Our friend Elizabeth joined us for dinner on Thanksgiving. She brought the most amazing huge appetizer plate, complete with delicious dips, crackers and fresh fruit, AND a couple of bottles of Beckham's Oregon Pinot Noir.
These persimmons and the orange were all that was left. Thank you, Elizabeth.
My favorite workshop ever was offered by Leslie Saeta in 2011. My opinion is based on the talent and skill of the instructor, individual attention given by the instructor, and a safe, spacious setting. Of course, lots of giggles and a little goofing off doesn't hurt.
I had a lengthly review of her workshop at the side of my old blog which disappeared with the blog. Leslie has had such a positive effect on me, though, that I'll rewrite one soon. And I'll add lots of photos.
For those of you who know her work, you can see her influence above. This was my reintroduction to palette knife painting.
What to paint when trying to get back into the flow? Something I love, so it's back to Cobie.
We adopted Cobie from a no-kill shelter when he was about three years old. He had spent more than half of his life there.
Like people, dogs come with issues. At least this is what we discovered after having to sit in the corner with him for the first two weeks of obedience class. After the second series of classes and a lot of time with a private trainer, Cobie has come a long way. He's now a very relaxed guy.
Cobie's been anxious to go plein air painting with us in this stunning Oregon landscape. He was a trooper during our move. It wasn't his fault he got carsick in Chicago. We hope to take him out painting soon.
It's not unusual to see plein air painters around town. Here are some photos taken of local artists during the Portland Art Museum outdoor invitational painting event last weekend.
With the exception of four posts, the blog I began in May, 2011 has disappeared from Blogger. I put it on "hold" until I had the time to do some updates. Now I can't get it back.
Selling a house is more stressful than I remember. We started painting and purging in mid-December and finally finished last month. Two days after we listed the house, it sold. We'll be moving in June.
But it gets better because where will we be moving? To one of the greatest art towns around - Portland, Oregon.