2022 "AMERICANA" MOTHER NATURE'S PRETTIEST PALETTE Collection From Fine Artist PATTI SIMPSON WARD

NAVIGATION ~ RED BOLD TYPE links you to other pages on this edition, plus websites and pdfs with more info on each art image.

 

WELCOME TO MY "AMERICANA" SEASONAL COLLECTION!

400+ PIECE FINE ART COLLECTION ~ My website features dozens of images I've created for 40-plus years in the the "Americana" style. The collection changes on five times seasonally ~ WINTERSPRINGSUMMER AUTUMN and HOLIDAY. Each painting is colorful, friendly, and full of intricate detail ~ taking 40-60 hours or more to complete.

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST AND BEYOND ~ The collection honors settings primarily from the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Idaho and Oregon), but you'll also see paintings from other states in the U.S.A., as well as places I've visited in the U.K., Europe, and beyond.

 

ON THE WEB AND 2022 IN-PERSON ART EVENTS

~ You'll find portraits of landmarks (both prestigious and fun), parks, schools, churches, "home sweet homes," folks of all ages, pets ~ and more. The "Page-by-Page Overview of My Spring 2022 Website starts further down on this page.

As 2022 unfolds, I hope to see you at an in-person event. See details about my first one in 2022, "The Second Annual Manito Park Art Show" on Saturday, June 12th, a little lower on this age ~ with all the details on my Art Venues page.

 

SPRINGTIME ~ The lilac bushes and bulbs in our gardens are in full bloom! Days are longer and birds are chirping their hearts out from dawn until dusk! My "Mother Nature's Prettiest Palette" collection honors the beautiful colors being created outside our windows ~ whether the view is from a cozy cottage surrounded by tulips or formal gardens bordering a prestigious landmark. If you love to garden, your potting shed is HUMMING!

 

A SEASON OF SPECIAL DATES ~ HOLIDAYS, BIRTHDAYS AND OTHER OCCASIONS WE LOVE

My husband Doug and I love Spring! Easter, our 22nd Anniversary, and several family birthdays (Doug's, mine and our granddaughters' Addison and Piper) are behind us ~ with Mother's Day and Father's Day on the horizon! Some of the paintings in "Mother Nature's Prettiest Palette" honor these celebrations.

Highlight ~ On June 10th, ever-young Sally Mom marks her 95th birthday! In the NEW "Spring Photos in the Lovely Lilac Garden (Manito)" art featured further down on this page, Sally is the young mother with daughters Marilee, me and Peggy, Grandma Jessie, and dad Joe, "Photographer Extraordinaire." Spring photos were a tradition with us!

 

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON RETAIL OUTLETS FEATURING MY ART

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I LOVE my home town, Spokane. After years in Seattle, It's my creative base again. Find my "Mother Nature's Prettiest Palette" collection at these four Spokane / Inland Northwest venues (alphabetically).

• ACE HARDWARE ON SOUTH MONROE ~ This is THE store for the busy DIYer. For over a decade, it's also offered a large selection of my art items ~ including 90 different cards that revolve with the seasons (find "Spring / Summer" in late April), NEW 2023 calendars, magnet art for your fridge, and collage-style jigsaw puzzles (2 NEW) of local Isettings.

• CAROUSEL GIFT SHOP, DOWNTOWN'S RIVERFRONT PARK ~ The glittering vintage Looff Carousel delights folks of all ages every season. Find my art cards and a NEW 2023 Calendar with cover art of the famous merry-go-round at the Gift Shop.

• THE MAC IN BROWNE'S ADDITION ~ Located in Spokane's first residential neighborhood west of Downtown Spokane, the Museum Shopt at The MAC (Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture) has offered my fine art cards and more since 1997.

• THE UPS STORE ON MORAN PRAIRIE~ Located at the foot of Browne's Mountain on 57th and Regal Road on the South Hill, in addition to shipping, printing and other small business services, this store also features a card rack with over 20 of my local images that revolves with the seasons. Also find NEW 2023 calendars ~ available lsoon!

More info on these venues is further down on this page under the "Page-by-Page Overview of this Web Site" section and on my Art Venues page. I'm VERY grateful to these businesses that have supported my artistic efforts for so many years.

MY SPECIAL ASSISTANT ~ Thank you to dear friend Lori Arpin who is helping me keep my inventory fresh / re-stocked in Spokane while I'm back and forth from Houston dealing with medical issiues challenging my husband Doug for past several years. What a blessiing to have this "Angels on Earth" in our corner!

ORDERING DIRECTLY ~ Even though this is a unique time, in most cases, I'm still able to fill orders and accept commissions. Contact me at 206.406.1409 (also shared at the foot all my website pages). Visit my Ordering page to find all the details on cards, calendars, puzzles, prints, originals and more.

NOTE ~ If you own a shop or gallery and would like to include my work, please visit my Art Venues page or phone me directly at 206.406.1409.

 

JUNE 12TH 2ND ANNUAL MANITO PARK ART SHOW ~ On June 12th, Manito Park will host an event on the lawn east of the Davenport Fountain a week after their famous Spring Plant Sale. My booth will feature 12+ images of the park, including my NEW art of "Spring Photos at the Lovely Lilac Garden" ~ plus other Inland Northwest settings with prints, cards, NEW 2023 calendars, jigsaw puzzles (2 NEW), and more! Look for more info below and on my ART VENUES page.

 

My What's New page shares 18 paintings ~ Nine groups of two Spring-themed works, divided by color. Most are Pacific Northwest settings with half of Spokane, WA, my beloved home town. The's even one of a sea captain's cottage on the English Coast of Cornwall. A handful of paintings are NEW.

 

SPRING-THEME PAINTINGS ~ AND MORE! ~ My "Americana" Collection of 400+ pieces has lots to offer. In addition to originals, prints, dozens of art cards, magnets and more, the pages here share some of the NEW items created for 2022!

V.I.P. MAILING LIST

SPECIAL EVENT MAILINGS ~ Normally, I send postcards via text, email or print (U.S.P.S.) sharing my schedule of events. If you are on my V.I.P. (Very Important Patron) List, this usually happens twice a year ~ Spring / Summer and for Autumn / Winter / Holiday.

NEW ART ITEMS ~ Also, I use postcards to introduce NEW items (like puzzles and calendars), and where you can find them in the Inland Northwest. Please phone me about availability at 206.406.1409. See a short list of my art products below, with a more indepth overview on my Ordering page.

YOUR PRIVACY ~ To be added to my VIP List, please phone or text me at 206.406.1409 with your contact information. Your privacy is very important to me.

NOTE ~ I absolutely NEVER share your personal information.

 

PITTYPAT STUDIO ~ CREATING NEW "AMERICANA" FINE ART

With our move to Spokane's Moran Prairie and family health challenges, I decided it was time to close PittyPat Gallery. Thanks to EVERYONE who visited over the years! Please know I'm still busy in my studio creating fine art and designing the products that feature it. More images of f PittyPat Studio are at the foot of my Biography page.

 

 

DONATING MY TIME AS ART DIRECTOR / GRAPHIC DESIGNER TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

 

FINANCIAL AND FINE ART DONATIONS

I donate a portion of the funds I make annually to the Holy Names and Franciscan Sisters retirement funds. I also support , The Friends of Manito, The MAC, and many other worthy causes in the Spokane area.

I have also given framed art to charitY venues hosted by Sacred Heart Providence Medical Center, Saint Aloysius Parish, the Holy Name's Music Center, Spokane Preservation AdvocateS, and many more.

CTE ~ One beloved benefit has always been Spokane Symphony's "Christmas Tree Elegance." 2021 marked my eighth year of participation in this. CTE at the historic Davenport Hotel begins Thanksgiving weelend and ends with the mid-December raffle drawing. My "Lights A-Glow at the Manito Conservatory" (pictured here) was featured at Tree #6, Elizabeth C. Raol's "An Inland Northwest 'Staycation.'"

Highlight ~ Elizabeth shared that the winners of her tree were especially desighted that my portrait of the conservatory was included in the package.

LIST OF 2021 AND 2020 FINE ART DONATIONS ~ For a complete list of these, see "Caring About My Community ~ and Beyond" near the foot of my Biography page.

 

NEW! "SPRING PHOTOS IN THE LOVELY LILAC GARDENS"

A SPRING MANITO PARK TRADITION ~ Spokane's Manito Park (TheFriendsOfManito.org) is THE perfect setting for Spring photos. Duncan Garden, Rose Hill, and the Lilac Garden often find folks capturing images for Senior Proms, graduation, engagements, weddings, Easter, Mother's Day ~ and other special occasions like the one in this painting. This art pictures our family in about 1957.

Many Simpson family's photos were taken here, including my grandparent's Jessie and Charles Simpson's 1915 engagement portraits (Jessie's in the pink floral dress here). In May, the Lilac Garden, with its frothy pastel blossoms and unmistakable fragrance, is a much sought after destinations for this tradition.

A LITTLE LILAC HISTORY ~ J.J. Browne, for whom the city's oldest neighborhood is named (Browne's Addition), introduced Spokane to lilacs in 1906, planting two in his yard. In 2012, Superintendent John Duncan began adding them to the Manito Park, spawning the trend of folks planting them in neighborhoods. In 1932, Manito's zoo closed, and the area which housed the buffalo became the Lilac Garden, which Duncan designed and completed in 1941.

THE LILAC CITY ~ Spokane celebrated its first Lilac Festival in 1938, adopting the name, "The Lilac City." For decades in May, the Armed Forces Lilac Parade wound through the Downtown District.

SPOKANE'S SPECIAL LILAC ~ In 1999, the special Syringa Spokane Lilac was developed ~ a hybrid of deep purple with white tips. In 2008, several were added to Manito's Lilac Garden ~ some still thriving there when I completed this fine art.

Highlight ~ "King Ranger" was the zoo's favorite buffalo. When he passed away, the city had him stuffed and added to the taxidermy at the Cheney Cowles Museum ~ now the MAC (Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture).

 

 

 

 

 

 

CELEBRATING WITH APRIL CORNELL'S LINENS, BEATRIX POTTER'S PETER RABBIT ~ AND MORE!

SPRING COLORS ~ As I shared above and you'll find on my What's New page, this season is all about COLOR. After the deep hues of Autumn and Winter, Spring's pastel palette of blooming bulbs in our gardens and on our front porches is a welcome change. Add to that the blue sky and longer days filled with sunshine ~ and you just about have PERFECTION!

BEATRIX POTTER AND APRIL CORNELL

TRIP TO ENGLAND'S LAKE DISTRICT ~ Over a decade ago, Sally Mom and I traveled together to the United Kingdome ~ England, Wales and Scotland. The England portion of our trip included a visit to London's Royal Victoria & Albert Museum where we were able to see some of Beatirx Potter's original sketches for her beloved Peter Rabbit children's books. I've always admired Ms. Potter's indomitable spirit and talent ~ making a huge success of herself during an era when calling attention to yourself as a woman was deeply frowned upon.

Further on into our trip, we vsited the Lake District (home to Potter's farm) and lunched at her famous tea house. The adjacent gift shop was filled with everything from prints to teapots to quilts and more ~ embellished with images from her books. I bought several items to add to my collection ~ plus gifts for our grandkiddos, of course!

PRESERVATION OF THE LAKE DISTRICT ~ Sally Mom and I learned that Beatrix Potter single-handedly saved the Lake District from near extinction at the hands of developers. She using the substantial earnings from her books to buy up property and have it added to the United Kingdom's National Trust. Her preservation efforts made it possible for everyone to enjoy the scenic region into perpetuity ~ not just a select few wealthy.

APRIL CORNELL ~From 1974 throught 2011, I enjoyed a career as an graphic designers / art director / fine artist in the Seattle area. For six of those years, moonlighted at at Canadian textile designer April Cornell's (AprilCornell.com) boutique. Thanks to her generous discount, I also stocked my linen closet with her home goods in several stunning patterns. Thank you, April! The floral splashed robin's egg blue linens pictured here and in Spring "Home Sweet Home".pdf are her creations!

 

SALLY MOM • ALWAYS AN INSPIRATION! ~ I must confess that all of this Spring (and every other season and holiday throughout the year) decorating is inspired by my mother ~ affectionately known as "Sally Mom."

For as many of her 95 years as my sisters Marilee, Peggy and I can remember, she has done this with grace and style. She has always had a flawless artistic eye and is a true "homemaker" in the most creative sense of the word.

AMAZING DIY-ER ~ In addition to her revolving seasonal decor, nothing seems beyond this DIY-er. She sewed play-sets for us as toddlers. As teenagers, she made most of our date outfits, prom dresses and Cotillion gowns (my sisters and I still have ours!). She slip-covered (her own designs) furniture in several of our houses, installed wallpaper and generally had her talented fingers all over every inch of each home she shared with our dad ~ and beyond!

A BIG CHANGE ~ After decades at Mountain View Estates in Spokane Valley, Sally Mom moved into a new view apartment further east at Evergreen Fountains. Cold snowy Winters with two flights of stairs open to the elements ~ plus the isolation brought on by COVID ~ helped her make this decision. Now in a community peppered with longtime friends from Saint John Vianney Catholic Parish ~ plus ammenities like restaurants, social gatherings, exercise and craft classes, an indoor pool, lush gardens (with her own pea patch (soon!) ~ plus the proximity to best pal Carmen Perkins, Sally is busy decorating her new place and making herself very much at home. We'll all be visiting often!

SALLY MOM'S "GREEN THUMB" ~ Evergreen Fountains should be called "Evergreen Gardens" as its stunning in Spring and Summer. Always an avid gardner, Sally Mom will miss her flower beds at Mountain View Estates, but with her pea patch and Hayden Lake's handing pots and the terraces that surround the cabins, she'll be busy!

OUR BEST INSPIRATION ~ Indeed, Sally is the creative "juice" behind nearly everything my sisters and I have accomplished at our own "Home Sweet Homes." Thank you, Sally Mom ~ and enjoy this new chapter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME PAGE

You're here!

 

WHAT'S NEW PAGE ~ SPRING COLLECTION • "MOTHER NATURE'S PRETTIEST PALETTE"

As mentioned above, this page is all about COLOR ~ 9 groups of 2 paintings each, with half honoring my home town of Spokane, WA. 3 images are NEW! Colors include ~

"2021 & 2020 ALL NEW ART OVERVIEW" ~ This pdf shares 14 works completed last year and what's on my list so far for 2022 ~ with more to come!

 

CALENDARS+ PAGE • NEW CALENDARS, JOURNALS AND COLLAGE-STYLE JIGSAW PUZZLES

AVAILABLE LATE SPRING! NEW 2023 CALENDARS

Click on the Bold Red Titles here for 5-page OVERVIEWS (with Images) ~ including four seasonal covers for each (pages 1-4 SPRING SUMMER AUTUMN HOLIDAY) ~ plus images of all the paintings (page 5) featured in that edition. NOTE ~ Covers are based on availability.

 

COMING IN 2022 ~ TWO NEW 5TH EDITIONS OF SPOKANE, WA AND WASHINGTON STATE JOURNALS ~ The 4th edition Fine Art Journals with a perpetual shelf life are SOLD OUT in both the Spokane and Washington State editions, but NEW 5th editions are in-the-works. Find out more on the Calendar+ page. Features include:

 

2022 COLLAGE-STYLE JIGSAW PUZZLES IN SIX EDITIONS ~ TWO NEW!

This year's puzzles features four images on each of Inland Northwest settings divided by season, except for the Holiday edition). Two NEW puzzles celebrate Gonzaga University and South Hill Churches. The finished 504-piece size is 16x20-inches ~ perfect for standard-sized frames. Aartwork titles included for each puzzle are listed below. Find more information about these on my Calendars+ page.

NOTE ~ Please call or text about availability as some of these SOLD OUT to Christmas shoppers. Look here for details on a re-issue of all puzzles in 2022 ~ including two NEW ones,"Four Seasons of Gonzaga University" and "Four Seasons of Magnificent Mansions."

 

Find more information on the Calendars+ and Ordering pages. NOTE ~ The "Fun 'Landmarks'" puzzle is not available at this time.

 

ARTWORK COLLECTIONS PAGE ~ 400+ PAINTINGS AND MORE IN THE PUGET SOUND, SPOKANE WASHINGTON, AND MORE PAINTINGS COLLECTIONS

During my many decades as an "Americana" fine artist, I've created hundreds of paintings and drawings that are divided into three collections. These three website pages feature images that revolve and complement the current seasons. You'll find lots of Winter-themed artwork in each collection.

ENTIRE COLLECTION PDFS ~ On the collection pages at the end of each artwork group are pdfs with images and stories for ALL the pieces 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 pen and ink line drawings and pastel sketches as well. Red bold type titles link you to the artwork featured throughout the Winter web site.

 

COMMISSION ~ My favorite genre, I’ve re-created private residences (like the Tudor pictured above) and other architectural settings for clients all over the United States and beyond ~ making many friends in the process. I’ve also offer 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 calendars.

 

ART VENUES PAGE • IN-PERSON ART FESTIVALS, EXHIBITS AND VENUES WHERE MY WORK IS FEATURED

2022 IN-PERSON ART EVENTS ~ So far this year, I'm scheduled to appear at two in-person art events. Find all the details about these festivals on this page. After two years of cancellations due to COVID challenges, my calendar is starting to fill up!

Unfortunately due to my sweetheart's health challenges at Christmas shared above, I skipped the in-person art events to be with him. Blessedly, Doug is in very good hands with his new clinical trial, commited team, and frequent visits to Houston's M.D. Anderson. We are hopingl for great results!

 

FOUR LOCATIONS THAT FEATURE MY ART IN SPOKANE, WA ~ MyArt Venues page shares completed infromation including photos of each of these four Spokane venues. NOTE ~ I update this page when venues open, close, change hours of operation due to COVID ~ or as I shared here, life intervenes.

 

ORDERING PAGE

As shared above, I've closed PittyPat Gallery and am focusing exclusively on my studio, so please call me directly at 206.406.1409 with questions ~ or just to say "Hi!" This page shares details about originals, framed canvas reproducitons, fine paper reproductions, print / card gift packs, art journals, calendars, collage jigsaw puzzles, cards and more. I accept most major credit cards and on occasion, personal checks.

 

BIOGRAPHY PAGE

This is my “life story” page. It shares my background growing up and highlights events that helped me grow as an award-winning "Americana" fine artist. Pivotal events range from my first grade report card (I’m still in touch with my inspiring 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 list of charitable causes I supported ~ past to present ~ including 2021's Christmas Tree Elegance festival mentioned above. (photo and more info above in the "Financial and Fine Art Donations" section).

 

BRIDAL PAGE

Although there have been wedding "hiccups" due to COVID, couples are starting to honor this beloved tradition again.Visit this page if you are interested in having a custom wedding portrait created as a memento of your special day. Most of the art on this page was commissioned by clients who also used their images on invitations as I’m also an director/digital graphic designer with years of professional experience. You'll find samples of 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 one-of-a-kind personal service, phone me at 206.406.1409 for details.

 

 

BEST WISHES FOR A BEAUTIFUL 2022 SPRING SEASON

 

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ARTWORK OR CONTENT?

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