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In my new endeavor, combining my artwork with the haiku poetry of Glennis Roper, Glennis has shared some really phenomenal poetry with me. She has a great sense of whit, and a knack for striking at the heart of the subject.

I love this one about how expensive postage has become:

Postage keeps rising!

Pony Express was cheaper!

Good thing planes fly fast.

When I was talking to her earlier this week she said that what prompted her to write this was that although many things have not increased much in price percentage-wise over the years, she remembers a time when it cost as little as 3 cents to mail a letter. That was a little before my time, but I do recall the time when 1st class mail was only 22 cents. Now it is double that, despite a things like a gallon of milk staying in the same approximate $2/gal range over the same approximate 20 year period.

Postage rate increase haiku by Glennis Roper, illustrated by Dawna Morton
Postage rate increase haiku by Glennis Roper, illustrated by Dawna Morton~see it framed

This haiku about postal rate increases by Glennis Roper is illustrated in a style reminiscent of a political cartoon. A little girl turns her piggy bank upside down and shakes it, peering inside for spare change next to a mailbox labeled with a dollar sign, while a pony express rider races a modern day jet plane past mountain ranges like a a graph of the ever increasing prices.

Archival inks and papers, canvas prints,custom framing available on imagekind
Fine Art Prints from $10.44 and up. Prices subject to change.
Postage rate increase haiku on RedBubble
cards starting at US $1.92, matted prints US$28.50, prices subject to change.
Postage rate increase haiku on zazzle.com
Pony Express Posters and art starting at $9.95, prices subject to change

Here is the sketch of the horse and rider without any of the other design elements…
pony express 2 by Dawna Morton
pony express 2 by Dawna Morton

It is also for sale with and without the poetry on many other products such as t-shirts at redbubble and zazzle.

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Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
http://PoemsProseAndArtistry.imagekind.com/
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Maple leave shine brilliantly golden in the autumn sun on a background of soft , shadowy, dark green forest beyond in this series of matching stationery, stickers, postage, cards and postcards featuring my photo, Autumn Sun Rays #34.

Images and content on this blog are the intellectual property of  Dawna Morton.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not copy.
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Dawna’s Fine Art Prints at imagekind.com

Dawna’s Zazzle Gallery of items featuring her Art and Photography

Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
http://PoemsProseAndArtistry.imagekind.com/
http://www.zazzle.com/poemsproseartistry*
http://www.redbubble.com/people/poemsproseart

Buy my t-shirts

 

You can also find Dawna on flickr

 

 

Yesterday while looking through some of my images on zazzle.com, I realized I had neglected to create a poster out of this fabulous photograph of a yellow and black striped butterfly perched on the lilac bush in our back yard. Several years ago when there were some beautiful large butterflies flitting around the garden my Daughter insisted I snap a picture of one for her I chased that butterfly around the back yard for what seemed like hours with my daughter’s help keeping an eye on where it went until I could catch a decent photo of it holding still.

When I created this poster and some other items for sale out of this picture yesterday, I decided I’d better figure out exactly what kind of butterfly I had a picture of.  So after some sleuthing on the internet,  I learned that it is probably a Western Tiger Swallowtail (it could possibly be a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, they look very similar to me) . It was also interesting to learn that the Oregon swallowtail became the Oregon state insect in 1979. I learn all sorts of interesting things in the process of selling my photography 😉

update: Although i originally thought these flowers were lilacs, I have recently discovered they are actually the flowers of a butterfly bush.

Here are the poster, and some of the other items I have created using this marvelous photo:

Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on pink lilacs print

A strikingly beautiful yellow and black striped Western Tiger Swallowtail  sips nectar from pink lilac flowers. The softly focused green foliage of the lilac bush sets up a lovely background for this photograph.

NEW CUSTOM BUTTERFLY SHOES!

Western Tiger Swallowtail butterfly on pink lilacs kedsshoe

On the toes and heels of these custom  shoes is a strikingly beautiful yellow Western Tiger Swallowtail with black stripes sipping nectar from a cluster of pink lilac flowers in front of a softly focused background of green foliage. The shoes’ sides are in a colorful fun floral print. Shown here with pink and yellow trim, slate green insole, and cream mid sole–this shoe also looks great with black soles.

Images and content on this blog are the intellectual property of  Dawna Morton.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not copy.
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Dawna’s Fine Art Prints at imagekind.com

Dawna’s Zazzle Gallery of items featuring her Art and Photography

Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
http://PoemsProseAndArtistry.imagekind.com/
http://www.zazzle.com/poemsproseartistry*
http://www.redbubble.com/people/poemsproseart

Buy my t-shirts

 

You can also find Dawna on flickr

 

 

A few years ago I got some spectacular photos of a Great Blue Heron while on a family outing at Trojan.  This past week I decided to use this shot of the large bird swooping over the water with its wings outstretched to their full span and its feet trailing behind to create some new items on zazzle.

on the wing tie
on the wing by dlmtleArt
Design a necktie with Zazzle
This necktie would make a great present for father’s day, or a birthday for that special father or other man in your life who loves waterfowl or the great outdoors.
on the wing stamp
on the wing by dlmtleArt
Shop for custom postage at zazzle.com
This stamp also goes well with matching stationery and stickers…
Images and content on this blog are the intellectual property of  Dawna Morton.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not copy.
Dawna’s Buy               my art Gallery of Greeting Cards, Matted Prints, and T-shirts at RedBubble Buy               art

Dawna’s Fine Art Prints at imagekind.com

Dawna’s Zazzle Gallery of items featuring her Art and Photography

Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
http://PoemsProseAndArtistry.imagekind.com/
http://www.zazzle.com/poemsproseartistry*
http://www.redbubble.com/people/poemsproseart

Buy my t-shirts

 

You can also find Dawna on flickr

 

Several years ago, when we were returning from a family vacation, I snapped some photos of a beautiful sunset through the passenger window of our car. We were traveling along HWY 97 and HWY 26 from the Bend area to the vicinity of Portland, Oregon. What attracted me in this particular shot was the rhythmic patterns of the sprinklers in foreground. If memory serves correctly, the sprinklers were watering a crop of fragrant mint. As the many row of sprinklers each moved back and forth in unison, the sunset lights up layers of clouds above a beautiful view of a broad expanse of the cascade mountains. I think the tallest may be Broken Top, although I am not entirely sure.
I did end up editing this photo by removing some of the part closer to the car which were blurred because we were still in motion, as well as removing evidence of the car window from the shot and adjusting some of the lighting and colors. I have another version where I left the coloring closer to the original photo, which I will be posting later.
Images and content on this blog are the intellectual property of  Dawna Morton.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not copy.
Dawna’s Buy               my art Gallery of Greeting Cards, Matted Prints, and T-shirts at RedBubble Buy               art

Dawna’s Fine Art Prints at imagekind.com

Dawna’s Zazzle Gallery of items featuring her Art and Photography

Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
http://PoemsProseAndArtistry.imagekind.com/
http://www.zazzle.com/poemsproseartistry*
http://www.redbubble.com/people/poemsproseart

Buy my t-shirts

 

You can also find Dawna on flickr

 

 

Yesterday I created a series of products on Zazzle using my photo, Sunrise Over the Columbia River #9…

Layers of lavender purple and pink clouds glow in the dawn light as the sun rises over the Columbia River in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. A white Masonic Lodge nestles next to a church among the shadowy trees of the Rainier, Oregon forest as the Columbia river flows past the city lights of Kelso and Longview, Washington twinkling against the dark backdrop of the mountains ranges beyond.

There is  matching postage as well as matching stickers for sale for that extra special touch to you personal correspondence.

 

Sunrise Over the Columbia River #9 sticker

 

Sunrise Over the Columbia River #9 by dlmtleArt

all other stickers on zazzle

All of these items can be personalized with you own custom text on Zazzle.
Images and content on this blog are the intellectual property of  Dawna Morton.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not copy.
Dawna’s Buy               my art Gallery of Greeting Cards, Matted Prints, and T-shirts at RedBubble Buy               art

Dawna’s Fine Art Prints at imagekind.com

Dawna’s Zazzle Gallery of items featuring her Art and Photography

Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
http://PoemsProseAndArtistry.imagekind.com/
http://www.zazzle.com/poemsproseartistry*
http://www.redbubble.com/people/poemsproseart

Buy my t-shirts

 

You can also find Dawna on flickr

 

 

 

Today I finally finished the drawing for a Christmas card design I  started on 3 Christmases ago.  Originally I was going to do what most greeting card companies suggest and cut paper and use that technique to keep the design simple. I even had some brown paper that was just the right color for the camels that I wanted on my card.  So after going to Wetcanvas.com and checked their free reference photo library to refresh my mind on what a camel REALLY looks like, I turned the computer off and got to work drawing some camels on my brown paper and cutting them out with an Exacto knife. The camels turned out really well and there was even one who looked particularly spunky and happy to be traveling to Bethlehem. doing the paper cut outs did help with the composition, because it was then just an easy matter of placing one overlapping the other instead of trying to figure out where one would end and the other begin while I was drawing them. By the time I had gotten the Christmas star as well as some other stars cut out, in addition to my camels, some wise men, the manger, and a concept sketch for Mary and Joseph cut out I decided what I really wanted to do was to PAINT the card rather than work with paper cut outs.  In retrospect I wish I had stayed with the original concept instead of changing in mid stream, because I would have been done a long time ago. It created a lot of extra work to have to trace the things I had already cut out onto another piece of paper.  Then I started a long and tedious process of  drawing on tracing paper  and then tracing what I had drawn onto some heavy duty art paper after having cut it and arranged it in the composition I wanted.  Another thing I wish I had done a little differently would be to make the original drawing larger than the card and then just use the computer to shrink it down. Of course that might just encourage me to add even more detail and make things even more complicated ;/

I love the composition in this card. What I was really going for was the “perfect” Christmas card–something that perfectly expressed my feelings and sentiments about the meaning of Christmas, rather than some of the shallower, albeit fun Christmas messages out there. So in the center of this design is a heart with the Christmas star centered above it and piercing downward into it. Then moving around clockwise like a Mandela three little stars seem to dance in with joy in the night sky with the desire to follow the three wise men to Bethlehem. The three wisemen and their camels curve around the heart , hugging it closely on their journey to see the newborn king. Even one of the camels cannot contain his joy has as with a merry face he saunters jauntily along. Beyond the caravan a shepherd kneels with his sheep in adoration of the Christ Child. The infant Jesus smiles in his sleep in the manger as Joseph lovingly supports a weary, but joyful, Mary on his shoulder.  Moving upward around the second half of the heart, the composition then moves through some of the important events of Christ’s life.  We see the sea of Galilee where the apostles on their ship watch in awe as Christ walks toward them on the water. Next we follow a path past the house where the bedridden man is let down through the roof so that Jesus can heal him. The road continues on towards the mount where the multitude listens to Him teaching the Beatitudes. Next is a portrayal Him pleading with his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Beyond the Cross the Resurrected Lord is met by Mary at the tomb.

Right now this is simply a line drawing, but by this time next year I plan on having a full color version available for sale. For now, this design is also available on a variety of other zazzle products. Within the next couple days it will also be available as a print and greeting card on both Imagekind and RedBubble. (*UPDATE* now on fineartamerica too)

Wrapped in the arms of His Love tie

 

The background color on this tie can be customized also.

Wrapped in the arms of His Love shirt

 

This is only one of a multitude of shirt styles, colors, and sizes available.

Wrapped in the arms of His Love bag

 

This would make a classy reusable Christmas Gift bag, or just use it as a festive tote.
Wrapped in the arms of His Love print
Wrapped in the arms of His Love by dlmtleArt
Shop the other art available on zazzle
Wrapped in the arms of His Love stamp
Wrapped in the arms of His Love by dlmtleArt
Design personalized stamps at zazzle

*NEW* BABY’S FIRST CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT:

Images and content on this blog are the intellectual property of  Dawna Morton.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not copy.
Dawna’s Buy               my art Gallery of Greeting Cards, Matted Prints, and T-shirts at RedBubble Buy               art

Dawna’s Fine Art Prints at imagekind.com

Dawna’s Zazzle Gallery of items featuring her Art and Photography

Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
http://PoemsProseAndArtistry.imagekind.com/
http://www.zazzle.com/poemsproseartistry*
http://www.redbubble.com/people/poemsproseart

Buy my t-shirts

 

You can also find Dawna on flickr

 

 

One of many projects I have been working on this week is to use my photo, bird in a winter tree, to create a series of products on Zazzle.com
A bird ( perhaps a robin?) perches on a snow covered apple tree limb surveying the frozen apples hanging like ornaments on a Christmas tree in the December snowstorm.

bird in a winter tree photocard
Add your own personal photo and this custom card is great as is, or change the greeting, add your own message, or change the frame color.
bird in a winter tree tie
I love the  pattern that the branches make in this necktie, almost like a cubist painting in effect…
bird in a winter tree by dlmtleArt
Design neckties at zazzle.com
bird in a winter tree stationery
This stationery can be paired with your choice matching stamps, stickers, post cards, and note cards to make an attractive gift set.
bird in a winter tree stamp
bird in a winter tree by dlmtleArt
Create customized stamps with Zazzle
Images and content on this blog are the intellectual property of  Dawna Morton.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not copy.
Dawna’s Buy               my art Gallery of Greeting Cards, Matted Prints, and T-shirts at RedBubble Buy               art

Dawna’s Fine Art Prints at imagekind.com

Dawna’s Zazzle Gallery of items featuring her Art and Photography

Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
http://PoemsProseAndArtistry.imagekind.com/
http://www.zazzle.com/poemsproseartistry*
http://www.redbubble.com/people/poemsproseart

Buy my t-shirts

 

You can also find Dawna on flickr

 

 

One of several things I have been working on this week is making a series of  products with my photo, Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53:
Looking up a steep snow covered hill in Rainier, Oregon the crystal clear early morning sky is seen through a break in the trees.

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 photocard
Use this custom photo card as a Christmas or New Years card with your own photo and text.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 stationery
There are matching postage and stickers to go with this beautiful stationery. You could also create a custom gift set of stationery by ordering several different kinds of my forest stationery, with matching postage and stickers.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 keychain
Feel free to add your own favorite quote or poem to this key-chain.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 sticker
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 by dlmtleArt
See all other stickers on zazzle.com
Below are several of many options for a great custom shirt.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 card
Leave this card blank for that special note, or add your own custom greeting for Christmas or New Years.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 mousepad
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #53 by dlmtleArt
Browse more custom mousepads available from zazzle
Images and content on this blog are the intellectual property of  Dawna Morton.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Do not copy.
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Dawna’s Zazzle Gallery of items featuring her Art and Photography

Dawna’s art on FineArtAmerica

Dawna’s art on Amazon

Visit Dawna’s fan page and become a fan on facebook!

see Dawna’s art & photography with the poetry of Glennis Roper
http://PoemsProseAndArtistry.imagekind.com/
http://www.zazzle.com/poemsproseartistry*
http://www.redbubble.com/people/poemsproseart

Buy my t-shirts

 

You can also find Dawna on flickr

 

 

Last week I designed a series of items on zazzle using my photo, Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #54:

Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #54 photocard
Here it make an attractive Christmas photo card with the addition of your own photo and a customizable greeting–or leave the message as is “Merry Christmas!”.
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #54 card
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #54 by dlmtleArt
Shop for another card online at zazzle
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #54 stamp
Forest Sun Rays in the Snow #54 by dlmtleArt
Design customized stamps on zazzle
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