Christmas has come and gone already and the “longest night of the year” has also passed. Our family had a wonderful Christmas Day together. We met at Flora and Han’s home, and they prepared a feast beyond compare.
We always marvel at their cooking, Flora at the helm, and Hans her right-hand man in the kitchen. We all agreed we could not find more delectable Chinese food anywhere from Bend, to Portland, or maybe even down to San Francisco. Her cooking not only reflects the joy she has for her country of origin and their cuisine but also her new life in the U.S. Her love for Hans and their new home is obviously in the mix.
The Winter Solstice corresponds with Christmas and the Season of Lights. They arrive a few days apart and, among other traditional observances, celebrate beautiful expressions of the heart. This year I am blessed and I rejoice in life as I move through another round of healing. My breast cancer of 23 years ago has raised its unwanted head and moved into my spine. Hope, healing prayers and good thoughts are sustaining, not to mention traditional treatment. I prefer hope and healing prayers, as the only side effects are hope and healing prayers. Family is close and love prevails as we move into this period of darkness and inward turned reflection.
Happy Birthday November 12th. Ride Hard and Fast Cowboy.
I remember the day Terry, age 2, rode his white horse around the balcony of the ski shop and didn’t stop at the top of the long staircase leading to the ground below. I heard the crash, crash, crash, and then silence. Panic! I got to him at emergency speed. Half way down the stairs, still straddling his trusty horsey, he was looking up at me as if to say, “What the heck, Mom. When did you put these steps in?” He was still alive, and nothing cut or broken. Although, the shocked look on his face remains etched in my mind. He didn’t try this trick again – as far as I know. Now he catches air whenever possible, on his bike, skis, snowmobile, oh yeh, and there was the time I bought a riding lawnmower. The first day we had it, while I went out to pick up as few groceries, he and his brother built a “Mower-Jump” on our asphalt driveway. Really?Needless to say, the mower never cut a single blade of grass. Sometimes it’s hard to get upset at such creativity.
Fifty years later he is a proud dad. This is Jade’s graduation from Pacific Crest Middle School. Both Jade and Ellie attend Summit High and run cross country. Summit has the number one X Country team in the Nation. Ellie, as a senior, will be on the varsity team next year, and the competition will increase. With their heavy study loads, sports, social activities and some recreation, they are very busy girls.
Wishing you a wonderful year Terry. You are a fine individual, a wonderful son, and a great dad. I love you. Mom
The show at Redmond Hospital was over as of the 28th of June. The paintings shown below were accepted in the current exhibition at the Redmond Hospital. That exhibit runs for three months and will come down September 27th.
It is a joy and pleasure to have my artwork displayed in hospital settings. The Registered Nurse in me, retired but still “on duty,” has hopes that my paintings will bring lightheartedness and a few moments of peace to patients, staff and anyone who might take some time to be with them.
“Welcome Summer” Watercolor on paper 15″X19″ $175.00 framed.
“Simply Poppies,” Watercolor on Paper 15X19 $175.00 Framed
You are welcome to stop by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the beautiful newer building located at the bottom of Skyliner’s Rd. off Skyline Ranch Rd. The artist’s reception was on June 2nd, but the show will be available for viewing until August 4th. This is a juried show, and there are some very amazing pieces submitted by local artists. It is All About Birds, their habitats, nests, feathers portrayed in fabric, wood, sculptures, and paintings. Look for mine entitled, “Waiting.”
Beginning June 28th I will have two new paintings hanging at the Redmond Hospital in the halls just off the main entrance. In the works are large poppies, like the ones out my back door and all throughout my yard. Here’s a peek at the reference photos I took. By the way, the deer don’t eat poppies. Isn’t nature the best?
Photo of Poppies
These are growing in my side yard along with daisies and grasses.
Back Yard Poppies
As a side note, painting has been so helpful in my most recent cancer recovery. I’m doing better each day. Thanks for the support. It means so much.
Painting my Garden is a project I began exactly one year ago, May 2018. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my intention was to paint each newly emerging flower as it bloomed in the garden surrounding my small cottage. That was a dream I couldn’t keep up with. The garden got way ahead of me and thanks to my amazing phone camera, I was able to paint from spring and summer references throughout the winter. March 30, 2019 the garden project was done.
April 1, 2019 I hung 12 paintings at St. Charles Redmond. This smaller hospital offers a lovely, friendly, quiet venue. I am one of three artists presently showing there. You are welcome to visit in person, or you can sneak a peek here on my blog site. Some of the paintings have appeared in past postings, but I wanted to show them as one spring-time event.
It’s going around Bend, a healthy flu that’s making many of us unhealthy. After laying low for several days, this morning I decided to get with it and try my hand at “Negative Painting.” With this technique paint is applied between desired shapes , and, if you’re lucky or know what you’re doing, an image appears. After coming close to trashing this piece many times, but listening to that voice that says, “keep going,” I got close to the sunflower I was after – or it could be a water lily.
I’ll add a fun little “Poppy Garden” and a piece I did in Angie Granger’s workshop this Fall.