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Jul 23, 2021 - 8:02:19 AM
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I had an idea to try to draw little pictures of old-time tune titles. I use my laptop and its trackpad and the program called Gimp, which I finally figured out. It has a weird way of doing things.

These are some of my favorite creations.

For Polly Put the Kettle On, I traced the outline of a tea kettle and colored it in and I found a picture of a hand holding something and traced that. I used a little clip-art kitty that I modified a bit. I drew all the flames and other things and colored everything in. I like the kitty peeking over the counter.
Polly Put the Kettle On

Rattletrap is the tune title that has churned around as the most vivid picture in my head. I couldn't figure out how to put a banjo in the back seat so I put a mouse in the back seat. I like how it turned out so much like the image in my head.

This one is a little hard to see so small. People at the jam misheard the tune title and thought it was "Mississippi Snack Boat". I traced parts of a picture of a fancier river boat and made it sort of like a barge so I could put all the hand-drawn bags of chips and cheese puffs on board. Figuring out how to make water was tricky. It's a noisy picture but I was pretty proud of myself. It was a lot of work!

I like Quince Dillon because I think the man looks like my fiddling friend.

Aunt Jenny and Quince Dillon were largely royalty-free clipart that I found and cut up and reassembled like a collage. The man and woman were one picture, the shoes were another, the cat another, etc. I hand-drew the table and breaking glasses, the nightcap and some other things, and colored it all in.

For the Possum's Tail I traced photographs of the animals and colored them in. I hand drew the railroad tracks and other things. I was pretty happy with my ability to draw without using clipart.

Waiting for Nancy turned out pretty good. He's waiting for his wife so they can go to the jam.

In real life all these pictures are much larger. Anyway, I found a new hobby. So many ideas!

Jul 23, 2021 - 9:14:57 AM

9340 posts since 3/19/2009

Those are Wonderful and Creative!!

Jul 23, 2021 - 9:49:12 AM

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I particularly like Polly, reminds me of an old ad.

Fun stuff. Also, my friends and I would FOREVER call it "Snack Boat" because we already have inside names for lots of tunes/songs and that one is a good one!

Jul 23, 2021 - 10:47:48 AM
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boxbow

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2672 posts since 2/3/2011

I've never heard of Rattletrap before. The picture for it makes me happy.

Jul 23, 2021 - 1:45:30 PM

743 posts since 8/10/2017

Rattletrap is an awesome A tune that sounds like a car veering on a windy road.

Jul 23, 2021 - 3:14:15 PM

DougD

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10264 posts since 12/2/2007

Boxbow - That tune is sometimes called "Old Granny Rattletrap," and was recorded by Uncle Am Stuart back about 1925. More recently it was recorded by the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, which is where I think most people today learned it.
I think a "rattletrap" might refer to a T model Ford, but Diane's piece certainly captures the spirit.

Jul 24, 2021 - 4:50:32 AM

12317 posts since 9/23/2009

Those are really nice artwork, Diane! You could hang those up in frames. They'd make cool T shirts if you ever had a way to transfer them...lol.

Jul 24, 2021 - 8:46:43 AM
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Boxbow - That tune is sometimes called "Old Granny Rattletrap," and was recorded by Uncle Am Stuart back about 1925. More recently it was recorded by the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, which is where I think most people today learned it.
I think a "rattletrap" might refer to a T model Ford, but Diane's piece certainly captures the spirit.


I imagined in my head something more like the Beverly Hillbillies' car but it's not as pretty or easy to draw a car like that for a picture.

And @groundhogpeggy, I have them put on t-shirts and stuff but I didn't want to spam the forum with that. I did want to see if people thought my art was interesting, though.

Jul 24, 2021 - 8:54:25 AM
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DougD

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10264 posts since 12/2/2007

I checked and rattletrap just means something old and rickety, especially a car. I think that Beverly Hillbillies one was created specially for the TV show, but I think I read it was based on an Oldsmobile truck.
Your artwork would be good on stickers for instrument cases.

Jul 24, 2021 - 10:32:40 AM
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My Granny would've worn a pair of red Chucks. They'd ask, Granny does your dog bite? She'd say, no chile no. smiley

Fantabulous Diane!

Edited by - farmerjones on 07/24/2021 10:33:44

Jul 24, 2021 - 2:46:04 PM

743 posts since 8/10/2017

I'm printing up a bunch of stickers to either sell when I play at the Pioneer Museum or to give to my friends. I can't stop drawing these. I've drawn too many!

Jul 24, 2021 - 4:19:22 PM

12317 posts since 9/23/2009

I’ve heard lots of people just refer to whatever car they drove as their rattletrap. Either that or just call it a machine. How long does it take to create those drawings, Diane?

Jul 24, 2021 - 6:54:44 PM
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At first I would spend a few hours each day for a few days. Now I can make one in a few hours in one day.

Here's one I made yesterday evening:


Here's one I made this morning. For this one I actually took the original picture of the donkey that I traced and colored in.

Jul 24, 2021 - 7:58 PM

12317 posts since 9/23/2009

Cool. Those look great! Well I wondered about the time...there's a program that looks sorta like that on the ipad...can't remember what it's called now because I'm on the chromebook...but my grandson just passed me down his old ipad and showed me that...whew...I tried something on it and it took a LOT of time and patience! Mine didn't look so hot when I got done either...lol.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 07/24/2021 19:58:36

Jul 24, 2021 - 9:16:37 PM

1854 posts since 12/11/2008

Love 'em!

Jul 25, 2021 - 2:25:01 AM
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DougD

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10264 posts since 12/2/2007

Peggy, as it happens I recently downliaded GIMP, which is open source freeware. Its kind of the Audacity for images. I was looking for a photo organizer/editor because both my desktop and laptop that had Photoshop Elements have died and I can't find the disks. If it has an organizer I haven't found it, but the editing looks OK. I didn't realize it was also a drawing/illustration program the way Diane is using it, but you can easily try it out since its free.

Jul 25, 2021 - 6:03:18 AM

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Yeah, Gimp does a lot of what Photoshop does, but it does a lot of it in a weird, non-intuitive and completely frustrating way. But I finally figured it out.

Jul 25, 2021 - 6:31:34 AM
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DougD

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10264 posts since 12/2/2007

I think programs like Photoshop become standards for professionals not just for what they can do but for how quick and smooth the workflow can be. Same for audio editors - I've used Sound Forge for many years but can't install it because I can't find the manual with the serial number. I've looked at freeware, and a program calked Ocenaudio is quite good, but klutzy in comparison. Looks like I'll be buying Sound Forge Audio Studio.
I don't think GIMP has an organizer, so I'll probably try another one today.
Diane, I'm glad to see you've found an additional satisfying pastime. For awhile it seemed like playing the violin was about to drive you crazy!

Jul 25, 2021 - 10:29:09 AM
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I think playing the VIOLIN would drive anybody crazy. It certainly still drives me crazy but I've learned a lot, especially about playing in tune and finding my way to the right spot with my fingers more easily. People at the jam compliment me sometimes. Can't say my bowing is as much improved much though. I think I'm about ready to switch to Irish trad lessons. Of course every time I think that, I learn something new and worthwhile from the violin.

Jul 25, 2021 - 6:42:13 PM

12317 posts since 9/23/2009

Yes, playing the fiddle will drive anybody crazy...every fiddler needs a hobby...lol.

Aug 5, 2021 - 6:50:32 PM

2551 posts since 10/6/2008

I signed in just so I could tell you how much I love these. “Mississippi Snack Boat” is hilarious! 

Edited by - Cyndy on 08/05/2021 18:51:14

Aug 5, 2021 - 7:30:36 PM

2551 posts since 10/6/2008

Photoshop Elements 2020 has an organizer, but I don’t use it. (Although I should!)

Have any of you tried Procreate? I have it on my phone and on an iPad and I love drawing with it.

Aug 6, 2021 - 12:40:54 PM
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boxbow

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2672 posts since 2/3/2011

It just occurred to me that if you just changed the spelling from "snag" to "snaq" it could be your choice of either and none the wiser.

Aug 31, 2021 - 8:08:55 AM

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Ohh! Amazing arts

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