Category Archives: Fine Art

Love…Hate…Love!

The Arizona temperatures are cooling down. They now measure in the high 90’s F during the day and 70’s F at night. It still sounds hot, but is a definite improvement. By about the second week in October, temps will … Continue reading

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Unexpected Rewards

This past weekend we went adventuring again. My daughter, grandson and I drove from Phoenix north to Prescott to visit a park called Watson Woods. We packed a picnic lunch and expected to find a picnic table in the shade … Continue reading

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Doves of a Different Feather

When my husband and I moved to Arizona from the East Coast in 1995, I was horrified to discover the popular practice of ‘dove hunting season.’ These small, grey and gentle birds with the distinctive call are known as mourning … Continue reading

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Camouflage

A tiny spot of movement catches my eye this morning, and I spy a 2 ½ inch gecko frozen in the shade on our block wall. His tiny arms and legs are spread-eagle and his miniscule toes secure him firmly … Continue reading

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Suburban Wilderness

One evening at dusk my husband glanced out the windows onto the backyard and saw two adult coyotes loping by. As we rushed to secure our mini-dachshund inside I’m not sure I really believed they were actually coyotes. We both … Continue reading

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Saguaro Strength

On most mornings during the summer South Mountain is hazy with heat. It stands rugged against a pale blue early morning sky, its peaks bristling with desert brush and the profiles of stately saguaro cacti. The monsoons usually come at … Continue reading

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Southwest Poppies

The Arizona monsoon season can be violent, destructive and frightening. But the humungous thunderheads that push miles-high and wide walls of dust before them as they barrel across the Valley of the Sun bring much needed rain. In their wake … Continue reading

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The Chuckwalla – Daily Sketch 07/25/12

The Chuckwalla Several weeks ago I was visiting a cactus garden on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale. As I walked along the trail I took advantage of the deepest, coolest pools of shade provided by the mature mesquite tree canopies overhead. … Continue reading

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Creative Work: Daily Sketch 07/20/12

  I’ve been undercover the last few weeks, and devoting blog time to writing and illustrating my first e-book, a tutorial entitled How to Draw the American Southwest, Animals & Cacti of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert. I plan to complete a chapter a … Continue reading

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Daily Sketch 07/04/12 ‘Independence Day’

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