Category: Fine Art

Rodeo Art

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Time for Art!


Feeding the Left-brain and Right-brain

The belief system from the past, the right brain of the brain focuses on the visual, and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous ways, looking first at the whole picture then the details. The focus of the left-brain is verbal, processing information in an analytical and sequential way, looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole.

Typically this is what has been associated with right and left-brain characteristics:

Right Brain Inventory:  Art, random, free, big picture, music, emotion, imagination, dream ,sur-real, novel, colors, creative, analog, fun

Left Brain Inventory:  Logical, verbal, part and detail, digital, symbolic, order, math, rational, objective, linear, target and direction, system, analytic.

There has been much scientific research on the right brain and left-brain debate and the new consensus is that the thinking process involves both sides. The American popular culture of either the left or the right brain might need to really be more open mined to encompass the total brain approach.

For what ever you choose to believe, I’ll probably still consider me a right brain dominant person.


To push my creative side and to continue to learn software skills, I recently attended a workshop taught by Heather Michelle Chinn- aka Heather the Painter .  A definite “2 thumbs up” for her instructions and guidance. I so appreciated her teaching style and wealth of information. It was her support and encouragement for me to work up the asparagus in a fun whimsical presentation.

And just because I love asparagus-The official queen of spring!

Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables in existence. It leads nearly all produce items in the wide array of nutrients it supplies in significant amounts for a healthy diet.

Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid. A 5.3-ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin, which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease. Folacin has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year. Its wealth of nutrients, fiber and very low sodium and calorie content make asparagus a nutritionally wise choice for today’s health-conscious consumer.

Fine Art- Escalator

A new look at lines that I distorted with a fish eye lens.


Cucumbers- the healthy food and art subject

A fun day in the studio photographing slivers of cucumbers.

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One Last Dash Through The Snow!

Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch: A 300,000 acre riding and adventure paradise in Shell, Wyoming

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Recently, I returned from a trip from WY to capture images of horses in snow. It was more than I could have imagined.  A week long stay at a gorgeous 300,000 acre ranch tucked away in the Big Horn Basin.

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Many thanks to the operations managers Peter De Cobooter and his lovely wife Marijn Werquin, who have developed and groomed the ranch into a lush facility loaded with adventure experiences great for all families with all sorts of interest.  Their warm hospitality was heartfelt.


Peter De Cobooter and Marijn Werquin

Leader, Tom Bercher worked so hard at organizing a wonderful experience and opportunity to photograph the details of horses in snow, cowboys and nature. What a memory I have of photographing horses in belly deep snow.  To see the snow spray from the horses running across the high ridge with the sunset! Unbelievable! What a memory!

Tom Bercher sunlight                                                                            Tom Bercher

And of course he couldn’t have done with out the help of talented wranglers, Mel Smuckers and Marijn Werquin.  And I can’t forget the entertaining wrangler duo of Greg and Mark Prows.

Mel Smuckers                                                                                Mel Smuckers

Merijn Werquin                                                                                   Marijn Werquin

cowboy twins              Greg and Mark Prows. They are twins and I am not really sure which one is Greg or Mark

brotherly love                                                                                  Greg and Mark Prow

horse head                                                                                  Beautiful Horses

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Rebecca Bercher, office manager, (and also talented wrangler), held down the fort and kept everyone in line.

Rebecca Bercher                                                                            Rebecca Bercher

sunset                                                                                    Rebecca Bercher

At the end of a long day hiking through the snow with a lot of heavy camera gear, and many used up hand warmers, horses turned out and tack put away,  we all headed for the main lodge for dinner.

boots and bits                                                                           Boots and Bits

The evenings started with cocktail hour and everyone shared there stories or highlights from the day.  Now–the stories that are told at the Hideout stays at the Hideout.  After the many laughs, all the guests would gather for dinner at the large harvest tables. The warmth and glow of the fire in the large stone fireplace added to the cozy atmosphere.  The delicious meals were directed and prepared by executive chef, Sheena Ernst.   Heads up everyone her new cookbook will be out this June and I can’t wait to prepare and photograph a few of her specialties.  Her salmon baked in a pastry shell is to die for!!

Ending the night by heading to our gorgeous log cabins. Golden color logs, beds decorated with warm and colorful Pendleton blankets and the added lovely touch of a basket of treats made for a perfect ending.

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cabin copyThe week went too fast. I’m so grateful for the fabulous experience of the beautiful horses, nature and the wonderful new friendships. The memories will last a lifetime.

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A very warm thank you goes to Carien Schippers/Equine Photographer Network and Judy Hagen for undertaking and organizing the entire “Horses In Snow” expedition!!

Snow trails

         Happy Trails! And I’ll be back!

The Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular

The Louisville Kentucky event, Oct 10-November 2,  held in Iroquois Park with 5,000 carved Pumpkins lining 1/4 mile trail, illuminated at night as an “art show”. The wooded trail begins just outside of Iroquois Amphitheater and weaves its way through the trees with themed sections set to music. An “Around the World” theme featured different countries along the path, with carved, lit pumpkins representing the most famous sites, symbols, and historical figures associated with them. There was also a strong local them of UofL,  UK, Derby, Louisville Slugger and local celebrities featured.

Passion for Pumpkins

Passion for Pumpkins

40 local artists designed the pumpkins-many of them massive, weighing as much as 1500 pounds.  While the trail features more than 5000 pumpkins at any given time, more than 15,000 were used thorough out the 3 weeks. The pumpkins were rotated on a weekly basis creating a different experience each weekend.

Scuba Gear

Some women like shoes…I like fins.

Scuba gear.

Dancing Bugs


Teaching bugs to hold hands.

A really fun day of photographing many bugs.  I selected one beetle to so some art work to form a circle.  Aren’t bugs cool!


Fish Art


Linda Doane LOVES colorful images.

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