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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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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 “AnnĂ©e 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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