NAVIGATION TIP ~ RED BOLD TYPE links you to other pages, web sites and pdfs with details on each setting or subject in this SUMMER 2021 edition.
MY APOLOGY ~ 3 DATE ERRORS ON 2021 CALENDARS ~ The last 2 years have been very tough for many of us ~ losing loved ones from COVID and other severe health challenges. This included my lifelong detail-oriented friend, Marie Marx Strohm, who for decades kindly proofed various creations like calendars, puzzles and more featuring my fine art. She passed early last Autumn 2020 during the proofing process, and I missed these errors, too. Please accept my apology for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
WELCOME TO MY "SWEET SUMMER" 2021 WEB SITE!
CELEBRATIONS ~ With 3 All-American holidays on our 2021 calendar ~ Memorial Day in May, July's Independence Day and Labor Day in September ~ Doug and I love this time of year!
Lakeside getaways with family and friends, al fresco meals on our deck, visits to nearby parks (we're at Manito Park's Mirror Lake in this photo), plus local Summer Art Events ... all offer lots of reasons to celebrate the season. And blessedly, with more folks vaccinated and COVID-19 declining, life is finally beginning to feel more normal for everyone!
THANK YOU SO MUCH ~ TO MY FRIENDS, CLIENTS AND PATRONS WHO JOINED ME FOR 3 ART EVENTS AT ARBOR CREST CELLARS & MANITO PARK IN JUNE AND JULY!
ARBOR CREST CELLARS ~ It was WONDERFUL to see you all at 2 Concert / Fine Artist Pairings at this beloved Spokane Valley destination. Live Music by "Spare Parts" and "The Sarah Brown Band" plus accompanying artists! What could be better?
MANITO PARK ~ And thanks to everyone who braved the blistering 104-degree weather at Manito Park's 1ST Art Festival. Food trucks (who doesn't love Ben & Jerry's ice cream?), live music all day, dozens ofartiists and crafters ~ plus hundreds of visitors made this special park event a brilliant Summer success! Thank you for your generous interest and patronage. I'm delighted my "Manito Park & More" collection was so warmly received. Participants and guests all hope that this festival becomes an annual event!
UPCOMING VENUES ~ Visit my Art Venues page as the year unfolds for a list of 2021 Holiday festivals.
Visit my What's New page to see my "SWEET SUMMER" collection ~ 6 groups of 4 seasonal works of Pacific Northwest settings and beyond. Highlight ~ A NEW Painting introduces each theme!
V.I.P. MAILING LIST
SPECIAL EVENT MAILINGS ~ Usually, I send postcards via email, text or printed hard copy (U.S.P.S.) with 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 cancelled many 2020 events, but with many more folks vaccinated, 2021 is seeing 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. Also see a short list of items below this section. More information is 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 patriotic-themed residence featured below is on Facebook now. NEW fine art images on Facebook are usually part of the same seasonal collection on my web site. Find out more on my What's New and Art Venues pages.
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've turned my focus to my studio ~ and I am still very busy creating. This design space includes paint, canvases, easels holding works-in-progress, bookcases filled with design and art history books, a seating area, and a digital graphic section (image above left) where I design my web site, art cards, calendars, puzzles and more from finished paintings.
This season's "SWEET SUMMER" Collection celebrates fun seasonal activities in the Pacific Northwest and beyond ~ many highlighted with red, white and blue patriotic themes. Please phone me at 206.406.1409 if you have questions about these 24 paintings (6 NEW) 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 2021 unfolds.
NEW "AMERICANA" FINE ART ITEMS FOR 2021
WHERE TO FIND MY WORK ~ Learn about future art festivals plus shops and galleries further down on this page under the "Page-by-Page Overview of This Summer Web Site" and in greater detail on the Art Venues page. NOTE ~ If you own a shop or gallery and would like to include my work, please visit this page as well 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 Sisters and Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration retirement funds, to the Greater Gonzaga Guild ~ and other worthy causes. I have also given framed fine art to charitable venues hosted by Sacred Heart Providence Medical Center, Spokane Symphony's "Mozart on the Green" at Manito Park and Christmas Tree Elegance, the Holy Name's Music Center at Fort George Wright ~ and other benefits. In 2020, most benefits were cancelled, but with a healthier 2021, hopefully many of these will be revived. For a complete list of the causes I support, please see "Caring About My Community ~ and Beyond" near the bottom of my Biography page.
NEW! "PATRIOTIC PICNIC AT THE WAGON WHEEL HOUSE"
THE NORTH SIDE BY GONZAGA PREP ~ In 2017 when I was walking around the Gonzaga Prep neighborhood (my niece Isabell Simpson was still a student there), I stumbled upon an alley across Perry Street east of the school with several old wagon wheels.
WAGON WHEEL BEAUTY ~ A row of these bordered the alley in front of what had to have been a once stunning 2-1/2 story Queen Anne. Someone had discovered it before me and was hard at work restoring it head to toe ~ albeit with quite a bit of work left to get it to the finish line!
MAGICAL MAGNIFICENT MANSION ~ I took a few photos of the weathered "work in progress" ~ enough to imagine what the finished product would be ~ and filed them. Going through my folder of prospective subjects, 2021 turned out to be the year to recreate it on canvas as the inviting home pictured here.
FREE TIME ~ My husband was spending a lot of time at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX preparing for a lengthy successful surgery, so I found myself with extra time as MDA was still "Patients Only." I put those hours to good use!
MY ONLY DISAPPOINTMENT ~ The missing link to the project was the lack of historical background on the home. I reached out to several local experts and resources only to hit dead ends. Unfortunately, I have a more difficult time finding historical details on North Side settings than South Hill and Browne's Addition ones. Sadly ~ it seems record keeping is often lacking.
Highlight ~ I've featured this whimsical structure in my NEW 28th edition 2022 "Magical Magnificent Mansions" Calendar. Find more on the Wagon Wheel House and see its photo in the "Group 4 ~ Home Sweet Patriotic Home" section of my "SWEET SUMMER" Collection on my What's New page.
CELEBRATING "STARS & STRIPES" IN OUR COZY 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 the people in our lives mean more to us. Last week while shopping, I discovered this phrase in a little white frame. It made me pause.
Doug and I have lived in 3 homes since our 2000 marriage. Each time we moved, we downsize a bit further. Our cottage is a VERY easy place to live. I realized the "LOVE grows best . . ." phrase is true!
BUT ~ NOTHING COMES WITHOUT A PRICE ~ For us, the cost was time ~ 6 months of "elbow grease." We tore out the hodge-podge yard (replanted this Summer), carpeted the lower level ~ and painted MILES of oak woodwork, window / door casings, 6-panel doors, and cabinets a crisp white (cabinets were our one splurge on professionals). Slowly but surely, our little house grew into the light, airy place we love.
SIMPLE NEUTRALS ~ Similar to a blank artist's canvas, I found that neutral colors work best for seasonal decorating. Celebrating each season is a favorite with me ~ something I learned from Sally Mom (more on her below). This includes Summer with its red, white and blue palette. I decorated the great room (front hallway, living / dining rooms and kitchen) and these patriotic colors are repeated on our back deck.
FUN DETAILS ~ I've collected antique accessories for years. Bicycles, trucks, boats, an Uncle Sam metal bank and nutcrackers are tucked into the great room. Light-hearted paintings picture Summer activities like picnicking, golf, biking, swimming and more. What can I say? They go with the sunshine!
CANADIAN TEXTILE DESIGNER APRIL CORNELL ~ Multi-talented April Cornell (AprilCornell.com) has created her stunning designs for several decades. When art directing in Seattle before our return to Spokane, I moonlighted at an April Cornell boutique. Most of my paycheck went back into her business as the employee discount was generous! My linen closets are still full of her stunning seasonal patterns ~ I never get tired of them. (Photo left) This Summer, I used her red, white and blue "Patriotic Patchwork" table runner to help set off this "Stars and Stripes" centerpiece for the dining room table.
When April Cornell closed her Seattle area 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 tiny glimpse of a "Bird Song" tri-fold screen is behind me and Sally Mom in the image further down on this page in the "Art Venues" section. I still use these at my appearance today. Folks often comment on how pretty they are. "Where can I get these?!?" Thank you, April!
Find the article on accomplished April in the March / April 2017 issue of Victoria magazine, "April Cornell ~ Conversing in Color." Find copies on eBay and at most public libraries.To see more of our patriotic Summer decor, click on the image of the "Stars & Stripes" bouquet here or on Home Sweet Patriotic Home.pdf.
SALLY MOM ~ ALWAYS AN INSPIRATION! ~ I must confess that all of this fun Summer (and every other season and holiday throughout the year) decorating is inspired by my mother ~ lovingly referred to as "Sally Mom."
For as many of her 94 years (June 2021 marked another milestone birthday) as my sisters Marilee, Peggy and I can recall, 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, 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 orchestrated a complete remodel of her 1970s dated kitchen ~ converting it into a sleek center for easy food prep and entertaining. She's embraced being a hostess again this Summer as most of her friends and family have been vaccinated against COVID.
HER LEGENDARY GREEN THUMB ~ In addition to all the work she did at every home she and my dad owned throughout the decades, she's tended the gardens surrounding her condominium building and the Hayden Lake family cabin (now my brother Bob's).
She 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 to escape the hot sun for Sally Mom 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 Summer, Sally Mom's (image right) green thumb is guaranteed to make an appearance!
WELCOME ~ You're here!
WHAT'S NEW ~ "THE PATRIOTIC COLORS OF SUMMER" 2021 COLLECTION
This collection of 2 dozen paintings celebrates ALL things Summer! A recently completed NEW paintings introduced each theme:
"2021 & 2020 ALL NEW ART OVERVIEW" ~ Click on the "All NEW Artwork" pdf on my What's New page to see 4 NEW paintings recently finished this year plus 14 works created in 2020.
AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER ~ 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.
NOTE ~ There are very limited quantities of the 2 2021 CALENDARS • "FUN 'LANDMARKS' WE LOVE" and "MAGICAL MEMORIES OF MANITO PARK ~ please call 206.406.1409 for details.
COMING LATER IN 2021 ~ 2 NEW 5TH EDITION 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 design stage. Find out more on the Calendar+ page. Features include:
AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER ~ 2 NEW EDITIONS + RE-RELEASE OF 3 2019 COLLAGE-STYLE JIGSAW PUZZLES ~ In 2019, I created 3 collage-style (4 images in each) jigsaw puzzles, introducing them at Christmastime. ALL editions sold in less than a month! At Christmas 2020, I added 2 NEW puzzles and reprinted the first 3. 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.
ARTWORK COLLECTIONS ~ During my many years as an Americana fine artist, I've created hundreds of paintings and drawings that are divided into 3 collections. These 3 web site pages feature images that revolve and complement the current seasons. You'll find lots of Summer patriotic-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 3 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 2-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 ~ This page lists 2021 Fine Art Events and Personal Appearances (photo with Sally Mom at Arbor Crest right)
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE! I am SO gratefull to everyone who joined me at the 2 Arbor Crest Cellars Music / Fine Art events and Manito Park's 1st ever Art Festival this Summer Season. How wonderful to see you all!
Visit this page as 2021 unfolds for details on upcoming seasonal art events. As COVID-19 wanes and more folks are vaccinated, festivals and venues will be added whenever possible. Here is a short list local shops and more that currently feature my work:
ORDERING ~ As shared above, I've closed PittyPat Gallery and am focusing 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 and fine paper reproductions, print/card gift packs, art journals, calendars, collage jigsaw puzzles, cards, collage jigsaw puzzles 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 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 in 2020 and others to come this year.
BRIDAL ~ Weddings are one of many things placed "on-hold" because of COVID-19, but couples are starting to honor this beloved tradition of LOVE again ~ perhaps in the beginning with some social distancing and smaller guest lists. Visit this page if you are interested in having a custom wedding portrait created as a memento of your very special day. Most of the fine art featured here 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 FUN (AND SAFE) SUMMER!
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ARTWORK OR CONTENT?
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