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If you are forwarded from www.majortommy.com , you came to the right place!
Welcome! :)

This will be my place-holder, until I actually finish developing my personal web page.
Someday...

This is a collection of some of the art,  photographs, & other little creative things I have done in the past. I have been neglecting this page for a while. But I should be more active on it again soon, as I have recently taken up leathercrafting as a hobby, as I have always wanted to!

If you would like to browse, please click on the "Gallery" tab above, or the "Browse Gallery" button under the pictures to the left.

Thanks for looking! 


LOOKING FOR THE DJ SITE?
If you arrived here looking for the DJ Major Tommy's web page, I am not he, and I don't know where his new domain currently is. If you are he, feel free to leave a comment here, with a link!

Please note that I was the first to own the www.majortommy.com domain, and I owned it for several years. When I accidentally let the domain expire, the DJ was able to take it over for a few years. And when he let it expire, I was lucky enough to acquire it back.

No disrespect is intended to you, fellow Major Tommy or to your followers. I wish you great luck with your musical career!
ROCK ON!!  :headbang:
Ten years of Major Tommy on deviantART!  

Yay! I <3 you guys! ;)

Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 30, 2013, 5:03 PM


Last journal entry was almost a year old, even though I check in a few times a week.
So I just thought I'd say "Hi!".

Hi! 

[OK, this turned out to be a long one...] ;)

Muse...
Well, pretty much ever since I got on facebook a few years ago, my favorite social/art site (dA, of course!) has taken a back seat. I stop in on dA pretty regularly, generally about 3-4 times a week, but I really am not so involved anymore. I want that to change! I am reasonably established here, and would like to keep it that way. (Plus, I now have a 2 year subscription. Yay!)

I've noticed that even though I post pictures regularly on fb, I rarely post them here. Perhaps a few occasional concert pix, but that's about it. This is partly because I used to think that Photography wasn't really my form of art. I felt I just wasn't a photographer. Well, with my last two digital cameras, that seems to be changing. I spend a lot more time on photography they any other art form, these days. And I'm loving doing it!  

In fact, for my first year or two on dA, I didn't even have a digital camera, I only used a scanner, or borrowed a digital for jewelry pix. It was my jewelry that caused me to get (and justified getting) a digital camera. I've gotten two since, not to mention the cameras on my phones (which occasional produce an artistic picture for me), and I am becoming increasingly interested tweaking my pix in Photoshop. Plus, my new phone (HTC Evo 3D) actually has glasses-less 3D photography! I've had a LOT of fun with that.

Due in part to some difficult times in the last few years, my artistic "Muse" seems to have left me... I closed my Etsy shop about 2 years ago (my ArtFire shop IS still open, if you need something, but I don't really focus on it right now). Also, earlier this spring I had a minor(hopefully) injury to my primary wrist, that can sometimes cause my quite a bit of pain when I crochet, write, or make jewelry. (Typing and Photoshop doesn't generally seem to bother it, thankfully!!) I have been making so little jewelry, crochet, crafts, or window painting over the last 2 years, that I had pretty much considered my muse as already gone.

Then, very recently, I realized that even though I don't make stuff anymore, I have still been enjoying my photography and Photoshop! So I guess my muse hasn't really left, but just moved into the lot next door... ;)

Don't get me wrong, I still hope to get back into making crafts n stuffs. I really like crochet, it's very relaxing, and I feel I made some creative gifts!

When I started making jewelry, I really thought of it as gifts, and "not for making money". But that quickly happened, anyway. Not long after it did, it became work. And with things like large pieces, special orders, etc..., it became tedious work at times. The skyrocketing cost of gold and silver supplies (3-4 times the cost per ounce, in the last few years alone!) was one more nail in the box. The cost that it would take to replenish supplies was so high, that I refused to sell my items at prices that the average person could not afford.  I don't make my items for the upper middle class (who are welcome to them!), but instead I want my jewelry to be made for everyone, and still be up to my quality standards.

Balance...
So, what I need to do, going forward, is to find balance. Yes, I CAN be artistic, and enjoy it, and still make money at it! I just need to figure it out.

I have had many thoughts on this. Making jewelry required making every single piece, and materials, too. Not good for time or cost overhead. Then, I considered making tutorials, giving away the more basic, and selling PDFs of the more complex ones. Possibly even a book or magazine of my designs, sometime in the future. I could make the original tutorial, and sell copies of it, which would be much more cost and time effective. But, for some reason, that  never really got off the ground. I have pictures for two tutorials/lessons, that I shot about 2-3 years ago, and have never put into working order. Maybe I will someday, maybe I won't. Hopefully I will, as I once promised someone here that she would get the first copy of the first one, to test for me. I intend to keep that promise!  

So... Prints!
Another thought that I'd had was to do prints. But looking through my gallery, I feel there is very little there, artistically, worth selling as prints. I'd love to learn to do digital art, but I am very armature at it, having never taken any art course more then the basics. And although I was once pretty good at reproducing a large drawing from a small photo, I knew nothing of figure or facial drawing. If I didn't have a picture of it, I usually couldn't draw it. (Still true to this day, with my occasional window painting.)

Over the last 6 months I have been getting a LOT of comments on my facebook page about the quality of my photography. I have begun to accept that I might have some skill there, too. As I already mentioned, most of those pictures have not been posted to deviantART. But I am hoping that will change, starting immediately.

Unfortunately (since I never intended to print or sell them), the files for the pictures that I'd saved for facebook posting were saved at too small resolution for print purposes. Some were, but not most. And I didn't save as .psd either. They will be fine for posting to my gallery, here, but I'll have to re-do many of them for prints.

Also, I need to learn the optimal file sizes, resolutions, aspect ratios, and file types to make my prints quality enough for dA sales. I need to create a digital signature, learn about watermarks, and copyrights, too.

I've only ever received a single print from dA, and I love it, but the aspect ratio was wrong for the print size, so the bottom of the print was trimmed off, to fit on the paper, the balance was off from the artist's original. Consequently, half of the artist's signature was cut off! To me that is unacceptable. I'm not overly concerned about that particular print (which is otherwise beautiful), as matting can hide the signature, and fix the balance somewhat. I never did try to find out if that was the fault of dA or the artist, and I have no intention to do so, in this particular case. That was from about 3 years ago, so things might be different on dA prints now, but I want to make sure that never happens with my prints!

SOOOO...

If you have read this far, you probably have some interest in my work! ;)
That said, I would like to ask that you take a few more minutes, and take a look through my gallery. If you see something there that looks like something you might buy as a print (even if it needs some kind of adjustment), please me me know here!! And, going forward, if you would please let me know which you would like to see as prints (out of my future deviations), I would love that! :heart:
And feel free to critique ANYTHING in my gallery!!!

OK, so this journal was waaaay too long! I guess I needed to get some of that out of my system... ;)
Thank you for reading, random deviant!

Peace, Love, and Hippiness!
~MT

PS. If you DID get this far, please just leave a quick comment/check in. I am honestly curious if anyone does read these long posts all the way through.

Slacker!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 18, 2012, 4:47 PM
MajorTommy's Etsy Site
:#1: My ArtFire Store!

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Wow.
I just submitted a photo, and then looked at the last deviation that I submitted. I can't believe it's been almost two years since I my last submission!

I feel like such a slacker... :relax:

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A special Thank You! to mynti for the use of your Death by Marshmallows CSS Template!
You can find her templates here mynti.deviantart.com/journal/1…
  • Listening to: My brother's radio show, on wfit.org
  • Reading: Between books right now
  • Watching: Eureka, ST: Voyager, Wharehouse 13, and Dr. Who
  • Playing: Not much these days...
  • Eating: gots the munchees. gotta do something about that..
  • Drinking: In about 2 hrs...

Still here...

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 22, 2012, 3:25 PM
MajorTommy's Etsy Site
:#1: My ArtFire Store!

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Even though I check in a couple times a week, I just realized that I haven't updated my art or journal in a very long time.
Not much to update, artistically, but I'm hoping to "open up" again very soon. :)

I have had a very unusual last year and a half, mostly because I've known more people who have passed away in that time (eleven), then in my entire life before. The first was my sister-in-law, who I was very close to. That shook me up for many moths. Also a couple ex-coworkers, and one newly hired coworker passed. And two of our board of directors (I was on the board, at one time), too.
The last was my father, who passed away last week. We had a nice service for him, complete with a retired Marine Corps honor guard, who played Taps on the bugle, and presented my step-mother with an American Flag. It was very moving, especially since I am an Air Force veteran, and I had only ever seen one funeral before (when I was active), which included a military Honor Guard.

I just noticed a few things about my account... I am just about to hit 30k views!
Whoot! :boogie:

Also, my most popular deviation, "Sleep Childe... Dream Catcher", has hit 15,000 views and 1,000 faves! Thank you all!

Sleep Childe... A Catcher of Dreams by MajorTommy

During my visit to Dad's house, after his funeral this week, I noticed that he had one of the dream catchers that I made many years ago. Next time that I am there, I will have to get a picture of it, to post here.

Other then that, I don't really have much more in the way of news. I really do hope this year will see a re-birth of my artistic spark. Stay tuned, as I have the feeling it will.
And the sooner, the better!

Peace & Love, Happiness & Hugs!
MT

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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless

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A special Thank You! to mynti for the use of your Death by Marshmallows CSS Template!
You can find her templates here mynti.deviantart.com/journal/1…
  • Listening to: Some classic rock station on my new Android phone!
  • Reading: Percy Jackson. Just &quot;The Last Olympian&quot;
  • Watching: Pushing Daisies
  • Playing: &quot;Words For Friends&quot;. Guess my username?
  • Eating: Need to eat something...
  • Drinking: That was last night, gotta work tonight. :(

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2...

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 15, 2011, 1:33 AM
MajorTommy's Etsy Site
:#1: My ArtFire Store!

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The ending was PERFECT!
I would not have changed a single thing. It may very well be the best movie of the year...

Go see it this weekend, as Warner Brothers and JK Rowling deserve a record breaker for this film!

If you liked the franchise at all, you will not be disappointed!

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
:clap: :clap: :clap::wave: :clap:
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless

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A special Thank You! to mynti for the use of your Death by Marshmallows CSS Template!
You can find her templates here mynti.deviantart.com/journal/1…
  • Listening to: Some classic rock station on my new Android phone!
  • Reading: Percy Jackson. Just &quot;The Last Olympian&quot;
  • Watching: Pushing Daisies
  • Playing: &quot;Words For Friends&quot;. Guess my username?
  • Eating: Need to eat something...
  • Drinking: That was last night, gotta work tonight. :(

Six Years Today!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 20, 2011, 2:51 PM
MajorTommy's Etsy Site
:#1: My ArtFire Store!

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Wow, I just happened to take at a glance at when my anniversary on deviatART was, and it's today!
I've really enjoyed  this site for six years now. I need to upload a BUNCH of stuff that I made or painted, and take pix of even more, but I can't say when I'll find the time.
Here's a :toast: to the next six years, dA!

Peace to all my deviant friends! :peace:
MT

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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless

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A special Thank You! to mynti for the use of your Death by Marshmallows CSS Template!
You can find her templates here mynti.deviantart.com/journal/1…
  • Listening to: Some classic rock station on my new Android phone!
  • Reading: Percy Jackson. Just &quot;The Last Olympian&quot;
  • Watching: Pushing Daisies
  • Playing: &quot;Words For Friends&quot;. Guess my username?
  • Eating: Need to eat something...
  • Drinking: That was last night, gotta work tonight. :(

Just looked at how many Deviations I have faved...

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 6, 2011, 11:41 AM
MajorTommy's Etsy Site
:#1: My Etsy Store!

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In this time I've been here, I have "faved" almost 900 deviations!
(Probably many more, too, when you consider that many people have left, and some go directly to categories, instead of my main favorites)

Here is the first one I ever faved:
Make Me Real by arphalia

Several times a year I like to glance through my faves, and pick a few, just to see how far some of those people have progressed since I first discovered them! :)

Peace!
MT

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A special Thank You! to mynti for the use of your Death by Marshmallows CSS Template!
You can find her templates here mynti.deviantart.com/journal/1…

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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless

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Some of my Clubs:
Jewelry and Shops:
:iconmetalweavers: :iconetsysellers: :iconuniquejewels-club: :iconartisancraft:
Rock clubs:
:iconpinkfloydclub08: :iconclassicrock: :iconhippies: :iconledzepp:
Some others, too...
  • Listening to: The hum of my laptop...
  • Reading: Hope of Earth - Piers Anthony (Almost done)
  • Watching: Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • Playing: No time for games...
  • Eating: Pizza! (And chili later...)
  • Drinking: That was last night, gotta work tonight. :(

New Zodiac Sign... Does our symbol change, too?

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 14, 2011, 12:45 PM
MajorTommy's Etsy Site
:#1: My Etsy Store!

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For those of you who believe the new Zodiac signs, I just noticed something...
If the reports are correct, then my zodiac symbol changes from "69" to "II"
You know, I have no idea what to make of that...

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A special Thank You! to mynti for the use of your Death by Marshmallows CSS Template!
You can find her templates here mynti.deviantart.com/journal/1…

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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless

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Some of my Clubs:
Jewelry and Shops:
:iconmetalweavers: :iconetsysellers: :iconuniquejewels-club: :iconartisancraft:
Rock clubs:
:iconpinkfloydclub08: :iconclassicrock: :iconhippies: :iconledzepp:
Some others, too...
  • Listening to: Silence (almost)
  • Reading: Hope of Earth - Piers Anthony
  • Watching: The new Doctor Who. Finally!
  • Playing: No time for games...
  • Eating: Less! :) I've lost 25 lbs! 10 lbs from my goal...
  • Drinking: Mostly water and juice

Journal Update

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 7, 2010, 12:18 PM
MajorTommy's Etsy Site
:#1: My Etsy Store!

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I just needed to update my journal...  :dohtwo: D'oh!

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A special Thank You! to mynti for the use of your Death by Marshmallows CSS Template!
You can find her templates here mynti.deviantart.com/journal/1…

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A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless

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Some of my Clubs:
Jewelry and Shops:
:iconmetalweavers: :iconetsysellers: :iconuniquejewels-club: :iconartisancraft:
Rock clubs:
:iconpinkfloydclub08: :iconclassicrock: :iconhippies: :iconledzepp:
Some others, too...
  • Listening to: Radio... The Cranberries are on right now. :)
  • Reading: Well World Series
  • Watching: Netflix!
  • Playing: Not much these days...
  • Eating: Less! :) I've lost 25 lbs! 10 lbs from my goal...
  • Drinking: Mostly water and juice

LESS THEN 100!!!

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 2, 2010, 12:52 PM


WHOOT!!! :boogie:
For the first time in over 2 years (maybe even 4!), I FINALLY got my message center down under 100 messages!

It maxed at around 4,000 to 5,000 messages. And a month ago, I had over 2,000.
Now, if I learn to respond on a daily basis, I can finally keep it down.
(The messages that I have lest are deviations, notes, and comments that I want to take more time to follow up with...)

Now... back to my regularly scheduled life... ;)

  • Listening to: Haven't decided yet...
  • Reading: The Everything Zen Book
  • Watching: Penelope
  • Playing: Beatles Rockband!
  • Eating: Scarfing everything in site, is more like it! ;)
  • Drinking: Later this evening, when I go sing Karaoke...

dA Portfolio for my mother's Dollhouse Miniatures!

Journal Entry: Mon May 31, 2010, 12:37 PM


I made an online portfolio for my mother's dollhouse miniatures. Please check out her wonderful work, and let me know what you think!

I haven't put descriptions in yet, just pictures. And, as I find older pix, I'll put them in too.

There is no faves or comments, or anything like that, it's just a simple portfolio to look through. :)
handmadebymona.daportfolio.com

If you would like to browse her Etsy store, to see what she currently has for sale, it's at:
www.handmadebymona.etsy.com

Thanks for looking!

  • Listening to: Haven't decided yet...
  • Reading: The Everything Zen Book
  • Watching: Penelope
  • Playing: Beatles Rockband!
  • Eating: Scarfing everything in site, is more like it! ;)
  • Drinking: Later this evening, when I go sing Karaoke...

25K1 :)

Journal Entry: Sun May 30, 2010, 3:23 PM


25,001  pageviews.
I know the number of pageviews really means very little, artisticaly, but thank you guys, anyway!  :D

  • Listening to: Haven't decided yet...
  • Reading: The Everything Zen Book
  • Watching: Penelope
  • Playing: Beatles Rockband!
  • Eating: Scarfing everything in site, is more like it! ;)
  • Drinking: Later this evening, when I go sing Karaoke...

LOST... no more!

Journal Entry: Sun May 23, 2010, 8:40 PM


But it was an excellent ending to an excellent series!
Great job, LOST team!
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

  • Listening to: Haven't decided yet...
  • Reading: The Everything Zen Book
  • Watching: Penelope
  • Playing: Beatles Rockband!
  • Eating: Scarfing everything in site, is more like it! ;)
  • Drinking: Later this evening, when I go sing Karaoke...

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled Llama!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 1, 2010, 3:28 PM


:llama:
Send me your Llamas! (Please!) ;)

  • Listening to: Haven't decided yet...
  • Reading: The Everything Zen Book
  • Watching: Penelope
  • Playing: Beatles Rockband!
  • Eating: Scarfing everything in site, is more like it! ;)
  • Drinking: Later this evening, when I go sing Karaoke...
Team Jacob? REALLY??
You've GOT to be kidding me! How weak...  :dohtwo: D'oh!

You know I'm TEAM SEEKER, fo' sure!  ;)
  • Listening to: Haven't decided yet...
  • Reading: The Everything Zen Book
  • Watching: Penelope
  • Playing: Beatles Rockband!
  • Eating: Scarfing everything in site, is more like it! ;)
  • Drinking: Later this evening, when I go sing Karaoke...
Today is my 5 year anniversary on deviantART! It doesn't seem like I've been on that long...
It's been a blast, and I am looking forward to many more! :boogie:

Thank you, everyone, for the fun ride!
:peace: Peace and Happiness! :D
MT
  • Listening to: Haven't decided yet...
  • Reading: The Everything Zen Book
  • Watching: Penelope
  • Playing: Beatles Rockband!
  • Eating: Scarfing everything in site, is more like it! ;)
  • Drinking: Later this evening, when I go sing Karaoke...
Hey, y'all! I just finished setting up my online portfolio! (Finally!!!)  

majortommy.daportfolio.com

It's not very professional (yet), but that's where YOU come in!
If have some time, and would like to check it out, please do. You can leave any simple comments here, but if you have a longer critique on it, or something very critical, please send me a note, instead.

There will be more added to it later, such as my sign work (when I get all my pix!), but I'm keeping it kinda simple right now. Also, I have not yet added captions to the photos, that will be my next step...

Any advice, critique, or ideas are welcome! :D

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP!
MT


Etsy stamp by reavel Paypal Stamp by artist4com
  • Listening to: Probably some KERLI in a little while.
  • Reading: The Everything Zen Book
  • Watching: Hopefully, AVATAR, in the next couple days!
  • Playing: Beatles Rockband!
  • Eating: Ya know, I am getting kinda hungry...
  • Drinking: Had a root beer. Yammy!
MMX (2010) is going to be such an awesome year! :D
  • Listening to: Christmas Music! :)
  • Reading: A Kiss Of Shadows
  • Watching: Hellboy II
  • Playing: Beatles Rockband!
  • Eating: Not much!
  • Drinking: Not much, either...