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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.

Colorado River in Winter Post Cards from Zazzle.com

Wood Duck public domain from USFWS
Image via Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

Sold a copy of this card today. The river won’t look like this for a couple of months. It’s that in-between time now. It’s no longer fall, but it isn’t really winter yet.

Yesterday, we walked along the Redlands Canal down to Connected Lakes State Park. Golden leaves, formerly in the trees, were on the walkway. There wasn’t much water in the canal either, but there were ducks. We even saw a wood duck. They are not very common around here. The wood duck picture above was taken by somebody else and shared through Wikipedia. It was really cloudy and getting dark, so I didn’t have my camera. We didn’t see the female, just the male.

Colorado River in Winter Post Cards from Zazzle.com.

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Poetic Asides 2011 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2 | WritersDigest.com

“I am soft sift in an hourglass–” Gerard Manley Hopkins

from “The Wreck of the Deutschland”

This single-lettered self

has been busy coning

on a contained glass plane

past sunsets that once seemed

much farther apart, It is the widening future

at the top,

funneling

into narrowing presents,

shining moments facet as they fall,

each catching the light and slowing

into the years of insects who cram

lifetimes between a single dawn and dusk.

Linda Armstrong

This was my poem for today. I don’t know whether I will make it all the way through the month, but it is fun right now. Check out the prompts and join in.

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