Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cienega - Empire Corridor, Southern Arizona


I've been a bit behind in posting my pictures, so sorry Norma! lol. Actually I'm in the middle of putting together a book full of my pictures, some I've posted here and some you've never seen. However the book images are a larger format, and don't have that goofy © across the middle of  the images ; )

My husband had a week "vacation" from work, plus the weekend and the holiday, plus he took one extra day... he was home for 12 days! Funny hunny.. One of those days we managed a ride. The day was clear and sunny but windy. The views gorgeous and the colors inspiring. Enjoy.

So enough chatter... lets see what my camera has captured lately, shall we?

Something tells me that with her scarred ear, I'll be able to identify this one if I ever get her in my lens again.
Something about this grass appeals to the artist in me. Is it the color?
Or maybe because it was softly dancing in the wind that caught my eye? I'll have to think about it.
I love wide open spaces, tis something I crave.
 Amazing to view Gods creation while feeling so small at the same time.
When four large ears all point in the same direction at the same time, it's a good sign you should look too.
In this case it was a couple of whitetail deer. They always see things before we do.
Hope you enjoyed another day with us, come back soon!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

TCPAA Winter Exhibition

I'll be participating with my fellow Tucson CP artists in our winter Exhibition. I'll have "Chaps & Chevy's" and " Shootin' the Breeze" there if anyone is in the neighborhood, and would like to view my, and others CP work this is a wonderful place to do so.

Artists reception December 7, 2008 2-4pm.

The Tucson Colored Pencil Artist Association Winter Exhibition
St Phillips in the Hills Church
Murphey Gallery

The show runs from December 7, 2008 - January 7, 2009

Slowly but surely?

I hope those of you who are here in the U.S., had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 I haven't had a whole lot of time to work on her lately, as much as I'd like to. I don't foresee much time for me to work on her in the near future either. Somedays I feel like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland!

Here is a new progress shots for you....

now don't say "what has she done"? This is basically the tweaking phase now, the small subtle changes that aren't really going to be apparent in these low res images posted online. But, perhaps you can spot a few?

Keep Scribbling!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

A day behind my lens

I had the privilege of getting up just a little bit earlier than usual one day late last week,
 to this gorgeous full moon.  I do love early mornings!
The next morning I decided to try it again.
As the sun rose,  the moon was still high in my sky... cool!
As I was outside playing with the sunrise, I thought I'd capture some images from my morning wanderings...
this is home.
ah.. the gambles quail. We have quite of few of them now, this sentry was doing his job well...
and off they flew!
It didn't seem fair to only share sunrise with you, so here are some sunset images too.
enjoy ;)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Prismacolor Figurative work.. update finally!

Still just doing what I was doing....

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More Davidson Canyon, at sunset

Life's a journey....

I'm sorry there isn't any images to update for you this evening. I've been working furiously over a different kind of project, something thats stretching my mental creativity and also demanding more technical skills, which I'm having to learn.


I feel like a kid in school... not fun, but I am determined!

Hopefully I can get an update on the figure piece in a couple days, but until then I'll have to update my photoblog, it'll keep my artistic side calm.

Hope ya'll are having a wonderfully productive week!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Figurative colored pencil work....updated

Here is a small update, I've been busy on a couple other projects, including some oil painting... more on those later.  I'm not one to have everything on my pieces set in stone, I do change things as I go along. After all... it's art!

But for now, here we are. Until tomorrow!

Monday, October 27, 2008

South Empire Mountains, Davidson Canyon, Southern Arizona

It seems that our cooler fall weather has decided not to join us anytime soon. Yesterday we decided to ride, even though the temps here were forecasted to be 90+. Uhg. We hadn't explored this area, a few miles south of where we live. The southern tip of the Empire Mountains, in thru Davidson Canyon. I'm going to have to go find a topo map to give me the exact names.
We loaded up the mules, and off we went. A beautiful clear day that started out cool, but rapidly warmed up, but with a soft breeze at least.

This is Echo. Isn't she cute? I'm ashamed to say that they haven't been ridden out for way to long... and I was a bit hesitant about how she was going to behave. She was a little bit tense at the trailer.
Maybe she just didn't want her picture taken?
Most of these images I'm going to share with you were taken in the saddle, so, excuse them if they are blurry or could have had a better composition hahaha! Sometimes it's not so easy to get a nice steady shot when it's not you that's moving. However after a few miles she agreed with me that a "whoa" was a nice time to just stand and relax, even with the camera clicking away.
This is the view as we left the trailer, a view you can kiss goodbye if the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine passes. This mountain range will be ugly and useless.
This is Daisy. The kids say she's got a face only a mother could love, but they don't know Daisy! She's an awesome trail mule.
Jimmy and Daisy, she's always rearing to go, even after not being out for so long!
Daisy doing what Daisy does best... and she just goes and goes and goes...
Here we were checking out some deer sign. I don't like riding thru the ocotillo thickets ... while the mules are in the clear, the ocotillo branches arch over and can be a real pain if your up high in the saddle.

My usual view lol... Daisy just enjoys working so much, it's like she can't wait to see what's over the next ridge. She walks the legs off my short little Echo, so I always bring up the rear which is fine with Echo and I.
Obviously something is more interesting over there than I was!
Looking north, you can see the Rincon Mts. back there.
Not sure what spring this is, but we came across a few.
We dismounted for awhile at this spring and I spied this kewl dragonfly hanging out down by the water, just asking for it's picture to be taken.
Oh, and this one too!
I should be more careful where I'm walking... I almost missed this large spider while I was taking pictures of the dragonflies. Ewwwww....
But wait.. it has friends and neighbors! Ewwww! See the second one? I *think these may be a type of Orb-weaver spider but I'm not a spider expert. If anyone knows for sure, I'd like to know.
When I was done taking pictures of things by the water I turned to walk back up to the mules, I had to take this picture, I just loved the strong light and shadow,
As we climbed a little higher in elevation there were some Mexican Blue Oaks and Junipers.
The Empires, home is just on the other side.
Sometimes you ride into places that are actually so thick you have two choices. You can get off and walk or you can ride around. We decided to get off and walk. I love the shadows and the quiet feeling here. Really very quiet, just the birds and the soft sound of the mules walking in the sand.
This is where our walk ended at.. a dry water hole surrounded by more Mexican Blue Oaks and Junipers.
Not sure what ranch this is, on the way back out for the day.
This is overlooking Gunsight pass...oh which is another "kiss it good-bye " view if the Rosemont Copper Mine goes in. I say NO MINE!
Will this spring be polluted? What do you think? What about the air... and the noise pollution? No, this will be gone forever if the mine goes in. What a waste. How greedy is Gov. Napolitano? She's very much a spend, spend, spend Governor. Will the importance of this historic/scenic area of Arizona and the people of Arizona and our communtity weigh out against a corporation out of Canada and the money Napolitanos spend thrift ways need?
Earlier I mentioned that Echo was a bit tense at the trailer, and I wasn't sure how she was going to behave. Well, silly me! She was so good. She quickly settled down into work mode, and we even did some gate work, it's been a long time. We didn't push them very hard, because it's been a while since they've been out, but we covered quite a few miles. Here we are at the end of our adventure. Hope you enjoyed exploring with us!
Have a wonderful week!