Sunday, December 11, 2022

Grand Tetons, Dubois Wyoming and New Calendar

Traveling Idaho and Wyoming

In September, we had the opportunity to travel back to the Grand Tetons National Park and visit Dubois, Wyoming. Dubois is located to the east of the park. To get to Dubois, take hwy 26/287 just past the Moran entrance. We got to view some gorgeous country, and we had the opportunity to see some of God's amazing creatures.

Our first stop along the way to the Grand Tetons, was Ashton, Idaho and Mesa Falls. Mesa Falls is located in Eastern Idaho in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. We traveled along the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, which is located between Ashton, Idaho and Island Park, Idaho. The byway takes about one hour or more to drive through. It can take a little longer if you decide to do any of the hikes along the route.

Ashton, Idaho
Ashton Idaho Ashton Idaho

Mesa Falls

Both, the Lower and Upper Mesa Falls have overlooks to view the waterfalls.

Mesa Falls
Lower Mesa Falls Lower Mesa Falls
Upper Mesa Falls Upper Mesa Falls

Wildflowers along the trails. Wild Columbine and sunflower species.

wild columbine sunflower species

Yellowstone National Park

Our next stop was Yellowstone National Park. We did just a quick drive through on our way to Dubois, Wyoming.

Dubois Wyoming and National Bighorn Sheep Center

Finally, we reached Dubois, Wyoming. It's a charming old west town located within the Wind River Valley and just about an hour east of Grand Teton National Park. It has a lot of history and is the location of the National Bighorn Sheep Center. A must-stop if you are interested in learning about the wildlife in the area and the Whiskey Basin Wildlife Area.

Dubois Wyoming Scenic Overlook

If you visit Dubois, Wyoming, do not forget to stop off at the Dubois Scenic Overlook to see some spectacular views of the valley. 

National Museum of Military Vehicles

The National Museum of Military Vehicles is located east of Dubois, Wyoming. It displays a collection of over 500 military vehicles and over 200 firearms. The fee for adults to get in is $20. This fee covers two days. The expanse of what this museum covers in history is incredible. This museum is an amazing tribute to our military service men and women. It is a great opportunity to take one's family on a field trip to educate them about the history of our military and about how our men and women throughout the United States history have fought for our freedoms. The  museum has displays that cover Word War I, Word War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Grand Tetons National Park

I have to say this is one of my favorite National Parks. The beauty of the Grand Tetons is breathtaking. I could never tire of looking at these mountains. They are truly one of God's majestic wonders that He has created for us all to enjoy. If you are interested, there are live cams to watch the wildlife and the beauty of the Tetons located on See Jackson Hole on YouTube

New Calendar

Keep on Creating!
Have a blessed week!

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Papers for Colored Pencil


Colored Pencil Tips & Techniques:

Papers for Colored Pencil

It's All About Colored Pencils!

As a colored pencil artist, I have explored and experimented with many different types of paper. Not just any type of paper can hold up to many layers of colored pencil. In addition, some types of drawing papers do not hold up very well to solvents or colorless blenders. There are many types of drawing papers on the market, with different surfaces. Below is a list of the types of drawing papers I have used over the years. As you will see, there are many types of drawing surfaces. Some work well with colored pencils, and others do not so well. However, my advice is to explore and experiment until you discover that perfect paper that meets your needs and requirements. I recommend that you get an acid-free or archival paper or one that has been treated with neutralized acids to help slow down the yellowing and deterioration of the paper. To read more about acid-free paper visit Wikipedia

Drawing Papers

Rising Stonehenge - comes in black, white, warm white, tan, gray and cream colors. It is my favorite paper to work on as it is very durable and can handle lots of layers of color. The colorless blender pencils and colorless blender markers work well on this type of paper. It is 100% cotton and every sheet is acid-free and buffered with calcium carbonate to help.

Canson Mi Tientes - comes in a variety of lightfast colors. You want to use the smooth side of this paper or your pencil leads will get eaten up quickly. Canson doesn't take as many layers as Stonehenge, but the variety of colors allows one to create unique pieces with striking effects. The colorless blender pencils work best on this paper, but Colorless Blender Markers work well on it too. Canson Mi-Teintes papers are made from medium weight 100% pure rag. Canson Mi-Teintes papers are available in various size pads and sheets.

Strathmore Bristol Smooth - has a smooth surface, can use blenders and a fair amount of layers of color. It is Acid-free. The toothy texture of the regular (vellum) surface works well with pencil, charcoal and pastel. The smooth surface is ideal for detailed ink work and is great for color pencil and marker.

Strathmore 300 Series Charcoal Paper, Strathmore 400 Series Charcoal Paper, and Strathmore 500 Series Charcoal Paper - comes in a variety of colors. Can use the smooth or textured side, depending on the technique or style you are wanting to achieve. The blender pencils and blender markers work well on this paper. Strathmore charcoal paper is a very durable, acid-free, 100% cotton fiber paper that is great for colored pencil.

Strathmore 400 and 500 Drawing Series Bristol Paper. The colorless blender pencils and colorless blender markers work well on this paper. Strathmore drawing paper is acid-free, 100% cotton paper and works well with colored pencil.

Rising Drawing Bristol Vellum - hard to use blenders on, as the surface is very toothy and very hard to blend layers of colors.

Rising Drawing Bristol Plate - has smooth surface, great with blenders and allows fair amount of layers of color.

Strathmore Drawing Vellum - hard to use blenders on and the surface is very toothy and very hard to blend layers of colors.

Paper Surfaces

Hot Press (Plate or Smooth) - smooth surface with very little tooth.

Cold Press (Vellum or Regular) - rough or textured surface. This type of paper tends to eat up pencils quickly.

Keep on Creating!

Monday, July 4, 2022

Happy Fourth of July


Photomanipulation by Carol Moore

Happy Fourth of July! I am so thankful to live in the United States of America. God has truly blessed this nation. Although, at times in these past few years, it may seem we do not have much to celebrate, but we do have a lot to celebrate. We can celebrate and praise God that we still have our freedoms and rights. We are still in the land of the free and home of the brave. Many men and women have died fighting for our rights and freedoms, and I stand proudly and salute those who did, and I salute our flag. America represents so many things, and despite the division presently being forced upon us, we are all united under this great country. When the storm hits the shore or when the fires are ablaze, we always manage to step up and be there to help one another. Perhaps we have forgotten that because we are all too busy fighting, yelling, and tearing each other apart over different politics, beliefs, and ideologies. John Quincy Adams wrote to his wife and stated this in his letter to her “A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” My hope and prayer is for those who wish to give up their freedoms due to fear or lack of knowledge that you are awaken to the truth and realize just how precious our freedom is. Our forefathers did. And as Benjamin Franklin said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." We must never give up our rights or our freedoms. 

New Photos

It has been a while since I posted any new artwork or photos. I have not had much time lately to photograph, draw, or paint. Perhaps later this year, I will get a chance too. I hope you enjoy the few photos I do have to share from earlier this spring.




Wish you all a blessed and safe holiday!

God Bless,