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Pacific Northwest Garden Studio
 
When the weather permits, this is where I can be found on many days - in my garden studio near a small bay on Puget Sound, Washington.

Being outside from early spring, through summer and into fall painting in watercolor, is one of my favorite activities. 

I spend many winter hours inside at my desk painting - so it is a treat to set up a portable outdoor studio.  My garden is a haven with all the wildflowers, bees, butterflies, hummingbirds,  songbirds, and at least once nearly every day I hear the crows cawing loudly and look up to see them chasing one of our resident bald eagles.  There is a small bay just five stone throws south of the beautiful arbor my daughter made for me (2007) in her shop class.

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At Work in the Studio

 
 
Queensland, Australia
Rainforest Dreaming Studio
 
Beautiful Northern Queensland has such a variety of flora and fauna - the location is paradise for biologists, photographers and artists.   I spend a lot of time in the rainforest exploring the vegetation and wonderful creatures found there.  From butterflies to large flightless birds like the colorful cassowary, I am amazed by the diversity and abundance of life.  There are new discoveries each time I return to my Queensland home. 

At home in the Rainforest
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North Queensland 2008 Photos by CKC and Jim McKay

Tools of the Trade

A small folding table (very handy), comfortable chair, pencil, paper, paints, paper towels, brushes and a jar with water.  When on location, I have a backpack and carry my precut paper, paint supplies then find a spot, sit comfortably - often against a tree or log and create a miniature in a beautiful natural environment.
 

 
Necessities in the garden include: A hot cup of tea (chamomile is my personal favorite) and a telephone to communicate with the world - I often paint while conversing.  Also, a crystal ball is essential for magical inspiration if I can't decide what to paint.  There are so many choices!  : )

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