Face Masks

It had to come to this …

Having to endure the lock-down of the pandemic isn’t enough. Every day another story of some huckster trying to take advantage of the situation.

They saying goes, “when you have lemons, make lemonade”. So what is an artist to do? Hiding in the studio is not enough. So, I will join the ne’er-do-wells and offer some of my art on face masks, Yes, you read that right. Pathetic isn’t it? But for just 14 bucks you too can be elegantly and stylishly dressed when braving the cruel world out there. Each! And shipping is extra. No, not a rip-off, mind you this stylish art, not medical protection.

Oh, yes, I should tell you how to get this, most current, bit of art.

Ludwig Keck Designer Face Masks

.:. © 2020 Ludwig Keck

The Marine

“The Marine”

It was on the morning of June 14th, 2019, when I first became acquainted with the sculpture that I call here “The Marine”. The dedication of the Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument was scheduled for Saturday, June 15, the following day.

The final installations were now underway.

Sculptor Chad Fisher had arrived with his team and a truck with the seven sculptures for the monument.

The bronzes were carefully unloaded and taken to the oval with a forklift.

Here “The Marine” is being brought in with Chad walking alongside, making sure that all are handled with the utmost care.

The mounting patterns were measured to allow the pedestals to be drilled to match each sculpture.

One by one the sculptures were lifted by crane and installed, the mounting rods carefully inserted into the holes filled with epoxy.

Final touches and then the sculptured were wrapped for the ceremony on the next day.


“The Marine” (second from left) and the other sculptured now awaited the unveiling at the dedication ceremony.

Saturday, June 15, 2019 was a bright and sunny day in Peachtree Corners. The crowd gathered, there were short speeches and the bronzes were unveiled.

PC Veterans Monument Dedication

PC Veterans Monument Dedication

“The Marine” stands on a pedestal inscribed with the words, “PROUD BUT WEARY MARINE – WORLD WAR II ERA”.

My own ode to “The Marine” is available for purchase so you may proudly display an image of American strength and dedication (click the image below).

The Marine


.:. © 2019 Ludwig Keck

Photoodles – 5

Using Microsoft Office for Photoodling

The photo tools in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in Microsoft Office offer some wonderful ways of wasting time honing creativity. In this article we take a look at selecting parts of images, and layering of images.

Here is a really fast and easy photoodle. A photo of a hibiscus blossom. It is an ok photo as is, but we’ll make it into a quick work of art.

When I plan to work up areas of the same image differently, as we will do here, I insert the “picture”, click on it, press Ctrl-C then Ctrl-V and I have copied and pasted a copy of it. When an image is selected, click the Picture Tools tab to show the ribbon with all the options.

My “base image” is blurred with the  Artistic EffectGlass“, and then darkened with the Corrections tool as you can see in the illustration here.

On to the copy of the image to demonstrate Background Removal.

As soon as you click on Remove Background the app attempts to follow the instruction. For many photos that works amazingly well, as it does here. The color overlay shows what will be removed. Here it missed just a couple areas on either side of the blossom.

Use the Mark Areas to Remove tool to indicate what is to be removed. Just a little line inside the area will do. The app looks for borders and removes the marked shade with a fairly wide tolerance. Here it took just two short swipes. Click Keep Changes and the job is done.

On some photos the background remover tool has to be directed a bit more. Here is another photo, this one rather busy. Again I duplicated the image. The second one, the one where I do my selection, will need to be mover over the first one. To allow that the icon nect to the picture is used to select the “Over Text”  option as shown in the illustration here.

You can see it missed badly on this photo. There are a number of areas to keep and others to remove. With the Mark Areas to Keep and Mark Areas to Remove tools the job this accomplished in short order. As soon as you mark an area the selection is made. Keep using the tools until the desired part of the photo is selected. The parts under the color will be turned white.

Now back to the first-inserted images that will serve as the new backgrounds. For the hibiscus I selected the Glass effect as I explained above. For the old-man dancer I used Line Drawing as shown here.

Now all that is left is to drag the selected images over their backgrounds. That is straightforward. When the images align you even get the final proper positioning done and it is shown with indicator lines.

The final works of art have to be preserved with screen captures. Sorry there is no way to export the stacked pictures as an image.

Here are my masterpieces.

A bit of cropping and reprocessing into a larger image and we get this. How? That another story.


© 2018 Ludwig Keck