For the love of pie...


We're pretty non-traditional at our house and this is definitely not your traditional pumpkin pie, but I've been making it for about 25 years now, and it's a family favorite. What does pie have to do with texture in art? Absolutely nothing!  ;)  

I like to use all organic ingredients and substitute the milk with almond or soy milk. Either one works great with the recipe. My only challenge has been finding organic vanilla instant pudding. If anyone out there knows of a brand, please enlighten us in the comments below...I'd be ever so grateful!


Sensational Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Bottom layer 

4 oz cream cheese, softened

1 Tbsp milk 

1 Tbsp  sugar 

1 1/2 cups thawed whipped topping 

1 graham cracker crust


Top layer -

1 cup milk 

2 packages vanilla instant pudding & pie filling (4 serving size)

1 can (16 oz) pumpkin

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves


Bottom layer - Mix cream cheese, milk and sugar in large bowl with wire whisk until smooth.  Gently stir in whipped topping.  Spread on bottom of crust.

Top layer - Pour 1 cup milk into bowl.  Add pudding mix.  Beat with wire whisk until well blended, 1 to 2 minutes. (Mixture will be thick.)

Stir in pumpkin and spices with wire whisk; mix well.  spread over cream cheese layer.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours.  Garnish with additional whipped topping and nuts if desired.  Makes 8 servings.


Short and Sweet

My outdoor shows are over for the next six months and this is my time to create new work. Translated, that means I need to make room!

I have inventoried  E V E R Y T H I N G   that is sitting in my studio and posted it in my online store. I even polished the website so it's all bright and shiny.  ;)

40% off is probably the biggest sale I've ever offered, but hey... I'm on to new adventures in texture and there's no time like the present to release the old and move forward, right? Right!

So, there it is...short and sweet. And, how sweet it is! If it's art you seek, click here.  If it's textures you're after, then click here. Enter the code INSTOCK40 during checkout and you're good to go.


Sale ends November 15th or when it's all gone, whichever comes first! 

New Textures and Some Freebies

I wanted to post some new texture sets before the end of the year, and I’ve been working feverishly to get them finished!  So, here they are… three new Texture Junkie Trios, just in time to treat yourself  (and your texture addiction)  for the holidays.

I’ve also added some new Freebies to the site here.

And, for all my fellow texture freaks, I’m having a 25% off sale on all textures through the end of December, 2012.  (use code DEC25CTJ  at checkout) Click here to see them all.

Texture Junkie Trio 1
Texture Junkie Trio 2
Texture Junkie Trio 3

The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

My husband thinks the first post of a new blog is the easiest.  Well, sure…he’s a writer!  He loves to write and he’s quite good at it.  I, on the other hand am a photographer.  I prefer to express myself  visually, it’s what I do.  But how to begin writing a blog seemed a challenge… at least to me.

I’m not really sure what to expect from this blog except that I want to share about using texture in photography.  What else comes out of it is anyone’s guess, but since writing is somewhat out of my comfort zone you can expect my ‘confessions’ to mostly be in the form of imagery, which is what it’s all about anyway.

I mean, it’s quite obvious to anyone who sees my work that I have a little ‘thing’ for using texture with my photographs.  Okay, so it’s a big thing… I admit it!    But I love how adding texture can create depth and emotion.  How it can subtly bring out detail, or be used to create the mood of the story my image is telling.  I want to draw the viewer in, to immerse them in feeling… something, anything.  If I can do that, then I’ve done my job as an artist.

Well now, that wasn’t so bad.  It seems my ‘first blog post problem’ wasn’t so bad after all.   I guess I’ll have to tell my husband he was right!  ;~D

Hi, my name is Karen and I’m a texture junkie.  Wait…what?