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Hot Air Balloon Drift

  Mountain Views You’re going higher up in the sky. You see gorgeous mountain views, green and orange and yellow. You hear the air and feel the heat as you rise up. When you look up, you see happy colors and an enormous balloon.  Hot Air Balloon The thrill of the hot air balloon has never died. Ever since the invention of the hot air balloon and its first successful flight in the 1700s, hot air balloons have been symbols of both technology and wonder. Hot air balloons were also used in spy and reconnaissance missions throughout the Civil War. Most weapons in the 1860s couldn’t reach the hot air balloon as it could rise higher when needed, so it...

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Creating Island Delft Blue

A New Idea on an Old Classic What can be more coastal than the color blue?  I have always been a fan of delft blue.  It is a really cool idea.  It is simple blue and white, but with a lot of detail.  Delft blue comes from the Netherlands, specifically Delft.  Yes, that is where the name comes from. Classic Delft Blue Delft Blue is the world-famous "porcelain" earthenware that has been produced in the city of Delft.  The Delft blue was not really Chinese porcelain, but a cheaper earthenware.  It was not made from the porcelain clay, but a clay that was coated and glazed with tin after it was fired.  Despite this it was popular with rich families. ...

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Coastal Art Gets Ethereal: Painting the Blue Jellyfish

Childhood Woes I never thought I would do jellyfish art, coastal art yes maybe but not jellyfish art.  As a kid I would hang out at the water a lot.  Mostly the beach and rocky shores.  I would ride my bike down to these spots after school or on the weekends.  I wasn't sure why, but I often felt more at home in between.  Not the land or the water, but the shore, that was my spot.  One thing I wasn't a fan of was jellyfish.  I would be happy hanging out on the shore and a jellyfish would swim by and ruin my day by stinging the heck out of me.  Jellyfish Paintings and Jellyfish Art Lately I've seen...

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The Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe's Beautiful Annabel Lee

The Portrait of Annabel Lee I don't know exactly how it happened, but I wanted to do a portrait in an entirely sketched style done with only black white and gray.  The background now of course would be bright and colorful.  I felt that this would give a striking image.   Alas, who would be the woman?  For such a striking pose, I needed someone special.   Enter Edgar Allan Poe Edgar a genius who created a sort of macabre horror, created poems that where very memorable and quietly disturbing.  One of the poems I have in my head once in a while is Annabel Lee.  I then decided to paint a portrait of the the beautiful Annabel Lee.  Who else would...

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