Monday, December 22, 2014

Sleigh Bells Ring

....are ya listening?

 It's been terribly gloomy in Walla Walla the past month, and I've been trying really hard to embrace it.  Last week the sun came out one morning and I totally cried on the way to the park.  You guys. I can't help but be a total diva about the weather here.  whine whine whiiiiiiinnnnne. 

^^^ but sometimes I think the fog is really pretty.

It makes things seem q u i e t .

I have been painting like a crazy person this month, trying to get stocked up for the spring.  Wheeeeee!

Our Christmas card diorama this year!  I had a hard time photographing such tiny pictures of us (and even then, we're still a little big for that car!).  And for the first time ever, I chose to put this on the back of the Christmas card. And I put a regular person picture on the front.  I don't know.  I still feel weird about it.  

p.s. Merry Christmas!

I busted out the Pizelle Press this weekend and made some stroopwafels to deliver to the neighbors.  There's a homemade cinnamon-y caramel in the middle and oh man.  Oh man.  I still have a stomach ache from eating too many.  Here's the recipe I used (total winner!).

Don't you love the word Kohlrabi?  I even like how it's spelled.  

^^^ I love this blurry picture that Evan snapped of my multi-tasking (baby-holding-daniel-tiger-listening-painting-a-pineapple).  Mr. Harvey woke up early from his nap and I needed to finish my underpainting before it dried and got gloopy, so he came in to help me for a bit.  

My first tropical fruit!

This is maybe the biggest news of all:  I found another face mug!  At the thrift store!  A Christmas miracle!  I can't wait until Harvey is older and he has to write papers at school about his family's' Christmas traditions.  And that they include drinking cocoa out of face mugs on Christmas :)

Persimmons.  Still never tasted one.

^^^ I have to hide the chocolate advent calender every day, because baby doesn't understand the concept of patience.  (heck, neither do I!)

^^^ From my studio window!

Friday, November 14, 2014


So much good happening this autumn I can barely stand it.  I have been so inspired by the good colors and I still can't get over all the Larch Trees we've seen.  How come no one ever told me about those?  I'm a fan.

 Anyway, stay cool.

Monday, October 6, 2014

painterly things

Hello?  Hellllooooo?  Gosh, I have so much to say, and I don't even know where to begin.  I've been painting so much lately and it's been so so good for my soul.  I've been updating my website (most everything new is in the food section.  Yes, I really do love food that much.) if you want to see all the fruits of my labor.

I had my first show of sorts on my birthday.  It was a very festive way to end the day!  Amavi cellars was having a big open house to showcase their new production facility, so we just set paintings atop wine barrels and on stacks of cases of wine--you know, very professional like.  I was unnaturally nervous about it, but it ended up being fun and I even had the whole house sing me a slightly tipsy happy birthday tune!

I included a snap of the semi-truck glamour shot painting I did.  It was a commission for a trucking company, and it was actually kind of fun.  I almost gave myself an ulcer trying to get the truck just right, because while I might not care how many tires it has, someone else surely might.

And last week I spent a very late night hanging up cloud and vegetable paintings at the Patisserie (first rate gelatto and pastries, yumyum).  They'll be there all month, and it's nice to have a very valid excuse to stop in for a pastry :)

I also have two events coming up in the Spring at the Roastery and Northstar Winery.

There is so much I want to say about these things.  But I'm not sure how to quite express it.  I have been struggling with my relationship with Walla Walla for a while now.  It's complicated, but it really comes down to me being a brat and wanting to live somewhere spectacular.  And this place feels sort of ordinary sometimes.  I know I know, it's totally stupid.   But something I do like about where I live is all the opportunities I have to try and be an artist.  It really works to my advantage that I live in this weird wine tourism mecca, and that people who buy expensive drinks are also the type of people who impulse buy paintings.  So it's helping me change my attitude.  Which is good.  And now Evan thinks he's going to quit his job and buy some sweat pants and be a stay at home dad.  HA!  I don't think so mister.  But really, I'm so grateful for how it's working out.

p.s. I disabled my blog comments a couple of months ago. I wasn't posting very regularly, and I was feeling guilty about it.  So I wanted to make sure I was posting for me.  (and let's be honest, I wasn't sure anyone was reading this besides my grandma (hi grandma!), so I didn't want the lack of comments to discourage me).  But I've received some of the nicest emails from readers on my last few posts, full of really kind and encouraging words.  It was so nice and maybe I even cried a little bit?  I was so touched that perfect strangers would take the time to do that.  So anyway, thanks for reading and for being nice.  I like you.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

summer breeze

I keep thinking of things I should post on my blog and then weeks go by and I realize I've never actually posted anything at all!  Whoops.  Here is a smattering of photos of the good parts of our summer so far.  We've tried to stuff it full of outside time and adventures.

^^ I'm getting pretty fast at making bowties these days.... and so far Harvey keeps them on!  I hope I didn't just jinx myself!

^^^Gesso is finally growing out of his puppy stage.  It only took four years.  And now he's basically a teenager and all he wants to do is nap all day.  Fiiiine with me!

^^^ See what I mean?

^^^ I planted these holly hocks from seeds last year and this year they are just outrageous!  I've had to tie them up three times -- they are so giant and keep falling over!  Not to brag or anything, but I'm pretty proud of these guys, they're like 10 feet high!

^^^ They cover up our windows and I really like it.  It makes it feel like we're living in nature.  And not a cul-de-sac.

^^^  Every day.

^^ Harvey has a small inflatable pool and when it's empty he rolls it around the yard like a giant wheel.  It's hilarious!

Oh summer.  I just like you SO MUCH!

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