Grimalkin Studio: Blog en-us (C) Grimalkin Studio (Grimalkin Studio) Fri, 14 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT Fri, 14 May 2021 12:00:00 GMT Grimalkin Studio: Blog 120 105 P&H Model 206 I became enamored with this old steam shovel when I went to Goat Rock Beach in Sonoma County for a photo shoot of the California Condors. The rich rusty color and the textures initially caught my attention and the Condors became a project for another day.  

The old bulk was laying, lodged in the rocks. I wasn't sure what I was seeing, but by climbing around I was able to get some pretty good shots including a plate with the model number. With the information still visible I began my hunt for what it was and the history of why it would be left on the rocks at Goat Rock Beach.

 I first found the information about P&H, it began with a partnership of  Alonzo Pawling and Henry Harnischfeger.  Pawling was a castings pattern maker. Harnischfeger was a locksmith machinist with some engineering training. They met while working at the Whitehill Sewing Machine Company in1881. Pawling left the sewing machine company and convinced Harnischfeger to join him. Together they started the manufacturing business P&H Mining Equipment in 1884 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The company continued to grow and became a worldwide corporation eventually it was sold to others companies and operates today as a Japanese owned company. 

The P&H Model 206 was part of the 1920 P&H digging machinery product line.
These shovels were used up and down the West Coast by the logging industry and to make rail road lines.

From my research the one at Goat Rock Beach may have been part of a project to build the never completed jetty at the river mouth of the Russian River. The P&H Model 206 was brought to be used to build a rail line. Blasting of the rock took place but it was never to be, by 1933 the project was officially abandoned and the P&H Model 206 was left to rust in place. 

Today it sits as unattended art. Rusted in Place  P&H Co. Model 206 steam shovelRusted in Place P&H Co. Model 206 steam shovelP&H Co. Model 206 steam shovel abandoned to the rocky shore of Goat Rock Beach in Sonoma County California. These shovels were used up and down the West Coast by the logging industry and to make rail road lines. The cab is long gone and what is left is the railway chassis which the cab would have been mounted to.  

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Home Grown ART Gift giving should be fun and heartfelt here’s a way to make that happen gift art.

The gift of giving is often overlooked, but making someone you care about feel extra special with a unique gift such as art, is the best gift ever.

Gifting art is giving something that comes from the creative heart and mind of the artist.

Art gifts come in so many varieties from art prints, stretched canvas as well as  framed prints big and small.

Zen petals and stems paintingPetals and StemsPetals and Stems reflects balance and harmony.

Don't forget home decor items like pillows, bedspreads and apparel items including T-shirts, hoodies, caps and scarves.

 My personal favorite are tote bags. You can't ever have too many tote bags.  Another reason to love these for gifting is you're doing the planet a favor by not using plastic bags that's a double win. 

Namaste toteTote Bags


 For those smaller price point gifts think of art gifts like all occasion cards, a journal, even coasters and all of it with art as the focal point.   

Isn't that just a bit more special than the tin of cookies, you end up re-gifting?


When you choose to buy from an artist you really are giving two gifts. One to person who receives the gift and the other is to the artist you purchase from, that's a wonderful thing to be able to do.

Please remember to shop early, art gifts may take a little extra time~ so get shopping~ give ART and give yourself the gift of time to enjoy the holiday season. 



 Grimalkin Studio/Kandy Hurley


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Do You Make Art Prints & How Can They Be Purchased? Do you make art prints and how can they be purchased?

This was a question asked of me recently. After that conversation, I realized that while I know where my art is available, it isn't something everyone knows. At first I thought how weird is that, I'm on just about every social media site and promote my art on those sites consistently. So how is the message not getting communicated? I decided to sit down and give this some thought.

Here's what I came up with...

This may be something other artists do as well, since I spend so much time in my head creating, the tendency is to forget I'm alone in there. So, the assumption is made that because I promote my art on social media, automatically everyone understands the backstory of my decisions. BIG wrong, I'm going to rectify that now.

What I haven't been doing with any regularity is speaking about my art on individual sites and why I've chosen to place different artwork on different sites.

I have a large body of art & photography & it ranges into a variety of subjects that's why I decided to divide my artwork and my photos. I also decided to use two names Grimalkin Studio for most of my artwork and Kandy Hurley for my images.

Starting with my website

This is what’s called niche website. A niche website is a site that focuses on a smaller group of people in a larger market with a common specific interest. The art on this site is tethered to ancient symbolism and the style of the art is minimalist. Since I've always been fascinated by symbolic art and the idea that a simple symbol can hold a much larger thought I wanted a place to present this art without the distractions of other styles. This site features some pieces that are my personal favorites and that I have in my own home.


The gallery's are:

 Buddha, Mandala Art, Zen, Symbolic Art ,Celtic Symbolism and Abstract Art Anhinga Pen and InkAnhinga Pen and InkThe Anhinga sometimes called Snakebird, Darter, American Darter, or Water Turkey, is a water bird of the warmer parts of the Americas. Digital pen and ink work.

Most of this artwork begins with something I’ve photographed, painted or drawn in my studio, then it's scanned into my computer. This procedure allows me to use my Wacom creative pen tablet to combine my paintings, drawings, woodcuts with my photographs and I can also build upon the layers by redrawing or painting in one of the programs to complete the art.

The art on this site is available in a variety of formats and price points. Its printed by Bay Photo and I'm very pleased with their attention to quality & customer service. This site also allows you to play around with my favorite tool the "Wall Preview” with this tool you can change the size of the artwork, adjust the background color of the wall, view it in a variety of settings and most importantly it allows you to get a better visual understanding of what a piece of my art looks like on the wall. Check out the various sizes and formats, including prints, metal, canvas and framed art, it makes online art shopping a better experience.

When you visit remember to Join ART   You'll get a coupon for 20% off your first order & receive occasional updates for new art as well as my newsletter blog.

I'll showcase other websites from time to time with explanations and descriptions of my art or photography throughout the year as well as exploring the larger world of art.

Hope you stick around for the journey... ART




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Mindfulness Mindfulness, is a word with a variety of interpretations.
I'm going to take this blog and explain what it means to me as I often use it as a keyword #mindfulness for my art.

One of the original meanings of mindfulness is simply, keeping something in mind. I like that definition. For me it means it’s a way to intentionally use your memory and over time with practice its the ability to fine tune your judgement.


If you focus on listening first and talking second, it helps to instill a habit of remembering what you've heard.  When we focus on talking first, we tend not to hear what’s being said in the moment because we're busy conjuring words in our head to speak.  By  practicing listening over time you'll begin to think before acting. Par of the reason is you'll  reference past experiences and what the outcomes of those experiences were. Mindfulness like this is essential in developing your judgment, for it helps you remember the lessons you’ve learned over time and remember what works and what doesn’t.

While no one readily wants to remember their mistakes, if you're willing to do so there's a wealth of information to be learned.  The first is you will stop making the same mistakes. I like to think of mindfulness as a road map, by concentrating on where I have traveled, I have a much better plan for where I'm headed and with a lot less wrong turns!

Mindfulness means less emotional reactivity, but more intentional feelings. Mindfulness means controlling our actions and while giving us more cognitive flexibility.  It means we have control over ourselves. Pretty powerful stuff. So there you have it, next time you see the word mindfulness in association with my artwork you'll know why I use the word.

enso color zen symbolSeeking EnsoEnso is the classic symbol for Zen. The circle may be open or closed. If the circle is open it allows for movement and development. Zen practitioners relate the idea to beauty of imperfection. When the circle is closed, it represents perfection.

Seeking Enso 

Mindfulness, I believe in its power to be empowering. ~Art

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CALM AMIDST CHAOS Still your inner self and find the calm amidst the chaos. ~Kandy Hurley 

I'm excited to share my art "Calm Amidst Chaos" with you.

This year has been tumultuous in a variety of ways. I know my Zen hat has sat askew several times and that's why I decided to create this work. I've had to remind myself to find a quiet calm moment daily and it’s not always easy.

The toughest thing I think is allowing ourselves the moments we need throughout the day to stop, take a big breath and look inward from whatever it is we are doing.

Looking in and taking that breath allows us to be in the moment. It takes practice to close out the noise of the world for even a moment.  Its beneficial to find the quiet, those who meditate learn how to do this for extended periods and find even greater benefits, but even doing this for short periods will give you peace.


Calm Amidst ChaosCalm Amidst ChaosStill your inner self and find the calm amidst the chaos. ~Kandy Hurley

The hardest part is giving yourself permission to take a momentary vacation. We've conditioned ourselves to be ON from the moment we wake until we fall into bed and sleep. I ask you to think about this is another way. If we left a light bulb on all day even though we didn't need to, the bulb would burn out faster, it wouldn't be as efficient or even economical to do this.  So why do this to yourself?

Make a point of starting this today, no matter where you are, what you're doing, give yourself a moment to close your eyes, take a deep breath and concentrate on your breath, feel it as it goes into your lungs and how your body immediately begins to relax as you exhale.  Allow yourself to take a few deep breaths then open your eyes and move out of the moment and back into your day. You'll feel a positive difference.




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The ART of Gifting Every year I write a blog or a Facebook post urging people to consider art as a gift.
Gifting art is giving something that comes from the creative heart and mind of the artist.

Cool thing is art gifts come in so many varieties from art prints, canvas and metal artwork home decor items like pillows bedspreads, apparel items including T-shirts & scarves and my favorite tote bags you can't ever have enough of these and you're doing the planet a favor by most using plastic that's a double win! 

 For those smaller price point gifts think of art gifts like all occasion cards, a journal and even coasters and all of it with an art as the focal point.   

Isn't that just a bit more special than the tin of cookies, you end up re-gifting? 

The gift of giving is often overlooked, but making someone you love feel extra special with a unique gift such as art, is the best gift ever.

When you choose to buy from an artist you really are giving two gifts, one to the artist you purchase from and the other is who you gift it to. That's a pretty cool thing to be able to do.

Remember too you should shop early as  art gifts have to be made and take a little extra time. 

 Hers a few links to my sites to make it even easier to shop!

Grimalkin Studio Artwork


Redbubble home & apparel gifts

Society 6 home & apparel art

Fine Art America photography and artwork

Happy Karma Store



Happy gift giving





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Feel Good Art  I'm all settled into Florida and its time for some fun! And it's also time to shop for the holidays. 

 Art is powerful it has the ability to bring many emotions to the surface. The one I'm going to focus on in this blog is the kind that makes us feel good, puts a smile on our face, reminds us of good memories and sometimes makes us laugh.

As an artist I like to create a variety of art, one of my personal favorites is feel good art, because it's fun to do and the feeling lasts long after I've created the art.

I've brought my collection together & have it on my
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Blue Bubble Pattern

Somewhat whimsical, a bit of color pop, its a fun design created using geometric shapes.

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Dog Tails

As a traveling companion this pal is always ready for an adventure.

Dog TailsDog TailsAs a traveling companion this pal is always ready for an adventure. This piece and all other works in the galleries represent Art with a global flair. Its an eclectic mixture of styles and topics, influenced by a variety of world cultures. When we surround ourselves with artwork our lives are enriched. Like good books they linger in our being and help shape who we are and how we view the world.

Cat Travels Too

Ever wonder where those little paws take a cat? It must be pretty exciting to run, jump and explore with the attributes a cat has. My little cat of the imagination is well traveled and kind enough to send postcards home of his adventures.

Cat Travels TwoCat Travels TwoEver wonder where those little paws take a cat? It must be pretty exciting to run, jump and explore with the attributes a cat has. My little cat of the imagination is well traveled and is kind enough to send postcards home of his adventures.

Life is plenty serious enjoy some art to make you smile  ART


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Time For a Change My life has taken a few turns in the last couple of months and I find myself setting a new course in the direction of the East Coast.

 I have loved the six year respite that living in Northern California has given me, the fresh air, the hikes and glorious landscapes have been a creative inspiration and it’s also allowed me to slow down and find inner peace. My artwork has flourished and my ability to quiet down and meditate has become honed as well. It’s been time well spent. Each day with this spectacular view has been a gift.

Fire In The SkyFire In The SkyThe sky is on fire with the sun setting behind Mt Konocti in Northern California. The volcano is the most visible landmark in Lake County other than Clear Lake. Mount Konocti first erupted some 350,000 years ago and last erupted 10,000 years ago it is still considered to be an active volcano.

 I have always had a restless soul and six years is about my average length of time I spend in any one place.  It seems at the five year mark the siren song for new places and adventures starts to call to me and luckily I have a life partner who feels the same. Now it’s a yearning for the city.

This new adventure will take me back to Florida and to an area that is dear to me, Tampa - St. Petersburg. The Burg has an especially vibrant arts community and I look forward to becoming active in it.

My blog will be on hiatus as I cross the country and settle into city life, and then I'll return.

Until we meet again ~ ART

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Treading Softly Into the New Year So far 2018 has the feel of 2017 continued and that’s why I’ve put off writing my monthly blog until the last part of January. It’s taken me most of the month to decide what I want to write about. I’m going to stick with art, it’s what I know and love.

I want to be a part of what’s positive in the world.

Blue OmOm in BlueOm is a sound and a symbol. It represents the divine in each of us and our interconnectivity. The om is expressed most commonly in Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism.

Feeling good isn’t a lightweight thing. When we allow negative, angry, and even hopelessness to live in our heads it takes up space we could be using for creative thinking. When we allow ourselves to feel good we throw out some of that junk thinking, no problem was ever solved without using creative thinking.

I know you’re thinking this sounds a bit too pat but stay with me.

We’ve all had busy days, the kind where you’re running around focused on the list of things you should get done and you’re not engaged with the world around you. On one of those errands someone greets you with a smile & not only does it lift your spirits it also brings you back into the moment. That’s the key, it brings you back into the moment and in turn, you reflect that back into the world.  Think of that happening multiple times over the course of a day all over the planet. Does this make a better world? Maybe… For certain it makes better moments & those are what make up a life.

That’s what my Zen Collection Gallery is intended to do. It’s not meant to change the world, its purpose to lift your spirit.

Happiness to you… ART

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Where To Go From Here Ever asked yourself that question, where to go from here?  I sure have, and again find myself asking that question in regards with my art.

In the past year, I’ve followed a path that focused on the business of art and find I arrived at a place that doesn’t hold as much joy. I’ve become separated from creating art for art’s sake. Guess you could say I’m having my own repeal or replace moment.

So how to reconcile the two?  First I think identifying the source of the feeling is the start of fixing it. The past few months I have felt confused as to the direction of my art and for me when things get stressful I tend to create art and not exceptionally good stuff just art, lots of it!  That of course only added to my problem, my poor website was beginning to bulge with all the stuff I’d uploaded to it. You know there’s a problem when you can’t find your way around your own web site.

Having realized I was in the weeds, I asked someone who’s knowledge I trusted to give me a good critique about my website and my art. And yep that was a bit painful. So I took a couple of days to indulge in foods I shouldn’t eat and veg in front of Masterpiece theater. I’m a sucker for the Costume Drama. I also let the information I had received percolate under the surface, trusting that time would offer me a solution.

Since I’m a believer in repairing not pitching, I think there are ways to accomplish both. Have a business selling my art and still finding the joy of creating. It is a fine balance.


yin yang symbolColorful Yin YangTwo halves that bring wholeness. Yin is the sunny side and Yang is the shady side. The symbol is very much like our planet rotating from day to night.



My thoughts on a solution will center around just that, finding a balance. To begin with I have started to make a to- do list again. I write down what needs to be accomplished on the business side and find great satisfaction in crossing items off the list as I get them done. Now the list is never going to end but that’s okay, I’m also using a highlighter so I can go back and read through what I’ve accomplished. I’m a list maker and for some reason I’d stopped doing this for my business, though I wouldn’t dream of going to the grocery without a list. I know it doesn’t make any sense.

Is it the one and only solution?  I doubt it, my guess it’s the first of many but I do feel like I’m gaining some control again and that lessens the stress. Since its almost Springtime it feels like a good house clean after a winter of closed doors and windows.

I promised you when I began blogging it would be about all things art and I think this is very relevant to art. I’m sure this has happened to many artists who sell their art and yet also need to get to the place where the joy of art comes first. If it has I’d love to hear how you handle this.

In the next few months I expect the website will change, as I put it on a diet and refocus my interest and energies. Creating art is like breathing for me it’s something that’s vital to who I am. It’s the place where my head and heart walk side by side. And I’m back on the path.

I’ll keep you posted…ART


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A New Stop on the Journey So, a while ago I wrote a blog called “Where To Go From Here” in it I wrote about my need to refocus my interest and energies and I promised to keep you updated.


I can say its hasn’t been easy to focus strictly on my art, the weekly political chaos has taken a big place on the radar and I’m sure I’m not alone. So much happens I find it difficult to remember what the political wildfire was from Monday by the time Friday arrives.


I decided that the body of my artwork needed a good housecleaning. I’ve rid myself of some work that no longer has a place in my journey. The body of artwork needed to become leaner and more focused. I have redesigned the website to reflect this change. The focus of the website is Muse Art …  as a verb, to muse, to consider something thoughtfully.


enso color zen symbolSeeking EnsoEnso is the classic symbol for Zen. The circle may be open or closed. If the circle is open it allows for movement and development. Zen practitioners relate the idea to beauty of imperfection. When the circle is closed, it represents perfection.


My art is simple as in clean lines and simple expression. Whether I’m working as artist or photographer I like the challenge of distilling my art down to where it doesn’t use superfluous decoration.


I’ve always been enamored with symbols and especially like creating symbolic art. In part, it’s the challenge of conveying a deep or large thought by using the simplest form of expression to achieve it that I’m drawn to. There is also a bit of the spiritual relating to the human spirit in my work and now more than ever that seems to be relevant.


My home and studio are my safe places on the planet. They are the places that I have some control over what’s allowed in. The past few months have reminded me just how important and sacred that is, and the art that surrounds me adds to that state tranquility.

With that in mind I have designed the site to showcase my art that’s reflective of peace, tranquility and a feeling of Zen.

Namaste… Art

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Less But Better Since life has seemed a bit complicated lately. I decided to jump back into my artwork, it’s my place of refuge. I also decided to challenge myself and create a new series that offered figurative abstract work that used the minimal amount of detail to achieve it. Seemed simple at the time but became easier said than done to achieve. blue abstract art minimalismBlue BodiesBlue Bodies is part of a new series from Grimalkin Studio's minimalism abstract gallery.

So, this has been both a fun and challenging series.  Along the way, I’ve learned it’s not so easy to distill art to a simple form yet hold the thread of a large and more complex concept. I found with each work I spent more time thinking about what to take away before I began each piece, very much like a sculptor removing pieces of rock to find the art within. Its given me another tool to help view life and simplify my approach to my art and to my life in general.

I’m pleased with the result and I invite you to browse my newest gallery. Abstract Minimalism Gallery


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The Misplaced History of Women Grimalkin Studio recently came upon a fascinating four-part series on Netflix “The Ascent of Woman” by Dr. Amanda Foreman here’s the website link.  The Ascent of Woman

I’m going to paraphrase  a bit from the website because its description of the series is excellent.  This four-part documentary series is  groundbreaking and was originally created for BBC2.  It charts the role of women in society over the course of 10,000 years. The series is filled with stories of women who have given us contributions and yet remain virtually unknown.  Misplaced kept out of sight and in many cases forgotten. Dr. Foreman does an excellent job of peeling back the layers and presents us with a history that swings between freedom and oppression, inclusion and exclusion.


Beginning with the first episode called Civilization the episodes are as follows Separation, Power and Revolution. This series is about women who have shaped, influenced and helped build the world we live in. Yet they occupy a footnote to history.

It’s a thoughtful and thought provoking series, it asks many questions and gives us answers to questions we didn’t even know to ask.If you’re in the mood to learn and feel empowered this is a series to be watched.

Dr. Foreman can be followed on Twitter  @DrAmandaForeman

Soak up some knowledge…ART

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Protest ART in Visual Form The recent weeks have brought protest art to the forefront once again. I’m speaking of visual art from cartoonists like Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau to one of the most notable of our time street artist Banksy protest art is everywhere. We see it on posters placards, in memes, on graffiti walls and in art galleries.

peace sign in watercolorWatercolor Teach PeaceNow more than ever it's time to teach peace.

The history of protest art is old. Art and artistic expression serve many functions in political protest from unifying a group or helping to broadcast the message of the protest to people who aren’t engaged or informed.  It also serves as a visual shorthand to get a large body of thoughts into one organized symbol.  The peace sign we recognize was designed by Gerald Holtom as the logo for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament it’s a perfect example of this. One very simple symbol representing a very complex set of ideas in social activism.

So while we will have periods of disruption we will also have protest art.  It will continue to do what it does best, make people think, give us hope and spark passion.

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Peace …ART

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2017 A Year That Begins With Some Uncertainty 2017 has arrived and all the uncertainty about change has arrived as well.

So far its a quiet beginning. I sit looking out on a cold morning with the sun shining and a fire in the wood stove and wonder will 2017 really be so different? Will I sit here next year feeling the sort of unfocused  dread about the state of the world that I have today? Or will the year move along as most do, with some highs and some lows but mostly a pleasant level sort of path to travel. The passage of the year will tell the tale.



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My focus will continue to be on ART, its where I find my strength and my joy. This is the place that grounds me and gives meaning and value to my life.

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No one knows whats ahead for us and while uncertainty brings some anxiety try and remember the other side of the coin is peace. Lets take a collective breath and relax a bit so we can  renew and replenish our interest in what makes us best.

My wish for everyone is you explore the joys in your life and make the most of what you find.



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Magical Ireland  The year is closing and I'm in a mood to reminisce.

I started my day thinking about places that seem to have a special almost magical feel to them. Ireland is of course one of those places. Steeped in history it's a country full of storytellers. While famous for the written word, Ireland also offers up a visual story that can be told through photographs.

I invite you to view my series Magical Ireland


Fanciful Forest,photography of Ireland,Kandy Hurley photographyFanciful ForestWhile on a walk in Donegal Ireland I came upon this wonderful old building in a fairytale setting. Beautiful in its decay, I wondered about the history of the place and of the people who had called this home.

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The Magic of Machu Picchu  High in the Andes Mountains above the Urubamba River Valley in  Peru is the hidden city of Machu Picchu. A Quechua- Incan citadel built around 1450 at the hight of the Inca Empire,  it was one of the last strongholds of the Quechua people after the Spanish invasion.

Machu Picchu 7 OverviewMachu Picchu 7 OverviewMachu Picchu is an Quechua Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River Valley. Built in the 15th century its known for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar. There are approximately 200 structures making up this outstanding religious, ceremonial, astronomical and agricultural centre. The structures are set on a steep ridge, crisscrossed by stone terraces. Following a rigorous plan the city is divided into a lower and upper part, separating the farming from residential areas, with a large square between the two.


The bus  to Machu Picchu offers a spine tingling ride. At times the road narrows to a single lane winding around the mountainside.  Often two buses will meet, one climbing the other descending,  and one will have to back up in order to allow the other to pass.  Trust me, sitting in the window seat can be unnerving at times.

On arrival at the site, get prepared to wait in a line with scores of other visitors from around the world. Once through the gates you begin an easy climb on stone steps and within minutes you get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. My first response was amazement, I couldn't take in the grandeur of what my eyes were seeing. Having seen so many photographs of Machu Picchu throughout the years I was awe struck by the vastness and magnificence of the panorama before me.

 For detailed information about the area Wiki media has some good information.

If you decide to visit may I recommend the touring company we used, GOTOPERU. Their services can be tailored to your needs and their staff are exemplary. Also keep in mind  tickets cannot be purchased at the site so purchase your tickets before you arrive at Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu 8 OverviewMachu Picchu 8 OverviewMachu Picchu is an Quechua Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River Valley. Built in the 15th century & known for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar. There are approximately 200 structures making up this outstanding religious, ceremonial, astronomical and agricultural centre. The structures are set on a steep ridge, crisscrossed by stone terraces. Following a rigorous plan the city is divided into a lower and upper part, separating the farming from residential areas, with a large square between the two.

(Grimalkin Studio) Grimalkin Studio Historic Inca Machu Peru Picchu" South America art prints blog buy on art online kandy hurley photography travel Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:00:31 GMT
The Rusted Study at Goat Rock Beach Summer is such a busy time with outdoor projects, gardening and just enjoying the surroundings. I realized it's been a while since I shared a blog with you.  

My newest gallery is The Rusted Study.  While wandering the coast of Sonoma County California we  visited Goat Rock Beach near the town of Jenner. This crescent shaped expanse is bordered on the north by the mouth of the Russian River and on the south by Goat Rock, an iconic outcrop of the Sonoma Coast attached to the mainland by a narrow isthmus.

Near Goat Rock I came across this rusted old steam shovel not realizing at the time what it was since the cab had long since rusted away. But I loved the rusty gritty textures and spent some time photographing it from a variety of angles.

 It was fortunate the company name and model number remained which made a search much easier. Through the company web site I was able to learn that these shovels were used up and down the Pacific Coast in the logging industry and to clear land for rail lines.

This is a link to the University of Washington where you can see a photo of what this steam shovel may have looked like when in use.  The photograph shows an older model but you do get to see the cab.

For those of you interested in the mining company here's a link as well


Hope you enjoy the gallery and this bit of western history.



(Grimalkin Studio) Beach" California Goat Grimalkin Studio Kandy Hurley Photography Pacific Ocean Rock machinery old rusted steam shovel Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:00:00 GMT
The Old Kent Ranch a Farmstead Study Diminishing Return In Black and WhiteDiminishing Return In Black and White Abandoned farmsteads have a beauty all their own. As these old places fade from view I do my best to capture their artistic appeal and preserve a bit of history. On the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino County California sits this abandoned farm site. On the bluffs above the Pacific ocean in Mendocino County California sits this abandoned farm site. The farmyard has a number of old outbuildings and this is one of my favorites.The old Kent Ranch in Little River California

In the mid 1800's the small coastal town was then called Beall's Harbor named for three brothers who were amongst the first to settle the area. In 1857 they sold the property to William Henry Kent who moved to California from Maine to try his luck at gold mining and eventually farming. William and his wife Charlotte are credited with planting the first Eucalyptus trees on the coast the stand continues to this day running along the side of Highway1 just to the north of Little River.The Kents along with their two sons and their families had a prosperous dairy farm.

The property stayed in the hands of the Kent family until 1941 when they sold their Little River Ranch to Hollywood movies starts Alan Curtis & IIona Massey they used the home as a retreat. Within three years it was sold to Virgil & Elvira Chiado not long after it was again sold to Sidney & Clora Spring a local Mendocino farming couple. The Spring family ran a self sufficient homestead for three decades. In 1996 a large portion of the ranch west of Highway 1 was sold to Bob Raymond who eventually sold it to California State Parks. In later years Sid and his former wife Clora sold the rest of the ocean side of the ranch to the California Coastal Conservancy.

Today the property east of Highway 1 is being repaired and restored. And the Spring family continue to farm 40 acres of this land. 
Most of this historical information was compiled from an article written by Margi Gomez titled 

"The Old Kent Ranch Little River Farming Tradition, Past and Present"


(Grimalkin Studio) Grimalkin Studio The Old Kent Ranch a Farmstead Study Website" art prints blog kandy hurley photography rural Sun, 27 Dec 2015 16:46:27 GMT
Home Grown Artists Once again the  year has flown by. Its hard to believe the holiday season is almost upon us. This year I'm hoping folks will consider Independent Artists when they shop for special gifts. 

I've been giving some thought as to why folks don't automatically purchase art as gifts and I believe some people may regard it as too personal. I've had this thought myself on occasion. But isn't that the point of a gift to share something that you hold dear with others?

 Sharing, caring thats what this season is about it's a celebration and a chance to show our loved ones how much we care. So art is a perfect way to do this.

This coming season do yourself & home grown artists a favor and try sharing a bit of love through art... Perhaps a pillow or a print that can be either be framed by you or leave it to the gifted one to do in their personal style.

So sow the seeds of... ART


Peace Ornament -Artwork OnlyPeace Ornament -Artwork OnlyMake the season special with artisan cards from Grimalkin Studio.
Each design is available with a sentiment or with just the artwork.

(Grimalkin Studio) Art the cat Fine art Grimalkin Studio Website" accessories art prints blog buy on art online holiday kandy hurley photography season Sat, 17 Oct 2015 20:31:35 GMT
Fundamental Art Namaste toteNamaste tote

As an independent artist I tend to branch out in a number of artistic directions. This keeps my creative spirit alive and it opens opportunities to explore new avenues.

Its important to me that some of my artwork is functional as well as arty. Life is bland without art, we should surround ourselves with it and not just on our walls but as a real presence in our everyday lives

Art comes in many formats and can adorn items we use every day. I want my phone case or tote bag to reflect my creative side as much as the art that hangs on my wall does.

Why? ...I think that when you work away from home you most likely will spend more time looking at your phone case or tote than you will your wall art.  Something as simple as a well-chosen phone case can bring a bit of your home with you into the world reminding you that you are more than a job title.

Functional art also makes a great gift and shows the recipient that you care enough to give a unique quality crafted item that is not only functional but also fun.



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(Grimalkin Studio) Art the cat Fine art Grimalkin Studio Website" accessories art prints blog gifts holiday gifts kandy hurley photography Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:45:00 GMT
Time To Reboot Fall Of The LeafFall Of The LeafTime to gather the harvest and make ready for the winter season. Autumn is such a beautiful season, the bounty of summers growth and the beauty of the changing leaves. This image was taken not too far from where I live in Northern California. It was a wet soft kind of day, just perfect to take my camera out in and I'm glad to have come upon this!  Summer starts out with such promise, all bright and shiny with so many things to do like gardening, water sports, hiking, biking. They are fun but by the middle of August my interest starts to wane in summer activities and I'm ready to say good bye. 

 September has arrived and that means its time for a reboot. This is the month that feels so fresh and new.... Maybe its all the years of starting school in September or having a birthday in August... Whatever the reason, September feels like the start of a new year for me. 

Jacket weather brings cooler temperatures and the promise of those gorgeous long autumn shadows that make photography so fun. 

Its also the time to take a look at the interior of our homes and spend some time adding some new life to the walls with a print or a new fave pillow to curl up around on a chilly afternoon.

We spend more time inside in the coming months and its fun to add a new bit of art to the collection!

We just added a couple of metal prints to our walls and I have to say they are everything I'd hoped for. The vibrancy is astounding and the clarity is amazing. Metal prints may be my new favorite medium. 

We've added a new gallery to our Grimalkin Site called Decor, Apparel and Accessories it links to our other Grimalkin Studio sites that offer products such a pillows, phone cases and t-shirts. Grimalkin Studio offers so many options we know you'll find something to love!


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(Grimalkin Studio) Art the cat Fine art Grimalkin Studio Website" accessories art art prints blog buy on art online kandy hurley photography Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:00:41 GMT
The Age of Light Adinkra Ananse NtontanAdinkra Ananse NtontanFrom my series Adinkra Symbols of West Africa. Ananse Ntontan represents creativity, wisdom and the complexities of life. Ananse, the spider, is a well-known character in African folktales. The Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Ashanti. The symbols represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used extensively in fabrics and pottery They are incorporated into walls and other architectural features. Fabric adinkra are often made by woodcut sign writing as well as screen printing. Adinkra symbols appear on some traditional akan gold weights. The symbols are also carved on stools for domestic and ritual use. The symbols have a decorative function but also represent objects that encapsulate evocative messages that convey traditional wisdom, aspects of life or the environment. There are many different symbols with distinct meanings

Grimalkin Studio recently came upon a great series that gives us a glimpse of where we came from, Waldemar Januszczak's landmark BBC4 series "The Dark Ages - An Age of Light". It’s a four part series that traces the artistic contributions of the Dark Ages.


Part I, “The Clash of the Gods”, traces the emergence of Christianity as an artistic force incorporating and replacing the Classical, pagan influence.


Part II, “What the Barbarians Did for Us”, presents the barbarian Vandals, Goths and Huns as something more than warriors, invaders and destroyers by focusing on their artistic and architectural achievements.


Part III, “The Wonder of Islam” introduces the distinctive forms of Islamic architecture and “art designed to depict the wonders of Paradise” along with a discussion of the incorporation of their artistic impulse into their astronomical study.


Part IV, “The Men of the North presents the Vikings as creators of stunning artwork as well as the fearsome raiders of Britain and Ireland.


This series is engaging on many levels and Waldemar Januszczak is an entertaining and knowledgeable host with a style that is quirky in the best sense. 






(Grimalkin Studio) Art the cat Fine art Grimalkin Studio Website" appreciation art art prints blog history kandy hurley photography symbol symbolism Sun, 02 Aug 2015 01:24:38 GMT
Windows the Eyes of Architecture...Just Ask a Cat Blind EyesBlind EyesFor me, windows are compelling. I find myself looking not only at the shapes of a window, but I wonder about what goes on behind the window. This image had me noticing that even though the blinds had become so brittle from the hot sun light they were still being used for shade.   Art's picks for July... Windows

I'm going to admit this right off...I have a thing for windows. 

Its fun to walk around a city gazing at the facades of buildings and looking at the windows.

 Windows give personality to a structure, they're what make a building unique.

 Sometimes they resemble eyes looking back at us and sometimes the they beckon us to look in.

Windows sometimes are fancy dressed with  extra adornments such as blinds and sometimes the charm of the glass and frame are what catch my eye.

Windows in abandoned buildings have a forlorn beauty and hold the promise of stories untold.


“A window—it’s more entertaining than TV. Just ask a cat looking out, or a man looking in on a life he desires.” 
Jarod Kintz

One of my favorite quotes,




(Grimalkin Studio) Art the cat Fine art Grimalkin Studio Website" art prints blog kandy hurley photography Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:30:03 GMT
Art's Pick Celtic Art  Celtic art is a challenging term to define, there are three distinct periods.   

The first period is prehistoric represented by art such as that found at sites like Newgrange.

The second is known as Early Celtic or Medieval Celtic Art. The Book of Kells is from this period.

The third period is the 20th century Celtic Revival which reflects the earlier work and continues to expand the art form.

Grimalkin Studio’s Celtic Art Series is inspired by this art.  Using knot works, spirals, avoiding straight lines and occasionally using symmetry. Grimalkin Studio has produced a series of Celtic Circles that are beautiful in design and color. Each piece looks great in a home or business setting and makes a perfect gift.

Art invites you to celebrate the Celtic spirit.   




(Grimalkin Studio) Art the cat Fine art Grimalkin Studio Website" art prints blog buy on art online celtic art kandy hurley photography Sun, 31 May 2015 16:44:33 GMT
Meet Art Say hello to the newest member of Grimalkin Studio...Art

 When Grimalkin Studio talks about how art is personal, we mean art can be fun as well as fine. What's important is for you to surround yourself with art that makes you feel good and it doesn't have to cost a fortune to be priceless. 

Art is going to be busy creating a new page on the website called Art's Picks. The page will highlight Art's favorite works... Pop in now and again and stay up to date with what Art is doing. 





(Grimalkin Studio) Art Art the cat Fine art G"Grimalkin Grimalkin Studio Studio Website" art prints blog buy on art online cat digital art fun Art home decor kandy hurley photography photography prints shopping Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:01:21 GMT
Why I love old buildings and forgotten treasures..
I find that old abandoned buildings are beautiful in a gritty careworn way. They  have stories to tell. They  call to me and beg me to stop and reflect upon their history.

Abandoned farmsteads  have a particular beauty and when I come upon one  I do my best to capture their esthetic appeal and preserve a bit of history. 

This abandoned farm  sits on a  bluff above the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino County California. There are  several outbuildings each one unique with it's own story to tell.  

The area is now managed by the California State Park System. The walking trail is fringed by long grass that is moistened by dew, fog and drizzle. It is a pleasant walk but you may find it a bit mucky at times. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.I know from first feet experience since I trekked out in my flip flops. 

‚ÄčThe farmyard series is part of the Abandoned Gallery in the Kandy Hurley Photography collection where you will find other derelict beauties. Forgotten FarmsteadForgotten FarmsteadThis is located on the Pacific Coast in Mendocino County California. The area has been given over to the California Park system and there is a trail that can be walked. But be forewarned the grassland gets moisture from fog so the ground is quite mucky and a pair of wells would be welcome, I know from first feet experience since I trekked out in my flip flops.

(Grimalkin Studio) California abandoned architecture architecture and structures art barn building buildings coast fine art grimalkin studio kandy hurley photography old pacific photography rural vintage Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:25:42 GMT