The Elder Futhark
Predating the Viking age the ancient runes, 24 in all known as the Elder Futhark is the oldest Germanic symbols of the northern regions and is the foundation of all Germanic languages. The runic system may have been fully established as early as 200 B.C.E. their relics are strewn all throughout Scandinavia. Over time symbols have been popularized in countless games, movies, and artwork.
A humble beginning to be sure, I setup my first commercial designs starting with T-shirts and then will extend the design to other items. Available on Zazzle there are 3 designs for each rune cast against the backdrop of the famous ancient Swedish Rök Runestone (Rökstenen) displaying east, west, and both sides for each item sold. The patterns shown here are a partial selection, to see it on a T-shirt click on the image; the design can be placed on any shirt in any available color. I would recommend staying with a dark themed shirt as the backdrop of Rökstenen is printed as white.
The items can be found here Runes - Elder Futhark
Getting use to a new pen display for artwork, a little exercise in abstract art melded with photography helped me get started. In all the final image took 6 hours to complete reduced here to 5 minutes. I added the backdrop of a summer rain for sound.
Inspired by the incredible artwork of YouTube user cgsbgs speed painting dragons, those videos are something to watch. Below are two variations of the finished image.
The site is called damn desert, so here are some photos of the damn desert! These were taken at Red Rock national park on the scenic drive as it's called. The site was named somewhat in jest as after having lived in the Vegas area for nearly 20 years, my dislike for the arid environment has been vocalized more than a few times. Ironically photography has been my therapy and solution to actually going outside, for a long time I didn’t spend much time at all outside especially in the summer until one day I brought a camera. In so doing I discovered by focusing on taking photographs I didn’t mind the conditions I typically deem God forsakenly unbearable, ever since I have used the camera as a medium for going outside. By doing this I have since come to appreciate some of the aspects of the desert and its beauty.
Mostly night shots, long exposures help create interesting lighting affects not possible during the day. The tunnel image was from inside a huge wash drain basin on the edge of the desert during the day however it was quite dark a hundred feet in where I took the shot.
Black Mountain is a dormant volcano in the southern Las Vegas surrounding area, its peak is 5092 feet.
During early May of 2013 we had a series of showers pass through the Las Vegas area which lead to some incredible moments of light and shadow cast across the valley especially during sunset. Driving home from work I fortunately had my camera on me as this scene unfolded before me, I pulled off to the nearest side street, and took a series of shots of this incredible sunset. Sun rays which shoot dramatic lines like this are called fingers of God as I have since learned, it was even more incredible to see with the naked eye.