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Goodbye to the Desert Saguaro – We Moved

 

We bid adieu to our friends the Saguaro cactus as we have moved back to Southern California. This time not San Diego, but Los Angeles. We have had a hard time saying goodbye to the many friends we have made in our 5 years here in the desert, but are excited for the next chapter in our life being near our granddaughter and her brother when he is born early next year.

Five years ago, my wife and I created a 5 year plan. We are very family oriented and didn’t want to be too far away from any of our three daughters and future grandchildren. At that time, since none of our girls were staying in San Diego, we wanted to give it 5 years to see where they  would land. Knowing all three, we knew they would stay somewhere in the western part of the US. Denver had been mentioned, Seattle and Los Angeles, so moving to Phoenix wasn’t that far off the map. Fast forward to today, all three are married (terrific son-in-laws). We have one daughter and her husband in Los Angeles and the other two and their husbands in Seattle area. Our Los Angeles family has our first grandchild with one on the way. At some point in the not too distant future we expect to see some grandchildren in Seattle, so time will tell where we ultimately end up.

I used this picture I created of the Saguaro Cactus as the poor thing has been the brunt of family jokes with my wife. They spook her out…she says they look like large people in the desert and at night it just creeps her out. I find them very unique and of course symbolic of the “Old West”. Knowing we have all given her a hard time about the large people in the desert, just couldn’t resist adding some eyes and mouth as they say “goodbye” to us!

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Lakes, Mountains and Palm Trees – Two Featured Art Prints

The attached prints were created from views around one of the lakes in our community. Our community has two lakes (yes, man made…this is Arizona after all) with palm trees lining the shoreline of the park that goes entirely around both of them. The lakes sit side by side with a large wide sidewalk circling both and connecting to each other. Great walking, running or biking as the total distance around both is about 3 miles. What I love is from the northwest shore of both lakes is the view of the Estrella Mountains as depicted in these prints.

The first print is a small beach on what is called South Lake, with picnic pavilions and other amenities for kids and adults as part of the park encircling the lakes. The second art print is from the perspective of the northwest shore looking across the lake at the Estrella Mountains. The mountains are a very rugged and dramatic range creating the perfect background view. Thoughts?

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Stagecoach and Wagon – Featured Art Prints

Red Stagecoach and Blue Covered Wagon are art prints I created using a traditional oil technique to create this look. This technique uses strong, but narrow brush strokes with bright colors. I liked the way it accented the colors and structure of both vehicles.

The inspiration behind these prints are a stagecoach and covered wagon I came across in the Sharlot Hall Museum located in Prescott, Arizona.  The museum structure houses these two modes of transportation along with vintage cars.

I can’t even fathom having to travel across the wide open expanse of the Western United States in either of these vehicles. Every summer I reflect back to what it must have been like traversing the mountains and deserts back in that era as we drive on modern freeways with our air conditioning keeping us comfortable. I applaud the determination of our forefathers who settled this vast territory.  Thoughts?

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The Duck At Papago Park

My wife and I have not been home for a weekend since before Thanksgiving until this weekend. I am not complaining as we have had short weekend get aways to celebrate a first birthday for our granddaughter in Los Angeles, a wedding in San Jose and then our nieces graduation in San Diego for her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy (two of her internships over the last year and a half were here in the Phoenix area where we were thrilled to house her both times) and next weekend finds us in Seattle for Christmas with the following one in Los Angeles for New Years. I share all of this (yes I am headed somewhere…) as to why it was that we found ourselves in the ever popular shopping malls and stores this past weekend doing our last minute Christmas shopping. This is not to say that Amazon has not received it’s fair share of our purchases, but there are those items you need to actually pick up or find. Having survived the masses, my mind went to a peaceful quiet place as we wound down Sunday night. The result is the attached photos.

Papago Park in Phoenix is nestled between the Desert Botanical Garden and The Phoenix Zoo. It has ponds and hiking trails and is very “quiet and peaceful”. Key point!! I was looking for a beautiful peaceful snow scene, but since I couldn’t find one (yes I have been living in warm climates for many years now), so I settled on this to represent a reprieve from the last minute hustle and bustle of the season. So back to the ponds. The ponds are home to many birds, but as the fall and winter migration occurs, it has a resident that calls the ponds home year ’round, the Mallard Duck. Both shots are the same duck, who appears not to have a concern in the world. So I give you my visual of a little peace and quiet during this busy season!!

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Desert Sunset – Featured Art Print

Here in the Arizona desert, we do get some really spectacular sunsets. This location of the country often sees a number of high level clouds which are needed to create the colors of these sunsets. The attached art print was such a sunset, that I turned into an art print using a technique that creates large bold brush strokes mimicking an impasto style of painting.

The roof tops of homes and the palm trees silhouetted in dark create a contrast to the colors dancing in the sky. It never ceases to amaze how the colors change from moment to moment. Thoughts?

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Pastel Palm Grove – Featured Art Print

I created this art print using a colored pencil and chalk technique. This technique uses strong drawing lines with softer chalk strokes filling in. The colors are in pastels, giving it a soft modern look.

The setting is a grove of palm trees in a local park near our home here in Arizona. It reminds me of a similar palm grove I came across on the big Island of Hawaii along the shoreline. I love the look of a group of palm trees creating a small “forest”. The fronds create a shaded canopy from the hot day sun and invite you into the palms to relax and enjoy the afternoon.

I have only used this particular technique on a few of my art prints and welcome any feedback. Thoughts?

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Territorial Rose Garden: Prescott, Arizona – Excerpts From A Photo Shoot

This is the third and last post in a series about a weekend getaway my wife and I did to Prescott, Arizona in late October. The series has focused on our visit to the Sharlot Hall Museum. In the first blog, I included some shots of the log buildings that are on the grounds of the museum and the second blog focused on shots I took inside some of those log structures. This last post is of the Territorial Rose Garden on the grounds. The garden was originally planted in 1948 on the south side of the Governor’s Mansion. In 1974, it was moved to its current location on the north side of the Governor’s Mansion where it can be seen from the street. We were fortunate in capturing the garden at its peak for the season as we head further into fall and winter.

Territorial Rose Garden

Territorial Rose Garden


Enjoy these macro shots of stunning blooms from a beautiful rose garden.

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Yellow

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Yellow

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Red

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Red

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Purple

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Purple

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink and Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink and Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Orange Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Orange Bud

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