Sunday, October 23, 2011

Columbia River Gorge in the Fall



 







The Columbia River Gorge is a mere forty-five minute drive from Portland and it is particularly beautiful in autumn.   We took a short excursion, travelling east on the Oregon side of the river, and then crossing to come back on the Washington side.  It was wonderful to smell the fragrance of cedar and fir on the forested hillsides; beautiful to see the vibrant fall foliage against the deep green of the conifers and grey basalt rock.  We passed through a series of double tunnels in rock outcroppings on our way back; narrow tunnels for the trains, and slightly wider ones for the cars.  It was rather exhilarating to encounter a train speeding along in the opposite direction, so high above the river, and so close to us as we zoomed around the cliffs.

Time to transition to the week ahead.  Chilly nights are in the forecast, which means the autumn leaf color will become even more intense and the "big drop" will begin in earnest . . .


Cheers!



Sunday, October 16, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

In the Shop Now . . .


 "Remnants 6" 
Mixed media
7 1/2"  x  9 1/2"





"Remnants 6" was one of six mixed media collages that I made for a show in June of 2010.  Two of the pieces have sold; another one is currently in the shop and "Remnants 5", also above, will be there soon. 

And by the way, don't you just love bookhou?  Such signature style in everything they do.  A simply wonderful, graphic aesthetic.   And such a great, conversational blog: bookhau at home  Oh, and here's their Etsy shop.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

:)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Balance





Relief prints with Gamblin Inks
5"x7"


Been a bit out of balance lately.  Too heavy on the work side and too many hours in front of the computer.  Craving time in my home and garden, time to be out and about in my city, time to prepare a good meal, time to relax with family and friends.  Easing off (just a bit) on my self-imposed pressure to produce art.  Remembering that there are only so many hours in a day and one can't do it all.   Looking forward to being outside; walking on streets strewn with freshly fallen horse chestnuts, inhaling the crisp air and feasting on the glorious colors of the autumn foliage.

Cheers!