Dreamy Soft Focus


I spied a Lady Bug on a dead daylily.  We were eye ball to bug eye.   I told Her that I would like to take Her picture and asked if she would stay put till I got my camera.  She didn’t fly away.

I hurried inside, grabbed my Canon and attached a 12mm extension tube to the lens.  I hoped it would be enough to get me up close and personal with my new insect friend.  But, sadly, when I get back to the spot, she was gone.

So instead, I explored the landscape, the shadows and the warm fall colors.   An extension tube lets you get close to your subject and blurs things that are in the distance. I don’t know the all the technicals of the different lengths but I love discovery through experiments.   In this case, the extension tube added a painterly blur that reminds me of the place in dreams that isn’t quite in focus.

Summer Art Challenge

‘Heart Beat’  –  digitally created from original mixed media paintings.

I’ve challenged myself to create art using only the products that I already own.   The heavy watercolor paper and the canvas paintings that aren’t quite there will live again as new painting surfaces.  I’m excited about this personal challenge and I look forward to posting my progress.


Oh Joy


My dogs find joy everywhere.  They easily get lost in a smell in the grass and leaves that drift in the breeze.   But a new toy-that has them prancing and dancing.

A few of my small joys:

Raw Sugar hand soap- smells great and feels even better.

Funky socks from the Paul Smith store in Las Vegas.

A walk in the park – a natural attitude adjuster.


socks and soap

and a walk in the park-

oh joy.

by, Susan Stone

Project Gypsy


My horoscope tells me that I am a project gypsy – moving from one project to the next.  How did they know?

I have been enjoying a revisit to black and white photography- but this time with digital technology.  Twenty years ago, I created black and white photos under a red light and trays of chemicals.   I love the magic moment when an image appears on paper- but I don’t miss the smelly chemicals.

 There’s always creative work for a Project Gypsy.  

– black and white photography, paintings inspired by my digital art, abstract painting, urban digital art, drawing and Haiku poems.


Three steps forward-

two steps back.

Spiderwebs at my feet. 

Susan Stone