WINTER ~ A TIME FOR GATHERING AND ENJOYING THE SEASON
WINTER ~ As I shared on my Welcome page, this is a season for slowing down and appreciating the vistas that Mother Nature is creating for us. They are everywhere ~ especially in the Inland Northwest. My youngest brother and his wife just purchased a new home at Schweitzer Village, Idaho. These avid skiers must be just delighted as their place faces the ski basin with floor-to-ceiling windows ~ breathtaking!
"COMFORT FOOD" AT FRANK'S ~ WINTER is also a time for "comfort food" ~ delicious meals that somehow remind us of the best times of our lives. My sisters and nieces in this photo are "all smiles" at Frank's Diner in Spokane's Downtown District ~ one of three Spokane rail car cafés ~ each restored, decorated to the hilt ~ and all famously serving "comfort food."
ELEGANT RAIL CARS ~ The Pullman Company. and Barney & Smith Company competed with each other, producing elegant rail cars. Brothers Jack and Frank Knight LOVED them!
JACK & FRANK KNIGHT ~ Jack left the Davenport Hotel for Hillyard to open Knight's Diner in Barney & Smith Car #988. The rail car had served Yellowstone Park until 1920, wearing a few hats after than including being an armed services recruitment center. Over the years, Knight's was sold more than once and moved. On Market Street now, it is currently undergoing renovation. See my 2016 painting "Breakfast Bunch at Knight's Diner" in "The North Side" section of my Spokane page.
About a decade after Jack, Frank realized his dream. Barney & Smith created Car #7187 in 1906. It was the private car for the Northern-Pacific Railroad president until replaced in 1931. Frank rescued it in Seattle and converted it into the café in this photo. See my NEW "Folks Gathering at Frank's Diner," created as May art for my NEW 2021 calendar, "Fun Landmarks We Love" (available late Spring). Years later, a second Frank's opened in the 1913 Laketon Car #4216 on the Newport Highway.
Highlight ~ Doug and I never miss the chance to share Frank's Diner with our out-of-town guests. It's been named 'Best Breakfast" and "Best Diner" nearly 20 times by The Inlander’s People’s Choice Awards ~ and is a treat to visit!
BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY HEALTHY 2020!
25 NEW PAINTINGS ~ Click here on the 2020/2019 All NEW Art Collection pdf to see thumbnail images of all 25 NEW paintings completed this year and last to date. Many of these works are also scattered throughout the Puget Sound, Spokane & More Paintings pages.
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This season's HAPPY HEARTS COLLECTION features 18 seasonal paintings (6 in each of the 3 groups). Beneath each group are historical details and web sites (where available) for each. Enjoy these cozy WINTER themes:
HEARTFELT HOLIDAY WITH THOSE WE LOVE • 6 Paintings Honoring Beloved Settings that Celebrate Valentine's Day ~ (Carefree, AZ and Port Townsend, Snoqualmie, Snohomish and Spokane WA)
"DELIGHTFUL DINING AT THE CAMPBELL HOUSE" (BROWNE'S ADDITIONT, SPOKANE, WA • JANUARY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This painting was created to celebrate the Amasa Campbell House’s (NorthwestMuseum.org) formal dining room. The large room was roomy enough for large dinner parties ~ 20 by 25 feet ~ and featured an expansive table seating up to twelve, a grand buffet, a fireplace of Delft-style tiles and six large windows overlooking the grounds in the back of the home. This was the scene of many elegant dinner parties, although it served the small family of three as well (Amasa, wife Grace and daughter Helen).
To the right of the fireplace was the door to the butler’s pantry, which opened on to the kitchen for serving. This closet-sized room was where the china, crystal, silver and table linens were stored.
I gave this artwork a Valentine’s Day dinner party theme with delicate heart streamers intertwined with the chandelier and fresh pink tulips and carnations as the floral centerpiece ~ a welcome holiday during Spokane’s long dark winters.
Highlight ~ When the family required a servant to attend to their needs, they discretely pushed a small button located beneath the tabletop.
"THE ENGLISH ROSE TEA ROOM" (CAREFREE, AZ • AUGUST 2007 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Situated in the heart of beautiful Carefree, Arizona, the English Rose Tea Room (CarefreeTea.com) provided authentic English cuisine in a truly unique and exquisite Victorian atmosphere. From a simple scone with Devon Cream to “The Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea,” there was something for every discerning guest’s palate.
Generous attention was given to replicate the true feel of a formal English Tea Room as the owner/proprietor of this space, Jo Gemmill, spent much of her life "across the pond" in England. The gracious style that she created in her tea room was soft, feminine, romantic and authentic.
Seated in their heart-backed chairs were longtime friends and associates Beverly, Fara and Natasha. I pictured Jo as the perfect hostess about to welcome guests.
Highlight ~ Adjacent to the tea room pictured here, Jo ran a gift shop filled with dozens of authentic English teas, a huge selection of teapots and other one-of-a-kind gift items.
"PRETTY PURPLE PALACE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MAY 2009 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8x10-INCH)
The delightful Allen House, located at 224 Avenue A in Snohomish, has always shone as a magical study of how to create intricate detail in a beautiful, unique way.
Built in 1856, this two-story was one of the earlier constructed Victorians that I found in the Snohomish Historic District. Embellished with ornamental wrought iron marching across its roofline and second-story balcony, the home featured an imaginative color scheme of unexpected purple and Ceylon green with touches of cream.
Later, this residence was given with a new color scheme, but I’ve always loved this unusual one ~ therefore, my inspiration to paint its portrait. A brick and masonry wall framed the garden, which was in full spring bloom at the time I was working on this artwork.
Highlight ~ I included my dear friends Robin Westbrook, Marcia Naeseth and sister-in-law Holly Ward decorating the Victorian with a garlands of hearts to honor of Valentine’s Day.
"PUSSYCAT PALACE (DETAIL)" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2005 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This ornate, diminutive two-story residence, located at 921 Clay Street in Port Townsend was built in 1889 by Mrs. George (Emma) Barthrop upon the passing of her husband.
George Balthrop's parents were early business people in the picturesque little seaport community where Emma managed their book store and variety shop. Emma had this pretty decorative home constructed to replace the couple's earlier home.
Remarkable were its beautiful leaded glass windows and delicate architectural details ~ inside and out. With the fine second story balcony above the front porch, the house was a shining example of “Italiante Villa” architecture, which inspired the "Palace" title of this painting.
What made this home unusual however, was its size as it was created on a much smaller scale.
Highlight ~ I gave this romantic piece a cottage-rose theme and featured our Burmese-Siamese kitties Andy and Sophie lounging in the oak tree in the foreground (only one cat is visible in this detail of the artwork).
"COZY CABBAGE PATCH" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2010 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Built in 1905, this two-story Victorian beauty once served as a boarding house and an antique store filled with unique Native American artifacts.
In 1975, it opened as The Cabbage Patch Inn (CabbagePatchRestaurant.com). A few short years later in 1978, Sandra McCutchan purchased it, began expanding its services and building the restaurant’s reputation. At that time, her Aunt Joan was upstairs baking goodies for her niece’s establishment (like raspberry cream pie) nearly every day of the week.
Sandra became known for specializing in “comfort” homemade favorites served in cozy settings. This included the Garden Room in the rear of the restaurant that she created from what had been the back porch.
A fire very nearly destroyed it, but Sandra rebuilt and reopened the Cabbage Patch, much to the delight of both locals and visitors to this friendly community known for its huge selection of antique stores and fine restored historic residences.
Highlight ~ Rumor had it that more than one ghost haunted the building.
"SIGHTSEEING AT THE SNOQUALMIE DEPOT" (SNOQUAL, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2001 ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Built in the picturesque little community of Snoqualmie, not far from the world famous Salish Lodge & Spa, this beautifully detailed Victorian-style railway depot housed both a small railway museum (TrainMuseum.org), gift shop and of course, the ticket office for folks who love to ride vintage trains.
For years, it’s been a fun destination for train lovers of all ages. Since the nearby railroad cars began being restored, the depot offered rides during the Holidays, carrying eager families on a short loop ride around nearby Snoqualmie Falls that culminating with a Saint Nicholas hosted breakfast.
Ticket prices were kept low so that folks of all ages could take advantage of this Holiday tradition. During the summer month, folks were also able to take advantage of a longer route, riding in vintage open-air passenger cars that clattered through the forest, stopping at small towns that doted the picturesque countryside at the foot of Mount Si.
COZY COTTAGES AT WINTERTIME • 6 Remarkable Homes that Say "COZINESS"! ~ (Port Townsend, Redmond, Snoqualmie and Spokane, WA)
"WHISPERING PNES ON THE SOUTH HILL" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MAY 2007 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Located just off Bernard Street on 21st Avenue on the hillside east Cannon Hill Park, this charming French-influenced cottage sparkled like a jewel in a neighborhood filled with lots of other attractive homes. Ponderosa pines towered in abundance on this block, filling the back yards of every home on the street, so I pictured several trees in this scene.
Sean Nichols and Anne Marie Byrd raised their two daughters in this home. During the 1900s-2000s, they were also the proprietors of the much-loved Hannah’s Garden Inn located nearby in the historic Corbet-Aspray House. This piece was a nod to their years as innkeepers there, so I named this it “Whispering Pines Inn.”
In the artwork I pictured my husband Doug and me as guests accompanied by our kitties Andy and Sophie on a crisp winter afternoon just after a fresh dusting of snow.
Highlight ~ My family celebrated my mother Sally’s 80th birthday at their inn in 2007.
"MAKING SNOWMEN AT THE MARKS HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MAY 2009 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
It seems like in the past couple of years, we’ve had more snow than ever in the Pacific Northwest ~ thus the snowman theme for this wintery artwork.
When I saw this unique frame and basaltic rock cottage, it made me think of the cozy home of “Little Women” author, Louisa May Alcott, in Concord, Massachusetts. Themes of thick quilts, mugs of fireside steaming hot cocoa and kitties sleeping on the hearth came to mind as I created this painting.
Located at 304 Avenue D (a main thoroughfare through town) this Arts & Crafts two-story was a distinct departure from other homes in the historic district. Its dark brown shingles, siding and trim, stone masonry columns, chimney and steps, plus the imaginative tiny stained glass windows really made the place stand out among the ornate gingerbread-style Victorians.
Highlight ~ Our two sons Matt and Kevin purchase homes on the outskirts of Snohomish ~ a good reason to visit our sweet grandkids and walk the Historic District!
"FLEXIBLE FLYERS IN THE VALLEY (MORAN-HENRY HOUSE)" (THE SPOKANE VALLEY, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVA S• 8X10-INCH)
This Spokane Valley white brick Colonial home was built in 1940 for the Henry family on Boone Avenue on a large, gently sloping lot. Interestingly, its design was slightly asymmetrical as the left side of it was larger in width than the right.
In 1957, Joe and Rita Moran purchased the residence where they would raise their family of five children (L-R Georgia, Curt, Joey, Kathy and Marty) for nearly 20 years.
The property included an orchard to the left, an outdoor “living room” with white wrought iron furniture beneath the giant willow (note the lovely statue of the Blessed Mother) and a swimming pool behind the house ~ the setting for many warm weather gatherings with family and friends.
I gave this artwork a mid-1960s holiday theme, picturing the kids ready to enjoy the frosty afternoon sledding down a nearby slope. (Vintage photograph used courtesy of the Moran daughters Kathy Denenny and Georgia Ferguson.)
"9TH AVE. ~ ICE SKATERS BALL (COMSTOCK-SHADLE)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2004 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
Spokane has always been a sports lovers’ playground during the snowy winter months. Skiing, sledding and ice-skating topped the list. Several city ponds and nearby lakes scattered throughout Spokane County froze over whenever the temperatures dropped into the teens, some with huge stone outdoor fireplaces for hardy outdoor merrymakers ~ thus the “Ice Skater Ball” theme. (See the "Winter Wonderland in the Northwest" section below.
I pictured my husband and me on the frosty front walkway flanked by a friendly snowman with ice skates dangling from his arms. Note the frozen pond and blazing fire behind the mansion. This handsome Tudor Revival home was one of four similar Comstock-Shadle family houses on 9th Avenue.
Highlight ~ Acclaimed architect Willis A. Ritchie, who also designed the ornate Spokane County Courthouse, created the plans for this mansion built in 1910 for James and Elizabeth Comstock.
"GINGERBREAD BOYS AT BILL BROWN'S" (REDMOND, WA • PAINTED JULY 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
William “Bill” Brown was one of Redmond’s most popular, longest serving mayors (1919 through 1948). After Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, he is probably the figure who exerted the most influence over this Eastside community.
Among his many business interests in the small logging and mining community, he built a large square brick building in the center of downtown which housed a bar, sofa fountain, barber shop and mortuary on the main level and a dance hall on the second floor with cells for “ladies of the evening” all along the south side of it. Being far removed from the Seattle area allowed Brown to run "his town" town as he saw fit.
From 1924 to 1932 he also served as King County Commissioner. In 1916, Brown married Laura Duffy and built this charming craftsman-style cottage for the couple. In later years, the cottage went on to house a number of small businesses ~ from a hugely popular café to a candy company.
Highlight ~ Even though this little shingle bungalow has worn many hats, its interior has retained much of the warm cozy feeling it had when first constructed.
"BLUE HOUSE B&B (J.B. HOGG)" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 1986 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 11X14-INCH)
I have painted this pretty two-story Victorian-style home twice ~ here as a B&B with a snowy, wintery treatment and another portrait celebrating harvest time and Thanksgiving.
J.B. Hogg, for whom the house was built at the turn of the last century, was an engineer in this picturesque seaside community. Remarkably, Port Townsend was once slated to be the State Capitol instead of Olympia. However, the port was deemed to be too shallow to allow deep-keeled ocean-going vessels to use it as a harbor, so the plans changed.
I took a bit of poetic license with this piece because as far as I know, it was never an inn. Also, the structure was built on a flat lot within the Port Townsend Historic District instead of the snow-covered hilly property pictured here.
Highlight ~ When the place was sold in the 1950s, it became a rectory for Catholic priests. They significantly changed the residence, converting the area above the porch into an enclosed sleeping area.
WINTER WONDERLAND IN THE NORTHWEST! • 6 Settings Celebrating the Beautiful Outdoors (Spokane, Mount Spokane and Port Townsend)
"FUN & FROLIC AT THE MANITO FIREPLACE" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE , WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2006 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
At the west end of the Manito Park’s Mirror Lake(also known as the Duck Pond), a massive basaltic rock fireplace was built in 1955 as a memorial to Lt. Lawrence Rist, an Air Force officer who was killed in action in the Korean War. The Friends of Manito (TheFriendsOfManito.org) stewardship organization recently paved its long-time gravel pathway bordering it, creating a much more user-friendly walkway for folks to enjoy in all seasons.
For decades growing up in Spokane, my parents took our family ice-skating during the winter months on Manito Pond. At that time the city and local fire department took pains to keep the surface smoothly groomed for skaters. There was nearly always a fire blazing for folks who were chilled and in need of warming up and a hot beverage. I filled this scene with family and friends doing just that.
Highlight ~ Alas, there will be no skating this winter as the pond is also undergoing a long-awaited ambitious renovation that will keep the water moving throughout warmer months and therefore provide park visitors much cleaner, clearer water.
"SKATING SERENADE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED DECEMBER 2000 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 16X20-INCH)
I was inspired to paint this large snow scene (a 16x20-inch canvas) years ago after touring Port Townsend's Historic District in the mid-1970s. The quaint, lovely seaside port community has always been an inspiration and I have completed over a dozen paintings honoring this picturesque destination.
One of my favorite Queen Anne's there with the three-story “German Consulate” (OldConsulateInn.com) pictured here (also known as the Frank Hastings House). I planned the entire painting around it.
After positioning the mansion, I added a few imaginary structures and other details to the scene ~ railroad tracks, a whimsical Victorian one-room train depot, white clapboard church and a New England-style covered bridge. I pictured skaters twirling on the ice, sleighs filled with riders slicing merrily through the snow and positioned snowmen here and there around the landscape. After I finally finished this winter-themed scene,
I later completed a second smaller piece, “Cozy Consulate B&B,” that focused just on the mansion. I gave the second piece a spring theme with pots filled with impatiens on the porch and alyssum and petunias in the gardens.
Highlight ~ This ambitious piece took well over 250 hours to complete over a span of ten years.
"SLEDDING ON THE SOUTH HILL (MANITO PARK)" ~ (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2013 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This piece pictured Manito Park’s (TheFriendsOfManito.org) sledding hill on the corner of Grand Boulevard & 18th Avenue as it looked in the late 1950s at Manito Park on Spokane's South Hill.
I painted friends and family enjoying a crisp winter day at the park after a fresh snowfall ~ something folks in the neighborhood have done since 1904 when the beloved park was established.
In 1959, my parents gave me an aluminum “Flying Saucer” for Christmas. All of us kids had our “Flexible Flyer” sleds, but these metal discs were the latest thing! We sat down in the center, crossed our legs, grabbed the leather handles on both sides ~ and prayed we didn't hit a tree on the way down because steering was out of the question.
Highlight ~ There were two sides of the hill ~ a smaller one by the picnic area for the younger set and a larger one adjacent to the street that the bigger kids poured water on to speed up the ride. This sheet of ice guaranteed a VERY swift trip to the bottom ~ steering sleds was impossible. There was always a kid or two every season that ended up at the hospital when a tree stopped their ride!
"'CAVORTING AT CANNON HILL POND" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • JULY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Cannon Hill Park was created just west down the hill from Saint Augustine’s Parish where I attended grade school.
There was little property for playgrounds in the 1950s-60s, so in winter, the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders were allowed to skate on the pond during recess. The boys played hockey and the girls twirled and skated backwards (we all dreamed of joining the “Ice Capades”).
The site of the Washington Brick & Lime Co. in the 1880s (used for many South Hill homes), when the clay deposits ran out, the Adam’s family (relatives of John Quincy Adams) donated 13 acres for Adams Park, later named for real estate developer A.M. Cannon. In 1910, the famed Olmsted brothers designed the park, including a large pond with basaltic rock bridges, two pergolas and a wading pool for children ~ no longer in place.
This work is filled with family and friends ~ including the Roberts, McCarthy and Shelledy kids. The Shelledys lived in the brick two-story shown overlooking the pond.
Highlight ~ Decade later since I skater there as a youngster, folks still flock to this place with ice skate when the pond freezes over.
"VISTA HOUSE VIEW" (MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This artwork portrayed the historic Vista House on a gorgeous sunny day with friends, family and a group of eager young S.S.R.A. racers (Spokane Ski Racing Association) in the scene.
Located at the summit of Mount Spokane (MountSpokane.com) near the top of the #1 chairlift, this unique granite stone cottage was the design of Spokane architect, Henry C. Bertelsen. It was built during the Great Depression in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) who was headquartered at Riverside State Park on Spokane’s North Side.
It was constructed to blend with its stunning, natural setting. Renovated in 2002 by Mount Spokane State Park, once again it opened its doors to the public on Sundays and holidays, offering light fare and a huge, friendly fireplace.
Highlight ~ Decades later, folks can still find hot chocolate when they hike up to the Vista House during ski season.
"HISTORIC FRANCISC COOK CABIN" (MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This piece portrayed Francis Cook’s Cabin, which was built in 1904 on the west side of Mount Spokane (MountSpokane.com) overlooking the Spokane Valley.
Francis Cook was known as the “Father of Mount Spokane State Park.” When he died in 1920, he transferred his considerable property there to the county with the understanding that it would be a park for everyone to enjoy.
In 1933, the State Parks & Recreation Commission oversaw the enlargement of his original cabin. They replaced the collapsed roof, built a deck and lunch counter for skiers and added living quarters for the park’s superintendent.
In 1940, Federal funds built a handsome new ski lodge near the cabin, but a horrific fire destroyed it completely in 1952. A decision was made to move the facilities to the less windy east side of the mountain and the Cook Cabin public ski area closed for good in 1955.
Highlight ~ As time has gone by, this area that overlooks Spokane from the south side of the mountain became a popular hiking area.
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