Harbingers of Spring & Summer on Creative Arts/Thursday Friday

  
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Harbingers of Spring & Summer on Creative Arts/Thursday Friday
 

Leave a comment to auto-join group CREATIVE ARTS ON THE NEWSTALKERS

CREATIVE ARTS ON THE NEWSTALKERS

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House Finch

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Egret

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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    one week ago

Busy day … will post more pics tonight. But everyone with something creative to share … don't hesitate.

 
 
 
evilgenius
1.1  evilgenius  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    one week ago

Love the pics. Especially the house finch!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    one week ago

Beautiful photos Mac. The flower at the top is a real beauty. Love the swirling background that the flower seems to be blooming out from. Very surreal. The color of the flower really sets it all off very nicely. Well done!

 
 
 
evilgenius
2  evilgenius    one week ago

Both of us here have upper respiratory infections & bronchitis so we haven't been out for new photos. I've been missing my buddy Tucker. Here's a photo from way back in 2014 with a new edit.

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

Those infections are really nasty, and really sap the strength out of you.

Love the picture of Tucker. He looks very happy playing in the snow. While the mind may come to terms with their being gone at some point, but, the heart never does.

 
 
 
evilgenius
2.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Raven Wing @2.1    one week ago
Those infections are really nasty, and really sap the strength out of you.

Thanks. Last night I hit official mouth breather status. lol. This morning is horrible, but maybe I get make it to the Y this weekend and sit in the suna and hot tub. Sweat some of this out.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  evilgenius @2.1.1    one week ago
Last night I hit official mouth breather status. lol.

That is no fun. The weather here has been very dry, with very high winds, low humidity and lots of dust blowing around. I am hoarse and have a dry cough that makes my throat sore. But, that goes away as the humidity rises. 

Hopefully, your visit to the Y will help you feel better soon.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @2    one week ago

A sad memory, but at least a great action photo of a happy pet. 

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     one week ago

Sittin' on our lanai this morning watching the birds go by.

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Raven Wing
3.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @3    one week ago

I remember seeing a lot of those birds along the small canals along the highways on our way to Ft Myers and while we were there. One almost flew into our car while we were driving as it came in for a landing in one of the canals along the main highway. I am sure glad it had a good sense of distance as it barely missed us.

I'm sure it got a good laugh at our response of its near miss. And I am glad I was driving or we would have been in the ditch along with the bird if my Cousin had been driving. jrSmiley_85_smiley_image.gifjrSmiley_29_smiley_image.gif

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

Good capture - a reason to always have your camera (smartphone?) with you.  Is it an Egret?

 
 
 
Kavika
3.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @3.2    one week ago
Is it an Egret?

Yes, it is Buzz.

 
 
 
lady in black
4  lady in black    one week ago

Shadow caught an octopus

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Raven Wing
4.1  Raven Wing  replied to  lady in black @4    one week ago

How cute!! Looks like that octopus is really giving Shadow a real battle. jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
4.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  lady in black @4    one week ago

Armed but not dangerous!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
4.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  lady in black @4    one week ago

Couldn't open your still photos, but I enjoyed watching Shadow in combat. LOL.

 
 
 
Kavika
4.5  Kavika   replied to  lady in black @4    one week ago

LOL, too damn cute.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
4.6  Raven Wing  replied to  lady in black @4    one week ago

I thought the octopus' audible cries for help in the video were full of hope. jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
4.7  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  lady in black @4    one week ago

What a cutie!

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.8  Tessylo  replied to  lady in black @4    3 days ago

How cute.  Shadow is your avatar?

 
 
 
lady in black
4.8.1  lady in black  replied to  Tessylo @4.8    3 days ago

Yes, Shadow is my avatar.

 
 
 
katrix
4.8.2  katrix  replied to  lady in black @4.8.1    3 days ago

One of my black cats is named Shadow - well, actually M. Shadow (after the lead singer in Avenged Sevenfold).

The other is named Pantera, of course.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
4.8.3  igknorantzrulz  replied to  katrix @4.8.2    3 days ago

The other is named Pantera, of course.

I'm 'Down' with that, as i 'Stone the Crow'

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5  Raven Wing    one week ago

With Spring comes the return of birds that have wintered in warmer climates. Here in So Cal we see a good many birds that are not really native to our area that are on their way North back home in the North and are just taking a short rest from their long return flight. They are always welcome and a beautiful sight to see.

Here is one of my creations that's for the birds. (grin)

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A. Macarthur
5.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @5    one week ago

Strikingly effective, RW! 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @5.1    one week ago

Thanks Mac.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Raven Wing @5.1.1    one week ago

How do you create your art? It's beautiful and unique. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.1.2    6 days ago

Thank you very much Perrie.

I decide which image I want to work with and get it like I want it, then I create the background. Once I have the background like I want it, then I work on the frame. There is a lot of work, trial and error involved, and many times I just start over again until I get it like I want it. I use mostly MS PowerPoint, but, also use CorelDraw for some editing and adjustments that I can't do in PowerPoint.

Putting it all together can take hours, days, or sometimes weeks, depending on the amount of detail I want that will best enhance the primary subject. Colors and blending everything together can really present a challenge.

But, there is a lot of fun involved as well.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @5    one week ago

Resembles a dreamcatcher that catches birds.  Whenever I see turquoise, it makes me think of south-western natives.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
5.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.2    one week ago

The Raven is a sacred Totem animal for many Native Americans, Clans and Tribes. Every Native American has a sacred Totem animal that stays with them all their life. They may have different Spirit Guides throughout their life, but, only one sacred Totem animal.

 
 
 
Ender
6  Ender    one week ago

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

Are those a type of stork? I don't see a pouch so don't think they are Pelicans. But, I might be wrong.

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

They are pelicans...I believe.

 
 
 
Kavika
6.1.2  Kavika   replied to  Ender @6.1.1    one week ago

They are pelicans. 

 
 
 
Raven Wing
6.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @6.1.1    one week ago

Thank you Ender and Kavika. At first glance I thought they looked like pelicans, but, I didn't see the pouch under their beaks at the angle they were in so thought maybe they were something else.

 
 
 
Ender
6.1.4  Ender  replied to  Raven Wing @6.1.3    one week ago

Don't tell some people but I snapped that pic south of the border.   Haha

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
6.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Ender @6    one week ago

Good shot Ender.  Were you on a bridge or something elevated?  Telephoto shot?

 
 
 
Ender
6.2.1  Ender  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.2    one week ago

It was actually by a port. They had some kind of naval vessel docked near by.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
7  Raven Wing    one week ago

Did you take that one on your recent vacation down South?

 
 
 
Ender
7.1  Ender  replied to  Raven Wing @7    one week ago

Yep. The water was really blue. Kinda hard to see in the pic.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8  Buzz of the Orient    one week ago

Being stuck in our home for the past few weeks I don't have anything new to post, but here is a selection from my collection.  (selection from my collection - good rhyme).

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

Really beautiful pictures, Buzz. The one with the two Lotus blossoms is outstanding. Love the color of the blossoms, which is enhanced by the green background and the reflections in the surrounding water. Very nicely done.

What are the clay pots in front of what looks like a cave for?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @8.1    one week ago

Thanks, RW.  It's not a cave, it's a hollowed out base of a wall.  Those pots are all over the beautiful campus of the Sichuan Institute of Art located across the road from where we live, even built into the walls, so I assume they were created as exercises by students studying pottery over the years.

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Raven Wing
8.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8.1.1    one week ago

Thanks for the clarification on the pots, Buzz. The crafting of the pots by the students sounds very educational. And those built into the walls would make for a truly decorative addition to the stones.

 
 
 
Kavika
8.2  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8    one week ago

I love the stone house built over/alongside the waterfall.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @8.2    one week ago

Probably the only house in China I could afford to buy.  Basic plumbing - hole in the floor over the river. LOL

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
8.3  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @8    one week ago

Your finest grouping yet, Buzz!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
8.3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @8.3    one week ago

Thanks, A.Mac.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
9  Raven Wing    one week ago

A little something extra for Friday...one of my older ones.

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Buzz of the Orient
9.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @9    one week ago

I'm running out of superlatives to describe the fantastic creativity and talent exhibited by you with those works.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
9.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @9.1    one week ago

Thank you, Buzz. This is back when I was using only wood burls for the backgrounds of the images the images. 

Being able to get my feet wet, so to speak, with this starting point of my creations has allowed me to continue to move to higher levels. 

I am always happy for your comments and appreciate them very much. 

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

Outstanding RW.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
9.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @9.2    one week ago

Thank you Kavika. I think this is one of the creations that I initially shared in the Anishinaabe Group a few years back when I first started to work with this type of graphics. It is the encouragement and support of the Members of that group that has given me the courage to keep moving up a level at a time. 

And in doing so, has made me challenge myself each step along the way, and made it so much fun in doing so. 

 

 
 
 
devangelical
9.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @9.2    4 days ago

!!!

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
10  author  A. Macarthur    one week ago

That gets a WOW RW!

WOW ... great lighting & energy!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
10.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    6 days ago

Thanks Mac.I was going for a bit of a rustic look.

 
 
 
Split Personality
11  Split Personality    4 days ago

True sign of Spring.  Today's surprise from my girl Lavie and her beau, Bruce;  13 new ducklings made their first trip out side of the nest today.

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8 will be black like Dad, 5 will be "different" from the average Barbary Duck...like Mom. jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Split Personality @11    4 days ago

Such adorable little 'quackers'. jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Tessylo
11.2  Tessylo  replied to  Split Personality @11    3 days ago

Sol sweet!  I remember sitting in traffic one day and wondering what the hell was going on.  At the light ahead, a family of ducks/ducklings was crossing and every one stopped to let them cross.  So sweet.  

 
 
 
Kavika
11.3  Kavika   replied to  Split Personality @11    3 days ago

Those are Muscovy ducks, I haven't seen them in a while. 

 
 
 
katrix
11.3.1  katrix  replied to  Kavika @11.3    3 days ago

My neighbor had one for a while. We called it the Dragon Duck. We would hang out by the river and it would run up to get food - it was pretty aggressive and stole someone's sub from the table once!

 
 
 
Split Personality
11.3.2  Split Personality  replied to  Kavika @11.3    3 days ago

Yep, semi domesticated beggars who break all of the "duck rules", sleeping in an alcove up against the storm doors,

coming into the back yard via a long alley with a solid fence and sleeping under a roofed porch; coming into the garage looking for corn.

Found a young male sleeping up on a shelf amongst circular saws in the garage last month.  We scared the crap out of each other, him literally, lol.

 
 
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