Archive for June, 2010

The Spirit of the Gulf Challenge

June 8th, 2010 6 comments

To raise consciousness about the plight of the Gulf of Mexico, Suzanne McDermott issued challenges to some artists to follow the Spirit of the Gulf Challenge. I received the challenge through fellow artist and blogger Sue Pownall at Art of a Nomad, when she challenged every reader of their blogs to participate. Whilst we cannot change the physical damage which has occurred, this challenge may raise awareness. After all we live on one planet and it’s one sea.


Find a photo or other resource depicting some living aspect of the Gulf of Mexico before the oil disaster or
Tap into your spirit and use your imagination
Make a drawing, painting or other piece of creative work with love and gratitude for the beautiful life of whatever you’re depicting.
Post what you make on your website, include a link to the original post: Spirit of the Gulf Challenge (or the facebook group — (Spirit of the Gulf facebook group. ) and put the icon below in your sidebar with a link to the original post (or the facebook group). Send Suzanne a link to your post and she will add the link to bottom of her post.

Spirit of the Gulf

Words cannot express the anguish I feel about the animals who are perishing because of human folly and arrogance. I wanted to paint little tiny sea creatures but the pelican is more iconic.

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First Georgetown – Seattle Farmer’s Market

June 7th, 2010 2 comments

After weeks and weeks of dreary grey, Saturday dawned with a brilliant light, and the air was sweet. I had already missed the Columbia City Farmer’s market 3 weeks in a row, because every Wednesday in May was rainy and I just didn’t feel like riding my bike down there to walk around in the rain. So I woke up with a plan. I was going to be one of the first people in Seattle to attend the first farmer’s market ever – in the Georgetown Neighborhood.
I got there a few minutes after 10 in the morning and the new location was full of booths and cars were clogging the streets. Since I was on my bike I didn’t have to deal with the parking lot, with attendants waving flags around at the crowds in an effort at maintaining order.
There were a lot of wonderful happenings there that day, and every single person out there was happily taking in the fresh bright sunlight and fresh air. One particular booth, from Full Circle Farms caught my eye. This lovely young vendor was surrounded by her delicate spring vegetables and I had to paint her.

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Renin’s hat

June 5th, 2010 4 comments

Renin came to our house one dark stormy night here in Seattle wearing this awesome hat. I knew I had to paint her wearing it. Just think, I could have painted your face, it would have been a perfect father’s day present for someone!

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