MacDuff Studio: Blog http://www.macduff.studio/blog en-us (C) MacDuff Studio karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) Wed, 06 Jun 2018 23:28:00 GMT Wed, 06 Jun 2018 23:28:00 GMT http://www.macduff.studio/img/s/v-5/u102626047-o513583942-50.jpg MacDuff Studio: Blog http://www.macduff.studio/blog 96 120 "Fierce" http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/6/-fierce I drew this to illustrate a woman moving ahead.

The spots behind her are urging her forward. The spots in front are supporting her as she moves into unfamiliar areas of her life.

The flowers that grow past the confines of her dress show she's not allowing expectations to hold her back.

It represents where I am in life. My children will soon all be adults. That brings me to a new place in my life: continuing on with career plans I'd had decades ago.

I can imagine I'm not alone:)

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Thanks for stopping by!

Karen MacDuff Squires

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) drawing female http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/6/-fierce Wed, 06 Jun 2018 23:27:29 GMT
Bubble Gum http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/6/bubble-gum Are you in love with color? I sure am!

I can see a fun color and my brain will light up! I start dreaming about what I can do with it.

That's what happened when I saw pink and yellow in an ad the other day. The ad was a pineapple on a pink cloth. I couldn't wait to get to the drawing board to make something. This is what I made:)

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The pink reminds me of bubble gum, the yellow reminds me of summer.

For some odd reason, I think I pretty much only chewed bubble gum in the summer! Hm. Could that possibly be true? Memories can be really odd things.

Have you ever shared a childhood memory with a sibling and they said that's not how it happened? Brains are funny.

My brain is saying right now that I need to go outside and pull weeds from the veggie garden. My body is saying no way! I'm good at counting to 5 and making myself get up and move.

So:

One

Two

Three

Four

FIVE!

Bye!

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) art bubble gum drawing http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/6/bubble-gum Mon, 04 Jun 2018 00:37:45 GMT
"Watching Over Me" http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/-watching-over-me I think everyone loves the magical, the mystical, and it probably holds different meanings, ideas, for each of us. 

When I was a child I felt that someone was watching over me. Although the "someone" didn't have a name, a face; looking back, it was my father. He'd left when I was 4 years old and didn't look back. I missed him and in my young mind I made up his presence.

I eventually found him after years of searching as an adult. Unfortunately he was dying of cancer. He was living in Canada, I in Utah. He didn't want visitors and thought he'd get better and then we could meet. I knew it wouldn't happen though. He was too sick.

He passed away three months later, but we talked a lot during those three months. I learned that we had a lot in common and it answered questions I'd always had about who I was. I'm grateful we had time together during those long phone calls.

After he passed away I felt his presence for about a year. He was hanging around and I needed that. I think he's moved on now as I don't feel him anymore. But that's okay. I still carry his love with me.

I don't hold it against him that he left. We all make mistakes. Living with pain and anger is not good for the soul and it holds us back.

I'll see him again someday. Until then, draw on dad, draw on.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Karen MacDuff Squires
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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) drawing eye me over watching http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/-watching-over-me Tue, 29 May 2018 02:26:48 GMT
"Traffic Jam" Markers and Caran D'ache Pastels http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/-traffic-jam-markers-and-caran-dache-pastels Do you feel like this in traffic? Blocks of colored metal everywhere? Things going fast?  Car noise? Great music playing? Singing as you whiz along?

I do!

Sometimes it's fun. Sometimes it's okay. Sometimes it's just rotten.

Depends on the day and my current mood.

But either way, there are blocks of colored metal everywhere. Things going fast. Car noise. Great music playing. And if you sing along, you'll feel much happier.

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Markers and Caran D'ache pastels. 18"x15"

Have a great day!

Karen MacDuff Squires

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) caran d'ache pastels drawing markers http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/-traffic-jam-markers-and-caran-dache-pastels Mon, 21 May 2018 00:34:42 GMT
Planted A New Baby Evergreen http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/planted-a-new-baby-evergreen My son and I planted a few new trees today.  I have a love for evergreen trees because they -obviously- stay green all year, and they are somehow staying alive in my yard with little help from me other than water and vitamin sticks, and that makes me happy!

I don't have a green thumb.  In fact I planted the flowers in the pot last year and I discovered them today hidden under one of the evergreens. They survived the winter! Awesome!

The new baby trees are in the middle and the left.

 

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Here is another plant that survived the winter. It's an herb that went ahead and flowered this spring. Wish I could remember what it's called. You can see I'm not a gardener, but I enjoy playing in the mud and growing things...and enjoy taking pictures of them too.

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Been a long day!

Good night!

Karen MacDuff Squires

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) photography plants tree http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/planted-a-new-baby-evergreen Mon, 14 May 2018 04:07:45 GMT
Duckling -Drawing http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/duckling--drawing
I drew this duckling for Easter and forgot to blog her.

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She reminds me of the rain yesterday. I love rain, the ocean, pools, lakes. It's obvious we came from the water a long time ago:)

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If you love to draw and would like to have your art on clothing, check out RedBubble.com.  I can't wait to get this ordered!

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I'm Quackers for this phone case! (Okay, Okay, OKAY! I went too far. Not funny, ha ha)

Too-da-loo!

Karen MacDuff Squires

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) drawing duckling http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/duckling--drawing Fri, 04 May 2018 02:12:52 GMT
Rocky At The Beach http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/rocky-at-the-beach I went with my friend Jen to The Great Salt Lake the other day. She wanted to get some photos of her fur-baby, Rocky. Rocky had never been to The Great Salt Lake before and he was just ecstatic!  He was like a duck in the water! 

Jen and I were both shooting photos like crazy capturing this guy as he ran from one spot to the next. He was moving like a lightening bolt! It was fun seeing him so excited! 

He's got a huge grin in almost all of the photographs! Here are two of them.

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See that smile? He's impossible to watch and not smile along with him.

I bet he slept for a while after he got home!

Au revoir!

Karen MacDuff Squires

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) beach dog photography the great salt lake http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/rocky-at-the-beach Wed, 02 May 2018 18:21:15 GMT
Chard -Drawing http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/chard--drawing I was in the grocery store helping my mother do her shopping yesterday when I was stopped in my tracks by the beauty of a piece of chard. For those of you that may be as clueless as I was about what chard really looks like, it has a bright red stalk and a huge green leaf. I was immediately drawn to the powerful redness, the saturated greenness, and the contrast between them.

I bought some for the sole purpose of using the colors.

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I ended up not using the green in such a saturated way...the green on the leaves was a darker green and very saturated. I went with this lighter, less saturated version instead.

I added some text to give him attitude!

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And here is Chard on a t-shirt.

Kick Rocks means -leave me alone! So if you told someone to leave you alone they look down and kick rocks as they are walking away.

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Photo copyright:
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He's called Chard...for obvious reasons:)

Au revoir!

Karen MacDuff Squires

 

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) drawing illustration vegetable http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/5/chard--drawing Wed, 02 May 2018 17:10:53 GMT
"Dream-Karakter" Illustration http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/4/-dream-karakter-illustration Some people love to plan every millimeter of their drawings before they lift the paint brush. Although there is nothing wrong with that at all, I would never draw if I had to do that. At most I get an idea from something I've done, seen, touched, tasted, in the previous few days, hours, minutes, seconds, that gives me a shape, color, feeling, squiggle, to start drawing with.

This drawing started with a squiggle that reminds me of my 21 year old son's long curly hair.

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The character (Karakter) did have a lot of pink in it originally. I decided it wasn't working though so black and white it is.

See you on the flip side!

Karen MacDuff Squires

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karen@macduff.studio (MacDuff Studio) character drawing illustration karakter http://www.macduff.studio/blog/2018/4/-dream-karakter-illustration Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:57:26 GMT
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
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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
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Neil deGrasse Tyson
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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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Thanks for stopping by!

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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Thanks for stopping by!

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.

Kayla CAWS dog Drawn Feb 2018 -Karen MacDuff Squires FRAME SIGKayla CAWS dog Drawn Feb 2018 -Karen MacDuff Squires FRAME SIG

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:)

February 7th 2018 (C) Karen MacDuff Squires FRAMEFebruary 7th 2018 (C) Karen MacDuff Squires FRAME

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