"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate!" ~ Oprah Winfrey

 

BEAUTIFUL COLORS AND GREEN, GROWING THINGS!

After a long grey winter, Spring has arrived in our neck of the woods here in the Northwest. Tulips line our front walkway. Daffodis, crocuses and snowdrops dot the front gardens and four huge candytufts flanks the front step saying "WELCOME SPRING" to everyone who walks by our bungalow. Doug and I LOVE this seaon!

The photo here shows my sister Peggy and me with our mom Sally enjoying a Spring luncheon. Sally was honored that day for all of her decades of volunteer service to Spokane's Sacred Heart Providence Medical Center. We were thrilled to be with her in this lovely setting when she received this well-deserved honor.

Spring brings us three special holidays ~ EASTER on April 1st followed by MOTHER'S DAY and FATHER'S DAY. Add to that, Doug and I have multiple birthdays to celebrate ~ his, mine, my mother Sally's, our granddaughter Addison's and the arrival of our second granddaughter at son Kevin's house at the end of March. Did I mention that Doug and I have our 18th wedding anniversary coming up in April? Spring is all about CELEBRATIONS!

 

The "HEART OF SPRING COLOR" Collection below features 36 paintings (five are NEW!) celebrating six beautiful Spring COLORS. You'll find scenes of settings from communities all over the Northwest, a few from the Southwest and one from England's picturesque Coast of Cornwall. Enjoy this homage to Mother Nature's loveliest season of the year!

 

16 RECENT WORKS ~ Click here on the NEW 2018-2017 Art Collection pdf to see thumbnail images of all 16 paintings completed this year and last. Three are part of the "HEART OF SPRING COLOR" collection below ~ with others scattered throughout the Puget Sound, Spokane & More Paintings pages.

PITTYPAT GALLERY ~ CLOSED ~ From 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 framed originals and reproductions, NEW 25th Anniversary 2019 calendars. NEW 5th edition journals, fine art cards, magnets and more. 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.

 

 

OVERVIEW OF THE 36 PAINTINGS ~

 

SNOWDROP WHITE • 1 Destination and 5 Homes (2 NEW! ~ Spokane, Redmond, Snohomish and Port Townsend)

NEW! "BLOOMS & BICYCLES ON 16TH" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2018 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This sweet remarkably pretty clapboard cottage was built deeply into its lot on 16th Avenue near Grand Boulevard, providing owners with a huge expanse of lawn and gardens that came to life in warmer months. Tall and narrow, the home had several unexpected delicate features like the oval roof over the front porch, the large sunburst- embellished front window and diamond-shaped leaded glass windows flanking its entryway.

In 2015, my chum Carol Mulholland helped a friend with a cosmetic upgrading of the interior, so I was able to tour the place before it was offered for sale. Although the inside was bright and cheery, the woodwork throughout was very plain and the floors similar to those found in the servants’ rooms of grand mansions like the Campbell House.

Highlight ~ Carol’s friend shared that local legend had it that the house was thought to be one of several workers’ cottages (this, the last one standing) constructed in the early 1900s for a staff member and his family to live in while Manito Park was taking shape.

NEW! "'28 CHARMER (COFFMAN HOUSE)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JANUARY 2018 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The historic Coffman house on Spokane’s Manito Boulevard was built in 1928 (thus the title) for Charles and Beulah Coffman for a documented cost of $6,000 ~ with an additional $250 for their garage. It has always been one of the prettiest homes on this lovely tree-lined South Hill street.

Charles was vice-president and manager of the Exchange and Manufacturing Company of Spokane ~ and it is believed that much of the building materials used in the construction of this classic Colonial-Revival home may have come from the Exchange Company.

Charles died in 1947 and his widow stayed here until her passing in 1963 when their daughter Catherine and her husband then owned the property.

Highlight ~ This recent painting was a special gift to the family who called this beautiful place their home at the time I finished this artwork. They are shown heading to Manito Park to enjoy a picnic.

"SPRINGTIME COMES TO SIMPSON STREET ~ LINCOLN STREET (DETAIL)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED (REVISED) JANUARY 2016 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 16X20-INCH)

This artwork portrayed a detail of a large 16x20-inch “neighborhood” painting with houses that I have lived in and loved throughout the years. It was also the second portrait I’ve completed of this cottage on Lincoln Street ~ the first one a Christmas scene.

When I was born, this was my first home ~ my parents purchasing it and moving from the Poplar Arms Apartments in Browne’s Addition.

In this piece, I pictured my sister Marilee and me in the foreground playing on the sidewalk while our grandparents Charles and Jessie Simpson kept a watchful eye on us. My folks Sally and Joe were enjoying a relaxing break in their newly created back yard complete with a freshly planted lawn, white picket fence and flowers gardens.

After my parents sold the home, an architect remodeled it into a two-story and much of the ambience and charm shown here was lost.

Highlight ~ What made this cottage magical for a toddler was the button that when pushed dropped a stairway down from the first floor ceiling.

"WEDDING AT THE WOODSIDE HOUSE" (REDMOND, WA • JULYT 2005 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

When I painted this pretty wedding-themed piece, it was still operating a Carolyn Miglino’s charming “Rosetree Cottage” boutique.

The Dutch Colonial was built in 1925 by Dr. and Mrs. James H. Woodside on the corner of NE 83rd Street and 164th Avenue NE. Veterinarian Woodside made house calls to local farmers. Before the day of telephones, he was reached for emergencies at Hotel Redmond (Justice White House). Active in civic affairs, Woodside ran for (but lost) a seat on the first Redmond Town Council in 1913.

Upon his death, another veterinarian bought the house, ultimately selling it to the Swensons (Redmond Elementary School principal). The family lived in it for decades, creating lush, colorful gardens around the residence. When the future of the house was threatened in 2000, Miglino rescued it, moving it a half block to a prettier log.

Highlight ~ When Carolyn Miglino closed her business due to illness several years ago, Doug and I purchased several beautiful carpets and other lovely unique items we used to decorate the cottage where we live now.

"BLUE BIRDHOUSE B&B" (SNOHOMISH, WA •MARCH 2003 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Although this house was clearly a perfect example of vintage Victorian architecture when I discovered the three-story in the early 1900s, surprisingly, there was no evidence that it have been registered as one of Snohomish’s historic homes.

At the time, this three-story beauty was pristine white with a blue roof as pictured in my painting. Its wood siding and decorative "gingerbread" detailing really made it stand out on its corner lot that bordered the community's historic district. As it was on the edge of the district, I stumbled upon it accidentally, but found it so beautiful that I added it to my Snohomish Collection.

I gave the piece a B&B theme even though it was a single-family dwelling at the time, adding several whimsical birdhouses and lots of flower-filled gardens to complement the grounds around the home. I pictured my husband Doug relaxing while reading the paper in a large wicker chair on the wrap-around porch. I'm carrying the breakfast we are both about to enjoy!

Highlight ~ This pretty painting was featured for years in my booth at the September Snohomish Tour of Historic Homes

"ROCHE HARBOR REVERIE" (ROCHE HARBOR, THE SAN JUANS, WA • JULY 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The focal point of Roche Harbor Resort and Marina (RocheHarbor.com), this once private residence of the village’s founder John S. McMillin, became the signature Madrona Grill when the Neil Tarte family purchased the property from McMillin’s son Paul and developed it into a destination resort for vacationers and boaters from the United States and Canada.

In the early 1900s, the harbor had housed McMillin’s very successful mines, lime kiln, processing plant, Hotel de Haro (for guests and clients), a small church and school as well as homes for all of his employees and their families.

Tarte saved and restored most of the McMillin structures, and later new owners added other buildings, being careful to blend them with the setting’s quaint feel. During the summer months, the resort became a hub of happy activity.

Highlight ~ For decades on the Fourth of July, revelers crowded the restaurant’s decks and dining room to enjoy the harbor view, feast on delicious fare and watch the annual Independence Day games on the shoreline below. Log rolling, anyone?

Highlight ~ This pretty painting was featured for years in my booth at the September Snohomish Tour of Historic Homes

 

 

DAFFODIL YELLOW • 2 Inns and 4 Homes (Spokane, Snohomish, Lopez Island in the San Juans, WA and St. Ives on England's Coast of Cornwall)

"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 essentiall when I was living in the Seattle area.

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.

Highlight ~ In December 2014, she and her husband invited Doug and me over for some Christmas cheer which included a tour of the Victorian they had restored together ~ it was exquisite!

"CANNON HILL DUTCH COLONIAL (DETAIL)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • AUGUST 2016 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11X14-INCH

This image was a detail of the larger “Cannon Hill Cottages” piece.

The Dutch Colonial two-story residence overlooking Cannon Hill Park was unique as it was among just a handful of homes located there that were not brick masonry construction.

In the late 1800s, the park had functioned as a brick yard, but when the clay resources ran out, the area was converted into a neighborhood park. It was dedicated in 1910 and originally named Adams Park for its benefactors who were related to President John Quincy Adams.

Shortly thereafter, it was renamed for historic Spokane developer A.M. Cannon. The famous Olmsted Bros. of Brookline, MA had a hand in the park’s design.

Highlight ~ Three of my high school classmates grew up in this pretty home.

"QUILTNG BEE AT THE BUTTERCUP COTTAGE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED JULY 2003 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This modest two-story clapboard cottage was tucked among several imposing grand mansions in the center of the historic district of Snohomish, Washington on busy Avenue D.

Although its design was very simple, I saw that its owners clearly loved the little place and had very creatively made the most of it with their imaginative choice of this butter yellow paint accented with periwinkle and lavender trim. Its gardens were lush with delphiniums and the porch framed with fragrant blossoming wisteria.

Even though the home was not registered in the district as “historic,” I was drawn to its charm and added it to my Snohomish collection.

Highlight ~ I gave this piece a quilting bee theme with a peek-a-boo glimpse of the busy women (several of my creative girlfriends) inside working diligently on their sewing project.

"HIPPITY-HOPPIN' AT THE HILL HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2009 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The charming little community of Snohomish, just an hour's drive north of Seattle, has always been a charming "destination" for folks who like to get away for the weekend. It's home to dozens of darling gift shops, antique stores, restaurants and B&Bs.

This pretty, single-story cottage on Avenue A was built at the turn of the last century in the heart of the Snohomish historic district. When I painted its portrait, the house was this pretty shade of soft daffodil yellow ~ the perfect harbinger of spring ~ thus the proliferation of tulips and hyacinths dotting the front gardens.

I pictured my nieces Isabell and Brooklynn with me dressed for the Easter "hols" in floral frocks feeDing carrots to half a dozen bunnies tucked throughout the scene.

Highlight ~ This pretty cottage was one of only a few surrounded by a classic white picket fence.

"FLYING KITES AT LOPEZ" (LOPEZ ISLAND, THE SAN JUANS, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2011 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This was a revision of an earlier painting I finished in 1994. At that time, 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. New proprietors gave the inn a coat of buttery yellow paint and added flags to the front of the building.

Lopez Island was rather 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 offering stunning views. I pictured my husband Doug with me and my sister Marilee flying kites on a brisk breezy day.

Highlight ~ Our kites Andy and Sophie featured the the numbers of the inn's address on them.

"BEAUTIFUL BELYAR'S CROST" (ST. IVES, CORNWALL, ENGLAND, 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.



Highlight ~ One of Hollywood's most famous and accomplished actors spent his youth growing up on a farm in Happy Valley. Gary Cooper lived here until his family relocated to Montana.

 

 

TULIP RED • 3 Destinations and 1 Cottage (Spokane, Port Townsend and Snohomish)

"BLOOMING MAGNOLIA ON MANITO" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • OCTOBER 2007 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This friendly scene portrayed the Carroll Gray family's distinctive ranch-style rambler on Spokane's South Hill as it looked in the 1970s.

I painted mother of five Kay carrying in the groceries while her daughter Gail greeted her on stilts created by father who was busy mowing the lawn.

Sons Tom and Joe loved baseball and were shown enjoying a game of catch while the family cat George cheered from porch.

Sisters Peggy and Teresa were painted beneath the immense Magnolia tree in full bloom, about to head out for a bike ride. This artwork was commissioned by the Gray children as a special Christmas gift for their parents.

Highlight ~ In the early 1970s, Gail Gray played the piano when I sang at my sisters wedding. Years later, I helped Teresa Gray Reuter with images I painted of Saint Augustine’s parish that were featured on their web site.

"COZY CABBAGE PATCH" ~ (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Built in 1905, this two-story Victorian beauty once served as a boarding house and an antique store filled with unique Native American artifacts.

In 1975, it opened as The Cabbage Patch Inn (CabbagePatchRestaurant.com). A few short years later in 1978, Sandra McCutchan purchased it, began expanding its services and building the restaurant’s reputation. At that time, her Aunt Joan was upstairs baking goodies for her niece’s establishment (like raspberry cream pie) nearly every day of the week.

Sandra became known for specializing in “comfort” homemade favorites served in cozy settings. This included the Garden Room in the rear of the restaurant that she created from what had been the back porch.

A fire very nearly destroyed it, but Sandra rebuilt and reopened the Cabbage Patch, much to the delight of both locals and visitors to this friendly community known for its huge selection of antique stores and fine restored historic residences.

Highlight ~ Rumor had it that more than one ghost haunted the building.

"COZY CONSULATE B&B" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JULY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

“Cozy Consulate B&B (Frank Hastings House)” (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2001 • 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.

"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.

 

 

HYACINTH BLUE (and Blueish Gray) ~ 6 Cottages and Mansions (Spokane, Kirkland, Port Townsend and Snohomish)

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

This pretty Victorian cottage was built at the intersection of Eighth Avenue & Sherman at the foot of the South Hill a few blocks from Rockwood Boulevard.

More importantly, it also was across the back alley from what was my grandparent’s home in the 1940s and 1950s. Near the close of World War II, my mother moved from her home in Springdale and took a position at Galeena, part of the Army Air Corps before it became the Fairchild Air Force Base.

She met Mrs. Love’s daughter there, came to Sunday dinner and was invited to move from the base housing into this pretty cottage. When Naval Officer Joe Simpson returned from World War II, the two young people met, fell in love and married in 1947.

Mrs. Love hosted their wedding breakfast. My parents celebrated 40-never-a-dull-moment-years before my father passed away in the late 1980s. I’m pictured with my parents on the front lawn amid spring flower gardens.

Highlight ~ The exterior of this cottage looks much the same these days in the 2000s as it didn over 40 years ago in 1947.

"HISTORIC BLEEKER HOUSE" (THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8x10-INCH)

This was a portrait I completed of the historic North Side home built for Harry and Katherine Bleeker in 1909.

A Dutch descendent, Bleeker was once secretary/vice president of Spokane's Washington Water Power Company. Famed architect C. Ferris White designed the home in the Dutch Colonial Revival style, influenced by 1700-1800s farmhouses in New York's Hudson River Valley. Architectural details included multi-paned windows, louvered shutters and rare flared-roof eaves.

Owners of the home at the time of the MAC (Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture) Mother’s Day Tour of Homes in 2009 had completed a remarkable renovation ~ bringing the residence back to its period beauty. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Spokane.

Highlight ~ One of my high school classmates Heather Hennessey grew up in the magnificent home overlooking the Spokane River and old Fort George Wright.

”LUNDBERG OVERBLUFF BEAUTY" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2015 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Since its inception, the beautiful Overbluff neighborhood showcased fine residences in several different styles. The artwork here portrayed the historic Christensen House ~ a classic Tudor storybook-style cottage from famed architect John Anderson built in 1926.

It was listed on the Spokane Register of Historic Places as a historic landmark. The home exuded charm with details like the arched brick border that framed the front door and the tall, tapered chimney. From the intricate wrought-iron porches (a tiny one to the left and a larger one to the right of the entryway) to the cottage windows on all three floors, this stucco house stood out on the block.

I pictured the Lundbergs in this springtime-themed piece filled with tulips and trees unfolding into leaf. The Blue Star Creeper “angel” designed into the brick front walkway held a special meaning for the family.

Highlight ~ Carmel-By-The-Sea, California has always been renowned for this unique genre of creative architecture. Hugh Comstock built his reputation for the storybook style with his Hansel & Gretel Cottages and others there in the early 1920s. (Photo courtesy of Molly Roberts Hannan)

"SPRINGTIME AT THE SHUMWAY MANSION" (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2006 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This beautiful shingled mansion was built on a seven-acre lot in Kirkland in 1909-1910 by J.G. Bartsch for the Belchertown, Massachusetts Shumway family.

Three brothers arrived first, homesteading near Bow, Washington, and were followed by Carrie Holland Shumway, her mother and four sisters in the early 1800s.

Carrie served very actively on Kirkland's City Council, being Washington's first woman to be elected in 1916 to such a post. Several organizations, such as the Kirkland's Women's Club, the Seattle Bicycle Club and the Seattle Camera Club owe their beginning to this remarkable women and her sisters. In 1944 at age 86, Carrie sold her home.

After several ownerships, in 1982 Richard and Salli Harris of Edmonds bought it and relocated it to a 3.4-acre setting overlooking Juanita Bay. The 24-room mansion was restored and re-opened in 1985 as a popular bed-and-breakfast, where it was a beloved setting for weddings and other special events for many years.

Highlight ~ This mansion has been kept in remarkable shape over the decades since it was built and is one of a handful of true historic structures remaining in this community on the east side of Lake Washington.

"PRETTY PARSONAGE IN MAY" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

After finishing my education in Eastern Washington, I moved to the Seattle area in 1974 and stayed until my husband Doug and I returned in 2012.

One of our favorite weekend getaways was a trip to Snohomish. The community beaconed for two reasons ~ our kids lived there and the town was filled with antique stores, vintage cafes and several hospitable B&Bs.

At that time, the community partnered with its very active historical society and hosted two tours of historic homes ~ one in September and another at Chrismastime. Most of what was known as the historic district was fairly easy to walk and I took dozens of photos of the pretty Victorians, bungalows, foursquares and craftsmans there. When I painted this beautifully detailed three-story, it was still operating as the “Pillows and Platters B&B.”

Located at 502 Avenue C, this pretty three-story residence was built in 1892 to serve Snohomish as the town’s original Methodist Parsonage.

Highlight ~ I gave this painting a “May Day” theme, picturing my husband Doug and me delivering pots of colorful posies to all the folks in the neighborhood.

"HAPPY TIMES AT THE HILL HOUSE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED MAY 2006 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This pretty two-story house, originally constructed for J.J. Hunt in 1872 at 611 Polk Street, became home ten years later to Robert C. Hill and his wife, Elizabeth.

Very active in local community affairs, Robert Hill was elected mayor of the town in 1885, and also was instrumental in establishing the First National Bank of Port Townsend.

This is a fun summer painting with a picnic theme ~ complete with “Old Glory” billowing in the breeze. I filled the artwork with good friends Joe and Linda Ebner and John and Maria Herbert about to enjoy an old fashioned feast of watermelon and other traditional summer favorites.

Highlight ~ Our kitties Andy and Sophie were quite an armful for my husband Doug, pictured in the front window. Long since passed to feiline heaven, we miss our kitties daily to this day.

 

 

LEAF GREEN • 6 Mansions and Cottages (1 NEW! Spokane, Bellevue, Snohomish, Port Townsend, WA and Ashland, OR)

NEW! "FLOWER HOUSE ON THE HILL" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2018 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 11X14-INCH)

When I finished the portrait of this remarkably inviting two-story Tudor-Revival near Cannon Hill Pond, the Tim and Sally Quirk family had just marked their 42nd year there. Built in 1911 and sadly vacant during the Great Depression, at one point the Morrisons also lived in this home for about 20 years.

Handsome as can be with its classic styling and large clincker brick porch and foundation, what really set this place apart from others on the street has been its prolific, colorful blossom-filled gardens and pots. This has always been one of those properties where folks literally stop to ooohhh and aaahhh at its beauty, knowing full well the special effort it took to create these results.

The couple chose a spring/summer theme for this piece. They are pictured on their front lawn with son Brian and his beagle-blend Snickers and daughter Katie steadying a handful of blossoms on her blue bicycle. It’s a gorgeous day at a beautiful home . . . what pleasures await?

Highlight ~ The Quirks have done a huge amount of restoration work to this handsome Tudor over their four decades here, creating a truly inviting place to be.

"BROWNE'S ADDITION BEAUTY (PAGE-UFFORD HOUSE)" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Built in 1896 of shingle and basaltic rock construction, this three-story Queen Anne was located on Browne’s Addition’s west bluff overlooking Latah Creek. Alba J. Page and his wife Flora lived here first, succeeded a short while later by William and Ethel Ufford ~  thus the name.

When I painted the Victorian, it had recently been purchased and carefully restored by Katherine Fritchie, who transformed it from a down-on-its-heels apartment house to the classic single family residence painted here.

The process was fraught with unique challenges at every turn, but Kathy persevered. After years of neglect, the house shone with its original integrity and was approved for the Spokane Register of Historic Places.

I pictured my nieces Isabell and Brooklynn with me in this spring-themed piece carrying a huge pot of hyacinths for Kathy.

Highlight ~ Immediately after the Great Depression, folks who owned the large mansions in Spokane's first neighborhood, were pressured to divide their homes into apartments to accommodate returning servicemen. This was the fate of this stucture. Even the wrap-around porch was encased as an apartment.

"MAKING SHORTCAKE AT THE MCDOWELL MANSION" (BELLEUVE, WA • PAINTED MAY 2005 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Located near the historic Wilburton Trestle in Bellevue, this charming Arts & Crafts-style house was designated the headquarters for the Eastside Heritage Center (once housed in Redmond’s Clise Mansion at Marymoor Park).

Built in 1908 by the McDowell family with lumber from the nearby Wilburton Mill, this pretty house was once part of High Ridge Farm and Cherry Hill Farm, as well as home to the Dawes family and the Paxton family.

The city of Bellevue with Washington State carefully restored the exterior of the home and its surrounding grounds, creating a truly beautiful setting. For decades, the Eastside Heritage Center hosted Bellevue’s annual Strawberry Festival.

Highlight ~ In 2005, this beloved festival was held at the McDowell House, thus the good-eatin’-summertime-dessert tone of this painting picturing several EHC volunteers, Lisa James, my husband Doug, and niece and nephew, Kelly and Michael Barton. The event inspired this painting.

"FRESH FLOWERS AT THE WERSHING HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This simple, yet very pleasing Dutch Colonial home was built on 426 Union Street in the early 1900s at the turn of the last century.

Although slightly off the beaten path of the area known as the historic district in picturesque Snohomish, the clapboard and shingle-construction Wershing House was one of a very few barn roof-style homes located there.

Its crisp green and white paint scheme and front porch that spanned the entire front of the cottage inspired this portrait.

I pictured my sisters Marilee and Peggy hard at work helping me transplant dozens of tulips and daffodils into the surrounding flower beds and pots that lined the front walkway.

Highlight ~ I finished this artwork a few years back in honor of springtime and sisterhood!

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

Italian for “Eagle View,” Aquila Vista has always enjoyed the sweeping view of Rogue Valley and Ashland, Oregon ~ sometimes from above the clouds.

The beautiful home was built to take advantage of this in a grove of madrones, pine trees and shrubbery that bursts into bloom every spring. Note the tree house tucked into the forest above the house.

The couple living there when this portrait was completed, shared, “It’s been a wonderfully restful place to enjoy a glass of local wine and local wildlife (deer, elk, bears, eagles and more).”

Aquila Vista was the perfect gift from Mike to Karen and 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.)

"GLEASON GREEN GODDESS" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2006 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I created this fun summer picnicking scene with flags unfurled and all the traditional fixin’s ~ from watermelon to beef burgers to chocolate layer cake.

My husband Doug and I are pictured celebrating with our pals Joe and Linda Ebner and John and Maria Herbert at this beautiful historic Port Townsend home.

It was constructed in the early 1900s at 706 Taft Street by successful dentist Dr. Gleason. The unique residence was adorned with a decorative turret and decorative arched front picture windows. The home’s interior featured very creative use of wood and moldings throughout, including built-in china cabinets and other charming details.

The owner patterned the three-story after a similar home in Boston, MA where he had lived for several years before moving west to the seaside community of Port Townsend.

Highlight ~ This three-story was our favorite decades ago when my sister Marilee and I discovered it on the Port Townsend Tour of Historic Homes in the early1980s.

 

 

ACORN BROWN 3 Destinations and 5 Homes (2 NEW! Spokane, Kirkland, Redmond, Port Townsend, WA; Cannon Beach, OR; Mesa, AZ and Downington, PA)

NEW! "GAL PALS PICNIC ON STONINGTON LANE" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2013 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

I completed this little painting as a special milestone birthday gift for my longtime friend Marie Marx Strohm. It was a tribute to our 50 years of friendship dating back to the late ‘60s at Holy Names Academy.

I pictured (L to R) Marie, her accomplished artist sister Jeannine Marx Fruci and me on the front lawn of Marie's new cottage on Stonington Lane. The three of us were about to head out for a bike ride and picnic on a beautiful sunny afternoon. Our mode of transport? Three jewel-toned Schwinn one-speeds.
Marie's front basket held a bottle of red, a French bagette and red and white gingham napkins with matching tablelcoths tied to the back. A watermelon took up most of Jeannie's basket with a huge blanket attached behind. A bunch of daisies and a bottle of white filled my front basket with the loaded picnic basket on the back. Good times!

Highlight ~ it was not an accident that our striped tees matched our Schwinns ~ I pictured each of us in our favorite colors!

NEW! "ART IN BLOOM (D.C. CORBIN HOUSE)" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2017 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Kirtland Cutter designed and built this Colonial Revival mansion for D.C. Corbin on Seventh Avenue just east of his son’s more elegant home in 1898. D.C. led a simpler life than Austin who was famous for his extravagant parties and balls. The only social event hosted by D.C. was an annual display of fireworks on Independence Day.

Decades later, this three-story opened its doors as the beloved Corbin Art Center. Managed by the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, over the years, dozens of instructors have taught art classes there with additional special activities for chldren during the summer months.

This piece pictured Friends of The Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens (HeritageGardens.org) volunteers and fine artists preparing for Art In Bloom ~ an annual fundraiser pairing fine floral arrangements with local artists’ works to benefit the gardens and art center.

Highlight ~ A unique feature of this property was “the folly” constructed behind the house ~ a popular garden feature begun in Europe and was very popular during the last two centuries.

"SCHWINNS AT THE SEARS BUILDING IN SPRINGTIME" (KIRKLAND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2013 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This unique Kirkland landmark was built by Boston millionaire and philanthropist Joshua Sears in 1891 for $18,000. Sears and Peter Kirk had grand plans to make Kirkland the largest steel-producing center on the West Coast.

At the time it was finished, it was Kirkland’s largest building and slated to house a bank for their steel venture. The Panic of 1893 completely destroyed their plans and the building remained empty for decades.

The first floor housed several businesses over the decades. At one point, the upper level was divided into seven small studio apartments, but the space was recently remodeled into an expansive single-family living space with an amazing view of nearby beautiful Lake Washington.

In 1983, the Sears Building was added to the National Historic Register of Historic Places ~ long overdue for this unique triangular structure.

"THE STONE HOUSE" (REDMOND, WA. • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

When the Stone House was constructed in 1916, it was one of the most unusual buildings in the small community of Redmond, Washington ~ made world famous by the development of the Microsoft campus.

Orson and Emma Wiley chose red brick and multi-colored rocks collected from nearby rivers and streams to design and create this decorative one-story cottage ~ complete with an small room in its attic.

In a neighborhood filled with Victorian frame residences, the creative use of the building materials really made this residence stand out in a very unique way.

Orson Wiley was a local entrepreneur who owned both the livery stable and a very popular local saloon.

Highlight ~ Local legend had it that Wiley built a web of underground tunnels to the stills on his property during the days of Prohibition ~ a colorful story that was never definitively substantiated.

"MANRESA CASTLE IN MAY" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Originally known as the Eisenbeis Castle, the elegant imposing structure was named for Charles Eisenbeis, Port Townsend’s first mayor and a leading local businessman.

The regal four-story castle was built in 1892 on 7th and Sheridan Street and was inspired by castles on the Rhine River where Eisenbeis had lived before immigrating to the United States. The castle originally had 30 rooms that enjoyed spectacular views of stunning Puget Sound. Beautifully enhanced by gorgeous hand-carved oak woodwork and vintage glittering chandeliers, the castle was surrounded by lush grounds and flower gardens.

When I painted this piece, the Manresa Castle (ManresaCastle.com) was serving guests as a very popular inn and fine restaurant. Another interesting note, rumor has it that guests have suggested that the place may be haunted by ghosts.

Highlight ~ My mother Sally and father Joe celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with dinner here in late 1980s a few months before my dad passed away.

"DOUG'S DREAM HOUSE (THE NEEDLES)" (CANNON BEACH, OR • PAINTED MARCH 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

“Doug’s Dream House (The Needles)” • CANNON BEACH, OREGON • PAINTED MARCH 1998 • 8X10-INCH

I completed this portrait of Cannon Beach's historic “Needles” log cabin lodge for my husband Doug a couple of years before we were married.
The painting commemorated a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend getaway spent at this beloved seaside community on the Oregon Coast ~ our first vacation together.

On a morning beach walk that Sunday, he shared with me that this unique rustic log beauty was his “dream house,” his favorite in Cannon Beach. He even scrambled up the steep bank between the beach and the house to snap some for me ~ which resulted in the surprise birthday artwork gift I gave to him that year for his birthday.

Highlight ~ Doug and I spent several Thanksgivings at this destination after we were married, one with his parents and two more with my mother Sally. Magical good memories!

"DESERT DELIGHT" (MISSION SQUARE AT ALTA MESA, MESA, AZ • PAINTED MARCH 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

In 2003, Doug and I purchased a cozy Mesa, AZ patio home ~ as they were called on the brochure about the complex known as "Mission Square at Alta Mesa." It overlooked the 17th of Alta Mesa Country Club and brought to fruition my husband's "bucket list" dream of becoming a "snow bird" when he retired.

Doug attended college at Arizona State University on a golf scholarship in the early 1970s and loved Arizona's warm dry climate, so spending his winters in this part of the United States was very appealing to him. He could wear shorts year round! His folks Russ and Kathleen had both passed by 2002, so he used the money from his inheritance to purchase this charming little place built in the mid-1980s which we’ve been updating over the years we've had it to make it "our own."

This stucco place became the setting for countless hours of fun and relaxation for both us, as well as and friends and family who frequently joined us there for the sunshine that seems to hide during winters in the Pacific Northwest. We’re pictured in front of our “desert delight” ~ about to enjoy a barbecue with friends and neighbors.

Highlight ~ a favorite activity of the women who live in our friendly little complex was to ride laps in the evening several times around the interior on our one-speed bicycles ~ each one a different color.

"DOUG'S DREAM HOUSE (THE NEEDLES)" (CANNON BEACH, OR • PAINTED MARCH 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

“Doug’s Dream House (The Needles)” • CANNON BEACH, OREGON • PAINTED MARCH 1998 • 8X10-INCH

I completed this portrait of Cannon Beach's historic “Needles” log cabin lodge for my husband Doug a couple of years before we were married.
The painting commemorated a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend getaway spent at this beloved seaside community on the Oregon Coast ~ our first vacation together.

On a morning beach walk that Sunday, he shared with me that this unique rustic log beauty was his “dream house,” his favorite in Cannon Beach. He even scrambled up the steep bank between the beach and the house to snap some for me ~ which resulted in the surprise birthday artwork gift I gave to him that year for his birthday.

Highlight ~ Doug and I spent several Thanksgivings at this destination after we were married, one with his parents and two more with my mother Sally. Magical good memories.

 

 

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