THE SPRING COLORS COLLECTION from "Americana" Fine Artist PATTI SIMPSON WARD
NAVIGATION TIP ~ RED BOLD TYPE links you to other pages, plus web sites and pdfs with more info on each setting/subject featured in this SPRING 2019 edition.
SPRING, SPECIAL HOLIDAYS AND MOTHER NATURE'S GIFT OF BEAUTIFUL COLORS!
We enjoy all four seasons here In the Pacific Northwest ~ aren't we lucky? But it is SPRING that does best job highlighting Mother Nature's most colorful paint palette.
It's a season filled with family celebrations and favorite holidays like Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. Add to that, Doug and my wedding anniversary; my mother Sally's 92nd birthday, and my niece Brooklynn's college graduation fall in Spring as well. There's one festive family get- together after another ~ always a perfect excuse to decorate our dining rootables with all the colorful flowers bursting from our gardens.
"THE HILL" ~ Our brick bungalow sits in a pretty Spokane, WA neighborhood called the South Hill. It is dotted with beautiful parks (see the Spokane page) and filled with cottages, bungalows, foursquares and Colonials built from about 1920 through 1955.
I've painted over 75 South Hill settings ~ a tell-tale sign that my husband Doug and I love it here. Folks who purchase residences herre tend to fall in love with them. Many have details like "cat-slide" roofs, leaded glass windows, arched doorways and other special architectural touches.
GARDENS IN BLOOM ~ When developers like J.P. Graves platted the area, they were generous with lot sizes, so garden-filled yards are the rule. Daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, lilacs, magnolias and more bloom everywhere. The robins have returned with their warbling melodies ~ building nests for babies to come. Doug and I are big "walkers" and Spring is the perfect season for this!
HIGH DRIVE & HANGMAN VALLEY ~ "The Hill" gradually climbs to High Drive where a few mid-century moderns mix with older classic homes on the cliff. Most enjoy stunning views of Latah Creek and Hangman Valley below ("Hangman" recalls a tragic incident involving local Native Americans). The steep hillside is a hiker and biker's dream, criss-crossed with paths and wild flowers in Spring ~ but also unwelcome critters like chayotes. Hangman Valley Road runs parallel to the Palouse Highway which heads south to Pullman and Washington State University.
NEW "MAPLE TREE FARM" ~ On this stretch of rural road, you'll find an authentic reproduction of an 18th Century New England farmhouse. It is unique among the newer large residences and estates. See and learn about my featured Spring fine art, "Maple Tree Farm" below with more information in the "Hyacinth Blue" section of my What's New page.
The Spring Colors Collection on my What's New page features two-dozen paintings completed recently and over the past several decades. Beneath each group of four paintings each are details, historical details and websites (where available). The groupings are divided by colors:
PITTYPAT GALLERY (OPEN Late Spring) ~ My gallery is closed from January through late Spring as this is my creative time when I'm working on NEW pieces for 2019's collection.
When PittyPat Gallery re-opens, visitors will find a generous selection of:
Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information about available items and to learn about commissioning original paintings and sketches.
V.I.P. MAILING LIST ~ To be on my V.I.P. list (Very Important Patron), please contact me at 206.406.1409 (talk/text).
Twice a year, I send postcards in digital email format or hard copy via the U.S. Mail. These feature NEW art images and share my schedule of Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter /Holiday events. Frequently, the postcards offer special savings at upcoming art fests and private PittyPat Gallery events.
NOTE ~ Your privacy is very important to me. I absolutely NEVER share your personal information.
COMPLETE LIST OF WHERE TO FIND MY WORK ~ My Art Venues page shares details about future events plus a complete list of shops and galleries that carry my work in the Inland Northwest. NOTE: Art cards and magnets (where available) revolve with the seasons. Here's a few venues:
FINANCIAL AND FINE ART DONATIONS ~ I donate a substantial portion of the money I make annually to the Holy Names Sisters and Franciscan Sisters (Perpetual Adoration) retirement funds, to the Greater Gonzaga Guild ~ and other worthy causes. I also give framed fine art as auction items to Sacred Heart Providence Medical Center, First Tee, Spokane Symphony's Mozart on the Green at Manito Park, Christmas Tree Elegance at the Davenport Hotel ~ and other benefits. For a complete list of the causes I support, see the list near the bottom of my Biography page.
A UNIQUELY BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE IN HANGMAN VALLEY
As mentioned above, the South Hill is bordered at High Drive with a cliff overlooking Hangman Valley. Hatch Road takes you down to the turnoff to Hangman Valley Road where one of the first homes folks see is this authentic reproduction of an 18th century New England farmhouse.
In an area with large contemporary residences and estates, this two-story is unique with its classic lines, a replica cannon on the pebble drive and "Old Glory" (13 stars) flying above its entrance.
Architect MdKie Wing Roth (State of Maine) designed it and Gene Platt built the authentic reproduction farmhouse for Greg and Lori Arpin in 1992. The Arpins raised their two daughters Sara and Megan here ~ plus a golden retriever, two kitties, a rooster and a handful of chickens. All are honored in this painting.
Behind the structure to the left is a detail of the family's swimming pool protected by a white picket fence. To the right is a red barn with a chicken coop. Further right (not pictured) is a charming fenced garden with raised beds and a small greenhouse.
Furnishings and details inside are simple ~ and carry through the clean lines of its classic exterior. There are four floors of living space. The living room, dining room, kitchen and mud room are on the main floor. Bedrooms are on the second and the third floor houses work space (office, craft room, etc.). The house has a full basement with plenty of storage plus a large garage on the side of the house. The Arpins enjoyed 28 years here before downsizing into a cottage near Cannon Hill Park when they became "empty nesters." See "Ice Cream & Kiddos by Cannon Hill" on the Spokane Collection page soon and in my NEW "Cozy Cannon Hill Cottages" 2020 Calendar.
Highlight ~ Lori Arpin commissioned this painting for her husband Greg plus a print for their two daughters as a surprise Christmas gift in December, 2018. It is filled with memories!
It's hard not to fall in love with this season of new beginnings ~ and special holidays like Easter, Passover and Mother's Day. Spring brought a fragrant softness to the air which most folks were longing for since our very wet, chilly Winter.
A NEIGHBORHOOD OF GARDENS ~ As mentioned above, our pretty South Hill neighborhood is filled with homes on generous lots dotted with gardens. At this very special time of year, most of these are in full bloom.
DECORATING WITH FLOWERS ~ I like to bring the blossoms inside ~ and rather than disturbing the border of tulips marching up our front walkway, it's a weekly tradition to grab a bunch of sunny daffodils or tulips at the check stand of our local grocer on my way out the door. They dot nearly every room of our cottage with color throughout the season.
LA CONNOR'S & MOUNT VERNON'S TULIP FESTIVAL ~ When my husband Doug and I lived in Western Washington before returning home to Spokane in 2012, I was a member of the "Dirty Girls Garden Club." A favorite Spring excursion was a road trip north to the tulip fields.
Roozengaarde's (Tulips.com) was a favorite destination. A welcoming windmill and garden with dozens of identified varieties of bulbs beaconed guests. I did my best to capture this setting on canvas. It pictures my mother Sally, pal Robin Westbrook and me with a few friendly geese in the foreground. See it in the "North Puget Sound" section of my Puget Sound page.
APRIL CORNELL ~ Deeper into Roozengaarde's, their gift shop offered everything from thick bunches of blooms to April Cornell's lovely table linens to ceramic bunnies for decorating holiday tables. Ours is pictured to the left dressed with April's vintage cabbage rose linens. They make a regular appearance every year in Spring!
See the article celebrating this accomplished textile designer in the March/April 2017 issue of Victoria magazine, "April Cornell ~ Conversing in Color." Copies are available at most libraries.
SALLY MOM ~ "FLOWER GIRL" AND MORE! ~ I must confess that all of this fun Spring (and EVERY other season and holiday throughout the year) decorating is inspired by my mother, Sally.
For as many of her 91 years as my sisters Marilee, Peggy and I can recall, she has done this with grace and style. She is blessed with a very fine artistic eye and is a true "Homemaker" in the most creative sense of the word.
In addition to her creative holiday decor, nothing seems beyond this DIY girl! She sewed playsets for us as toddlers and most of our date outfits, prom dresses and Cotillion gowns as teenagers. She slipcovered (her own designs) furniture in several of our family homes, installed wall-paper, and replaced her condominium's aggregate stone hearth and mantle with marble. In her late eighties, Sally orchestrated a complete remodel of her 1970's kitchen ~ converting it into a sleek center for entertaining and easy food prep!
As you can see by this image of her, she loves to garden. Her "green thumb" is always on display. In addition to all the work she did at every home she and my dad owned, she's planted the gardens surrounding her condominium building with colorful geraniums, impatiens and other annuals every spring for decades.
She hauls pots of flowers in her Honda SUV to the Hayden Lake cabin and hangs them all across the front deck. She also created a pastoral rock garden grotto behind the house with her decades-old Saint Francis statue at its center ~ creating a cool place to escape the Summer heat with a good "read" in a cozy chair.
So indeed, Sally Mom is the inspiration behind all the fun my sisters and I have at our own homes. Sis Marilee's prolific gardens are truly legendary and Peggy's carved a welcoming setting at her lake lodge. To see more of Doug and my Spring decor, click on the dining room image above or on At Home with Spring's Colorful Palette.pdf.
WELCOME ~ You're here! Enjoy this "Blog" celebrating SPRING!
WHAT'S NEW ~ THE SPRING COLORS COLLECTION
As shared above, this collection features six color-based themes highlighting two-dozen paintings completed over the last decades. Beneath each group of images are details, history and websites (where available).
THE 2019 & 2018 ART OVERVIEW ~ You'll also find a pdf which highlights NEW paintings in-the-works this year and all the works completed in 2018.
Three NEW 26TH 2020 Calendars Previews and a NEW 5th Edition of Journals to be Released Soon!
THREE NEW 26TH EDITION 2020 CALENDARS
NEW CALENDAR PREVIEWS ~ Here (and on my Calendar page in greater detail) you'll find three NEW 2020 calendars celebrating the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Click on the red bold titles below below to see a three-page pdf for each.
COMING LATER THIS YEAR! NEW 5TH EDITIONS ~ 4TH EDITIONS SOLD OUT
The 4th Edition Perpetual Life Fine Art Journals are sold out in both the Spokane and Washington State editions, but NEW 5th editions are currently being created.
NEW FEATURE ~ Introduced in the two 4th editions for the first time, the journals include historical photos and background stories with each painting image. These features were so popular, they will continue with the NEW 5th editions. With a perpetual shelf life as they are not year-specific, journals are perfect for folks who want more than just 12 calendar images. Each has 44 paintings on pages peppered with positive thoughts to inspire. For more information, please visit 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 group of artwork on the collection pages, you'll find pdfs with images and accompanying stories for ALL the pieces that were 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 life-long 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 ~ This page lists upcoming art fairs, festivals, First Friday exhibits and more as they unfold throughout the year. Changes and/or updates in venues are also noted on this page. It includes dates, times, addresses, phone numbers, web sites (where available) and more. You'll also find a complete list of retail gift shops, galleries and museums with addresses, phone numbers, web sites and descriptions of what is available for purchase at each setting.
ORDERING ~ If you want to order from me directly, visit this page for details on buying originals, framed canvas and fine paper reproductions, 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 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 frequently updated list of charitable causes I've supported in 2017 and 2018 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 on the covers of their invitations. However, I’m also a professional digital design art director 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 special personal service, phone me at 206.406.1409 for details.
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