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Mike Savad

1 Month Ago

Official - Holiday Picture Thread

This is an Abbie approved thread.

Post your holiday pictures. It's not just for Christmas any more.

If your Jewish, Christian, etc, post something for your holiday.

Do you like Festivus, who doesn't, post your pole. Post the Christmas pictures you have, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and any of the other things i didn't mention. you can toss in Chinese new year as well, because why not?

Rules:

1. Post 2 images per person per post. You can post as many times as you want, but I don't want the post to be endlessly about you.
2. Post images with a blurb underneath so we know what we are looking at. And so the google is happy.
3. It should be about the up coming holidays, not Easter etc
4. Don't enlarge your images, its a bit obnoxious. Keep it the normal size.
5. If your Atheist like I am, post a winter scene if you don't have holiday stuff.

This is for anyone in any country that has their own traditions, tell us about them.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

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Mike Savad

1 Month Ago


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Original poem by Mike Savad

I remember, One December, A terrible event that happened one night;
I can remember it like it was yesterday, and I knew it wasn't right.
Recalling the sounds of a truck, and an opening door.
The unusual giggles, and something sliding on the floor.
I tip-toed downstairs, and what did i see?
Santa and his henchmen, knocking over my tree.
With a grunt and a shove, they took my gifts;
He looked back in the house and said, this one was mine, take this instead.
I was curious and wondered what it could be, I opened the box and what did I see?

It was filled with old socks! What a gyp!
Maybe I should fill them with rocks, and use them on him like a whip.

So now every year I hope he comes back, So I can trap him in very large sack;
Beat him until he's black and blue, and tell him, never steal my gifts and F*** You.


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I remember when my Great Grandpa bought this menorah. Crazy looking thing, wires, gas hook ups, but it was a grand device. Hooking it up was a bit tricky, but it didn't take long. We would all sit around it, turn on the gas and just be happy it was the first night of Chanukah. However we would often forget to turn on the ignition first, and often the room would fill with gas, and the result was usually a huge fireball.

Well even to this day, it wouldn't be Chanukah without the smells of latke's and burning hair.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Becky Titus

1 Month Ago

Snow Day by Becky Titus

A lone reindeer with a predictably red nose and beautiful green eyes pauses in its journey across a vast wintry landscape, stopping to enjoy the blissfully silent snowballs falling from a labyrinthian blue sky.

Ginger Cane by Becky Titus

A humble Reindeer with golden gingerbread fur and an impressive array of candy cane striped antlers, standing in a delightful mid-winter landscape of bountiful snow drifts on a beautiful blue sky day. Looking a bit befuddled, she may be wondering how in the world she’ll walk with such an impressive array. Featuring a delicious mint candy cane border.

 

Wildlife Fine Art

1 Month Ago

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Santa's Christmas Tree in the back of his International pickup truck. Driving through the woods with old red, after finding the perfect tree.
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Family of Bobcats enjoying the winter weather outside.

 

Gill Billington

1 Month Ago

A beautiful winter scene with the golden sunset reflecting on the river and people walking along the snow covered riverbank towards the canal boat. There is smoke curling up from the chimney of one of the boats where people are snug and warm inside and celebrating the festive season.

Winter Sunset On The River

My Merry Christmas Mustang is a 1968 convertible Ford Mustang in the snow. I’m sure it could be used for Santa’s sleigh to deliver parcels to one of your petrolhead friends!

Merry Christmas Mustang

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MM Anderson

1 Month Ago


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A 'Rustic Reindeer' makes the perfect accent for a holiday home, especially when displayed in conjunction with other country style Christmas decorations.

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Citrus and magnolia are often seen in holiday arrangements in the US South, particularly Colonial Era types of designs. This still life pastel features a single Mandarin orange with green magnolia foliage accented by a red ribbon bow.

 

Doug Swanson

1 Month Ago

One of my few holiday-themed images. It's Hampden at Christmas. For those who are not Baltimoreans, Hampden is an archetypal rowhouse neighborhood and The Miracle on 34th Street is a yearly event on that street. No amount of Christmas excess is too much. And...the Fine Art America software wants to change the word "rowhouse" to townhouse. Some cities might have townhouses, but group houses in Baltimore City are rowhouses, townhouses are built in the suburbs. Local language aside, it won't be long before this block is full of visitors.

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Peggy Collins

1 Month Ago

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Well you know how squirrels get as Christmas approaches...they're all about going overboard with the drinky-poos and huge candy canes and of course they always have to wear the silly Santa hat. But they have a good time and you're going to want to be invited to one of their many Christmas parties because that's where all the fun is.

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Val Arie

1 Month Ago

I am having a hard time wrapping my head around summer being over and the holiday season almost here!

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Mary Bedy

1 Month Ago

Every year at Christmas, the town puts up a large (fake) tree downtown in the park along the Saint Clair river. They also string lighted garland along the entire length of the boardwalk which is a little over a quarter of a mile, supposedly the longest fresh water boardwalk in the world. They claim that because the longer ones are actually concrete sidewalks, and this boardwalk is actually a true boardwalk:

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I took this one actually on Christmas Eve day waiting for my daughter to come home from Ann Arbor for the holiday. My husband went downtown to fill up his car and he said "wow, it's really foggy at the boardwalk". I said "foggy??!!", grabbed my camera and went down to shoot the old pilings in fog, and got this view of the deserted boardwalk on Christmas Eve day:

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Alison Frank

1 Month Ago

Well, first of all, thank you for the etiquette lesson of "don't enlarge your images." I've been doing that thinking it was easier to see in a thread, but now - well, I guess if someone wants to see more, they can click.

As for these holiday images, I have to say I've had several arguments about them being "photoshopped." They were absolutely not. I actually went to Hobby Lobby and bought the decorations and brought them to the beach in Oceanside, California, on a lovely overcast morning. I spread a large blanket out with all my decorations and gear, and went to work. I wanted to do some Chanukah shots but Hobbly Lobby doesn't sell anything related to the Jewish holidays and I've been meaning to get over to Target for some dreidels and gelt. Nevertheless, during the shoot, a few items were washed out to sea (sorry, I made my best efforts to retrieve them and still feel guilty for letting the items drift away) and I was pretty soaked by the time I wrapped. I like to give these cards as holiday gifts to my work friends and inevitably they'll say something about how they like how I photoshopped the image. "No, I went to the beach with all that stuff," I say. "No you didn't, it's totally photoshopped," they say. Thing is, when I made those images I didn't even know HOW to photoshop an object into a picture. Now that I do, I may just photoshop a menorah into a beach scene instead of schlepping to Target!

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Jessica Jenney

1 Month Ago

So it's starts today, not starting November 1st?

 

Abbie Shores

1 Month Ago

Yes, as we're not sticking to just 'Christmas' it's perfectly fine.

 

Abbie Shores

1 Month Ago

Alison!!! I can just see you running into the city trying to get your ornaments back lol

 

Mike Savad

1 Month Ago

its not that enlarging is bad, but when we have image threads, this will get very long very fast if everyone doubles the output size each time. i often do it my self for some threads, but i know this will be a long one.

i chose all holidays because they are usually excluded and christmas is the only focus. being jewish on christmas, you will see that often. so this is for everyone.

i'd be curious to see how they do it in the tropics, like do they decorate the palms? or what about other non religious countries, i know its celebrated everywhere, in one form or another.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Tom Druin

1 Month Ago

Art Prints illumination...colored tree lights with bokeh digital painting on a course canvas,Digital Art - Mixed Media

 

Peggy Collins

1 Month Ago

Fun descriptions, Mike. Here's my poem, inspired by you.

Presents, presents everywhere
What is in them? I don't care
Well, that's not true, I care a bit
If I don't get an iPad I'll have a fit
Oh, and the latest iPhone if you please
'Cause I love all products made by Steve
Jobs, that is, if you didn't know
Apple ain't cheap but it's the way to go
So I will bite and drop a wad
___ __ _______ ___ ___ ___ god

(make up your own last line)

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Becky Titus

1 Month Ago

Take out your wallet and buy, by god.

 

Abbie Shores

1 Month Ago

Hahaha

 

Bill Tomsa

1 Month Ago

Three Christmas Amigos, an acrylic painting, captures an image in paint of outdoor Holiday decorations at a Sonoran Desert Arizona home. Three stuffed characters, a teddy bear, a snowman and a dog, are the three amigos set before a rusty old wagon wheel, arrow sign, mail box and, of course, a giant saguaro cactus. Obviously absent from the winter scene...snow.

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Bill Tomsa

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Jean Noren

1 Month Ago

We have fun at Christmas. We found Rudolph in our vineyard.
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David Dehner

1 Month Ago

Let Fuzzy open this holiday season for you and your family this year.

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This jolly Old Saint Nick will send holiday greetings to friends and family during the happiest time of the year.

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Peggy Collins

1 Month Ago

Perfect, Becky, thank you!!

 

Jim Cook

1 Month Ago

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As if Santa is looking in from outside the window

 

Kathleen Bishop

1 Month Ago

One of my favorite winter traditions, going clear back to when I first got a driver's license, is to take long tramps in the back hills of the Coast Range. No people - just feral pigs and lots of raptors. Love it out there!
Winter Oaks by Kathleen Bishop Photography

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Gill Billington

1 Month Ago

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Alison Frank

6 Days Ago

These guys have been practicing all year. They've got one night to get it right...

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Diana Angstadt

6 Days Ago

My creative composite... all photographed by me separately and put together for a Christmas Card:

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Kay Novy

6 Days Ago

The store front of a craft store at Christmas time.

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/old-fashioned-store-window-kay-novy.html

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Tina Lewis

3 Days Ago

A couple of Xmas paintings.

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A Christmas greeting from the coast of Norway. I thought it would be nice to focus on little nature details you don't normally see on a Christmas card.

 

Jennifer White

3 Days Ago

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A beautiful cat dressed up with a Santa hat and turned into a digital painting makes a great and cute Christmas Card

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A calico cat surrounded by snowmen makes a cute Christmas or Holiday Card

 

Roger Swezey

3 Days Ago

Working with personally scavenged Spider Crab carapaces, cleaned, preserved, and filled in with epoxy paste, I've created my version of the iconic Russian legend, "Snow Maiden", by carving and painting in a face.

In this case, a Christmas Tree Ornament

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Linda D Lester

3 Days Ago

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Becky Titus

3 Days Ago

Lyrical Winter Jewel by Becky Titus

Floral violet spirals dance brightly behind the symmetry of curls in an elegant single snowflake.

Serene Forest Snow by Becky Titus

Forest green twiglets frolic delicately behind the dainty white sprigs of a frosted pine snowflake.

 

Roger Swezey

3 Days Ago

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Digital garlands in an actual snow covered tree

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Wishing you a "Pixel Pointillized" Christmas

 

Maria Sibireva

3 Days Ago

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Being a romantic at heart, this winter scene speaks to me of childhood, community, peace, Christmas. The entire town and the side streets are lined with luminary set up and then lit by neighborhood volunteers from each area. It ONLY happens on Christmas Eve. I've participated in shoveling the sand, loading and unloading the mass amounts of product, raising funds, and even lighting them. I've stood out there in rain, snow, and even boring weather to experience this event in person. I lived about 7 miles outside of town. Sometimes my daughter would come with me. Sometimes my husband would. But I'd have to hurry to get home for our own celebration. I still remember the quiet, candlelit streets. I often roamed them alone looking for the best angle. They are good memories.

I am amazed at the number of people who told me they'd never seen them before even though they lived in town because they are never home for Christmas Eve, as they are off celebrating with family. A funny thing about the nativity is that Baby Jesus got stolen every couple years but then he'd show up again. A mystery never solved but never turning into a crime either. This little town, Dexter, Michigan, is quintessential Midwest Americana.

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Roger Swezey

2 Days Ago

From my earlier backyard deck a super snow loaded tree.

And from my trusted lap-top and Gimp a super glow loaded tree

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And from my current backyard, this image

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Erin Masterson

2 Days Ago

I took a photo of a Christmas tree in church and drew from the reference in detail. My drawing style focuses on detail and color portrayal. I used pencils and watercolor.

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Erin Masterson

2 Days Ago

My bad I momentarily posted the wrong image, fixed now

 

Roger Swezey

2 Days Ago

I thought that this photo I took of the three poinsettias,would make a nice Christmas Card

So I made this Christmas Card

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Cynthia Guinn

2 Days Ago

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Christmas gifts wrapped in burlap with winter greenery sitting on the hearth of the fireplace

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Snowflake shining in the nighttime.

 

Shana Rowe Jackson

2 Days Ago

I'm so excited for Christmas this year. I am working on a new Christmas drawing but it's not ready yet so I will post a couple of my old favorites.

One of my favorite things about Christmas is gift giving and wrapping! That is why I drew this colored pencil piece of packages, boxes, bags and wrapping paper a few years back.

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This one of a Christmas tree in snow is one of my favorite pastel pieces that started out just as a fun little exercise to play with materials. I sold a 10 pack and a single greeting card with this design yesterday during the sale!

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Francis Sullivan

2 Days Ago

Self explanatory holiday art.

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Hans Egil Saele

1 Day Ago

old house in snow christmas card painting with bible verse

House of the Undertaker from the Nordic Town Houses series in a Christmas card version. The painting shows an old house in a small town in winter. The card comes with the a verse from the Bible:

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. Isaiah 9:6.

winter snow forest christmas card painting lewis last battle quote

January Twilight in a Christmas card version. The card has a quote from The Last Battle by the British author C.S. Lewis: "Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world."

January Twilight is a painting showing a winter scene in the forest, with snow covered trees and the soft light of a sunset.

 

Jennifer White

1 Day Ago

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A Christmas Lights photo taken at night at Silver Dollar City with the text "Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a wonderful new year" added.

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Another Silver Dollar City night Christmas Light scene with text "Wishing you a Christmas and a New Year full of colorful love and joy."

 

Roger Swezey

1 Day Ago

After posting all my pretty Christmas images, now its time to post the real Me

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Fiona Kennard

1 Day Ago

Greetings From Silverthorne, Colorado

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John Haldane

1 Day Ago

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Alison Frank

1 Day Ago

The Reindeer Collection is here...this is Vixen... collect them all!

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Gabriele Pomykaj

16 Hours Ago

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime Festival of Lights, celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.

Happy Chanukah by Gabriele Pomykaj

 

Mike Savad

8 Hours Ago

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Which part of a gingerbread man, do you eat first? It's an age old argument and there are no wrong answers.

A common approach is to eat it face first, biting off the head silences the cookie, and keeps the screaming to a minimum. Once eaten, the legs are next, it keeps them from running away, and if they do get away, they won't get far without a head. Then the arms then the torso.

Other's like saving the head for last, while they slowly devour the thing a bit at a time, making it watch. Others like eating the icing, and giving the lifeless corpse to the dog.

But I'm more thorough, I eat it from the inside out. When warm and fresh, its the best thing on earth, a real delicacy a true treat. When it cools down, and rigamortis sets in, its not nearly as good. Its also very important that the cookie isn't actually dead, only asleep. After applying Chloroform, you don't need much, pin it down, and keep a watch handy. You don't want it waking up while your doing your thing. Also its important not to knock them out with a blunt instrument, they may break.

They say you are what you eat, and that's very true of this little guy. They eat candy when no one is looking, and their insides are all candy. Everything is edible. And if you buy organic, their meat is both tender and sweet.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

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