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Welcome to Thursday Coffee Hour. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is new with you. I just had my first art cover published and now Hugo award winning artist Maurine Starkey is encouraging other magazines to contact me for artwork. Needless to say I am thrilled. I thought people might be interested in how an idea becomes a final product in my art.

Midnight Relections
This started out as an image in a dream. I saw the building and torches reflected in the water. I have no idea what the rest of the dream was about but I put that image of the reflections into this picture.
Pouring Starlight
I had an idea of the moon between two trees with golden leaves and a woman with a pitcher. The finished picture had her pouring what looks like starlight into a glass bowl with a star forming in it.
Hidden Clouds
I wanted to see what it would look like if I did a Chinese dragon hiding in clouds.
On the Edge of Time
I was playing around and wanted to see if I could have both sharp edges and misty soft edges in the same picture.
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  •  Cookies (4+ / 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 Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 10:24:43 AM PDT

  •  Really like 'Pouring Starlight' (4+ / 0-)

    102 with 15% humidity - almost feels like monsoon, but sadly, doesn't look like it.
    There are clouds but not rain clouds.
    15% humidity might not sound like much to people accustomed to much higher percentages, but it's noticeable.

    Really looking forward to getting out of the valley and into cooler temps.

    Dinner is barbecued steaks and baked potatoes with a lettuce, avocado and tomato salad.
    Dessert is sugar-free vanilla ice cream with sugar-free hot fudge sauce!

    Hope everyone is having a good Thursday!

  •  I like these little glimpses (4+ / 0-)
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    into the thoughts behind the pictures.

    I drew this earlier today:

    And now I'm left perplexed-- what was I thinking?

    I think I started with just the idea of a full figure in motion. I wanted a lot of twist in the torso because I was thinking that many of my figures end up kinda static. I think my earliest concept was something more horrific, maybe skeletal ... and then again, trying to do something different turned a gaping skeletal nose hole into a long schnozzle.

    I'm glad I managed to drop by and read about the challenges you set for yourself. I think that's how we improve as artists-- by experimenting and pushing to develop our abilities in whatever medium we work in.

    And hey! I didn't manage steak tonight but I did have some slices of avocado along with the lettuce and tomato on my ham and cheese sandwich.

    Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

    by Marko the Werelynx on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 02:13:20 PM PDT

  •  Dinner..... (2+ / 0-)
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    Let's see---

    (a) I'm on an Indian reservation (that should come as no surprise, but it's not my own)

    (b) this reservation has a CASINO

    (c) Casino means really BIG Buffet

    I checked out the desserts first (of course, isn't that what your supposed to do in a buffet?) Lot's of goodies, ranging from cookies to pies to real ice cream (not the soft stuff, but oodles of different flavors).

    I actually started with the Chinese (at least a half-dozen choices with cooks and their woks standing ready to put out more. Then I added a salmon fillet (really good), some cod (really good), and lots of other stuff. I finished with a pass by the Mongollian Grill (filling a bowl, of course).

    Okay, what all of these means is that I have done two casino buffets in two nights and consumed about a months worth of calories including lots of food that is no where close to being on my diet.

    The bad new is, that I'll probably have to do the casino buffet again tomorrow. (side note: I don't gamble, so I didn't lose any money in the casino).

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