Country Tree Swing

I apologize for not posting much in the last few days. I have been focusing my efforts on completing book four in my Al Clark Series. I thought I would post this version of a tree swing done in oil paint. This was during my Bob Ross phase.

Picture yourself swinging under this tree on a warm spring morning and you WILL feel better.

Finished Picture Frame

When I am not writing, I like to work on various projects. This is the latest.

I posted earlier about a frame I made for one of my daughters paintings. After some thought and a few opinions I opted to match the frame with the background of the piece.

Normally, I shy away from covering new wood with paint. It this case, I varied from the norm. Everything else left the painting wanting. I wanted to see if I could make an inexpensive frame that complimented the work, and I believe I succeeded.

Alien Invasion

Life as we know it will change.

We don’t know when they are coming.

We don’t know if they are already here.

We don’t know where they will come from.

We don’t know if they come to conquer or save.

When they get here we will know.

(Cut-paper and markers-Reversed)

Elephant in the Bush

I imagine elephants are practicing more stealth these days, even though it’s hard for an elephant to hide. The next time you are in the jungle, and there are wild elephants around, look deep into the bushes. That is where they like to hide…. and when you shoot them…. use a camera.

(Cut Paper, Ink and Markers)

The Lite-It-Up Project

It was a simple concept. A 4 inch block of wood with a large bole drilled in the bottom for an LED circuit board and four 1/4 inch holes drilled through the top. Acrylic rods dispersed the lite.

The 2 inch circuit board included 4 high output LEDs, a fuse, and a cord that plugged into a 120v outlet. The current draw is so low there is no heat generated, allowing the night-lite to remain plugged in at all times. (No batteries to change, and lasts for years.)

In the beginning we used acrylic rods to ‘Light things up.’

Spaceship under lite-it-up

From there it evolved into many variations. Here are some of the ones I’m most proud of.

Collection of lite-it-ups

Gazebo 1Gazebo 2

Barn 2

Would you like to see more of the Lite-It-Up Project? As part of our marketing efforts, I took a lot of photos. I don’t mind sharing.

Picture Frame Dilemma

 

I have crafted a frame for one of my daughter’s paintings. She painted this especially for me, so I want to provide a respectable frame for display.

It’s a simple frame I created from inexpensive cove molding and 3/4″ X 3/4″ trim from good-old Home Depot.

My dilemma is how to finish the frame. I have three options. Which one do you believe will accent the painting to it’s fullest potential?

  1. Paint the frame to match the white Gesso of the painting?
  2. Paint the frame a color to compliment the colors in the painting?
  3. Stain the frame (Dark or Light)?

Any input is appreciated. I’ve never been good with matching frames to the work.

Bird Flying

This was one of the first cut-paper pieces I created. The idea was to keep it simple – with meaning.

You have to look down to see them. (The bicycles are really small.)

(Cut-Paper & Markers)

Alien Conquest

I thought something to invoke a smile would be appropriate for a Monday.

Not that I mind Mondays – I’m retired, so they’re all the same to me. It’s the ones trying to work their way through another start to the week I’m thinking of.

Not all invasions go as planned. Time for plan B.

I was blessed/cursed with a knack for repairing mechanical things.

My first car was a well used black and white 1957 Chevy. It had a six cylinder engine and a column shift. I didn’t have it long before it was replaced with something I thought was better. All these years later — I wish I’d spent more time with that car. It was, after all, my first.

I’ve had a lot of vehicles since then. Most of them well used. Although many only required a good cleaning and a little care, others were meant to be driven into the ground.

Even though the vehicle I have included in this post is before my time, I am still fascinated by what makes it work. Believe it or not, this was created on an old program called Visio.

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