Monday, December 31, 2007


What is this? Well... THIS is an original piece of art created by me and inspired by the Illustration Friday word SOAR. Other than that... I don't have a clue. I doodled something soaring and then deciced to render it the old fashioned way... with watercolor. It has been years since I actually colored something with my watercolors. I discovered that one of my greens is growing mold in my palette. I do believe that the green in my Photoshop palette has NEVER grown mold. Chalk one up for traditional media!

I like the texture that comes with using watercolor. That is something I miss when using Photoshop. On the other hand, when I scanned this piece of art, the blues didn't come up well. Probably need some new scanning skills. I tried to beef up the blue in PS but it didn't accomplish much. Oh well... Digital color is just like it appears on my screen... no surprises there. Chalk that one up for Photoshop.

If you are scoring at home, the score is now tied at one to one. Let's see now... Photoshop has NO clean up involved when I'm finished. uh...... WE HAVE A WINNER! :0)

It looks like this will be my final post for 2007. Thanks to all who stop by my little chunk of the intenets here. I appreciate your time and comments. Have a Happy New Year!

(Oh, if your eyesight is deteriorating... or you just want a cheap thrill... you can click on the image for a JUMBO view.
Don't worry... I won't tell anyone...)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Railroad song

Christmas was a bright, sunny day so my family and I took a walk. My son was riding his Rip Stick and my daughter was playing her Flea ukulele. I think we amused many people who were out doing the same thing as we walked and skated along to ukulele Christmas tunes. We passed through a tunnel that went under the railroad tracks and when I saw the sign posted there I said, "play I Been Working on the Railroad!"

This is what happened... it makes me laugh everytime I watch it. :0)

I hope it makes you laugh too.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Have a Merry One!

This is the Christmas card I made this year. I was laying in bed with my mind wandering when I thought of Rudolph's RED nose. Then, somehow, I thought of BLUEtooth... which is like a red nose... sort of... isn't it? I didn't know what to do with this weird idea for several days. I kept thinking about it and finally came up with an idea that worked... I think. Most of the time when I have an idea in the middle of the night, it is hilariously funny at the time. However, in the morning when I remember the idea, it is always REALLY bad. or dumb. or both.

Have a great Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuba Christmas Jingle Bells!

Each year I try to go listen to Tuba Christmas when it happens in Nashville. Tuba Christmas takes place in about 200 cities around the country. Nashville has over 100 tubas that show up and after a quick rehearsal, put on a concert. It's not only a cool concert... but a great massage too! Your chest actually vibrates the whole time the tubas are playing. The youngest player this year was 11 and the oldest was 92.

Tuba Christmas has taken place all over Nashville over the years. They performed in a couple of malls for a few years. One mall didn't welcome them back because people stopped to listen for about an hour and didn't go into stores to shop. Some Christmas spirit, eh? They played in the downtown library a time or two but it was hard to fit in all the spectators. Then they moved to a downtown Presbyterian church which was cool, but again packed the place out and the fire marshal freaked out. The last two years they found a home in the downtown First Baptist Church. This year they added a second performance which helped out a lot with parking and seating. We were not packed in like sardines this year.

I took along my camera and put it in the movie mode to record my favorite song... Jingle Bells. If you have 2 minutes to spare and want some Christmas spirit, give this a listen. For the full effect, you should apply a little vibrator to your chest.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2007


Santa learned a BIG lesson about joining in Rudolph's "reindeer games." Now Santa is the biggest loser! :0)

Well, my opressive deadlines are gone! ...just in time to do some Christmas shopping and knock out an Illo Friday idea. I want to thank all who have stopped by here this year and taken a look or posted a comment. I do appreciate it. May you all have a joyful Holiday Season!


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Little Things

One of SocMo's friends is a LITTLE THING who likes to hang around in the garden. He may be small, but if you click on the picture you can make him JUMBO sized.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Even in the midst of his demanding presidential campaign, SocMo has an EXCESS of holiday cheer!

My computer has been in the shop for a week waiting for a new power supply. I think I need a new power supply to! :0) After I got it home and all hooked up again, all was hunky-dory for a couple of hours till my internet connection disappeared. None of my usual tricks of unplugging and restarting would make the connection come back... so I went to bed. Today it's working again! (a Christmas miracle?) So I thought I would dash out an Illustration Friday post while everything is working. I'm crossing my fingers and holding my breath... hope this all works... :0)