CELEBRATING THE COLORS OF SPRING!
WELCOME SPRING ~ It is the season of new beginnings, fresh air and fragrance. It is the season of blooming bulbs and blossoms. It's the season of the robin's welcoming warble. And after a long grey snowy winter, it is the sunny season of COLORS!
As I mentioned on my Welcome page, Spokane's South Hill neighborhood is where Doug and I make our home. This area of town is a true slice of "Americana" with its vintage residences, beautiful parks, plentiful schools housed in handsome old buildings and venerable churches dotting the nieghborhood every block or so.
After months of hunkering down to escape the elements (especially this year when the snow arrived in February and then fell non-stop), this season is especially welcome!
SPRING GARDEN CLEANING ~ When the sun shines, It seems as though most of us are outdoors. It's a busy time of year that finds us tidying our gardens, pruning shrubery and raking leaves we didn't get last Autumn, washing cars, tuning up bicycles, packing away storm windows and cleaning out garages. Once the chores are finished, folks of all ages are out in the Spring air ~ walking the neighborhood, riding bikes, pushing little ones in strollers in the parks ~ and celebrating the season in every way!
SPRING COLORS COLLECTION ~ This annual collection features remarkable residences in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Arranged in six color groupings of four settings each, enjoy this celebration of "HOME SWEET HOME"!
18 NEW PAINTINGS ~ Click here on the 2019-2018 All NEW Art Collection pdf to see thumbnail images of all 15 paintingscompleted last year and three NEW ones currently in-the-works for early 2019. Many of these are scattered throughout the Puget Sound, Spokane & More Paintings pages.
PITTYPAT GALLERY (OPEN Late Spring) ~ My gallery is closed during the late winter and early spring months. This is is my creative time when I'm creating the bulk of my fine art for the year.
When PittyPat Gallery re-opens, guests and patrons will find a generous selection of:
Please phone me at 206.406.1409 for more information about available items 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/text).
Twice a year, I send postcards in digital email format or hard copy via the U.S. Mail. These feature NEW art images and share my schedule of Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter /Holiday events. Frequently, the postcards offer special savings at upcoming art fests and private PittyPat Gallery events.
This collection of 24 paintings celebrates Spring COLORS and "HOME SWEET HOME" throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Two of the paintings are NEW and the rest are vintage creations spanning the past several decades. Each and every one has its own special appeal. ENJOY!
DAFFODIL YELLOW • 4 Inviting Residences (2 were Inns for Several Year) from Spokane, Snohomish and Lopez Island in the San Juans, WA
"FOREVER YOURS AT THE YELLOW HOUSE" (THE LOWER SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED 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 special historic residences. This was a Godsend when I was living in the Seattle area before returning to Spokane in 2012.
One Christmas vacation, we drove around Browne's Addition and the lower South Hill looking for a Victorian I could feature for a wedding-themed piece. She suggested this three-story yellow mansion ~ and of course, it was perfect. When the piece was finished, I left an art card of it on owner Sylvia Erickson's front porch.
About ten years later, she contacted me about doing a portrait of her Silver Spoon Tea House Queen Anne a few blocks north of her 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 this magnificent four-story they had restored together. What a treat ~ it was exquisite!
"SNOHOMISH SILVER LINING INN" (SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED AUGUST 1999 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
I painted this charming clapboard two-story Victorian twice ~ once in 1999 and a decade later in 2009 (image featured below in "Hydrangea Blue" section). On my first visit to Snohomish with a friend who had grown up there, we attended its Spring Tour of Historic Homes in the mid-1980s. I was amazed at how many immaculately restored historic residences there were!
In 1999, when this home was a single-family dwelling, it was the painted the buttery yellow color in this artwork. In later years when it became the “Pillows and Platters B&B,” (the inn retired a few years back), the innkeepers painted it blue with red and white trim. Both schemes did justice to this charming cottage.
This house was ithe original Methodist Parsonage at 502 Avenue C, built in 1892 on the north edge of the community's historic district. Remarkable was the unique main floor bay window with its multi-colored panes.
I gave this artwork an “April Showers” theme ~ with the notion that although the skies were filled with clouds, the pretty yellow house would exude a cheerful atmosphere.
Highlight ~ This painting is one of just a few paintings I've completed with a gray overcast sky ~ often the norm in Spring in the Pacific Northwest.
"BRICK BUNGALOW BEAUTY" (SNOHOMISH , WA • PAINTED MARCH 2010 ACRYLIC ON CANVA S • 8X10-INCH)
This delightful yellow bungalow was part of the 2009 Holiday Parlor Tour that the charming community of Snohomish hosted annually at Christmastime. Located in the historic district in the midst of Victorians, Queen Annes and foursquares, the craftsman-style cottage provided a small departure for the neighborhood.
The single story cottage was embellished with a multi-colored brick fireplace and handsome front porch columns. Beautiful period windows round out the charming presentation.
I gave this setting a Spring theme and filled the gardens with blue hyacinths and dozens of red and yellow tulips. I pictured myself selling flowers in this painting with my two kitties Andy and Sophie keeping me company.
Highlight ~ During a visit to a favorite Snohomish gift shop where my friend Penny O'Connell worked parttime, she introduced me to the owner of this cozy cottage.
"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.
When the new owners took over the waterfrpmt property, they gave the inn a coat of buttery yellow paint and added flags to the front of the building.
Lopez Island was 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 and the stunning views. Our bicycles parked behind the inn, the paintingI pictured my husband Doug with me and my sister Marilee flying kites on a brisk breezy day.
Highlight ~ The kites flying above the pretty Edenwild Inn advertised its address.
LILY WHITE • 4 (1 NEW!) Pristine Places from Spokane, Snohomish and Roche Harbor in the San Juans, WA ~ One Affiliated with the Famous Movie, "Mr. Blandings Builts His Dream House" and Another a Beloved Roche Harbor Restaurant
NEW! "PEDDLING POSIES ON PARK PLACE" (CORBIN PARK, THE NORTH SIDE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED JUNE 2018 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
The Corbin Park Historic District has always been a remarkably pretty pocket of homes on Spokane’s North Side.
The park’s property once served as the Washington-Idaho Fairgrounds and Racetrack from 1886 to 1897 before it became Corbin Park. Noted landscape architects, the Olmsted Bros., shared ideas to enhance the park’s original plan.
Most of the residences were built before 1927 once the racetrack became the park. Daniel Corbin platted the neighborhood in the early 1899, and visitors here have found everything from imposing three-story Victorians to charming cottages like this one on Park Place.
I fell in love with the pretty place when shooting photos for SPA’s 2018 Autumn Tour of Historic Homes. The “witches hat” on the right side of the roof and wrap-around porch were unique architectural touches.
I painted blossoms everywhere in this piece and added the vintage trailer and Schwinn bike. This artwork pictured pals Peggy Caprye and Jeannie Fruci with me~ our arms filled with flowers, of course! NOTE: We three are also pictured in the photograph at the top of this page.
Highlight ~ The Corbin Park District was named on the Local, State and National Registers of Historic Places.
"SOUTH HILL BLANDINGS' DREAM HOUSE" (HIGH DRIVE, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2016 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
In 1948, Dore Schary at RKO Studios released “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.” It was the story of an advertising executive living in New York City with his wife, two daughters and housekeeper who decided to build a home in the Connecticut suburbs.
Taken from Eric Hodgins’ book by the same name, it was the tale of “whatever can go wrong will go wrong.” Actors Cary Grant, Mryna Loy, Melvyn Douglas and Louise Beaver (all pictured in this painting) did a great job with the script, creating a very funny film that has stood the test of time.
To promote the movie, 73 homes with the same flavor were constructed in communities all over the United States. Amazingly, one was built on High Drive on Spokane’s South Hill.
Although the still handsome residence had a different color scheme when I completed this artwork, I painted it as it looked in 1948 ~ classic white with green shutters.
Highlight ~ When the movie was released, my mother Sally toured this home as a newlywed, sharing that it was completely furnished with merchandise from Spokane’s beloved Crescent Department Store.
"BLUE BIRDHOUSE B&B" (SNOHOMISH , WA • PAINTED MARCH 2003 ACRYLIC ON CANVA S • 8X10-INCH)
Although this house was clearly a perfect example of vintage Victorian Queen Anne 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?
HYACINTH BLUE • 4 (1 NEW!) Remarkable Residences from Spokane County, Snohomish and Port Townsend, WA ~ One an Authentic Reproduction of an 18th Century Farmhouse, Another a Famous Roche Harbor Restaurant, and Two Historic Vintage Private Homes
NEW! "MAPLE TREE FARM" (HANGMAN VALLEY, SPOKANE COUNTY, WA • DECEMBER 2018 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
The Arpin Family (L-R Lori and Greg with daughters Sarah and Megan) pictured in this home portrait, founded their beloved home in Hangman Valley in 1992. Architect McKie Wing Roth (state of Maine) and builder Gene Plett created this authentic reproduction of an 18th Century New England farm where the family lived for 28 years.
The family was joined by their Golden Retriever Grace, kitties Milly and Lilly, and a flock of buff-colored hens ruled by the rooster, Bob Dylan.
A farm indeed, the Arpins planted maple (thus the name), oak and spruce trees, a small crop of alfalfa, a vineyard, an apple orchard and a truly lovely enclosed garden of raised beds with a greenhouse. Additionally, the farm had a little red barn, a pool and pump house with special touches like a black school bell (Lori was a teacher for decades), a cannon, weather vanes, birdhouses and toile curtains that dressed the windows of this remarkable home.
With Megan and Sarah married and retirement looming for the couple, it was time to downsize to a smaller cottage near Cannon Hill Park.
Highlight ~ To honor their wonderful life in Hangman Valley, Lori commissioned this memory-filled portrait of Maple Tree Farm.
"HISTORIC BLEEKER HOUSE" (THE NETTLETON NEIGHBORHOOD, 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 once 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.
"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 near 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 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.
"PULLING KITE STRINGS AT THE L.H. PONTIUS HOUSE" (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2002 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8X10-INCH)
This grand three-story shingle-construction mansion on Lincoln Street was built in the late 1890s by one of Port Townsend’s early successful businessmen, L.H Pontius.
Not a great deal was known about Pontius, but he must have been very successful as his residence was large and quite expensive for the time ~ a testament to his considerable success as it was located in a historic neighborhood of Port Townsend that boasted some very large houses owned by the more wealthy echelon of the harbor town.
Especially architecturally noteworthy was the criss-cross elaborate framework on both the front and side porch and the decorative arched windows on the top floor of the residence.
Highlight ~ I gave this painting a kite-flying theme, celebrating the blustery days of Spring. I pictured my husband Doug braving the elements with niece Kelly and nephew Michael Barton while I waved to them from my garret art studio window on the third floor of the mansion.
TULIP RED • 4 Pretty Places from Spokane, Snohomish and Port Townsend, WA ~ Two Became Historic Inns and Another, a Beloved Restarant/Bakery
"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.
"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.
"Cozy Consulate B&B (Frank Hastings House") (PORT TOWNSEND, WA • PAINTED APRIL 2001 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 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.
LEAF GREEN • 4 Charming Homes from Spokane, Bellevue, Snohomish, WA and Ashland, OR ~ Two on the Historic Register
"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.)
NUT BROWN ~ 4 Cozy Cottages Celebrating the Season from Spokane and Snohomish, WA and Cannon Beach, OR ~ All Private Residences
"MY GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN" (THE SOUTH HILL, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MARCH 2005 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 8x10-INCH)
My father’s mother Jessie Simpson loved to garden almost more than anything. Although she passed away when I was a young girl, I remember clearly how beautiful the grounds were that surrounded my grandparent’s home.
Built on a double lot a couple blocks east of Rockwood Boulevard on Spokane’s lower South Hill, half of the property housed this beautiful Arts & Crafts-style bungalow and the other half, my grandmother’s huge garden.
Filled with basaltic rock terraces, pebble foot-paths, little tucked-away benches, bird baths, a grape arbor and hundreds of colorful blooms ~ Jessie’s garden was a magical place for children.
I pictured my sister Marilee (who inherited Jessie’s “green thumb”), my mother Sally and me in the lower right hand corner of this artwork, cradling our plants while my grandmother shared a little gardening wisdom and gave our plants a drink.
Highlight ~ With some alterations, this home is still standing. Sadly, the magical garden was replaced by a structure decades ago.
”DARLING DUTCH COLONIAL" (BROWNE'S ADDITION, SPOKANE, WA • PAINTED MAY 2003• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
Browne’s Addition just west of Spokane’s downtown corridor was the first residential neighborhood in the community, developed in the late 1800s.
Grand Tudors, Victorians, colonials, mission-revival and multi-floored foursquare-style mansion were built on each block surrounding Spokane’s first park, Coeur d’Alene.
Dotted between the grand mansion were a few more modest cottages like the Phelps House and this charming little Dutch Colonial home. When my mother Sally and I were walking around the neighborhood, she pointed out his little gem as a “favorite,” and this “Darling Dutch Colonial” painting came to be.
Highlight ~ I gave the piece a “May Day” theme ~ and pictured my mother and me delivering pots of pink petunias to the owners in honor of the day.
”COZY COTTAGE ON THE CORNER"(SNOHOMISH, WA • PAINTED FEBRUARY 2011 • ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 8X10-INCH)
This pretty two-story grayish-brown cottage with white trim was not a turn-of-the-century cottage, although it was located on Third Avenue on the edge of the historic district of charming Snohomish.
Because of its setting, owners Penny and Bill O’Connell worked hard to create a home that fit seamlessly in their neighborhood. Their friendly front entrance welcomed visitors with a decorative metal arbor, gurgling fountain, whimsical garden art and dozens of blossoming plants. The couple placed inviting cushioned wicker furniture on their front porch.
And their efforts didn’t stop there. The interior of their home, although open and airy, had dozens of vintage touches tucked here and there to give the feeling of classic, yet comfortable antiquity. Penny was known for her creative “green thumb.” Too many flowers? Not possible! This piece pictured my mother, sister and I sharing crate of blossoms with her.
Highlight ~ Penny became a dear friend when I was creating the Snohomish Collection. Even though Doug and I moved back to Spokane in 2012, Penny and I have tried to connect on my visits to the area.
”DOUG'S DREAM HOUSE ('THE NEEDLES')" (CANNON BEACH, OR • MARCH 1998• ACRYLIC ON CANVAS • 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 photographs for me ~ which resulted in the surprise birthday artwork gift at the end of March.
Highlight ~ we spent several Thanksgivings at this seaside destination after we were married ~ one with his parents and two more with my mother Sally. Truly magical memories!
HOME PORTRAITS BY COMMISSION ~ Many of the SPRING--themed paintings above are commission pieces. If you are interested in a home portrait, please visit my Commission page for details about the process. This page also shares dozens of images in three different media. Thank you!
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