Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for March 4

I’m so behind it’s not even funny. Maybe it’s a result of limiting myself to album covers in the “Blue Note” style. Don’t know the style well enough to be able to put pieces together for my #daily365. Instead, I think just working with the redesign of album covers could be fun.

Here’s the one for March 4.

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As always, thoughts and feedback are welcome.


Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for March 2

I don’t know if, in the process of challenging myself creatively for the month of March, I may have bitten off a little more than I could chew (based on my self-imposed guidelines). These album covers are taking a little longer than I had originally expected. Part of it is the computer not processing as quickly as I would like it  (after all, it’s a little over 8 years– and it’s running CS3 to boot– no small feat in and of itself, I might add). The other part is the research involved, all of which is pushing me considerably past my 30 minute (or so) deadline.

Anyway, without further ado:

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 28/roundup

Whew! Made it through month #2 . I have now completed 16.16% of the year (not including the late-ish start and the couple of missed days so far). I also think that starting with March, I’ll set a theme, trend or pattern for the month. That should help keep things a bit more focused.

Anyway, today’s piece is a roundup of this past month’s pieces. I’m always curious to see what color palette or subject matter patterns develop throughout the month.

Hope you enjoy. As always, your feedback is always welcome.

Oh, and any ideas for a March theme/pattern are also welcome. Enjoy!

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 27

So, yesterday I decided to take on the works of a woman widely regarded as the #1 female poet in Puerto Rico. Today, I figured I’d take a stab at número dos.

Turns out this choice was rather appropriate, considering the events of today.

The woman’s name is Gabriela Mistral. Now, I have to admit, I didn’t really know much about her. As a kid growing up in Puerto Rico, I remember one of the schools (pretty sure it was a high school) named after her, and I knew she was a poet,  so I figured she must have been a poet of some import. I also recall studying her life or her works in high school, either. I might have, but who knows.

So, in doing a little research on her for today’s CSED, I found out she wasn’t even Puerto Rican. Turns out she was Chilean.

So, that settled it. I had to use her words as the base for today’s piece. I decided, since I really knew nothing about her life or her work, that I wanted to use a quote or personal saying that might have been attributed to her. After a little Googling I found a bunch. The moment I read this one I knew it was the one:

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It translates as follows:

Wherever there’s a tree that needs planting, (then you) plant it.
Wherever there’s a mistake that needs correcting, (then you) correct it.
Wherever there’s an effort that everyone avoids making, (then you) make it.
Let it be you the one that clears the boulder from the path.

I think the world could use a little bit more of this mindset.

Thanks for visiting. Your feedback is always welcome.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 26

Today’s CSED is inspired by (probably) the best-known work (Rio Grande de Loíza) by  a woman who is widely regarded as the greatest female Puerto Rican  poet– Julia de Burgos.

Funny thing, though. In giving myself a quick refresher on her life (I had not read up on her since high school), I found that her birthday was a little over a week ago, so I find it rather appropriate that I’m using her words on a Feb piece.

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The verse, translated, reads as follows:

Who knows in what rainfall of what far land
I shall be spilling to open new furrows;
or perhaps, tired of biting hearts,
I shall be freezing in icicles!

As always, your feedback is encouraged and appreciated.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for Feb 23

I’m still catching up on my #daily365 pieces. I don’t want it to sound like I’m making excuses (I’m not), but the last few days I’ve been working on some tweaks to my site, so that’s taken time away from me working 0n my #daily365.

My piece for 2/23, quite simply, is inspired by my love for Lost.

’nuff said. Enjoy.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for Feb 22

As I write this, it’s well past midnight on the morning of 2/24, which means that by now I’m technically a couple of days behind on my #daily365. So I have a little catch up still to do.

On Feb 22’s CSED:

I spent the late late evening on Monday (2/22) watching the movie Johnny Got His Gun. If you’re a metal fan in your 30s, you’ll remember this as the movie Metallica took clips from for use on the video for One. And, if I understand correctly, it had not been released on dvd until recently.

So, after watching the movie and being inspired by the dvd cover/one-sheet, I had this visual pop in my head, and it was just a matter of (mostly) drawing it out in Illustrator. Unfortunately I passed out last night before being able to sit down at the computer.

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I know that visually it’s similar to a previous piece, and I’m curious at this point in the year how (not if) patterns (visual, thematic, other) will eventually develop. I guess we’ll just have to see.

Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 21

I mentioned earlier– to no one in particular, and yet, to everyone at once (such are the wonders of the interwebs)– the State of my dinner, and a very good friend commented that I had created something good and my CSED couldn’t top it.

Which made me think of all the times I had spent  evenings with friends and family (including this friend) playing dominoes. So I decided to take a shot at some dominoes. The caption on the illo originally made references to curling (one of my favorite winter Olympic sports, probably because its rules and conventions are somewhat foreign– literally and figuratively– to me, and I find that intriguing), but I opted to edit them out and keep the caption simple and relevant to the game at hand.

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Hope you enjoy. Your feedback’s always welcome.

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 20

Not feeling particularly inspired today, but I did find myself at one point checking out the Curling Federation’s website for rules on how the game is played, so I decided to go with that.

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For the record, I still don’t quite understand how the game is scored and/or played. I’ve heard it’s like shuffleboard (of which I know absolutely nothing) on ice, but what little strategy I’ve sort of picked up makes me think of pool (billiards) a bit.

Oh, well. Think I’ll go to bed now…

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 19

Today’s piece was inspired by one of my favorite TV shows– Lost, and more specifically by one Mr. Hugo Reyes.

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I’ve also been giving some thought to the rest of the year, and I think that starting in March I’ll set a theme (or unifying thread) at the beginning of the month. I’m hoping it helps to make things a bit more efficient.

Your feedback, thought, and even ideas for “themes” are always appreciated and welcomed.