Wednesday, June 26, 2019

2019 Oregon #3

4x6” original watercolor  $225

Crater Lake!

Oregon Trip
Day 3

We started our day with a walk (hike??) to both the upper and the lower view points of Paulina Falls.

A selfie!  Me, Linda, Kathy and Bruce at the lower falls.

Now onto the Big Obsidian Flow...  WOW!  We had a picnic lunch first and then headed out.  We had to climb stairs to the top...  Here is Linda going up the stairs.   Once at the top the trail became narrow and very rocky.  Linda decided not to risk it and the three of us went on.

The view was amazing.  You cannot tell from the photo but these are all sharp black shiny rocks... obsidian, and there was snow on the top, in June!

On to Crater Lake.  Lots of SNOW! 

The northern entrance was just opened two days before our arrival.  All the trails were still closed.  After all the girls careful planning they did not know that nothing opens until July.  40 plus feet of snow has to melt! If you check out this link you can see the lodge as of March.  So there was little we could do except look at the lake from several angles, it was beautiful.  You could not be outside very long because of the swarms of mosquitoes!  SWARMS.  We spent one night at the historic Crater Lake Lodge, famous but a bit worn but it could be they were just getting started with winter cleanup.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 Oregon #2

4x6” original watercolor   $225

A Harris Hawk from The High Desert Museum.

Oregon Trip
Day 2
The Mill Inn offers delicious breakfasts!  We spent most of our day at the High Desert Museum near Bend.  An excellent Museum.  There was an exhibit by artist April Coppini which all of us really liked.  A highlight was Raptors of the Desert Sky.

We did an evening Cascade Sunset Tour of Bend in an Electric Car.  It was OK.  The guide was good, there were several stops for food and drink.  It was centered around craft beer even when we told him we are not beer drinkers.  He did take us for excellent gelato as requested.  And sadly the sunset was not spectacular.  We did learn our way around Bend.

I love the Ephrata Cloisters so when this show was offered I signed up.  It is free so come out and see me...  This Saturday:

Monday, June 24, 2019

2019 Oregon #1

6x4” original watercolor    $225

The view from Portland to Bend.  Our first look at a snow covered mountain.  The painting is even better and brighter than it photographed!

Oregon Trip
After a year of planning with our friends Kathy and Bruce Woodruff the four of us were off for 11 days in Oregon.  Our first time in this state. The main reason was to visit Rashetta with a lot of sightseeing squeezed in.

Day 1:   We flew into Portland arriving at 9am and our first stop was Petite Provence to meet Rashetta and have breakfast. 

The croissants were wonderful!  

Next we were on our way to Bend.  A perfect backdrop of beautiful blue skies with several snow capped mountains and pine trees.

Our home for a few nights was The Mill Inn in Bend, great location with nice rooms.  Next on the agenda was an excellent dinner at the Pine Tavern and we called it an early evening.

Monday, June 10, 2019


Finished... I finished my window painting.

This is a 19th century textile mill in Dover, NH.  Thank you Sandra Joy for the use of your photo.  Another favorite of Linda's that she is holding as a possible print in November.

We went to see "Rocketman" last night and it was excellent.  I really knew very little about Elton John.  His music was woven into the story and it was well done.

On a sad note, another good friend has passed away.  David Heft.   Dave lost a 2 year battle with cancer.  Back when our kids were young a group of us got together every Friday night.  We spent many a Friday in Dave and Joan's house until they moved to Maryland.  Then the group did a long weekend together each year.  We went to see him a week ago.  It is so hard to lose friends.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

2019 Williamsburg #5

6x4” original watercolor
$135 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 6/8at 7pm price goes to $275

On a sunny day Williamsburg has a plethora of material for an artist.  There is a paintable scene any direction you look, including up!

Last night I gave a lecture to the Lancaster Art Association.  My chosen topic was "How to keep painting fresh and avoid painters block"  

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

2019 Williamsburg #4

6x4” original watercolor
$130 (unframed) to the first person to email
If unsold by 6/6 at 7pm price goes to $250

I am back to my Williamsburg series because I have several more scenes I was interested in painting.  A typical Williamsburg gate with a dash of color from the iris.

If you are near Middletown, PA this Saturday you may like to see me at:
Middletown Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturday, June 8 from 10 to 5
Held in Hoffer Park, at Race & Mill
streets in the borough of Middletown, PA

Monday, June 3, 2019


Sometimes a show you expect good things from throws you a curve ball.  Annapolis...  I was excited to return to the area even though it was a whole new venue for me.  My first show there was on the docks in 1986.  33 years ago!  Then I did a few years with the Ladies Naval Auxiliary.  After 911 they were not allowed to have it.  I also did a few times in the parking lot of the stadium on the asphalt with no trees in the blazing heat.  So it had been a few years.  This time it was "1st Sundays on High Street".  I had high hopes.  We roll into town on Saturday at 2pm.  Parking was non existent. It was packed with people. Sidewalks overflowing.  The suburban was too high to fit into any of the garages, so much for our free parking pass from the B&B!  After circling the blocks I found a space only to find its a 2 hour max and you cannot add more time.  You must leave the space and find another one.  We went to check in at our B&B and they would not allow us in till 3pm.  So we had a late lunch, checked in and at 4pm needed to move the van.  I found an open lot where I could park longer but not overnight but it bought us some time. We decided to walk to our show space and plan it out.  All the spaces were on the street except 6 in front of a restaurant.   Ours... up on the sidewalk with the restaurant putting tables in front of us on the street...  We had to wait till morning to get clarification.  We found a tiny parking lot behind the street where we show so decided to park there overnight for $36 plus $33 for all day Sunday but at least I could dolly to my space.  Our B&B was right on Main Street and they partied loud ALL night.  Well, it got quieter around 3am!   We get out to the show at 6am and no one was around.  Odd, I am used to being out early with lots of other artists to beat the rush.  This was definitely a later crowd.  So we waited till 7:30 for a director and yes, we are on the sidewalk but the tables were off to our side.  Very odd but worked nicely.  So feeling better, all set up, and parking working well.  Show opens to huge crowds... walking and eating...Very little shopping.  Some walked into the booth, and took cards... I did not even cover my booth cost!  WHAT??!!  Have not had that happen in years!  My work fits into the area, I looked great, just can't figure it out.  And as if I was not having a great it rains at pack up.  I was all packed and in the van except the tent and rug.  WET tent top, more work drying it out on Monday.  And I must move the van because you may not park there on Sunday nights!  Found a new space for overnight.  The B&B was still noisy but till midnight this time.  We were both ready to get home.  Home safely, unpacked, drying the tent, laundry finished... Amazing that I can still be caught off guard by a show.