A gorgeous Italianate mansion in historic Browne's Addition in Spokane. Painted on a freezing cold Spokane spring, I enjoyed all the warm Mediterranean colors!
I am fortunate to live near the magical rolling hills of the Palouse-a landscape of wheat, hay, and lentils! Looking out over the undulating hills, it is easy to believe that this was a land that was under the sea many millennia ago. Such an amazing place to visit!
Based on a sketch done on location in Kendall Yards along the Spokane River. I love that a river runs through downtown. Walking down to the Falls is one of my favorite things to do. Featured in this painting is the Monroe Street Bridge and it's lovely cow skull decorations.
Hoopfest is the world's biggest 3on3 basketball tournement in the world! Spokane shuts down its streets and fills them with courts for thousands of people to play on. It is an incredible event. Sketching courtside in the some shade was a lot of fun.
Downtown Spokane has some great vintage architecture and the Parkade is one of my favorite landmarks. I couldn't resist sketching it during Hoopfest 2017 with an inflatable basketball in front of it and the crowds below!
Painted on location at the start of the 2017 Bloomsday run, a grand tradition in Spokane as part of my Artist's Eye on Spokane project.
The Dishman Hills Natural Area is beautiful refuge in the middle of Spokane. I love to hike there in the dappled shade and explore the trails. Painted on a lovely spring morning.
Arrowleaf balsamroot is my favorite wildflower. They are so cheery that they make me smile whenever I see them.
Spokane is known as the Lilac City. Every spring they burst into bloom all over town and I take delight in finding them at every turn!
Sketched on location at Urban Eden Farm as part of my Artist's Eye on Spokane Project. Volunteers and employees of the farm work to weed a bed of beets so they can grow to market size. My little stool sunk in the wet ground between the rows and the weeders were working so fast I had to get up and move down the row to follow them twice!
At Urban Eden Farm, I was attracted to this vine growing over a barn wall that had weathered grey. The addition of a coil of rusty nails and the dark depths of the barn this irristible!
To get things growing in our cold climate, Urban Eden Farm has a couple hoop houses. It was much to hot outside when I was there to go in, but some tomato starts were enjoying the heat!
At Mt. St. Michael's, they have a grotto. To find it I wandered path ways through trees, along the edge of the bluff St. Michael's is built on. The path continued onward, but I had to turn back. I wonder what else there was to see?
Mt. St. Michael's is a giant brick building dressed in beautiful, white architectural frosting. I can see if from t he highway on my way home and curiosity finally prompted me to drive up the bluff to visit it.
Duncan Garden is found at Manito Park, a jewel of Spokane. This garden is laid out formally, but the riot of color makes me think it doesn't take itself too seriously. As I worked, the garden filled up with people-walking their dog, showing the out of town friends the garden, out with friends. A beautiful place, a useful place, and loved place.
Pax means Peace and I think that is something that every one of us could use more of, don't you?
St. John Cathedral is perched on the lower South Hill, visible to those driving down Division below. I've admired it's Gothic tower from the inside of my car for many years. I'm glad I finally made the time to go visit the inside of the cathedral.
I love Japanese gardens-the careful design, the artful arrangement of plants, the little stone lanterns. They are fabulous places to sit and contemplate...and paint!