MacDuff Studio: Blog en-us (C) MacDuff Studio (MacDuff Studio) Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:12:00 GMT Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:12:00 GMT MacDuff Studio: Blog 96 120 Betty Betty_Aug_4th_2018 FRAMEBetty_Aug_4th_2018 FRAME

I had fun drawing Betty. I loved not sticking with "dog" colors and just having fun with a summer theme.


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Karen MacDuff Squires

]]> (MacDuff Studio) dog Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:12:26 GMT
Sterling The Bird Dog This is Sterling.

He loves to fly! We have to watch him carefully because he tries to fly off the couch and the bed. He's so happy and full of energy!

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Here he is as a bird dog. I think that's what he is in his mind:)

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Karen MacDuff Squires



]]> (MacDuff Studio) Sterling The Flying Dog Thu, 26 Jul 2018 23:55:33 GMT
Yeah! It's Dusting!
Snow in Scotland was a slight dusting compared to other areas on the planet. But when it dusted we were really happy and just had to go out and play.
One time I remember in particular it was completely dark outside. It was a full moon though so there was that ethereal quality to the world.
We didn't have gloves at all. I don't remember if it was because we were too broke, or because it wasn't that cold very often. Either way, we had no gloves. My mother came up with a plan though. She used to save bread bags for other uses. That day the use was waterproofing over the three pairs of socks she put on each of our hands to keep our little fingers warm.
We did have wellies though -waterproof boots- no one in Scotland didn't own a pair of those. It may not dust often but it rained like it was monsoon season most of the time. (That's my childhood take on it anyway. It might have rained a lot less than I remember)
After we donned socks, bread bags, hand-knitted cardigans, and wellies, we headed out into the magic for a walk in the dust for a few hours. It's one of those times that will stay with me forever.
What is one of your childhood memories? Leave me a comment and let me know:)
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Karen MacDuff Squires
]]> (MacDuff Studio) Yeah! It's Dusting! Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:28:36 GMT
Mr. MacDuff Sits Under A Tree Mr. MacDuff has joined our family. We rescued him from an antique shop where a group of snotty-nosed kids were playing toss-the-bear with him. He was terribly grateful. He gave the kids a scolding as I carried him off to my car.

We had a fun chat when we got home and it appears he loves to get his portrait made, and since I love to make portraits, we decided to team up and get some work done.

After he had a nap, Mr. MacDuff took off outside to check out the backyard. He sat right down in the bright sunlight. It really was hot! It made his nose ouchy so I showed him how to hide under the shade of a tree. He felt much better under the tree.

We got him cozy by the trunk of the tree. He particularly loved the white rocks. He insisted on laying his hand on one.

Before I pressed the shutter on the camera I made sure there were no speckles of sunlight coming through the leaves that would turn to white spots in the photo. I don't think he'd like that. He's rather self-conscious about how he looks in photographs.

Here he is! He's insisted on a print to hang up. I'd better get it ordered.

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]]> (MacDuff Studio) Mr. MacDuff Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:11:03 GMT
Baby Coo The little girl is walking her baby "coo" -British slang for cow- down toward the church. She loves her baby coo and feels he should go with her to service. He's fine with the idea, of course, because he wants to be wherever his girl is.

Two kids, innocent, sweet, playful, staying by each other's sides.

The way it should be.


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Karen MacDuff Squires


]]> (MacDuff Studio) Baby Coo" drawing Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:14:53 GMT
The Wait The Wait can mean nine months of pregnancy.

For me, the first Wait was 16 years.

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I was late for my cycle and was hoping again that I might have conceived, but I knew that I hadn't. I'd hoped for 16 years!

I was feeling nauseated and it was increasing by the day. Sore chest. Tired. But I figured I had the flu.

For about a week I got sicker and sicker. Then one day at work I started needing the loo every 30 minutes. Oh great! I've also got a bladder infection! But then I remembered my mother had an over-active bladder early in her pregnancies. In fact it was her first sign that she was pregnant.

That day at work I decided it was time to get tested. I went to the local hospital where they ran free pregnancy tests. I was taken back and given a cup to urinate in. I handed the sample to the nurse and was lead back to the waiting room. I sat and waited for my news.

My thoughts were all over the place! I bet I'm really pregnant this time! I'm nauseated and getting worse by the day! Running to pee! No cycle! It MUST BE!

Then reality set it. No WAY is this happening to ME! It's been too long to turn up pregnant now! Sixteen years....!

I saw the nurse walking toward me with a smile on her face. She simply handed me the paper with a box check POSITIVE on it! I very calmly said thank you, took the paper and headed toward the door to the hall. Two steps out the door and I had tears in my eyes. Another few steps and I was waiting at the elevator with more tears.  Two floors lower and I had tears running down my cheeks and was beginning to gasp like a child who'd lost their cookie. The elevator doors opened and I stepped out and was walking down the hall toward the door to the parking lot. People who were walking toward me stopped and looked at me as I was now crying buckets, gasping, and trying unsuccessfully to get control of myself.

I made it to my car and climbed in. As I sat there continuing to cry, I all of a sudden realized that I actually had a baby growing inside me at that exact moment! I put my hand gently on my abdomen and said ."Hi baby! Hi"

Then my next "The Wait" began. It was a glorious time! Perfect! I loved my belly as it grew. The kicks. Hearing the heartbeat.

Our son was born right on time. He's 21 years old now and still bringing us complete joy!

The drawing isn't a representation of me. It's every woman.

Children are the purpose of my life. I'm sure many other women agree, and men too of course.

I adopted a son as well and his story is beautiful as well. I'll draw that one day.

Drop me a comment if you'd like to!

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Karen MacDuff Squires




]]> (MacDuff Studio) Infertility Pregnancy Fri, 06 Jul 2018 02:10:05 GMT

A loving couple stands by the shore.

Are they watching a grown child leave to seek their adventure?

Are they waiting for a loved one to return?

Are they simply enjoying a moment together by the water’s edge?

No matter what they are doing, they love each other and are doing it together.

They are bonded.

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I drew this because they are watching their youngest child move away. My youngest is 13 years old and I am certainly feeling a sense of urgency to fit as much into the next few years as possible with her.  My job has been a mother for the last 35 years and I'm feeling I may be completely lost when they are all grown up.

Anyone else feeling that too?

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Karen MacDuff Squires

]]> (MacDuff Studio) couple by the shoreline drawing Fri, 29 Jun 2018 23:52:47 GMT
Summer Evening Why can't I make drawings play music? I love listening to Celtic music, and I love looking at this drawing while a soft, slow, almost haunting Celtic piece is playing. Hm. I bet I can make a gallery here on the website play Celtic music while doing a slideshow. I'll have to make more drawings and set that up.


I love the black because it reminds me of heating our home with coal. It seems that everything was dusty and black, even the sky. It kept us warm though and I'll take dirty and black over being cold any day. I love yellow because it reminds me of warmth and I feel it brings life and happiness into the drawing and it's no longer dreary. What do you think?

Got to add some cool celtic text.

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Karen MacDuff Squires


]]> (MacDuff Studio) Folk Art Thu, 28 Jun 2018 22:11:32 GMT
Willard Bay, Utah The kids and I headed to Willard Bay, Utah last Sunday. We hadn't been there before. We figured we'd check it out this time and then head back with suits and water toys the next time.

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It sure is a beautiful place. It's as close to a beach as we're going to get in the middle of the desert, although the Great Salt Lake is pretty amazing and we love to head there too. (I blurred all the faces for privacy)

Here are some photos I made of my kiddos while were there. It's hard to believe my oldest is 34!

This is Alex Joay.

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This is Keaton. He's 21.

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And this is Izobel. She's 13.

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This is a path that leads from the beach to the camping grounds. It's very pretty!

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We left a couple of hours later. It was pretty hot there and we were not in the water cooling off. We'll be heading back there soon though:)

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Karen MacDuff Squires


]]> (MacDuff Studio) Photos Willard Bay Wed, 27 Jun 2018 03:34:45 GMT
The Walk This is a park in Thornton, Kingdom of Fife, Scotland. It's the tiny village where I was born. The current population is 2020 people.  I can imagine it wasn't any more populated when I was born in 1962.

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I was born in my grandmother's bed.  My mother was born in the same home in the same bed. 

The drawing is my older sister and I running through the park. I bet we're heading home to have some haggis and chips. I bet we'll have some trifle for dessert. Delicious!

Life goes way too fast! Take photos, make videos, draw memories!

Have a great day!

Karen MacDuff Squires


]]> (MacDuff Studio) Drawing sisters Tue, 26 Jun 2018 01:41:49 GMT
Mother And Child On a Windy Day I've been in love with simple crofts for years! I'm sure I could live in one, maybe-:) Dirt floors mean no vacuuming! That's a huge plus! There are more than just a few no's that I'd struggle living with though. Hm. I'm happy I was born in more modern times. 

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I drew "Mother And Child On a Windy Day" this morning while everyone was asleep...except for our five dogs. They are up and ready to go the second I wake up...the very second...or 7:00 am, whichever comes first. So I had five snuggle buddies with me. The more the merrier, and the more the hairier. (NEVER buy a velvet couch when you have pets. You'll be purchasing those sticky roller things to get rid of hair by the truck load) They're sure worth it though, the pets, not the rollers...although they are needed too:)


I hear cats are the same way...waking you up early that is. Our cats play in the rest of the house all night so they are not in the bedroom to wake me up.

I love mother-child images. The bond is certainly among the most powerful there are. Stephen King, King of Horror, said in a book he wrote, "There is no bitch alive like a mother in fear for her child." Except that I just went and checked I had the quote correct and apparently it's, "There's no bitch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids." I like my version better, Stephen. (WINK) I love Stephan King though. He's brilliant!

Okay, I'd better get back to the laundry, then onto mowing the lawn.

Have a great day!

Karen MacDuff Squires


]]> (MacDuff Studio) drawing Mother And Child Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:58:40 GMT
Sunday Morning I came across an artist named Markey Robinson a few days ago. I fell in love with his paintings! 

Based on his style, I made this drawing today.

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I love the simplicity in his work. He was from Ireland, close to my homeland of Scotland.

This painting -below- is by Markey Robinson.

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So unique and full of emotion! It really grabs my heart:)

Off to have dinner with the fam:)

Karen MacDuff Squires

]]> (MacDuff Studio) Markey Robinson Sat, 23 Jun 2018 03:33:35 GMT
Simple Life #1 -Drawing I lead a simple life in Scotland as a child.

We didn't have a tv.

When I was a toddler we had an outhouse.

We played outside as often and as long as possible.

Food was simple.

We heated our homes with a coal fireplace so it was cold most of the time. We went to bed when the sun went down to conserve fuel. We froze all night. We had to start a fire every morning and it took most of the day to heat up the one room that was warm in the house.

We wore uniforms to school. We got wacked with a ruler if we spoke in class.

Our parents wacked us if we stepped out of line. 

Life was hard, but life was simple.

I tend to like simple art. Sort of folk-arty.

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Simple colors. Simple character. Simple life.

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Karen MacDuff Squires

]]> (MacDuff Studio) drawing girl Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:17:20 GMT
"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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Karen MacDuff Squires


]]> (MacDuff Studio) drawing female Wed, 06 Jun 2018 23:27:29 GMT
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.








]]> (MacDuff Studio) art bubble gum drawing Mon, 04 Jun 2018 00:37:45 GMT
"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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Karen MacDuff Squires

]]> (MacDuff Studio) drawing eye me over watching Tue, 29 May 2018 02:26:48 GMT
"Traffic Jam" Markers and Caran D'ache 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

]]> (MacDuff Studio) caran d'ache pastels drawing markers Mon, 21 May 2018 00:34:42 GMT
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

]]> (MacDuff Studio) photography plants tree Mon, 14 May 2018 04:07:45 GMT
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  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)


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]]> (MacDuff Studio) drawing duckling Fri, 04 May 2018 02:12:52 GMT
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

]]> (MacDuff Studio) beach dog photography the great salt lake Wed, 02 May 2018 18:21:15 GMT