Mounting Your Creativity is what We do on Creative Arts Thursday/Friday

  
By:  A. Macarthur  •  one month ago  •  50 comments


Mounting Your Creativity is what We do on Creative Arts Thursday/Friday
 

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Mount Baker, Cascade Range, Washington State

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Mount Baker, Cascade Range, Washington State

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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    one month ago

Whatcha' got to show us?

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

Beautiful landscapes Mac. I visited Washington state many years ago when my Brother was stationed at Bremerton Navy shipyards for refitting. One of our visits was to Mt Rainier and several other locations. I also was in Seattle during my three years as a Microsoft MVP for the annual MVP Global meetings. It truly is an awesome state. 

No Virginia when I lived there reminded me of Washington with its beautiful greenery and myriad of colors as the seasons changed. 

 
 
 
evilgenius
2  evilgenius    one month ago

New 16 gallon aquarium potential with rosewood and green quartzite rock. I'll show you all again next week when it's all setup.

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A new super zoom lens came in today. I can't wait to try it out too. 

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Raven Wing
2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @2    one month ago

What's the name of the whale your going to put in that 16 gallon tank, EG? jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

Love the rosewood, and when you add the water to the tank those green rocks will look awesome. 

And be sure to use that new lens to take a pic to share with us. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Raven Wing @2.1    one month ago
What's the name of the whale your going to put in that 16 gallon tank, EG?

It's Drogo a dragon scale betta my girlfriend picked out. 

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Love the rosewood, and when you add the water to the tank those green rocks will look awesome.

I think so too. My gf picked those rocks out at a fish conference we went to last fall.

And be sure to use that new lens to take a pic to share with us.

I'll be going out bird watching as soon as I can!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @2.1.1    one month ago

Drogo is a beautiful fish. The Betta's really are elegant, and real fighters I hear.

Looking forward to seeing your new bird pictures. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @2.1.1    one month ago

There's something fishy about your posts today.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
2.1.4  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.3    one month ago

Are you picking a bone with him? 

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.1.5  evilgenius  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.3    one month ago
There's something fishy about your posts today.

I must still be betta testing.

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.1.6  evilgenius  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.1.4    one month ago
Are you picking a bone with him? 

Well I have no body to love.

 
 
 
Ender
2.2  Ender  replied to  evilgenius @2    one month ago

Nice setup. I had thought those Betas use to be cheap. I was in a chain store the other day and they were 20 usd a piece.

I had an old 20 gallon long sitting in a closet that my Niece had used for her turtles. They outgrew it so it and it was just sitting there, so I decided to set it up.

I was going to do a mini saltwater reef tank but that was looking way to expensive. I decided to just go freshwater and try my hand at some plants. I tried to make my own rockscape. Turned out ok I guess.

No where near as nice as yours.  Haha

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I need some kind of backing for it. Hopefully the plants will grow and fill out.

Need some fish life in it next. I was thinking maybe a couple of bottom dwellers, maybe a small school.

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.2.1  evilgenius  replied to  Ender @2.2    one month ago

Nice! My 29 gallon tank uses some rocks and driftwood I found around the beaches of Lake Superior with pool filter sand. When the weather gets a little warmer I can send you some floating plants. 

Need some fish life in it next. I was thinking maybe a couple of bottom dwellers, maybe a small school.

I like c.habrosis. Tiny little cory catfish. They are so fun to watch. For a background you can paint the back of the tank black or use a frosted glass window film. I have one tank with just some cheap black poster board from Walmart taped on it.

 
 
 
Ender
2.2.2  Ender  replied to  evilgenius @2.2.1    one month ago

That is what my BIL said he did to his. Painted it.

I wanted to add some driftwood, was going to get some but I have to wait until it warms up and scout the river. Then I had read and heard to boil it. Supposed to kill anything unwanted and make it sink.

All the years I found cool looking pieces and threw them back. Haha

I like the little catfish.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @2.2    one month ago

Nice looking tank, Ender. The rocks are really pretty. You can also add a few sucker fish to help keep the tank clean. They eat all the stuff that accumulates on the tank and helps prevent bacteria and algae from forming. They work will with most fish, except with the fighters. They stay mostly to themselves and don't bother the other fish. At least that was my experience. They are not that expensive, and don't need much in the way of food.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
3  Raven Wing    one month ago

Happy Thursday everyone...

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Just Jim NC TttH
4  Just Jim NC TttH    one month ago

This has nothing to do with my creativity but I found this piece absolutely amazing.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/lifestyle/hermit-spends-40-years-sculpting-mountain-face-into-art-attraction/vi-BBZaWM4

40 years people.............this man has it going on..............

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @4    one month ago

I read about that earlier. Simply amazing. Thanks for sharing. 

 
 
 
Kavika
4.2  Kavika   replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @4    one month ago

Wow, that is just amazing. 

Good find.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
4.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @4    one month ago

When we see the potential creativity of humanity realized in works like these, one has to wonder of "Homo sapiens" is actually one species, or, misattributed to those who specialize in greed, cruelty, mayhem and murder. As an exercise (many years ago), I "identified" at least 12 different "levels" of "human" (or whatever the F___K the other 11 are).

Idle hands …

 
 
 
Kavika
5  Kavika     one month ago

Fern cave in the ''Lava Beds National Monument'' Tule Lake, Siskiyou county CA.

Very remote but amazing beauty and history in the area. In 1872/73 the Modoc war took place here. Captain Jack and a small band of Modoc Indians held off the US army for months using the lava beds to their tactical advantage.

This photo is off the internet but I have numerous photos of the area but they are the ''old'' type and not digital.

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Buzz of the Orient
5.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @5    one month ago

I use an "all-in-one" HP printer-copier-scanner to copy my old photo prints into my computer's picture library.  If you have a memory stick (USB flash drive) take your photos to an internet café or where there is a scanner and scan your old photos and copy them to the memory stick. (I put 4 standard size prints at a time on the glass, then by using crop I can isolate them individually) 

 
 
 
Kavika
5.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1    one month ago

Thanks for the information Buzz.

I literally have thousands of photos. 

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
5.1.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Kavika @5.1.1    one month ago

A digital camera is essentially a scanner! Many digital cameras are capable of taking decent jpeg images of photo prints. In setting up prints to be digitally photographed,

• make sure the light source is neutral (daylight coming through a window facing north is good)

• make sure the lens of the camera is not at an angle from the photo, straight on, parallel to the lens, and, best to put it on a tripod

• if the light is strong, set the camera ISO/ASA to a LOW NUMBER (100-400), use a small aperture (f8 will usually do) and, when pressing the shutter, be careful not to shake the camera.

• leave a space around the photo as you see it through the viewfinder; this will prevent unwanted cropping of the photo … you can always crop it in editing software.

• if the camera allows you to set the WHITE BALANCE, if your copying color photos, set it to AUTO or DAYLIGHT.

• set the IMAGE QUALITY on your camera at "JPEG FINE" … that will generally allow you to print from the digital files at sizes LARGER THAN THE ORIGINAL without degrading the image … just don't upsize too much. 

• for nice looking images (depending on the condition of the original print) photograph at a RESOLUTION OF 300DPI 

TRY THIS AT FIRST WITH ONE OR TWO PHOTOS UNTIL YOU GET THE FEEL FOR IT … let me know how it goes.

 
 
 
Kavika
5.1.3  Kavika   replied to  A. Macarthur @5.1.2    one month ago
let me know how it goes.

Will do.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @5    one month ago

I wanted to stop there on my way to Oregon one year, but, we ran into a messy traffic jam and had to take a detour, and it was too far to turn back. Thank you for posting this picture so I can at last see it, even if I can't go there.

 
 
 
Kavika
6  Kavika     one month ago

Photos of Mount Shasta as seen from the shores of Lake Shastina, Siskiyou county CA. 

Towering over 14,000 feet it is considered a sacred mountain by the native people in the area. 

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 In the Karuk language it is called, Uytaahkkoo or White Mountain.

This photo is off the internet. I have sat on the shores of Lake Shastina many times fishing for trout bass. Remote but truly beautiful. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

Lots of mountains around here - in fact Chongqing is surrounded by them (one of its nicknames is Mountain City), but I have posted many photo essays already of such sites as the sacred Buddhist Mount Emei, the mountain area of Sichuan Province that suffered from the great earthquake of 2008, the Karst mountains in Guangxi Autonomous Region, and some lesser ones closer to home.  This is a sampling of those earlier postings.

Snow capped mountains not far from Tibet photographed from one of the peaks of Mount Emei that my wife and I climbed,

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Me and my very solid friends the tea-carriers in the mountains in Sichuan Province earthquake area taken while on a school trip from when I was teaching at a college in Chengdu:

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The Karst mountains of Guangxi Autonomous Region taken when I took a cruise down the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo.

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Lesser mountains within walking distance from my present home in Chongqing.

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Kavika
7.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7    one month ago

Great photos Buzz.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7    one month ago

Beautiful pictures Buzz. Love the mountains in the distance.  There are mountains surrounding where I live now, and when they have snow on top it is really awe inspiring to see.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

Tonight Is Chinese New Year's Eve here, and while approaching the new year yesterday my wife and her niece prepared a special lunch for my wife, mother-law, wife's niece and me.  The main dish was fish/seafood as it symbolizes good fortune for the year to come.  There are four small bowls with orange juice for a toast to a good new year (we all drink alcoholic drinks extremely rarely).  In the centre are boiled shrimp, and to its right is pineapple rice, and continuing clockwise the main dishes are sliced baked homemade pork sausage, sweet and sour fish, squash, and spicy noodles. Delicious. (Forgive me, Enoch, for eating shellfish and pork - LOL). 

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Raven Wing
8.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8    one month ago

Oh my.....now I'm hungry! jrSmiley_101_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
9  Larry Hampton    one month ago

Northern Minnesota a week or so ago. Quite a bit below zero that day, and still beautiful. Now the only mountains close are ones made of snow, and they are all over the place :~)

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Kavika
9.1  Kavika   replied to  Larry Hampton @9    one month ago

Summer in northern Minnesota is a Tuesday afternoon in August, don't blink.jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
9.1.1  Larry Hampton  replied to  Kavika @9.1    one month ago

Blink?

i took a nap one afternoon after mowing the lawn and then woke up, went outside and built a snowman with the grandkids!

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evilgenius
9.2  evilgenius  replied to  Larry Hampton @9    one month ago

Nice! I'm hoping to get out this weekend away from Lake Superior to find some bird shots with the new lens. I'm hoping I can find a snowy owl maybe.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
9.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Larry Hampton @9    one month ago

That big tree next to the house/garage (?) on the right looks like a Christmas Tree. jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

Beautiful picture, the snow looks like a soft, puffy quilt. 

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
9.3.1  Larry Hampton  replied to  Raven Wing @9.3    one month ago

Thank you Ms. raven!

That little shack is actually an ol' farm laborer dwelling. No plumbing, no heat; but, lottsa rabbits live under it.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
9.3.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Larry Hampton @9.3.1    one month ago
Thank you Ms. raven!

LOL!!

Thank you for the clarification on the wooden whatsit by the tree. (grin)

 
 
 
MUVA
12  MUVA    one month ago

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Buzz of the Orient
12.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  MUVA @12    one month ago

Is that a Swordfish?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
12.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  MUVA @12    one month ago

Can't see the dorsal fin but it appears to be a Sailfish.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13  Raven Wing    one month ago

Here is one of my newest creations.

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Larry Hampton
13.1  Larry Hampton  replied to  Raven Wing @13    one month ago

Stunning! Well done!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Larry Hampton @13.1    one month ago

Thank you very much Larry. I enjoy sharing my Native American artwork with my NT Family. I am glad that you like it. (smile)

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
13.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @13    one month ago

Very skillfully done, RW, the linear perspective pulls the viewer’s eye into the composition most compellingly!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @13.2    one month ago

Thank you Mac. It is a technique I have been wanting to try, but, could not it would not work with just any type of image. Then I decided to try it with the wide image and after trying multiple times to find the right application, I came up with this one. The beveling of the outline and applying a very thin outer border to enhance the depth of the beveling gave it an almost 3-D aspect. 

It was my first try with this kind of technique and I had no idea where I was going with it. But, I knew what my minds' eye saw and just kept working in that direction. 

Learning new things to share here with my Friends is where the fun is. (smile)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
13.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @13.2    one month ago

To my eye, it also adds a feeling of motion.  As well, it makes me feel as if I'm looking into a rear-view mirror while driving a car - if I actually WAS driving a car I'd damn well stomp on the accelerator.  LOL

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13.2.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @13.2.2    one month ago

Thanks for the added perspective Buzz, with the rear-view mirror idea. It is something I had not thought about. 

I try to think of all aspects of what I am aiming for when I am creating and often have a hard time seeing things from all possibilities. Getting the feedback from those here is a real help in opening my mind to areas I had not thought about.

That is one of the great things about sharing ones work, is getting that kind of constructive and helpful feedback that can help to add new ways of thinking and ideas for new techniques to test out. 

I am always looking to move up to higher levels of artistic achievement and I find the comments here, not only for my own work, but, for others as well, very helpful.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
13.2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @13.2.3    one month ago

LOL.  Another reason I'm glad I talked you into posting them here.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13.2.5  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @13.2.4    one month ago

Indeed you did, Buzz. Thank you. I am sorry that it took you so long to convince me. (grin)

 
 
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