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eCard of the Week – Happy Mardi Gras postcard!

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Whether you prefer Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras – it’s a day to celebrate with good friends and good food! We thought this festive Mardi Gras postcard would be perfect as our eCard of the week to help you get in the Mardi Gras spirit. This postcard was designed by Blue Mountain artist Terry Flores, and captures the magical essence of this celebratory holiday! This postcard is great to post on a friend’s facebook wall, or even post it on your own to wish all your friends a Happy Mardi Gras.

Know someone with a birthday around Mardi Gras? In addition to this postcard, send them a fun Birthday eCard for double the celebration! No matter if you’re looking for Talking eCards, fun Postcards or Holiday eCardsBlue Mountain is sure to help you stay connected and celebrate!

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eCard of the week – Rain or Shine

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Our pick for eCard of the week this week is Rain or Shine. This pretty eCard is a perfect send for someone you’re thinking about. Friends and family are always there for us – through the good and the bad, and especially in the in between. This eCard is a great representation of that. Blue Mountain artist Drew King beautifully designed this card with a sweet sentiment in mind.

From just-because eCards and friendship eCards, to talking eCards and birthday eCards - Blue Mountain is here to help keep you connected to everyone you love and care about!

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eCard of the Week – Just Tweet

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Our pick for the eCard of the Week this week is a simple postcard designed by best-selling designer, artist and author, Kathy Davis.  Kathy’s cards feature her signature water colors, and are a bright and cheery way to let someone know you’re thinking of them. This digital postcard features an adorable little bird and is a great pick if you just want to say hi to a friend or loved one. Postcards are a great choice to post on someone’s facebook wall or send in an email. As always, Blue Mountain has something for everyone – from birthday ecards and every day ecards to holiday ecards and talking ecards!

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eCard of the Week: Bewitched Birthday Song

eCard of the Week: Bewitched Birthday SongIt’s a new year and we are continuing our eCard of the Week series because we love sharing some of our favorite cards with you! Do you know someone with a January birthday coming up? Winter birthdays can be so much fun – snowy scenes and birthday cake by the fire… Bewitched Birthday Song is a perfect pick for a fun and delightful birthday wish!

 Blue Mountain artist Alison Osborn brings this magical birthday ecard to life. Be sure to check out all the birthday ecards Blue Mountain has to offer, and don’t forget to let us know what you think here and on our facebook page. Birthdays, Holidays, Just Because – Blue Mountain is here for you in the New Year with everything you need to send a little love and stay connected!

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Happy Birthday, Leonardo da Vinci!

Happy Birthday, Leonardo da Vinci!

Happy Birthday to Leonardo da Vinci, born April 15th!

He was a handsome, left-handed, vegetarian animal lover who excelled in art, anatomy, architecture, engineering, geology, hydraulics, military arts, optics and sculpture. His mystique was also captured in a book and subsequent 2003 Hollywood movie called The Da Vinci Code by author Dan Brown. Who is it? It’s Leonardo da Vinci, who was born in Vinci, Italy on April 15, 1452. Best known for his painting of the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci (which literally means “Leonardo from the town of Vinci”) was a brilliant scholar and artist.

Da Vinci was the illegitimate son of a notary and a peasant girl. Although his parents split up shortly after his birth, both remarried and eventually gave Leonardo a total of 17 half sisters and brothers! As a young boy, he had access to many scholarly texts and great writings. At age 15, his father apprenticed him to artist Andrea del Verrochio in Florence, where he showed early and rapid signs of brilliance.

Along with his artistic flair, da Vinci is revered for his technological ingenuity. Centuries ahead of his time, he conceptualized a helicopter, a tank, a calculator, and brainstormed the ideas of concentrated solar power, and outlined a rough theory of plate tectonics. His smaller inventions included an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire. In his spare time, he doodled parachutes and flying machines, and wrote lengthy scientific thoughts in personal notebooks… backwards.

It’s a shame that so few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible in the 1400s. A failure by him to publish his findings meant that his grand scope of influence on many fields of study and ingenuity is not well documented by historians.

Known best as an artist, though, da Vinci is the talent behind works such as The Last Supper (1495), two different paintings with almost identical compositions called Virgin of the Rocks, or Madonna of the Rocks (1483-1486 and 1495-1508, respectively) and The Mona Lisa (1503-1506).

Leonardo da Vinci died of natural causes on May 2, 1519. It is said that he passed away as the King of France, Francis I, held da Vinci’s head in his arms.

Leonardo da Vinci left the world with a lot to ponder, and much to smile about. But one question remains: why do you think the woman in the Mona Lisa painting was smiling? Tell us in the comments section!

For other famous birthdays, check out our famous birthdays category here in the BlueMountain blog!  Have a friend or loved one celebrating a birthday today?  Send them a birthday eCard to show you care!

http://www.mos.org/leonardo/bio.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_da_vinci

http://www.answers.com/topic/leonardo-da-vinci

http://www.leonardoda-vinci.org/biography.html

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Interview with BlueMountain.com Artist, David Sommers!

This month’s featured artist is David Sommers! David was able to share some of his busy day to answer a few questions in an interview here at Bluemountain.com:

Interview with BlueMountain.com Artist, David Sommers!

When did you first realize you are an artist?

In grade school I did a bad drawing of an eagle but when I looked at the drawings the other kids were doing, I thought “wow, I guess mine isn’t too bad”!

What is your position at Blue Mountain and what is your background as an artist?

I’m a Senior Creative Developer. Growing up in Montana I used to paint landscapes and wildlife paintings, I also painted murals on the walls of businesses.  At one point I even had a job painting decorative duck decoys at a log cabin in a very scenic mountain stream setting.  A few years later, even though I knew nothing about computers, I landed a job creating electronic greeting cards while still going to art school.  Nearly everything I’ve learned about electronic art has been on-the-job.  I still love to paint with traditional tools as well as create art with the computer in my spare time.

What inspires you to create your designs and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

Natural designs are amazing, I love to be in nature learning from masterful designs everywhere.  The layers and movement of a landscape with plants, animals and people are inspiring.  Recently I took a trip to the art museum with my family and realized all over again how the works of master artists across many cultures inspire me. I’m also inspired by the work of the artists and animators here at BMA.  When things get tough in the studio I sit under my desk and cry.  No, just kidding, I love a good challenge, it keeps things interesting and I’m thankful for the learning and growth that comes from trying to solve a difficult task.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

It would be great to still be creating art and animation with this excellent team.  I keep hoping I won’t wake up from this dream job!  I enjoy the work, the people and the atmosphere here at Blue Mountain.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?

Figure out what your passions are and then follow them.  I didn’t realize that I could make a living as an artist so I just floundered for a while until the day I got encouragement from a wonderful family that saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself and they guided me to follow my passion.  Intelligently directed passion is the key ingredient for success.  Two more important pieces of advice:  Work hard and pray for guidance.

After the interview, we saw some of David’s favorite eCard creations, including ones he created for Thanksgiving.  David was one of the creative masterminds behind’s this year’s Thanksgiving eCard headliners, “Magical Wishbone” and “Dueling Banjos.” He’s also animated such BlueMountain.com eCard favorites as “A Woman’s Heart” and “Heard it was Cake Time!”  To read more about David, and see more of his beautiful animation work, visit his page in the BlueMountain.com artist gallery.

Thanks for a great interview, David!

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