"THE 2017 HEART OF WINTER COLLECTION" • From PATTI SIMPSON WARD Creating Memories in the "Americana" Fine Art Style

The quotations introducing each page on this edition honor WINTER. "May peace be your gift and your blessing this WINTER season and all year through." ~ Author Unknown

LATE FALL & WINTER ~ November is the one month of the year when we slow down and take time to appreciate those we love around the table at Thanksgiving ~ knowing full well from Santa's wave at the end of Macy's Parade that this gentle holiday is the calm before the storm. WINTER is here . . .

WE LOVE THANKSGIVING ~ This special holiday is Doug's and my favorite. Thanksgiving is not about money. It's not about shopping. It's not about the holiday party invitations taped to our fridge. What it is about is gratitude, connecting and sharing warm feelings with friends and family at the special dinner. It's about being grateful for the wonderful things that have happened during past year and letting those we love know how much we appreciate having them in our lives. It is giving thanks.

CHALLENGES ~ Everyone experiences personal challenges. None of us are immune to the ups and downs (some very unexpected) that come our way in the adventure of day-to-day living. Circumstances this past year have inspired both my husband and me to stop and reaffirm how important every single day is. More than any other of our 20 years together, we have a great deal to be thankful for. The prayers, kind words and unending support from loved ones has meant everything to us. Gratefully, we look forward to sharing this holiday season together.

BLESSINGS & PEACE TO ALL . . .

 

CELEBRATING IMAGES OF WINTER AT OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BISTRO

Just a few blocks east of our little bungalow on the South Hill is one of Spokane's most beloved bistros. Housed in a vintage brick one-story, Lindaman's offers unique entrees, salads, desserts and libations of all sorts in a cozy comfortable atmosphere that frequently includes evenings of live music. It's a great local gathering place and folks in our neck of the woods love it!

The east wall of Lindaman's offers a revolting exhibit of local artists' work that lasts a month or two. December showcases my "2017 HEART OF WINTER COLLECTION." Visitors will see:

EXHIBIT OVERVIEW ~ Visit my What's New page to see all the artwork showcased in this seasonal neighborhood celebration.

Bistro owner Merilee Lindaman shared these kind comments: " I would love to have you here. Your work is wonderful. It will be the perfect fit for the Holiday Season!"

Please visit Lindamans.com for more information on this favorite Spokane South Hill spot located just south of St. John the Evangelist Cathedral on Grand Boulevard.

 

OTHER UPCOMING HOLIDAY ART EVENTS

Please visit my Art Venues page for more information on these events and local Spokane venues that feature my work.

 

 

PITTYPAT GALLERY ~ OPEN (By Invitation and Appointment) ~ My gallery is open from springtime through the end of the year. It features a revolving exhibit that reflects the four seasons and dovetails with artwork on this website.

During the months of January through April, my gallery is closed. This is my creative time when I'm working on various design projects as well as planning and creating works to add to my collection.

This WINTER, my gallery offers a huge selection of framed originals and canvas reproductions, fframed art paper reproductions, blank art cards, magnets and more available for purchase. Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information ~ plus details on commissioning 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 either in digital email format or U.S.P.S. hard copies. The postcards feature NEW artwork images and list the schedule of my Fall • Winter • Holiday events and Spring • Summer ones. Frequently the postcards offer special savings at upcoming artfests and private PittyPat Gallery events.

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

 

FIND MY ARTWORK

COMPLETE LIST ~ As mentioned above, my Art Venues page shares more about future events and venues that carry my work in the Northwest. Here are just a few:

 

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY ~ The Friends of Coeur d'Alene Park, The Friends of Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, Spokane Preservation Advocate ~ 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, Wishing Star, Spokane Preservation Advocates, and other local non-profits.

ART DONATIONS ~ I also give framed artwork to many local causes like the Gonzaga Prep Auction, Light the Way Childhood Cancer, the Ronald McDonald House Cobra Polo event, First Tee, Spokane Symphony's Concert in the Park, Wishing Star, Spokane Symphony's Christmas Tree Elegance (see the image of this year's piece below) ~ and more.

For a complete list of causes I support, please visit my Biography page. The list is near the bottom of the page.

 

 

NEW! "THE CHRISTMAS CAROUSEL (LOOFF"

My initial portrait of the historic Looff Carousel was initially completed 20 years ago in 1997. How time flies!

Michael Bagley, acclaimed tree designer many times over for Spokane's Christmas Tree Elegance (SpokaneSymphony.org) chose a carousel theme for his tree this year and commissioned the reworking of the original holiday piece.

In this rendition, I draped the rafters with garlands of holly and shiny red Christmas balls andI added of candy canes tied with green bows below. On this snowy evening, I pictured myself about to help my young nephew Michael onto a jewel-encrusted steed after a day of shopping with my youngest sister Peggy. Note the bag brimming with colorful Christmas packages.

Finished in 1909, this merry-go-round was elaborate in every detail with dozens of multi-sized mirror panels and 180 glittering lights. Too expensive for Natatorium Park at a price of $20,000, carousel creator Looff struck a special deal: if the park would allow his son Louis Vogel to run the carousel and other concessions on a percentage basis, Looff would ship the carousel to the park as a wedding gift for his daughter Emma.

When Nat Park closed in 1968, its property developed into a mobile home park, the carousel was dismantled and stored. With the opening of Expo 74, Spokane’s World Fair at 100-acre Riverfront Park, one of the most anticipated events was the re-opening of the carousel ~ not just for viewing, but for riding. Housed in a protective building, it was available again to children of all ages.

Highlight ~ This December, the carousel is once again tucked away in storage as Riverfront Park is undergoing some ambitious improvements ~ one of which is the construction of a new building to house the beloved Looff Carousel. It will reopen soon!

 

 

 

 

 

WINTER in the Pacific Northwest usually arrives with a first snowfall in early November. Winters can be long and cold here ~ but always beautiful. In front of our little brick bungalow stands a tall street lamp that shines on the snowflakes as they fall ~ very like the first magical scene in the beloved classic holiday film, "The Polar Express."

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ~ Our home is on a quiet block between two picturesque Spokane parks ~ Manito and Cannon Hill. Both have ponds that fill with ice skaters in winter. Find paintings of these scenes on my What's New page. Manito Park also has a glass conservatory with tropical plants like banana trees plus a huge Christmas cactus over 100 years old. Dozens of poinsettias of all varieties are tucked into every nook and cranny. Every year volunteers from The Friends of Manito (TheFriendsOfManito.org) stewardship group trim the conservatory with thousands of colored lights. It's a stunning holiday gift to the city as the exposition is free to all.

CARDINALS, HOLLY, PINE BOUGHS & MORE ~ My husband and I love Cardinals. They are perched among holly brances in most rooms of our home from November through February. Dinner guests find them sprinkled on April Cornell's (AprilCornell.com) colorful "Boughs & Birds" linens that dress our dining room table (more on April Cornell below). Dozens of these birds join the ornaments on our tree ~ and a ceramic flock of them sits on our front porch steps to welcome friends and family.

TRADITIONS ~ Between my husband Doug, me and our extended families, we share many traditions. At Thanksgiving, he is the master chef, concocting the juiciest most delicious turkey ever while I fill in the meal with side dishes and dessert. Nearly every December, we host an open house where Doug serves his famous made-from-scratch Jambalaya and highly-lethal eggnog. Last year we lost count of the guests!

THE HISTORIC DAVENPORT HOTEL (TheDavenportHotel.com) ~ Early December brings Christmas Tree Elegance ~ a collection of a dozen themed trees on The Davenport Hotel's mezzanine. These are raffled off in support of the local symphony. As mentioned above, my merry-go-round painting is the fourth collaboration with designer Michael Bagley. Later, Christmas Eve finds Doug and me back at The Davenport Hotel again for a snifter of brandy in the Peacock Room after Mass at Saint Augustine's. My artwork of the hotel and church are on my Spokane Collection page.

MY MOTHER SALLY ~ Everything I know about decorating for the seasons, I learned from my mother. She's still busy at her sewing machine creating something with her fine artistic “eye." Sally enjoys dressing up her condominium and entertaining friends and family with flair and style. She just celebrated her 90th birthday. We like to say she's 90 going on 69 as she's so vital and young at heart. Sally always inspires ~ and my sisters and I love carrying on her traditions, especially at Christmas.

Highlight ~ See the article celebrating April Cornell and her colorful textile designs in the March/April 2017 issue of Victoria magazine, "April Cornell: Conversing in Color."

To see more of our WINTER decor, click on the image here or on Our Winter Cottage at Holiday Time pdf.

 

 

 

 

WELCOME ~ You're here!

 

WHAT'S NEW ~ "2017 HEART OF WINTER COLLECTION" ~ This page features all of the artwork on exhibit this season at Spokane's Lindaman's Bistro. Many of the pieces on display are NEW. The show celebrates GIVING THANKS, MAKING MERRY and WATCHING SNOWFLAKES FALL . . .

 

CALENDAR & ART JOURNALS ~ I've created multiple editions of calendars for two dozen years, showcasing NEW artwork and past favorites ~ plus two 4th Edition perpetual shelf-life journals with 44 fine art images in each.

AVAILABLE NOW! THREE NEW SPOKANE AND INLAND NORTHWEST CALENDARS

See the images for each edition by clicking on the bold red titles below. Visit my Calendar page for more information and web sites for settings (where available). Scroll further down for more information on the art journals. Note ~ In recent years most editions of my calendars have completely sold out. However, if you are interested in collecting the artwork that the past issues contain, there are a few still available. You'll find a complete list of titles at the foot of my Calendar page. If you have any questions, please call me for details at 206.406.1409.

2018 NEW "CELEBRATING OUR CITY PARKS" ~ This year's 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 presigious landmarks and five fun ones. Five of the paintings are NEW!

 

NEW FEATURE ~ In these two 4th edition for the first time, historical photos and background stories accompany each journal image. 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 vivist my 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 as they unfold throughout the year ~ including dates, times, addresses, web sites 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 complete list of charitable causes I've supported in 2016 and 2017 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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