The Annual "2017 SPRING COLOR COLLECTION" ~ Patti Simpson Ward's "Americana" Collection of Fine Home Portraits in Six Spring Colors

To honor the arrival of this fresh new season, the quotations at the top of each page honor SPRINGTIME and FLOWERS.

"'They're crocuses an' snowdrops, an' these here is narcissuses,' turning to another patch, an' here's daffydowndillys. Eh! They will be a sight." ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


Springtime has finally arrived in our neck of the woods ~ putting our five-month long snowy winter to rest at last! We broke more than one record last season and everyone is delighted that Mother Nature has given us the reprieve we've all been yearning for since the first of the year!

Showers and warmer temperatures have coaxed the bulbs in our gardens to push their green little heads upwards. Jewel-toned snowdrops, crocuses, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are popping out everywhere.

Spring not only brings flowers, it's the season for traditional teas and luncheons (as celebrated in this photo with my mother Sally and sister Peggy). With Easter Sunday and Mother's Day in the mix of holidays, it's the perfect excuse to to wear straw hats, dresses splashed with flowers ~ and to decorate our homes in welcome pastels (more on that below).

Picnicking in the park is the theme of my NEW painting featured further down on this page. "Cannon Hill Cottages" shares two colonials in one of our favorite Spokane neighborhoods. My husband Doug and I live a short walk from Cannon Hill Park and it's frequently filled with mothers (and grandmothers) strollering infants on the path around the pond while dads push youngsters on swings in the play area. When the weather gets warm, neighbors of all ages gather with well-filled picnic baskets (as celebrated in this painitng. Cannon Hill is a beloved destination.



2016 was a busy wonderful year. Thank you to everyone who visited me at the art fairs and First Friday exhibits. Your patronage at Barrister Winery, Kendall Yards, Arbor Crest Cellars and other local Inalnd Northwest venues gave me a full plate of art projects and commissions for 2017. I love creating artwork of this region (and beyond) ~ and I am so grateful for your very fine support.

WINTER AT BARRISTER, 2016 ~ A year ago, Barrister Winery featured me as their First Friday artist from January through the first week of February. I showcased over 50 pieces and sold several both during the month and afterwards, making that appearance my most successful First Friday to date. Owner Greg Lipsker shared these kind comments: "People were just blown away tonight when they looked at the detail of your pieces. You capture the essence of life in Spokane...people feel so connected and absolutely love your work!"



This is the third year I've offered a collection of portraits of homes selected from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. With four paintings in each color category, there is even one from the England's Coast of Cornwall. You'll find the "Spring Color Collection" on my What's New page in these groups:




PITTYPAT GALLERY & V.I.P. LIST (Very Important Patron)

OPENING SOON ~ PittyPat Gallery has been closed since the end of 2016 for refurbishing. It will re-open mid-May this season just before Mothers Day.

The walls of PittyPat gallery mirror much of the artwork featured on this current SPRING 2017 edition of my web site ~ highlighting the "2017 Spring Color Collection."

I have a huge selection of framed and unframed prints, canvas reproductions, fine art cards, magnets and more available for purchase. Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information on these items plus and details on commission fine artwork projects.

January, February and March are my "creative" month when I'm working on the titles on my list for unveiling in 2017. These months offer quiet creative time ~ perfect for perusing history and art books and organizing the historical news clippings that inspire so much of my work.

It is also the time when I'm planning my NEW 2018 calendars. You'll hear more about these soon. Please visit my Calendar page later on in the season for all the details.

V.I.P. MAILING LIST ~ To be on my V.I.P. list (Very Important Patron), please contact me at 206.406.1409 (talk or text). I send out a small handful of postcards either in digital or "hard copy" form with my spring/summer and fall/winter/holiday schedules ~ sometimes with savings at upcoming events or in my gallery.

Note ~ Your privacy is very important to me. I absolutely never share your personal information.



COMPLETE LIST ~ On my Art Venues page I list upcoming First Fridays, fine art festivals and other art events as they unfold throughout the year. You will also find a list of shops and galleries that carry my work in the greater Northwest. Here are a few:


GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY ~ The Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park, The Friends of Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, Spokane Preservation Advocate ~ And More!

ANNUAL PROCEEDS ~ I donate part of my annual proceeds to the Holy Names Sisters' Retirement Fund, the Franciscan Sisters (Perpetual Adoration), the Greater Gonzaga Guild, Wishing Star, Spokane Preservation Advocates and other local non-profits.

ART DONATIONS ~ I also give framed fine art to many local causes like the Gonaga Prep Auction, Light the Way Childhood Cancer, the Ronald McDonald House Cobra Polo event, First Tee, Spokane Symphony's Concert in the Park, Wishing Star, Spokane Preservation Advocates, Christmas Tree Elegance ~ and more.

For a complete list of 2016 and 2017 causes as they unfold, please visit my Biography page. The list is near the bottom.



This NEW artwork says, "WELCOME SPRING!"

When I chose these two pretty Colonial cottages overlooking Cannon Hill Park on Spokane's South Hill, they really stood out as they were among just a handful of residences in that neighborhood that were not constructed of "brick & morter."

In the late 1800s, the park functioned as a brick yard, but when the clay resources were finallydepleted, the area was donated to be used as a neighborhood park. It was dedicated in 1910 and originally named Adams Park (relatives of President John Adams donated the property). Some time later, it was renamed for historic Spokane developer A.M. Cannon.

The famous Olmsted Bros. of Brookline, MA had a hand in Cannon Hill Park's design. There are a couple of handsome basaltic rock foot bridges that used to span a very large pond in the center of the park, but over the decades the city reduced its size, so now the bridges span grassy areas. The bridges are the perfect place for youngsters to play "hide & seek."

The Cannon Hill neighborhood is know for its pretty homes that border the pond. This area is a much sought after place to live on Spokane's South Hill as each residence is unique and distinctive.

In winter, the pond is filled with ice skaters and in the warmer months, picnickers ~ which is the theme of this piece. I pictured friends and family wheeling their bicycles, cartwheeling down the sidewalk and gathering with pets on leashes ~ ready to scout out the perfect picnic spot for enjoying sandwiches, watermelon and lemonade at this welcome setting.

Highlight ~ The three cavorting kids on the sidewalk are the grandchildren of my Holy Names Academy classmate, Kay Richardson Edmonds who gave her husband this painting for Christmas, 2016.





SPRINGTIME is all about new beginnings ~ and lots of green and growing things. Who doesn't love Mother Nature's loveliest season?

BLOOMING BULBS ~ A few years ago, Doug and I spend a long September weekend planting dozens of daffodil and tulip bulbs in the beds bordering our front walkway. (See our handiwork on the pdf at the foot of this section.) We found that we had over-bought, so we circled the birdbaths in our rose garden and added the rest of the bulbs to the gardens in front of our house. Previous owners planted snowdrops in all years before we bought our place, so with all these beautiful flowers, our yard pretty is inspiring this time of year and the neighbors love it! Last year when we were on vacation in April, we received several photos from the folks across the street who didn't want us to miss their "view."

CELEBRATING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS ~ One of our favorite things to do is entertain ~ friends, family ~ or both. Doug and I love every aspect of this ~ from planning and preparing the meal to dressing up the dining room table to popping the champagne cork during dessert. The spring hols are the perfect excuse to spoil folks with a holiday brunch. Festive food and fun ~ what could be better?

SPRINGTIME MOTIF ~ Creating the springtime motif is another wonderful tradition I love. After the reds and russets of autumn and winter, the soft jewel tones throughout the house that spill on to our front porch are SO welcome. Ten years ago when I was moonlighting one night a week at her shop, I bought a beautiful set of April Cornell ( table linens embellished with peach and white cabbage roses on a robin's egg blue. White birds in whimsical birdhouses sit in the center of the dining room table and gather on both sides of the fireplace. For Mother's day, I replace the birdhouse with huge bouquet fragrant white lilacs.

Highlight ~ See the wonderful article celebrating this accompished textile designer in the March/April 2017 issue of Victoria magazine, "April Cornell ~ Conversing in Color."

THE DINNER ~ Doug is a great chef and usually the main course for this party is his delectable prime rib. I create all the trimmings. Topping off the feast is our favorite Blue Bunny vanilla ice cream drizzled with lemoncello ~ a gift from dear friends who know how to make it from scratch superbly!

MY MOTHER SALLY ~ Everything I know about decorating for the seasons, I learned from my mother. She was always busy at her sewing machine creating something with her fine artistic “eye." Sally still enjoys dressing her home and entertaining friends and family with flair and style. At nearly 90 going on 39, she always inspires ~ and my sisters and I love carrying on her traditions.

To see more of our SPRINGTIME decor, click on the image here or on At Home with Spring's Pretty Palette pdf.




WELCOME ~ You're here!


WHAT'S NEW ~ "2017 SPRING COLOR COLLECTION " ~ This page celebrate the season and include 24 paintings (3 NEW!) of pretty cottages from settings all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There's even one from the England's Coast of Cornwall. I've grouped the COLORS into these six themes:


CALENDAR & ART JOURNALS ~ I've created multiple editions of calendars for nearly 25 years, showcasing NEW artwork and past favorites ~ plus two 4th Edition perpetual shelf-life journals with 44 fine art images in each.

OVERVIEW OF 2017 SPOKANE CALENDARS ~ My gallery is completely SOLD OUT of all three editions, however if you check with the locations listed on my Art Venues page, you may find a copy or two. Note ~ NEW 2018 editions will be availaable later one in 2017.

TWO 2017 LEGENDARY LANDMARK EDITIONS (Prestigious & Whimsical) ~ "Prestigious Legendary Landmarks" honors a dozen revered icons like the Monroe Street Bridge, the County Courthouse and the NEW painting of Gonzaga University's first dormitory DeSmet Hall. "Whimsical Legendary Landmarks" features unique-to-Spokane settings like the Benewah Creamery milk bottle buildings, Doyle's Ice Creamery and the Arbor Crest stone gatehouse. Most of the "whimsical" artwork is NEW.

2017 HOME SWEET HOME ~ The third calendar has a dozen charming Spokane residences encompassing many architectural styles in several neighborhoods. Many of these homes were featured on The MAC's Mother's Day Tour of Homes and September's SPA Tour of Homes. Almost all these paintings are NEW as well.

See the images for each edition by clicking on the bold red titles below. Visit my Calendar page for more information and web sites for settings (where available). Note ~ Scroll further down for more information on the art journals.

Note ~ In recent years most editions of my calendars have completely sold out. However, if you are interested in collecting the artwork that the past issues contain, there are a few still available. You'll find a complete list of titles at the foot of my Calendar page. If you have any questions, please call me for details at 206.406.1409.

NEW FEATURE ~ In this 4th edition for the first time, historical photos and background stories accompany each journal image. With a perpetual shelf life as they are not year-specific, these are perfect for folks who want more than just 12 calendar images. Each features 44 paintings on pages peppered with positive thoughts to inspire. Find more information on my Calendar page.


ARTWORK COLLECTIONS ~ During my many years as a fine artist, I've created hundreds of paintings and drawings that are divided into three collections. These three pages feature images that revolve and complement the seasons and holidays.

ENTIRE COLLECTION PDFS ~ At the end of each section on the collection pages, you'll find pdfs with images and stories for ALL the images created for that group.

THE BIG LIST ~ Click on "The Big List" graphic footer at the bottom of each Puget Sound, Spokane or More Paintings page to link to an alphabetical list of titles and descriptions of all the art created for each of the three collections. In some cases, you'll find a few sketches as well. These three lists link you via Red bold type to artwork featured throughout my web site.


COMMISSION ~ My favorite genre, I’ve recreated private residences and other architectural settings for clients from all over the United States and beyond ~ making wonderful friends in the process. In recent years I’ve also offered portraits of children and pets. Filled with personal detail, commissioned pieces are cherished mementos.

DOZENS OF SAMPLE IMAGES ~ This page shares over two dozen works completed for clients as well as a step-by-step guide for commissioning artwork. Frequently, I include commissioned paintings in my art calendars.


ART VENUES ~ Here you'll find my schedule of all upcoming art fairs, festivals and First Friday exhibits as they unfold throughout the year ~ including dates, times, addresses, web sites and more. I've also shared a complete list of retail gift shops, galleries and museums with addresses, phone numbers, web sites and descriptions of what is featured at each setting.


ORDERING ~ If you want to order from me directly, visit this page for details on buying originals, framed prints, print/card gift packs, art journals, calendars, cards and magnets. If you would like an order form, please contact me and I'll send you the pdf. I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Questions? Please phone me at 206.406.1409.


BIOGRAPHY ~ This is my “life story” page. It shares my background and highlights events that helped me grow as an award-winning "Americana" artist. Pivotal events range from my first grade report card (I’m still in touch with teacher Sr. Rita Mae Fischer) to the present. You will also find several pdfs of press clippings and magazine articles. I've also included a complete list of charitable causes I've supported in 2016 and 2017 with donations of artwork and more.


BRIDAL ~ Visit this page if you are interested in having a custom wedding portrait created as a memento of your special day. Much of the artwork featured here was commissioned by clients as fine art wedding mementos and/or for images the covers of their invitations. However, I’m a also professional digital design art director with 45+ years of experience, so I’ve shared some creative text-only samples as well. I also offer collateral items like R.S.V.Ps, shower invites, ceremony programs and more. If you are interested in this special personal service, phone me at 206.406.1409 for details.



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