WELCOME THIS COLOR-FILLED SEASON... SPRING IS HERE!

 

My "MOTHER NATURE'S PRETTIEST PALETTE" collection of "Americana" fine art below celebrates Spring wth fine art of 18 uniquely beautiful settings. Each color group has two paintings, the first honoring my home town of Spokane, Washington ~ and the second, settings from the greater Pacific Northwest and beyond. Three of the paintings are NEW!

THEMES OF THE SEASON ~ Nine colors highlight Spring. You'll find cozy private residences, vintage Victorians converted into B&Bs, a park in full bloom, and other inviting settings. There's even a sea captain's cottage (now an inn) overlooking St. Ives on England's Southern Coast of Cornwall. Some of the art also honors Spring holidays like Mother's and Father's Days.

"MOTHER NATURE'S PRETTIEST PALETTE" includes ~

 

JUNE 12TH 2ND ANNUAL MANITO PARK ART SHOW ~ On June 12th, Manito Park hosts its event on the lawn east of the Davenport Fountain about the same time as their famous Spring Plant Sale. My booth will feature 12+ images of the park (my NEW "Photos at the Lovely Lilac Garden" is below and on my Welcome and Spokane pages) and other Inland Northwest settings with prints, cards, NEW 2023 calendars, jigsaw puzzles (2 NEW), and more! Look for details below and on my Art Venues page.

Highlight! Coming in August ~ The return of the Arbor Crest Art & Glass Fest.

 

NEW CREATIONS ~ Click here on the 2022 / 2021 • All NEW "Americana" Art Collection pdf to see 16 NEW works ~ 14 created in 2021, two this 2022, plus other "paintings in progess." You'll find many of these recent works scattered throughout ALL the pages of this website, but especiallyl on the Puget Sound, Spokane and More Paintings collection pages. Look for more paintings as the year unfolds.

 

V.I.P. MAILING LIST AND CHANGES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

SPECIAL EVENT MAILINGS ~ Most years, I 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 twice each year ~ Sping / Summer and Autumn / Holiday / Winter. Many of you received a postcard for last year's venues at Arbor Crest and Manito Park, so look for these again as 2022 unfolds.

 

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.

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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 kind interest. However, my gallery closure hasn't affected my passion for my work. I am busier than ever in PittyPat Studio with projects to complete in the next few months. And, as I mentioned above, I created over a dozen NEW paintings in 2022 and 2021, many featured in recent calendars and puzzles.

 

SPRING 2022 COLLECTION OF 18 PAINTINGS ~ TWO FOR EACH THEME

Highlights ~ Find histories, details and websites (where available) plus a pdf link to each painting's Complete Collection. The first painting in each theme celebrates my hometown of Spokane, Washington. The second one is from other Pacific Northwest regions and beyond ~ in one case, all the way to England! Three paintings are NEW!

NEW! "ICE CREAM & KIDDOS AT CANNON HILL" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • UPDATED 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 twins) and Sarah and Ian (Aoife’s).

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 by Cannon Hillt pond, a Dutch Colonial that remained 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 in September 2021 with the addition of the youngsters' parents on the porch as a Christmas gift. 

Entire South Hill Collection pdf ~ Click on the 17-page pdf to see and learn about all 81 images in this 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 place 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.

 

"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 pretty rural area east of the city.

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

 

"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.

Entire Islands Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see all 17 paintings in this collection.

 

NEW! "PINK PALACE ON PACIFIC (AVENUE)" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2021 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I have painted very few pink residences, as this color home is not easy to find in Spokane, Washington. Frequently, Spokane’s vintage grand houses were Tudor-Revival, Federal, Colonial or Prairie-style and constructed of durable materials like basaltic rock, brick, granite or stucco.

In Port Townsend, Snohomish and Walla Walla ~ communities known for their historic Carpenters’ Gothic Victorians, visitors stand a better chance of finding mansions painted pink.

But, lucky me. I discovered this inviting pink “palace” on Pacific Avenue in Browne‘s Addition near Coeur d’Alene Park. No doubt constructed many decades ago, little was available on its history. It may have been a single-family dwelling that was converted into an apartment house after World War II when the city encouraged this practice to accommodate returning servicemen in need of homes in which to start their families.

Highlight ~ I gave this artwork a gardening theme with my husband Doug and me planting pink impatiens and hydrangeas in the front flower beds.

Entire Browne's Addition Collection pdf ~ Click on the seven-page pdf to see and learn about all 34 images in this collection.

 

"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.

Entire Port Townsend Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see all 18 paintings.

 

NEW! "SPRING PHOTOS AT THE LOVELY LILAC GARDEN" (MANITO PARK, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2022 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Manito Park is THE perfect setting for Spring photos. Duncan Garden, Rose Hill, and the Lilac Garden often finds photographers capturing images for Senior Proms, graduation, engagements, weddings, Easter, Mother's Day ~ and other special occasions like the one in this painting. This art pictured our Simpson family in about 1957.

J.J. Browne, for whom the city's oldest neighborhood is named (Browne's Addition), introduced Spokane to lilacs in 1906, planting two in his yard. In 2012, Superintendent John Duncan began adding them to the Manito, spawning the trend of folks planting them in neighborhoods. In 1932, Manito's zoo closed, and the area which housed the buffalo became the Lilac Garden in 1941.

Spokane celebrated its first Lilac Festival in 1938, adopting the name, "The Lilac City." For decades in May, the Armed Forces Lilac Parade wound through the Downtown District.   In 1999, the special Syringa Spokane Lilac was developed ~ a hybrid of deep purple with white tips. In 2008, several were added to Manito's Lilac Garden ~ some still thriving there when I completed this fine art. 

Highlight ~ "King Ranger" was the zoo's favorite buffalo. When he passed away, the city had him stuffed and added to the taxidermy at the Cheney Cowles Museum ~ now the MAC.

Entire Browne's Addition Collection pdf ~ Click on the seven-page pdf to see and learn about all 34 images in this collection.

 

"PRETTY PURPLE PALACE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MAY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The delightful Allen House, located at 224 Avenue A in Snohomish, shines 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 on some of the trim.

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 with roses in its front gardens 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 with me on this pretty Spring morning.

 

Entire Port Townsend Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see all 18 paintings.

 

"BRUNCH AT BROWNE'S BISTRO" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2020 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This handsome two-story-plus structure named for early Spokane developer J.J. Browne, was built in 1901at 1924 Pacific Avenue, south of the historic E.J. Roberts Mansion.

Charming and eclectic inside and out, the dining room served patrons on the main floor and the second floor bar overlooked the Elk Public House, once a drug store famous for its soda fountain like the one featured in the Holiday film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”  

I learned that the Browne’s Bistro owners Jim and Terri Adolfson (pictured on the front porch) had once been proprietors of Fergusson’s Cafe next door to the Garland Milk Bottle. When Doug and I visited the place for breakfast in early Autumn 2019, the bistro had been open a few months and had just received a very favorable review in a recent issue of The Inlander. It was mobbed with eager customers.

Highlight ~ Another time, lunching on the patio with my mother and sister, Peggy made a quick trip inside, returning to share that the dining room was decorated with framed prints of my paintings. I met the Adolfsons that day and the inspiration for this piece was born.

Entire Browne's Addition Collection pdf ~ Click on the seven-page pdf to see and learn about all 34 images in this collection.

 

"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 hisotry, 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.

Entire Port Townsend Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see all 18 paintings.

 

 

"VISITING MRS. LOVE'S" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBERL 1994) • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

“Visiting Mrs. Love’s” (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 1994 • 8X10-INCH)

This pretty Victorian cottage was built at the intersection of 8th Avenue & Sherman on the South Hill near Rockwood Boulevard. More importantly, it was across the alley from my grandparent’s bungalow on 9th Avenue.

In 1945, my Sally Mon moved to Spokane from the Springdale family ranch, accepting a position at the Galena Army Base (later renamed Fairchild Air Force Base). Shortly after my mother was hired, a friendly co-worker named Virginia Miller invited her home for Sunday dinner. Virginia’s sister Maxine Navratil’s husband was fighting in World War II, so she and her little giri Chickie moved to her mother’s house. Mr. Love had a wheat ranch near Brewster in the Palouse, so Mrs. Love was often gone, keeping her husband company and cooking meals for farm hands during harvest. Gas rationing made commuting out of the question.

Daughter Maxine hated being alone in the house, so the Loves invited Sally to pack her bags and move from base housing to the Loves to keep Maxine company during the long absences. My mother called it “the dinner I came to that lasted two years.” When Naval Officer Joe Simpson returned from World War II, the two met over the back alley, courted and married in October 1947. Mr. and Mrs. Love were on hand for their ceremony at Sacred Heart Church and hosted a breakfast for the wedding party afterwards.

Highlight ~ My folks celebrated 40-never-a-dull-moment-years before my father passed away in February 1987. I pictured us on the lawn in front of the Love’s cottage in this Spring-themed painting.

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

 

"PULLING KITE STRINGS AT THE L.H. PONTIUS HOUSE" (PORT TOWNSEND, 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.

Entire Port Townsend Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see all 18 paintings.

 

 

"BALLOONS & BLOSSOMS AT THE 1889 B&B" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2020 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This delightful 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.” 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.

Entire Browne's Addition Collection pdf ~ Click on the seven-page pdf to see and learn about all 34 images in this collection.

 

"AQULA VISTA" (ASHLAND, OR • PAINTED JULY 2016 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Italian for “Eagle View,” Aquila Vista, since construction began, has always enjoyed the sweeping view of Rogue Valley and Ashland, Oregon ~ sometimes from above the clouds. The beautiful two-story ranch-style cottage home was built on a hillside expressly to take advantage of this view.

The lot was surrounded by a grove of Madrones, Pines and shrubbery that bursts into bloom every Spring. Note the little tree house tucked into the forest above this residence. This beautiful home was the perfect gift from Mike Hiller to his wife Karen upon their retirement.

In 2016, Karen and I met when we worked for Eddie Bauer's Headquarters in the Seattle area. Years after we both moved on, Karen reached out to me to create this painting for her husband. Later I altered a print of the original, adding Christmas touches for the couple, which replaces this original during the Holidays.

The Hillers shared, “It’s been a wonderfully restful place to enjoy a glass of wine from one of the local vineyards ~ and wildlife, of course (deer, elk, bears, eagles and more).” 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.)

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

 

"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 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.

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.

Highlight ~ With some alterations, this home is still standing. Sadly, the magical garden was replaced by a structure with little personality decades ago.

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

 

"BEAUTIFUL BELYAR'S CROFT)" (ST. IVES, CORNWALL, ENGLAND, THE UNITED KINGDOME • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2004 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

When I journeyed to England in 2002 with my husband Doug and two of his buddies, Brent Orrico and Ric Metzger, we were there to celebrate my husband’s passion for golf. We wanted to experience the excitement of playing many of the British Open courses.

When the boys headed to the west side of Scotland, which included Turnberry and other revered courses, I boarded a train south for England’s Coast of Cornwall, otherwise known as the “Cornish Riviera.” My destination was St. Ives, a beloved artists’ colony where during my three-day visit, I stayed at the handsome structure pictured here. The friendly innkeepers shared that Belyar's Croft had once been the home of a successful local sea captain. Built in the late 1800s on a hillside overlooking the harbor, it was a five-minute walk from to the heart of St. Ives and boasted a magnificent view of the Atlantic from nearly every room in the place.

The stucco-and-stone three-story was surrounded by lush, colorful gardens lovingly tended by the charming husband and wife proprietors who did a fine job of making their guests feel like ”family.”

Highlight ~ This trip was more than a special birthday gift to my husband Doug. it was the last time he was able to spend quality time with his close friend Ric who passed away a short time after we returned home.

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.

 

 

"LUNDBERG OVERBLUFF BEAUTY (CHRISTENSEN HOUSE)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2015 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8x10-INCH)

The 1926 Christensen House, a classic Tudor Storybook-style cottage from architect John Anderson, was added in 2015 to Spokane’s Register of Historic Places.

In the early 1900s, Hugh Comstock made this whimisical architectural style famous with his Hantzel & Gretel Cottages (and others) in Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA. The Christensen House details were special ~ the tapered chimney, brick arch around the entryway, cottage windows on all three floors and two intricate wrought-iron porches.

The Lundbergs owned the home and purchased my original painting of it, requesting that their family be pictured on the front brick walkway with Its Blue Star Creeper “angel,” which held a very special meaning to them. The couple loved their gardens (as pictured in this piece) and a year after I painted this scene, they completely revamped the back yard into a Traditional English Formal Garden ~ complete with lily ponds, fountains and other water features, topiaries, fairy villages and more.

Highlight ~ When Sara Weaver-Lundberg was ready to unveil her “masterpiece,” she invited Doug and me to join their friends at a traditional English Tea / Garden Party.

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

 

"THE GARDENS AT MRS. GOFF'S" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2012 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This pretty place was built by the Harris S. Hansens around 1890 on a lot once owned by E.C. Ferguson. The center of it started as a one-bedroom cottage. The Hansens had seven children, so quickly outgrew the little house.

In 1900, Charles (lumber industry) and Lydia Goff (piano teacher) purchased it and three city lots. After losing Charles and daughter Marguerite to tuberculosis, the widow Mrs. Goff remained here teaching piano to Snohomish students until her death in 1949. Many of the older residents recalled taking lessons from her. When she died, Mrs. Goff deeded her home to lifelong friend, Beatrice Fetzer of Multnomah County, Oregon for $1.50.

After several owners and renters, in January 2009, Gary and Ardie McLean purchased it and began an ambitious restoration, creating a “jewel” surrounded by charming cottage gardens.

Highlight ~ This piece combined “old” and “new,” picturing youngsters arriving for music lessons with Mrs. Goff while the McLeans transplanted flowers into their beds.

Entire Snohomish Collection pdf ~ Click on this six-page pdf to see all 27 paintings in this collection.

 

 

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