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September Nature Desktop Calendar: Season of Plenty

While I often photograph butterflies and wildflowers in the wild, these were actually growing in a parking lot. When our town’s parking lots were rebuilt a few years ago standards for stormwater management were integrated into the plan, and a swale with plantings between the rows of cars was filled with native plants. Each year […]

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August Nature Desktop Calendar: I Want To Be Where That Gull Is Standing

I always feature something beachy for my July or August desktop calendar, and this painting was a natural for this year. I am immensely proud of how the wave turned out, and really I’m pretty pleased with all of it. The title is true, I just decided to be honest there. The seagull is standing […]

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July Nature Desktop Calendar: Curious Fawn

For this painting I used self-prepared smooth deep charcoal matboard coated with my favorite transparent pastel ground, Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels, so that I would start with a dark background. I painted it without any guidelines, just hitting the surface with my pastels and letting it work out. And I mean literally hitting the […]

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June Nature Desktop Calendar: Greenhouse Gerberas

I took the reference photo for this painting at a local greenhouse in 2013. I’ve always liked colorful gerbera daisies and their bold smiling faces. I’ve used it for a few graphic designs and decided someday I’d paint it too. So that time was now. I chose oil pastel because I’ve come to enjoy working […]

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May Nature Desktop Calendar: Social Isolation

When I considered which image to feature for May I decided it had to be my newest painting, “Social Isolation”.  Even through May the trees still haven’t fully leafed out, and at least at the moment we are still socially isolating. And because I can’t seem to get picture frames delivered to me I still […]

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April Nature Desktop Calendar: Spring Comes to a Bend in the Creek

No leaves on the trees yet, but strong spring sun fills the misty air as the creek rushes by with its spring volume. Rain and snowmelt rush over rocks and gravel and hurry around the bend, the sycamores reflecting white in the stark early morning sunlight, a little bit of mist wafting among the trees. […]

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March Nature Desktop Calendar: Is It Spring Yet?

I’ve always loved watching the mourning doves in the trees around my house. These two sat on an old rugged branch in my wild black cherry tree for as long as the sun shone, like a couple of old men I always saw on one of the benches on Main Street, just enjoying the day. […]

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February Nature Desktop Calendar: Main Street Reflections

I regularly walk around my little town for my errands, always taking my camera with me. This February day in 2005 was no exception, and the bright sun and clear blue sky brought out all the colors masked by winter overcast. These were film photos, not digital, and captured the reflection on the water so […]

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January Nature Desktop Calendar: Library Avenue

One of our older neighborhoods, familiar in small towns all across the country, each house lined up with porches and dormers and flags and hedges that make it unique, and make it look like home. I carry with me a little pouch of art materials including pencils, gel pens, fountain pens, markers, charcoal and Conte […]

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December Nature Desktop Calendar: Snow at Night

What looks more warm and welcoming in this month of holidays and celebrations than a home with warm yellow windows on a snowy night? From the window at the back of my house I can see out over the valley and the hill beyond. When it snows at night the scene is transformed from black […]

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