The Legend of the 23rd Anniversary

The Legend of the 23rd AnniversaryCelebrating 23 years of marriage as Tina and I usually do — we make cards for one another. This year I decided to chase down a Halloween theme as I do with Tina’s birthday cards. I cooked this headless horseman up in Affinity Designer.

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Best Husband – Since 1996!

Happy anniversary to my better half!

 

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Feline Friday

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Park

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The Ghost

The Ghost

This is another in a Halloween themed series of illustrations I put together in the superlative vector art program known as Affinity Designer.

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Apple Raisin Braided Bread

Now that the weather is getting cooler, I’ve been baking again. Braided breads are always fun to make, on Sunday I combined apples and raisins into this marvelous, sturdy dough –  baked in a cast iron skillet. When cool, I mixed a glaze in a Pyrex measuring cup and drizzled it over the bread. Serve with a worthy cup of coffee. Continue reading

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The Witch

The Witch
Another vector Halloween Head created in Affinity Designer.

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Feline Friday

Out and about in Bardascino Park!

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The Post-Apocalypse on $5 a Day

As Halloween approaches, I continue to watch some of the bottom-of-the-barrel horror films that I used to watch on UHF television way back when. Movies like this were usually presented by a horror host and constantly interrupted by commercials for local car dealers and K-Tel record collections. The latest cinematic atrocity I streamed was Roger Corman’s Day The World Ended which takes place shortly after an atomic war has decimated most of the world’s population. A ragtag group of survivors are all thrown together in a survivalist’s compound which looks like a pleasant summer cottage where they talk a lot, plot against one another and figure out how they are going to repopulate the world while being menaced by mutant monsters. I remembered it as being pretty bad. I was not wrong.

I think the challenge of the movie was to see how cheaply it could be produced. According to the Internet Movie Database the movie’s budget was $96,000. I seriously doubt if that much money in 1955 dollars was spent. It’s mostly all shot in daylight in one or two locales and the special makeup effects looked as if they were done by kids for a school play. The actors including Mike Connors of Mannix turned in competent performances in the service of a cynical cash grab. Something was needed for the bottom of the bill and it was made as such. Between theater and television showings, it made money. I don’t think Corman ever lost a dime.

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Red Devil

Diablo RojoI’m just having some Halloween fun with the superlative desktop design program Affinity Designer.

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