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I don’t seem to find myself in front of the camera much, but I could not resist the temptation of hanging out with my family in downtown Kansas City. The Duh family urban shoot is brought to you by photographer and brother-in-law Matt Weiss and a little photoshop action by me. It was a full on family affair day. 

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shannon - i love this.
i love you.October 13, 2011 – 4:35 am

Hallmark Artist, Maura Cluthe, creates Giant Robot

The Biggest Robot to date for artist, Maura Cluthe, is a 11-foot blinking and grinning android, known as KBOT. HE-SHE-IT lives in the land of our purple hallways at Kaleidoscope. And, contrary to popular belief, is not made of sugar and spice, but 100 lbs of plywood, nails, screws, diodes and LED’s that were chopped, hammered and fused into shape. When all the electronic dust settled, Maura invited her legendary crew of brushes and markers to doodle all over the creature in a flurry of well rehearsed moves that ended in what you see below.

My job was easy. All I had to do was figure out how to light biggy-bot and create a little over-the-top shadow drama for effect. If you would like to see a video and more pics showing the making of this creature, go to


Hallmark artist, Maura Cluthe, stands confidently in front of her 11- foot blinking and grinning android, known as KBOT.

 Photo shoot set up.

Photo shoot camera, lens and lighting information:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: 24-70 USM
Lighting: 3 Off camera Speedlight 580EX II
Megenta gel was applied to Speedlight on the floor left of camera.
ISO: 400
Focal length: 24mm
Aperture: F/6.3
Shutter speed:1/100
Shot in manual mode


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Hallmark Artist, Maura Cluthe, creates Giant Robot. | Chris Duh Art Maker - […] you are interested in how the final image was shot, visit: to see a lighting set up […]December 23, 2011 – 4:10 am

Shannon, creator of “A Free Spirit Life,” joins Worlds Biggest Summit

Check out 100+ teachers who have joined forces for the worlds biggest FREE summit. A bunch of the world’s most inspiring teachers will guide participants on the subjects of Health. Wealth. Spirituality. Creativity and Business. My wife is one of the mentors! She asked me if she could use one of my recent pictures of her for her head shot. Of course I said YES, then cleaned the kitchen, read my son his nightly story and waddled back downstairs to my computer to post the approved shot.  If you want to know more about the work she does with her world community go to:





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I love my mom and I love where and how she lives her life

Recently, I travel with my mom on a journey by car from my home town of Kansas City to her wind blown world in Park City, Utah. It’s rare and special to have uninterrupted time with my jet setting mother. It was so revitalizing to be in her presence, listening to stories about her connections to the amazing people in her life. Before I knew it, the 1600 mile hop-skip road trip ended. We arrived in Park City as the sun pushed its last rays over the pale blue mountain ridge that surrounds mom and Tom’s dandy home.

As evening approached, I stretched out on their muted wintergreen patio chair, looking out across the wavy flaxen grass fields. It was so peaceful. I soaked in all the beauty she has created for herself which seems always to be flowing from some replenishing soulful well of hers.  It seems like everything she does comes out in the form of thoughtfulness, always finding it’s way to the rest of us.

Although my stay with them was short, I did get a chance to take a few pictures of her timeless flower garden. The hollyhocks and tansy were in their prime. I could not pass up the opportunity to capture the pink and yellow blooms that exploded all along the patio 10 feet deep. I designed one of the images into a greeting card for her to share with the tender people in her life. It was the least I could do for my mom, who I love dearly.

If you have a couple of minutes, go check out her inspirational art and yarn doodling on facebook. More on her creative magic to follow in future posts.

The rule of unconditional love; it is in the giving that you make the other person realize. – Unknown


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shannon - i love my husband, i love my husband’s mom, and i love my life!!! such a sweet post…September 26, 2011 – 10:06 pm

chris - I am so lucky that you care that much.September 26, 2011 – 10:10 pm