Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Poetic Gift

Walking through NW Portland, we came across a beautiful old traditional house set back off the street looking very much like it belonged in another century.  It was so festive, festooned with lights, and surrounded by red pyracantha bushes.
 As we got closer to it, I realized there was sign that said Poetry.
Free. Take one
(What a lovely gift to share with passers by)

The Shortest Day
Susan Cooper

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us-listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
and hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now.
This year and every year.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Portland Art Car

We were out doing some Christmas shopping, when I spied this wild car across the street.  People were just getting ready to pull out of their parking spot, but I ran over and asked them about the story of their car.  They were only too happy to given me the history and let me take some photos.
They painted white squares, spaces for friends to fill in with whatever they wanted.  I guess Art Cars are a big deal around Portland...sort of in the mode of keeping Portland
I've heard that other cities around the country have a similar motto, but I like to think that ours came when then Mayor, Bud Clark, pretended to 'flash' a statue to promote the arts.
The car had all sorts of crazy things!
Especially on top, with antlers, plastic animals, pseudo monsters, trophies...
who wouldn't want a large plastic goldfish on the side of your car?
or three tiny music boxes that actually play...
gnomes show up everywhere...
This isn't exactly Nunsense, but I'm not sure what she's doing...leading an army?
I wondered where that Easter Egg went...only kidding!

Dinner place setting complete with napkin.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Painting Cards with the Art Buddies

It's been just a year since the Art Buddies met at Jude Siegal's Watercolor Journaling Class.  It's been amazing how far we've come.  We all agree that it's been motivating and fun to be accountable to each other, and to getting together on a regular basis has kept us all painting.  Above, JoAnn found some beautiful paintings that she salvaged  from a thrift shop.  One had a grocery list written on the back. It's nice to think that they've been given a new life.
Fall is a great time for vignettes with all the rich colors in the fruits and vegetables available.  Pears and squashes are amazing to paint with all their rich details.
JoAnn brings her sketchbook and paints everywhere.  Here, she captured sea life at the Newport Aquarium.
A fun card idea to paint the inside of a pomegranate and give the details for a cards.
Squash, with a fun border!
Leaves with a wet brush technique.
Joanie painted these lovely cards as a fundraiser for her church.
The cards were so pretty that people were matting and framing them!
We all took a turn at painting cards for a good cause.  It was so relaxing just to slow down and paint. We all are grateful for our group, and look forward to our time together!
It helps to have a space with great lighting.