"THE HEART OF WINTER" COLLECTION from PATTI SIMPSON WARD • Creating Memories in the "Americana" Fine Art Style

With Valentine's Day falling in late Winter, the quotations introducing each page celebrate LOVE. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." ~ Helen Keller

NOTE ~ In addition to the buttons to the left, clicking on RED BOLD TYPE and images (where noted) links you to other pages and pertinent web site. ENJOY!

WINTER ~ For a large part of the United States, the winter months ~ especially those after the holiday season ~ can be bone-chilling and a bit gloomy. This is definitely true in our neck of the woods in the Pacific Northwest. The sunshine is scarce and our friends even more scarce, as many have headed to Southwest desert destinations or tropical paradises like the Hawaiian Islands and Mexico.

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ This time of year, we rarely see our neighbors ~ except when they are armed with snow-blowers after a recent snowfall. One of Doug and my favorite things is walking through our neighborhood and its parks, but the ice can be treacherous ~ and excursions risky.

Each winter, Manito Park volunteers (TheFriendsOfManito.org) decorate the park's conservatory two blocks away with thousands of twinkling lights. It's a short walk indeed, but you can see in the photo here my sis Marilee and Ronnie, Mikko the pup, Doug and I have completely bundled up with heavy coats, hats, boots, scarves and more to make the trip!

EMBRACING "COZY" ~ It IS "hunker down" time with smoke wafting up from chimneys and lights glowing in windows. Whether it's snuggling into the sofa with a good book, experimenting with comfort food in the kitchen ~ or in my case, absorbed with a canvas and paint brush ~ we are doing our best to stay warm and cozy until the snow melts and the crocuses finally push their heads up in the garden.

VALENTINE'S DAY ~ As John Lennon reminded us, "All you need is LOVE." In the midst of winter, this heart-lifting holiday is all about sharing time with loved ones and spoiling those who mean the world to us. February 14 is very special as that's when Dougie presented me with my engagement ring nearly 18 years ago. Our life together is everything. Each day is truly a gift.



A HUGE THANK YOU ~ To Lindaman's Bistro, Arbor Crest Cellars, Kendall Yards, Barrister Winery, Spokane Preservation Advocates, Manito Country Club and More . . .

2017 is behind us, but I would be remiss if I did not give a HUGE thanks to Merrilee Lindaman (Lindaman's Bistro), Kathy Luden and Jim Van Loben Sels (Arbor Crest Cellars), Heidi Sawyer (Kendall Yards), Greg Lipsker (Barrister Winery) other generous event hosts, local vendors and dozens of loyal patrons who helped make last year's fine art season such a success.

I am especially grateful to Merrilee Lindaman who hosted my 22-piece exhibit that covered the entire east wall of her bistro. "THE HEART OF WINTER" collection showcased:

Several of the pieces in the Lindaman's show are also featured on this WINTER 2018 web site. Click on What's New and Spokane to see the them and learn more about the settings.

Merilee Lindaman's comments ~ "I love having your work here. So festive! The settings are warm and colorful ~ and completely familiar to everyone who walks through our doors."

NEW! "Lattes at Lindaman's" ~ Further down on this page you'll find the portrait of the bistro I created and unveilied for the exhibit. I've also shared details about this beloved building's remarkable past.

Please visit their web site Lindamans.com for more information.



Please visit my Art Venues page for all the details on future events as they unfold in the upcoming months. This page also lists local venues in the Inland Northwest that carry my work year-round.



PITTYPAT GALLERY ~ CLOSED ~ During January through April, my gallery is CLOSED. Late winter and early spring is my creative time when I'm working on design projects, renovating my gallery, planning my upcoming season ~ and of course, painting NEW canvases to add to my collection.

When OPEN, my gallery offers a huge selection of:

Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information and to learn about commissioning original paintings and sketches.

V.I.P. MAILING LIST ~ To be on my V.I.P. list (Very Important Patron), please contact me at 206.406.1409 (talk or text). Twice a year, I send postcards in digital email format or U.S.P.S. postcards. These feature NEW artwork images and list the schedule of my Spring/Summer events and my Fall/Winter /Holiday ones. Frequently, the postcards offer special savings at upcoming artfests and private PittyPat Gallery events.

NOTE ~ Your privacy is very important to me. I NEVER share your personal information.



COMPLETE LIST ~ My Art Venues page not only shares details about future events, it has a complete list of venues that carry my work in the Northwest. Here's a few:


GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY ~ SPA, Friends of Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park ~ and more!

ANNUAL PROCEEDS ~ I donate a portion of my annual proceeds to the Holy Names Sisters' Retirement Fund, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the Greater Gonzaga Guild, Spokane Preservation Advocates and many other local non-profits.

ART DONATIONS ~ I also give framed artwork as auction items to the Gonzaga Prep Auction, Light the Way Childhood Cancer, the Ronald McDonald House Cobra Polo Match, First Tee, Wishing Star, Spokane Symphony (Summer Concert at Manito Park and the Davenport's Christmas Tree), and much more.

For a complete list of my causes, please visit my Biography page. You'll find the list near the bottom.




THE BISTRO ~ Operating in an upscale cafeteria style, Lindaman's (Lindamans.com) offers a huge selection of delicious entrees, salads, desserts and more plus wine, beer and other beverages. Occasionally, lucky patrons even enjoy live music in the evening!

A LITTLE HISTORY ~ The small brick building with its decorative brick patterned facade has an interesting past. As its simple shape looks utilitarian, many folks assume it was once an outbuilding of nearby Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral (see the church spires in the painting here).

TRIESCH BROS. MERCANTILE ~ Not so ~ as I learned in December 2017 from my friend Sara Weaver-Lundberg. In 1910, the modest structure was owned by her grandfather Peter Triesch and his brothers. After arriving from Europe, they settled in Spokane, WA and opened the Triesch Bros. Mercantile.

THE GRAND CATHEDRAL ON GRAND BOULEVARD ~ In 1925, Sara's grandmother Mary remembered the store's clerks and stock-boys watching in awe as the imposing cathedral took shape.

SUMMIT SUPPLY CO. ~ By the 1930s, the mercantile had become the Summit Supply Company, a combined market-hardware store that did local business "on credit."

Sara shared a photo of the 1910 structure and a couple of register receipts from the 1930s. One of my friends recalled shopping there as a youngster in the late 1950s.

Highlight ~ Decades later in 1984, Merrilee Lindaman opened her bistro and has been serving the neighborhood beautifully for nearly 35 years. Obviously, folks love it!

NOTE ~ Visit my Commission page to see Sara Weaver-Lundberg's Storybook-style home" on Overbluff Road.






WINTER ~ This season usually arrives in the Pacific Northwest with an initial snowfall in early November. Winter can linger much longer here than in many other regions of the United States. The season is often cold, damp and gloomy ~ and feels particularly so when the sparkle of the Christmas holidays has subsided. Is it any wonder that many non-skiers head to the Southwest or other sunny destinations!?!

VALENTINE'S DAY ~ For those of us who find ourselves here however, it's a bit of a challenge to stay cozy, warm and connected with friends. Blessedly, we have a wonderful heartfelt holiday to to help us do this ~ Valentine's Day!

RED ~ Continuing with the signature cheery holiday color, RED is everywhere. Scarlet glass hearts are scattered around the house, bouquets of fragrant roses sit on tables, candles glow and soft pink and red floral tablecloths soften the scene ~ and lift our hearts!

APRIL CORNELL ~ When decorating, I use April Cornell's (AprilCornell.com) beautiful table linens throughout the year to celebrate each season. Winter is no exception. The photo of the dining room table to the left is one of her vintage quilts and the layered napkins, her "basics."

Highlight ~ See the article on this talented Canadian designer, her colorful textiles and amazing career in the March/April 2017 issue of Victoria magazine, "April Cornell ~ Conversing in Color."

OUR FEBRUARY 14TH CELEBRATION ~ Valentine's Day is a special day for us. Although Doug proposed at Whistler on New Years, 2000, we were officially engaged on Valentine's Day. Dining with good friends that evening in Seattle inspired our tradition of gathering annually with folks we love on the 14th. Delicious food, wine, music and great company ~ what could be better?

MY MOTHER SALLY ~ Everything I know about seasonal decorating, I learned from my mother. She's always LOVED creating with her fine artistic “eye." After decades of doing this, she still enjoys dressing up her home for every season ~ and entertains friends and family with flair and style. Sally just celebrated her 90th birthday in June 2017, but you would never know it. We Simpsons like to say she's "90 going on 69" ~ she's so vital and young at heart. Sally always inspires, and my sisters and I love carrying on her creative decorating traditions.

To see more of images of our decor, click on this image or on Our Valentine Winter Bungalow pdf.





WELCOME ~ You're here!


WHAT'S NEW ~ "THE 2018 HEART OF WINTER" ~ This collection on this page features four Valentine's Day pieces in addition to some of the artwork I recently exhibited at Lindaman's Bistro. You'll find four themes:


CALENDAR & ART JOURNALS ~ 25 Years of Calendars with My 2019 Edition and a NEW 5th Edition of Perpetual-Life Jounals This Year, Too!

COMPLETELY SOLD OUT ~ 2018 Calendars and 4th Edition Perpetual-Life Journals

NEW! 25TH ANNIVERSARY CALENDERS ~ Look for previews of my 25th Anniversary 2019 calendars soon on my Calendar page. These speciall milestone editions are set to debut in late spring/early summer. Look for a record number of works of NEW settings like Spokane's Flower Mill, Manito Park's Pergola at the Rose Garden, The Corbin Art Center in the D.C. Corbin Mansion, First Presbyterian Church, a historic Corbin Park Halloween-themed mansion ~ and more!

Although the three 2018 calendars are sold out, you can still see the paintings (many of them recently completed) in each issue by visiting my Calendar page or by clicking on the bold red titles for each one listed below. It is possible that you may be able to locate an issue or two by visiting my Art Venues page and phoning one of the vendors listed there.

2018 NEW "CELEBRATING OUR CITY PARKS" ~ This edition honors parks we love that lie within Spokane's city limits. Three of these paintings are NEW.

2018 NEW "SOUTH HILL BEAUTIES" ~ "The Hill," as its affectionately called, enjoys a reputation as being one of the best places to live in Spokane. This calendar shares a dozen lovely homes from neighborhoods all over the South Hill. Half of the artwork is NEW.

2018 NEW "LEGENDARY & FUN LANDMARKS" ~ This edition divides itself between seven prestigious landmarks and five fun ones. Five of the paintings are NEW!


COMPLETELY SOLD OUT ~ 4th Edition Perpetual Life Journals

NEW FEATURE ~ In these two 4th edition for the first time, historical photos and background stories accompanied each journal image. This feature was so popular, it will continue with the NEW 5th edition currently in-the-works. With a perpetual shelf life as they are not year-specific, these are perfect for folks who want more than just 12 calendar images. Each features 44 paintings on pages peppered with positive thoughts to inspire. For more information, please visit my Calendar page.


ARTWORK COLLECTIONS ~ During my many years as a fine artist, I've created hundreds of paintings and drawings that are divided into three collections. These three pages feature images that revolve and complement the seasons and holidays.

ENTIRE COLLECTION PDFS ~ At the end of each section on the collection pages, you'll find pdfs with images and stories for ALL the images created for that group.

THE BIG LIST ~ Click on "The Big List" graphic footer at the bottom of each Puget Sound, Spokane or More Paintings page to link to an alphabetical list of titles and descriptions of all the art created for each of the three collections. In some cases, you'll find a few sketches as well. These three lists link you via Red bold type to artwork featured throughout my web site.


COMMISSION ~ My favorite genre, I’ve recreated private residences and other architectural settings for clients from all over the United States and beyond ~ making wonderful friends in the process. In recent years I’ve also offered portraits of children and pets. Filled with personal detail, commissioned pieces are cherished mementos.

DOZENS OF SAMPLE IMAGES ~ This page shares over two dozen works completed for clients as well as a step-by-step guide for commissioning artwork. Frequently, I include commissioned paintings in my art calendars.


ART VENUES ~ Here you'll find my schedule of all upcoming art fairs, festivals and First Friday exhibits and more as they unfold throughout the year. This page lists dates, times, addresses, phone numbers, web sites (where available) and more. I've also shared a complete list of retail gift shops, galleries and museums with addresses, phone numbers, web sites and descriptions of what is featured at each setting.


ORDERING ~ If you want to order from me directly, visit this page for details on buying originals, framed canvas and fine paper reproductions, print/card gift packs, art journals, calendars, cards and magnets. If you would like an order form, please contact me and I'll send you the pdf. I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Questions? Please phone me at 206.406.1409.


BIOGRAPHY ~ This is my “life story” page. It shares my background and highlights events that helped me grow as an award-winning "Americana" artist. Pivotal events range from my first grade report card (I’m still in touch with teacher Sr. Rita Mae Fischer) to the present. You will also find several pdfs of press clippings and magazine articles. I've also included a frequently updated list of charitable causes I've supported in 2017 and 2018 with donations of artwork and more.


BRIDAL ~ Visit this page if you are interested in having a custom wedding portrait created as a memento of your special day. Much of the artwork featured here was commissioned by clients as fine art wedding mementos and/or for images the covers of their invitations. However, I’m a also professional digital design art director with nearly 50 years of experience, so I’ve shared some creative text-only samples as well. I also offer collateral items like R.S.V.Ps, shower invites, ceremony programs and more. If you are interested in this special personal service, phone me at 206.406.1409 for details.





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