MacDuff Studio: Blog http://www.macduff.studio/blog en-us (C) MacDuff Studio karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:01:00 GMT Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:01:00 GMT http://www.macduff.studio/img/s/v-5/u102626047-o513583942-50.jpg MacDuff Studio: Blog http://www.macduff.studio/blog 96 120 My Garden Plant http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/4/my-garden-plant Here is a "weed" from my garden. It's a tiny, tiny thing! It's about the size of a very small pea. I used a macro lens to make this shot.

It's so delicate, so beautiful! I just can't agree that this is a "weed." I'm mesmerized by it!

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Whew! I'm blown away by this tiny plant!

Just, wow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen MacDuff Squires

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) macro micro photography plant http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/4/my-garden-plant Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:58:31 GMT
Poody Tat Cat http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/4/puddy-tat-cat Poody Tat Cat Drawing

I had planned on drawing another dragon/dinosaur when I sat down to draw two days ago, but Poody Tat Cat emerged instead. Sometimes switches just happen. In fact, they happen all the time. I think it's best -for me anyway- to just go with the flow -unless it's a commission- and see what happens. No point in fighting it.

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I decided to put Poody Tat Cat on a pillow so he could get snuggles. I can't wait for Poody to arrive in the mail!

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Photo Credit:
https://www.redbubble.com/people/macduffstudio/works/31280332-tabby-cat?asc=u&p=throw-pillow

Quote: "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."
-Pablo Picasso

I love that quote! Although I am not painting like Raphael, I sure love drawing like a child:)

Well off I head to pull weeds from the garden. I'll grab a photo of the weeds and post them tomorrow. Some of them are pretty! It's rather messed up how humans decide what are weeds are what are flowers. I just need them to not choke out the food we've planted. I do feel rotten about pulling them up though. Ugh:(

Have a great day!

Karen MacDuff Squires

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picass
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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picass
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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso
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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso
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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso
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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso
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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso
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It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso
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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) cat drawing pillow http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/4/puddy-tat-cat Sat, 14 Apr 2018 21:20:57 GMT
Dragosaur http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/4/dragosaur Drawing A Dragon!

I'm taking a digital drawing course from Udemy.com. This class: https://www.udemy.com/the-digital-painting-mega-course-beginner-to-advanced/ 

(I'm not getting any perks from sharing the class link:)

The class is $14.99 right now -as of April 11, 2018. If the price has gone up, don't worry, they have sales all the time.

Part of the class is drawing a dinosaur. I'm not sure my version looks much like a dinosaur, especially the flames, but it was fun following along with Austin, the teacher, and seeing the drawing come to life.

This is how mine turned out.

Dragosaur (Created along with Justin Batchelor From Udemy.com)Dragosaur (Created along with Justin Batchelor From Udemy.com) I was thinking after I'd added the flames that maybe flames do not come out of noses, but come out of mouths. I did a quick search and was relieved to see that flames do indeed come out of noses. I guess I'm showing my level of knowledge of scaly beasts. :) Kiyah, my 13 year old daughter, was kind enough to tell me that I could draw the creature any way I wanted to. That's great news because I plan on drawing more of these!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

 

 

 

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) dinosaur dragon dragosaur http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/4/dragosaur Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:58:37 GMT
Neil deGrasse Tyson Quote http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/4/neil-degrasse-tyson-quote I love Neil deGrasse Tyson! He's my favorite scientist! 

He's obviously got a great wealth of knowledge in that head of his. He's also very personable. He was in Salt Lake City a few years ago but I didn't find out until it was too late to get a seat. I was rather saddened by that.

I came across a quote of his just recently. It appears he and I have similar feelings about education Whether it's taking place in a brick and mortar building, or at home, kids need to be taught empathy.

Now I adore kids! I just love them, but understanding is a complicated thing. It's not just a matter of feeling bad for someone -that's sympathy, or happy for them, it's also understanding why people act the way they do, because if we can't "get" why they are behaving the way they are, sometimes in a manner that we're frustrated with, we can't empathize completely. And to complicate it even further, even when we are educated to understand behavior, we're at a loss if we don't know how to react properly and communicate in a way that helps the situation.

If I could design an education I'd start with empathy, understanding, communication skills, and how to handle emotions, ours and the emotions of others. Next is the importance of health and how to maintain it, including how to cook, eat properly and exercise. Then comes studying the arts/being creative.  Only after those "core" subjects should history, math, science, reading (reading skills being the most important) and other subjects come into play.

Here is the quote by Neil deGrasse Tyson:

"Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy."

Neil deGrasse Tyson

I decided to put it on a t-shirt along with a painting of flowers I did a few months ago. What do you think?

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-Last three photos by RedBubble.com. The t-shirt is here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/macduffstudio/works/31162046-neil-degrasse-tyson-quote?asc=u&p=womens-premium-t-shirt

I'm happy to have found another use for the flower painting besides my wall hanging:)

Be sure and leave a comment if you'd like to add to the conversation:)

Have a great day!

Karen MacDuff Squires

 

Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.' Neil deGrasse Tyson
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/neil_degrasse_tyson_615029?src=t_writing
Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.' Neil deGrasse Tyson
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/neil_degrasse_tyson_615029?src=t_writing
Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.' Neil deGrasse Tyson
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/neil_degrasse_tyson_615029?src=t_writing

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/neil_degrasse_tyson_615029?src=t_writing
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/neil_degrasse_tyson_615029?src=t_writing
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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) communication education empathy flower painting flowers neil degrasse tyson quote http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/4/neil-degrasse-tyson-quote Fri, 06 Apr 2018 01:43:20 GMT
Snowy Hollow http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/3/snowy-hollow I think I could be a female Grizzly Adams. I love being outdoor! It's like another world all together.

I'm an introvert, and getting more and more that way as I go through life. I love to grab my camera and head outside and get lost in shooting nature. Being alone is energizing for me. I love being with my family as well though. They bring me complete joy.

I was out a few weeks ago and shot this photograph. Can you imagine yourself walking through the snow, feeling the crunching of the ice under your feet, breathing in the crisp air? I can get lost looking at the wonder of the scene.

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Karen

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) nature photography winter hollow http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/3/snowy-hollow Thu, 29 Mar 2018 02:49:13 GMT
Tiger http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/3/tiger There are artists who feel secure that their art is good. They may be right, they may be wrong. 

There are artists who are insecure and feel their art is not good. They may be right, they may be wrong.

There are artists who have no idea if their art is good or not.

Art is a personal experience though, whether it's the artist looking, a critic, or the casual observer.  Even critics don't always agree on what's good. I've watched trusted critics completely disagree on the success of a piece.

So if you're the secure artist, great, keep drawing! You'll get better! If you're not good, you'll get better.

If you're the insecure artist, keep drawing, you'll get better.

I'm the artist that has no idea. So I keep drawing. I am going to get better.

It's not true that you need to be born with a gift to be a creative. It's just like any other skill. The more you practice. The more skill you acquire.

To train your brain to become more skilled takes a lot of practice. Drawing once a week will not be as effective as drawing every day.

So grab a pad and pencil, or whatever tool makes you happy, and draw:)

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

Karen

 

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) drawing tiger http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/3/tiger Sun, 25 Mar 2018 00:34:15 GMT
Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit! http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/3/well-butter-my-butt-and-call-me-a-biscuit Feeling kinda Southern?

I lived in Missouri for a couple of years. It wasn't the South by any means, but it was more South than Utah.

I remember summers in Missouri with watermelon -which I'd never seen before...maybe there aren't, or weren't any in Scotland when I lived there- and I was blown away by the size of it, and the redness inside, and the taste!

The summers felt just like they are portrayed in the movies like The Sandlot...oh wait, that was the early 60's. Close enough. Okay, The Brady Bunch... summers were just like that! Fun! Outdoors! BoomBoxes! Bongs! (Can I say that?) Fantastic music! Great times! -End of tangent.-

I think a breakfast biscuit and a red checkered table cloth will jog most memories though. Heck, it might even make some folks think of Mickey D's. Whatever works:)

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Karen

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) drawing food illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/3/well-butter-my-butt-and-call-me-a-biscuit Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:17:06 GMT
Pets Are Forever Family -Drawing http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/3/puppies-are-forever-family--drawing Puppies are adorable! I've fostered so many of them, and I loved each and every one.

It's heartbreaking to know that every single one of them, and their mothers, were dropped off at the shelter. Some of the puppies I have fostered were no more than 24 hours old. I just can't understand why people would allow their dogs to get pregnant and then drop them off at a germy, scary, building with their young. I've held puppies in my hand as they died from kennel cough that they picked up at the shelter. They were too young to fight the virus. 

Another issue is when puppies are adopted and then taken to the shelter once they reach adulthood. A decision to bring home a dog is a serious one. It means the dog needs the family for the rest of her or his life. Dogs grieve when they are abandoned. They have feelings just like we do.

Spread the word as far as you can. Families are forever, and that includes any pets that are brought home. You will be saving lives:)

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Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs

Karen

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) dog drawing puppy http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/3/puppies-are-forever-family--drawing Fri, 09 Mar 2018 01:50:00 GMT
Cartman http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/3/cartman
A friend of mine, and someone many of you know -Neila Jordan- is fighting a battle to help her dog Cartman beat cancer. She has set up a t-shirt campaign to help pay for his treatment. She is heading to Colorado State University with Cartman in two weeks and could use money from the campaign to help cover the cost of his treatment.
 
Please support Neila and Cartman and purchase a t-shirt that sports Carman's cute face! There are different t-shirt styles and colors available!
 
 
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The above drawing is for the t-shirts. They are silk-screened so we simplified it; the cost goes up fast with added colors. I love the simplicity! 
 
I continued the drawing of Cartman, below, so Neila could have his full brindle coat on a print for her wall. 
 
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Most of us know just how heartbreaking it is to loose a loved one. Please send your thoughts, prayers and  cash (buy a shirt -:) Neila and Cartman's way to help this amazing little man.
 
Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!
 
Hugs!
 
Karen

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) cartman dog drawing http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/3/cartman Sun, 04 Mar 2018 20:03:51 GMT
Kayla -Rescued Dog http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/2/kayla--rescued-dog This is Kayla. She's a rescued dog by CAWS.org.

I had her at a park with a fellow CAWS photographer. It was a really chilly morning but she didn't seem to notice. We got a lot of really cute photographs of her. I love the one I used to draw this illustration especially because of the way she's got her mouth. It's a howl look, although there was no howl.

She also looks like she's got a donut in her mouth, it's just her adorable chin though.

I think I'll put this on a t-shirt. If I do, I'll share the results.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

P.S. No French words this time. My computer is being weird and it won't let me highlight the French words to make them italics. Once I get that issue solved, back to the French.

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) caws dog illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/2/kayla--rescued-dog Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:10:55 GMT
Illustration of a Lady http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/2/illustration-of-a-lady Hello -Bonjour!

I love BIG hair! Maybe it's because I have small hair, ha:)

I love the rain -pluie, as well as the nighttime sky full of stars -étoiles, so this gal got both.

I drew her face from a photo on www.Pexels.com. Artist's name: Adina Voicu. 

I added the red in her hair to show her fiery side. She's nice, but don't push it! (Am I talking about myself? Not that I wouldn't love to be her, but I'm more of a rug trying to be fiery) I always wanted to be an art therapist. Art is a great way to say what maybe we can't say with our mouths. Maybe I'll throw her on a back female cut t-shirt and wear her attitude, lol:)

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Okay, done for now!

Thanks for stopping by -Merci d'être passé!

See you soon! -à bientôt-

Hugs!

Karen

French words displayed as writing practice. My daughter and I are learning how to speak it so when we head back to Scotland someday we will be able to speak French when we visit France, which is a hop, skip and a jump away from Scotland.

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) female illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/2/illustration-of-a-lady Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:29:43 GMT
My Dog Trinity -Illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/2/my-dog-trinity--illustration Bonjour!

Who is absolutely in LOVE -amour- with their dog -chien-, and their dog's face? I mean like a crazy, puppy dog love, excuse the pun. I love Trinity's eyes. I can stare into them for ever! They are so beautiful -beau-! I love her neck and the thick, almost chubby quality to it. I love her paws! I understand the term: Furkid!

Here she is!

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Thanks for stopping by -Merci d'être passé!

See you soon! -à bientôt-

Hugs!

Karen

French words displayed as writing practice. My daughter and I are learning how to speak it so when we head back to Scotland someday we will be able to speak French when we visit France, which is a hop, skip and a jump away from Scotland.

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) dog illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/2/my-dog-trinity--illustration Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:18:54 GMT
The Red Lady -Illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/portrait-of-a-lady--illustration Welcome -Bonjour!

When I sit down to draw I have no idea what will end up being made. I know a lot of artists have plans on what's going to be on the paper at completion. I think I'm just too hyper to pull that off.

Ah well, a surprise is always nice:)

So here is La Dame Rouge - The Red Lady.

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Thanks for stopping by -Merci d'être passé!

Hugs!

Karen

French words displayed as writing practice. My daughter and I are learning how to speak it so when we head back to Scotland someday we will be able to speak French when we visit France, which is a hop, skip and a jump away from Scotland.

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) the red lady -illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/portrait-of-a-lady--illustration Tue, 30 Jan 2018 03:06:44 GMT
Daisy Illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/daisy-illustration Hello, Boujour!

We've got a daisy illustration this time! Gotta love those simple shapes that burst into something so loved,
aimé, and adored, adoré .

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It's a balmy 37° in The Great Salt Lake Valley today, ha ha! I'll have to get my heeler, Trinity out for a walk. 
She's going hyper this winter, hiver! She hates the cold and refuses to leave the end of the driveway when it's too cold.
Maybe today we can get her farther.

 

Thanks for stopping by -Merci d'être passé!

Hugs!

Karen

French words displayed as writing practice. My daughter and I are learning how to speak it so when we head back to Scotland someday we will be able to speak French when we visit France, which is a hop, skip and a jump away from Scotland.


 

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) flower illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/daisy-illustration Sat, 27 Jan 2018 18:30:18 GMT
Floral Illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/floral-illustration Welcome! -Bienvenue- (French)

I seem to be stuck on plant life! Can I have spring fever in January?

I really love tiny little flowers -minuscules petites fleurs-. Their delicacy -délicatesse- is delightful!

I think this would look cool on a canvas bag:)

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Thanks for stopping by -Merci d'être passé!

Hugs!

Karen

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) art drawing floral flower illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/floral-illustration Fri, 26 Jan 2018 22:45:02 GMT
Tree Illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/tree-illustration
Trees are really fascinating! All those branches winding around, crossing over, different widths and lengths, fluttery leaves. They are pretty much magical! It's sure fun to try and capture it's personality!

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Karen

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) digital illustration tree http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/tree-illustration Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:21:14 GMT
Mock Spring http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/mock-spring It's been so unseasonably warm here in the The Great Salt Lake Valley! I've been loving it! I know I know...we need water for the summer. But Rain will do the same job so let's have that instead.

I made the illustration -bottom of post- at the vet's office yesterday while I was waiting for our darling Dustin to get seen by the vet. I was trying to take my mind off the fact that he is old and had started acting sick the day before. I was hoping to be told he had a cold, but we were told he has a bad liver and has prediabetes. We're so very sad. We are crazy about him! We're hoping the diagnosis is wrong -first stage of grief- and that he has some virus that affects his liver. The calicivirus can do that. He is acting better today so our hopes are up. We won't let him suffer if he's in pain or miserable though. I dread making that decision and carrying through with it. 

This is Mr. Dustin about three years ago. He was a CAWS.org cat at the time. I was taking photos of lots of cats and dogs that day with other photographers and happened to be the photographer up for taking the next cat's photos when it was Dustin's turn. Little did I know that we'd end up fostering him and falling head over heals in love. I love those happy little coincidences because I have his pre-adoption portrait.

Look at that face! He's a love ball! He's so purry and friendly! He loves his girlfriends....we also have three girl cats that he adores! He kisses their faces all the time..even the Miss Izadora, who loves to swat him. He just walks away and tries again later.

We're hoping with all our hearts that he'll be okay and we can have more time with him. He's about 17 years old but we've only had him for about 3 years. Get well baby!

UPDATE on Dustin: It's been three days since we were at the vet and he's doing much better! He had a virus, a nasty one. Probably the Calicivirus. I don't know how bad the liver test at the vet was but I'll call and find out. Hopefully it wasn't that bad and that the virus caused it and hopefully his liver will recover as the virus clears up. His runny eyes have cleared up. His pink, half-closed eyes are back to normal. He's beathing normally again. No more growling at the other cats. He's eating and drinking now. And after days of sleeping, he's now awake and getting around.  We are so incredibly happy! Euthanasia was recommended by the vet so always be careful about making quick decisions.

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Izobel, my 13 year old, drew a portrait of Dustin last night. She's not done yet but I'll post it when she is. It's her way of dealing with the sadness.

UPDATE: Here is the drawing Izobel made of Dustin. I love it! Her Instagram name is izobelsquires. She'd love to see you there!

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Here's the illustration I drew in the vet's office. Dustin was gone for a while getting tests ran, poor boy:(

There are flowers and snow. Seems to cover this winter's weather.

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Happy winter-spring-winter!

Hugs!

Karen

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) art digital drawing illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/mock-spring Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:01:01 GMT
"Midnight" Digital Painting http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/-midnight-digital-painting I disappeared for a while. Christmas time keeps us busy because we've got one child's birthday on December 31st, and another on January 2nd. Both kiddos were due on Christmas day. 

This painting seems to be rather Christmas-y, but I didn't have that in mind when I started. My only idea was to use a limited pallet of blues. I love being intrigued as the image comes together.

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I love magical images so that crept into this one. In fact it reminds me of a photo I made a couple of years ago. 

This one below: I drew in the white fluffy weeds behind the twins. I also made those floating white and orange puff balls.

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I added some magic to this one too. All those orange, purple and white fluff balls were added in during editing.

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Just looking at a few more from that same day. I must have been on some crazy person fluff ball trip!

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Off to watch the new release of Blade Runner with the fam. I love the original Blade Runner and can just about quote the whole movie....speaking of magical things. The effect in that show were, and still are amazing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen:)

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) blue digital painting magical http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/1/-midnight-digital-painting Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:28:27 GMT
CAWS Dog Drawing http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2017/12/caws-dog-drawing This is a drawing of Love, a dog I photographed for CAWS.org a few months ago. CAWS found her a new home! Yeah! That just makes my heart sing!

I made this drawing of her to use as a poster for CAWS.org. She's got such a beautiful face! 

 

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Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) caws dog drawing http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2017/12/caws-dog-drawing Sun, 17 Dec 2017 03:38:49 GMT
MORE Frozen Utah http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2017/12/more-frozen-utah It's such a cold day here in Utah! It's 1:51pm and it's still only 28 degrees fahrenheit. Brrrr...

Unfortunately I have the awesome job of being a poop scopper before the sun sets. We have five rescue dogs and they can sure make some work out there. The field behind our house, photo below, is full of cows. Lucky farmer gets to leave the cow mess to the worms, birds, the elements. Of course the cows don't head inside so they can't track it in with them. 

(I hope you're not eating)

So here are some more frozen shots.

1) Field behind my house. Can you see the cow hunkered down trying to keep warm in the field?

2) Chain link fence.

3) Blades of grass.

4) Upper part of an iron garden chair.

5) Back support on the iron garden chair

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I hope you're staying warm!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) frozen utah macro photography winter http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2017/12/more-frozen-utah Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:06:47 GMT