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I signed up for the Art Every Day Challenge, thinking it would be a refreshing break from my writing each day to do a drawing or painting. (I am participating in NaNoWriMo, the Poem a Day Challenge, and Picture Book Idea Month.)

Uh, I signed up for too much. I am not sorry though. So far, I am more than half-way through the 20,000 words I had left to write on a draft of my novel, I have more than 100 ideas for picture books, and I have written 12 new contemporary free verse poems.

As far as the Art a Day Challenge goes, I have gone out to shoot landscape photographs every day. It is a season of transition here in western Colorado. We have had the last of fall color, the first snow, some exciting wind that scoured out the haze, and a spectacular storm with billowing clouds. It would have been a sin to stay indoors, and I use photographs as sources for my other artwork.

I sell some of my photographs on Royalty-Free stock sites including Shutterstock, IStock, Dreamstime, BigStock, Fotalia, Veer, Depositphotos, Canstock, 123 Royalty Free and more, but I do not count my straight digital captures as artwork. I will see if I can post some new art tomorrow. Image

For now, here are some deer we spotted at the Grand Junction Wildlife Refuge near the Colorado River. They were watching us from a grove of cottonwoods. The image is cropped from a larger frame and is more than a bit soft, but I wanted to share them with you.

Highway141 Post Cards from Zazzle.com

Highway141 Post Cards from Zazzle.com.

Somebody bought a copy of this postcard today. Highway 141 is an amazing drive. It starts not far from Grand Junction and travels through spectacular canyons to Gateway, and then beyond, to Nucla, Naturita, and points south.

The photo on the card was taken at Gateway. A pioneer ranch cabin sits beside the curving road with a magnificent butte, The Palisade, looming in the distance.

The Gateway Canyons Resort is located near this spot. The resort includes two fantastic restaurants as well as facilities for events, getaways, and all-season adventures. If you love automotive history, don’t miss one of the best auto museums anywhere. It is on the property.

Autumn Snow on the Grand Mesa Posters from Zazzle.com

Autumn Snow on the Grand Mesa Posters from Zazzle.com.

Yesterday, while taking a break from my writing, I uploaded some pictures I took this fall. This one was shot on a spectacular October day. Alden and I drove across what locals call “the Stinkin’ Desert” to Delta, where we ate breakfast in our favorite truck-stop style cafe. I like my poached eggs really hard. I know that’s weird, folks, but they got it just right. This was an auspicious beginning.

The sun was shining and it was quite warm in the valley, so we were afraid the recent mountain snow had all melted away. There was, as it turned out, no cause for fear. As you can see, the snow up near the Grand Mesa Visitor Center was absolutely gorgeous.

Now, of course, the autumn leaves you see on the aspens in the background are long gone. Down here in Grand Junction, the skies are leaden. It is perfect weather for processing and reflection. That’s the way the creative process, works, after all, at least for me. I take in new experiences like a glutton, swallowing them whole while they are available, and then, in times like this, after the fall colors and before the stunning silences of winter, I make them my own.

Shadow Lake | Stock Photo | iStock

 

 

 

 

Sold a copy of this file on iStock today. It doesn’t look like that yet. In fact, today we took a walk at Robb State Park in Fruita and we were stripping off our jackets. It’s beautiful outside. Actually, it’s time to hike in the canyons. The golden leaves are gone, but the air is crisp and bright and the high desert sun is warm. Lots of Canada geese and mallard ducks are resting on the lakes.

Shadow Lake | Stock Photo | iStock.

Moonscapes 3D | Moonscapes 3D- Digital Scanning & Enlargement

Moonscapes 3D | Moonscapes 3D- Digital Scanning & Enlargement.

This is David Moon’s business! I heard him speak on Wednesday night. Still thinking about it. Some people are just amazing.

Snow on Dallas Divide Poster from Zazzle.com

Sold a copy of this beautiful winter poster on Zazzle today. The mountains are the rugged San Juans near Ridgway, Colorado. The scene is stunning at any time of the year. In the winter, it is still and magical.

Snow on Dallas Divide Poster from Zazzle.com.

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Thanksgiving card for Customers from Zazzle.com

Someone just ordered 200 copies of this custom Thanksgiving card for customers and clients! I created a series of these cards with different autumn photos after a speaker suggested sending Thanksgiving cards as a way to let people know that their business is appreciated. I am thrilled that someone was able to use one of the designs!

If you need cards, they are 50% off today, with this code: 4EVERYMOMENT

Thanksgiving card for customer from Zazzle.com.