|Stop sweep of the 3/17 Mighty WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee www.tennesseetheatre.com/ .|
|This is the magnificent 3/17 Mighty WurliTzer Balaban 2 Theatre Pipe Organ installed at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is one of only a few original installations left in the United States.|
The organ was delivered to the theatre in 1928 as part of the Publix series. In 2001, restoration by Ken Chrome of Reno, Nevada was completed. Lyn Larsen carried out the final voicing. The theatre holds a free one hour concert on the first Monday of the month at noon. For more info, click this www.tennesseetheatre.com/
|Este es el profesional de Jarca Charango de madera hecha por el Torrez Quispe hermanos de El Alto, departamento de La Paz, Bolivia, América del Sur. Tengo la suerte de tenerlo, el resultado de una amistad con mi buen amigo Larry McKiddy. Lo había enviado a Kentucky desde BoliviaMall.com . Estoy eternamente agradecido por su generosidad. Muchas gracias, hermano Larry.|
High atop a green mountain knoll, a lonely faerie looks down on the world and sees it troubled by the unrest among humans. She knows it will take strong medicine to set things right. Her powerful magic is not enough. She must summon the spirits of goodness to help her save Mankind and heal the Earth. She kneels down to pray as tears of sorrow roll down her cheeks. Even faires cry...
This artwork is a collaborative effort between two artists. My best friend, Lyvia Bruno, provided the original line art she mnade which can be found here bunnykinsnoda1982.deviantart.c… . This work stands alone without further action, but I was compelled to colour it, being some of the neatest line art I have ever seen.
I downloaded the oroginal image and opened it with Paint Shop Pro 7 as the first layer of a new file. Next, I applied colours with a paint brush and added the stars using tubes as additional layers. I then applied soft blue overhead lights. Finally, I added a buttonized frame in three stages before overlaying the signiture text before merging all the layers into the finished image you see here.
I hope to do more collaboration with Lyvia, for not only is she a wonderful artist, but also a beautiful spiritual companion, who gives me unconditional love of the most rare kind indeed. I can never thank her enough. All I can do is return that unlimited love for all time. Blessings and good karma be.
These are the most recent additions to my gallery. Feel free to take all the time you want exploring the vast collection of art which I have submitted to dA as well as the huge collection of fine work from the many fellow deviants I have encountered and added to my favourites and watch. I am thanking you in advance.
This is a small sample of the deviations which I have submitted to my Gallery. The collection includes photographs, 3D renders, traditional artwork and literature. They are classified inside folders according to subject matter or theme.
Currently, there are over 3,725 items in the Gallery. If you decide to view them all, be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time. Thanks in advance for looking, faving and commenting. Enjoy.
These are pictures taken by myself and my fellow deviant and great friend from Clearwater, Florida, the illustrious Tom Hoehn, TPO player extraordinaire. The beautiful instrument in these pictures is a magnificent black waterfall console equipped four manual theatre pipe organ built by Rudolph WurliTzer in 1931 at Tanawanda, New York. This huge organ of fourty-seven ranks is installed at the Roaring 20's Pizza & Pipes restaurant in Ellenton, Florida www.theatreorgans.com/walnuthi… .
Here we have many pictures of perhaps the finest Theatre Pipe Organ in existance, the J. Tyson Forker Memorial 4/32 Mighty WurliTzer installed at Grace Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida. It was originally installed at the Miami Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida.
Restoration and enlargement began in 1994. Designed by Allan Miller and mantained by Norman Arnold for the Manasota Theatre Organ Society www.mtos.us/ , a proud chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society www.atos.org/ , the instrument was dedicated in 2001.
A church is not complete without a massive pipe organ to thrill the congregation and bring them closer to the Makers. Here we have a hybrid classical instrument featuring a Rodgers custom four manual console, 33 ranks of pipework by Wicks, Ruffatti and Robert Morton, and 60 digital ranks by Rodgers. The organ is located at First United Methodist Church in Clearwater, Florida www.theatreorgans.com/walnuthi… .
This collection of pictures shows off the electronic organs I have had the pleasure of playing. They include classical and cinema intruments as well as synthesizers and virtual organ setups.
There is one among them I truly miss, the Mighty Conn 3/17 analogue electronic theatre organ www.theatreorgans.com/walnuthi… which was with me during my stay in California during 2007-2008.
Also featured is a very large Allen 4/89 American Heritage digital classical organ www.theatreorgans.com/walnuthi… installed at the All Faith Chapel, China Lake Naval Air and Weopons Station, Ridgecrest, California.
Here we have a random sampling of favourite artworks chosen for their artistic excellence rather than technical perfection. You can find many different styles of great art within the Favourites Gallery, arranged in folders by topic of interest, including photographs, 3D renders, traditional art and literature. Be sure to visit them all and send each artist a comment. Enjoy!
Viva Bolivia! This wonderful and diverse country in South America is home to many Andean people, aboundant life, and the Charango. It is a place of high snow covered peaks and lush steamy lowland jungle.
This collection of wonderful artwork is only a small part of the vast Favourites Gallery here at the Slow Dog's Place. Please visit the Favourites Gallery to see the entire collection in greater detail.
There are over 13,510 images in the Favourites Gallery, a little bit of something interesting and enjoyable for everyone. If you like them be sure to post a comment or give a fave to the artist.
Many styles of art are chosen from the hundreds of wonderful friends and loyal watchers here on dA, as well as works visited during random browsing sessions.
"We could prevent a lot of unnecessary hatred, strife, and war if everyone in the world could all just understand and have the courage to say, 'My religious beliefs/non-beliefs are my opinions/preferences. They will most likely never be proven/disproven in my lifetime. They may not be the same as yours, but they are no greater, nor lesser than yours.' This would remove a huge source of needless conflict from the world."
The 1,000,000 point donation drive is now open. First to donate and get things started is my fellow TPO enthusiest, David Irwin, from Ashland, Virginia, also known on dA as Passacaglia28. Thanks, Dave, for getting the ball rolling!
The Slow Dog wants to give back to dA what has been given to him, the pleasure of great art. Loyal patrons and wonderful friends who have enjoyed his art for over six years are owed many thanks. Words are not enough. He must do more.
To that end, a donation pool has been set up to collect a massive amount of dA points, to be given to various deviants as contest prizes and awards of artistic merit. One million points are to be collected before the contests begin. We are talking about major awards and prizes here.
A lofty goal. One million points. Not for my use, instead, to award all my fellow deviants so they can get subscriptions and receive their favourite deviantSTUFF. This is a long term project, so there will be no time limit. However, when the bar hits one million, the contests will begin. Here is a teaser...
Best 3D TPO Render
Best Clothed BBW Render
Best Alien Planetscape
Best Windows Desktop Wallpaper
Best Artistic Nude BBW Photo
And so on...
Prizes and rules to be announced at the start of the contests, which will accept new deviations beginning on each contest start date. Older devs will not qualify.
Thank you in advance for your generous donation. It shows that you too believe in giving back to the community what it has given you. Blessings and good karma be.
Greetings and best wishes to all fellow deviants and other visitors who come here. I am the Slow Dog, also known as Ranger Ricardo, Yellow Team Leader with the Alcoa Ridge Runners, a local Blount County group of hikers who go out on weekend hikes and camps along randomly chosen trails in the backcountry areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
I believe in helping folks find real lasting joy every chance I get using the meager talents given to me. To this end, the artwork I have made and submitted to dA is presented in topical folders within my gallery, along with the thousands of favourites collected over my decade of dA membership. With the best of regards, I thank you very much for visiting my little corner of deviantART. Everyone is always welcome here.
On these pages, you will see the grandest of mankind's musical creations up close and personal in all its glory, the King of Instruments, the Mighty Theatre Pipe Organ of the Silent Movie Age. You will also see beautiful landscapes, lovely women, and places where humans have lavished fantastic splendor upon homes, churches, and castles of all sizes. Tucked in between all this, you will find other objects of man's desire as well as the creatures who share this planet with us. Please enjoy your visit.
Who I Am and What I Do
So how would one describe me? Obviously, I am a flower child of the '60's, a mild mannered farm boy from East Tennessee who loves music and art, living by the way of the Hippy and following the teachings of Pachamama. Some would call me spiritual yet somewhat pagan, being a scientist by nature, a rather retiring and crusty old professor who holds Jessie Crawford, Uncle Albert and Madre Terra in the highest of reverent esteem.
I like music in all its forms. I am an active musician, though I officially retired from the industry years ago. Folks in the Theatre Pipe Organ world know me as the Bone Doctor. At Rocky Branch Community Center in Walland, Blount County, Tennessee, I am known as Guru. Every Friday night, one can find me playing mountain music with those whom I grew up with, fellow students, close friends, cousins and family.
I am a man who enjoys nature with a passion. Hiking and camping in the remote backcountry are the ultimate forms of rest and recreation for me among a few close friends. It is what I do on most weekends these days.
The Country Gentleman
I an outgoing in public. However, I am a gentlemen with the ladies. To me, women are the artwork created by the Makers. They come in all sizes, shapes and colours, and they are all beautiful, each in their own wonderful way.
Women deserve to be treated with kindness, respect, adoration and equality as humans, for they are better equipped to handle stressful scenerios, and as an added bonus, appreciate art in ways men cannot.
Of Hobbies and Passtimes
When I am not building computers or making music, I can be found outside doing the greenskeeping, gardening, riding my bike, or observing the sky and woodlands during hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
I enjoy scale model construction, bowling, rollerskating and swimming. Diving from high places is a real thrill. I also enjoy flying in small airplanes. Anything that goes fast or has lots of power is pleasure for me, because I am a thrill seeker at heart. Boys never grow up. They just get bigger toys.
Men go from being content commanding the playpen to taking over the world. I simply want to become one with Nature and have fun doing it. The trick to living happy is remembering what made you happy to begin with as a child. As I was growing up, two things thrilled me the most. Romping around in Nature and human space travel. As a middle aged man, these items still bring me great fascination and joy. And all my life, the music has never stopped playing...
East Tennessee is a unique place. To be found here are some of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth, where virgin undisturbed woodlands still grow. Folks who live here hold this magical land in such high reverance that a large area of wilderness, encompassing over 800 square miles in Tennessee and North Carolina, has been set aside as a nature preserve known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Over a half million acres of mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and streams combine with diverse wildlife, hardwood and evergreen forests to greet over nine million visitors per year. It is the most visited National Park in the United States, straddling the Tennessee/North Carolina border along the Appalachian Trail. I enjoy being outdoors and hiking in this wonderful place enough to have a strong desire to lend a helping hand to the land I call home.
The Smoky Mountains National Park has no admittence fee. Keeping it attractive for visitors while making sure that Nature stays in balance requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Many opportunities await folks who come here, not only to have fun and get away from it all, but also, to learn about the park and take part in the stewardship of this national treasure.
There are three ways to get involved if you share my passion for the wilderness. Obtain a job as a Park Ranger. Join the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Become a member of the Volunteers in Parks program. You can help us make a difference. We can save the wilderness for those who follow in the years to come. Click on a logo above to get started on your journey.
There are two kinds of personnel working within the staff of the National Park Service. There are the real Park Rangers, proudly wearing their trademark campaign hats, appointed federal lawgivers who get paid to work for the Department of the Interior. These hard working men and woman carry guns and proudly wear the arrowhead patch on their left shirt sleeve and a badge above their left shirt pocket. Without these legendary American Icons, the park would not exist. We all owe the Park Rangers a great debt of gratitude. The Park Rangers are the true heroes of the wilderness.
Then, there are the many people who work tirelessly without pay right beside the Park Rangers. They do not carry guns but they do wear a Ranger uniform with the Volunteer patch on the left shirt sleeve. These enthusiastic and dedicated workers are part of the official park staff. Their reward is knowing the National Parks will be around for future generations to enjoy. As a dedicated park advocate, I am working toward enrolling in the service of the Volunteers in Parks. My intentions are to adopt a backcountry hiking trail with primative campsites to care for.
During the everyday responsibilities of working in the Smokies, the Park Rangers depend on the Volunteers, forming a great team of enthusiastic folks with an unlimited passion for sharing the love of Nature and preserving it for everyone to experience in the years to come. Hard work is always a prelude to more fun than you ever thought possible. We have a lot of work to do in these mountains, and we have a bunch of fun doing it. Join us and live the adventure.
Deviants like BrigetteMora, Lissaburd and oibyrd are constantly featuring their fellow deviants, whether supporting their causes, pimping their contests, or featuring thumbs of their devs. Others like DarthSammo and DarkOmen713 have helped fellow deviants suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. timfiredog helped a friend with the relocation of her mother after a house fire. shaynoggle is a breast cancer survivor, a promoter of breast cancer awareness (pimping contests and events through her art) and a generally amazing deviant. Friends like cdmalcolm, JIMCAREYPHOTOGRAPHY and JunkbyJen have been with her all the way, supporting and encouraging her to display her Cancer series. All of these heroes daily assist their fellow deviants, and deserve some community love.
~ Be kind to your fellow deviants.
~ Never post destructive comments.
~ Do not claim my art as your own.
~ If you use my art as stock, link and credit.
~ You do not need permission to use my art.
~ You do not have permission to steal my art.
~ If you view an artwork and add it to your favourites,
give a comment to the artist and perhaps a llama, too!
~ If somebody gives you a llama,
give them a llama in return.
~ The first time you visit somebody's page,
show them you liked their art with a llama.
~ Trade a llama if offered a point
from somebody who wants a llama from you.
~ If somebody adds your art to their faves,
give them the gift of a llama as thanks.
Official Beta Tester
I have served as an Official Beta Tester for Google and Microsoft since 1994.
I have been a Premium Member and Official Beta Tester at DA for over nine years.
I design high end cutting edge computing solutions for the music industry.
I still own and operate older 32bit computers.
I also have some newer 64bit machines.
I support the following MS OS packages:
I work with the desktop and server varients as well as the new mobile apps.
The ISS Station by 2753Productions
NASA - Expanding mankind's mind and world since 1956
~ Aquila Charango Strings
~ Artesanía Bolivia
~ Bolivia Bella
~ Bolivia Stuff
~ Bolivia Web
~ Bolivian Handicraft
~ Charango Mall
~ Charango Nouveau
~ Charango Store
~ Cholitas Wrestling
~ Musica Andina
~ Music Box
~ Quispe Torrez Luthiers
~ slowdog on YouTube
~ Wilson Hoyle
Year of the Monkey
Zodiac - Libra
Tennessee Flag Wallpaper by ~ChickenEyes
Although I go by Ranger Ricardo here on dA, I was born Richard Elmer Mogridge of William Edwin Mogridge and Mary Naomi Perkins in Maryville, Tennessee on October 21st, 1956. I grew up in Townsend, Tennessee on the farm known all over Blount County as Fallbranch Hollow. I am primarily of Scottish descent, though the 1/8 Cherokee blood in my veins from my Dad's side of the family dominates my genetics.
The land I grew up in, which is mostly wooded, was originally purchased in 1930 for 10,000 dollars by my grandparents on my father's side, William Frederick Mogridge and Mary Alice Walker, who had relocated there from their previous home in Zainsville, Ohio where my father was born in 1923. Most of my people are from New York.
The beautiful farm is famous for a spring fed waterfall located at the north end of the property where a limestone cliff of 115 feet in height separates the mountains above from the valley below. It is lush woodland that looks like a fantasy scene straight out of a Walt Disney movie.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only three miles east of the farm, now owned by Romulus Myers, Attorney At Law, who purchased the 40 acre tract from the family in 1976 for 100,000 dollars. Today, it is worth over a million.