Painting

Almost there….

I have been battling a variety of physical complaints this week that have kept me close to home and more inclined to sleep than paint. However, I did go to painting class and today went to the TRAG gallery where I put–what I think is–the finishing touch on my newest piece: “Sizing Up the Competition.” While there are many difficult…

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Birding, Painting

588 Photos: The Reason to Edit

Today I went on a wildlife viewing tour of Sauvie Island with Oregon Wildlife. Originally this tour was supposed to coincide with the Audubon Society of Portland’s Annual Raptor Road Trip, but “Snowmagedon” caused everything to shut down. I had a great time and used my mom’s big camera (she’s had it loaned it to me for over a month)…

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Personal

Itchy and crazy

When I was about six I had my tonsils out. This was a good thing because until then I had spent a lot of time sick. In fact, one of my earliest memories is waking up and not feeling well and having my mom scold me for not wanting to do morning stuff. As I sat sulking at the breakfast…

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Painting

Moonglow and Spring Caps

I went to painting class tonight and Anji announced that she had started a painting for the June Rose Festival Show at Oregon Society of Artists. Her introduction was “this one is Tara-inspired”. When she showed us, I immediately recognized one of my favorite colors: Moonglow by Daniel Smith. But she went on to say “its subdued.” Huh. Moving on……

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Painting

Describing Colors

Every spring there comes one or two evenings when the sun comes out enough to get the crocus to bloom. About a week a ago, we had one such evening and I didn’t get out to take any photos. Then a storm hit and all the purple crocus were battered. But today was another gorgeous day and in addition to…

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Knitting

Sock Inspiration

Sometimes inspiration comes in strange places. For a couple of years I had been thinking that I should put up a website for my art. After all, I’m the webmaster for: Three Rivers Artist Guild Watercolor Society of Oregon Mt. Pleasant Iris Greater Portland Iris Society But I could never really decided what I wanted my website to be. I…

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Painting

The power of red

Well, I survived the Rose City Yarn Crawl this last weekend in good form and relatively inexpensively. There was the purple “Birds of a Feather” purchase. Then seven skeins of a red linen yarn I hope to turn into a tank top. Then two skeins of discounted mohair I got for a steal. Great job and restraint! This evening I…

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Knitting

Party all the time

This has been an exciting week for me. I have been out late twice! It’s party all the time around here. The reason for all this excitement is the Rose City Yarn Crawl. I’ve participated in this for two previous years, and it has been a blast every time. The excitement for this year has been building for weeks, starting…

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Birding

King of the world

Today I recovered from workshop hangover by taking Finn for a hike at Canemah and running some errands. The hike was by far more fun. Everyone at Canemah was announcing that they were open for breeding. I heard four Anna’s hummingbirds (only saw two) and was nearly deafened by the frog chorus. I took a short video with my camera…

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Painting

Two steps forward, one step back

It has been an exciting week for me with ups and downs that kept me on the edge of my seat. I had signed up to take a workshop from Beth Verheyden called “Let’s Get E-Motion-Al” and had been wait-listed. I found out Tuesday I got in and was very excited. Then Thursday, just before I was to leave for…

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