#40 Look & See

I love the quote by Jill Pet­ty, which was per­fect for the image of the swans, and so very pro­found (besides offer­ing an amper­sand opportunity):

Love is when you look into someone’s eyes and see their heart.

I also like this say­ing by Will Moss that ties love to sight (also with an amp op):

Love is not blind — it sees more and not less, but because it sees more it is willing to see less.

And I love my friends, for they are always teach­ing me some­thing amaz­ing. My friend Melody says:

Swans are known for their fideli­ty. They are loy­al to each oth­er as a cou­ple once they come togeth­er, they are a cou­ple for life. They are also a great sym­bol of beau­ty and grace.

And how about the extra­or­di­nary tale of the ugly duck­ling who becomes a swan! The meta­mor­pho­sis of tran­scend­ing one’s own being in such an extra­or­di­nary way is awe inspiring.”

Swans are white
Lakes are blue
Here’s some AmperLove
From me to you

No mat­ter what col­or your loved one’s eyes are, the pupils are black. And that’s the part that sees.

Black is a gor­geous col­or to rep­re­sent true love. It’s deep, for­ev­er, classy and hon­est like the print­ed word. Love is also mys­te­ri­ous, anoth­er good rea­son for black.

I received a black rose on Valen­tines Day in high school once, which meant “unpop­u­lar.” Well, if being a nerd is what it took to get my favorite col­or in a flower, so be it. I loved that rose, even though my favorite flower is a carnation.

My friends think that’s mor­bid, as car­na­tions remind them of funer­als. Well, car­na­tions — espe­cial­ly the white ones with the red rims — remind me of going to the Car­na­tion Ice Cream counter with Dad­dy every week­end for our 5‑cent ice cream cones. And that, my friends, was love.

A black carnation…ah, that’s my idea of the per­fect Valen­tines Day flower.

Hap­py Valen­tines Day, what­ev­er col­or you love the most.

Production Notes:
Original size: 20x30”
Program: Photoshop
Fonts: Poppl-​Residenz, Palace Script (ampersand, modified)
Photography: Zurijeta, 123rf​.com

 

 

#37 Mistletoe & Loved Ones

Before I present my Christ­mas 2012 Amper­Art design, I wish to to tell you about the two incred­i­ble kids who inspired it.

Lydia Jayne, 12 years old, and her broth­er Alden Blake, 14, are excep­tion­al­ly tal­ent­ed chil­dren. Both of them are visu­al artists and both of them are musi­cians. They’ve even pro­duced short films together.

Just recent­ly they pro­duced their 2012 Christ­mas album. 

When I say “they pro­duced” I real­ly mean that — they pro­duced it all by themselves.
Lydia sang the lyrics and added percussion. 
Alden played all the instru­ments
 — Gui­tar, Bass, Glock­en­spiel, Xylo­phone, Ukulele, and Percussion.
Alden also record­ed, mixed, mas­tered, and pro­duced every­thing. Want more? He is the album cov­er artist as well. In short, there were no adults involved at all! (To men­tor Alden in my area of exper­tise, I changed a few ele­ments on the cov­er art that appears on this Amper­Art page, but not Alden’s orig­i­nal art which is on their own site.)

I’ve known these kids for sev­er­al years, heard them play and watched them draw, but I had no idea they were this incred­i­bly tal­ent­ed. I actu­al­ly had tears lis­ten­ing to Lydi­a’s and Alden’s ren­di­tion of these songs. Lydia has a strong, soul­ful voice and unusu­al­ly great styling – as if she were a vet­er­an songstress. Alden’s inflec­tions, phras­ing and cadence with each of his instru­ments con­veys the pre­cise mean­ing of the part of the song he’s playing.

Lydia and Alden are amaz­ing­ly tal­ent­ed. The term genius comes to mind.
I espe­cial­ly like Lydi­a’s per­son­al­i­ty and Alden’s ukelele on “Hol­ly Jol­ly Christ­mas,” and their heart­felt ren­di­tion of “Oh Holy Night.” For a solo gui­tar treat, lis­ten to Alden’s “Car­ol of the Bells.”

Lis­ten free — click here (http://​lydi​a​jayne​.band​camp​.com/​a​l​b​u​m​/​c​h​r​i​s​t​m​a​s​-​s​p​i​rit)

Enjoy the beau­ti­ful, charm­ing, joy­ous music these chil­dren have cre­at­ed, absolute­ly free. In the spir­it of Christ­mas you may wish to help kick-​start their career by pur­chas­ing a song (name your own price) or the entire album. These chil­dren are donat­ing a por­tion of the pro­ceeds to the World Wildlife Fund. 

These kids, and their Christ­mas album, inspired my 2012 Amper­Art edi­tion. For­tu­nate­ly, one of the album’s songs, “It’s the Most Won­der­ful Time of the Year,” con­tains an amper­sand (actu­al­ly, the word “and”) in the lyrics.

 

 

 

You may view, down­load and print a high-​resolution pdf of this spe­cial Amper­Art edtion here:      Let­ter size 8½x11 inch­es       Tabloid size 11x17 inches

Best wishes for a Christmas season full of happiness, love, cheer, and wondrously beautiful music!

#33 Raindrops & Whiskers

 

This is the first of four pieces in the My Favorite Things col­lec­tion, inspired by the song from the 1960 musi­cal and 1965 movie The Sound of Music. Only the lyric phras­es con­tain­ing “and” were turned into Amper­Art designs. I’m glad “whiskers on kit­tens” was one of them. I love cats & kit­tens. I don’t like ros­es as much as car­na­tions, but “rain­drops on car­na­tions” prob­a­bly would not have won an Emmy.

Each edi­tion in this series will be released a week apart. You must sub­scribe to receive high-​resolution pdf files so you can cre­ate beau­ti­ful prints (11x17 or 8.5x11 inch­es). Sub­scrip­tions are free & you will receive your print down­loads by email. You’ll find sug­ges­tions on print­ing and fram­ing here.

In research­ing the style to use for this art­work I found one of the orig­i­nal movie posters, sam­pled the col­ors from which I chose a lim­it­ed palette (I did not use blue as that would be your per­fect mat in a nice frame), select­ed the appro­pri­ate type­styles & hand-​drew the amper­sand, styl­iz­ing it to resem­ble the main title in the poster:

The amper­sand not only con­nects rain­drops and kit­tens and ket­tles and ponies and door­knobs, it also links the last two lines of the song, which appear on all four lay­outs at very top and very bottom.

To fur­ther research this piece, I real­ly enjoyed watch­ing the movie! If you ever need a joy­ful lift & a lit­tle humor, this is the movie to see. It’s won­der­ful & timeless.

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