Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Here are Atoma and Fly-Man, folks!
Trading-type cards created about a week ago now winging their way to their recipients on an Exchange I"m doing on the Wet Canvas Artist Site!
Have Wings/Will Travel!
Submitted also to the "Wings" challenge on the 3 Muses site for your viewing pleasure!

Ah, my sweet Public Domain....whatever would I do without you?!


Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Title:     Earth

3Muses Challenge:  Use a circle in an artwork

The How/Source Imagery:

Earth was based on the idea of filling in a divided circle , much-manipulated magazine imagery was used to see how far I could go with it!

Picked broccoli and steak newspaper ads as the base and went from there...added a spruce tree in both =/- image from a backyard photo and a single PD photo ( ! ) of  ancient SW -now US SW States area  Anasazi ruins, and some texture photos I had from bark and sand close-ups..

When done, it reminded me of either a First Nations/Native American Dream-catcher or a Warriors sheild ..

In & Out/back&Forth of vacation/at home-time, this past week, this and next; so thought to submit this fitting piece I did a few months ago in when I came back and read the theme!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

More Caffeine?

                                                    Title:     More  Caffeine?
Art on the Darkside Challenge:     WEB
WEB chosen:
In the 1950's experiments were done spraying spiders with various psycho-reactive drugs....the WEB shown is the kind of WEB they wove after having absorbed caffeine.
Source WEB:      An html document from the WORLD WIDE WEB!
Symbolist era painting by  Fernand Khnoph (1891)/ Back-ground ttv from amy higgins of the Noise and dust through the Viewfinder FLICKR group/ PD coffee cup and spider
Layers:     13, natch!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hemingway Homage- A Farewell to Arms

                         Ernest Hemingway - A Tribute to A Farewell to Arms

This is my first submission to a series of Literary Challenges issued by Aino's Inspired by Books site. This is my entry for the  Challenge #20  to portray a Nobel prize winner. I chose to do Ernest Hemingway from the time period of one of his first memorable books, A FAREWELL TO ARMS; based on his own front line experiences of WW I.

Reading about his life  again on the JFK Library site; the perspective of South African Nobel Writing winner Nadine Gordimer  quoted by article author Thomas Putnam helped give me a new appreciation of him as both man and writer, that I had not had before........

My youthful assessment of him as a tad too overtly macho for my taste was overshadowed when I was  re-aquainted with his realistic and pragmatic  as well as his  ( link next ) evolving  philosophical view of 20th century warfare......and his personal exploits as a reporter on the front lines after WW I and beyond.

In short, I have a new admiration and respect for Hemingway; and wanted to show that somehow...hence this entry.


The lower left picture is of a young Ernest writing in the grass, and the letters/writings I show scattered here and there are actually from a writing assignment he did when he was in Elementary school...

.....a man who liked hanging out with Gertrude Stein is all right by me!

Title:          Hemingway Homage

The How:     PSE 2/ 21 layers

Source Imagery:

As is my inclination, all historical images are in the Public Domain. Most of the imagery related to Hemingway is from the JFK Library Archives.  Other WW I imagery from LOC/Library of Congress Archives.