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Toni James
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"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."
"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."

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My first trip to the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert, new camera in hand. It's going to take awhile for this camera and I to become best friends, but I think it's going to be a long and wonderful relationship. :D

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"Patience is Learned"
 While waiting for a drawing arm injury to heal, I decided to work at my drawing table instead of the easel, on a small 8"x10" graphite. By doing so, it allowed my elbow very little movement while I still was able to work. Little did I realize the title wou...

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Another Arizona Adventure...
Over the weekend Hubby and I went for a drive, between Winslow and Heber AZ. It was a beautiful day for a drive and even more so when we found this beautiful meadow, and old ranch house, or line shack or...  either way, exploring was really cool!  These pic...

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"A Quiet Conversation" WIP Update
It's been awhile since I updated this piece, although I have worked on it some. It's been slow going because I injured the tendons in my drawing arm and it's not quite healed yet. So here is where it sits, I've moved beyond the under painting and am now add...

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4th of July Celebration in Heber-Overgaard AZ
The 4th of July was on a Friday this year, so the celebration was postponed until Saturday to give everyone time to trek up the mountain and spend a few days. We managed a 4 day stay..ahhhhhhh .. love it. This is the first time we knew of the annual "Anvil ...

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It's Dry Dry Dry Out There!
Fire danger is and extreme thing in Northern Arizona during the late spring/early summer months. Everything is so dry and dusty. So when we planned our trip up last month ( to clean up forest debris around the house for fire prevention) we also planned a pi...

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Ann.. I do love my UART!!
It's not a secret... I tell everyone who asks me, how much I love UART as my number 1 support for my colored pencil work. I began using sanded surfaces made for pastels way back in the early 90's. I tried several but they were to fickle. They couldn't stand...

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"A Quiet Conversation" Update...
I haven't had as much time as I would like to progress on this piece.. with all those moving boxes, remodeling, landscaping and such...lol. But here is my update as promised! I'm still working on my under painting, cutting a few corners by combining my unde...

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Since I last posted....
Things have changed around here! I did not finish my 30 day painting challenge, but that's ok! I had a blast while I could participate and will certainly do it again.  My "Vintage Allure" was accepted into the 22nd Annual Colored Pencil Society of America's...

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"A Quiet Conversation" ~ Colored Pencil, WIP the Beginning
A dozen years or so ago my husband brought home a mule. Oh.. that mule! His name should have given him a clue, it was Dudly. Dudly was a dud. The only thing he did well was eat. About a month later, my husband saw a truck on the freeway, which had a Queen V...
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