#85 Hymns & Carols

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85 Hymns & Carols
 #85 Hymns & Carols
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BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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Production notes for #85 Hymns & Carols:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Photoshop
Font: Old English
Ampersand: Montage by Chaz DeSimone
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#87 Cold & Flu

87 Cold & Flu

 #87 Cold & Flu
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What happens when you have 3 deadlines to meet, you have the cold & flu, you’re sneezing, have a headache & you just feel like crap?

The computer crashes of course & you have to start all over on a huge project.

But I interrupted the “paying” projects to get a special one done—this month’s AmperArt—just for you. Coming up with the title Cold & Flu was super easy as I’m living it! The typestyle & colors are based on typical packaging & store signage for the cold & flu season.

And yes, I really was 90% complete with a huge board game design project when Photoshop unexpectedly quit & I lost all that work. That hasn’t happened in years. So once again: save, save, save!

The upside of catching a cold & flu? I love the taste of Nyquil, Luden’s honey-licorice cough drops & Pine Bros. gummy cherry lozenges.

smith-brothers-cough-drops-14ct-box-14One fond memory is that of Smith Brothers Cough Drops, both Wild Cherry and Black Licorice. I loved those! In fact, that was the very first cough drop. Sadly, they have been discontinued. (For those of you interested in marketing: By chance, the word “Trade” appeared under the picture of William & the word “Mark” under that of Andrew. Thus, it happened by a mere coincidence that the famous Smith Brothers’ trademark was born and the Smith Brothers became known to generations of Americans as Trade & Mark.)

Another favorite, and I don’t recall who made them, was  a long hard candy-type cough drop with a peculiar honey-horsehound-medicinal flavor. They were a brownish color & tasted so bad they were deliciously addicting.

Stay warm & dry this holiday season. Try not to catch the cold & flu, especially if you’re on a heavy deadline.


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Production notes for #87 Cold & Flu:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe InDesign
Fonts: Helvetica Compressed
Ampersand: Helvetica Compressed
Inspiration: Sneezing, Coughing & Aching Bones
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#86 Eye of Newt & Toe of Frog & Tail of Ampersand

Happy Halloween

 #86 Eye of Newt & Toe of Frog
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So, what’s for dinner?

Eye of newt, & toe of frog,
Wool of bat, & tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, & blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, & owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil & bubble.
Double, double toil & trouble;
Fire burn, & caldron bubble.

― William Shakespeare, Macbeth


This line, uttered by the three ugly witches in Macbeth as they stir their boiling cauldron*, is one of the most familiar phrases associated with traditional witchcraft.

Newt?

About that newt—is there such a thing? Were there poor little critters hopping about without eyes?

Actually, all of the ingredients in the witches brew are ancient terms for herbs, flowers and plants. Some say witches gave these items gross & disturbing names to deter other people from practicing witchcraft.

Shopping list

Here’s the modern-day grocery list of what’s really in Shakespeare’s cauldron. You might have to seek out a real specialty shop for some of these items, but they do exist:

  • Eye of newt—mustard seed
  • Toe of frog—buttercup
  • Wool of bat—holly leaves
  • Tongue of dog—houndstongue
  • Adders fork—adders tongue
  • Blind-worm—an actual tiny snake thought to be venomous
  • Tail of ampersand—a curly little friend of ours (You don’t mind, do you, Bill?)

When practicing black magic, mustard seeds (particularly the black seeds) cast a spell of strife, confusion, discord & disruption. Interestingly enough, though, other types of mustard seeds are thought to provide protection against witches. Legend goes that witches are predisposed to counting & picking up things, so if you scatter mustard seeds around your front door, bed & property, the witch will never have time to get to you as she will be busy counting mustard seeds.

It turns out “eye of newt” is simply the seeds for a popular hot dog mustard. However, the classic scene from Macbeth just wouldn’t be the same if his characters spoke of boiling mustard seeds, buttercups & holly leaves.  Adapted from http://people.howstuffworks.com/is-eye-of-newt-real-thing.htm

*Speaking of spell, note the spelling of “caldron” in the work of Shakespeare, in contrast to the American English “cauldron.” Sans-“u” is also common among British. Earlier, however, there was no “l” either: in Middle English literature c. 1250-1300 you’ll read “cauderon.” Basically, it means “warm” from the Late Latin “caldāria.”


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Awaken Past Halloween AmperArt:
Ghosts & Goblins
(2011)
Bats Rats & Black Cats (2012)
Deep Dark & Mysterious (2013)
Creak & Quake (2014)
Creepy & Crawly (2015)

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happyoktoberfest500x100(In other words, happy Oktoberfest.)

If you missed AmperArt #88, Brats & Beer, drink up here.

Here’s a fun list of “18 Essential Words for Octoberfest
from the Oxford Dictionaries website.


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Production notes for #86 Eye of Newt & Toe of Frog:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Photoshop
Fonts: Wilhelm Klingspor Gotisch, Park Avenue, Arnold Böcklin
Ampersand: Arnold Böcklin
Images: dreamstime.com (manipulated)
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#88 Brats & Beer

 

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#88 Brats & Beer
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Grüß Gott!

That’s “Hello!” in Bavarian. Literally, in a formal sense, it means “salute to God.”

My brother Rob suggested AmperArt #88 Brats & Beer for Oktoberfest. Danke, Bro!

In Bavaria, where it originated, Oktoberbest is actually celebrated on the third Saturday in September, and continues to the first weekend in October. Here in America, we “celebrate” during the entire month of October—whether it’s an excuse to guzzle some fine Bavarian beer or to advertise a cheesy Oktoberfest sale. Or to cook up some hearty Brats & Beer.

My mother was full German (from the Black Forest), so I, along with my siblings Roz, Andy & Rob, really should find some good Brats & Beer (I know one of us is going to find some beer!) and celebrate our close-to-Bavarian heritage. (Just like we’re also half Sicilian, so we are considered by some “true” Italians to be close, but not quite, Italian. True or not, our rich red succo beats the northern Italians wimpy white sauce any day. And our German mother could cook Italian like our dad’s own mother—she taught her daughter-in-law well!)

Sausage seems to run in our family, whether German or Italian. It’s all köstlich! 


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Here’s some interesting reading about the “real” Oktoberfest.

From Wikipedia, verbatim:

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese). The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled after the original Munich event.

During the event, large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed: during the 16-day festival in 2013, for example, 7.7 million litres were served. Visitors also enjoy numerous attractions, such as amusement rides, sidestalls and games. There is also a wide variety of traditional foods including Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezen (pretzels), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spicy cheese-butter spread) and Weißwurst (a white sausage).

The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place in the 16-day period leading up to the first Sunday in October. In 1994, this longstanding schedule was modified in response to German reunification. As such, if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the festival would run until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival now runs for 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October (October 4), to mark the event’s bicentennial.

Here’s a fun list of “18 Essential Words for Octoberfest” from the Oxford Dictionaries website.

Glücklich Wiesn!


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Production notes for #88 Beer & Brats:
Original size: 20×30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator (original ampersand link shapes), Photoshop (everything else)
Fonts: Embossed Black, Embossed Black Wide
WARNING: Do not attempt setting blackletter in all caps unless you are a fully qualified designer!

Ampersand: pork, spices & intestines
Credits:
Background images: graphicstock.com (superimposed & adjusted)
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