Birthday Card

One of the nicer things about creating your own birthday cards or cards for any occasion is that you can incorporate imagery that’s specifically meaningful to those that are going to be receiving the cards. In the card below, I’ve added in the embossed imagery of flowers that were taken in my Mothers garden. This makes the card more meaningful, in that it uses something that is important to my mother. She was the person I was making the card for in this case.

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Cards can be designed in infinite ways. One can take a base photograph like what I did and incorporate it, or they can come up with their own unique designs, such as the background imagery from the card above. What was one design for one thing can easily become a background design for something else. It’s for that very reason I encourage folks to save their art and designs, even if they don’t like what they had created or if it was simply something that they didn’t need at the time. One never knows when those old dusty pieces won’t find a new life in something else.

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Random Poetic Run

I once was a random twice,
Thinking oh how frank, oh how nice.
But rather than complicit, I went with rice
With my pork because a friend said…
You’re a dork.

So next I visited the barn
To which a farmer said, oh darn
Handing me some twine and yarn
Telling me to go fix the fence
Because I was simply so dense.

Onto another reason for something
That led from gong, to a bell to a ring
I didn’t hesitate the masses
For I’d forgotten to look with white glasses.

This went on for a stellar day and more
Till I had just too much with a snore
Startled and frozen was the mind
From that 12 to 6 hobbled grind.

I can not be, so that I would see
Told to me, a mouse that wouldn’t pee
Forever in a vase of green grass
Quarreled a rabbit and a fine young ass.

A donkey for sure
Never was it pure
And I’m hesitant to say
I was quite out of hay… and ran… away!

Words – A Nibble

A running board
Ship with less or none
Transient at night
Transparent at light.

A journey of thought and wax
A moon that does wane and wonder
A spoon gulping too much
Or rather something or such.

A thought or pander
A ponder or idea across to nod
Beyond and beholding
Or not, from which else grabs.

Thinking, a drink, maybe another of which
No decision… just another bite.

Somewhere in Creativity

I think creativity is one of the forms of expression that really lets a soul pour everything, without really worrying about the after effects. The other day I decided to just draw something in Photoshop using my drawing tablet. I had no idea what I would draw or why, with no future use or need, I simply felt like I had to be creative.

So after some time, my mind finally said enough is enough and I’d saved 11 different versions all spun from the simple imagery I drew, which I didn’t actually save because I wasn’t that impressed with it. I’ll insert the first of the 11 images here and you can click on it to go to my Flicker account to see the rest.

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The strange thing about it all and why I wanted to write about it, is this. Art is weird. I can create new pieces all the time and share them on Facebook or Flicker or here on my art blog. Yet, almost none of them get any feed back. Yet, if I post a photo of a bird or something then I get responses. It’s almost as if people simply don’t value strange and bizarre art forms, or perhaps they just enjoy reality more than surrealism. In any case, it’s something to ponder about when you look at things that you create and then look at others things other people create. You should ask yourself, why am I looking at this and let the creator know that you’re looking and what it was that made you look. Creators enjoy getting feed back!

In the end… I’ll let the Owls Hoot about it… And yes, I took the photo. They are the mom and pop Great Horned Owls that hang out in the local woods.

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PRI – The Barn

A Work In Progress

This was the first time I’ve ever put together anything using Adobe Spark. It was really easy and fun experience! Not to mention it gets to use photos that I take. What a wonderful way to put together a presentation or tell a story about something that’s important to you.

PRI Project II

Just wishing to share with you all a little update. The full screen body size of the website has been expanded out to 1100 pixels, thus giving more room for the main left area of the page. The background has also been given a slightly new color scheme. I was also able to accomplish re-coding the table displays for the staff and board member pages. It took awhile to figure out why one of the tables just wasn’t moving and growing properly. In the end I ended up just taking the working code from on of the tables and doing a copy and past with the internal data.

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I also came up with an alternate header image that incorporates a more personal touch to the website. The building is the organizations main offices and the bird is a local summer time resident out on the prairie that belongs to the organization. I may still do another version that has a better blending zone behind the logo, but I believe the idea is a better one than the previous header I’d put in. Even though you can’t see it on this screen shot, I altered the page headers so they are all the same CSS coded format. It was a better solution than creating jpg imagery for each header and putting it in that way.

One of the issues with working with CMS, such as Joomla or WordPress is that one only has a certain number of CSS tag locations that can be named and altered through a Custom Style Sheet. I keep running into instances were I’d really like to have been able to incorporate an extra named div box around something for greater control or an extra effect. But as of yet, I’ve not been able to find out if there is a way to re-write the auto generated HTML for the articles. I think it would be prudent that I find a source for more information on how PHP works in relation to the calling of the Template index pages.

Project PRI.. A Fresh Beginning

In the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to become part of an idea that leads to something better. That idea is called Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship. While my part in it all started out as an internship for a college course, it is becoming something more than it was. I’ve found myself in the amazing pathway that leads towards more experience in website design, content management systems and embraces the people that are the life blood of this Non-Profit organization.

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Each day is bringing new ideas and new visions to life. The website is beginning to take on a fresh feel and can only grow from where it is now. As I learn more, that knowledge is put back into the organization and it’s webpage. While I must admit, there are many challenges that come along with diving deep into something strange and new, there are just as many delights that shine brightly.

I look forward to what the future will bring. Not just for PRI, but for myself as I continue to grow. I’m sure the site will grow along side me as it seems we’ve been paired to find success in the trails that we meander down.

Please feel free to stop on in and check out Pacific Rim’s website. You never know, you might just find a cause to support or a destination to visit.

A random art piece “Owl Eyes”

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Sometimes I just feel like doing something random. This along with it’s partners in my flicker feed were today’s outflow of creativity. Well, not entirely. I was able to work with some detail coding and design from a website that I’ve been helping re-vamp. I have a great love for all things regarding color. No matter what it is. I think that’s why I like working with Website Design and all the things one can do with Custom Style Sheets (CSS). If anyone wants to go take a look at that project, here’s the link : http://pacificriminstitute.org/website/

The Process of Pordroon

The Process of Pordroon

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Working with a really worn and old map that I’d drawn along time ago, I was able to scan it, trace it and create a digital landmass map for the world. This is only the Eastern Hemisphere of the World of Pordroon. If you click on the image, it will take you to my Flickr version that can be seen in a much larger format.

You’ll see in the large version that I’ve made some additions and re-shaped some of the landmasses so they have a bit better look to them. Of course, as this is only the landmass map, it doesn’t have any of the forest, river, or mountain work done.

The background of both map images is also made from the image of the map. It was warped and artistically composed in Adobe Photoshop from the lower of the two map images.

Creative Cartography II

The latest of my map making endeavors. This is the Province of Kindros and the Kinderling Isles. It is part of a larger world that I’ll slow be creating. The world, known as Mountfall had originally been created years ago while I was a Dungeon Master for a Dungeons and Dragons gaming group. Since I never found the prefab worlds much of interest, I always made my own. While, I’ve got many of the places and spaces of that world, hand drawn, I realized it’s time to bring the world into modern times and re-make the world in the digital age.

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With the map above, I went out and took pictures of textures for the cartographic event. While there are many places on the net that one can download stock textures. I found that is far more enjoyable to make the textures myself. In this way, I continued my mentality that original is truly original.

I’m close to having one whole hemisphere of the world map completed. When I do, I’ll be posting it here on my art blog. You’ll then be able to see where these individual maps fit into the picture. Some of the individual pieces that I will be adding in the future may be blow ups of very tiny pieces of the world. This happens when an area is important to the world culture of in gaming concepts, important to the plot of the story line, and a key to adventure.

Feel free to comment and let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions that might help me improve my technique. I’m always interested in learning new ways of working on my art.