SUMMERTIME IS HERE!!

 

My "SUN & FUN" collection of "Americana" fine art below celebrates ALL things SUMMER! The paintings featured in the six themes below celebrate this carefree time of year that makes each and every one of us feel like a little kid!

SIX SUMMERTIME THEMES ~ The 2022 collection covers lots of activities (like golfing at the flower-filled course here) and settings that celebrate this beloved season with its three patriotic holidays.

I've featured two-dozen paintings on this page. Four are NEW!

 

AUGUST 20TH AND 21ST ANNUAL ARBOR CREST ART & GLASS FEST

Saturday, August 20th and and Sunday, August 21st, Arbor Crest Cellars in Spokane Valley, WA is bringing back its Art & Glass Fest! The event always offers a large group of artists and fine crafters, live music, food, and its famous wine and beer at this cliff-top scenic setting. I'll be unveiling several NEW paintings, including "Gathering at the Fox Park Gazebo" (peppered throughout this Summer edition of my website ~ plus my NEW portrait of the "Historic Beautiful Chancery Building ~

NOTE ~ Find more on the Art & Glass Fest on my Art Venues page.

 

NEW CREATIONS ~ Click on the 2022 / 2021 • All NEW "Americana" Art Collection pdf to see 20 NEW paintings ~ 14 created in 2021 and 6 so far in 2022.

NOTE ~ In-Progress at this time are portraits of Spokane's Wilson and Shadle Park Schools, Moran Prairie's Fox Park, and another of Manito's Davenport Fountain. Also look for artwork of the vintage Buckhorn Mineral Baths and Sagura Lake in Arizona, and others as the season unfolds. Recent works identified with a red bullet of the words NEW are scattered throughout ALL the pages of this website, especially on Puget Sound, Spokane and More Paintings collection pages.

 

V.I.P. MAILING LIST AND EVENT / NEW ITEMS POSTCARDS

SPECIAL EVENT MAILINGS ~ I frequently send postcards via email, text or printed hard copy (U.S.P.S.) listing my in-person events. If you are on my V.I.P. (Very Important Patron) List, mailings typically happen 2-3 times each year ~ SPRING SUMMER and AUTUMN WINTER HOLIDAYS. Many of you received one already for this year for June's Manito Park event, so look for a second digital mailing this Summer and later for the this year's Holiday Season. If you don't receive your postcard, please phone me.

 

NEW ARTWORK ITEMS

For more information, please phone / text me at 206.406.1409 or visit my Ordering page. Find the list of local Spokane, Washington businesses that carry my work on my Welcome and Art Venues pages.

Again, find me on Facebook at "PattiSimpsonWardArt."

YOUR PRIVACY ~ To be added to my V.I.P. 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.

 

MY GALLERY, STUDIO AND PASSION FOR MY WORK

Due to our move to Moran Prairie and family health challenges shared on my Welcome page, I closed PittyPat Gallery in July 2020. Thank you to all of who visited over the years ~ I SO appreciate your interest in my "Americana" art and generous patronage. However, I am busier than ever in PittyPat Studio with projects to complete in the next few months. And, as I mentioned above, I've created 20 NEW works in 2022 and 2021 ~ some featured below and in recent calendars and puzzles.

 

 

SUMMER 2022 COLLECTION OF 24 PAINTINGS ~ 4 IN EACH OF THE 6 THEMES

Highlights ~ Beneath the four featured images for each of the six "SUN & FUN" Summer themes, I've shared histories, details, websites (where available) and links to each painting's collection pdf. Look for those in bold red text.

FIRST PAINTING IN EACH GROUP ~ The first image is a heartfelt nod to Washington State's Inland Northwest where I grew up. Most of the others celebrate the Pacific Northwest ~ with a unique Utah setting that has a special Hollywood connection. You'll see lots of RED WHITE • and BLUE in this collection. Four paintings are NEW!

"HISTORIC HAYDEN LAKE C.C. CLUBHOUSE (BOZANTA TAVERN)" (HAYDEN LAKE, ID • PAINTED AUGUST 2019 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH

Spokane businessmen J.P. Graves, F. Lewis Clark, architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter, landscape architects the Olmsted Bros. of Brookline, MA and others began developing the western shore of Hayden Lake into “Little Switzerland” at the turn of the last century.

A branch line train connected the Idaho vacation area to Spokane, Washington. The resort included rustic cottages, an 18-hole golf course (the oldest in Idaho) and K.K. Cutter’s large Bozanta Tavern chalet-style inn.

Constructed in 1907, it became the country club's clubhouse in 1927. When I painted the historic structure, it was still serving as the clubhouse for beautiful Hayden Lake Country Club (HaydenLakeCC.com) ~ and had just received a polishing.

Highlight ~ Legendary actor and crooner Bing Crosby (Paramount Pictures' ”White Christmas”), who over the years owned a number of vacation homes on the lake, invited many of his Hollywood cronies like Bob Hope to play in his golf tournaments held here in Summer.

Entire Greater Inland NW/North Idaho Collection pdf ~ Click on the 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 19 paintings in the "Greater Northwest and North Idaho" collection.

 

"HISTORIC LITTLE HOLLYWOOD (PARRY LODGE)" (KANAB, UT • PAINTED APRIL 2019 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS 9X12-INCH)

From the 1930s to the 1970s, the Parry Lodge (ParryLodge.com (ParryLodge.com) in Kanab, Utah near the Arizona border was known as the "heart" of Little Hollywood. The Parry brothers (Chauncey, Gronway and Whit) photographed Utah’s majestic countryside and then traveled to California to entice the movie industry into making Westerns and other films on-location in Utah.

For decades, major stars like Tom Mix, John Wayne, Clark Gable, Henry Fonda, Joel McCrea, Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford and leading ladies like Dolores del Rio, Veronica Lake, Ava Gardner, Anne Bancroft, Maureen O’Hara and others were involved with film projects. Many stayed at Parry Lodge.

In 1928, the brothers purchased a New England-style farmhouse. By 1931, they had converted it into a hospitable lodge with cottages north and west of it to house the folks from California when it was time to make another movie. The entire town got into the act (some literally as extras, wranglers and stand-ins) and did everything they could to make projects run smoothly for their important guests. Westerns were “bread and butter” to Kanab ~ both movies and TV series.

When Westerns were gradually replaced by more sophisticated fare, the Parry Lodge went on to serve the public as a well-preserved nostalgic reminder of its glory days ~ each cottage named for a film star and the lodge’s dining room walls lined with autographed photos of actors who had been guests there. When I painted this portrait of Parry Lodge it was open to the public during warmer months (folks pictured in this artwork actually stayed there) ~ with a free nightly movie in its theater.

Highlight ~ John Wayne installed a beautiful swimming pool just because he thought the lodge needed one!

Entire Other Settings Collection pdf ~ Click on this six-page pdf to see all 21 paintings from all over the United States, Europe and beyond.

 

"U.S. CUSTOMS HOUSE ON THE DOCK" (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • PAINTED MAY 2004 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS 8x10-INCH)

Every year on the Independence Day in July, hundreds of vessels ~ large and small ~ crowd the docks and the waterfront of the charming resort destination of Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com).

San Juan Island is just a few miles from the Canadian border, so for many vacationers, their visits to the beautiful San Juan Islands have always begun here at this quaint one-room white and green domed structure perched at the end of the docks ~ the home of the resort's U.S. Customs Offices.

Every Independence Day, the agents have festooned their office with colorful red, white and blue buntin and flags. In this piece,I painted the three officers enjoying a break in the sunshine with visitors walking the docks in search of vessels with the most creative patriotic trim ~ an annual traditional competition.

Highlight ~ Each of the three officers pictured in this painting reached out to me enchanted by their "immortalization" ~ asking for a print of this memory-filled reminder of that special day.

Entire Islands Collection pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 17 paintings in the "Islands" collection.

 

"FUN AND SUN AT HAYSTACK ROCK" (CANNON BEACH, OR • PAINTED MARCH 1999 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS 11X14-INCH)

This seaside portrait of Cannon Beach was a special birthday gift I painted for my sweetheart Doug Ward in 1999 when we were dating our way to becoming a serious couple. A few months before in November 1998, we had vacationed with his family over the long Thanksgiving weekend at Cannon Beach, Oregon.

The incredibly picturesque artists’ colony and beloved getaway has always been a favorite of many. For years, Doug’s family had enjoyed the Autumn tradition of spending Thanksgiving at this breathtaking destination.

Among the vacationers pictured in this ocean-side scene were his son Kevin and then girlfriend Heather seated on the log to the right. Doug’s older brother Tom and his parents Kay and Russ stood behind them. I painted Doug and me in the lower left foreground gathering driftwood for a beach fire. It was the sunny Friday after Thanksgiving and revelers were enjoying the pleasant day while a breeze tossed kites in the sky.

Highlight ~ The artwork would not have been complete without the area's signature Haystack Rock in the background.

Entire Other Settings Collection pdf ~ Click on this six-page pdf to see all 21 paintings from all over the United States, Europe and beyond.

 

 

NEW! "GATHERING AT THE FOX PARK GAZEBO" (MORAN PRAIRIE, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON • JULY 2022 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

When Doug and I moved further south from our 1937 vintage brick Craftsman on Spokane’s South Hill near Manito Park in 2020, one of the sweetest “extras” that came with our new community on Moran Prairie was a gazebo roomy enough for hosting picnics and other fun gatherings. The gazebo sat in the clearing of tiny Fox Park, thus the title of this piece.

When I finished painting it, COVID was still a bit of a problem, so Doug, I, and others who lived here hadn’t used the gazebo for a gathering like the one pictured here for a long while. But regardless, we all knew a fun, sunny day like this would come ~ which, of course, inspired this piece.

Highlight ~ I showed a glimpse of a 1937 vintage Buick automobile in the lower right with the proud owner (in his “Buick” T-shirt) and his wife behind his “pride and joy.” The Ice cream “Woodie” wagon was a bit of poetic license, but who doesn’t love waffle cones handed out by a merry vendor like the one in this scene?

Entire Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens Collection pdf ~ Click on the 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 28 paintings in the "Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens" collection.

 

"PICNIC BASKETS AT THE 'BOWL & PITCHER'" (RIVERSIDE STATE PARK, THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON • JULY 2014 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Minutes from Spokane’s Downtown District, Riverside State Park came into being under the direction of Park Superintendent Aubrey Lee White who was known as the "Father of Spokane Parks."

The basaltic rock formations on the south bank of the Spokane River resembled a bowl and pitcher ~ thus the name. President Franklin Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) built the famous swinging suspension bridge, the Aubrey L. White Parkway on both sides of the river, the rock walls that border it and more.

A new set of timbered steps that climbed up to the hiking trails on the south side of the bridge was updated in 2012.

Highlight ~ I painted our friends the Mulhollands and Simshausers joining us at this iconic setting for a picnic on a gorgeous sunny day ~ a favorite pastime here!

Entire Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens Collection pdf ~ Click on the 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 28 paintings in the "Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens" collection.

 

"THE BAY HOURSE" (PUGET SOUND, NISQUALLY, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2005 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This waterfront cabin was built in 1962 on a spectacular piece of Puget Sound waterfront property near Nisqually, Washington. When I painted this, the couple who owned it were in their mid-70s with all six children grown, married and living at other destinations all over the United State. Thus, they made the hard choice to sell the little waterfront gem, even though it was the place where dreams had been made for three generations of family. The sale helped them a great deal with the challenge of downsizing to a turn-key condominium.

As a gift for these clients, the realtor who handled the sale of the property for them commissioned this painting showing the entire family celebrating a last 4th of July at their beloved cabin.

In honor of "The Bay House," the family wrote this poem:

The gatherings started in ‘45. Friends and family brought the land alive.
Till ‘47 the way in was by boat; the pond and the bay made a natural moat.
The house was added in ’62; the gatherings expanded as the family grew.
This painting is to commemorate the very special 2005 date.

Entire South and West Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on this 3-page pdf to see and learn about all 12 paintings in the "South and West Puget Sound" collection.

 

NEW! "HAPPY HIDEAWAY ON CAT WHISKER LANE" (KENMORE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2022 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I created this special portrait to honor my little sister Marilee’s milestone birthday in 2022. It pictured her beautiful back yard at the cozy Kenmore home she and her sweetheart Ron had shared together for six years when I finished this piece.

Gardening has always been Marilee’s gift and most passionate pursuit ~ as evidenced by all the creativity captured here. Dozens of blossoms in pots and flower beds frame their friendly back deck (which had just received a fresh coat of robin’s-egg blue-paint) and tulip-shuttered garden cottage in the background.

The scene pictured the couple about to welcome friends for a fun evening ~ Ron carrying wood for a back yard fire and Marilee’s arms filled with tulips for decorating her table.

Highlight ~ Fittingly, I included dogs Miko and Birdy, and kitty Peek-a-boo in this painting, as this pet-loving couple lived just off Cat Whisker Lane.

Entire North Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on the 2-page pdf to see and learn about all 12 paintings in the "North Puget Sound" collection. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger works.

 

"GATHERING AT THE GATEHOUSE (ARBOR CREST CELLARS)" (SPOKANE VALLEY , WA • PAINTED MAY 2016 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This arched basaltic rock gatehouse on the campus of Arbor Crest Cellars (ArborCrest.com) has always been the signature welcoming structure leading to the Florentine-style mansion known as the Cliff House ~ shown to the right side of the gatehouse. 

The estate was the home of Royal Riblet who built Cliff House in 1924. The gatehouse was just one of several stone out-buildings on the property. Another was the structure where folks waited to board the tram that carried them down the hillside to the valley below. Riblet was a famous mechanical genius, best remembered for inventing the chair lift, which upgraded the experience of snow skiers everywhere.

Now the home of Arbor Crest Cellars, this piece portrayed the Art & Glass Fest, the much anticipated annual Summer art event hosted on the grounds of the property. This artwork was used on posters promoting the event in 2017.

Highlight ~ When I met the owner of the property in 2015, Harry Milke shared that the stone arch once served as the servants’ quarters.

The Entire Spokane Valley Collection pdf ~ Click on 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 17 paintings in the "Spokane Valley" collection including two "Neighborhood" paintings and five of the Barton Family Home)

 

AWARD WINNING! "THE BILL BROWN BUILDING" (REDMOND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2005 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This handsome two-story building, located in the heart of Redmond, Washington on Leary Way, was built by Redmond’s most famous mayor, William “Bill” Brown.

Bill served his beloved community from 1919 to 1948, and this was his second business building on this site. It originally housed a saloon, drug store, soda fountain, barber shop, dance hall and mortuary.

Rumor had it that the building also was home to the town’s “ladies of the evening” ~ and it even had an entrance to a secret bootlegger’s tunnel from the days of Prohibition.

When I painted this portrait of it, the structure hadn’t changed much since the early 1900s, its owners being careful to maintain its original beauty with the exposed brick and original slab floors throughout most of the interior.

I gave this artwork an “All-American Celebration” theme with red, white and blue flags, balloons and bunting ~ filling it with fun-loving family and friends ~ and pets gathering to join the Independence Day Holiday.

Highlight ~ My portrait of this structure won Second Place in a City-wide fine art competition for a landmark setting capturing the community’s remarkable personality.

Entire Eastside Collection pdf ~ Click on the 11-page pdf to see and learn about all 55 paintings in the "Eastside Comunities" collection. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger works.

 

AWARD WINNING! "MEETING AT THE MARKET" (THE EASTSIDE, PUGET SOUND, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This piece won First Place and the honor of being the artwork used to promote the 2010 Redmond Saturday Market's (RedmondSaturdayMarket.org) 35th season, which ran from May through October.

Posters with my fine art portrait of the market were posted throughout all the Eastside communities in Western Washington. Redmond's was the oldest and largest market on the Eastside, so this award was quite a prestigious honor for me.

With the historic Justice White house in the background, I gave this artwork an all-American theme. It paid homage to the fine tradition of selling and shopping for goods produced by local farmers, craftspeople and artisans.

I intertwined a patriotic red, white and blue streamer with fruit, vegetables and market signs bordering the scene of colorful booths, shoppers and their pets.

Highlight ~ For several years I had a weekly space at this fun Summertime venue.

Entire Eastside Collection pdf ~ Click on the 11-page pdf to see and learn about all 55 paintings in the "Eastside Comunities" collection. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger works.

 

"ROLLICKING FUN AT ROCHE" (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS • PAINTED JUNE 2003 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The theme of this painting was Independence Day 20* years ago in the quaint seaside resort of Roche Harbor (RocheHarbor.com) on San Juan Island. This scene is probably still a tradition today. Wild screams of excitement and laughter broke the silence of what would have been a just another quiet morning on Puget Sound’s Roche Harbor.

I painted kids of all ages, their parents ~ and pets at the annual Game Fest hosted on the resort’s grassy hillside park below the camping cabins that once housed employees of the McMillins Lime Kiln business in the early 1900s. Youngsters engaged in egg-tossing, flour sack-racing, tug-of-war and many other competitions.

Prizes were American flags, red, white and blue baseball caps, Tee-shirts and assorted patriotic kid-oriented goodies.

Highlight ~ This artwork was inspired by a stay at a what was once an Orrico family vacation home a short walk west of the Roche Harbor Resort. Two Orrico kids (now in their twenties) Christopher and Francesca participated in these games from the time they were young toddlers all the way through college years.

Entire Islands Collection pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 17 paintings in the "Islands" collection.

 

NEW! "PATRIOTIC PICNIC AT THE WHIMSICAL WAGON WHEEL HOUSE" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2021 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This portrait of a remarkably beautiful Queen Anne down the alleyway across from Gonzaga Prep’s east parking lot was in the midst of an ambitious renovation when I discovered it four years before creating this painting.  

The property’s unusual choice of old wagon wheels to border the alleyway suggested it may have been a homestead once.  

I was truly stunned at what a lovely home it must have been when originally constructed ~ and delighted to see that someone had taken it under their wing, breathing life back into the setting. I did some lengthy research, trying to find out whose grand home this once was, but all to no avail.  

I gave the portrait a patriotic theme with a huge flag, lots of bunting, and friendly folks about to enjoy a Summer picnic.  

Highlight ~ This was one of a very few grand mansions built in this section of Spokane’s North Side that had largely been populated with for decades with simple modest cottages and bungalows.

The Entire North Side Collection pdf ~ Click on the 7-page pdf to see and learn about all 31 paintings in the "North Side" collection.

 

"STARS & STRIPES IN SNOHOMISH" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

In 2007, when my stepson Matt and his young family moved to a small cottage in the charming community of Snohomish north of Seattle, I decided to expand my collection of portraits of Victorian residences there ~ and create a calendar highlighting its beautiful homes.

I spent several weekends walking the historic district, snapping photos of every setting that “spoke” to me. This green and white clapboard home at 314 Union Street with its crisp white picket fence caught my eye.

Even though it was October, the home was decorated with dozens of little waving American flags, as the owner shared the family had several sons serving in the armed services at the time.

The little "Old Glories" inspired this artwork, which carried through the theme of celebrating Independence Day with an old-fashioned All- American picnic.

Highlight ~ I pictured me with my husband Doug in the lower right corner bringing a traditional cherry pie for desert.

Entire Snohomish Collection pdf ~ Click on this 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 27 paintings in the "Snohomish" collection.

 

"HAPPY TIMES AT THE ROBERT C. HILL HOUSE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2006 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This pretty two-story blue Victorian accented with crisp white trim was originally constructed for J.J. Hunt in 1872 at 611 Polk Street. The cottage became home ten years later to Robert C. Hill and his wife, Elizabeth ~ thus the name of this historic house and the title of this portrait of it.

The couple was very active in the local community affairs as evidenced by Robert Hill's election to the office of Port Townsend's mayor in 1885. Hill was also instrumental in the community’s finances as he helped to establish the First National Bank of Port Townsend.

This was a fun Summer painting with a picnic theme, complete with “Old Glory” billowing in the breeze. I filled the artwork with good friends John and Maria Herbert and Joe and Linda Ebner about to enjoy an old-fashioned al fresco feast of watermelon and other traditional Summer picnic favorites.

Highlight ~ I pictured my sweetheart Dougin the front bay window, cradling our beloved kitties Andy and Sophie.

Entire Port Townsend Collection pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Port Townsend" collection.

 

NEW! "ICE CREAM & KIDDOS AT CANNON HILL" (CANNON HILL, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MAY SEPTEMBER 2021 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

In December 2018, I finished a portrait of Greg and Lori Arpin’s New England reproduction farmhouse along Latah Creek. After 28 years there, the couple downsized to this sweet Colonial-Revival cottage built in 1921 (garage in 1922) near Cannon Hill Park. Magically from its kitchen window, the home enjoyed a view of Cataldo Catholic School where Lori taught third grade for over 30 years.

Summer meant ice cream! Twin grandsons Charlie and Jack  (note their initialed T-shirts and matching Schwinn one-speeds) were the first ones out the gate when they heard the ice cream truck. Granddaughter Aoife waited eagerly in her woody wagon for her cousins to bring her a tasty treat!

Grandparents Lori and Greg looked on from the garden gate while the kids' parents watched from the porch ~ Megan and Michael (the twin boys) and Sarah and Ian (daughter Aoife).

Phil Brooke, Sr., founding member of Paine, Hamblen, Coffin and Brooke, built the cottage in the 1920s. Within five years, he moved his family across the alley to a Dutch Colonial overlooking Cannon Hillt pond. This Dutch Colonial remained for decades in the Brooke family, as grandson Doug was living there when I painted this piece. More remarkably, Greg Arpin practiced law for years with Phil Brooke III at Paine Hamblen.

Highlight ~ This fine art was updated to be a Christmas gift in September 2021 with the addition of the youngsters' parents on the porch. 

Entire South Hill Collection pdf ~ Click on the 17-page pdf to see and learn about all 81paintings in the "South Hill" collection.

 

"RAIN OR SHINE AT 'THE CANYON' (DETAIL)" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2003 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This is a portrait of one of Spokane, Washington's oldest and most beloved golf courses, Indian Canyon (My.SpokaneCity.org). Historic and picturesque, this course was created a short distance west of west of Spokane’s Downtown District off the Sunset Highway near the Finch Arboretum.

Indian Canyon has hosted several major regional tournaments each year for decades ~ such as the Rosauers Open. Winding up and down through a hilly tract of heavily wooded property, the course’s terrain has always provided golfers of all abilities with a challenging run for their money.

The course recently was fitted with a modern sprinkler system that helps keep its terrain consistent and even more of a joy for lovers of “the greatest game” to play.

Pictured in front of the vintage Craftsman-style shingle and stone clubhouse are family members (L-R): sister Peggy and Jeff Barton with son and daughter Michael and Kelly, my youngest brother Bob and his wife Jan, and my mother Sally and me.

Highlight ~ The rare overcast Summer day in Spokane couldn’t keep us away from another 18 holes!

Entire Golf Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Golf" collection.

 

"'THE CLASSIC' AT ECHO FALLS GOLF CLUB" (MONROE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 1995 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This was a portrait I painted picturing actor Richard Karn making his putt on the 18th green of Echo Falls Golf Club (EchoFallsGolf.com) in Monroe. In past years, Richard made his mark on ABC’s highly entertaining Home Improvement television show as the bearded plaid-shirted sidekick to comedian Tim Allen.

Cheered on by celebrities, volunteers and friends, Richard made it look easy as he raised thousands of dollars for Bellevue’s Overlake Hospital and Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center who cared beautifully for his mother when she was suffering from cancer.

Pictured (L to R) were Don McKenzie, Cathy Davis, Paul O’Rourke and Paul Lester, host Richard Karn, winners Seattle Supersonics basketball legends Detlef Schrempf and Dale Ellis, volunteers Marcy, Vicki and Jamie, player David Samp, and volunteers Scott and Nicole.I was part of the group at the right side of the impossible 18th green ~ surrounded on ALL sides by water with only a narrow foot-path for access!

Highlight ~ Doug and I were married at the beautiful Echo Falls clubhouse on April 15th, 2000 ~ so this setting has always held very fond memories for the two of us.

Entire Golf Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Golf" collection.

 

"'COTTAGE CLUBHOUSE AT JEFFERSON PARK" (BEACON HILL, SEATTLE , WA • PAINTED APRIL 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This artwork pictured the vintage cottage-style clubhouse that once served one of Seattle’s three municipal golf courses ~ this one located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood just south of the Downtown District.

Two things made the setting special. First, Jefferson Park (PremierGC.com) was “home course” to renowned Masters’ winner golfing legend Fred Couples ~ pictured in the artwork on the putting green when he was learning the game as a young man. Second, the course enjoyed stunning colorful gardens and blossom-filled urns leading up to the cottage clubhouse, on the tee boxes, and beside fairways. Spring, Summer, and early Autumns days were particularly pretty at Seattle’s Jefferson Park Golf Course.

Highlight ~ One of the guys Doug used to play with when he was part of A.S.U.’s golf team in the 1970s introduced me to Fred Couples at the 2010 PGA Senior event at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish. I gave Fred a framed print of the vintage clapboard clubhouse (now demolished) with him in the foreground. Couples generously signed the back of my original painting.

Entire Golf Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Golf" collection.

 

"'PERFECT LABOR DAY MORNING (R.V.C.C.)" (MEDFORD, OR • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Rogue Valley Country Club (RVCC.com) in Medford, Oregon, hosted the largest match play golf tournament in the entire United States when I was inspired to paint this piece. The “Southern Oregon,” as it’s affectionately known by its over 100 players, has been hugely popular for decades and guaranteed stiff competition in all of its men’s and women’s divisions.

Nearly as popular as the late Summer golf competition was the sprawling sun-speckled clubhouse deck, which overlooked the course and driving range. Breakfasts at sunrise, afternoon cocktails with friends and dancing in the moonlit evenings ~ this deck was a magnet for all of the participants and guests.

Highlight ~ I pictured our friends gathering for a final breakfast together, waiting for my husband Doug to make his last practice putt practiced and join them before his Champion Flight match-play match. It was a tradition in our group to eat together on Labor Day morning when the last "surviving" players either went on to compete or packed their bags for the journey home.

Entire Golf Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Golf" collection.

 

 

"'SUMMERTIME AT SUNSET BEACH" (HAYDEN LAKE, ID • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1985 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Over the years, I have completed three paintings of the friendly cabin where our family spent Summers from 1956 on. The first was part of a “neighborhood” painting wedding gift for my sister Peggy in the early 1970s. The second was a simple rendition of just the cabin nestled in the woods in 1978 as a Christmas gift for my parents. This third piece pictured my parents Joe and Sally with all six of us kids in 1985, enjoying our favorite place on the planet ~ as it happened, just three years before my dad suddenly passed away from a heart attack.

On the steps behind the cabin were best buds brothers John and Bob with my sisters Marilee and Peggy pictured on the flight below. My folks were on the cabin's deck enjoying a hug, and my brother Bill and I were shown on the sandy beach by the fire pit roasting marshmallows. Aren't s'mores the best Summer snack?

The lake cabin always held lots of sweet memories for all eight of us. My dad, having spent fun times in college on Hayden Lake’s “Gold Coast” in the late 1930s, had his heart set on having a place there, so when my mom received her inheritance, it went to a waterfront lot on Hayden's Sunset Beach.

Highlight ~ As our folks didn't have enough money to build a cabin Initially in 1956, for the first two years our "lake place" was a very large army tent with an outhouse and lean-to for cooking on a Coleman stove nearby.

Entire Greater Inland NW/North Idaho Collection pdf ~ Click on the 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 19 paintings in the "Greater Northwest and North Idaho" collection.

 

"COEUR D'ALENE LAKESIDE GETAWAY" (ROCKFORD BAY, COEUR D'ALENE LAKE, ID • PAINTED JANUARY 2017 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11X14-INCH)

Rockford Bay on Coeur d’Alene Lake was the setting for this lakeside portrait of family and friends at one of many 4th of July celebrations. Note the flag billowing from the deck and colorful pots of red geraniums.

Purchased in the early 2000s, this beloved vacation home hosted years of fun times, creating unforgettable memories for the family who owned it and nearby friends and neighbors.

There was always something to do on the property ~ from “home improvement” cabin projects to puttering on the beach to sunny days on the dock and lake in the Supra speedboat.

Pictured in the foreground was a friendly gang of good friends enjoying music by the beach fire while the golden retriever kept them company from the dock.

Highlight ~ This piece was commissioned as a special gift for his folks by one of my brother Bob’s very best buddies.

Entire Greater Inland NW/North Idaho Collection pdf ~ Click on the 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 19 paintings in the "Greater Northwest and North Idaho" collection.

 

"SUMMER DAY AT SUNSET BEACH" (HAYDEN LAKE, ID • PAINTED JULY 2015 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 9X12-INCH)

I pictured three generations of the Dix family who have owned this property for decades at Hayden Lake on beautiful Sunset Beach. This was how Kathleen Dix described a magical day there:

“It often starts in the morning before breakfast when many of us go water skiing. Then the fun of building sand castles begins ~ digging, making decorations in the sand and pushing toy boats around in the water.

Nothing’s better than a cold drink and a good read on a comfy chair under the umbrella. It’s great fishing right off the dock. Even a turtle or two can be caught nearby and released to see which one makes it back into the lake first.

As the sun dips below the skyline seen from our wonderful beach, the fire is built for roasting hot dogs ~ and of course, s’mores. The orange, red and golden hues make us smile as one more day at Sunset Beach comes to a end.”

Highlight ~ We Simpsons grew up on this beach during the Summer months from 1956 on. My brother Bob and his family ended up with our family's property several years before the Strands sold this lot further east down the beach to Pat and Kathleen Dix.

Entire Greater Inland NW/North Idaho Collection pdf ~ Click on the 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 19 paintings in the "Greater Northwest and North Idaho" collection.

 

"S'MORES & SPARKLERS ON PUGET SOUND" (PUGET SOUND, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2011 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 9X12-INCH)

The idyllic, tranquil vacation home this family christened “The Beach House” turned into a BIG playground for all generations of their extended family every Independence Day.

Grandparents, children, siblings, cousins, and friends gathered to enjoy the idyllic Puget Sound ocean-side setting ~ and feast on food and drink, compete in games and shoot off fireworks for hours in honor of the beloved holiday.

Children spent hours combing the beach in search of sand dollars, sea glass and driftwood ~ seaside treasures to bring back future memories of the day. They’re pictured in the foreground of this piece roasting marshmallows, making s’mores and waving sparklers.

Highlight ~ With flags unfurled ~ this painting reminded all the revelers how proud they were to be Americans on this patriotic holiday!

Entire Islands Collection pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 17 paintings in the "Islands" collection.

 

 

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