Home is Where My Art is

When I am being creative I feel I am in my place in the world.  Be it writing a poem, printmaking, painting, or creating something out of clay that’s when I feel the most “in my skin” no matter where I am at.  This is my upstairs studio in my farmhouse in rural Oregon.IMG_0524.jpg

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Place in the World

Of Black Lines and Colored Water

Although I consider myself primarily a printmaker, I like to do whimsical illustrations from my imagination with black India ink lines and brightly colored watercolor. It’s like creating my own coloring book without the concern of color splashing outside the lines. These little paintings are usually based on something out of my life. The piece below is a composite of fond bath time memories. Emmy Lou, my beloved long hair tabby (RIP), would often come sit on the edge of the tub and watch me as I languished in the water. Then we would be joined by a dog, or perhaps two who would take a nap on the rug beside me.

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Another example of ink line and watercolor is the piece below I recently published in my post, “Daily Visitor”. It is of the stray cat, Lizzie that comes to the door every night to be fed.  I like to exaggerate the features of animals and people to add to their personality

Simple pleasures recorded with ink lines and colored water.

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WP Photo Challenge: Blissed out in Paris on a Sunny Afternoon- “A Face in the Crowd”

I came upon this dapper little fellow in a Paris park enjoying the day as much as anyone.

Parisian Dog 2013

A Face in the Crowd

Weekly Photo Challenge- Beloved, There’s No Place Like Home

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Spring 2011

This year marks the 25th anniversary of living in my home, a 100-year-old farmhouse in rural Oregon.  When I moved in May of 1993 with my then husband and 6-year old son, I thought we had made a huge mistake.  It was overgrown, musty and dirty from the previous owners who smoked. The interior was dark and depressing (it doesn’t get worse than old brown shag carpet).  We froze the first two winters.  Over the years lots of changes were made mostly by our own hands.  The place is now warm, bright, & inviting.  The now ex-husband departed years ago for a younger model and a better man has been with me for the last 18 years   My son has grown up and made a life for himself.  In the meantime, my roots have grown deep here.  This is my beloved home.

 

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Farmhouse

I have no granite countertops

nor hardwood floors

an old white electric range

and portable dishwasher

do the cooking and the dishes

 

The floral wallpaper

peeling in places lines the walls

above the yellow wainscot

A shiny red woodstove

on a brick hearth

warms the large kitchen

 

The floor plan is ramshackle

added on as the needs of owners changed

during 100 years of occupation

 

More than a house

it is a vessel of memories

of people’s lives

including my own

 

Some would call it out of date

I would agree

but I like out of date

memories of simpler times

when life moved slower

the center of activity the kitchen

rather than an electric device

 

Yes, I don’t have granite countertops

nor hardwood floors

but the food here is good

and the table invites one to sit 

for a cup of tea and conversation

 

I go about my tasks with contentment

and with satisfaction

knowing that this is the place

I call home

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Bandit & Dougan

Beloved

WordPress Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme- Doors

Blue Camino door“Windows open out onto the universe around you, but doors will take you to where your imagination lies.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

I have always been fascinated with doors, both literal and metaphorical.  What lies behind them?  Always I have found in my life when one door closes another one will open- often leading to a much better place.

All photos shot in 2013 along the Camino de Santiago with the exception of the yellow door which was shot in Ireland in 2017.

 

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Variations on a Theme

 

Weekly Photo Challenge “The Faces of Joy 2017”

I had to give pause when I read this challenge “The most meaningful photo I’ve taken this year.”  Looking back through all my photos, the ones that have the most meaning are the ones of the people & pups in my life.  It was a rough year in many ways.  These photos remind me of the joy in this world.

The elfin twins Anna & Elliot come for a visit.

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Son, Gareth & Daughter-in-law, Felicia on her 30th birthday , May 5th
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My “spousal equivilent” doing what he loves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOLSTICE Celebration with friends.  What an amazing experience!

My dogs Bandit & Dougan, bringing tail waggin’ joy every day!

2017 Favorites