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LIMITED EDITION PRINTS - LANDSCAPES

LIMITED EDITION PRINTS - LANDSCAPES

 

My landscape art springs from my love of the wilderness, particularly as I interact with it through our hiking and backpacking adventures.  When I'm hiking in the outdoors, I'm absorbing colors of the atmosphere, shapes of mountains in relation to their foreground, texture of rocks and trees, and how shadows express the brilliant light of a summer day.  When I'm back in my studio, painting my final pieces, I'm able to actually re-live my time in the wilderness, which is so gratifying, from beginning to end.

 

All prints are produced in my own studio using professional-level inkjet printers and lightfast inksets with excellent color gamut and stability designed specifically for the production of fine art prints.  The inks are matched to heavy rag paper that is textured to yield a look close to that of an original watercolor painting.  When you purchase a print, it will be encapsulated in acid-free materials along with a certificate of authenticity, boxed flat, and shipped insured.

LIMITED EDITION PRINTS - GARDEN

LIMITED EDITION PRINTS - GARDEN


Here's another side of my art - the "food art."  For the most part, it's been created through my ongoing career as a food writer.  Early on, art became a visual expression of what I''ve been trying to communicate through my newspaper columns and books.  At first, it was black and white line drawings, because being able to provide art made my column more marketable to newspapers who were looking to jazz up their food sections.  At one point, my editor at The Oregonian wanted the flexibility to run my column on the cover of the food section, but needed color art to do so.  So she asked if I'd consider sending her color art instead of the usual line drawings.  I was excited at the opportunity to be able to produce watercolors for newspapers.  Plus, it was just plain delightful to give color to all the foods I was writing about.  And painting produce is a wonderful experience.  One summer I grew eggplants just so that I could paint them before harvest.  Of course, color art in newsprint needs to be vivid or it gets lost in translation.  Hence, a lot of the food art that I've produced over the years is quite lush in color and design.

LIMITED EDITION PRINTS - CHRISTMAS/WINTER

LIMITED EDITION PRINTS - CHRISTMAS/WINTER


What's not to love about snow people?  Or snow?  You should try painting winter and Christmas scenes.  It puts you in a good mood in no time.  My very first winter painting was a forest scene with some rather jolly looking elk back in 1995.  I loved painting those elk!  The following year, I included a couple of snow guys and called it Christmas Company.  Then came Campfire Capers, which had a gathering of snow people around a campfire.  A little mind-bending to say the least.

 

Several years back the snow people started to emerge as a collection of familiar souls.  I ditched the sticks and coal and gave each one an identity, which I've carried through to the present.  These days, people start asking me by around August if I've figured out that year's Christmas painting.  Sometimes I have, but most times I haven't!  My mother is one of my best sources for inspiration.  Family Tree, for example, came about because she thought I should create a painting where some of the snow people were standing on each other's shoulders decorating a tree.  It was my husband, Steve, who suggested that the penguins in Wishful Thinking, should be holding branches just like the snow guys, so that they could perhaps fly too.  The subtitle to that painting is Reindeer Try-outs.

NOTECARDS - LANDSCAPES

NOTECARDS - LANDSCAPES

 

Here we are on the web, and we'll probably be communicating via email before we're through.  Personally, I seem to depend on email more every month, especially in relation to my writing career.  But I haven't forgotten how special it is to receive hand-written notes from friends and family, so I keep sending them out myself.  I hope you do too.  I really enjoy devoting a part of my time to producing pleasant and economical notecards to help keep the tradition of writing alive.  My mother approves.

These notecards are sized 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches folded, and open to provide a blank space of 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches for your message.  The outside of the folded card has the image on the front, and information about the image on the back.  They are carefully printed with high quality inks on smooth white card stock, and are packaged eight to the box, with envelopes.  The collection includes boxes othat contain all one image, as well as mixed boxes with single copies of eight different images, or two copies each of four different images.  All boxes are priced the same, at ten dollars.

NOTECARDS - GARDEN

NOTECARDS - GARDEN

 

See these characters?  They're Oregon Marionberries, a special kind of optimized blackberry - large, aromatic, sweet and luscious.  When I think of them, it's always a good vibe.  Same with fresh ripe peaches, or flowering herbs with all their culinary potential.  I could go on.  I think that's why my garden-themed notecards are so popular.  The associations with gardens that we carry around inside us are just so positive, that these cards are inherently uplifting - a good trait in a notecard. 

NOTECARDS - CHRISTMAS/WINTER

NOTECARDS - CHRISTMAS/WINTER

 

We call these winter notes.  Many are Christmas themed, and are used more in early winter, or as Christmas cards.  The rest get used as jolly missives throughout the cold months.  I've had fun dreaming them up, and some of the characters that keep showing up are getting to feel like old family friends around our house.

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