Bright Days of Spring

I’ve finally been able to step outside to commence work on the vegetable garden. Our weather is warming with nights no longer dipping into the freezing zone. The grass growing season is well upon us (and the riding mower is broken)! Picture about 2-3ft of grass height surrounding the veg boxes. Thank goodness for stringContinue reading “Bright Days of Spring”

Second Attempt

Today I’m continuing work on figuring out the best way to portray the influx of Hazelnut crops into the Willamette valley. Halsey and surrounding communities have their share of newly planted orchards. The above piece focuses on the actual developing nut cluster with their wild paper coverings. The current crop is on the young side.Continue reading “Second Attempt”

From Farm to Yarn Project

Like life isn’t filled with enough projects! Last month when we visited Carol & Harry, I was struck by something Harry said regarding their wool: No one wants it and it often  ends up in the compost pile. Wow! This probably happens with a lot of small farms with small sheep population. The brain jumpedContinue reading “From Farm to Yarn Project”

Passing the Blog

It’s official. I’m now the blog master for Philomath Open Studios! Last Monday we had our first group meeting for the season and the blog baton was passed to me. Kris Mitchell has done a wonderful job with pulling together so much information regarding the studios and visiting artists. This year, I needed to take aContinue reading “Passing the Blog”

Field Trip

Friday afternoon, under beautiful sunny skies, I took a brief field trip to Finley Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located south of Corvallis on 99W. My buddy Harry had told me about a road filled with blooming camas. Of course, that was last weekend and I wasn’t certain how much blooming continued due to the recentContinue reading “Field Trip”

Snow Day!

This morning at 7:30 I wandered outside in my big rubber boots to measure the snow: 10″ (25.4cm)! Incredible! More is expected as the day progresses. The view of the bird feeders late afternoon on the 6th Joyful dogs playing on the 7th.  An early morning shot. One of the many Song Sparrows visiting theContinue reading “Snow Day!”

Christmas Eve Sunset

We were fortunate, here in the Willamette Valley, to witness a stunning sunsets on Christmas Eve. We were traveling to Eugene for the family crab feed and I actually had the camera (amazing cause I always forget). Dave managed to find a couple of good pull-offs along Peoria Rd.  The hills are part of theContinue reading “Christmas Eve Sunset”