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My name is Karen MacDuff Squires.

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My Garden Plant

April 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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!

Plants in the garden at 2611 S Thoeau Drive Magna. April 14-2018 (3) SIG FRAMEPlants in the garden at 2611 S Thoeau Drive Magna. April 14-2018 (3) SIG FRAME

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

Just, wow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Karen MacDuff Squires

 


Poody Tat Cat

April 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/pablo_picasso_385182
It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. Pablo Picasso
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/pablo_picasso_385182
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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Dragosaur

April 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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

 

 

 

 


Neil deGrasse Tyson Quote

April 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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
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Snowy Hollow

March 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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