Saturday, October 29, 2011

Morning Light - Chow Painting

I captured this photo of a beautiful golden red chow at the local dog show back in May 2011, and have been staring at it ever since.  I love this boy's face, but hate the background.  And because the morning light was hitting him in the face, he looked a bit "washed out".  So the photo isn't publishable "as is".

I finally decided to do a digital painting of him.  Below is the end result:

I painted this digital painting in Corel Painter Essentials. First I edited the photo in Paint Shop Pro to increase color saturation, and increase the red tones in his fur. Then I replaced the background with a previously painted background.  Once I had the background in place and the colors more like I wanted, I opened the edited photo in Corel and began the painting process.  I used a smeary round oil brush to do this painting.  The original photo was left beneath the canvas and was set to approx. 30% opacity during the first part of the painting when I blocked in the colors and shapes.  Then I turned off the original photo, and just worked directly on the new canvas to finish adding details, specifically the nose, mouth and eyes.

I've title the painting "Morning Light" and it's available for sale on prints, cards, and other gifts on my website.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tips for Photographing Pets at Events

Today, my daughter and I are off and running - we're going to Pet Fest, a local event for pet lovers which focuses solely on our furry friends and helps animal rescues in the process.  Of course we'll be photographing the pets. :)

As you can tell by my animal galleries, I don't do "traditional pet portraits".   I take candid shots, and love action shots.  I prefer outdoor photographs, and prefer photographing pets in their natural environments.  We've done our share of dog show photos at the fairgrounds, although taking pictures in these environments is not exceptionally thrilling for me.

I often find the backgrounds distracting...however, there's a fix for that, if you're also an artist specializing in digital painting.  The background on the original photo of a show champion German Shepherd (below) was very distracting, so I painted an artistic rendition based on my original photo:

One it dawned on me I could turn photos with cruddy backgrounds into fine art paintings, I became more accepting of attending these events.  I now know some photos will turn out publishable, straight from the camera, and others will require a totally artistic approach to make them presentable.

If, however, you are not a traditional or digital artist in addition to being a photographer, you need your photographs to turn out the very best.  I have some tips for you. These are things I've learned through years of trial and error, and I hope you'll find them helpful when photographing your pet and animal related events.

I've learned when going to these events, our telephoto lens works best.  I feel somewhat like a pet P.I., but it works!  When using a short lens -- where you have to be up very close to the animal -- it's hard to get a good shot.  Pets are curious, and they often try to poke their noses right up to the lens to explore what you're doing.  Or they want to be petted or to cuddle.  By using the long lens, I can stand yards away, and photograph a pet as if I'm right next to her.  The animal rarely notices I'm there, and as a result, I get a more natural shot.  Plus the owner rarely notices me, and this stops the temptation they inevitably have to "pose" the animal.

I've also learned a few other things when photographing animals:

First of all, one must get down on the animal's level in order to get the best shot.  This requires being on the ground.  On your knees, on your butt, or simply squatting.  So an event like this is not one where I want to be wearing heels and a dress.  Comfortable clothes -- which move with you when getting on ground level -- are a must.  Flat, comfortable shoes are a must, too, which is why most people who see me in real life always see me wearing white tennis shoes.  I do have other types of shoes, but for these events, I need comfort and often need to be quick on my feet in order to capture the perfect shot.

Another thing I've learned when photographing pets at these events is there are a ton of distractions.  When you want that perfect face shot, and you want to get the pet to look at you, you're going to be competing with lots and lots of other sounds which capture their attention.  Hence, my always carrying my trusty squeaker in my pocket.  Or having Allyson hold the squeaker.  I don't bring a toy -- just that plastic "refill" squeaker which goes into a toy as a replacement when the original squeaker goes bad.  By doing this, you can dish out the familiar sound animals will often look toward, and often cock their head for, giving a very cute photo. Here's a perfect example of what the squeaker in the pocket will do for you:

For me, the most important feature of a pet picture is the eyes.  Using the squeaker, and standing behind my daughter who was photographing, I was able to get this Harlequin Great Dane to look right at the camera, and do a great head tilt, which makes for a fun, expressive photograph.

Another thing I remember when photographing pets is to focus on the fur.  Which means, get the human out of the photo.  It's hard to do at these events where pets are being held or leashed, as they're going to be in contact with their human.  I don't want the human in the photo though.  This isn't family snapshot's focus-on-the-pet time.  So I try to minimize the person with the pet as much as possible, and I will often try to use the clothing the human is wearing to provide a background for the pet himself.  Such as this photo, taken at the Jackson, Tennessee AKC dog show:

At first the woman was holding the dog's head up with her hands under his chin doing what I call "show dog modeling".  It's to be expected...we're at a dog show and this is what these people do.  I take those photos and tell them thank you...BUT...then after the human goes back to what he or she was doing, I take more photos -- with the human minimized as much as possible.  In this case, the groomer's animal print shirt provided a neat background for this dog -- yet the focus is solely on the dog and not what's in the background.

The last tip I have for photographing pets at events is regarding lighting.  And this is probably by far, the most important thing to think about to get that outstanding photo.  I start thinking about lighting before I ever get to the event.  The biggest thing to remember, is to keep the sun or light behind you, and not in front of you.  This is difficult when photographing an outdoor event at noon on a sunny day - the sun rays are coming straight down at this time of day.  The key is to watch for the animal to be in the shade, or have someone stand where they can slightly shadow the pet.  The great thing is, because these are live animals -- most owners or handlers will be looking to keep their pet out of direct sun if at all possible.  If they are in direct sun when you first see them -- such as in the case of walking a dog -- keep an eye on them.  At some point, they will want to return to shade.  That is when you take the photo.

Bright sun or bright lights directly on the pet change their look completely.  Those two things can change eye color and fur color dramatically -- often too dramatically.  So try to avoid direct sun or lights.

I do not use a flash.  At all.  Ever.  I have before, but I just don't like the look it gives.  Studio photographers have umbrellas and special lighting set up where they can use a flash and it doesn't look like they did.  Even though I have that same equipment thanks to a very kind donor, I don't use it, and for what I use, a flash messes everything up.

Not using a flash creates a big challenge when photographing indoors at the fairgrounds where our dog shows and events are held.  However, I've been there enough to have found my sweet spot.  This is the spot where the light comes in the doors at just the right angle, creating a perfect look for my photos. At the last dog show we attended, I spent 75% of my time standing (and squatting, and sitting) in this spot. Numerous dogs came by this spot, since it's right by the exit/entrance doorway.  And when they came by, that's when I photographed them inside.  Here's an example of one of my shots created while in my sweet spot:

No flash, no sun, and no direct light on the dog. Just a gleam in the eye of this Boston Terrier. His handler was off to the left, outside of the shot, and there was a leash attached -- but I cloned it out of the photograph.  Even though the light was coming through the glass doors and directly hitting the animal, by standing off to an angle from the animal, I was able to capture a great photo without his fur colors becoming washed out.  Basically, I used the light to help bring out the animal's features rather than wash them out.  The dog didn't have to move at all - I moved around him from front to side shooting a series of photos, and once I hit that right angle, the light became a helper instead of a hindrance.

To recap, the things I think about when photographing pets at events:

1)  Become a pet P.I. -- Use the telephoto lens
2)  Wear comfortable clothing to accommodate bending and squatting, and comfortable shoes.
3)  Get on the pet's level if possible.  Eye to eye.
4)  Carry the small squeaker in my pocket (or have a helper hold it)
5)  Get the human out of the photo as much as possible and use their clothing as a background if it works
6)  Think about the lighting.  Is it behind me?  Is it bearing down directly on the animal?  If so, wait for the shot or move to an angle from the animal rather than directly in front of the face.
7)  Have a fresh -- or extra - battery.  I didn't cover this above...but I can assure you, it's very, very important (or you'll be leaving your event to get another battery!).  

I hope you've enjoyed these tips and will find them helpful in your own animal event photography scenarios.


P.S.  To see more of my pet photography, as well as bird and wildlife photography, visit my animal photo galleries.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Whisper of Autumn

The wind is starting to blow, and I hear the whisper of autumn in the air.  Finally...after a long and hot summer here in Tennessee.  The first thing I love to do when the weather reaches more comfortable temperatures is get outside and take photos.  Last Sunday, my family and I stumbled upon a little gem here in Jackson -- the agricultural experiment station.  Lovely fall harvest displays filled with pumpkins and gourds and other neat things abound!  This is the display which greeted us:

I loved all the white pumpkins.  I've never seen a white pumpkin before!

And this knotty pumpkin was quite interesting:

I shot about 500-600 photos while we were there.  The flowers were amazing!  I have so much work ahead of me to get these all up on the new website.  Here's a sneak peek at one of them:

Visit this page, and go down to the bottom where you'll find links to my wedding invitations and stationery I created using this goldenrod flower image.

The day after we visited this facility and got tons of wonderful photos, we went to a friend's house to photograph her new baby colt.  So I'll have some horse photos up for you soon, too. :)

It was really nice after working so hard for the past month on the new website to get OUT of the office and spend some time in nature.  Tomorrow, we're heading downtown to photograph pets at the Pet Fest. I'm looking forward to seeing more of my furry friends again.  Being cooped up inside is for the dogs!

Check out all of the autumn harvest photos in this gallery on the website.  Also, I created a page to explain the three licensing agreements I now have in place.  And I'm offering a very generous grand opening discount coupon on digital downloads until November 15.  Visit my stock photo information page here to get your code.


Monday, October 3, 2011

The New JaiArt.Com

Please stop by and check out my new website design at the new JaiArt.Com!  You can order prints from small to large, canvas prints, framed prints and more great gift items with my art and photography all directly from the website now.  In order to celebrate the grand opening, we're offering a coupon for 20% off your order.  Expires 10/9/2011 - Use code: GROP20 at checkout.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Facebook Pets

I've been having some fun lately painting some of my facebook friends' pets.  

The first painting shown above features a pair of Cane Corso dogs, Ripley and Lucian.  I found two great head shots of them, and painted them together in one portrait.  This painting is available on prints here and merchandise here.

This is Harley the Shih Tzu.  He belongs to one of my long-time friends on Facebook and is spoiled rotten, from the sounds of things!  He is a beautiful example of the breed, and his painting is available on prints here and merchandise here.

And I couldn't resist doing this painting of Bunny the Kitten.  She is a sweet little calico, and was given her name "Bunny" because she hops around a lot.  Bunny's painting is available on prints here and merchandise here.

If you'd like to join my Facebook friends list, I may paint one of your pets as well!  Just click here and request a friendship.


Romantic Landscapes #4 and #5

Here's my two newest romantic landscapes in the series of 12 I'm working on.  The painting above is titled "Garden Kiss" and features a couple stealing a kiss on the garden walkway.  This painting is available on prints here and merchandise here.

This painting is titled "Wishing Pond" and features a couple sitting on a bench in front of a private miniature pond, making a wish together.  Wishing Pond is available on prints here and on merchandise here.

In the merchandise section, you'll notice the paintings are all available on wedding invitations.  These make fabulous choices if you're looking for a unique, artistic look for your wedding presentation!

Just seven more to go!

I hope you are enjoying these.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Going to the Chapel

This is painting #3 in my Romantic Landscape series.  Going to the Chapel actually features a couple I know.  A photo of them holding hands moved me, and since they were married recently, I thought it was quite fitting to use them for the inspiration for this painting.

Here's a close up showing the detail.  Going to the Chapel is available on products here.  There are 9 more paintings to go in this little series.


New Animal Paintings

 And birds too!  One bird anyway...the gorgeous peacock above. :)  This peacock painting is available here.

And here we have a stunning Snow Leopard.  I photographed this guy at the Memphis Zoo.  He made a great subject for a portrait! I love his golden eyes.  Snow Leopard cards and gifts are available here.

And then we have a tiger...once again, I met this fella at the Memphis Zoo. This tiger portrait is available here.

Here's one of the dogs I met at a local dog show.  This fella was belonged to a vendor who was selling dog treats, and he kept a close eye on everything.  This Pug portrait is available here.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New Romantic Landscapes

I recently finished these two "romantic landscapes", as I call them.  I love peaceful and romantic scenes. These paintings are created using an impressionist style.  The first painting features lovers under a huge old tree. It's titled "Lover's Tree".  Check out the close up photo below:

 The Lover's Tree painting is available on a wide range of invitations, cards, and gifts in my shop.

I've titled this second painting "Secluded Stream".  It's a great place for a couple to meet and have an intimate moment. This painting is available on a variety of products here.

You can acquire fine art prints (plain, matted, or matted and framed) on paper and canvas in my other online gallery of work.

I plan on doing about 10 more of these romantic landscapes, for a total of 12 in the series. Hopefully I'll have them all done soon, as I'd love to offer everyone a new calendar in time for Christmas. :)


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Matted Greeting Cards

This week, I began matting some of my greeting cards.  I'm listing them on Etsy for sale.  This first one I matted is a professionally printed 5x7" greeting card with my original white poodle painting.  I chose a mat with a lovely golden trim, which blends nicely with her fur colors in the painting.

These matted greeting cards are all matted in 8x10" size mats and are ready to drop into an 8x10" frame.  OR....if you really want to create a nice piece of art for your home or office, you can mat this in an 11x14" or larger complementary mat, and place in a larger frame.  These make great small works of art for your home and office, and all feature my original paintings and photos on these high quality greeting cards and/or my ColorSplash photo greeting cards.

Of course, you can always order the individual greeting cards and mat them won't have the benefit of having my original artist signature on each mat!  That's right - each of these is signed and dated by yours truly, in either gold or silver ink.  Bookmark my Etsy shop, because I'll be listing more of these as I finish matting them over the coming weeks.  And you'll want to stay tuned for another little artsy-surprise I'm working on as well. :)


In the Forest

Recently we visited Cypress Grove Park here in Jackson, TN.  It's gorgeous inside the park, which is actually a boardwalk trail that winds deep into the forest.  It's very peaceful and serene, and I was able to get some beautiful photos.  Unfortunately, because of the darkness, the camera doesn't make the best pictures.  So these require quite a bit of editing before publishing.

I love the photo above, as it gives a glimpse of the sunlight coming in through the trees.  But of course, I thought it needed more color.  This is one of those scenes which would look wonderful if it would really glow from the sunlight.  So....I did a bit of editing, and this is how the photo looks now:

Full of rich color, an inviting scene has been created for the viewer.  I decided to take things one step farther and add some words of inspiration:

It reads:  BE STILL in the darkness and I will LIGHT your way.  This gorgeous image from "The Grove" is available on cards, prints and gifts here.  It's also available as fine art paper and canvas prints, matted and/or framed, in this gallery here.

I have some other great scenes I'll be sharing soon from this park visit, and a few birds of prey photos as well.  This park rescues injured, wild birds and keeps them in captivity until they heal, and there were several there when we visited.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Kitten Sweetness

Orange Kitten Fine Art Print print
Orange Kitten Fine Art Print

There's nothing sweeter than the miracle of new life.  After just losing my dog and one of our cats, the perfect cheer-me-up came to the door yesterday.  Meet Vol, a 6 week old orange and white kitten who was just adopted by a friend.  Little Vol almost didn't make it into this world.

Orange Cat Square Fine Art Print print
Orange Cat Square Fine Art Print

This is Juicy, Vol's mother.  Juicy was a stray in our neighborhood. At the time this pregnant cat decided to roost at my house, there was also another stray who had just brought us three kittens.  This was in addition to our 4 rescued strays we already had here.  There was no way all of these cats could stay, so I got in touch with various animal rescue groups, who were of no help (because they all were full).  So I called the humane society.  She told me they were full and I'd have to call animal control.  I told her I didn't want to call them, because they are a kill facility.  She told me the cats/kittens had 30-40 days and that their cat adoption rate was very high.  Still hesitant, I called the female animal control officer I knew, and asked her to come pick up the cats, since I was out of money for food and had just enough food left to feed my 4 original cats until the next payday.

When she showed up, I was still hesitant to let them go, but when this female officer told me she was taking the cats to a local vet who spays/neuters them and puts the ones who don't get adopted onto her farm, I was willing to let them go, and was happy they would have a chance to be adopted and end up in a safe place if they didn't.

Fast forward two days, until I saw something very disturbing on Facebook (yes, Facebook allows the world to become very small these days!).  Turns out, the lady had lied to me -- the cats were taken straight to the kill shelter and were put on death row...with...get this...2-3 days to live!  On day 2, the orange female we called "Juicy" had her 4 kittens while in their "custody".  Still...she and the 4 kittens were scheduled to be put down. 

I was FURIOUS.  This wasn't what I was told at all, by either the Humane Society or the animal control officer.  And it turns out this is a long-standing problem here of Rabies Control misleading people, as a week or so later, this article came out in our local news.  According to that article, the officer had that man sign some documents.  I was never given any documents to sign.  But I was given a bunch of lies!  And now these poor kitties weren't even going to have a chance.

But once again, thanks to the beauty of Facebook and the ability to share information quickly, word got out and thanks to a kind, generous woman, Juicy and her babies were saved.  Photos of her and her kittens were circulating fast, and I shared the photo with a friend of mine who said she wanted the orange kitten.  I put her in touch with the lady who rescued them, and that is how "Vol" became adopted by my friend last night.

She brought him by so I could meet him, and of course, I had to shoot some photos.  What a precious little fella he is!  In fact, I've already added his sweet face to a variety of cards and gifts in my shop.  I'm so glad he made it and has a good home.  He was the only boy of the bunch and the only orange one.  His 3 sisters have already been adopted as well, and Juicy, the mother cat, is staying with her rescuer.  Despite a rough start -- almost NO start to life - these babies and their mother made it out okay, and for that, I am very thankful.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

A hurting heart

Tabby Cats and Kittens 2011 Calendar calendar
It's 2 weeks ago we lost our dog Lady, and now we have lost our young, vibrant, fun kitty cat, Molly.  Molly apparently swallowed something sharp, which was stuck and making her bleed inside and they wanted to do surgery to get whatever it was out.  We could not afford the high cost of surgery, so we had to let her go. :(

I am heartbroken. Molly is the cover girl shown on my Tabby Cats & Kittens calendar above.  Despite the fact I have two other furry friends in the house, my house feels so empty. Max, the German Shepherd, is laying around depressed and quiet...Molly was his play buddy.  He loved her and she loved him. I'm trying to keep him busy and entertained, but it's hard to do when the tears keep flowing.

I know they say "everything happens for a reason", but I can't even imagine what could be the reason for having 2 of my best friends taken from me so suddenly and so close together. My heart just hurts.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Goodbye Lady

Last night we had to say goodbye to our companion of 11+ years.  Rest in peace, Lady Johnson.

Lady first came to us about 10 years ago when we were adding a front porch onto our home.  She was trotting down the street and saw us outside with the workers, and she came over to say hello.  She spotted the sand pile in the front yard, and started checking it out.  A few minutes later, she decided to run and dive right into the center of it.  She thought that was so much fun, she started going crazy and circling the yard, running, and pouncing right in the center of the pile, coming out the other side, shaking sand everywhere!

We didn't know whose dog she was, but found her quite delightful.  Our children were little at the time, and she approached them gently and was very friendly.  She was solid black at that time, with no fat on her, and a sleek shiny coat.  We played with her, and when we went in for the evening, we figured she'd just go on back to her house.  We lived in a neighborhood with many, many homes, and assumed she had just wandered from one down the street.

About 2 in the morning, we were awakened to a dog barking -- on our new front porch - right outside our bedroom window.  She apparently decided to make our front porch her sleeping place, and we thought it was awfully cute that she was barking, "protecting" our new porch from possible intruders.

A couple of days went by and she stayed around.  I started feeding her, of course.  I also started looking for her owner.  There was no response to my attempts at finding her owner.  My husband was jogging 5 miles a day back at that time, and Lady started running with him.  She'd run the entire 5 miles - he couldn't believe it.  Of course she'd sleep 1/2 a day after that because she was so exhausted.

About 3 weeks into this, she went into heat.  Since we had not found her owner, I decided to take her and have her spayed, and I told my husband she was our dog now.  We moved her into our fenced backyard where we had another dog.  We also had a doggie door installed on the screen porch out back so she could come in and get shelter from the weather.  Our other dog had a dog house he would get in, but Miss Lady didn't want any part of being in a dog house out in the rain.

A few months later, our other dog, who was many years older, passed away.  Then it was just Lady and us.  A few months after that, we lost our home and had to move.  The house we were moving to didn't have a fenced yard or any covered areas outside.  I told my husband we'd have to keep her inside.  He very reluctantly agreed, as he really didn't want a house dog.

And she's been with us as a house dog ever since.  Over the past five or so years however, Lady has been plagued with health issues.  It had become one vet visit after another, and her responses to medicines seemed to always compell a different problem to come on, which we'd then be back at the vet for a second issue.  Last year, a knot just appeared on her right front leg.  The doctor thought it might be bone cancer, but didn't know for sure without doing a lot of procedures which we couldn't afford.  We elected to treat it with pain medicine, and a diet to help her decrease her weight.  She did well for a few months, but has been slowly declining ever since, while still having continuous skin and intestinal issues.  We've had both of those under control for about 6 months now, but we had already decided if she seemed uncomfortable or in pain, we would let her go.

The past few weeks, she seemed to be in quite a bit more pain, and also developed an anal gland infection.  We tried treating the anal gland infection with antibiotics, but her stomach just couldn't handle the antibiotics and was getting upset again.  She has had constant problems with these glands over the years, but they would always settle down without antibiotics.  This time she had a full blown infection -- with blood.  There was the option of surgery to remove the glands, but at her age and with her other health issues, we didn't want to put her through that.  The past week, it became evident she was in a good bit of pain and she was really having trouble getting around, and also seemed to be having breathing issues.

The night before last, Lady was laying on the driveway looking out across the yard, and one of our outdoor cats went over and laid right beside her.  He's never done that before, and it was as if he was trying to comfort her or make her feel better.  Yesterday her panting was quite excessive at times it shouldn't have been.  I could tell she was in tremendous pain yesterday morning when we did the morning walk.  She didn't want to go far from the house.  After a family discussion, we decided it was time to say our goodbyes.  We didn't like seeing her sick and in pain, and I know it was no fun for her.  So last night, we escorted our dear friend over the Rainbow Bridge, where hopefully she will find peace and freedom from pain and problems.

Rest in peace my dear Lady -- you will always be remembered and always be loved, and although we will miss you terribly, we will never forget the joy you brought to us and I hope you will remember us fondly in spirit.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Wild Cat Collection

I finally completed all of the wild cats in the Color Splash Photo Wildlife Series.  Click on the flyer above to see them all - and of course all of these images are available on cards, prints, and gifts in the Color Splash store, as well as on canvas prints in my Fine Art America gallery here.

The only cat I didn't include in the wildlife series is the female lion.  I was hoping to capture a great photo of a male lion, however, there wasn't one present at the Memphis Zoo on the day we visited for our photography session.  I felt the female lion photo wasn't as good as the others shown above.

The Cheetah and the Snow Leopards were the most active cats.  The tigers were being fairly lazy.  Maybe if we'd have been there closer to feeding time, the tigers would have been more active!

What's amazing to me is how much these big cats resemble my domestic house cats with their actions - just in bigger size and much more grandiose. :)  I've heard time and time again the domestic house cats are "little tigers", and after observing these big cats, I have to agree.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Life Updates from Jai

Here I am again, back on Blogger, revitalizing my old blog.  I attempted to make a blog on each of my websites, and found it was just too much to keep up with.  So this will be the new (old) posting place. :)

So what's new....over the past several months, I've been diligently working on JaiArt.Com and ColorSplashPhotoGallery.Com.  And it's paid off!  Sales are proving people love the art and photos I create!  And...another bit of big news.  I'm now represented by a licensing agent - Julie LaDow of Main Line Art Licensing.  Hopefully my art and photos will be in stores soon, and accessible to all of you who wish to "see it in person" before you buy.

This week I finished up a sea shell collection I've titled Treasured Memories.  Here's a look at the different designs available in this collection:

All of the sea shells - individually and collective - are available on cards, prints, and gifts at the GalleryJai.Com Zazzle Shop.

Today, I'm working on two more wild cat photos for the wildlife series of Color Splash photos.  I'm working on a cheetah and a tiger.  Hopefully I'll have them completed by the end of the day and I'll be able to share them here.

In the meantime, take a look at how lovely the Treasured Memories sea shell mug turned out:
Treasured Memories Sea Shell Collection Mug mug
Treasured Memories Sea Shell Collection Mug by jaisjewels

Use Code: PERSONALMUGS at checkout for 25% off the price today. :)


Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Zazzle Store

Since Zazzle has now enabled us to have multiple stores under one account, I've finally opened another store! For my Artful Memory store, I'm featuring art and designs mostly on invitations. Also check out the new ArtfulMemory.Com website, where I'm featuring invitation designs from hundreds of Zazzle artists and designers. From birthday to wedding to baby showers, retirement, cocktail parties and more, we are selecting the best invitations we find out Zazzle to help make your event memorable.

I've also decided to update this blog more frequently with my photographs again. I'll try to share a new photo every day with you!

Here's a neat action shot of my German Shepherd I took recently:

He was chasing his ball down the hill and I caught him as he went airborne. You can see the full slide show of German Shepherd photos from this session on my website blog.