Monday, June 28, 2010

Photo Friday: Motionless

Above is a photo taken of an embellished compass that sits on the top of a lookout point in the South Mountains of Phoenix.  The closest arrow in the photo points in the direction of the Superstition Mountains, and I am sure they aren't going anywhere any time soon!  Hence being the theme for Motionless.  There are many points of interest on the compass, I just so happened to quick capture this one.  With taking 600 plus photos that day, I have to say that this one is my favorite.     

Cactus Monday: Quail with a Prickly Pear

A quick whimsy and loose little 4" x 6" study on balsa wood with acrylic paint and pen.  I have a bunch of these cut to size, and think that they would make perfect mini paintings to keep around while in the middle of moving again.  Paint has been calling me back, and that's all I want to do lately!   

The inspiration for this piece is this past weekend's full moon I was admiring, and the stately little quails I often see on evening walks.  The scenery and the wildlife is very different around here, and so inspiring!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Cactus Monday: Our New House

We found it!  And much sooner than anticipated.  This house was just on the market for one day, and we snatched it right up. . . unknowingly beating another couples' bid.  Can you believe that?  It pretty much has everything we are looking for, except for that big Saguaro in the front yard I was really, really hoping for!  But let's be realistic, those things cost some big bucks.  So I'll just quick Photoshop one in from my sketchbook and dream, LOL!

We settle July 19th.  So in the meantime, I'll be doing lots of sketches of yard concepts.  I'm thinking desert in the front, maybe a few Palms off to the sides and in the back.  The back especially needs work.  We got an incredible big lot full of rocks, and I'd love to make it nice and lush.  Any suggestions or recommended landscapers in the Chandler area from my fellow AZ friends would be greatly appreciated!  Wow.  This is exciting and intimidating taking on this big project.  I'm so glad we finally found our house!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Cactus Monday: Renewal

A pretty and perfect red bloom, taken at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Just the other day my Mother-in-Law told me that she misses my Cactus Monday posts.  I missed two of them simply because I forgot!  I have been so pre-occupied with life events and getting settled, that I completely just forgot until Monday had come and gone.  Yikes!!!

Between house hunting and planning our 10 year anniversary vow renewal trip back to Vegas where my husband and I were married, my mind has been somewhere else!  Well, a fresh start is what I wanted, and that's exactly what I got.  Renewing our wedding vows just seems fitting at this moment, and the 10 year anniversary date just convienently happens to be coming up.  I feel like as soon as we find our house, we can truly settle in. . . our new life here in Arizona.  I'm looking forward to that.