The Latest Website Updates At MUDPIX MAGAZINE On Monday, November 25th, 2019.

2019-11-NOV-25-MO @ 9:03 PM CST – It’s been 8 days since I’ve mentioned any updates on mudpix.com but I’ve been busy for the last week getting caught up on some important things. One of those things has been finally publishing MUDPIX MAGAZINE – Issue #1 and getting it up on the internet for sale. That’s right, the first official issue of MUDPIX MAGAZINE is now available for you to purchase and dive into my photography around Lake Harding and West Point Lake in Alabama and Georgia as it is intended to be enjoyed. Find out how to purchase the magazine on the Home page. Tonight I’m working on some post scheduling to keep the Photo Of The Day series going without missing a beat. Also, my Blogroll Raids page has been updated. In other news also tonight I have made up my mind to dig through my supplies and find my polymer clay cutters so that I can get around to making some more tiles for my Mosaic Therapy project.

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The Latest Website Updates At MUDPIX MAGAZINE On Sunday, November 17th, 2019.

2019-11-17-SU @ 9:40 PM CST – 30 pages have been added to MUDPIX MAGAZINE Issue #1. It’s not as much progress as I’d hoped to make tonight, but is more than was done previously. It’s going to be a huge issue when finished. It’s already up to 190+ pages.

2019-11-17-SU @ 2:15 PM CST – This afternoon I’ve come to a realization that maybe one of the reasons the first issue of my MUDPIX MAGAZINE isn’t finished yet is because I’ve been spending too much time trying to feature other creator’s content on this website. It’s something I can’t help doing. I love to share interesting things that I see on the internet. I’m going to have to change my routine a little if I ever want to get this magazine up on site and available for sale. So starting today and throughout this next week, I’m going to focus my time on finishing the magazine. Once it’s finished (and I’ve been thinking about this for at least the past hour today), I’ll be rearranging the top navigation menu links again to focus on just the most essential links relavant to mudpix.com and it’s own content. All other pages that reference off-site content will be moved so that they are only accessable from the Sitemap link, or perhaps I’ll create some sort of directory page to put links to those pages on that will be accessable in the menu. Most of the links I plan on removing from the top navigation area of the website are “under construction” right now anyway and probably shouldn’t have been placed in the navigation menu to start with (I was just enjoying watching this website grow).

2019-11-17-SU @ 11:25 AM CST – A new Art Mosaic Therapy blog category is up, along with a new Mosaic Therapy index page. These locations on site are where you can check out my studies in random mosaic grid layouts. Check those links for more info. Today if I do anything website related, it will be to work on finishing MUDPIX MAGAZINE, the first official issue (mostly anyway – at least that’s my plan). I have made a note to add a page featuring some photographers on 500px.com who’s work I enjoy, and I even have the notes needed to build the page with a few photographers listed, however adding that page to the site is not a high priority for me today (at least I don’t think it is). I just wanted to mention it because it’s potential new content coming, and if you’ve been following my website any length of time then you know how I like to make content lists.

You can see all of the latest updates this month in November 2019 on the Updates page.

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Mosaic Therapy – Grid #000001

Welcome to the first post in my new Mosaic Therapy photo series.

The tiles you see in the photo above are some handmade tiles that I made sometime around the year 2015, or prior (time period not known exactly). They are made with polymer clay. The reason I made them was for study in randomness. In other words, the result of random colors laid out in a grid from randomly choosing the tiles out of a bowl without looking to see what color would be chosen in each spot of the grid. It’s a completely random process that is a little medititative and therapeutic for the mind… a relaxing way to unwind and clear the mind (at least for me anyway).

I’ve always thought that the act of organized randomness could produce some nice art, and I think this process of laying out a mosaic grid with random color tiles is a great way to prove that. What I mean by organized randomness in this process is that first of all I had to choose a color to make each tile when I mixed colors of clay to make the tiles in the first place, and then those tiles were put into a collection to choose from in order to lay out a mosaic grid. I never know however what color tile will be chosen (unless I were eyeballing the bowl and specifically choosing the next tile from sight – which I don’t do – and which would defeat the purpose of these mosaic grid studies), and I never know how the grid is going to look until it is finished, therefore producing a completely random work of art when I photograph each grid.

When I made the tiles, I only got around to making enough that I can currently work a 7 X 7 square grid with. In the near future I hope to find my tile cutter tool (it’s currently packed up from my last move), and create some more tiles in new exciting colors and move up to a larger grid.

So photos like the one you see in this blog post are what you can expect to see in this Mosaic Therapy photo series. They will be randomly laid out mosaic grids using my handmade tiles, and no two grids will be the same. The tiles will always be laid out in a similar, but different, and random location in the grid.

Follow this site if you want to see each mosaic grid as I post them. Thanks for looking!

Mudpix Magazine Demo 1 Now Available

MUDPIX MAGAZINE – DEMO 1 has been released and it is now available for downloading. It’s absolutely free and will give you an idea of what to expect in the premium issues. This issue is 290 pages and is 71.7MB in file size. This demo issue features photography by David Thrift that was shot on Lake Harding, and West Point Lake during the weekend before Labor Day 2019. Use the following links below to download or preview this magazine: DOWNLOAD your copy now, or Preview On Issuu If You Would Like Before Downloading.

MUDPIX MAGAZINE Issue #1 Is Available To Purchase For Just $24.00 At Gumroad. Get Your PDF Copy Today.

The first official issue of MUDPIX MAGAZINE has been released and is available for purchase. Head over to the Home page for info on how to purchase your copy on Gumroad, or click here to jump straight over to MUDPIX MAGAZINE’s Gumroad creator’s page for more info and to purchase your digital pdf copy today. It contains over 750 photos shot by David Thrift on Lake Harding and West Point Lake in Alabama and Georgia, is 792 pages and 162MB.

Weather 2019-11-14-TH

Starting a new category on the blog this morning – Weather 2019, where I’ll post weather snapshots of my local weather. The photo above shows a cloud covered sky on I-85 in Auburn, AL and early morning temps are in the 30’s.

The Latest Website Updates At MUDPIX MAGAZINE On Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

2019-11-13-WE @ 9:05 PM CST – A new Lists page has been added to this website. It’s an automatically updated page which will provide you a list of lists I have created on the blog. These lists were already available through the Lists category link on site, however this page will make it easy for you to read the lists without having to scroll so much on the blog to find them.

2019-11-13-WE @ 8:51 PM CST – A new Credits page has been added to this website. It is where credits and thank yous will be given to people that help make MUDPIX MAGAZINE possible.

2019-11-13-WE @ 6:59 PM CST – I’ve been adding some more pages to make featured article lists on for some of my favorite websites. Those pages are Longreads, and Open Culture. These are both websites that I’ve known about for quite some time but haven’t really had a lot of time to dive into and explore. Hopefully putting these pages up on my website here will get me motivated to explore them and link to some great content for you the viewers to explore. There is a new POTD (Photo Of The Day) page which will automatically index and link to each Photo Of The Day post. So you can use that page to catch up on those posts if you miss any. I’ve added a new Weather page, and a new Listening page. These are pages I’ve set up where I can keep a weather journal about my local weather, and list what music I’m listening to daily. Those two pages were mainly put up for my interest because I thought they would be fun to update when I’m on the go since they are easily updated from my phone and the info may be fun or useful to look back on in the future, but if you like viewing them then I’m glad if you like the content. I have more pages coming.

Catch up on all of the latest updates at www.mudpix.com by clicking the “Updates” link in the top menu.

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Incredible IG – Featured Photo #6

Have I said how much I love betta fish? Like and follow this blog post if you would like to see more beautiful betta fish featured in Incredible IG.

Incredible IG – Featured Photo #5

Seeing a lot of nice female model photography coming across my feed on instagram lately. Expect to see more photos like this featured. Be sure to check out the photo credit. If viewing in the WordPress Reader or email sent from blog post notifications, you may need to click over to the post page to see the photo as it is embedded from Instagram.

Incredible IG – Featured Photo #4

John Trumbull – Male Nude From Behind

With this post I am starting a new category on the blog – Art In Museums. In it I will share art I find on museum websites that is worth sharing.

In a search to find interesting websites related to bridges, I stumbled on the website for the Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas tonight (Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at around 7 p.m.). I began exploring one of it’s collections and I found this striking sketch of a male nude by John Trumbull drawn in circa 1798 that I think is great and would like to share for anyone interested to view it.

I have digitally enhanced the image above for better contrast over the original image. You can see the original image at Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art by clicking here.

Info about the image below from the Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art.

Male Nude from Behind
Artist: John Trumbull (1756 – 1843)
Date :ca. 1798
Dimensions: 22 x 14 1/2 in. (55.9 x 36.8 cm)
Framed: 38 1/2 x 30 3/4 x 2 in. (97.8 x 78.1 x 5.1 cm)
Medium: Chalk, charcoal, and graphite on blue paper
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, Gift of John Driscoll, 2007.174
Inscriptions: recto, l.c.: Drawing by Trumbull
verso: Drawing by John Trumbull / Purchased by C.A. III (?) 1896 From the B. (?) Collection [indistinct]
verso, u.c., numbered and circled: 112

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Incredible IG – Featured Photo #3

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Rule #18: Limber up⁣ ⁣ Be prepared. Nothing will slow you down like a pulled muscle. Tell that to the limber pine living on the edge at Utah’s Bryce Canyon. Is it moving? The Limber pine (Pinus flexilis) is a very durable tree and grows near timberline, from 5,000 to 12,000 feet. This pine has a short, thick trunk with an irregular crown and can develop a stunted, zombie-like, twisted form, very low to the ground. The Limber Pine's branches are so limber that they can be bent double without breaking, a distinct advantage in withstanding severe winds and snow loads. Thus concludes today’s lesson on the Limber pine. Rule #32: Enjoy the Little Things – It’ll help you keep your sanity.⁣ ⁣ Image: Limber pine with exposed roots and rainbow in the background. Whew, there’s a lot going on in this photo. But look how pretty?!! NPS/Any Bilbeisi⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #brycecanyonnationalpark #utah #pine #treesofinstagram #thisweekoninstagram

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