"We were all artists as children. We need to study the chaos around us in order to turn it into something beautiful. Something sustainable. Something that remains".

Friday, August 28, 2015

Digital Whisper Challenge Blog


        When I saw the theme for this week, I thought of WWII and the Holocaust. I wanted to create a piece of art as a tribute to the brave souls that endured the deplorable conditions of the death trains  headed to only one destination:  the concentration camps.  Upon leaving the train,  life or death was decided with a flick of a finger.

Early summer 1944 was the apex of the deportation of Hungarian Jewry. For this purpose a special rail line was extended from the railway station outside the camp to a ramp inside Auschwitz. Many of the photos in the album were taken on the ramp. The Jews then went through a selection process, carried out by SS doctors and wardens. Those considered fit for work were sent into the camp, where they were registered, deloused and distributed to the barracks. The rest were sent to the gas chambers. They were gassed under the guise of a harmless shower, their bodies were cremated and the ashes were strewn in a nearby swamp. The Nazis not only ruthlessly exploited the labor of those they did not kill immediately, they also looted the belongings the Jews brought with them. Even gold fillings were extracted from the mouths of the dead by a special detachment of inmates.

                 I have posted the traditional Jewish Mourners Prayer for the 6 million lives that were extinguished by the brutal hatred and injustice of one nation.


May the great Name of God be exalted and sanctified, throughout the world, which he has created according to his will. May his Kingship be established in your lifetime and in your days, and in the lifetime of the entire household of Israel, swiftly and in the near future; and say, Amen. 

May his great name be blessed, forever and ever.

Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled, honored elevated and lauded be the Name of the holy one, Blessed is he- above and beyond any blessings and hymns, Praises and consolations which are uttered in the world; and say Amen. May there be abundant peace from Heaven, and life, upon us and upon all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who makes peace in his high holy places, may he bring peace upon us, and upon all Israel; and say Amen.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Digital Dreamers Challenge


     At the beginning of summer  my PC  froze up like a block of ice!  I'm pretty sure the hard drive is fried!  I am economy shopping for a new one but the sad fact is that  I haven't really been inspired to create any digital art!  When talking to Patti about my dilemma, she urged me to join everyone this week for the new theme, "Mailboxes"!  We also talked about the increase in the number of digital artists participating in the weekly challenges and the amazing art work they have been creating!!  Patti began to tell me about some of the themes I had missed and as she always does, inspired me to get busy and create something to post for this week's challenge!

     I started thinking of something right away to create and since I am using my son's laptop to check my email... why not join in the challenge and get my digital groove back on except for one thing...my son  has laid  down the law...  
absolutely no downloading of ANYTHING
NOTHING---NADA to his files!!!  
Does that kid know me or what?

Past experience has taught him to be cautious when loaning his tech toys to me or he could be stuck deleting stock photos, digital art  kits and clip art  from his folders for weeks because I have innocently saved everything I see (within reason that is free and has no copyright issues) and why not? It's all eye candy anyway just waiting to lure me in...I have no self control!

The no downloading rule also means I have no access to my PSE!!!!  BUT...not a problem because there are several unique photo editing sites that I have found that offer simple but amazing tools that are easy to use but also keep your creative juices  flowing!

I used Picmonkey today but have also used Fotoflexer, Gimp, and Lunapic in the past and they all worked great for me!  They might not have all of the bells and  whistles of PSE but as long as I can create something  and have fun at the same time...then hey...it's all good and it beats the alternative...cleaning house for the rest of the all day!!

 Here is my version of "Mailbox"!!!  
 Thank you, Patti, for the inspiration!

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P.S.  Jonathan...do not worry!!! I am deleting the stock photo (yeah...that's right...  one) as soon as I finish this post!

***Credit: Mailbox photo is from Wikipedia Creative Commons!


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