Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weekends are for Familiy...

When we moved to the Tucson area in 2005, our youngest 2 children moved with us. Our 3 adult children stayed behind, where they grew up. Being as we are now a two and a half - three hour drive away, we don't get to see them, or our grandchildren as much as we'd like to.  When the kids come here to visit, it's for all weekend.  For the last few weekends we've had such company. LOVE IT!

Here is our newest Grandson, he is growing like a weed. Such a snuggler.

Mama's boy...

Tummy time...or taste testing that quilt? He wiggles, and wiggles...

....and falls right asleep. (Yup.. this one is going to hide from my camera, lol.)

Sleeping babies are so cute! I'd say quiet but this one is a noise maker lol.

Spending time with our Family.. Priceless.

A word of advise to anyone with children contemplating a big move...do it before the kids are adults so they have to go with you!



"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time or the soft sounds of your memories."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Untitled, so sad, but it's finished!

This is a little 5x7 images I began as a demo last year. I never thought to title it, because I really didn't figure I'd complete it. Haha..guess I was wrong. It's ok though, I've been wrong before,
 I can handle it.  As long as it's not a habit!

Prismacolor Pencils on Uart 600.  This is the beginning of my underpainting.



Now, with my underpainting complete, I'm free to add color.

Skip ahead a few months and I've begun working on it again,


Here it is, all finished. FINALLY!

Keep Scribbling! Tj

"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time or the soft sounds of your memories."

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Along the Cienega Corridor, Day 1


Last week when my hubby asked if I'd like to go on a hike with my camera (aka look for a lost arrow lol) I said sure! It turned out to be a beautiful day, got some great pictures to share with you! The colors were beautiful, the air was cool the sun was warm, the company was sweet.

This was a quick snap... almost had a human figure in it lol. Love the old rusty gate and those colors. I didn't notice the barb wire on the horizon line until I got home. Maybe I'll have to re shoot this one?

Breathtaking views!



We decided we needed a little rest, actually *I* needed a little rest lol. I don't get out as much as I used to...











Whoops... I see I forgot to fix the dust spots on my image..sorry. Yes, it's time to clean my sensor!

With the arrow found, it was walk the top of the ridges back to the Jeep, or, head down and walk the road down by the creek area. I thought I'd already taken pictures on top, lets head downhill.

Haha...

Now this was fun to walk in... not. under all those old vines are all kinds of stuff.

Then out of the weird landscape we were in, right into these grasses. TALL grass! Did I ever mention I'm short? Tall grass..tall, thick clumpy grass. Hiding stuff under it. Was I ever glad to get out of there.

Out of the grass, down the dirt road.... look what we see, awwwwwww it's adorable! It's a little Cous Whitetail, one of this years fawn crops. It's frozen... and so are we. I'm sure Mom isn't far.

Then just when we thought it would throw up that white flag and bound out of there....

It headed straight for us! All the time my shutter is going "click click click click...." 

 
Then, the breeze swirled around, the flag came up and it was gone. So cute!


 Back to the Jeep, we head down the dirt road spotting this pretty little lady out in a field,
I got out, snuck down to a fence post and started shooting...



After a few nice shots, something caught my eye to her left. She wasn't alone, but the buck that was coming fast thru the trees scared her off. She ran away, across the open meadow behind her.
 
It was then I got a shot of this guy, tailing this doe who was obviously the object of his affection on that particular day. Head down, he was following her, not giving us much mind.


About that time a second suitor emerged from the thickets..... he's also trailing her. We watched them as they trailed the same doe, both exhausted, tongues hanging out, breathing heavy. When they see each other it doesn't take long for the second one to run off the smaller first buck, but he doesn't go far.
Then off he runs to find his lady love.



We had such a good day enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, we decided to do it again the next day! Wow, the pictures I managed to capture on that day.. for another post soon!

Enjoy, Tj

"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time or the soft sounds of your memories."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Watercolors by Annalise!

My 5year old grandaughter came to visit for the weekend. She loves to draw too! Her Papa and I gave her a large set of watercolor pencils for Christimas, only she thought they were regular colored pencils. Then, this weekend I showed her how much fun her pencils can be. She was very excited!
(and surprised lol)

Here are her very first watercolor paintings.


 Here is her second WCPencil painting below, she even beat me creating baby Stocktons first portrait!

Very nice work Sweetheart!  Thank you for coming to paint with me. :D

"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time or the soft sounds of your memories."

Sunday, January 16, 2011

2011 Brings Changes

For awhile now I've been lagging on keeping up both of my blogs, this one along with my photography blog. I find that when I'm on a photography kick, the artwork blog lagged and vice-versa. So, it's finally time to merge them together in hopes that one will be easier for me to maintain without letting things get stale around here.

All these changes have prompted me to do a little housekeeping, I have a good start, a few more to come. Fun, fun, fun? Not, but necessary.

I have a few colored pencil pieces in progress, which I'll share another time. Earlier this week I finally got to paint my first plein air! Not so exciting except it was in oils and was very fun. It's nothing fancy and still needs a few tweaks done to it, but here ya go..

Oh, and just ignore the dark blue blob at the bottom .. the wind blew my little canvas panel into my palette before I had it completely anchored, lol. Live and learn!

5"x7".. enjoy!



Things might be a little varied around here this year, but I hope you enjoy the changes!





"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time or the soft sounds of your memories."