Better Late than Never

IMG_7739Standard by Ed Ruscha

IMG_7740Lake Light by April Gornik

IMG_7735The Chess Game by John Singer Sargent

IMG_7738A Bigger Grand Canyon by David Hockney

Seeing Nature at the Portland Art Museum closes tomorrow (Sunday, January 10) and I finally viewed this amazing exhibition this morning. Better late than never, but how I wish I’d gone sooner and then gone again and again and again. 39 landscape masterworks spanning five centuries, a portion of the Paul Allen Family collection. Paintings by Monet, Klimt, O’Keeffe, JWM Turner, Cézanne, Hopper and more, thoughtfully displayed in three galleries. It was wonderfully overwhelming and deserving of so much more time than I could spend today. If you live in Portland and haven’t seen this show – go tomorrow and you won’t be disappointed.


Orange you glad that it’s October?

Just spent a fabulous weekend in Portland. Attended the opening of The Body Beautiful at the Portland Art Museum (and had the opportunity to hear Storm Large sing), ate delicious dinners with family and friends and last (but certainly not least) took a 2-day painting class with the amazing Jill Berry. Consequently I almost missed out on this 52 Photos Project prompt – ORANGE.

dewy beauty greets early morning walkers

pumpkins at Ravenna Gardens

Under the Influence, Jill’s wonderful class, had us study four painters – Miro, Wosene Worke Kosrof, Wayne Thiebaud and Hundertwasser. We then created our own interpretations of their works. It was challenging and exciting and I’d forgotten how much I like to paint . . . Thanks Jill!

Tag, you’re it and then some

guests at the opening were encouraged to take home these lovely floral centerpieces

Coming down after a great weekend in Portland . . . California Impressionism and Ellsworth Kelly opening at the Portland Art Museum, visiting my friend Tricia Hassler’s fabulous studio/home in the Pearl . . . delicious food . . . biking 35+ miles . . . shopping at Twist and Cargo and LOTS OF SUN!

these lanterns give but a tiny peek of treasures contained within Cargo

I also had the opportunity to help with a year-end project at Sunnyside Environmental School (where my sister-in-law teaches). Making a collage composition with 1st and 2nd graders’ painted paper flora and fauna was great fun and I look forward to seeing the finished song book.

Now I’m back at in the studio – designing hang-tags for Spiderfelt and working on my own art. Lovely to get away and nice to be home, too.