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Shades of Gray–Rhino Art

I took the photo at some zoo, don’t remember which now, Rhinos coming and going. It took me about 3 days to work on this, trying different layers, not liking the end result, trying something else. That’s what I love about doing art on Photoshop. It’s easy to start over again and you don’t waste any precious, expensive materials to do it.

But Rhinos, I must say, were difficult to work with to put them in a more…beautiful light. I thought about making the scene bigger and making them smaller, but I liked the original photo and their size because they are so big, and I wanted to keep it that way to show how truly impressive they are. Can you imagine one sitting on you? That would hurt. Not to mention if one chased you down with its big horn, though stepping on you would hurt lots too.

I only got 1,000 words on word count yesterday. Edits and trying to fill in scenes can be a job. I also planted the yellow coneflowers, cut back tree branches, pulled weeds, and filled in part of that indent in the yard. It’s a lot wider and deeper than I thought. No wonder I kept stumbling in it. It only took me 7 years to do something about it.

Come on now, don’t tell me you never procrastinate about anything.

Little one is here and we have a million things to do. So off I go.

Have a great one!


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Focusing on the Interesting…

Rhinos Bathing

In writing, it’s fun to compare and contrast things–people, objects, places, settings, to make them different, more interesting. Here is a case in point: Rhinos can be plain… boring. If they’re just… standing around. Doing nothing. But when I was at the Omaha zoo, the rhinos were bathing and it intrigued me. It was near freezing out at Thanksgiving time in November, so it seemed ironic that they would take a bath, not to cool down!

Before this, I was visiting the Waco zoo, and this is what I found–rhinos sleeping. So??? But it was the turkey vultures perched on top that intrigued me. My friend, who was with me, told me the rhinos were merely statues. I told her no, they’re real. She couldn’t believe it. We watched for a long time, until she saw one’s ear flutter. And then satisfied they were real, we moved on.

Rhinos sleeping vultures (800x390)

And here is further proof that the rhinos are alive and well in Texas. It was feeding time at the zoo.

rhino (792x800)

Finding something interesting in a setting is like writing about something interesting. We want to focus on that–and not on the mundane, or it will make our pictures, and our writing just that–mundane.

Review: A Seal Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear.


A Seal Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear
Series: Heart of the Wolf (# 12)
Release Date:  September 24, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

Have a super great day!

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