Why the Coloring Book Drawings?

So, someone is wondering why I create theses simple coloring book drawing from a photograph—why not just go to the photo? There are three reasons:

  • Sometimes the photo is so poor, so confusing or lacking in aesthetic quality that it should be discarded. However, I might see that it has potential.  I use the line drawing is a way to correct the flaws in the photo.
  • When it is 3 AM and I’m tired but incapable of sleep, making the drawing is easy, relaxing and satisfying.
  • It is good practice and helps me develop my skills.
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We have a beautiful view out our back window. This is what it looked like for a year in 46 seconds.

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Video: Another Day in the Life of a Daylily

I made a more detailed view of a Daylily’s existence, shown at 600 time normal speed.


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Video: A Day in the Life of a Daylily

A Daylily bloom only lasts for one day. This is what the day is like in 34 seconds.

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Coloring Book Pages

2020 07 15 S (5) m6 msn Nicole, RileyWhile visiting our family, Ben Higgins kept wanting me to print pictures so he could color them. He was partial to drawings from How to Train Your Dragon, but I started making my own, based on photos I had taken. It was fun. I got hooked on the idea of reducing a photo to the essential elements.

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Hoe, hoe, hoe

This was the way I spent my summers more than 50 years ago. (It doesn’t seem that long ago.) Thinning, weeding and watering sugar beets. I posed my cousin Lyn, to the left, pulling up a big weed. I had my brother Allen, in the middle, hacking at a weed with a large weed hanging off his hoe. I had my cousin Craig, doing nothing. I was taking the photo. I tell people that as a photographer, I was outstanding in my field. No body laughs.

1964 06, 12 Beet Field EH102C m3 sn

My Grandfather, Oliver, seldom spent time in the field with us kids, but he wasn’t above it. At 74 years of age, I think he could out work any two of us kids together. No– taking into consideration the hours he worked, he could out work any five of us kids.
He taught us that if two people were at opposite ends of the field and happened to start on the same row, that when they met, they could just hop over to the next row and keep going. It sounds obvious to us now, but it wasn’t obvious to us then.

1967 05 (31) m2 sn Allen (16) & Oliver (74) hoeing sugar beets

These photos were taken as black and white. I’ve added the color.

A spud cellar is to the left. The barn is center and an irrigation canal we between us and the barn.

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Enhanced Photos

The Haroldsen Family has seen these two photos on many occasion, but if they look more closely, there are details that were not visible on previous versions. With the help of modern software, I was able to recover details that are not normally visible, even if you had the original photographs.

1901 Eleanor, George, Christian, Morgan, Anna, Reuben, Oliver, Annie, Ancel OH16-2 P68m Christian, Anna, Children

The original Haroldsen house was painted in bright colors and was called the Kerr Candy Box. Note the end of the upper gable. The house was built on a foundation of large cobble stones. It was designed to be heated with 4 wood-coal burning stoves and had three chimneys. It wasn’t air tight and someone suggested that you always knew in the morning if the wind had been blowing because your hair would be messed up. It was built without electrical wiring or plumbing. In the attic, there are the remains of an acetylene lighting system.

Anna, Annie, Alice, Morgan, Eva, Eleanor, George EH106A enhanced 03How many of us knew that there were also two dogs in the photo?

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Pine Cone on a Tree

2020 05 12 (33) msn Pinecone on a Tree

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While Mowing the Lawn

2020 05 05 (9) msn Dandelion & Mower--Strike me down

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And I, Alone, Survived

2020 05 05 (1) msn Lone Survivor Dandelion

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