After spending a week in cool Colorado, photographing wildlife, I can only say…..WOW! We were there during Elk rut and was it awesome, elks bugling everywhere…..they even gave us a private wake up call right outside our room two of the days! The birds were out, along with the deer, chipmunks, bear and cottontails. What a week! It is in the high 90’s back here in AZ, and we are having a little bit of a hard time getting used to the heat again!
If you were thinking that you would get off without an update, LOL, try again, some work DID get done through all the fun! This piece is almost done, just a little bit of work before stepping away from the drawing.
There is no place like home, so it is good to be home, however, the velociraptors made quite a mess while we were gone. Needless to say, hubby and I have spent most of the day cleaning. If you ever want company in your home and you don’t like to clean, avoid the parrots species like the plague! They can fling food in a 12 foot circle around their cages and play stands. If the cage happens to be near a wall, you will end up with dried fruit about one thick after each feeding. I know, I know, they are just doing their jobs. In the rain forest, the parrots job is to get everything from the top of the forest canopy to the bottom. So they eat one bite of food, then fling it with abandon. All the little critters are waiting at the bottom of the forest to share in the bounty. If no one is there to eat it, seeds are planted to keep the forest alive. I have tried to explain to the guys, that there are no critters waiting outside their cages to get the food, and that my FLOOR is not a forest. DO you think they listen, nooooooooooo, they keep doing their “job” and I keep scrubbing.
Whooooo Hooooooooo my kickstarted Project is 94% funded! Thanks to all of you who have backed my project!!!!!
Back to scrubbing!
Sunny and Charlie on their outside perch.
The Painting Hand WIP!
Meanwhile back at your local WIP station, the Painting Hand WIP is progressing. The main drawing is done, and the first layers have been started. This is the fourth of the “Hand” series, with several more planned. I am very excited that the local sculptor’s group is going to let me take some photos of their hands at work, so I should have a lot more drawing “fodder” soon! That is, if……..I can keep the charcoal pencils out of reach of the Velociraptor flock here, LOL! Actually they have been very good the last couple of weeks………which makes me wonder, “What are they plotting now!!!!” Since my son will be their slave next week, while I try to go out and get some new reference photos, I am sure it is something BIG! So stay tuned!!!! I would like to finish one more watercolor in the “Native Arizona Bird Series” and have them ready to go by Nov 30th for the “Gifts From Nature” show.
Just cannot go through the blog without shouting out a BIG Thanks! to all who have supported my Kickstarter Project ( http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1030315317/arizona-native-bird-painting-series ), we have 12 backers to date and are almost to 50% of the goal! Awesome support team!
Well, it is back to the drawing board for me………hmmmmmmm……..they are just TOO Quiet………?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!
A great BIG Congrats to Jan Strong, who won “Unforgettable”! Hope you love, love, love it! And Thank you to all who supported the Alex Foundation by purchasing tickets! They are grateful and the money will be put to good use!
Once again, I am coming to you to support a project, this time it is for my art budget. I have been approved for a kickstarter project to try to raise $500 to help with my expenses for the Arizona Native Bird Series. Still have to get one more painting done, then have the Giclees and cards printed. If you would like to see the project go to :
There you can choose the level of backing based on the AWESOME rewards I have put together for your support. Any amount will help! If you have an Amazon account, you are all set! With www.kickstarter.com , the funding is all or nothing. If we raise the amount or more, I get the funding. If we do not raise the amount, everyone gets their money back. SO break out those piggy banks!!! You creatives out there might think about getting one of your projects funded there. If you do let me know!
In the mean time, I have started a new “hand” project, so next time you will be able to talk to the hand, LOL!
The roadrunner is about done and so am I! Had to have a colonoscopy this week, and all that prep work has exhausted me. Glad it is over!! It is rough getting older – even though I am still only 49 again, LOL. As soon as this blog is done it is DEFINITELY nap time! Whew! How do you people over 50 do it! All those tests and Dr visits just to stay healthy. Well, as they say….it IS better than the alternative. Candy is catching up with me on her “Wooly Bear” painting, so I have to hurry and get this posted, wouldn’t have anything to tease her about if she finishes first, LOL! Hubby was extra nice and fed the velociraptors their breakfast this AM, so I could get some extra rest before being put to sleep for the procedure. They hear me typing, so think I will not see them making their way to my drawing table to start the chewing festival with my brushes and pencils. AHA! Caught you! OK, back to the play stands! What do you mean Dad did not give you enough nuts? Hey George, how many nuts did you give Loki? That many?!?!?! Hmmmmmmm………better get the scales out……someone may need to go on a little diet and exercise program. OK…parrots, line it up! let’s start with jumping jacks……hup…two….three……four. What do you mean you can’t do jumping jacks? Ok push ups……..hup…… two……jog around the room fifty times….no – JOG!…….Ok fly…….Camp Beenie in session…….out!