This post is a difficult one to write. My dad passed away in January. I won’t get too personal since this site is for my art and photography, but I would like to share just a few thoughts on how this is effecting me as an artist.
My dad was one of my first art customers. I had an etsy shop at the time, and received a message that I made a sale. I saw that my dad, Tim Medors, bought a print from my shop. He even signed up for my email list. I was beaming. That was the first of many little things he did that encouraged me and built my confidence. Every time I uploaded a new image I always knew that I’d eventually see a Like, Favorite or Comment from him. He was my biggest fan, and I had his support until the very end. As a matter of fact, one of the very last things he said to me was, “you’re a good artist.”
He died January 17th, and I haven’t been able to draw since. I just can’t bring myself to do it. I know that my heart will break once I share that new image and know he’ll never see it. For a moment I even entertained the thought of quitting, which I know is a silly thought. I’ll have to start again eventually, but for now I can’t face it.
This is the print my dad bought.
Here’s the painting video of my digital artwork of a Mexican Wolf. In this video you can watch as I paint the wolf’s face.
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Here’s my recent artwork, Wolf Art. This is a digital painting of a Mexican Wolf, which is sadly an endangered species. I’ll probably do more art of this species in the future, possibly with several wolves in the picture. For now I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out.
For those interested, prints are available here.
Here is my first artwork of the year, a digital painting in black and white of a Red Panda in the trees. It’s been a while since I’ve done a finished artwork, and it feels good to be drawing again. The red panda is definitely one of the cutest animals in my opinion, but it’s unfortunately an endangered species. This artwork will be added to my animal art series, which I’ve really enjoyed doing. My niece recently visited so she modeled for me for some reference photographs that I can use for a few illustrations I have in mind. I also told her that I’d draw her portrait, so I’m not sure what I’ll work on next, but I have more animal artworks planned for the series.
Prints are available here for those interested.
I wanted to announce that the site where I offer prints of my art and photography is offering free ground shipping on US orders from Nov 22nd to Nov 26th. This is a great deal for those that might be interested in larger items, like framed prints, canvas, acrylic prints etc. If you’re interested, take a look at my online gallery at murdocksgallery.com
Our GPS tends to have a mind of its own. Generally it works well and gets us where we need to be, but every now and then it gets into a bad mood and takes us wherever it pleases. Most of the time it’s frustrating, like the time it took us deeper and deeper into the hills of West Virginia and told us to make a right turn onto what looked like an overgrown walking path that probably would have lead us to a horror scene like that of the movie Deliverance. Needless to say, we turned around. Then there was that time we set it to find the Amazon warehouse where my husband had a job interview, and it took us to a woman’s backyard. Thankfully, she happened to be standing in her backyard, and gave us correct directions. There was also that time when we set it to find a local Kroger’s grocery store, and it took us to the front door of what looked like a drug lord’s house. We didn’t stop to ask for directions that time.
This last time we used it, it failed to take us on the correct route like expected, but it took was on an adventure through the countryside of Ohio, down dirt roads showing us gorgeous Autumn scenes. There were no other cars, so we were able to pull over when we wanted to do our photography, and we fully enjoyed the fall leaves and colors. We had no idea where we were, but we didn’t care. In the end we didn’t get to photograph what we actually planned because we never found the place, but we got so many other photographs and found places that we never would have known about if it wasn’t for our crazy GPS.
Here are some of the roads it took us down. Prints available here, along with many of our other Autumn landscapes.
Fall started late for us this year, really late. Here we are in November and we are just now at our peek for the autumn leaves, which is a bit unusual. Last week we had mostly heavy rain, so I thought for sure we’d lose most of the leaves before we had a chance to get out and do some landscape photography, but thankfully over the weekend the rain stopped, and the weather was perfect for a little road trip with our cameras.
I’ll talk more about our drive out in the country on another blog post because first I want to show off one of the images I took at Alum Creek in the morning. The lighting was great, the water was calm, and the trees were still full of their beautiful leaves. I especially like those water reflections. The water was so calm in some areas it looked like ice. I couldn’t be happier, and I’m so thankful I got a chance to take in some of nature’s gorgeous scenes and colors.
Prints available here.
I celebrated my anniversary with my husband a couple of weeks ago, and we visited Cumberland Falls, Kentucky. Cumberland Falls is a beautiful waterfall on the Cumberland River, and we were happy to see the rainbow over the falls. It’s such a gorgeous sight, and thankfully it showed up nicely in the majority of our photographs. I’m still going through many of our images, but I have this one ready and on our site, and it’s one of my favorites.
Prints available here.
When I was in high school this time of year was exciting because of Marching Band. I loved band! I have such good memories of music, marching, band camp, football games and fellow bandies. I still have my clarinet. Maybe I’ll bring her out to play.
Prints of this photograph available here.