WHAT INSPIRED THE CREATION OF THE THE CALENDARS 26 YEARS AGO . . .

It has been a short 26-years sharing settings I've loved enough to paint and feature in these date keepers. I began designing them at Christmastime in 1994 when my sister Marilee shared, "We have no more wall space! Instead of giving us prints, why don't you design a calendar with lots of pictures that we can enjoy all year long?"

The first issue featured the Codd House, a Dutch-colonial beauty built in 1925 ~ and my favorite home growing up in Spokane, WA. I've painted it five times. The cover pictured my family (just five out of six siblings at the time) decorating the house with Christmas lights for the Holidays. All of our family helped with this traditional task. I pictured my dad Joe on the ladder while my mother Sally kept the lights from tangling ~ always a challenge. We kids (Patti, Marilee, Peggy, John and Bill) were largely there for moral support. My dad passed away six years before I finished this art, so this image brought tears to my mom's eyes when I finished this artwork. Memories . . .

In 1994, Kinkos (absorbed by Fed Ex) Store Manager Scott Woodward printed a dozen at his Seattle Northgate Mall Store. These days, Rita McIntyre at Berreth-Thomas in the Spokane Valley runs hundreds of them in multiple editions. Both local Spokanites and folks who grew up here and then moved away order these from all over the U.S. and beyond. The 2019 "Home Sweet Home" edition features the Codd House as artwork for the month of November.

ENTIRE LIST OF CALENDARS BELOW ~ As you can see by the 2020 images and information shared below, the calendars have come a long way since 1994. Scroll for the entire list of past titles and a handful of past memorable covers.

5TH EDITION JOURNALS (IN THE DESIGN PROCESS) ~ Further down on this page, you'll learn about these NEW 5th editions I'm creating for both Spokane and Washington State.

 

NEW THREE 26TH EDITION 2020 CALENDARS

"Celebrating Architect Kirtland Cutter" features Spokane and Inland NW settings created by this legendary creative icon. "Celebrating Cozy Cannon Hill Cottage" highlights the beloved park and pretty homes in the charming neighborhood that surrounds it. "Celebrating Inland NW Settings ~ All in WHITE" honors 12 different settings ~ some unique to Spokane like the Perry Street Windmil, Garland Milk Bottle and Manito's Rose Hill Pergola plus several remarkable residences ~ all in WHITE.

 

#1: 2020 "Celebrating Architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter Cutter" (2 NEW Paintings)

Click on the bold red title here or on the calendar image to the right to see this 5-page pdf of the following. NOTE ~ Websites are listed below with settings when available.

 

#2: 2020 "Celebrating Cozy Cannon Hill Cottages" (3 NEW Paintings)

Cllck on the bold red title above or on the calendar image to the right to see this 5-page pdf with of the following. NOTE ~ Websites are listed below with settings when available.

 

#3: 2020 "Celebrating Inland NW Settings • All in WHITE" (4 NEW Paintings)

Cllck on the bold red title above or on the calendar image to the right to see this 5-page pdf with of the following. NOTE ~ Websites are listed below with settings when available.

 

 

COMING SOON! 5TH EDITIONS WASHINGTON STATE AND SPOKANE JOURNALS

The 4th Edition Perpetual Life Fine Art Journals are SOLD OUT in both the Spokane and Washington State editions, but NEW 5th editions are almost finished being designed. Features include:

 

NOTE ~ The calendar titles are listed from 2020 to the first one initially created in 1994. The word MAC in Red text identifies Special Editions created for Spokane's Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. Calendars with asterisks (*) are pictured to the right.

 

 

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