MOTHER NATURE'S COZIEST, HEART-WARMING TIME OF YEAR . . .

My gorup of "Americana" fine art below celebrates FALL INTO WINTER. Six themes celebrate the seasons' change, chilly weather, and "comfort & joy." The fireplace is lit, the wind has torn leaves from the trees anticipating snow, and folks are warming their hands with steamy pumpkin lattes!

The FALL INTO WINTER Collection features 24 paintings ~ four each in six themes. Five are NEW.

Find more FALL INTO WINTER fine art on the Puget Sound, Spokane, More Paintings pages.

 

NOVEMBER 12TH & 13TH ~ THE CLIFF HOUSE AT ARBOR CREST'S HOLIDAY ART FEST

Saturday and Sunday, November 12th and 13th, Arbor Crest (Spokane Valley) is bringing back its Holiday Art Fest with artists and crafters plus wine at this breathtaking setting. Ffind me on the FIRST FLOOR of the Cliff House Mansion.

2 NEW Unveilings ~ "The Christmas Craftsman" and "Snowy Fun at the Historic Folsum House" ~ Visit my Art Venues page to learn more about the Arbor Crest art event. Details about the "Craftsman" painting are shared below in Group 2 "Fall into Winter 'Home Sweet Homes'" and both NEW works are featured in my 17-page Entire South Hill Collection pdf ~ with 84 paintings organized by neighborhood and genre.

 

NEW WORK ~ Click on the 2022 / 2021 • All NEW "Americana" Art Collection pdf to see 21 NEW paintings ~ 14 in 2021 and 7 so far in 2022 ~ with more to come!

ART PROJECTS ON MY LIST ~ IN-PROGRESS are portraits of Spokane's Wilson and Shadle Park Schools, and another of Manito Park. Also look for artwork of the vintage Buckhorn Mineral Baths and Sagura Lake in Arizona, and others in 2023. Recent works identified with a red bullet of the words NEW are scattered throughout ALL the pages of this website, especially on Puget Sound, Spokane and More Paintings collection pages.

A GENTLE REMINDER ABOUT PITTYPAT GALLERY ~ Due to our move to Moran Prairie and family health challenges I shared on my Welcome page, PittyPat Gallery closed in July 2020. Thank you to all who visited over the years ~ I SO appreciated your interest in my "Americana" art and generous patronage.

 

V.I.P. MAILING LIST AND EVENT / NEW ITEMS POSTCARDS

SPECIAL EVENT MAILINGS ~ I frequently send postcards via email, text or printed hard copy (U.S.P.S.) listing my in-person events. If you are on my V.I.P. (Very Important Patron) List, mailings typically happen a couple times a year ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER and FALL INTO WINTER (including the Holidays). Many of you received one for this year's Summer venues, so look for a second digital mailing for this year's Holiday Season. If you don't receive your card, please phone me.

 

NEW ARTWORK ITEMS

For more information, please phone / text me at 206.406.1409 or visit my Ordering page. Find the list of local Spokane, Washington businesses that carry my work on my Welcome and Art Venues pages.

Again, find me on Facebook at "PattiSimpsonWardArt."

YOUR PRIVACY ~ To be on my VIP List, phone / text 206.406.1409 with details. NOTE ~Your privacy is very important to me. I NEVER share your personal information.

 

 

SEASONAL COLLECTION OF 24 PAINTINGS CELEBRATING SIX THEMES

Highlights ~ Beneath the four images for each of the six FALL INTO WINTER themes, I've shared histories, details, websites (where available) and links to each painting's collection pdf. Look for those in bold red text.

EACH GROUP'S FIRST PAINTING ~ The first image is a heartfelt nod to Washington State's Inland Northwest where I grew up. Five paintings are NEW!

NEW! "HARVEST FEST AT HUTTON SCHOOL" (ROCKWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 2021 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH

When I painted this Autumn-themed portrait of Hutton Elementary School, it had just turned 100 years old.  Near Rockwood Boulevard on Spokane's South Hill, it was named for mining millionaire and philanthropist, Levi H. Hutton. It was originally designed in 1921 by Archibald Rigg and partner Roland Vantyne in the Spanish eclectic style. Stucco walls, red tile roofing, the arcaded entryway and windows have always made Hutton stand out architecturally in the Rockwood National Historic District.  

Having recently been renovated, Spokane’s City Council placed it on the Spokane Register of Historic Places. The school was nominated for this special honor based on its contributions to history in the community ~ specifically in education and its uniquely handsome architecture.

Highlight ~ I gave this painting a "Harvest Festival" theme with booths offering freshly baked pumpkin and apple pies, displays of pumpkins for creating Jack-O-Lanterns, bouquets of friendly sunflowers, and T-shirts with an "H" on the front for “Hutton.” Colorful pumpkins, baskets of apples, wheat shocks and balloons in Autumn colors decorated this imaginary fundraiser for the "Hutton Hawks." The festival was about to begin with volunteers poised to welcome shoppers of all ages on a beautiful “Indian Summer” morning.  

Entire Spokane South Hill Collection pdf ~ Click on the 17-page pdf to see and learn about all 84 paintings in the "South Hill" collection.

 

"THE CRESCENT AT CHRISTMASTIME" (DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTEDJULY 2009 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH

The Crescent Department Store was THE place to shop when I was a youngster growing up in Spokane, Washington. It opened in 1889, the year of the big Spokane fire that destroyed a large portion of Spokane’s Downtown District. The store served faithfully for nearly a century until 1988 when it was sold to the F&N (Frederick & Nelson) Acquisition Corporation. A tradition with many Spokane families was the annual visit to the Crescent Department Store for pictures with Santa Claus.

I was six when this photo was taken with my sisters ~ all dressed in red plaid taffetas sewed by my mother Sally. After photos, we stopped by the signature animated store window with its lights, baubles and figures ~ Santa, his elves and more that moved in time to Christmas carols.

Highlight ~ At the 2014 Arbor Crest Art & Glass Festival, one of the employees responsible for the animated window stopped by to see my painting. He recognized the elves and colorful candy confections as those he created decades ago ~ sharing stories at my booth about his 30+ years at the beloved department store.

Entire Spokane Downtown District Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see and learn about all 11 paintings in "The Downtown District" collection.

 

"HANDSOME HANSEN HOUSE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MAY 2009• ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS 8x10-INCH)

This three-story residence with the half-timbered top floor gable and front porch was one of the most striking homes (both inside and out) in the historic district of Snohomish. The exterior of the residence was enhanced with river-rock masonry at its entrance flanked by two large planters filled with brilliant colorful foliage. It was the perfect subject for this Thanksgiving-themed artwork.

When my sister Marilee and I toured the residence during the Holiday Season in the mid-2000s, it was imaginatively decorated with vintage music boxes and toys, an antique Christmas village and much more. No one on the tour that year breezed through this home's main floor, as there was so much to see and marvel at.

N.P. Hansen House was built in 1906 on a slightly sloping hillside at 1314 4th Street. Its lot was prominent just around the corner from Snohomish High School,

Highlight ~ A favorite with visitors, this mansion was featured on the Snohomish Historical Society’s Holiday Homes Tour several times.

Entire Snohomish Collection pdf ~ Click on this 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 27 paintings in the "Snohomish" collection.

 

"CHRISTMAS CAROLING AT THE STATE CAPITOL" (LEGISLATION BUILDING, OLYMPIA, WA• PAINTEDDECEMBER 1997 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS 11X14-INCH)

This was a portrait I painted of the signature Legislative Building in the State Capitol of Olympia, located just south of the Tacoma, Washington. The dome of the structure has always been a highly recognizable landmark visible from the I-5 freeway for folks driving through the community on their travels north and south through Washington State.

The artwork featured folks of many different ethnic backgrounds in front of the festively decorated historic site ~ all celebrating and singing Christmas carols together to honor the season. This piece was completed just in time for Christmas 1997. I gave a framed reproduction of this portrait of the Legislative Building to both Governor and Mrs. Gary Locke and Lt. Governor and Mrs. Brad Owens to thank them for all of their generous support in promoting local Washington artists.

Highlight ~ At the time this piece was finished, I had a large exhibition of two dozen paintings hanging throughout this historic, majestic setting. 

Entire South and West Puget Sound Collection pdf ~ Click on this three-page pdf to see and learn about all 12 paintings in the "South and West Puget Sound" collection.

 

NEW! "AUTUMN LEAVES AND PUMPKINS AT THE ALLERS" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON • OCTOBER 2022 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Soon after my parents married in October 1947, Joe and Sally joined Saint Augustine’s Parish on Spokane’s South Hill ~ my mother signing up for the Altar Society there as well. A group of delightful women made her feel most welcome.

Soon my folks became part of a legendary group of couples who played bridge, dined and danced, partied together on New Year’s Eve, spent weekends at our family lake cabin, became God-parents for each other’s children ~ and were there for each other during times of trouble. The Allers, Eugenes, Fays, Lunquists, Maloneys, Robinsons, and Rouses were a huge part of our lives growing up ~ continuing even after we Simpsons moved to the Spokane Valley when they added the Doohans to the group.

The years went by, and one by one, these great friends passed away ~ each one very missed. Finally, just three women remained ~ my mother Sally (95 when I finished this art), Geneva Maloney (92) and Dolores Allers (99).

Highlight ~ As a surprise gift for Dolores’ 100th November birthday, I updated the simple home portrait I’d done for the Allers years before ~ adding husband Howard with sons Nick and Jim (right), daughters Judy, Arlene and Jackie (left) and “Birthday Gal” Dolores ~ front and center in the scene.

Entire Spokane South Hill Collection pdf ~ Click on the 17-page pdf to see and learn about all 84 paintings in the "South Hill" collection.

 

NEW! "CHRISTMAS CRAFTSMAN COTTAGE" (MANITO BOULEVARD, THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WASHINGTON • DECEMBER 2021 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

There are “houses” ~ and then there are truly special “homes.” This Craftsman has always been one of the prettiest on the block ~ and definitely fell into the latter group. The husband, here with his family, commissioned this Christmas gift for his wife whose parents owned the home from 1979 to 1989. Her mother researched the property, learning the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane originally owned the house ~ building it for the bishop. She also discovered it had been divided into a triplex during the Great Depression.

But this Craftsman was filled with fond family memories, so when it became available in 2009, the couple pictured here purchased it and began creating their own memories. They celebrated their wedding at this setting and started a family ~ their daughter inheriting her mother’s childhood bedroom, and their son, his uncle’s room. The dad had his grandparents’ vintage four-poster installed in the master bedroom ~ and eventually, beloved dog Trooper joined the family.

Among carefully planned upgrades was a new garage in 2015 after a tree fell on the original ~ the replacement designed to blend seamlessly with the property.

Highlight ~ What a wonderful place the family created ~ especially festive and welcoming after a fresh Christmas snowfall!

Entire Spokane South Hill Collection pdf ~ Click on the 17-page pdf to see and learn about all 84 paintings in the "South Hill" collection.

 

"FINE FALL FOURSQUARE" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2010 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This was a portrait I painted in the early 2000s of the historic Iverson House, a fine residence which was built in 1908 at 312 Avenue D. The three-story shingle construction home in the historic district of Snohomish was a perfect, classic example of Foursquare architectural styling.

This residence was beautifully detailed with leaded glass windows and ~ further enhanced by its handsome brick chimneys and columns flanking the front porch steps. The front yard was framed by a handsome wrought-iron fence with brick columns that matched those used on the steps.

This beautiful home was clearly loved by its owners as every room of the house and the surrounding grounds were in immaculate shape. Even the foliage framing the Foursquare was crisply, perfectly clipped.

Highlight ~ I've always loved this house, so when the leaves began changing into brilliant colors, I started my portrait, embellishing it with pumpkins perched all around the place.

Entire Snohomish Collection pdf ~ Click on this 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 27 paintings in the "Snohomish" collection.

 

"DECORATING THE DOWNS HOUSE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED JULY 2006 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

The George W. Downs House was an absolute Victorian Foursquare confection ~ the perfect setting for this painting celebrating this most festive time of year! George Downs arrived in the harbor seaport town in 1881 and soon became a very successful Port Townsend’s lumber baron.

He and his wife raised three daughters, Sarah, Cordelia and Cassandra in this handsome home which was beautifully embellished with ornate stain glass windows ~ including a large one of Saint Gabriel from a Tacoma church.

It also had a “widow’s walk” in the center of the roof that enjoyed a panoramic view of the harbor.

The house was altered slightly over the years, but by and large it retained its original grace, style and elegance. It's symmetrical beauty inspired this holiday portrait of "decking the halls with boughs of holly"!

Highlight ~ One of the three daughters, Cassandra, lived in this residence well into the 1960s.

Entire Port Townsend Collection pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Port Townsend" collection.

 

"CLASSMATES AT COLLEGE HALL" (GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, THE NORTH SIDE,, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 13 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Gonzaga University (Gonzaga.Edu) owes its beginning to Italian-born missionary Fr. Joseph Cataldo, S.J. Often in poor health, he was a dynamo nonetheless and was appointed General Superior of the Rocky Mountain Mission in 1877 (8 residences and 38 members scattered throughout the Northwest).

Competition with Protestants for access to local Native American tribes was the main reason for founding a Jesuit college in Spokane. When it opened, applicants had to “know how to read and write, and not be under ten years of age.” Originally only white students were permitted to enroll.

Railroad land was purchased in 1881. Gonzaga began educating in 1887, and was incorporated and able to grant degrees by 1896. A permanent residence and four-story building was completed by 1899. Handsome, stately “College Hall” became the key building on the beautiful campus.

Highlight ~ The hall’s entrance was further enhanced in April 2008 by the dedication of George Carlson’s Saint Ignatius statue, a reflection pool and new landscaping.

Entire Spokane North Side Collection pdf ~ Click on the 7-page pdf to see and learn about all 31 paintings in the "North Side" collection.

 

NEW! "MERRY CAROLERS AT SAINT MARKS" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2021 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Christmastime at Saint Mark’s (StMarks-Spokane.org) … This remarkable structure was built on the corner of Grand Boulevard and 24th Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill in 1950 near Manito Park.

Architects Funk, Molander and Johnson designed this Mid-Century Modern church ~ giving it a distinct Swedish-style influence. Unique for its time were its A-frame lines and needle-shaped bell-tower embellished with four angels.

It was modern inside as well. ~ Acclaimed Spokane artist Harold Balazs created the interior art and sculpture as part of the church’s unique design. This neighborhood Lutheran church made quite a remarkable statement for it’s time ~ considered to be a fine example of Mid-Century Modern architecture in Spokane. The property was particularly pretty during the Holidays ~ especially with fresh snow covering the ground. I pictured a diverse group of merry carolers in the foreground in front of its signature basaltic rock wall welcoming folks to theChristmas Eve Service.

Highlight ~ In 1955 when I was about to start kindergarten, Saint Augustine’s parish had not implemented this program into their curriculum yet, so some neighborhood moms suggested Saint Mark's. My mother Sally enrolled me there. I just LOVED kindergarten, as we kids were constantly creating art projects with crayons, pastels, clay, plaster of Paris, finger-paints and more ~ shades of things to come for me!

Entire Spokane South Hill Collection pdf ~ Click on the 17-page pdf to see and learn about all 84 paintings in the "South Hill" collection.

 

"AUTUMN AT THE ACADEMY THROUGH THE YEARS" (CAPITOL HILL SEATTLE, WA • PAINTEDFEBRUAY 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 9X12-INCH)

In 1880, Holy Names Academy (HolyNames-Sea.org) was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary under the guidance of Mother Marie Rose Durocher.

In 1859, the sisters came to Oregon. About 20 years later. they established a school (23 students to start) in Seattle at Second & Seneca Streets. As the city and student body grew, the school relocated ~ finally settling for good on the east side of Capitol Hill. Albert Beitung designed the majestic structure in the neo-classical style, and in 1906, under the leadership of Sister Mary Leontine, ground was broken. Bishop Edward J. O’Dea presided as the cornerstone was laid in 1907. The building was dedicated in 1908.

Originally housing 12 grades and a Normal School, the Academy grew, met challenges and adapted to the changing world. Staying abreast of the times, Holy Names Academy continued to offer an up-to-date college-prep curriculum, while grounding students in the values that have ensured its success moving forward.

Highlight ~ This painting pictured staff and classmates from three generations ~ (L-R) 1930s (serge frocks), 1950s (jumpers), and 1970s (wool skirts & blazers). The 1970s group included guests from Spokane’s academy ~ thus the two different skirt plaids.

Entire Seattle Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see and learn about all 15 paintings in the "Seattle" collection. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.

 

"MERRYMAKING AT SAINT MICHAEL'S" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2010 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This towering structure in the center of Snohomish’s historic district was once Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.

The building was built in the late 1800s under Pastor Michael McCauley, and although the original Snohomish mission was called Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, when McCauley left the area in 1890, the church became Saint Michael’s.

Located at on Avenue C, folks could see its steeple for blocks. I gave my portrait of the beautiful old church a holiday-theme, decorating it with holly garlands, evergreens, a dusting of snow and adding Christmas carolers on the sidewalk.

When historic Saint Michael' closed its doors and retired as a place of worship, a community-minded couple (one was Snohomish Mayor Karen Guzak) converted the structure into a combination residence/studio/art gallery. She was serving as mayor when I painted this artwork in 2010.

Highlight ~ The church was part of the Historic Holiday Tour of Homes presented by the Snohomish Historical Society the year I painted this piece ~ an event that highlighted not only the community's historic settings, but over-the-top Christmas decorating as well.

Entire Snohomish Collection pdf ~ Click on this 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 27 paintings in the "Snohomish" collection.

 

"SPLENDOR AT THE JAPANESE GARDEN" (MANITO PARK, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 2020 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Manito Park's (TheFriendsOfManito.org) stunning Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden at was finished and opened in 1974, honoring Spokane’s connection with its sister city Nishinomiya, Japan. Acclaimed landscape architect, Nagao Sakurai, was commissioned to design the special garden in 1967 ~ remarkable, because at one time he was in charge of the Japanese Imperial Palace grounds.

The waterfall and pond were started in 1970, but in 1973 Sakural suffered a stroke, so two other architects, Shosuke Nagai and Hirohiko Kawai, travelled from Kobe, Japan, to complete the last year of the project. Dedication took place on May 17, 1974 honoring the Sister City relationship.

Ed Tsutakawa founded the Spokane Nishinomiya Sister City relationship and was involved with the movement for 45 years. He also had a great deal to do with the design and completion of this site. Upon his death in 2006, it was suggested that Manito’s Japanese Gardens be named for him.

A decision was made at the Spokane Parks & Recreation Board meeting in December 2007 and the garden was re-dedicated on April 20, 2008. A flowering cherry tree from Nishinomiya and the Spokane Sister City Societies was planted to honor the event.

Highlight ~ During our time by the park, our neighbor Helen shared she was the daughter of one of the team members responsible for this project. Her stories abouth the park's history were amazing! This piece pictures Sally Mom, my sisters and their sweethearts.

Entire Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens Collection pdf ~ Click on the 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 28 paintings in the "Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens" collection.

 

"LIGHTS A-GLOW AT THE GAISER CONSERVATORY" (MANITO PARK, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2019 • ACRYLIC-ON-CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Manito Park (TheFriendsOfManito.org) was a huge part of my life growing up in Spokane. My first 12 years as a youngster were spent in a small cottage and then a Dutch Colonial in the Manito neighborhood. The park was within walking distance. In the 1950s and 1960s, kids could take off most anytime they wanted and play safely there ~ with or without chums.

After moving back from the Seattle area, my husband and I bought a brick bungalow near Manito Park and found it to be the gift that kept on giving. As wonderful as old memories were, we found many new ones. A favorite was the “Holiday Lights” ~ a magical display of thousands of colored lights decorating the interior of the Gaiser Conservatory. I pictured folks I love gathering to tour with cups of steaming cocoa.

Highlight ~ Created by volunteers from the Friends of Manito, it’s open during the Holiday Season for all to enjoy ~ still at no charge when I painted this piece.

Entire Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens Collection pdf ~ Click on the 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 28 paintings in the "Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens" collection.

 

"PIONEER SQUARE PERGOLA" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRIC, SEATTLE WA • PAINTED OCTOBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

Seattle’s pergola was designed to be the focal point Seattle's Pioneer Square (PioneerSquare.org) in the Downtown District.

In early 2001, a large delivery truck accidentally clipped the 91-year-old structure, pulling the ornate cast-iron structure to the ground. A team of fine craftsmen restored this beloved landmark, finishing the project in record time just a year later. Folks of all ages were just delighted.

Pioneer Square has always been a beloveddestination ~ especially during the Holiday Season when tiny white fairy lights sparkled everywhere.

Highlight ~ I pictured my visiting teenage niece (at the time) Kelly Barton taking a break from shopping with high school chums Lauren, Bonnie and Katie. Remarkably, several years later, Bonnie's father went on to be our contractor when we purchased and restored our vintage bungalow in Eastern Washington.

Entire Seattle Collection pdf ~ Click on the 3-page pdf to see and learn about all 15 paintings in the "Seattle" collection. NOTE ~ Some views are details of larger paintings.

 

"VISTA HOUSE VIEW" (MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK • PAINTED MAY FEBRUARY 2010 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This artwork portrayed the historic Vista House (mountspokane.com)on a gorgeous sunny day with friends, family and a group of eager young S.S.R.A. ~ including my nephew Scot and niece Isabell Simpson when they were just starting out in the racing organization.

Located at the summit a short hike up from the top of the #1 chairlift, this granite stone cottage was designed by Spokane architect, Henry C. Bertelsen to blend with Mount Spokane’s stunning natural setting.

It was built in 1933 during the Great Depression with help from the C.C.C. (the Civilian Conservation Corps), headquartered at Riverside State Park on Spokane’s North Side.

Renovated in 2002 under the direction of Mount Spokane State Park, it re-opened to skiers on Sundays and holidays, offering refreshments and a huge, friendly fireplace.

Highlight ~ During warmer Spring and Summer months, the Vista House has opened its doors to host weddings and other special celebrations. Although the rustic Vista House has its special charm, the view from the property is truly "the star" of these events when the sun is shining and the sky is clear.

Entire Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens Collection pdf ~ Click on the 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 28 paintings in the "Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens" collection.

 

"HISTORIC HAYDEN LAKE C.C. CLUBHOUSE (BOZANTA TAVERY)" (HAYDEN LAKE, IDAHO • PAINTED AUGUST 2019 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS •11X14-INCH)

Spokane businessmen J.P. Graves, F. Lewis Clark, architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter, landscape architects the Olmsted Bros. of Brookline, MA and others began developing the western shore of Hayden Lake into “Little Switzerland” at the turn of the last century. 

A branch line train connected the Idaho vacation area to Spokane, Washington. The resort included rustic cottages, an 18-hole golf course (the oldest in Idaho) and K.K. Cutter’s large Bozanta Tavern chalet-style inn.  

Constructed in 1907, it became the country club's clubhouse in 1927. When I painted the historic structure, it was still serving as the clubhouse for beautiful Hayden Lake Country Club ~ and had just received a polishing.  

Highlight ~ Legendary actor and crooner Bing Crosby (Paramount Pictures' ”White Christmas”), who over the years owned a number of vacation homes on the lake, invited many of his Hollywood cronies like Bob Hope to play in his golf tournaments held here in Summer.

Entire Golf Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Golf" collection.

 

"ICE RIBBON AT RIVERFRONT PARK" (THE DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, RIVERFRONT PARK, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JULY 2019 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

In early December 2017, Spokane opened the first ice ribbon on the West Coast ~ a fun addition to Riverfront Park which was part of the updating plans happening on what was once the site of Spokane’s Expo 74 environmental fair.

The ice ribbon promised a wonderful urban experience with its 16-foot wide 700-foot trail curling around the west end of the park. Fire pits, an ice lounge and more promised a great experience for skaters young and old.

Summer offered roller-skating instead and other activities, so the ribbon could be enjoyed year round.

Highlight ~ I filled this artwork with skaters enjoying the crisp winter day and pictured Riverfront’s pavilion and iconic clock tower in the background of this piece honoring the ice ribbon’s opening day.

Entire Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens Collection pdf ~ Click on the 6-page pdf to see and learn about all 28 paintings in the "Inland Northwest Parks & Gardens" collection.

 

"'AUTUMM GOLFING AT THE GLEN" (BURIEN, WA • PAINTED SEPTEMBER 1995 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

This was a portrait of Glen Acres Country Golf & Country Club’s (GlenAcresGolf.com) main clubhouse that I painted in the mid-1990s during the period when I was a member of that private club for about five years. The very challenging 9-hole course had two sets of tee boxes and lightening fast greens ~ quite a challenge for the novice golfer I was at that time.

The setting overlooked downtown Seattle from its slightly sloping property just south of the Seattle in Burien. The charming traditional stucco and timber cottage clubhouse pictured in the artwork was once a private residence.

It served its members as a comfortable place to relax after a round of golf, but the back picture windows overlooking Seattle made it a “natural” for hosting weddings, receptions and other social functions.

Highlight ~ This autumn-themed piece pictured friends and family on an Indian summer day dressed for an afternoon of fun and friendly competition.

Entire Golf Collection pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Golf" collection.

 

"'SKATING SERENADE" (PORT TOWNEND • PAINTED DECEMBER 2000 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)

I was inspired to paint this large snow scene (a 16x20-inch canvas) years ago after touring Port Townsend’s Historic District in the mid-1970s. The quaint, lovely seaside port community has always been an inspiration and I have completed over a dozen paintings honoring this picturesque destination.

One of my favorite Queen Anne’s there with the three-story “German Consulate” pictured here (also known as the Frank Hastings House). I planned this entire painting around it.

After positioning the mansion, I added a few imaginary structures and other details to the scene ~ railroad tracks, a whimsical Victorian one-room train depot, white clapboard church and a New England-style covered bridge. I pictured skaters twirling on the ice, sleighs filled with riders slicing merrily through the snow and positioned snowmen here and there around the landscape.

After I finally finished this Winter-themed scene, I later completed a second smaller piece, “Cozy Consulate B&B,” that focused just on the mansion. I gave the second piece a Spring theme with pots filled with geraniums on the porch and alyssum and petunias in the gardens.

Highlight ~ This ambitious Winter-themed piece of fine art took me well over 250 hours to complete over a span of ten years.

Entire Port Townsend Collection pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Port Townsend" collection.

 

 

"'DECORATING THE BRIDGE ON #18" (THE OLD COURSE AT SAINT ANDREWS, SCOTLAND, U.K. • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2002 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH).

I painted this festive golf-themed artwork to honor the Old Course at Saint Andrews (StAndrews.com) Scotland ~ the reputed birthplace of golf. There are actually two courses there, a new one and this much revered old one.

This fun Holiday painting featured Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus decorating a tall evergreen perched on the stone bridge that connected both sides of the #18 fairway there ~ one of the more picturesque spots on the course. In the background of this piece, I included the venerable old clubhouse and Russack's famous golf hotel.

Highlight ~To celebrate my husband Doug’s 50th birthday in 2002 (he’s a remarkable good golfer with a lifelong passion for the game), we traveled to the United Kingdom with two of his closest friends to play several of the courses that have hosted the renowned British Open ~ including this course!

Entire Golf Collection (Some Holiday) pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Golf" collection.

 

NEW! "CHRISTMAS TREE ON THE CANDY CANE LINKS CART" (IMAGINARY GOLF SETTING • PAINTED DECEMBER 2021 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

This is another piece of Holiday painting celebrating the imaginary setting “Candy Cane Links Golf Course." I've been adding to this fun grouping for decades.

I pictured Doug and me bundled up against the elements in our fantasy golf cart ~ heading across the 18th fairway with a Christmas tree strapped to the top.

Of course it’s a white Christmas with fresh snow falling and blanketing this festive Holiday scene.

I started designing these golf-themed Christmas cards a couple of years before my sweetheart Doug and I were married in 2000. Amazingly, one of our pals has have collected these since we sent the first one. This is the 24th design and the eighth "Candy Cane Links" creation.

Highlight ~ My husband's buddies affectionately call him "Doug Award" referring to all the trophies and awards he's won over the decades with his natural talent and love for the game.

Entire Golfing Santas and Snowmen pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 20 paintings in the "Golfing Santas and Snowmen" collection. NOTE ~ Actual settings like Saint Andrews, Carnoustie and several courses in the United States are part of the "Golf Courses & Clubhouses" collection above.

 

"TEE IT UP TRAIN" (IMAGINARY GOLF SETTING • PAINTED OCTOBER 2006• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

The timing here for this festive holiday scene was undeniably the day after Christmas ~ as Santa Claus was at the helm of this whimsical steam engine chugging by the little Victorian railway station along the tracks on the way to the golf course. A flock of Canadian geese were watching over us from above in this sunny winter scene.

I pictured my husband Doug and me waving “Best Holiday Wishes” from the passenger car. Next to us In the coal car were our while our favorite two kittiewinks Andy and Sophie who had stowed away that morning to keep us company.

Highlight ~ When this piece was painted, these two little furry friends had just joined our family ~ being our constant companions (Andy for Doug and Sophie for me) for the rest of their “nine lives.”

Entire Golfing Santas and Snowmen pdf ~ Click on this 4-page pdf to see and learn about all 20 paintings in the "Golfing Santas and Snowmen" collection. NOTE ~ Actual settings like Saint Andrews, Carnoustie and several courses in the United States are part of the "Golf Courses & Clubhouses" collection above.

 

"KRIS KRINGLE'S CHRISTMAS GETAWAY" (ALTA MESA COUNTRY CLUB, MESA, AZ • PAINTED NOVEMBER 2016 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 5X7-INCH)

With all of the gifts and goodies safely delivered around the world on December 24th, Kris Kringle treated himself to a golf getaway in the Southwest on Christmas ~ Day at Alta Mesa Country Club (AltaMesaGolf.com).

One of Santa’s elves volunteered for caddy duty ~ even though he was so short, he had to use pixie dust to get the clubs back in the bag and push the cart around the course! Santa spent a perfect day enjoying manicured fairways and lightening fast greens ~ a welcome reward for a job well done!

Highlight ~ this was the 18th Holiday golf painting I created to honor my husband’s passion for the game. A dear friend (and much thinner than Santa here) Greg Killian posed for this festively dressed putter in front of the Alta Mesa Country Club clubhouse in Arizona.

Entire Golf Collection (Some Holiday) pdf ~ Click on this four-page pdf to see and learn about all 18 paintings in the "Golf" collection.

 

 

BEST WISHES FOR A MAGICAL FALL INTO WINTER!

 

 

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