2021 "AMERICANA" HEART OF AUTUMN Collection ~ From Fine Artist PATTI SIMPSON WARD ~ Celebrating Brilliant AUTUMN on the What's New page and throughout the Site.
NAVIGATION ~ RED BOLD TYPE links you to other pages / web sites / pdfs with more info on each art image.
NOTE • 2021 CALENDARS ~ 2 OCTOBER DATE CORRECTION ~ 2020 and 2021 have been tough for many of us ~ losing loved ones from COVID and other severe health challenges. This included my sweet lifelong friend Marie Marx Strohm, who for decades kindly proofed calendars, puzzles and other creations featuring my art. She passed away suddenly last Autumn 2020 during the proofing process ~ and when I took a final look, I missed this and a couple of other errors, too. Please accept my sincere apology for any inconvenience this may have caused you. DATE CORRECTION: Sunday, October 17th should be the 24th.
WELCOME TO MY "HEART OF AUTUMN" WEB SITE!
AUTUMN is ALL about back-to-school, pumpkin patches, football games, golf tournaments (like the seasonal one pictured right), harvest festivals (see my NEW portrait of Spokane's Hutton School further down on this page), little goblin trick-or-treaters, and heartfelt Thanksgiving gatherings with friends and folks we don'r see nearly enough!
MANITO PARK'S (SPOKANE, WA) FIRST ART FESTIVAL AND MORE ~ Speaking of giving thanks, I'm grateful to so many, many of you who stopped by my booth at last season's first ever Manito Park Art Festival and the two "Wine, Art & Music" dates at Arbor Crest Cellars. I appreciate your generous support. Thanks to all of you!
AUTUMN'S COLORS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST ~ It's a beautiful time of year! The colors in the Inland Northwest definitely rival those many think are only found in New England. Mother Nature's done a beautiful job with the countryside here ~ creating eye-popping vistas of brilliant Autumn hues throughout these rugged foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
AUTUMN AROMAS & FLAVORS ~ It's a delicious time of year, too! Mulled cinnamon-spiked cider, steaming pumpkin pies, roast turkeys with chestnut dressing ~ and for coffee-lovers, those much anticipated pumpkin-spice lattes! There are lots flavor-filled seasonal options at harvest festivals, football tailgate parties, Oktoberfests, State Fairs and more for food that just seem to taste better when shared in the "great outdoors." Autumn is here!
Visit my What's New page to see my "HEART OF AUTUMN" collection ~ 5 groups of 4 seasonal works of Pacific Northwest settings and beyond. Highlight ~ In most cases, NEW paintings introduce each theme!
V.I.P. MAILING LIST
SPECIAL EVENT MAILINGS ~ Usually, I send postcards via text, email or printed hard copy (U.S.P.S.) sharing my schedule of events. If you are on my V.I.P. (Very Important Patron) List, this happens 2 to 3 times a year. Sadly, COVID is still causing many events to be cancelled or postponed, but with many more folks being vaccinated, 2021 has seen the return of some of these.
NEW ARTWORK ITEMS ~ I also use postcards to introduce NEW items, and where you can find them in the Inland Northwest. Shipping is usually available for out-of-town clients. Phone me at 206.406.1409 for details on what's available and how it's shipped. See a short list of available items below this section with more 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.
UNVEILING NEW ART ~ Often times when I complete a NEW piece, you'll find the image on my Facebook page "PattiSimpsonWardArt." The portrait of the Autumn-themed Hutton School featured below is on Facebook now. NEW fine art images on Facebook are usually part of the same seasonal collection fetured on this web site.
PITTYPAT STUDIO ~ CREATING NEW "AMERICANA" FINE ART
As mentioned above, due to COVID-19, our move to Moran Prairie in 2020, and family health challenges, I felt it was time to close my private PittyPat Gallery. Thank you to everyone who visited over the decades. Your kind interest and generous patronage were a gift. With this closure, I'm focusing on my studio as I am still very busy creating. This space includes paint, canvases, easels with works-in-progress, bookcases (photo of my library here) filled with design and art history books, a client(s) seating area, and a digital design section for creating my web site, art cards, calendars, puzzles and more from finished paintings.
The "HEART OF AUTUMN" collection celebrates fun seasonal activities in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Halloween and Thanksgiving are on this list! Please phone me at 206.406.1409 if you have questions about these 20 paintings (several NEW) featured on my What's New page. I am also happy to share details about commissions, future art festivals, charities I support with donations of my work ~ and more. Find updates on my Art Venues and Biography pages as Autumn and Winter 2021 unfold.
NEW "AMERICANA" FINE ART ITEMS FOR 2021
WHERE TO FIND MY WORK ~ Learn about future art festivals plus shops / galleries further down on this page under the "Page-by-Page Overview of This Autumn Web Site" and in more detail on the Art Venues page. Once again as circumstances allow, I hope to see you at a future art event.
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.
FINANCIAL & FINE ART DONATIONS ~ I donate a substantial portion of the money I make annually to the Holy Names Sister and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration retirement funds. I also donate to the Greater Gonzaga Guild and many other worthy causes. I have also given framed fine art to charitable venues hosted by Sacred Heart Providence Medical Center, Saint Aloysius Catholic Parish, Spokane Symphony's Christmas Tree Elegance, the Holy Name's Music Center and more. In 2020, most benefits were cancelled, but with a slowly but surely healthier 2021, many of these may be revived. For a complete list of the causes I support, see "Caring About My Community ~ and Beyond" near the foot of my Biography page.
NEW! "HARVEST FESTIVAL AT HUTTON SCHOOL"
100 YEARS OLD ~ When I painted this Autumn-themed portrait of Hutton Elementary School, it had just turned 100 years old. Near Rockwood Boulevard on Spokane's South Hill, it was named for mining millionaire and philanthropist, Levi H. Hutton.
It was originally designed in 1921 by Archibald Rigg and partner Roland Vantyne in the Spanish eclectic style. Stucco walls, red tile roofing, the arcaded entryway and windows have always made Hutton stand out architecturally in the Rockwood National Historic District.
SPOKANE REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES ~ Having recently been renovated, Spokane’s City Council placed it on the Spokane Register of Historic Places.
The elementary school was nominated for this special honor based on its contributions to history in the community ~ specifically in education and its uniquely handsome architecture.
AUTUMN SEASONAL THEME ~ I gave this painting a "Harvest Festival" theme with booths offering freshly baked pumpkin and apple pies, displays of pumpkins for creating Jack-O-Lanterns, bouquets of friendly sunflowers, and T-shirts with an "H" on the front for “Hutton School.”
IMAGINARY FUNDRAISER FOR THE "HAWKS" ~ Colorful pumpkins, baskets of apples, wheat shocks and balloons in Autumn colors decorated this imaginary fundraiser for the "Hutton Hawks."
The festival was about to begin with volunteers poised to welcome shoppers of all ages on a beautiful “Indian Summer” morning.
CELEBRATING THIS BEAUTIFUL SEASON IN OUR FUN "ROOSTER-VILLE" COTTAGE
"LOVE GROWS BEST IN LITTLE HOMES JUST LIKE THIS." ~ There is something to be said for cozy cottages ~ especially as we all grow older and realize just how much "stuff" we have. While perusing a kitchen shop with 2 of my gal pals, I discovered this phrase in a little frame. It made me smile as our current home ( since July 2020) is a VERY easy place to live. LOVE DOES grows best . . ."
Our house needed a LOT of updating as it was built in the mid-1990s. Before we even started work on the interior, we tore out the hodge-podge yard (replanting it this June) and carpeted the lower level of our cottage. Oak trim was the norm in the '90s, so we painted MILES of woodwork, window / door casings, 6-panel doors, and cabinets a crisp white. The ones in the kitchen were our one splurge on the professionals at Everhart, but I painted those in the laundry and lower level bath. Slowly but surely, our little house has grown into a light, airy beauty.
SIMPLE NEUTRALS ~ Similar to a blank artist's canvas, I found the neutrals we used on our interior worked best for seasonal decorating. Celebrating each season is a favorite with me ~ something I learned from Sally Mom. (Find more on her below). Autumn's decor includes sunflowers, chrysanthemums, multi-colored pumpkins and gourds, bowls of leaves, chestnuts and accorns, Indian Corn, with my colorful collection of roosters tucked in here and there. Pumpkin-spice candles share a wonderful welcoming fragrance.
"ROOSTER-VILLE" ~ I've collected roosters for decades. Many are gifts from thoughtful friends and family members who know how much I love them. Some are ceramic Fitz & Floyd creations, some burnished metal and others painted wood. EACH is whimsical and fun!
A stunning oil portrait of a rooster named "Blue Boy" created by Geneva Maloney (Sally Mom's dear friend and mother of sweet pal Patty McDaniels) has a place of honor on an easel in our living room. What can I say? Blue Boy rules the roost!
CANADIAN TEXTILE DESIGNER APRIL CORNELL ~ Multi-talented April Cornell (AprilCornell.com) has created her stunning designs for decades. When art directing in Seattle in the 2000s before returning to Spokane, I moonlighted one night a week in her boutique. Most of my paycheck went back into her business as she was very generous with her employee discount. My linen closet is still full of her creations ~ I never tire of them.
This Autumn, in keeping with the "Rooster" theme, I've dressed our dining room table in April's vintage "Cock-A-Doodle-Do" pattern. So fun having hens and roosters cavorting all over the place!
When April Cornell closed her Seattle shop in the early 2000s, I took a week off from my corporate design position to help close it. The manager kindly sold me much of the "Bird Song" wrought iron furniture and fixtures at a huge discount. A glimpse of a "Bird Song" tri-fold screen is behind me and Sally Mom in the image further down on this page in "Art Venues." I sill use these at personal appearances today and clients often comment on how pretty they are. "Where can I get these?!?" Thank you, April! Find the article on this talented textile designerl in the March / April 2017 issue of Victoria magazine, "April Cornell ~ Conversing in Color." Copies are at most public libraries.To see more of our friendly Autumn decor, click on the image of the dining room table here or on Home Sweet Happy Autumn Home.pdf.
SALLY MOM • ALWAYS AN INSPIRATION! ~ I must confess that all of this fun Autumn (and every other season and holiday throughout the year) decorating is inspired by my mother ~ affectionately referred to as "Sally Mom."
For as many of her 94 years (June 2021 birthday) as my sisters and I can remember, she has done this with grace and style. She has 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. And 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 homes, installed wallpaper, and replaced her condominium's aggregate stone hearth and fireplace with an elegant marble one.
In her late 80s, Sally Mom orchestrated a complete remodel of her 1970s dated kitchen ~ converting it into a sleek center for easy food prep and entertaining. She's done some hostessing again this Autumn as most of her friends and family have been vaccinated against COVID.
LEGENDARY "GREEN THUMB" ~ In addition to all the changes she made at every home she and my dad owned throughout the years, she's tended the gardens surrounding her condominium building and the Hayden Lake family cabin (now my brother Bob's). She and Bob created a terraced rock garden dotted with flowers bordering the property's stone stairways and surrounding her vintage Saint Francis statue behind the cabin. On warm days, this is a great place for her and others to escape the hot sun with a good book.
Indeed, she is the inspiration behind nearly everything my sisters and I have accomplished at our own "Home Sweet Homes." Sis Marilee's prolific gardens are truly inspiring and Peggy's created a very welcoming setting at her lakeside lodge. Especially during Autumn, Sally Mom's (image right) green thumb is guaranteed to make an appearance!
WELCOME ~ You're here!
WHAT'S NEW ~ "THE HEART OF AUTUMN" 2021 COLLECTION
This collection of 20 paintings celebrates ALL things Autumn! Recently completed NEW paintings typically introduce each theme:
"2021 & 2020 ALL NEW ART OVERVIEW" ~ Click on the "All NEW Artwork" pdf on my What's New page to see 22 recently finished works of fine art ~ 8 NEW paintings this year plus 14 created in 2020.
AVAILABLE THIS AUTUMN ~ 4 NEW 28TH EDITION 2022 CALENDARS
Click on the Bold Red Titles here for 7-page OVERVIEWS ~ including 4 seasonal covers for each (based on availability), images of all featured paintings, histories and details for each, and a short bio / artists credentials.
COMING IN 2022 ~ 2 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:
AVAILABLE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES ~ COLLAGE-STYLE JIGSAW PUZZLES ~ In 2019, I created 3 collage-style (4 images in each) jigsaw puzzles and added 2 more to the collection in 2021. The finished 504-piece size is 16x20-inches ~ perfect for standard-sized frames. The artwork titles included for each puzzle are listed below. Fine more information about these on my Calendars+ page.
NOTE ~ Please call or text about availability as many of these have already SOLD OUT this Autumn to early Christmas shoppers. Look here for details on a re-issue of all puzzles in 2022 ~ including 2 NEW ones,"Four Seasons of Gonzaga University" and "Four Seasons of Magnificent Mansions."
ARTWORK COLLECTIONS ~ During my many years as an "Americana" fine artist, I've created hundreds of paintings and drawings that are divided into three collections. These three web site pages feature images that revolve and complement the current seasons. You'll find lots of Autumn-themed artwork in each.
ENTIRE COLLECTION PDFS ~ On the collection pages at the end of each artwork group, you'll find 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 web site.
COMMISSION ~ My favorite genre, I’ve recreated private residences and other architectural settings for clients all over the United States and beyond ~ making many 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 calendars.
PAST SEASON EVENTS ~ I am SO gratefull to everyone who joined me at the recent two Arbor Crest Cellars Music / Fine Art events and Manito Park's first ever Art Festival. How wonderful to see you all!
UPCOMING HOLIDAY MARKETPLACES ~ Visit this page as Autumn and Winter 2021 unfold for details on future art events. As more folks are vaccinated, festivals and venues will be added whenever possible. NOTE ~ This page changes frequently as events are added, postponed, or cancelled due to COVID.
Currently, the Hayden Lake C.C. Holiday Marketplace & Luncheon is the first event on my Christmas schedule. Dates are Tuesday, November 30th and Wednesday, December 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. NOTE ~ This is a PRIVATE event for H.L.C.C members and guests only. It is not open to the public.
LOCATIONS & VENUES WHERE YOU CAN FIND MY ARTWORK ~ Here is a short list of locations that feature my work locally in the Spokane area. NOTE ~ This Art Venues page also changes from time to time as venues open and close due to COVID challenges.
ORDERING ~ 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 canvases, 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 ~ 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.
BRIDAL ~ Weddings are wonderful, although these days often postponed due of COVID, but couples are starting to honor this beloved tradition of LOVE again regardless.Visit this page if you are interested in having a custom wedding portrait created as a memento of your special day. Most of the fine art featured in this collection was commissioned by clients as wedding mementos for use on their invitations. Plus, I’m also a professional art director / digital graphic designer with decades 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 one-of-a-kind personal service, phone me at 206.406.1409 for details.
ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL, VERY SAFE AUTUMN!
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