Friday, November 23, 2012

Holiday Savings on Etsy

Mixed media collage on paper
4 3/4 x 4 3/4

Just a quick post to let you know that I'm having a holiday sale on all items in my Etsy shop through December 20.  If you haven't yet discovered Etsy, this would be a great time to check it out, since many of the artists, makers, and vintage sellers are currently running Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions. It's pretty nice to be able to shop in the comfort of your own home with a cup of hot coffee, tea or cider. :)

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Painting . . . Finished

30 x 30
Acrylic on canvas

This rather "summerish" painting is finished and on the wall, the dining/studio table is cleared of paints and related paraphernalia, and I'm shifting to pre-Thanksgiving mode.  Wishing safe travels and a joyful day to all celebrating the holiday, and keeping those who recently lost so much in my thoughts.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

In the Land of Weathered Cypress




 A few photos from late October that I've been meaning to post. Today, I'm mesmerized by the palette of soft greys and greens of the foggy, rainy Portlandia day outside my window.  Meanwhile, I'm listening to great music while finishing a painting and tending to household chores.

Ever see the musical "Music Man"? Somehow, the refrain came to me while mulling over the question of how to move forward with art goals while working and maintaining family and social obligations.  I crave long, uninterrupted blocks of time to produce art.  As in days/weeks at a time.  Not possible right now; so instead, I recently adapted and adopted the slightly modified refrain of Music Man's "Pick a Little, Talk a Little" as my mantra:  "Paint a little, blog a little. Clean a little, blog a little. Paint, paint, paint. Clean a lot, blog a little more."  I'm serious --it's working.  If you haven't seen the movie version, follow the link and watch the song being performed to the end.  You'll understand the intensity and effectiveness of my mantra. And besides, the energy of the performance is infectious :)

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Colors of My Days


I've been enjoying the mild weather and splendid autumn color in Portlandia while thinking of those who were impacted by the storms on the east coast.  Also enjoying a brave little brown bunny that has made an appearance in our front yard a few times over the past several days.  Sampling the clover in our grass, it freezes when it senses me and on one occasion, turned and scampered back into the rugosa rose patch with lightening speed.  Mind you, rabbits are not common here.  In fact, I've never seen one in Portland, and I can't help but wonder if this one was someone's pet that was released.  Regrettably, urban coyotes are prevalent here, so I fear for this sweet bunny.  

The sumac bush was absolutely splendid several days ago, when I didn't have my camera on my walk.  It was like a weaving with a warp of green leaves interwoven with the intense yellow and red leaves.  I kept wanting to get back to it to take photos, but each day, the light was too low by the time I got out for my walk.  I finally made it back to it today in the late afternoon, with light in the sky and camera in hand, but wouldn't you know it, the leaves had withered. 

The photo of the colorful spools was taken at Beam,& Anchor, a wonderful new store in northeast Portland.  More about that next time. :)

Have a wonderful day!