Painting

What’s that color?

A couple of weeks ago I stayed home sick (I had a little fever and was achy.) I slept a lot and took the dog for a walk, but mostly I knit and watched recorded items on my DVR. One of those items was the movie “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. While I don’t recommend it, it does have some…

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Family, Goals

Philopatric

Late 2011 through 2012 will forever be known as my “Année terrible”. I was in a car accident; I was laid off; my dad had heart surgery; my aunt died; I had pneumonia twice. About the only thing I had going for me in this year of horrors was my house. I bought it from my parents and I got…

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Birding

Bling and Birding

Today, at the end of a busy 3-day weekend, I finally got out of the house for a hike. The snow has all melted and we have been getting huge amounts of rain (more typical for us), so it was a pretty soggy hike. It has been an unusually dry winter here, though, so it was nice to feel like…

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Painting

Ice Painting (Again)

In Portland we get a lot of rain, but not a lot of snow. Even a slight whiff of snow can send us into a panic. Getting six inches inside of 24 hours… well, we’re calling it “Snowmagedon.” I had the day off due to the weather, but after refilling my bird feeders and settling on a hummingbird feeder warming…

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Horses

Green and blue

On Saturday I went out to Sound Equine Options (SEO) to muck stalls. There are seven residents at this barn (I know that SEO has about 50 horses in total in their care, but most are in foster homes) and I do half the stalls any given day. When I enter the barn I love seeing the heads come out…

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Painting

Mary Cassat, Ansel Adams, and philhippic

Today’s post is brought to you by the seemingly random powers that rule the internet. Random event 1 A couple days ago I liked a Facebook post that had a nice piece of art in it. This was apparently a foolish move, because I have become embroiled in a plot to “occupy Facebook with art” and was assigned an artist…

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Painting

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 explain anything: http://www.almanac.com/content/mercury-retrograde), but you…

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Birding

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 the opposite direction (clockwise instead…

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Painting

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, and Portland in particular, is…

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Painting

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 swiftly. A few weeks ago…

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