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Day 31

Thursday, December 31st, 2015


I decided to go through my art making for the year. It really is helpful to see everything that I have done. Most was done for my master class with Elizabeth Barton. I am looking forward to moving on, doing my own thing in 2016. The above piece was done to illustrate the importance of value.


ThisĀ  piece was meant to show movement. I hate it when I finished it, but now I am looking at it with new eyes.


I pieced this one to showcase lines. I was happy to see that I could draft something and piece it to size. It is currently in a show in Coos Bay.



These were done for Sacred Threads – a diptych of the 23rd Psalm, now traveling to other venues.


This was my out door installation at Trinity.


Ode to a Tree is traveling with the SAQA Oregon exhibit.


My biggest fail of the year. A good idea that I did not execute very well.


Done for the HFD show, but didn’t get in.

The following are my encasustic pieces which I love. I would love to be able to do more of these.








A sweet little piece I did for a book submission, but it did not get in. I like it, anyway!


This was one of my favorite pieces that I did for the master class.

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This did not get into the SAQA show to which I submitted it. I took it to my crit group and our guest critiquer said it was not finished. I agree. I am going to add 1 or 3 oak trees.


I love this piece, too.


This was the last piece to get finished this year. I think it is quite special. I would like to make another, only larger.

So that is my year in review. Not bad, if I do say so.

Now on to 2016. Wishing all of you a wonderful and productive new year.

Finally, thank you to Cheryl Sleboda for the kick in the butt to get back to regular blogging.



Day 30

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015


We left California yesterday, stayed over in Grants Pass and arrived home today. We cashed in our free night at the La Quinta Inn. Scooter is a tired boy because he went to Mt Hood and played in the snow with Lisa and Clay!

It was hard to say good-bye to Paige, but I think she was ready for calmer days, following the excitement of the holidays.


We attended her swimming lesson at the Y. She is resistant to putting her face in the water, but I am sure she will get over it. She was having 4 days of lessons in a row. My son was responsible for taking her as Jayme was doing her pediatrician residency work. She looks so cure in her goggles!


Here is a collage that she made while we were there.


I want to say a few things about my knee. I was in excruciating pain most of the time we were there. It became difficult for me to stand from a sitting position and I had pain during the night while in bed. I had to use my cane all the time.

Then, miraculously, yesterday morning, I woke up without much pain and had slept well all night. I thought the pain I had been having was from sitting in the car for two days in a row, but I have arrived home feeling pretty good. I think the hustle and bustle of the holidays did me in, plus on Sunday, we went to the mall and I had a hard time keeping up with my long legged companions.

Anyway, I am going to try to pace myself. It was very difficult to feel so helpless and I had a several melt downs.

The drive home was very nice – cold, but no difficult road conditions. We did see lots of snow in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Here is Mt. Shasta:


And, Southern Oregon looked like a winter wonderland.


We always enjoy seeing what I call the crayon trucks in Northern California.


It was a mostly enjoyable trip and visit with the very busy Mark and Jayme and their whirling dervish, Paige.


Day 27

Sunday, December 27th, 2015


After a lovely Christmas eve and Christmas morning brunch with the Portland peeps, Mr C and I left for sunny California to spend time with Paige and her family in San Mateo.

Our drive to Ashland was uneventful, but we saw the most awesome cloud formations.


There was snow in the hills around Ashland and as we headed south the next morning, we were greeted with the lovely site of snow covered trees.


The roads were clear and we made it to San Mateo by mid afternoon yesterday. We gave Paige an American Girl Bitty Baby and she is a great little mommy.



We went out for Japanese food last night and this morning hit the mall so Jayme could do some exchanges. Paige dressed as a butterfly for the trip.


At some point she ran out of energy and sat and rested while Mom and Dad looked at shoes.


We have had a good time reading to her and doing puzzles.


Mark has quite the garden in their backyard and brought these in for us to enjoy.


I guess you know you are in CA when you are picking the last of the tomatoes in December.

Day 23

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015


I managed to get some gifts wrapped today. I love the site of beautifully wrapped presents, but I am not very good at it. I love gift bags and tissue!

When I opened my Christmas wrapping storage container, I found two of my angels that were missing from the decorations box. I love these. The one on the right was made by my sister-in-law.


I finished all my shopping and was happy to find fresh dungeness crab which Mia had requested for Christmas eve. We are going to Lisa and Clay’s home for Christmas eve and brunch at Steph’s on Friday, then we are heading south to California for a few days with Paige and her mom and dad.

Not sure if I will check in again until we get there.

Happy holidays to all my faithful readers. Wishing you joy and peace in the New Year.

Day 22

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015


Finished this. It was tricky because of the size and the silk. I would like to do this in a larger version. This is about 22 x 17. Maybe do it in cotton.

It is raining again. Our normal here in Portland. It is not our normal kind of rain, however. It is heavy and soaking.

Mr C, my good man, is helping to prepare and serve a Christmas meal to the folks who live in low income housing across the street from Trinity. Tomorrow, he will go back to Trinity and help serve the sit down hot lunch to our homeless and at risk folks.

We are going out to dinner tonight since we have both been working today.