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Thursday, June 10, 2010


  I travelled to Spokane Washington this weekend for Artfest, a benefit for the Museum of Arts and Cultures.   I was disappointed to not have time to visit the museum.  Hopefully next year.
  Spokane had many interesting old brick buildings and fun and funky businesses.  
  Woefully my camera battery was dead, alas, no pictures.

  The show was in the Browne's addition neighborhood
 which had beautiful old restored houses, large front porches,
and wonderful gardens.
   People from Portland and Seattle tend to disparage the area for being provincial so I was very happy to find it eco conscious with many hip spots and businesses.  There were good coffee houses, vintage shops and restaurants with organic creative food and lots of sushi.
  Diane Culhane (paintings), Kim Morris (weaver) and I ate a delicious meal at Mizuna.  They had organic seasonal northwestern food.   I especially loved my Mojito- nothing better than a cool fresh drink with muddled mint after a long day at a show.  Diane and I split the scallops and beet and lentil salad...yumm!

  The music stage was behind my booth which normally doesn't
 thrill me however there was a lot of  rootsy music which was quite good.
  Especially a woman who had an ethereally sweet voice and sang
old English folk standards.

  I met some new artists including Jennifer Phillips and picked up a small tree oil painting from her.  She also paints fantastic miniature paintings on scrabble tiles and turns them into necklaces.

  The art show went really well for me.  I sold 3 large paintings to a lovely couple who had just remodelled their house and picked up a shop: Anenome, handmade paper flowers, next to Nordstrom, which will carry my cards and a gallery: Tinman Gallery,  with a children's bookstore to carry my prints and show my paintings in the winter.

Monday, I woke unusually early for me; 5am and decided to hit the road.  It was a beautiful ride home through farm land but especially the gorge.  Here are some photos:

Canyon rocks above the Dalles.  One of my favorite geological constructs.  

The sky was so pretty and blue for this day.

Love the water.

Windmills so epitomize this drive.  Pieces of windmills on trucks being hauled up the I-84.

Took this photo driving.  Probably worse than texting but I had to get this photo.

This is Gus, he slayed me!  Needless to say he won the popularity contest for cute.  

I love the trains!

 I'll be spending a lot of time on this hwy #84 going to Idaho, Utah and Colorado this summer.

Ideas for painting.  Love these lines in the rock.  Hauled a bunch or rock home for my garden.

Home sweet home with my favorite greeter meeter pretty eye boy.  Mort always makes me happy.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

WonderQuest Benefit

Come to the Wonder Ballroom this Friday, May 21st for an art auction in support of Quest Center
for Integrative Health.  They are a much needed non profit health center with a wide range of services, commited to providing high quality care to everyone including those that are marginalized and under serviced.
  I have the painting above up for auction in good company with loads of other great art.  Here's the link to their site with pictures of the art:

  Thanks to everyone who visited me at the Alberta Street Art Hop this last Saturday.  The day was
perfect; breezy and sunny.  The people watching was so much fun.  I was across from the childrens art and face painting which is always a blast.  Lots of bunny ear people walking around.
  Here are some more crummy photos from my iphone of a few of my finds and aquisitions:

 Jane Aukshunas oil pastel.
  I love the motion and vibrants colors of her work.  It was such a pleasure to see she
was set up next to me.

Cut out picture that I scored for $5 from one of the kids at a local Ne Portland school.  Their art teacher had a booth and was selling their work for them.  Portland is so great.

Two more great finds from Hana (all I know) another student from the school art booth.  These are handmade boxes in the style of India.  This girl is very gifted.  I can't wait to hang these on my wall.

  And for a perfect finish to a lovely day, Bruce and I went to Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern on Killingsworth.  We had ice cold Pilsners-yum! and homemade vegetable soup with a delicious butter lettuce salad with house pickled beets and blue cheese.  

And here's my guy Mort, belly shaved recuperating from his close call with death.  We're so glad he's doing better.  

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy Birthday to ME

  Saturday was my birthday and it was a very good day.  The sun was out, there was that perfect cool breeze that tastes so good and makes one feel clean and refreshed  like those soap commercials.
  The best present was my pup Morton's good health prognosis.  He had been very ill from a severe internal traumatic injury.   He had had surgery and was having a tough time healing due to his blood not clotting propery.  With a diagnosis of hemophilia and a plasma transfusion he started to mend very quickly and he's pretty much back to being his old goofy self, although we are treading much more carefully.  (he's on a fly hunt right now.)  The emergency veterinary hospital and staff was fantastic.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone there!  I so recommend this place to anyone local who needs emergency care for their pets.
Mort, one happy dude,  recovering in my studio.

   I wanted to share some of the fabulous presents I received and thank my friends Sam, Emily and Bruce for starting the fun off early by taking me out to eat Thursday and Friday.  Thursday we ate at Vindalho in Portland.  They have a fantastic modern space and fresh, innovative Indian food.  This place is really yummy.   Vindalho  .  Friday night Emily took me out to Lapellah in Vancouver.  They specialize in fresh, local cuisine.  The restaurant is fairly new and they did a really nice job with the construction and design.
  They have a brick oven, wood beams and very comfy booths.  Apparantly they are renowned for their burger.  I had the halibut with crab.  A bit indulgent, but hey it's my birthday.

 Here are some crummy photos, I really will have to work on improving my photography:

 Yummy homemade chocolate cupcake from Sherry.  It was so good I couldn't wait to start eating it before I took the photo.  Morty licked the frosting too.

Purple and red seemed to be the theme.  Hydrangea's from Sherry 

Lunch Skins from Kimmy.  Perfect for packing my dried fruit and nuts and saving those plastic bags.

Handwoven cloth woven by Beth Poirer a gift from Kim Morris and the lighter pink one is one of Kims.    Her work is incredible.  She dyes all her yarn with natural vegetable dies and then hand weaves them.  
  Morty loves lying on her wool rug in my kitchen.  Here's a link to Oregon Art Beat, they feature Kimmy:

"Icons of the Desert", Aboriginal art book, gift from Bruce.

Spice storage system, beautiful colorful spices, a knife and an Alice Waters cookbook from Sherry. I'm going to cook something today from it.  Thank you Sherry, you always get me the most perfect gifts.

And to myself a mega sugar high- Theo chocolate with Cherries and Almonds, buttered popcorn and coconut flavored jelly beans and a binge on Season 5 of Weeds.   


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

  I returned from the Fiesta art show in San Antonio at the SW School of Art.  This is one of my very favorite art shows.  It is so compatible with my art style.  The booth I had was located in an old stone cathedral surrounded by stained glass windows, iron chandeliers, a pretty polished wood floor and tapestries.  The crowd is ebullient and celebratory.  Fiesta is San Antonio's version of Marti Gras and they really get into it.  The locals don their most colorful outfits-there's fun wacky hats,  intricate embroidery and displays of metals that they collect each year.   I gorged myself on authentic Mexican food and people watched for 2 days. 
  Below are a some photos.

                                      stained glass window in Cathedral near my booth

panels above my booth, dingle balls from my booth.

angel stained glass window in cathedral at show.

One of many colorful, fun tops to be seen.

Very Fiesta Texas kickers!

I guess I wasn't the only one taking photos.

Looks like imagery from my paintings.

  Chicken in La Villita section of San Antonio

Red pig with yellow wings.

Pink food booth in La Villita

looks like he's in the wrong neck of the woods

Lovely sculpture La Villita

Ceramic house number sign La Villita

Church bell, old German church in La Villita

Virgin of Guadelupe alter

Blue face painting in window

painted cart La Villita

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Painted chair

   Finished painting a chair that will be part of an auction supporting
Oregon Partnership.

  Oregon Partnership has a crisis line that 
responds to more than 35,000 calls a year, 
half of which are on the suicide Lifeline. 
  The Crisis line provides free, confidential intervention, support, referrals and immediate assistence by highly trained staff and volunteers.   

  A number of military veterans, soldiers and their families
 are turning to the crisis lines as well. 
  Oregon Partnership has also forged an
ongoing relationship with the National Guard's 
 training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills.
  OP is trying to establish a dedicated line fror returning soldiers, veterans and their families.
 Additionally there is a youth line which is a peer-peer line for teens.
  Young people work with adults to answer calls on
 diverse topics including substance abuse, 
depression, self-harm, dating violence and other issues. 
There is also a crisis line for speakers of Spanish
 who are experiencing alcohol and drug problems. 

Oreogn Partnership-6443 SW Beaverton Hilldale Hwy
Suite 200,  Portland, Or 97221

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

first post

  My first blog post.  I'm trying to get organized before the
busy show season and have jumped into the world of cyber space.
  I just set up a Flikr account, Twitter 
and have stocked my Etsy store. 
 My website is updated with many new paintings 
with more to come and a Facebook
presence is pending too.

  I have just returned from a very cold but inspiring trip 
to New York where I saw some incredible art 
at the Metropolitan Museum,
ate some very yummy thin crust pizza and
literally crashed into Ethan Hawke, at a play by Sam Shepard,
 that he was directing.
  Also saw the NY City Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty, 
which was like eating a big cream puff.
  The costumes, lighting and effects 
that the colors created were ethereal.
  Here are some photos from the art museum:

  I'm finishing up painting a chair depicting a dog, bird and girl
for a benefit auction in Portland that helps people who are very
stressed, such as returning veterans.  I'll post the photos soon.
My camera battery went dead.
  The chairs will be placed in shop windows around Portland which should
be fun.