The Romantic Manifesto

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This week’s cover challenge is for The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand – a book of essays (plus one short story) about Ms Rand’s belief that the Romantic Period of Art is “the greatest achievement in art history.” We tried getting the book from the library to read but they don’t have a copy (it’s a good thing to have a relative in the library system – we can get mom’s sister to order one for the City!). So we had to settle with reading about it on Wikipedia and the Ayn Rand website (links below).  Here’s what we did:

Having no photographs that meet the requirements, I chose and illustration from Romantic Period illustrator, Arthur Rackham
Having no photographs that meet the requirements, I chose an illustration from Romantic Period illustrator, Arthur Rackham . . .
Softened the focus and added fog through PicMonkey. . .
Softened the focus and added fog through PicMonkey. . .
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Added text, plus a quote from Ms Rand and I was finished!

As promised here are links to to the sites I read for research:

The Romantic Manifesto, 1969 edition.jpg Wikipedia   about aro Ayn Rand website

Also, Please check out this link from a fellow blogger who discusses the Romantic Period in fashion terms. Very interesting!!

https://fashionbackwards.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/a-world-of-romantics-in-the-historic-sense/

PS – you should follow this blog if you like fashion even one iota!!

Here are  some additional covers:

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Cover Makeover – Pink Floyd albums

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This week the Cover Makeover Challenge is for two album covers for Pink Floyd. The Board loves Pink Floyd but that didn’t mean we didn’t need to do some research (thanks, Wikipedia!)

The Dark Side of the Moon, according to Wikipedia, “lyrical themes include conflict, greed, the passage of time, death, and insanity . . . The five tracks on each side reflect various stages of human life, beginning and ending with a heartbeat, exploring the nature of the human. experience.”  After some thought this is what we came up with:

The Clock face on the Tower at the Palace of Westminster from the internet.
The base photo – the Clock face on the Tower at the Palace of Westminster from the internet.
The moon showing it's dark side.
The moon showing it’s dark side.
I overlayed the moon on top of the clock face.
I overlayed the moon on top of the clock face.
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I added the text – I wanted to focus on time and the Parliament clock face was perfect to use!! 

Here’s the original – dark side of the moon

The next album, The Division Bell, is one I wasn’t familiar with. According to Wikipedia, “deals with themes of communication and the idea that talking can solve many of life’s problems.”  So I thought about these vintage family photos. Taken in the mid-1950s, they show mom’s relatives. They’re all gone now except for my mom’s mom (she’s to the right of the door).

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I cropped and overlaid 4 photos, focusing on interaction between the people.
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One final photo to overlay and fade in. . .
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I overlaid this scrap paper (from PicMonkey).
And then clicked on the effect I liked - a negative effect on part of the photo - I liked it. Added text and loved it!!
And then clicked on the effect I liked – a negative effect on part of the photo – I liked it. 
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Added text and loved it!!

Here’s the original – pink_floyd_-_division_bell-2

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Cover Makeover: Six Days, Seven Nights

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This week’s Cover Makeover is for the movie poster for Six Days, Seven Nights. I have to tell you, I struggled with this one. Mom and I searched all through her photos (and that’s A LOT!) before we found one – or more we liked. I finally settled on something from a group of photos from mom’s trip to Jamaica when she was just a kid – back in the 1960s. But which one to choose? So many! Here’s what we did:

i finally decided on this photo of the beach. It has a greenish hue to it so I changed to black and white in PicMonkey.
I finally decided on this photo of the beach.
After cropping it - this wasn't the final crop, but you get the idea, I noticed it had a greenish hue (natural aging)
After cropping it – this wasn’t the final crop, but you get the idea, I noticed it had a greenish hue (natural aging). 
I changed the photo to black and white in PicMonkey.
I changed the photo to black and white in PicMonkey.
I knew I wanted a plane so first I picked this plane (taken in 1953).
I knew I wanted a plane so first I picked this plane (taken in 1953).
So, again using PicMonkey I cut it out of the background and tried it on the beach. I didn't like it.
So, again using PicMonkey I cut it out of the background and tried it on the beach. I didn’t like it.
So I looked on-line until I found a photo of the plane from the movie
So I looked on-line until I found a photo of the plane from the movie.
I cut it out of the photo. . .
I cut it out of the photo. . .
Made it black and white, and placed it in the upper right corner of the photo.
Made it black and white, and placed it in the middle right side of the photo -sort of like it was coming into land. Added text and could finally call it done!!

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Here’s the original movie poster!!

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Cover Makeover – The Incident at Montebello

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This week’s Cover Makeover Challenge is The Incident at Montebello by P.A. Moed. The Incident at Montebello is a historical novel based on a true event— In 1930, Italian Premier Benito Mussolini was driving through the Italian countryside with Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr. when his car struck and killed a little girl, Sofia Buonomano. (from Goodreads)

The Process –

I decided to focus on a doll that the little girl may have been carrying. This is a handmade and hand-sewn doll my mom bought years ago. She it threw her in the yard (not really) so it looked like she fell.
I decided to focus on a doll that the little girl may have been carrying. This is a handmade and hand-sewn doll my mom bought years ago. She it threw her in the yard (not really) so it looked like she fell.
I took all the color out of the of the photo, cropped it and added some of the dolls hair color back in.
I took all the color out of the of the photo, cropped it and added some of the doll’s hair color back in.
I added clip art of a rolls royce, fading it just a bit (I figured if Mussolini was driving it would be a fancy car.)
I added clip art of a rolls royce, fading it just a bit (I figured if Mussolini was driving it would be a fancy car.)
Found this image of Mussolini's insignia on the internet. . .
Found this image of Mussolini’s insignia on the internet. . .
I faded the color, softened it and placed it on the car's grille.
I faded the color, softened it and placed it on the car’s grille.
 After adding the car to the lower right corner and fading it just a bit. . . I added text and called it a day!!
After adding the car to the lower right corner and fading it just a bit. . . I added text and called it a day!!

17211278  The Published Cover

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Cover Makeover Golden Valley Silver Flowers

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This week’s Cover Makeover Challenge is for the recently published book Golden Valley Silver Flowers.

This is the published cover.
This is the published cover.
This is the base photo before it cropping. Since the book involves subject of war, I went with this ghost forest, the remnants of an earthquake in Alaska. It has a certain desolate and destroyed look about it.
This is the base photo before cropping. Since the book involves subject of war, I went with this ghost forest, the remnants of an earthquake in Alaska. It has a certain desolate and destroyed look about it.
I cut this house out of the photo and placed it in the original photo. Then I took a second house, placed it upside down in the lake and faded it a bit to make it look like a reflection.
I cut this house out of the photo and placed it in the original photo. Then I took a second house, placed it upside down in the lake and faded it a bit to make it look like a reflection.
These white azalea blooms are from this spring in the front yard, cut from the photograph and placed in the sky to add a touch of life in the midst the death of war.
These white azalea blooms are from this spring in the front yard, cut from the photograph and placed in the sky to add a touch of life and romance in the midst the death of war.

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