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My name is Karen MacDuff Squires.

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I am a photographer, fine artist, and graphic designer.

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Karen MacDuff




March 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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:)

Tiger 3-2018 Karen MacDuff SquiresTiger 3-2018 Karen MacDuff Squires


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Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit!

March 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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:)

Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit 3-2018 Karen MacDuff SquiresButter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit 3-2018 Karen MacDuff Squires

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Pets Are Forever Family -Drawing

March 08, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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:)

Forever_Family_March_2018 (C)Karen MacDuff Squires FRAMEForever_Family_March_2018 (C)Karen MacDuff Squires FRAME

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March 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
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!
Neila Jordan -Cartman- More_Eye_Heighlights (C) Karen MacDuff Squires MacDuff StudioNeila Jordan -Cartman- More_Eye_Heighlights (C) Karen MacDuff Squires MacDuff Studio
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. 
Wall_Print_2 (C) Karen MacDuff Squires Feb 2018 FRAMEWall_Print_2 (C) Karen MacDuff Squires Feb 2018 FRAME
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.
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Kayla -Rescued Dog

February 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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

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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.