Other people’s trash . . . often a treasure

Week 23 of the 52 photos project “In the decay lies beauty.” Having just completed a huge studio sale where my stash (and trash) became others’ treasures, I find this prompt quite timely. The items people choose to sell and the prices they ask  – at flea markets, garage sales, studio sales, consignment shops or wherever, fascinate me.

“What have you done for me lately?” has become my new mantra (appropriated from my pal Leah’s father in reference to his garden’s plantings). I’m ruthless in my shedding of things and when I want them gone, I REALLY want them gone and will sell stuff for very little money (25¢ items were quite popular at my sale!). Becoming unencumbered is extremely freeing . . .

These photos were taken at the Paris Flea Market. I found French junk totally captivating and wanted to buy everything. My budget and limited suitcase space didn’t allow for many purchases and most of the items, even the very derelict ones, were expensive. All that came home were photographs.

Love the yellow bus.

Wanted these birds to fly away home with me!

Had fun with Photoshop’s oil paint filter – really “Van Goghed” up these buttons!

Was a tad shocked that this “doll” was 10 Euros! A much loved treasure at one time, it now resembles a horror movie prop.

Moving into fall and moving on

Fall – the best season. In my world, the year always begins in September, not January. Even tho’ everyone and everything is starting to hunker down in anticipation of the cool weather, there’s so much promise in the crisp air.

Autumn of 2008 heralded my move from our house to a workspace in the industrial section of Ballard. Adjoining 4th floor rooms with the best views I’ve ever had in my 20+ years in Seattle and all of my art supplies, books and miscellaneous stuff finally corralled in one space.

Four years have flown by, several thousand invites been created and it’s time to move on . . . to a shared studio at BallardWorks with my new friend, Leah. We’re almost settled in . . . this weekend’s studio sale has been quite successful and I have just a few more boxes to move.

The studio overlooks a plumbing supply building and wide window sills gave me the opportunity to display favorite treasures like these velvet pumpkins.

Late afternoon sun necessitated the use of blinds – especially on hot summer days. I love the patterns they create on the walls. The calligraphy sign is by artist Lisa Engelbrecht .

I will miss this sunset view but am excited to be moving on. Once again September is all about a new beginning.

Sparkling and shimmering, Seattle always delights

While our cool rainy reputation is well deserved (and often despised), this amazing streak of 48 consecutive days of beautiful warm weather has refreshed my love for Seattle. All my senses are engaged by the sparkling, shimmering waters of Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington. Sailboats, canoes and kayaks create lovely visuals, tangy salt air fills my lungs and boat bells and drawbridge horns add to the rich marine mixture.

The sculpture above graces the Ballard Locks. The locks allow boat traffic to pass from Puget Sound into Lake Union.

After Sunday brunch at my friend Hal’s houseboat, I took this photo of his collage which is attached to a moored ship near the Ballard Bridge.

A few of the many salmon swimming up the fish ladder at the Ballard Locks, which is directly under the wave sculpture.

Saying goodbye and hello in September

While scrolling though my photos I came upon pictures taken at my friend Susan’s family farm in New Hampshire. Saying goodbye to August and hello to September is always easier when I’ve got memories of fine summer days / dear friends to keep me warm when the weather turns.

Opening and closing this screened door generated a wonderful ‘creaking’ sound. It’s the best summer sound!

The lavender’s scent penetrated the house.

A late afternoon shower cooled the air and rewarded us with a perfect rainbow.

Sharing delicious food and wine with friends . . . what could be better? Week 20 – 52 photos project – Doorways.