  I do not have artwork to post so I shall leave you with this:

This the lake my sister and I stayed at last weekend for our first trip of the summer.  It is Canandaigua Lake.  It is one of the Finger Lakes in NYS.

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Buzz of the Orient
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7.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Veronica @7    3 months ago

I once asked before on another photo you had posted and got no reply, and I'll ask again (because I need your permission), would you like me to enlarge and repost your photo so it could be easier for all to see?

 
 
 
Veronica
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7.1.1  Veronica  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1    3 months ago

Yes, you can enlarge it.  I am currently working on the new movie quiz....

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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7.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Veronica @7.1.1    3 months ago

It's a very good lake scene.

 
 
 
Veronica
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7.1.3  Veronica  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.2    3 months ago

It was a very nice day.  It was peaceful.  

 
 
 
evilgenius
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8  evilgenius    3 months ago

A bee on thistle flower

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Buzz of the Orient
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8.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @8    3 months ago

Great catch.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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8.2  Gsquared  replied to  evilgenius @8    3 months ago

Cool photo, EG

A bee on a lavender flower

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Raven Wing
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8.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @8.2    3 months ago

That's a great close-up, G. A busy bees' work is never done. And good contrast of colors. Nicely done!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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8.3  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @8    3 months ago

That's a beauty, EG. That bee looks like it is really working hard with all those thistles. A great shot!

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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9  Hal A. Lujah    3 months ago

Didn’t have anything prepared today so I just snapped this of a friends dog that we are dog sitting for and edited it.original

 
 
 
Gsquared
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9.1  Gsquared  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @9    3 months ago

That looks great, Hal.

 
 
 
Kavika
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9.2  Kavika   replied to  Hal A. Lujah @9    3 months ago

I love it, Hal.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
9.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @9    3 months ago

Really great editing, Hal. You can still see the primary image well, although it somewhat gives the impression that  of being pieced together. Very interesting concept and well presented. Good work!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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9.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @9    3 months ago

Terrific editing job - makes a memorable picture that I'm sure your friend will appreciate if you were to print it for them.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
9.4.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.4    3 months ago

Thanks Buzz - she’s a cute little Morkie (Maltese and Yorkie) with a lot of energy.  My cats have been busy whooping her little ass.

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Buzz of the Orient
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9.4.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @9.4.1    3 months ago

Yeah, she does look a bit apprehensive.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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10  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

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Gsquared
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10.1  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    3 months ago

That is super nice.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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10.1.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @10.1    3 months ago

Appreciate that; these do not photograph well, particularly the ones in which I use metallic colors. But generally, second generation representations of many graphic artworks lose something in the reproduction process. IMO, the best "reproductions" are generated by the top print-on-demand (POD) houses, particularly if printing is done of high quality carriers, using the best pigments.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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10.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @10.1.1    3 months ago

I'm considering having some of my pieces printed to see how they look reproduced and larger size.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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10.1.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @10.1.2    3 months ago

Check with whoever is doing the printing to make sure resolution, color space, etc. are consistent with printing house specs.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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10.1.4  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @10.1.3    3 months ago

I will do that.  Thanks for the advice.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
10.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    3 months ago

A very nice painting, Mac. It's strong and powerful, with lots of well coordinated colors. Well done!

 
 
 
Gsquared
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11  Gsquared    3 months ago

Another venture into Pop Art

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A. Macarthur
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11.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Gsquared @11    3 months ago

More "representational" than Kandinsky, but reminiscent nevertheless. Fine work.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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11.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @11.1    3 months ago

Thank you!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
11.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @11    3 months ago

Great artwork, G. A very good representation of various color schemes that work well together. Your framing is excellent. It enhances the primary images, yet, does not compete with them.

Well done!

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
11.2.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @11.2    3 months ago

Thank you, Raven Wing.  I'm really having fun with it.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
11.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @11    3 months ago

Should we start to call you "G "Warhol" G"?

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
11.3.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.3    3 months ago

If I get to have his net worth to go with it... $$$!!!

 
 
 
Kavika
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12  Kavika     3 months ago

After the rain, the gang is out for a stroll. 

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Gsquared
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12.1  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @12    3 months ago

Now we have to wait Till the Cows Come Home.

This is from 1933.  It is unbelievable.  Amazing blues.  If you are offended by X-rated lyrics DO NOT LISTEN TO IT!

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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12.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Gsquared @12.1    3 months ago

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Gsquared
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12.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @12.1.1    3 months ago

Don't say I didn't warn you!

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
12.1.3  Kavika   replied to  Gsquared @12.1    3 months ago

Now that's the real Lucille.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
12.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @12    3 months ago

They seem to be enjoying the rain-fresh grass. From the looks of the clouds it could rain any minute.

btw....could you send dome of that rain to So Cal? I will be glad to pay the shipping.  (grin)

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
12.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Raven Wing @12.2    3 months ago

It rained more this afternoon, RW. I'd be happy to send you some rain. Send be a bucket.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
12.2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @12.2.1    3 months ago

Thanks for sending the rain to us here in SoCal, Kavika. Won't be a deluge, but, a good steady rain over night and into the morning. Won't cure the drought, but, will help the farmers in the area. And hopefully, wash my car. (grin)

 
 
 
shona1
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12.3  shona1  replied to  Kavika @12    3 months ago

Morning. That is the colour of the sky here this morning. Had buckets of rain through the night and now expecting winds up to 100 kph.. thunder is rumbling right at this moment. Time to batten down the hatches..

Great photo.. first thought was.. steaks on the hoof..

 
 
 
Kavika
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12.3.1  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @12.3    3 months ago

You have to be careful of these cows, they are Brahma and they can be really aggressive. The Brahma bulls are used in rodeo's and more than one rider has met his end trying to stay on one for 8 seconds.

 
 
 
shona1
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12.3.2  shona1  replied to  Kavika @12.3.1    3 months ago

Morning Kavika...yes we have them here too. Mainly found up in the NT and a few have met their end as a croc snack take away.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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12.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @12    3 months ago

Okay as long as they don't stroll off the range like the Elephants in China.

 
 
 
shona1
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12.4.1  shona1  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.4    3 months ago

Morning Buzz. Speaking of which what happened to them? All went quiet here and never found out.. hope they did not have to shoot them.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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12.4.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  shona1 @12.4.1    3 months ago

Last I heard they were heading back to their home - not really news any more.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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13  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

We're off to a great beginning; thanks to all and Saturday will bring more.

Meanwhile …

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The Grackle has landed … almost.

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Raven Wing
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13.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    3 months ago

A great shot of a beautiful bird.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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13.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    3 months ago

WOW!!!

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
13.2.1  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @13.2    3 months ago

That was my thought. Amazing!

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
13.3  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    3 months ago

Amazing photo.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
14  Raven Wing    3 months ago

And one to lead us into Saturday....

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Buzz of the Orient
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14.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @14    3 months ago

Striking!!!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
14.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @14.1    3 months ago

Thanks Buzz.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
14.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @14    3 months ago

That is an incredible image, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
14.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @14.2    3 months ago

Thank you G. I'm very glad you like it. Again...here I used the layering technique.

What would otherwise be a fairly blah image becomes something much more impressive. While layering can help produce a very different artwork, too much of it can make it much too busy. So it becomes a bit of trial and error project to find just the right combination.

 
 
 
Dig
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15  Dig    3 months ago

A flying squirrel feeder face-off.

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Feeding time for wren chicks.

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A Black Hawk flying over again.

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Tonight's full moon. 

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Buzz of the Orient
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15.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @15    3 months ago

So not all hawks have feathers where you live, eh?

 
 
 
Ender
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15.2  Ender  replied to  Dig @15    3 months ago

Are they checking the garden?  Haha

 
 
 
Dig
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15.2.1  Dig  replied to  Ender @15.2    3 months ago

Nah. I'm not very far from I-44 and lots of helicopters use it for visual navigation. They fly up and down it all the time. I don't see military choppers all that often, though.

 
 
 
Kavika
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15.3  Kavika   replied to  Dig @15    3 months ago

The flying squirrel face off kinda looks like a semi-butt-off to me.

 
 
 
Dig
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15.3.1  Dig  replied to  Kavika @15.3    3 months ago

LOL.

Speaking of the flying squirrels... Last night after I posted I found a "red-eye removal" setting on my camera, so of course I had to go set everything back up and try it out.

Unfortunately, it doesn't remove the red-eye completely, but I did get some nice shots while I was out there. The feeder was busy last night.

(Note for everyone - I'm posting 10 more pics, so if they clutter the page up too much then hit the little minus sign below Kav's post after looking at them and they'll be hidden the next time you open the page.)

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Raven Wing
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15.3.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Dig @15.3.1    3 months ago

Great shots, Dig. Looks like everyone's up for 'Dig's mid-night diner'. (grin)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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15.3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @15.3.1    3 months ago

I had never seen flying squirrels before and have learned a lot about them from your photos here and previously.

 
 
 
Dig
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15.3.4  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.3.3    3 months ago

I've been trying to figure out a way to shoot some video of them flying in and landing on the tree, but no luck so far.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
15.3.5  Kavika   replied to  Dig @15.3.1    3 months ago

Great photos, Dig. They sure haven't missed any meals from the looks of them.

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
15.3.6  Dig  replied to  Kavika @15.3.5    3 months ago

Ha. I noticed that too. For a little while I was worried that the feeder might be bad for them, but then I remembered that they disappear all winter long, so helping them fatten up a bit in preparation for it can't be all bad. I'm thinking about putting out special food in the evenings just for them, the nuts and dried berries kind. That might be healthier than just sunflower seeds, corn, and the occasional peanut.

Besides, even though they seem to fall out of the tree fairly often (lol), I haven't noticed any falling short of the tree when flying in (from being overweight). :)

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
15.3.7  Kavika   replied to  Dig @15.3.6    3 months ago

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It's party time at Digs, flying squirrels, groundhogs, skunks, armadillos, deer, bears, coyotes and rabbits invited. 

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
15.3.8  Dig  replied to  Kavika @15.3.7    3 months ago

Haha. No bears so far. There's supposed to be little black bears around the Ozarks, but I've never seen one myself. I think they're farther south, nearer the state line and into Arkansas.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
15.3.9  Kavika   replied to  Dig @15.3.8    3 months ago

We had a black bear walk down our driveway and then went under the deck. Our neighbor heard a noise one night and turned on the outside lights and one was in his hot tub...True story.

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
15.3.10  Dig  replied to  Kavika @15.3.9    3 months ago

I believe you. I've seen video of them from down there on the news.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
15.3.11  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @15.3.7    3 months ago

I dig your comment.

 
 
 
Dig
Masters Guide
15.4  Dig  replied to  Dig @15    3 months ago

I was going to add something about that moon pic last night but forgot...

Does everyone know that from Shona's perspective (in Australia) it appears upside down compared to the way we in the Northern Hemisphere see it? Tycho crater is seen in the upper half instead of the lower.

How cool is that? 

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
15.4.1  Kavika   replied to  Dig @15.4    3 months ago

That is true and what is really important is the toilets flush the opposite way. jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
15.4.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Dig @15.4    3 months ago

Yeah, this kind of illustrates what you noted.  Thank God for gravity, eh?

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Dig
Masters Guide
15.4.3  Dig  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @15.4.2    3 months ago

Yup. :)

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
15.4.4  Kavika   replied to  Dig @15.4.3    3 months ago

I have on good authority that everyone down under has a magnet attached to their ass that way they don't fall off the earth.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
15.4.5  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @15.4.4    3 months ago

But good authority or not, can you make that assertion stick?

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
15.4.6  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @15.4.5    3 months ago
can you make that assertion stick?

Of course, I can, can I borrow a suction cup?

 
 
 
shona1
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15.4.7  shona1  replied to  Kavika @15.4.6    3 months ago

Morning..yep that is our story and we are sticking to it..

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
15.5  Gsquared  replied to  Dig @15    3 months ago

Cool photos, Dig.  I love the photo of the moon with the clouds.  Really beautiful.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
16  Ender    3 months ago

Ok, so the rose isn't really looking like a mint julep...

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
16.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @16    3 months ago

The first photo shows what is known as a "wasarose", but the second one is quite lovely,.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
17  Kavika     3 months ago

Nettles Island, Jensen Beach, FL

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A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
17.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @17    3 months ago

Powerful!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
17.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @17    3 months ago

That's a really great photo, Kavika. Those storm clouds look very menacing, and twice so when reflected in the water. Very mesmerizing.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
17.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @17    3 months ago

That is a FANTASTIC photo.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
17.3.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @17.3    3 months ago

I'll be going to Ormond Beach tomorrow for 4 days and hopefully will get some great sunrises over the Atlantic.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
17.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @17.3.1    3 months ago

Just make sure you don't get too close to the many anti-vaxxers in Florida.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
17.4  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @17    3 months ago

As Buzz said, that is a FANTASTIC photo.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
18  Raven Wing    3 months ago

One for Saturday...

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
18.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @18    3 months ago

MSGA = Making Saturday Great Again.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
18.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1    3 months ago

Perfect description.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
18.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @18.1    3 months ago

Great title, Buzz. Thank you.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
18.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @18    3 months ago

Very interesting image, Raven Wing.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
18.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @18.2    3 months ago

Thank you, G.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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19  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

original

House Finch before Sunday

© A. Mac/A.G.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
19.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    3 months ago

Will it look different on Sunday?

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
19.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    3 months ago

Great shot of a beautiful bird, Mac.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
19.3  Gsquared  replied to  A. Macarthur @19    3 months ago

Beautiful photo.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
20  Raven Wing    3 months ago

Moving on to Sunday....

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
20.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @20    3 months ago

A unique and beautiful frame for a "spirit guide" or "totem".

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
20.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @20.1    3 months ago

Thank you very much, Buzz. You have guessed fairly correct.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
20.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @20    3 months ago

That is a very unique piece, Raven Wing.  Very nicely done.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
20.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @20.2    3 months ago

Thank you very much, G. I like experimenting with combining different angles and patterns which are very opposites, and yet, they work well together. In this piece the relating aspects are the feather semblance in the framing and the eagle in the primary image. While they are not of a similar coloring, they still tie the two together, thus, creating coordinated look to the artwork.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
20.2.2  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @20.2.1    3 months ago

That is very interesting.  I am always intrigued, and inspired, by your art.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
21  Kavika     3 months ago

Taken this morning at Stone Creek, Ocala FL. 

We are now in Ormond Beach on the Atlantic side. Hopefully we'll have some great sunrises over the next 4 days for me to post next week.

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Raven Wing
Professor Principal
21.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @21    3 months ago

 A really beautiful photo, Kavika. The lack of  sunrise 'glow' is really amazing.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
21.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @21    3 months ago

Could that colour be because of the smoke drifting from the wildfires in the west?

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
21.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @21.2    3 months ago

No, no smoke here Buzz. Just the morning fog.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Junior Principal
21.3  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @21    3 months ago

Another FANTASTIC photo, Kavika.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
22  Raven Wing    3 months ago

One more to close out the weekend .......

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Gsquared
Junior Principal
22.1  Gsquared  replied to  Raven Wing @22    3 months ago

Spectacular!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
22.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @22.1    3 months ago

Thank you very much, G.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
22.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @22    3 months ago
You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

(from A Dream Within a Dream - by Edgar Allan Poe)

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
22.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @22.2    3 months ago

Thank you, Buzz. And for the lovely poem.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
22.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @22.2.1    3 months ago

I often indicate the effect an image has on me, what immediately goes through my mind, and your image caused the words "a dream within a dream" to emerge.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
Professor Principal
22.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @22.2.2    3 months ago

Thanks, Buzz. I'm glad that it has such a positive effect on you. The is no specific meaning to the artwork, simply a case where I wanted to let the viewers see what it means to them. Your view of it is much appreciated.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
Professor Expert
23  author  A. Macarthur    3 months ago

Thanks to all; see you Friday.

 
 
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