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Summer Solstice

It's the first day of summer! I don't much like summer heat, but I do like to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes. I've had too much going on lately to finish a picture, but it is time to switch out the seasonal picture I have on one wall of my spare room, so I though I would show how I set up this “installation”.

Spring Banner

If you're like me and like big pictures on your walls but don't have a lot of money for framed prints, there are other options. Power Tabs Zazzle offers banners for pretty good prices, so I decided to use them for this room that I recently painted. I actually decided to use four different pictures, one for each season, and since I had already picked out the lavender paint I meant to use I chose four pictures that would go with it—Cherry Blossom Globe, Glittering Caves of Aglarond, Autumn Guardian, and A Winter Night's Dream.

Zazzle offers “power tabs” to go with the banners that basically provide a reinforced hole for a cord to hang the banner, but I decided using screws would be more stable and flatter against the wall. So I carefully cut holes for the screws in the corners of each banner and used the power tabs for reinforcement. And I bought decorative screw caps to hide the screw heads.

Screw Caps

VelcroIf you were only using one banner this would be sufficient, but I wanted to switch out four different banners without having to remove the screws each time, so I had to make sure the holes were big enough to fit over the screw head and the base for the screw cap. That way I can just lift off the banner and hook the new one over the screws. I also added a velco strip in the middle of the top edge for extra support.

So now I've got a different picture for every season! Check out the banners I've got on Zazzle and see if there are any you're interested in—and I'll be adding more!

Summer Banner

Blue Ridge Rhododendrons

It's rhododendron season in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

It's been a while since I added any photographs. I'm not that good of a photographer, and I've focused mostly on CGI work lately. But I just took a drive up along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, and I got a number of photos, especially of the rhododendron in bloom. At this point I plan to offer only one of them for wallpapers and prints, but here are a selection of them for your viewing pleasure. These are available as-is for screen wallpaper (i.e. I'm not going to resize them for all the screen sizes, but you're welcome to resize them for your personal use).