SPRING ~ A TIME FOR APPRECIATING MOTHER NATURE'S BEAUTY!

SPRING GARDEN COLORS & HOME SWEET HOMES ~ As I shared on my Welcome page, this is a season of blooming colors everywhere!

ANNUAL SPRING COLORS COLLECTION OF REMARKABLE RESIDENCES ~ This page is all about my annual color collection. Find "Home Sweet Homes" from all over the Pacific Northwest ~ plus two from the Southwest divided into 6 colors with 4 paintings in each group.

DRESSING FOR THE SEASON ~ A highlight of SPRING in the Inland Northwest usually is the "Light the Way" fund-raiser benefitting chidhood cancer in the areat. Signalling the close of Winter, normally it's a high point of the season and an opportunity for Doug and me to gather with other couples we love to support this truly wonderful cause. But with COVID-19 this year, "Light the Way" and other charity benefits have been rescheduled later in the year.

This photo of me with gal palsJeannine Marx Fruci and Peggy Caprye was taken in 2018. Whether we planned it or not, our outfits echoed the season and flowers decorating our "Light the Way" table. I'd like to think we planned it!

 

BEST WISHES FOR A SPRING FILLED WITH NEW BEGINNINGS!!

 

 

NEW CREATIONS ~ Click here on the 2020/2019 All NEW Art Collection pdf to see 19 NEW paintings ~ 8 finished this year and 11 from 2019. You will also find planned titles for 6 more paintings In-the-works for 2020. Many of these NEW works are also scattered throughout the Puget Sound, Spokane & More Paintings pages.

 

PITTYPAT GALLERY (RE-OPENING LATER IN 2020 ) ~ As mentioned above, SPRING is the season when I not only create much of my artwork for the year, but also design items that feature it ~ calendars, journals and puzzles and more!

PittyPat Gallery will re-open later as the 2020 season unfolds. Find more information on my Art Venues page.

NEW ITEMS FOR 2020 ~

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Twice a year, I send postcards in email format or hard copy via the U.S.P.S. These often feature NEW artwork and share my schedule of Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter /Holiday venues. Frequently, the postcards offer special savings at upcoming art fests and private PittyPat Gallery events.

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MY ANNUAL "COLORS" CELEBRATION OF REMARKABLE RESIDENCES ~ This page features 24 paintings ~ 6 groups of 4 Home Portraits each. This annual Spring edition celebrates Mother Nature's pretty palette of garden colors. 3 paintings are NEW and others were unveiled in past years. Some picture modest cottages and others, magnificent mansions. Beneath each color group are stories about each setting and web sites (where available). You'll find 6 colors featured in this collection:

A HAPPY HARBINGER OF SPRING ~ A Beautiful Victorian and a Dutch Colonial from Spokane, a Charming Cottage in Snohomish and an Island Getaway from Lopez Island in the San Juans

"FOREVER YOURS AT THE YELLOW HOUSE" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • JUNE 2003 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Research has meant everything in building my collection of portraits of historic homes, especially in Spokane. My mother Sally has always been a huge help, saving newspaper clippings and noting the addresses of beautiful historic residences. This was a God-send when I was living in the Seattle area until returning to Spokane in late 2011.

One Christmas vacation, we drove around Browne's Addition and the lower South Hill looking for a Victorian that would be suitable for a wedding-themed piece. She suggested this three-story mansion ~ and of course, it was perfect. When the piece was finished, I left an art card of it on owner Sylvia Erickson's porch.

About ten years later, she contacted me about doing a portrait of her Silver Spoon Tea House Queen Anne near her yellow Victorian. Working together spawned a friendship between us. In December 2014, she and her husband invited Doug and me over for some Christmas cheer which included a tour of this yellow Victorian they had restored together. What a treat ~ it was exquisite!

Highlight ~ In 2019, Slyvia sold her lovely Victorian, moving to a pastoral area away from the city.

"HIPPITY-HOPPIN' AT THE HILL HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2009 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The charming little community of Snohomish, just an hour's drive north of Seattle, has always been a charming "destination" for folks who like to get away for the weekend. It's home to dozens of darling gift shops, antique stores, restaurants and B&Bs.

This pretty, single-story cottage with its scalloped picket fence on Avenue A was built at the turn of the last century in the heart of the Snohomish historic district

When I painted its portrait, the house was this pretty shade of soft daffodil yellow ~ the perfect harbinger of spring ~ thus the proliferation of tulips and hyacinths dotting the front gardens.

I pictured my nieces Isabell and Brooklynn with me dressed for the Easter "hols" in floral frocks feeding carrots to half a dozen bunnies tucked throughout the scene.

"FLYING KITES AT LOPEZ ISLAND" (LOPEZ ISLAND, THE SAN JUANS, WA • PAINTED MARHC 2011 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This was a revision of an earlier painting I finished in 1994. At that time of the first creation, the Edenwild Inn (EdenwildInn.com) was gray with white trim and owned by actor Tom Skerritt, whose on-screen movie credits included "Top Gun," "Steel Magnolias" and "A River Runs Through It" ~ to name a few.

The Lopez Island retreat overlooked the harbor and offered charming accommodations and delectable gourmet meals in its award-winning restaurant.

When the new owners took over the waterfront property, they gave the inn a coat of buttery yellow paint and added flags to the front of the structure.

Lopez Island was flat compared to the other San Juans, which has drawn cyclists of all degrees of expertise to load their bikes on ferries and head here to take advantage of the island’s trails and stunning views. Our bicycles parked behind the inn, the painting pictured my husband Doug with me and my sister Marilee flying kites on a brisk breezy day.

Highlight ~ The kites flying above Edenwild Inn advertised its address.

"CANNON HILL COLONIAL (DETAIL)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2016 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 11X14-INCH)

This image was a detail of the larger “Cannon Hill Cottages” piece. The Dutch Colonial two-story residence overlooking Cannon Hill Park was unique as it was among just a handful of homes located there that were not brick masonry construction.

In the late 1800s, the park had functioned as a brick yard, but when the clay resources ran out, the area was converted into a neighborhood park. It was dedicated in 1910 and originally named Adams Park for its benefactors who were related to President John Quincy Adams.

Shortly thereafter, it was renamed for historic Spokane developer A.M. Cannon. The famous Olmsted Bros. of Brookline, MA had a hand in the park’s design.

Highlight ~ Three of my high school classmates grew up in this pretty home.

 

 

THE SEASON'S FRESHEST HUE ~ A Spokane Victorian B&B, 2 Pretty Cottages from Snohomish and Port Townsend, WA and a Mountainside Retreat in Ashland, OR

NEW! "BALLOONS & BLOSSOMS AT THE HISTORIC 1899 HOUSE B&B" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • FEBRUARY 2020 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This handsome historic Victorian, located at the east end of Spokane’s oldest neighborhood at 1728 First Avenue, was designed by renowned architect Loren Rand in 1899 for the Powell family. Edward Louis Powell served the fledgling community as its 10th mayor.

When I finished my portrait of it, Louie Flores and Gillian Cranehahn were the proprietors of this fine inn and private residence, perfectly named “1899 House B&B” (1899HouseBedBreakfast.Business.site). Extensive renovation had been completed on the structure ~ including a restoration of the home’s original exterior color scheme. With helpful grants from Spokane Preservation Advocates (SPA), the couple created an inviting, gracious, hospitable place for folks to stay.

Over the years, Louie and Gillian have been active members in the Browne’s Addition Neighborhood Council. This organization helped ensure the historic preservation of the neighborhood as a formal historic district with assistance from the city’s Historic Preservation Office and SPA.

Highlight ~ In 2016, I painted a portrait of Browne’s Addition’s Coeur d’Alene Park (Spokane’s first and oldest) for a raffle that the stewardship group Friends of Coeur d’Alene Park held for nearly a year to raise much needed funds for park improvements. Gillian held the winning ticket and the original painting found a place of honor in the B&B’s Rigsby Suite.

"FRESH FLOWERS AT THE WERSHING HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2009 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This simple, yet very pleasing Dutch Colonial home was built on 426 Union Street in the early 1900s at the turn of the last century. It was located a couple of blocks from the cottage where our oldest son Matt and his wife Heidi began their married life, so I was lucky to stumble across it.

Although slightly off the beaten path of the area known as the historic district in picturesque Snohomish, the clapboard and shingle-construction Wershing House was one of a very few barn roof-style homes located there.

Its crisp green and white paint scheme and front porch that spanned the entire front of the cottage inspired this portrait.

I pictured my sisters Marilee and Peggy hard at work helping me transplant dozens of tulips and daffodils into the surrounding flower beds and pots that lined the front walkway.

Highlight ~ I created this artwork over a decade ago to honor of Springtime and sisterhood!

"GLEASON GREEN GODDESS" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2006 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I created this fun Summer picnicking scene with flags unfurled and all the traditional fixin’s ~ from watermelon to beef burgers to triple decker chocolate layer cake.

My husband Doug and I are pictured celebrating with our pals Joe and Linda Ebner and John and Maria Herbert at this beautiful historic Port Townsend home.

It was constructed in the early 1900s at 706 Taft Street by successful dentist Dr. Gleason. The unique residence was adorned with a decorative turret and decorative arched front picture windows. The home’s interior featured very creative use of wood and moldings throughout, including built-in china cabinets and other charming details.

The owner patterned the three-story after a similar home in Boston, MA where he had lived for several years before moving west to the seaside community of Port Townsend.

"AQUILA VIST (EAGLE VIEW)" (ASHLAND, OR • PAINTED JULY 2016 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Italian for “Eagle View,” Aquila Vista has always enjoyed the sweeping view of Rogue Valley and Ashland, Oregon ~ sometimes from above the clouds.

The beautiful two-story home was built to take advantage of this in a grove of madrones, pine trees and shrubbery that bursts into bloom every Spring.

Note the tree house tucked into the forest above the house. The couple living there when this portrait was completed, shared, “It’s been a wonderfully restful place to enjoy a glass of local wine and local wildlife (deer, elk, bears, eagles and more).”

Aquila Vistas was the perfect gift from Mike to Karen and they both love it!

Highlight ~ For decades, Ashland has hosted its renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Ashland Independent Film Festival (A.I.F.F.)

 

 

BRILLIANT SIGNATURE SPRING COLOR ~ A Cozy Spokane South Hill Cottage, 2 Port Townsend Victoria B&B's and a Snohomish Café in the Antique District

"BLOOMING MAGNOLIAS ON MANITO" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • OCTOBER 2007 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This friendly scene portrayed the Carroll Gray family's distinctive ranch-style rambler on Spokane's South Hill as it looked in the 1970s.

I painted mother of five Kay carrying in the groceries while her daughter Gail greeted her on stilts created by father who was very busy mowing the lawn. Sons Tom and Joe loved baseball and were pictured enjoying a game of catch while the family cat George cheered them on from the front porch. Sisters Peggy and Teresa were painted beneath the immense Magnolia tree in full bloom, about to head out for a bike ride.

This artwork was commissioned by the Gray children as a special Christmas gift for their parents.

Highlight ~ In the early 1970s, Gail Gray played the piano when I sang at my sisters wedding. Years later, I helped Teresa Gray Reuter with images I painted of Saint Augustine’s parish that were featured on their web site.

"COZY CONSULATE B&B (FRANK HASTINGS HOUSE)" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2001 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8x10-INCH)

The historic Frank Hastings House was built in 1889 at 313 Walker Street. This Victorian was one of the finest classic examples of Queen Anne-style architecture during the period when grand homes were being built in Port Townsend. At the turn of the last century, the town was a busy seaport, but as ships became larger and deeper, business waned as the harbor was deemed to be too shallow to accommodate them.

A “must see” for visitors to the scenic seaside community of Port Townsend, when I painted this piece, it was welcoming guests as the “Old Consulate Inn”(OldConsulateInn.com).

Early in its history, the three-story mansion became known as the “German Consulate” when it was owned by C.A. Olsen as August Duddenhauser boarded there when he served as the German consult.

I’ve pictured my husband Doug puttering around the wrap-around front porch, sprucing it up with pots of white geraniums. My niece in the upstairs cupola and me in the front window were nearly finished with our morning activities and about to join him on the beautiful sunny morning.

Highlight ~ In the mid-1970s, my sister Marilee and I visited this community for the Annual Tour of Historic Homes which inspired much of my Port Townsend Collection.

"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.

"MARRIAGE AT THE STARRETT MANISON" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2006 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The famed Starrett Mansion (StarrettMansion.com) became known as one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the United States.

This stunning three-story was built at 744 Clay Street for only $6,000 in 1889 by George Starrett as a second anniversary gift for his wife Ann. Unique to the home was the tower, free-floating staircase and interior “widow’s walk” (so that the wife waiting for her husband to return from sea could watch and wait in comfort).

The Smithsonian Institute believed that the two-tiered free-floating staircase was the last one of its kind in the United States.

The ceiling of the tower featured the “Fresco of the Four Seasons” created by Seattle artist Otto Chapman which also was designed to serve as a solar calendar.

Highlight ~ I gave this scene a wedding theme as during its tenure as a popular inn, many brides were married at this picturesque destination.

 

 

FROM THE SKY TO ROBIN'S NEST EGGS ~ A Tradition New England-style Farmhouse in Spokane's Hangman Valley, a Refurbished Methodist Parsonage in Snohomish, a Port Townsend Victorian with a View of the Sea, and a Kirkland Three-Story Mansion overlooking Lake Washington

"MAPLE TREE FARM" (HANGMAN VALLEY, SPOKANE COUNTY, WA • DECEMBER 2018 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The Arpin Family (L-R Lori and Greg with daughters Sarah and Megan) pictured in this home portrait, founded their beloved home in Hangman Valley in 1992. Architect McKie Wing Roth (State of Maine) and builder Gene Plett created this authentic reproduction of an 18th Century New England farm where the family lived for 28 years.

The family was joined by their Golden Retriever Grace, kitties Milly and Lilly, and a flock of buff-colored hens ruled by the rooster, Bob Dylan.

A farm indeed, the Arpins planted maple (thus the name), oak and spruce trees, a small crop of alfalfa, a vineyard, an apple orchard and a truly lovely enclosed garden of raised beds with a greenhouse. Additionally, the farm had a little red barn, a pool and pump house with special touches like a black school bell (Lori was a teacher for decades), a cannon, weather vanes, birdhouses and toile curtains that dressed the windows of this remarkable home.

With Megan and Sarah married and retirement looming for the couple, it was time to downsize to a smaller cottage near Cannon Hill Park. See that cottageh portrayed in the "Snowdrop White" section below.

Highlight ~ To honor their wonderful life in Hangman Valley, Lori commissioned this memory-filled portrait of Maple Tree Farm.

"PRETTY PARSONAGE IN MAY"(SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

After finishing my education in Eastern Washington, I moved to the Seattle area in 1974 and stayed until my husband Doug and I returned in 2012.

One of our favorite weekend getaways was a trip to Snohomish. The community beaconed for two reasons ~ our kids lived near there and the town was filled with antique stores, vintage cafes and several hospitable B&Bs.

At that time, the community partnered with its very active historical society and hosted two tours of historic homes ~ one in September and another at Chrismastime. Most of the historic district was fairly easy to walk and I took dozens of photos of the pretty Victorians, bungalows, foursquares and craftsmans there. When I painted this beautifully detailed three-story, it was still operating as the “Pillows and Platters B&B.”

Highlight ~ Located at 502 Avenue C, this pretty three-story residence was built in 1892 to serve Snohomish as the town’s original Methodist Parsonage.

"PULLING KITE STRINGS AT THE L.H. PONTIUS HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2002 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This grand three-story shingle-construction mansion on Lincoln Street was built in the late 1890s by one of Port Townsend’s early successful businessmen, L.H Pontius.

Not a great deal was known about Pontius, but he must have been very successful as his residence was large and quite expensive for the time ~ a testament to his considerable success as it was located in a historic neighborhood of Port Townsend that boasted some very large houses owned by the more wealthy echelon of the harbor town.

Especially architecturally noteworthy was the criss-cross elaborate framework on both the front and side porch and the decorative arched windows on the top floor of the residence.

Highlight ~ I gave this painting a kite-flying theme, celebrating the blustery days of Spring. I pictured my husband Doug braving the elements with niece Kelly and nephew Michael Barton while I waved to them from my garret art studio window on the third floor of the mansion.

"SPRINGTIME AT THE SHUMWAY MANSION" (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2006 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This beautiful shingled mansion was built on a seven-acre lot in Kirkland in 1909-1910 by J.G. Bartsch for the Belchertown, Massachusetts Shumway family. Three brothers arrived first, homesteading near Bow, Washington, and were followed by Carrie Holland Shumway, her mother and four sisters in the early 1800s.

Carrie served very actively on Kirkland's City Council, being Washington's first woman to be elected in 1916 to such a post. Several organizations, such as the Kirkland's Women's Club, the Seattle Bicycle Club and the Seattle Camera Club owe their beginning to this remarkable women and her sisters.

In 1944 at age 86, Carrie sold her home. After several ownerships, in 1982 Richard and Salli Harris of Edmonds bought it and relocated it to a 3.4-acre setting overlooking Juanita Bay. The 24-room mansion was restored and re-opened in 1985 as a popular bed-and-breakfast, where it was a beloved setting for weddings and other special events for many years.

Highlight ~ In later years, the historic home was purchased by a family who converted this beloved beauty back into a single family dwelling.

 

CRISP SPRINGTIME WHITE ~ A Corbin Park Cottage and South Hill Colonial in Spokane, a Wedding-themed Redmond Dutch Colonia, the Iconic McMillian Residence at Roche Harbor in the San Juans, WA, and the Parry Lodge Little Hollywood Resort in Kanab, UT

NEW! "ICE CREAM & KIDDOS AT CANNON HILL" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MAY 2019 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

In December 2018, I finished a portrait of Greg and Lori Arpin’s beloved New England reproduction farmhouse in Hangman Valley. After 28 years there, the couple downsized to this sweet Colonial- Revival cottage built in 1921 (garage in 1922) near Cannon Hill.

Magically from its kitchen window, the home enjoyed a view of Cataldo Catholic School where Lori taught youngsters for decades.

Summer meant ice cream ~ and twin grandsons Charlie and Jack (note the T-shirts with their initials and the matching Schwinn one-speeds) were the first ones out the gate when they heard the vintage ice cream truck.

Phil Brooke, Sr., founding member of the law firm Paine, Hamblen, Coffin and Brooke, built the cottage in the early 1920s. A short five or so years later, he moved his family across the alley to a Dutch Colonial overlooking Cannon Hill Pond. This Colonial stayed in the Brooke family and grandson Doug was living there when I painted this piece. More remarkably, new owner of the cottage Greg Arpin practiced law for years with Phil Brooke III at Paine Hamblen.

Highlight ~ See the artwork of Greg and Lori Arpin's authentic New England Hangman Valley home in the "Hyacinth Blue" section above.

NEW! "HISTORIC LITTLE HOLLYWOOD (PARRY LODGE)" (KANAB, UT • PAINTED JANUARY 2018• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 9X12-INCH)

From the 1930s to the 1970s, the Parry Lodge (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 place needed one!

"WEDDING AT THE WOODSIDE HOUSE" (REDMOND , WA • PAINTED JULY 2005 • ACRYLIC ON CANVA S • 8X10-INCH)

When I painted this pretty wedding-themed piece, this Dutch Colonial was serving Redmond as Carolyn Miglino’s delightful “Rosetree Cottage” boutique.

The home was originally built in 1925 by Dr. and Mrs. James H. Woodside on the corner of NE 83rd Street and 164th Avenue NE. Veterinarian Woodside made house calls to local farmers. Before the days of telephones, he was reached for emergencies at Hotel Redmond (Justice White House).

Active in civic affairs, Woodside ran for (but lost) a seat on the first Redmond Town Council in 1913. Upon his death, another veterinarian bought the house, ultimately selling it to the Swensons (Redmond Elementary School principal). The Swensons lived in it several decades, creating lush, colorful gardens around the residence.

Highlight ~ When the future of the house was threatened in 2000, Carolyn Miglino vacated her space in the Stone House (pictured below in the "Twig Brown" section), rescued it by having it moved to another nearby lot ~ and re-opened the pretty two-story as her gift shop.

"ROCHE HARBOR REVERIE" (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • JULY 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The focal point of Roche Harbor Resort and Marina (RocheHarbor.com), this once private residence of the village’s founder John S. McMillin, became the signature Madrona Grill when the Neil Tarte family purchased the property from McMillin’s son Paul and developed it into a destination resort for vacationers and boaters from the United States and Canada.

In the early 1900s, the harbor had housed McMillin’s very successful mines, lime kiln, processing plant, Hotel de Haro (for guests and clients), a small church and school as well as homes for all of his employees and their families.

Tarte saved and restored most of the McMillin structures, and later new owners added other buildings, being careful to blend them with the setting’s quaint feel. During the summer months, the resort became a hub of happy activity.

Highlight ~ For decades on the Fourth of July, revelers crowded the restaurant’s decks and dining room to enjoy the harbor view, feast on delicious fare and watch the annual Independence Day games on the shoreline below. Log rolling, anyone?

 

SPRING'S NEW GROWTH EVERYWHERE • A South Hill Craftsman Cottage, a Unique Two-Story Brick Kirkland Beauty and the Historic Stone House in Redmond, WA plus an Arizona Getaway in Mesa

"MY GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2005 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

My father’s mother Jessie Simpson loved to garden almost more than anything. Although she passed away when I was a young girl, I remember clearly how beautiful the grounds were that surrounded my grandparent’s two-story home.

Built on a double lot a couple blocks east of Rockwood Boulevard on Spokane’s lower South Hill, half of the property housed this beautiful Arts & Crafts-style bungalow and the other half, my grandmother’s huge garden. Filled with basaltic rock terraces, pebble foot-paths, little tucked-away benches, bird baths, a grape arbor and hundreds of colorful blooms ~ Jessie’s garden was a magical place for children to explore. We Simpson kids loved it!

Highlight ~ I pictured my sister Marilee (who inherited Jessie’s “green thumb”), my mother Sally and me in the lower right hand corner of this artwork, cradling our plants while my grandmother shared a little gardening wisdom and gave our plants a drink.

"SCHWINNS AT THE SEAR'S BUILDING" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2013 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This unique Kirkland landmark was built by Boston millionaire and philanthropist Joshua Sears in 1891 for $18,000. Sears and Peter Kirk had grand plans to make Kirkland the largest steel-producing center on the West Coast.

At the time it was finished, it was Kirkland’s largest building and slated to house a bank for their steel venture. The Panic of 1893 completely destroyed their plans and the building remained empty for decades.

The first floor housed several businesses over the decades. At one point, the upper level was divided into seven small studio apartments, but the space was recently remodeled into an expansive single-family living space with an amazing view of nearby beautiful Lake Washington.

In 1983, the Sears Building was added to the National Historic Register of Historic Places ~ long overdue for this unique triangular structure.

Highlight ~ This painting pictured me with my girlfriends Robin Westbrook and Marcia Naeseth enjoying a lovely Spring afternoon shopping and riding around this pretty waterfront neighborhood on our Schwinn one-speeds.

"THE STONE HOUSE" ~ (REDMOND, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS •8X10-INCH)

When the Stone House was constructed in 1916, it was one of the most unusual buildings in the small community of Redmond, Washington ~ made world famous by Bill Gates in the late 1900s with his development of the Microsoft campus.

Original owners Orson and Emma Wiley chose multi-colored bricks and rocks collected from nearby rivers and streams to design and create this decorative one-story cottage. In a neighborhood filled with Victorian frame residences, the creative use of the building materials really made this residence stand out in a very unique way. Orson Wiley was a local entrepreneur who owned both the livery stable and a very popular local saloon.

The Stone House had a tiny attic that was just big enough to house a small office for bookkeeping and management tasks, as this cottage re-opened as an upscale café in the 2000s.

Highlight ~ Local legend had it that Orson Wiley constructed a web of underground tunnels to the stills on his property during the days of Prohibition ~ a colorful story that was never definitively substantiated.

"DESERT DELIGHT" (ALTA MESA, ARIZONA• PAINTED MAY 2008 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

In 2003, Doug and I purchased a cozy Mesa, AZ patio home ~ as they were called on the brochure about the complex known as "Mission Square at Alta Mesa." It overlooked the 17th green of Alta Mesa Country Club and brought to fruition my husband's "bucket list" dream of becoming a "snow bird" when he retired.

Doug attended college at Arizona State University on a golf scholarship in the early 1970s and loved Arizona's warm dry climate, so spending his winters in this part of the United States was very appealing to him. He could wear shorts year round! His folks Russ and Kathleen had both passed by 2002, so he used the money from his inheritance to purchase this charming little cottage built in the mid-1980s, which we’ve been updating over the years to make it "our own."

This stucco place became the setting for countless hours of fun and relaxation for both us, as well as and friends and family who frequently joined us there for the sunshine that seems to hide during winters in the Pacific Northwest. We’re pictured in front of our “desert delight” ~ about to enjoy a barbecue with friends and neighbors.

Highlight ~ For years, a favorite activity of the women who lived in our friendly little complex was to ride laps in the evening around the interior on our one-speed bicycles ~ each one a different color!

 

 

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