Liberate Your Art 2014


This is my 3rd year participating in Kat Sloma’s Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. After all the postcards are sent out to the 200+ artists/recipients, it’s time for the Blog Hop!

This is the card I sent (seen above with other postcards I had made by


And, here are the cards I received in the order I received them, below. In previous years, I scanned the cards for my blog but this year I attempted to photograph them in complementary settings, which is what we were supposed to do. (Click photos to see the true beauty of the postcards.)

Linda Yeatman

From Linda Yeatman.

Adrienne Mason

From Adrienne Mason.

Leslie A

From Leslie A.

Stacie Bebber_edited-1

From Stacie Bebber.

Cathy Brashear

From Cathy Brashear.

Kat Sloma 2

From Kat Sloma, the organizer of this annual postal and online event.

Deanie 1

And…from a sideswap I did with Deanie Houghtaling, who I “met” through this event last year and found out she lives about a mile from me and then who I met in person a few months ago. Deanie shares my love of cats and photography and we need to go out shooting together soon…or at least back out to dinner.

There was also a Facebook group for this event (and an Instagram one, too) where people posted cards as they got them so we could all see a lot of the cards.

So…you can check them out, too, by looking at the blogs of the other participants. And you should join in next year, it’s really fun! Thanks, everyone, and thanks, Kat, for all of your hard work.

Here’s the link to the participating blogs:

Portholes to the Soul


This is kind of a stupid post but I’ve spent way too much time on this silly little project in the last few days so it’s really all I have to blog about at the moment.

Here’s the brief back story. A couple of months ago at work, a co-worker wrote an email to a third party and copied me on it, telling him that I could assist him with something. She wrote it from her smartphone and it absurdly autocorrected my last name to “Porthole.” I made the mistake of pointing it out to her and several other people and now I am sometimes referred to as “Porthole,” “Ms. Porthole” or even “Portholio.” :) Lovely names, all of them.

One of my co-workers who often uses these names suggested I do a photographic series on portholes. But, this is the desert and there just aren’t too many portholes around. He suggested I use “porthole-like” subjects.

This is a less than 2 minute video that I compiled using the photos. Don’t hold it against me. About half of them are new and the others are from my archives.

This was created in Keynote, converted to Quicktime, and then uploaded to YouTube, which is part of the reason it took so long. And I’m finally done with it.

New Paint!

Phoenix Mural
So this is my new favorite mural in town because it’s just so…Phoenix! The murals have changed and increased so much recently that I no longer even try to keep up with them. But I like to show you every now and then how colorful the streets of Phoenix are. This is by Lalo Cota, JB Snyder, Angel Diaz, Pablo Luna, and Colton Brock. Much as I love this above mural, it was painted over another one of my favorite murals (below), by Lalo Cota:


This is on Calle 16, one of the “hotspots” for murals~behind, next to, and close to Barrio Cafe, a great Mexican restaurant, the owner of which was the impetus behind all the murals on Calle 16, Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza.

Here is another wall there (Lalo):

Luchadores Mural

And this was what was on it most recently, more luchadores (partially Lalo):


Another new mural there, by Angel Diaz:

Turt Mural

And previously, on the same wall, also by Angel Diaz:


And another time, same wall:


And another wall (partially Lalo):

Mac Mural

This wall, above, is special, in that in 2011, El Mac (Miles Mac), who is an internationally renowned artist and muralist now, came back to Phoenix, where he got his start, and painted this part of the wall:


Out of respect for him, this part of the wall doesn’t get over-painted although the rest of it changes now and then:



And here’s a bonus one, down the street a little ways:

16th Street Mural

I do hope that first one gets made into t-shirts, postcards, magazine covers, etc. and brings a lot of cashola to the artists. I’ll buy one.


The Camouflaged Observer

Stripey Camo

She secretly watches…

Ruffled Feathers

Mockingbirds with ruffled feathers…

Mock Beak Open

Who are sometimes camouflaged, too…



Grackles with raucous voices…



Industrious starlings preparing for their futures…

Stripey Walking

She’s usually a good girl…who just studiously observes. Or sometimes she’s just not fast enough.


Back to the Park


So, let’s head back to the park where we saw the Snowy Egret the other day and I’ll show you some more of the local wildlife and scenery. (Click on photos for more detail.)

Checkered White

Checkered White Butterfly…

Gila  Woodpecker

My first Gila Woodpecker…but he went back here, below, before I could get a frontal shot…


Ground Squirrel

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel…he saw his shadow so there will be 6 more months of summer.



Roosting pigeons…




Cormorant 2

What is that on those submerged trees?


A Cormorant! I think it’s the same one mentioned in John Romeo Alpha’s post here…really.


E37! Bingo.