Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cicero Gratitude Message


I did this as an illustrated thought of the week as posted to my Tidbits from Tucson blog. I include it there so as to reference the quote. I will use it for a Thanksgiving card design.
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This may seem to be an overstatement, but it works for me as my interpretation of Genisis is that God gave us a perfect universe and we said, "No thanks, I can do better." The story is not just about the creation of this planet, but of the cosmic creation as a whole, and ingratitude was the original sin. God is patiently waiting for us to realize that we can't do better, but we steam on with more and more extemes in our attempts to prove we can.
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REFERENCE: t 118

Saturday, October 30, 2010

2010 Christmas Cards-Part 2
















I finally identified the plant used in these designs. It is an iceplant and it is a succulent. I doubt anyone has ever used it to make a Christmas card before, but I think it works.
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The image at the top is what I call an array. It can be used as a horizontal card with the Christmas messages on the inside.
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Next year, I will make a set of design with Christmas carols. This one with Silent Night is a first installment.
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I will be making this into a You Tube video set to the music of Silent Night.
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Cards can be ordered individually through Zazzle, or I can have larger orders printed locally. I can also do box sets that include the last tow year's designs.
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The card with the Merry Christmas greeting is referenced first, then the same image with the Season's Greetings message, then the composite design, followed by the frame with just flowers, and the combo frame with foliage and flowers, and finally the array. Silent night is a new text. I can do other Christmas carols on request.
REFERENCE: i 147-151, t117

Monday, October 18, 2010

Christmas Card Demo-Part 1













One of our residents in the board and care home, gave us a succulent plant which I have not yet identified. It is growing well, and with its red and green colors; it has inspired me to use it for my 2010 Christmas card design. I am giving you an opportunity to follow along with this little demo of how the design is created. I will add to this as the work progresses.
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The bottom image shows a star made with a combination or flowers and leaves. The next image shows a cluster of the star shaped flowers layered for a traingular cutout. The following pictue shows the star completed from the cutout.
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I then show you another flower arrangemnet and the cutout created. You can then follow along with the development of the complex star.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Chinese Proverb 3 with Flower Stars



The bottom image features Chinese proverb 3, the top is number 4. Number 3 is paired with a flower star made with nightblooming cactus flowers. Number 4 star is made with cholla and prickly pear cactus flowers.
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At this point, I am not cataloging the flower stars. I intend them to be elements in larger designs. If you want one by itself you can ask for it, and I will be happy to make a print or whatever you like.
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REFERENCE: t115 & 116

Emerging Sunflower Video

I eventually want to animate my mandalas. My first you tube video is a step in that direction.