summer rain

post0038July is usually a pretty dry month here in Seattle, and when it does rain, it normally doesn’t even register more than a trace. But this morning, We were awakened by the noise of rain drops, and it rained for quite a while. It even thundered, once. I looked into my back yard and the scene was so dramatic, with the glowing leaves uplifting and the deep darkness behind from the canopy of big leaf maples behind. Fly away, little postcard.

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A cat in primary colors

primarycatcardJust for fun, a little abstract cat. Enza was my model, but she didn’t stick around very long. This kitty needs a home. If you buy it for $30.00, I will donate $30 to International Society of Endangered Cats. It supports research and conservation of wild cat species all over the world.

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Inside passage

It’s not often that I paint places that I’ve not seen with my own eyes; but I’ve had a snapshot of this ever since Donald went to Alaska without me. It was one of my tiny regrets, I could have taken a day or two of vacation and gone with him, but I hesitated, and what I got instead was the photo reference.
I saved it in my “someday maybe I’ll be brave enough to paint this” file.
It wasn’t easy, this is my 5th try. This painting reminds me that there are still places I’d like to see. It measures 11″ x 14″ and is painted on fine Arches paper.
And it comes with a bonus, a surprise painting on the back!
It is for sale for $175.00; all proceeds of the sale go to endangered wild animal conservation.

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The woman cave

arleneshousefSo, I’m not easily impressed. But when my friend posted a photo of this wonderful little cabin of hers in the woods, I just had to paint it. Surrounded by woods and flowers, this cabin glows like a jewel in the broken sunshine.
I hope I did it justice!

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The Graduation of Doctor Boothby

thegraduationIt was a lot of fun to attend the graduation ceremony at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada. A very close family member graduated with a PhD in Mathematics, the first PhD in my family. So many deceased relatives had to have been there, thrilled and cheering to see this happening.
Since it was in Canada, there were people wearing kilts playing bagpipe music and we all sang “O Canada”. The regalia donned by the graduates was interesting, the PhD students got to wear fancy de Medici hats, fresh out of medieval times.

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