Art in the Garden, May Snow

May 9th,looked like it had snowed again, at least on the cherry and the apple trees…and on Isabella.  No snow, just cherries and apples being themselves.  As for Isabella, her groomer took about 10 years off her life with this new cut, and she, too, is simply being herself.  I’m not going to paint her, but the apple blossoms were irresistible.



Not Really Snow?
Isabella lounging in her garden bed…just back from the groomer.


Oh Christmas Tree…Your Branches are so Lovely

This year Christmas decorating took back stage to the cleaning/showing routine I’ve fallen in to.  Our house remains UNsold, although it showed last week for the 31st time.  No greens or reds or Christmas colors can be found inside, but that which nature is offering OUTSIDE cannot be outdone.  Yesterday as the sun was setting I discovered just outside my window a beautiful flocked tree with tiny lights nestled amongst its branches.

This morning as the sun came up over the ridge, there is was more flocking and my tree                 gleamed  brilliant with new light.img_5469 img_5490

Today is Christmas Eve
Today is Christmas Eve


Christmas Wishes

Earth Light
Earth Light


Yesterday’s ice is hiding under new snow, and east of the mountains a white Christmas is on the way.

Wishing everyone the little gifts of life that are so often, as Rumi implies, closer than breathing in and out.

Finding Little Gifts
Finding Little Gifts

Light a Candle



Light a Candle
Light a Candle

Lighting a candle is a long-held practice in many cultural, family and faith traditions. The practice is common across international borders and societies. Lighting candles can bring serenity, focus and comfort, and peace.   Breathe, relax, and light a candle for peace within


In Memory of John Glenn


Holiday Greeting
Holiday Greeting

This poem was today’s “gift” appearing on Panhala’s daily email post.

In Memory of John Glenn, who got to see the world is one

All The Hemispheres – Hafiz

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out

Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.

Open up to the Roof.
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.

All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.

Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire

While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of

(“The Subject Tonight is Love” – versions by Daniel Ladinsky)

Fall Projects

Winter Aspen
Winter Aspen
Summer Aspen
Summer Aspen


Just waiting for Fall Aspen

and lots of time.

I love the detail in pieces like these

when I can get lost in the details.

It’s meditation at it’s best for me.


Fall Colors at Looking Glass Gallery

Summer’s gone and Fall is definitely here.  It’s only October 2nd, and the temperatures have dipped well below freezing up here in the mountains.  Nevertheless, art goes on.  I am showing three pieces in the Looking Glass Gallery in the Bend River Mall.  Here is a preview of the images that I have hanging – now until December 2nd.

Watercolor on Canvas
Watercolor on Canvas
Falling Leaves
Falling Leaves

Looking Glass Studio Show

The images below are pieces I’m submitting for a showing at:
Looking Glass Imports and Cafe
105 NE Bend River Mall Dr. #260
Bend Oregon
The show runs from the second week in August through the last week in September.
This is a newer studio and cafe in Bend, and I’m looking forward to being a participant.

Purple Moon
Purple Moon
The most difficult medium I've worked with.
2 Lips

Terry and Renee’s Wedding ON/IN Elk Lake

On August 20th my son Terry and his, now, wife Renee, threw a magical, floating,  wedding.  Terry’s daughter’s, Ellie/blond hair, and Jade, dark hair were on board beaming as their dad and Renee exchanged vows.

The venue was a “house boat” that was cut in half and a “dock,” kind of, floated between the two main structures.   I have to say the word “floated” was key, and part of the fun during the wedding.  The houseboat was anchored off shore and the guest transported by motor boat from the lodges’s dock to the venue.  When guest, mostly family, arrived and began to load onto the “event site,” we tilted a little, or a lot, and the owner sprang into action yelling, “get off, get off, back in the motor…”  We were tipping and taking on water.  Those of us who were already on board kind of scooted to the middle and got things balanced.   The remainder of the wedding guest observed the ceremony from the comfort of the shuttle boats.

The bride was lovely, the groom handsome, the ceremony delicious, and was a bit wet and soupy.  The “preacher” cried, Terry got a little leaky, as did many guests.  It was a very, very happy occasion.  The weather could not have been better.   No wind, eighty degrees, only a few paddle boards here and there on the water, and the South Sister made a beautiful back-drop for a grand affair.IMG_3048IMG_3067IMG_3047IMG_3064IMG_3052IMG_3061IMG_3059IMG_3033