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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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Tree Illustration

January 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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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Mock Spring

January 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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 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.


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!



"Midnight" Digital Painting

January 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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.


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


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!

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CAWS Dog Drawing

December 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This is a drawing of Love, a dog I photographed for 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 She's got such a beautiful face! 


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MORE Frozen Utah

December 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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!

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