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Bow Tie for Easter

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On Sunday, I made the boy a new bow tie for Easter. I’ll stash it in his basket among the peanut butter eggs, Marshmallow Peeps, and jelly beans – where it will be roundly ignored until he has sufficiently ingested enough sugar to the point of twitching.

Start to finish, this tie took about forty five minutes to make and is a great way to use up those small scraps you can’t bear to part with in your fabric stash. If you’re interested in making a bow tie, there’s a tutorial here.

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Storm Drain Near Gateway High School

Storm DrainBack in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are usually more interesting than the contrived, arty shots. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey.

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Strawberry Pie

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Another chilly weekend – Mother Nature must have missed the memo. I put my winter coat in storage, stubbornly reasoning that it’s spring – big mistake! However, there were some beautiful looking strawberries in the market, and strawberries = spring. And since I missed the memo about Pi Day – better late than never!  Continue reading

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Friday Five – Number Seventy Eight

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Friday Five - No 78Seventy-eighth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Among the forgotten

Among the forgottenBack in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey. I’m pretty sure this was shot in the Green Cemetery in Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey. It sort of reminds me of The Evil Dead.

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The Magnificent Seven

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Another photo restoration of an old photograph of my grandmother – Rhea Garceau, seated in the middle. I’m not certain who the other women are – but being that two of them are dead ringers for my cousins, I think it’s safe to say they’re relatives. Original scan behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Live and in Poison

in_PoisonMore whacky illustrative hi-jinx with my new favorite vector program Affinity Designer.

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Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers

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Making gnocchi is something I’ve always shied away from – perhaps because I’ve eaten very good gnocchi as well as warm mounds of elementary school paste. Then I remembered that my son and his classmates made gnocchi in sixth grade. Which begged the question, “Are you as culinarily smart as a sixth grader?” Challenge accepted!  Continue reading

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The Grey Man Update

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Yesterday marked a year since The Grey Man – Vignettes was published. The first in a series of action adventure stories by J.L. Curtis with covers by yours truly. The book, has sold remarkably well – which is no surprise since it’s a solid story with convincing characters. More will follow, as I’m working on the cover for the third edition as we speak. Stay tuned!

The Grey Man – Vignettes and The Grey Man – Payback are available here and here!

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Friday Five – Number Seventy Seven

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Seventy-seventh in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Self-Portrait Circa 1982

Self-portrait 1982Back in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey. Here’s a self-portrait of me standing in the kitchen of my parents’ home that stood in Westville. Sadly, the house no longer stands having been demolished to make way for a convenience store parking lot.

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Take A Walk on the Irish Side

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Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d give the Irish side of my family some equal time. This photo is of my grandfather, George Bradley (seated on the left) and his family, taken sometime in the early 1930s.

The photo was a bit faded, and the lower right hand corner was torn off. I did a tonal adjustment, burned in some areas, and repaired the missing corner. The original photo is behind the cut. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Continue reading

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Blueberry Bread with Orange Glaze

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My Sunday plans for blueberry pancakes were vetoed in favor of French toast. Best laid plans, and all that. Plan B was a blueberry cake with lots of orange zest, and an orange glaze. Adding orange zest to the batter compliments the blueberries and gives the bread a wonderful flavor. Sunday afternoon when the house was quiet, and I had a slice of this bread and a cup of coffee – Plan B wasn’t so bad after all. Continue reading

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