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November Spring

I finished this piece at the end of the school year.  It’s named and inspired by our winter like spring this year.  Today, I am in my studio, painting and feeling pretty lucky to be doing so.

A Lovely Trip …days three and four

Chris and I finished our time in California with his sister Alice and her husband Cory.  We were treated like royalty.  They gave us their hip loft, which I told Alice was like sleeping in a boutique hotel, and then wined (literally) and dined us for our entire stay.

Cory works in the wine business which meant we got to see great wineries hidden in the recesses of Napa and Sonoma.  Saturday was the loveliest of the days, sunny and warm, everything Portland has not been this spring, so I especially relished it.

Pride Winery

Pride Rock, named before The Lion King movie

Pride Winery sits in both Napa and Sonoma

wine barrels in a cave...this is where we tasted

Keenan Winery

wine grapes


Our day of tasting ended with a lovely dinner at a cafe in wine country. The next morning went out for coffee and then Indian food at a wonderful cafeteria like place.  The menu, which I saved but cannot find now, delighted us with stories of a childhood in India but failed to describe the dishes being offered. We ordered well despite this.

Chris and I flew out of sunny San Francisco and landed in dismal North Bend, Oregon.  We were literally the only ones in this tiny airport for several hours of our 4 hour layover. Four hours in nowhere, cold rainy nowhere, is a looooong time…. I ordered a pizza and thank God one was delivered.  I get a little angry when I’m hungry.

We’re home now,and weeks later I finally caught up and posted the news of our adventure.


Lovely two

Chris and I headed out to Capitola Thursday night to see his father.  We were set up in the very cute Venetian hotel.  The town was so lovely that the next morning when Chris and his dad headed out to breakfast down the the road, I stayed behind so I could explore the town.  It was worth it; I had pie and coffee and bough myself a very cute dress.

When the two returned from breakfast, we all headed out to Monterey to see the aquarium.  It was fabulous, except that the main exhibit, sharks!, was closed.  I really think the aquarium could have come down on the entry price, $30!!, especially considering the feature attraction wasn’t open.  The fish were amazing though, and I was lucky enough to see a seahorse just seconds after it as born…it was so tiny, it’s a wonder seahorses  survive the big ocean.

Most of the pictures are from the aquarium, a few extra thrown in from Capitola. I know there are ton of photos of the jellyfish shot, but they were so amazing I couldn’t stop myself…

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A Lovely Trip…. first day

I have too many photos to download..there’s too many to choose from, and I don’t think wordpress can manage them all.  I’ll have to chooose….aaaahhh

Chris and I spent a lovely four days in California.  I cannot begin to express how nice it was to spend time with him away from work and responsibilities.  It was needed and relished.

We arrived Wednesday, out hotel was just outside the gates of Chinatown.  The Astoria Hotel was a bit funky, in the on the line between okay and shady. But we had our own bathroom and the elevator was charming if not sketchy.  And it was cheap and for one night only. We met Chris’ that evening for a bite and a brew and then hit the hay.

On Thursday Chris and I spent the morning in Chinatown and wandered the North end of the city on our town.  We met up with my brother  and his lovely wife for lunch and the rest of the afternoon. What follows are pictures from our first full day…

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i could live here

the market on delivery day

drying fish in a window...where else would you dry fish

a graduation at the Episcopal school

Chris wondered if people from Chinatown travel to the suburbs and take pictures of the clothesline

Chris holds the Coit Tower, sort of

lombard...the street that winds

the golden gate...what? it's not the golden gate?

mark and madelyn, the beautiful people

my love and me

a well placed porta potty


The World as We Know It

Chris has been working on the map diligently..I however have not been updating the progress of said map with as much diligence. There’s a lot more work involved than one might imagine, certainly more than I ever did. This week Chris finished all the outlining and labeling.   Below are a few images of his handiwork.

                                                                                              the artist’s hand

                                                                                    last minute fact checking

                                          my childhood hometown…got us singing the Spartan fight song….

                                                                 the world……………… our little corner of it

I have a lovely little video of Chris talking about our project…as soon as I gain the technical skills to post it here…I will

Egon’s Persimmons

This is officially my first painting to hang for sale in a gallery.  If you’re in Cannon Beach stop by the Cannon Beach Gallery and see my piece and the work of other local artists in this juried show.

I have to admit I’m pretty thrilled. It’s nice when I like a painting I’ve done, it’s especially great when others like it too.