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January 11, 2018

We are currently experiencing another round of craziness at home. Yes, it’s the new year and things were starting to settle down after the fireworks on the 1st, but I had to muddy the waters. Back in December (or was it November) I agreed to help a mutual friend with her dogs so she could take a much needed break to Oaxaca Mexico. Yes, there are 2 additional furry balls of crazy running around the house. One seems to like pooping in the living room and bedroom. The other has major reactive dog issues (on the super shy and uncertain mode, not aggressive). My biggest concern was how Moby would react to them: would we experience aggressive fights? pinning the new dogs and inflicting wounds? Or would he like them??? Fortunately the latter proved true!

Nala (Toy Australian Shepherd and just a tad larger than Hazel) and Nelly(Standard Aussie Shepherd) are now adjusting to life in our very dog-centric household. Me Me kitty is holding her own downstairs, enjoying a heated bed, pampered vitamin D laced wet food, and human time. She recently went through a barrage of major tests to determine current ailments. Symptoms pointed towards low thyroid, which would be manageable. Instead, the kidneys are starting to go funky. Urgh! She’s the first elderly cat who’s lived this long at our house (I think she’s around 15?). Right now we’re just watching and providing wet food with vitamin D. If we have to start fluid injections, I’ll opt for the “final injection”.

I’ve been going through my own whirlwind of medical things. Thanks to all my joint and muscle problems, I’m now seeing a Rhumatologist. His diagnosis was Psoriatic Arthritis. (insert grumpy/unhappy face here). Needless to say I’m now on several medications (methotrexate and prednisone) that provide side effects. On the happy side, I hardly have any pain in my joints and muscles anymore. This is allowing me to actually WALK and do activities, use my hands, and lighten up on the restricted diet. Jogging is looking more promising. Dog walks on my own are happening. Driving long distances remains problematic, but looks better and better as the weeks go along. When pain is removed from life, it makes everything seem brighter. It also makes me realize how much pain I was actually experiencing on a daily basis. No wonder I’ve not had energy for creating art.

Speaking of art: The Halsey art project from 2016/2017 is in negotiations! Yes, an actual project will be leaving my storage space to brighten up Halsey city hall. The city council has approved the purchase and are pulling together funding. It should leave home possibly by August.

Let’s see, what else has been happening? The new year studio clean-out is underway. I’m not following the Marie Kondo method, tho I’ve actually read the book and practiced some of the techniques in our main living space. However, bags of paper items have made their way to the recycle bin and quite a few finished/unfinished art projects have been tossed (the Ikebana Penis arrangement is gone). One dear friend told me that she unframed items if they don’t sell. Such a brilliant idea. Why hadn’t I done that years ago? Silly brain! Certainly makes for easier storage or one step closer to the recycle bin.  Maybe this is the year we design a studio on the property. I dream of a day that all art tools and supplies are removed from home. That would give us almost 1000 sq ft of space to live in! It would be shocking! Oh, the little dreams that make the brain happy….. Hopefully they might come true!

Dog photos to come.

I still have kitchen towels for sale on Etsy. Check out

Hoping to get the fern towels listed soon. Maybe a few lamps as well.




Finishing off the Lamp

November 17, 2017

House E is finished, delivered to the gallery, and on display with all the other amazing box creations. A lovely article was written up by the local paper and they actually posted an image of my work in an online slideshow.  Click on the blue link below the photo.

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Gazette Times

Next project: Unknown, but interesting. I hope!

Inside/ Outside the Box show: November 14- December 21, 2017

The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR

Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat. Noon – 5 pm



Starting Inside/Outside the Box

October 10, 2017

I think I’m glad to have signed up for the upcoming show Inside/Outside the Box at The Arts Center in Corvallis. Part of me has really struggled with sitting down to produce something, anything. My brain has been so immersed in house projects that I haven’t been creating artwork since spring. So, it seems fitting that I stared creating a lamp for the project in a House/box theme.

*The Inside the Box/ Outside the Box- exhibit is a group exhibit on boxes of all kinds. The exhibit is on part invitation/ part submission, representing local and regional artists working in a variety of media.*

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I wanted to work with my current material stash, since it’s pretty full. I even pulled out rolls of paper purchased years ago “Oriental Rice Paper” for Sumi & Oriental painting, drawing, calligraphy, block printing & watercolors. 12″ x 50′ roll! The only thing lacking has been wood sticks. I’ll have to purchase a few more to complete the project.


I’ve opted for a very simple format with a flat roof and Shoji screen appearance. Equisetum has been cut and inserted into the framework. The corners will receive posts to hold the roof up.


My finger muscles are enjoying NOT cutting intricate paper designs to cover the framework. Using natural materials has been calming for my brain. I think I need more of that.

I’ll post more images as it continues to progress. This will be called “House E” (E for Equisetum). My brain is already working on other natural materials to use. We will see where it all leads or doesn’t lead.



Eclipse and Smoke 2017

September 5, 2017

I’m back after a 4+ month break from blogging. It’s been a busy summer for things around the house, but nothing on the art front.

August Eclipse photos below:

Eclipse party

Hanging out in the driveway for the eclipse viewing. Left to Right: Kim, Dave, neighbor/friend Gail, Jeff

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Safety glasses on and enjoying the show pre-totality. Kim, Gail, Jeff, Gale & Me Me.

Eclipse crescents

Crescent shadows appeared everywhere!

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Me Me with the crescent shadows

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without filters, totality didn’t look spectacular on camera, but it certainly went dark!

August: We had a spectacular viewing of the Eclipse in Oregon. I never quite grasped how amazing totality could be until actually being in the direct path. The weather even cooperated!  State and local officials were totally geared up for absolute disaster. They expected the roads to be full of people, gas and food shortages, everything sold out for those in the pathway, but that only happened in a few areas. Those who traveled to Madras/Prineville were certainly greeted with long lines, no gas or food available. Here in the valley some places briefly ran out of gas on Thursday, but the roads remained open and free from mass congestion. The real traffic snafu took place after the event. I-5 was a mess. Even the smaller highways were congested. Two family members who traveled to Albany on Sunday took almost twice as long to get home, 2 hours rather than 1 hour (50 miles south).



looking south from our back deck

September: Wildfires are the main topic in Oregon. This morning the Eagle Creek fire (man made) jumped the Columbia Gorge (via embers) and touched off the Washington State side. Portland and the Willamette Valley are under a blanket of thick smoke. Ash is falling in the Portland area. At my home we have air pollution in the unhealthy/hazardous zone. I’m scheduling life indoors with air conditioner/cleaner for the next several days (similar to the past numerous days and weeks). I look out the studio window and see smoke everywhere. Breathing outside is similar to being caught in a campfire smoke plume, but one you can’t escape. I really feel bad for all the fire crews and property owners caught in the fire paths,  not to mention the wildlife and environmental damage that’s occurring. Yes, wildfires are part of the game plan here in the Pacific Northwest. Many tree species wouldn’t exist without the high temperatures of fire to open cones. It clears away brush and allows for new growth of everything. However, this season is more harsh than ever.  The last significant rain was way back in June.


looking east into the smokey haze

It will be interesting to see how the next several days go. Will mother nature settle down and allow for containment of more fires? Will the rain come as expected on Thursday?  Will it help or hinder the situation? I’ll try to get back into a regular schedule for posting and possible art ideas emerging.

Happy September to you all. Be safe out there!

Cradle Adjustments

May 18, 2017


Making adjustments wasn’t quite part of my grand scheme of mounting prints. But when your prints aren’t exactly 6″x 6″, one has to do a little fudging.

Last week I put in an order for more unfinished cradles to mount prints. The edges get painted black and everything receives a protective UV coating. I’ve pulled out a few popular blocks and started printing using Caligo waterbased oil ink. One of the blocks I thought was 6×6, only to discover it was about 5.5″ x 5.5″. The only way to correct the problem was to bevel the cradle edge on the table saw. So far, so good! Now it’s time for a few layers of white gesso before the print addition.

I was hoping to be driving to California tomorrow to help celebrate Dave’s birthday. He has always wanted to go ride roller coasters and it seemed like the perfect surprise trip. Unfortunately, my back is still having major problems from last weekends dog trial in Washington State. Who knew 5 hours of driving would make so much trouble?! So, it looks like I won’t be doing any major travel anytime soon via air or car!  😦 Maybe, with a little luck, we can get out to Yachats. We shall see…

On the upside, Moby passed two out of three scents (anise and clove). Hazel passed the last one, clove. It will still be a while before getting Hazel on a trial since she hasn’t been interested in work. Moby will also have to wait for additional training to address his aggression issues and passing the birch scent.


Looking Nifty

May 5, 2017

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A basket of finished towels! Not a bad site to behold. They still need one good washing before a hot iron and packaging of some sort. The jury is still out on which towel is the best. I’ll let consumers be the best judge.

Why did I choose these two colors? The blue and orange-yellow? It actually has to do with my grandmother. She was an artist who dabbled in many areas. One was copper enameling. Recently, I found some sweet 1 inch test squares she created (pictured below). I’ve had theses squares running around on my desktop and they were the inspiration to kick off this new project. I certainly didn’t match the blue and orange correctly, but it felt good enough for the first round.

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Pushing forward with something

May 3, 2017

Today was the first WARM day here in the Willamette Valley. We hit 80F (26.6C)! Our spring has been overly wet and grey. Some of the native trees have been about 2 weeks behind schedule. On “normal years”, the Plumeria plants move outside around April 1. This year its a month late.

Current art related projects have been slowly coming to life. I’ve branched off into creating paper templates for screen printing kitchen towels. The towels are Eco Friendly, 100% cotton, made here in the USA, well, half the batch. The second batch are bleached and hemmed in India (not very eco friendly, but very pretty). Below is a photo of the non-bleached cloth with one of the templates laying over top.



Currently, I only have 100 towels, which doesn’t sound like very much. They measure about 25″x 27″ ( 63.5 cm x 68.5 cm), a great usable kitchen size. It’s taking me over a day to design and cut the templates out of old Sommerset paper (the recycling of old prints). The templates are then used to burn an image onto a photo-emulsion coated screen. To really get things moving along will require more screens. I’m currently sourcing out new options.

In June, I’ll be participating at a one day Brownsville event. It will be the third year of the Cozy Rose Art sale. I’ll be bringing lots of towels, possibly some of the new format prints on blocks, maybe some garden silhouette work. Less than 2 months away and lots of things scheduled in between.

I’ll keep you posted as things progress forward!