Showing posts from September, 2012

Fall Colors 2012

Due to our early spring and super-dry summer, fall has come early this year.  Today was a beautiful day to enjoy the explosion of colors.  Ledges State Park was recently re-opened after the floods of 2008, so we decided to check it out.  Lots of folks were enjoying the mild weather and the beautiful fall colors.  Yup, this is proof that Iowa is more than just corn fields.

One of my personal favorites.  My husband is peeking out behind the tree.  Love it!

Ledges is known for is soft sandstone bluffs.  The trees grow on top of the rocky formations.

We seldom see these brilliant oranges and deep reds.....

 One the way home, I caught a couple of scenes with the brilliant yellows.  The dark reds are sumac.

Grand Canyon

I love vacations.  They don't come often enough.  After spending several weeks of working overtime at the day-job, having a few days off can rejuvenate the soul.  We enjoy going to Las Vegas as there is always something to do (without even gambling).

This visit, we added a day trip to the Grand Canyon.  The beauty of the canyon is so spectacular, words cannot describe it and photos can't capture the sheer vastness of the vistas.  But here are a few of my best attempts...(click on the image to enlarge)

Article One - Pencil Basics

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Greetings Studio 602ers! Over the next few weeks, featured artist Diane Wright will be sharing several articles that cover the basics of creating art with a pencil . If you aren’t familiar with Diane or her work, check out this interview featuring the Queen of Landscape Pencil Art herself and, without further ado, let’s get started!

 A Passion for Drawing
I am frequently asked, “Why drawing?” Pencil art is one of the most direct and expressive art forms. It is also the most simple, requiring just a piece of paper and pencil. The pencil is an extension of the hand and the flow of ideas onto the paper becomes seamless.

The process of drawing can help us explore our ideas and capture the wealth of detail from the world around us. Our creations can be as simple as a partial sketch or as complex as a finished piece of art. It’s amazing what can be expressed with just a pencil. Over the next few weeks, we are goi…