Monday, October 3, 2016

Hi From Eugene

Our house in Portland sold faster than expected, so we put the remainder of everything we owned into storage and moved to a small suburban apartment.  We thought we'd stay there while we looked for something in Eugene.

Then we decided to just move here.  We've been renting a very small house near the University of Oregon for the past few weeks, and will have to stay here till we find a house with studio space at a price we can afford.

While looking for more permanent housing in the new neighborhood, we've noticed some fun things going on around here.

There seem to be more bikes than cars in this part of the city.





People here like color.




And they like painting fire hydrants,




and vehicles,



and murals on houses.



 They like to share.




 But most of all, they are wild about gardening.





Eugene is sort of like a mini-Portland, only better - no traffic.  

Until we can unload the art supplies from the storage unit and put them into a studio space,  I'm happy to paint with some watercolors and gouache we picked up today.  There shouldn't be a problem getting inspired.


26 comments:

  1. Hi, Chris! I was so happy to see your post! It looks beautiful there and no traffic is a big plus. I'm looking forward to seeing watercolors from your new town.

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    1. Thanks, Candy! Love being back on YOUR blog and looking at your beautiful work!!

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  2. Really happy to see you're doing ok and your pics look great Chris! I think your new home is in a very colorful area , it should be good for inspiration right? Nature looks kind of luxurious . Can't wait to see what you're up to! A big hug

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    1. Thank you, Helen! Your blog is just as beautiful as ever! YOU are my inspiration!!

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  3. Hi Chris! I have missed you and I am so happy to see your post today in my news feed! I went through a deep depression in February and March, the worst, and the longest I had ever experienced in my life. I had stopped blogging for a short period, as I had lost interest in everything, even in eating. :( However, and thankfully, I managed to pull out of it and I have been thinking of you and wondering how you have been. I miss you, I missed your presence, your art, your posts and your kind comments on my blog. I used to post every day but now I post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    I love all your photos, and this looks like such a beautiful and friendly place! I love the art on the fire hydrants and vehicles! It is so nice that people like to share, and I love the book booths, too! And a small amount of traffic is an added plus! Less noise and pollution. I look forward to seeing your posts, dear friend, I really missed you. A very warm welcome back. Hugs. :)

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    1. Oh, Linda. I'm so glad you're feeling better! It hurts me that you felt so bad. It also hurts me that many people still believe that depression is a "choice."

      Considering how much work you put into your blog, three days a week still sounds pretty challenging... but I'll take it!!! Your entries always warm my heart and put a smile on my face! Thank you again, Linda! I'll take those hugs and shoot some back to you!

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  4. Hello Chris,
    Very funny pictures. Nice to see the colorful bikes and houses.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco. I'm thankful to live in such a happy small town.

      And again, the photographs on your blog were outstanding!! Your work belongs in National Geographic!

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  5. Oh Chris, what a delightful post. I just loved seening the artwork everywhere and my, you must be in inspiration heaven {{smiles}} With so much color surrounding you it must be easy to smile all day every day.

    Happy hugs to you!

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    1. Ah, thanks, Stephanie! It is easy to smile around here. And with every passing day we are all getting closer to heaven. And that's really something to smile about!

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    1. I've missed you too, Laurie... I will e-mail very soon.

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  7. Wow Chris!! I missed you! I see many reference photos for future paintings!!!! SO colorful...

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    1. Thanks, Hilda! I missed you, too!
      Looking forward to enjoying your beautiful artwork again!!

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  8. Oh, yay, Chris!!!! xoxoxoxo!!!! Next time I'm in Eugene I want to see you!

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    1. I'm looking forward to that, Kali!!! And it's good getting reacquainted with your beautiful blog!

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  9. Dear Chris so glad to see you back. Eugene looks like a wonderful place. Especially for those who live to garden. Take care!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Yes, the gardeners here are pretty artistic - lots of fun!!
      Good to see your blog again, too!

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  10. Hi, it's lovely to see you back! What a magical place to live - it certainly looks very cheerful and upbeat. Inspiration abound. Best wishes.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Eugene is lots of fun. Between the students and the old hippie-types, it is pretty unique. But I would say living on the Dorset coast is pretty magical, too - at least your beautiful paintings are...

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  11. Yay!!! :D How awesome to see this news, the wonderful pictures, and that y'all are doing OK! Fingers (and toes) still crossed y'all find your place soon (or it finds you, which ever comes first!) and that you'll be painting again in no-time! You have a following here.... and we'll all be patient of course, LOL! Looks like no end of inspiration where you are now, and that is pure fantastic! Much much love to you all - more later, Jan (and Jerry)

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    1. We've missed you and Jerry, Jan! It's really nice here, but would be better to have our furniture out of storage. Sleeping on air mattresses is getting old, but it will be something we laugh about some day (someday soon, I hope). And you're right - what's not to like about living here! Will touch bases with you soon - send you some pics. Love you!!

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  12. It really looks like a fun and colorful place! It will be great to discover all it has to offer.

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  13. Moving is a lot of hard work so it helps to go to a place you like and by your own choice. It looks an arty city and I know Carol Marine lives there and loves it. You will have a strong following in no time. Not many have your skills and talents. Wishing you only the best and am looking forward to your artistic output flowing again. It usually took me six months after a move to get into my painting flow. Bet it takes you less.

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  14. I hope you`re still enjoying it Chris. You and Tim deserve some peace to paint.

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  15. I paint, I am a garden designer and I always use my bike to get around , so this seems like the perfect place for me :-))

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