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Desert Starlight

Desert Starlight

12×18 pastel painting – $75 does not include shipping
Black matt, No frame,
No Longer Available…


Great Scenic Drives & Hiking Near Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is a place that pretty much everyone I know has been to at least once in their lives.  Last year was my turn.  I finally made it to Vegas!  Time to party?  Not exactly.  Well ok, the first night was a party on Freemont St. but the rest of my time there I had more fun off the strip, getting out into nature, rather than losing my money in the casinos & spending $10 for a sandwich.  We kept it cheap & still had fun. Continue reading

Monsoon Season

One thing I miss about living in Arizona is the summer thunderstorms that happened frequently in the afternoons (also known as monsoons).  I lived in Mesa for a while and it seemed that almost every afternoon I’d get off work & as soon as I parked it would start to rain as I ran (or sometimes walked) to my apartment.  It was nice that I could cool off from a long hot ride home since I didn’t have air conditioning in my car.  The water in the pool was way to hot to cool off in, so  I would just sit out on my balcony watching the storm roll in,  getting misted by the huge pellets of rain crashing on the handrail of the balcony.  Or sometimes it would even rain sideways.  I LOVE thunderstorms..

As my parting gift, Arizona gave me one last beautiful storm to capture on film.  I took this photo on my last day in Arizona driving back to Illinois.  As I was looking for somewhere to pull over with some sort of foreground I came across this tiny pond (or puddle?) and these weird little desert trees.

This was taken just east of Flagstaff on a road near the Meteor Crater.   If anyone has driven I-40 you should know what I’m talking about.

Arizona Sky

This is the sunset from my 1st day officially living in Arizona.  I had just crossed the Arizona border & decided to get off the highway & take a scenic route to get some photos.  Below is a photo I used for the sky in my painting.  I changed the plant in the foreground though.


Original Pastel Gifted to my mommy but I do have prints available

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Apache Trail

Just a little story about this photo:

I painted this from a photo I took while I was visiting Arizona.  My best friend and I went on a day trip to drive the Apache Trail.  Wanting to get some more photos from a different perspective, I got out of the rental car & walked down a trail that looks like it goes to the water’s edge.  Well, I got about half way down & I noticed bugs flying in the air & it wasn’t until I walked into the swarm when I realized they were bees!!  I didn’t know if they were killer bees or not but I didn’t want to chance hanging around so I held my breath, & ran back up the trail to the road & into the car as fast as I could.

Apache Trail 11×14 pastel

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