Saturday, December 31, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Image from e-vint; background made with textures fron Cynthia Powell, Pareeerica and Shadowhouse.
Past Days Taos Pueblo Tradition
Taos Pueblo is the oldest continuously occupied pueblo in the United States.
The images are photos I took in New Mexico a few years ago. The woman is a Corn Dancer--as I recall this is a fertility dance for the planting of corn, a staple of the pueblo people's diet.
Kokopelli is a prominent spirit among the Pueblo tribes, and the sun symbol is also seen on the New Mexico state flag,
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Sometimes I believe the cello is the voice of God...
Photos from Google images, unknown cello player, and Jacqueline Du Pre, both greatly alterd with the Impressionist plug in for photoshop. The music in the overlay is a handwritten score by Puccini, and the text and frame are from Frames for Use Flickr Group.
Windmill of the Heavens
A photo I took of a windmill on Cape Cod, with the camera setting on whiteboard. The background/overlay is made from two images of stars from the Hubble Space Telescope, and the bird brush is from Jerry Jones at Shadowhouse Creations.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Rouge Ibis with Tropical Flowers
This ibis lives in the rainforest habitat of the Baltimore National Aquarium.
The background is a photo of ferns from the Mount Desert Island national park in Maine.
Ibis and background made from my original photos, flowers were googled, textures from Digitalyardsale and Bocaccino
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The Air Made Visible
a small prayer for all the souls touched or taken in this year's tornado season...God bless them and keep them close...
Image from WIkimedia Commons, angel of prayer image from the Graphics Fairy and made into a brush, background bits from Encounter_Laura and Bocaccino at Textures for Layers
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Faithful unto (and after) Death
In spring 1974, a number of farmers near Xi’an (a famous Chinese cultural city) discovered some ancient bronze weapons and pieces of broken terra-cotta armoured warriors while sinking a well. This turned out to be one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century. Excavations since then have found 1800 terra-cotta warriors although it is estimated that there are at least 6000 more still to be excavated. The terra-cotta warriors are in battle formation and include cavalry, infantry and charioteers. They are a replica of the Qin army and were created over 2200 years ago. A high level of technological skill was needed for this to be possible. This ancient society was powerful and technologically advanced.
Qin Shi Huang (259-210BC) was the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty and he was the founder of China’s first empire. He expanded his military strength building an army of one million professional soldiers. He started the construction of the Great Wall.
In preparation for his death he built a replica of his kingdom underground and he was finally laid to rest in the underground palace at its centre. It took over 720 000 people, 37 years to build.
The terra-cotta army were created to defend his underground kingdom from attack. When they were first found it was believed that the terra-cotta warriors are all individually designed, based the faces of the Emperors actual soldiers. However, it has since been proved that all the soldiers are based on ten basic designs.
All images from Google
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Sacrifice..the Privilege of Free Men
Son of a prominent Boston abolitionist family, Robert Shaw was serving as a captain in the 2nd Massachusetts when he was tapped by Massachusetts Governor John Andrew for a special assignment. Shaw was to raise and command the first regiment of black troops organized in a Northern state.
All the previous 11 colored" regiments had been raised principally from freed slaves in occupied areas. Shaw went about the organization of his command, recruiting free blacks from all over New England and some from beyond. The regiment was mustered into service on May 13, 1863, with Shaw as its colonel, and was sent to the South Carolina coast to take part in the operations against the cradle of secession, Charleston.
On July 18, 1863, he led the 54th, in conjunction with two brigades of white troops, in an assault on Confederate Battery Wagner. In the unsuccessful charge, the black troops proved themselves to be fully capable of standing up to enemy fire but lost about one quarter of their men, including Colonel Shaw. The rebels in the battery were so outraged by the Union commanders arming blacks that they decided to insult the white officer by burying him in a common grave with his black enlisted men. But Shaw's parents, when they heard of it, were pleased and believed that was the way their son would have wanted it.
This image (altered) is on the monument to the Masschusetts 54th Regiment in Boston. The flag is a background paper from Scrapbook Flair and the border is from Skeletalmess (Jerry Jones, of Shadowhouse.) I found the quote on a WW1 war poster
Saturday, May 7, 2011
When we look up, it widens our horizons. We see what a little speck we are in the universe, so insignificant, and we all take ourselves so seriously, but in the sky, there are no boundaries.
I cannot believe that some of us who are participating in this challenge are finished with 100 Themes already. When you have some time you might want to visit Grannie Annie's and Junibear's 100 Themes blogs and see the amazing bodies of work they have created. You will surely be dazzled , amazed and perhaps even moved to tears as I was.
Credits for my piece go to Julia Gregson, for the inspiring quote, the fabulous photos taken by the Hubble Space telescope, which are free to download for personal use, the text piece from the Graphics Fairy, and the beautiful face from Google images
Friday, May 6, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The Watts Towers are a complex set of 17 separate sculptural pieces built on a residential lot in the community of Watts. Two of the towers rise to a height of nearly 100 feet. The sculptures are constructed from steel pipes and rods, wrapped with wire mesh, coated with mortar, and embedded with pieces of porcelain, tile and glass. Using simple hand tools and cast off materials (broken glass, sea shells, generic pottery and ceramic tile) Italian immigrant, Simon Rodia spent 30 years (1921 to 1955) building a tribute to his adopted country and a monument to the spirit of individuals who make their dreams tangible.
The Watts Towers are one of only nine works of folk art listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is one of only four US National Historic Landmarks in the city of Los Angeles. The site is now a unit of California State Parks and managed by the Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Department.
Photo from Wikimedia Commons; background made with pieces from Cottage Arts and Encounter_Laura; PS brushes and filters applied.