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I have always love Halloween and try to do a theme picture every year if I can. I am a graphic artist working on the computer. I used to do art the old fashioned way with a paintbrush but the arthritis in my hands got to be so bad that I turned to the computer and the ergonomic mouse instead. Follow me below the orange squiggle for some spooktacular pictures. ;-)

My first Halloween picture was Walking My Baby Back Home.

  Walking My Baby Back Home

I love Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and borrowed the title for this picture.

 Moonlight Sonata

My late Mom looked at this picture and asked if the lady was going as a hooker in Pirate Halloween.

 Pirate Halloween

I had just discovered how to do mists and this came out so cool. It is called Misty Moors.

 Misty Moors

Mom loved it when I did my Old Fashioned series. The Mom and Dad were going as Romeo and Juliet. Mom cracked me up when she told the baby to get her thumb out of her mouth in Old Fashioned Halloween.

 Old Fashioned Halloween

I am not even going to apologize for calling this picture You’ve Got to Have Heart.

 You've Gotta Have Heart

This picture came out of my having a bad nightmare and is perfect for this time of year. It is called Nightmare.

 Nightmare

I was playing around with a preset and came up with this picture that I am calling Spirit World.

 Spirit World

My official Halloween picture for this year is called Ghost Rider.

 Ghost Riders

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:36:50 PM PDT

  •  Wow - great stuff! (11+ / 0-)

    You have transferred your talent to the computer in a big way.  This is really fun - Happy Halloween!

  •  Very cool graphics (12+ / 0-)

    Thanks

    Working on finishing a NFTT Block for the DK Quilt Guild Projects.

    Here's my Okiciyap Block.

    Pinwheel Block

    Working on some other quilting projects~ no photos yet.

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:43:16 PM PDT

  •  Wanna se my drawing of a liger girl? (8+ / 0-)

    Various promotional, pinup, and other art for my comics. I might have somebody interested in publishing it.

    Also finishing off some RC planes that I didn't quite get finished back in the '90s.

    Anyway, here's my picture of "a liger girl".

    And her mother.

    I've started coloring both of those on the Mac since then.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:44:11 PM PDT

  •  Thank you Michele! (9+ / 0-)

    My favorite is "Misty Moors"

    "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat."--Will Rogers

    by vgranucci on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:45:01 PM PDT

  •  Schedule of posters (6+ / 0-)

    November 4 -- open
    November 11 --open
    November 18 -- Marko the Werelynx
    November 25 -- open
    December 2 -- open

    Do you knit? crochet? sew? make jewelry? do metal (or other) sculpting? build furniture? create with your hands and heart?

    If you do anything 'crafty' please consider doing one of our Sunday afternoon/evening diaries.

    Respond to this comment or send me a Kos-message, and I'll put you on the calendar.

    "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat."--Will Rogers

    by vgranucci on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:45:25 PM PDT

  •  Just Came Up From the Machine Shop. (10+ / 0-)

    I've shaped the last of a set of over a dozen custom steel cutting tools for my artisan biz, for use on hardwood. I'll grind the edge on it in a while after the dog walk, and then spend the next few days shaping the handle attachments and stamping identifying labels onto them all. By the end of the week I hope to begin trying them out on product.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:46:51 PM PDT

  •  wow, so beautiful (8+ / 0-)

    love 'em all, but Ghost Rider is really excellent.  what an awesome talent you have.

    Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

    by Avila on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 04:49:36 PM PDT

  •  I managed to build up a backlog of stories that.. (8+ / 0-)

    ...needed covering, which is leaving no free time for other pursuits.  Maybe tomorrow when school is closed because of the storm.

  •  Mostly I've been (7+ / 0-)

    making preparations for Sandy, but I expect to have some serious knitting time to work on Christmas presents when the power goes off. When, not if.

    I'll be making a cowl for my sister, facecloths for her and my nieces, and scented soaps for all. When the power's out I won't be able to sew, but when it's back, I'll make the little zipper duffels for each, and their other gifts will go inside.

    Rich has asked for a wardrobe of knit hats, so I will work on that, too. I have several skeins of yarn in his colors, so all that's left is the work. :P

  •  Got a couple projects in progress.... (7+ / 0-)

    Taking a quilting class (see comment here). A square from that project:

    quilt square

    Current knitting project is Wingspan (using more yarn than pattern called for by a good bit ~ glad I was able to buy a second skein....):

    wingspan in process

    The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

    by mayim on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 05:32:54 PM PDT

  •  Prepping Mr Ballista for the punkin chunk (6+ / 0-)

    We leave Wed night for Delaware, today was loading up and strapping down.   The machine itself has a custom built trailer (26' long, around 4 tons), with all sorts of bracketry that let us bolt the various parts onto the trailer for travel.  Other things wind up on the deck, strapped down.

    But if we attached everything needed to operate it to the trailer, it would be too heavy for our tow vehicle (if it would actually fit).  Trailer 2 is smaller (4x8) and only about 1 ton when loaded.  It gets the big box of tools, a hydraulic generator, a welder/generator and other random things.

    The minivan gets all the luggage, and the rest of the crew.  (it takes a minimum of 4 people to get it into battery - you can get away with 3 to pack it up.)

    It should be "interesting" this year  - If everything goes right, its a 9 hour drive to the site.  (snow one year on the trip home, last year one of the trailer springs broke on the way down).  We will be traveling right thru the aftermath of sandy. (straight down the length of NJ for a start).

    The field is a mix of sand and clay.  In the dry years,  dust is an issue, but if there is any rain, it doesn't drain, period.  The site is about 30 miles SW from the projected center of the track.  Somehow I don't think dust will be a problem this year.

    A couple of years ago, it was this miasma that wanted to keep your boots.  (it would let your foot go, but it hung onto the boot for dear life).  That same year, there was a huge puddle that appeared right where the firing line turned the corner.  One wag posted a sign: No Wake.

     Sue suggested I skip the wellies this year, and get myself a set of hip waders.  

    Most of this year was spent designing Mr B's successor, so we didn't make any massive changes.  We strengthened some of the things that showed a bit more flex than was good for them, and came up with some adapters to the current arms, that add compounding. (the machine is like a huge crossbow)  Since we are stuck with the pullback length, not sure how much it will buy us, but its worth a try, we maxed out the other systems last year...

    This planet needs a lot more kids who think taking a lawnmower apart is more fun than playing a videogame.

    by rjnerd on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 11:25:30 PM PDT

  •  Moonlight Sonata, Misty Moors, (5+ / 0-)

    Nightmare...

    I tend to like the pictures where there's some dramatic lighting. And the mist effect is cool. I tend to get distracted by the figures. Some are rendered with more detail and some are very simplified. When the two types are combined in one picture I wander off into my own fantasy world where I ended up working for a computer game company and spent years constructing figures out of polygons and adding textures to them. Make a face using 10 polygons or less...

    And then I lose sight of how well you compose your pictures.

    I did something of a preliminary firing of my kiln last week to kind of dry things out a bit better. Didn't even get up to a low fire bisque but I'll bother you folks with the details of that warm-up and Friday's firing after I get back to the kiln and open it up and peek inside.

    Today I'm taking a friend of mine, who is taking drawing lessons from me, to a school she wants to get into. Showing some of her work to possible future professors. Makes me wish I was going back to school. Sure I had my share of tedious Color Theory classes but there was so much that I loved about going to school. So much harder once they kick you out the door with your diploma to kick yourself in the butt to learn and improve. Oh well, I think I'm making progress. So if the question is "What Are You Working On?" the answer this week will hopefully be-- "Me!"

    “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

    by Marko the Werelynx on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 11:27:38 PM PDT

    •  :::fingers crossed::: for the firing (4+ / 0-)

      You've earned good results - I want you to get them!

      "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

      by KateCrashes on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 08:51:52 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks! (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        michelewln, mayim, Temmoku

        I took a lot of chances building the way I did, risking some of my best work in a kiln that had never been fired before... I'm not so sure my brash stupidity should be rewarded but I appreciate your kind thoughts. I got to the point where
        I just said, daggnabbit! I'm going to fire it up and everything I've got sitting around here is going in! I hate wasting space in a kiln more than I hate risking my work I guess. Heh, forward! to adventure!

        “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

        by Marko the Werelynx on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 09:57:56 AM PDT

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    •  I always test fire my kiln before (2+ / 0-)
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      mayim, Marko the Werelynx

      I use it in the spring or after a rainy period just to dry it out.

      I store my kiln in the garage during the winter then wheel it out to the patio in the back in the spring after the rains.

      It is an electric kiln and I am sure the storage areas are not ideal...but I really have no choice right now.

      A hazard of living in a developed area with a very small - poorly ventilated basement.

      I am working on some vases for the holidays and expect to finish them before Thanksgiving. I hope to bisque fire by next weekend and then glaze fire a day or two later. After that I will bring the kiln back into the garage for the winter.

      Character is what you are in the dark. Emilio Lizardo in Buckaroo Bonzai

      by Temmoku on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 06:46:00 PM PDT

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      •  dKos is back online! (0+ / 0-)

        I'm curious about your wheel. You posted pics of your kiln before. I stared longingly at a bit smaller (I think), but similar one in my favorite ceramics supply shop when I went there to buy my pyrometric cones. Cost about $2000...

        I'm tempted to go back for a couple of remainder kiln shelves they had for about $14 each. Now, that I could afford. Mostly I need more supports for shelves. It was a bit wobbly in there...

        I'll probably just buy a couple more firebricks and cut them into little blocks-- save a fortune.

        I've got a kick-wheel that I made myself from scrap lumber and the bearing, shaft and wheel head that was being thrown out from a place I worked for a number of years teaching ceramics. Also scrounged an immensely heavy shelf, at least I use it as a shelf-- that I suppose was actually some sort of plating in some industrial forge or something. And a large easel. They threw out some good stuff...

        Here's my wheel:

        I'm dying of curiosity (it killed the cat you know) to see the inside of my kiln after firing. I know it wasn't entirely successful and I can tell I'll have to redesign the firebox, add another blower and so on-- but it sure hit a reasonable low-bisque quickly.

        “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

        by Marko the Werelynx on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 05:32:13 AM PDT

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        •  Hi Marko, (0+ / 0-)

          I learned on a kick wheel.

          I got a cheap, second-hand kiln before my wheel. it was on sale for $600 when I bought it. A Brent. It is over 20 yrs old now. I am not good with dates so it could be a little older, maybe 25.

          I made a lot of mistakes when I was learning to fire with my kiln. No handbook or directions or people I could talk about it with. I used to bisque fire and glaze fire at the same temps. Had a lot of ruined pieces because some of my stuff was NOT bone dry or had been improperly thrown with air pockets or something. I've learned to wait and make sure everything is really very dry...hard to do in times of high humidity.
          I also made a lot of glaze mistakes....the colors change at different temperatures and some of the left-over glazes I was given were for lower temps than cone 5 or 6, so they would "fade" and not look as if they had even been glazed. Then I learned I could reglaze and refire. Saved some stuff that way. My pots are also not as formidable as they used to be....I throw lighter weight stuff now...no more weapons!

          That is the fun of potting. Every time is different and a learning experience. The Internet is so neat, I can look up so much and have learned a lot about how to do things and have improved my skills. As a hobby, without a network of other potters that I can communicate with, I think I am doing OK.....I attend craft shows and have met potters now, so things are improving.

          The nice thing about a kick wheel is that the speed can be controlled much better....the electric, at least the one I have, reaches a certain speed and doesn't go any faster... something I still miss. It does take up a little more room and I often wish my shelves were closer so I wouldn't have to get up so often...but that is a small issue.

          Good luck with you firing...don't get disappointed. It may take several to many firings to really get to know your kiln.
          I have often thought about a new kiln, but, I figure, how many more "good" years do I have that would justify the investment? At 65, I might have only 10 more years of enjoyment. So why invest so much in a new kiln that would last 50 years or more?

          Just enjoy. Maybe, next time I visit the CR I can stop by?

          It will probably be quite a while though.

          Character is what you are in the dark. Emilio Lizardo in Buckaroo Bonzai

          by Temmoku on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 06:44:34 AM PST

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