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Mercury is in Retrograde?

The last few days have seemed to have a theme, summed up by a passing comment from a guy on the elevator: “Mercury is in retrograde, man.” Not 100% true (retrograde starts Feb. 6 if you are interested in that) (I’m not, but I decided to check it out to see if I really could …

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A New Direction

It’s been a productive day. I slept in a little, filled up the birdfeeders, then got up and took Finn for a hike at Canemah. It was cold and frosty but bright. A great day. As we crested the first hill, a “children’s moon” greeted us. Inspired by this, I took our usual loop in …

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Ice Painting

Tomorrow I’m going to photo my finished paintings and enter the WSO show; it’s time to bite the bullet. However, that doesn’t give you anything new to look at today. So, I’ve decided to show you December’s ice painting starts. As fellow Portlander’s will remember, in early December we had some VERY cold weather. Oregon, …

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A Generous Plenty

Last evening I went to my painting class (on my regular Tuesday I went out to take a groundwork class for Sound Equine Options) and discovered that I am very close to finishing a generous plenty of paintings. This is a good thing because the WSO deadline (yes, I’ve mentioned this before) is coming up …

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Inspiration

Last weekend I went to a board meeting at the lovely home of LaVonne Tarbox-Crone. I like LaVonne’s painting a lot and so I was really looking forward to seeing her home. First, of course, I had to run and see LaVonne’s studio. It was lovely; right off the kitchen and in the main living …

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I’ve become the crazy lady on the bus

It’s the middle of January. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s foggy. But spring will arrive. I know this because as I was riding home on the bus there was actually a little light. In fact, there was enough light that for a few minutes there was a very pretty, soft pastel sunset. By the time …

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Decisions, decisions….

Tonight was my weekly painting class at Anji’s. Last week we did four background techniques and this week our challenge was to turn at least one of them into a complete painting. As usual, I overachieved a little and went to work on all four. None of them are going to make it into great …

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Time

With the holidays and a new year, I always find myself thinking about milestones: what has happened in the last year? What will I remember? What have I already forgotten as significant? Where do I think I’m going? Possibly coincidentally, one of the interesting things about putting up a website is the notation of the …

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Bright Day

On this bright but cold day, the birds were definitely out in force at Canemah. At one point along our walk I simply stood and marveled at the little flocks of sparrows, towhees, junos, kinglets, and chickadees that fluttered near the path. Their noise provided a perfect soundtrack to the day.

Pattern and Light

Today (written 1/1/2014) as we were walking through a foggy Canemah park, it was unusually quiet. The birds, which provide most of the interest this time of year, had obviously found somewhere warm and try to hole up. As we walked, I got to thinking about light and dark. In the Pacific Northwest we are …

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