Friday, September 22, 2017

The progression of the cabins in the woods...

The cabins in the woods have now become little houses on hills. I just was loving them less and less as I painted more and more of them. So then I just stopped, took a break and did an abstract just to watch paint flow. The next day I tried the cabin again and ended up with more of a fantasy style than the original mid century style I had started with. I love them now.... and am right back at them again!









Happy paint party Friday 

And

Happy equinox! 

I am loving autumn but I am also sad to have summer go... it went too fast. So I am posting pics of 5 things I will really miss about summer.... just some things that represent the small magic of summer for me. 
1. Eatting cherry tomatoes fresh off the vine, warm from the sun!


2. All the flowers!!



3. The farmers market !!!
4. The book barn....only open in summer!!!!







And 5. The little roadside ice cream/hotdog shacks!!!!!









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  1. Beautiful art, I will miss summer too, early fall's ok.

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    1. Yes, I love each season at the same time I am lamenting the passage of the last season

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  2. I love your cabins in the woods and house on hills...... and warm cherry tomatoes. Happy Fall!

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    1. Thanks so much, happy fall to you as well!

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  3. So, I LOVE the new cabins in the woods! So glad you kept with them and found a new path for them to take!
    Here's what struck me about your summer list. . . we have no roadside stands like that here. I forgot about them and, I suppose, I relegated memories of them to just being past, East Coast/Midwest nostalgia. Like I figured they don't exist there anymore either. THEY were what road trips were all about. You never planned your food just got in the car and drove knowing places like that would be found whenever you were hungry. :) I am reminded of two places from my childhood. One was a little bakery in the middle of nowhere between three or four rural towns that my grandmother drove to once a year in September. Apple season. The bakery made apple strudel one week out of the year and, when you went to pick it up, the entire place, every shelf, every countertop was covered with Strudels. I don't think I ever saw the place as it would normally have been with donuts, cakes etc! There was a burger stand on the way that was a must stop for us and I can still recall the milkshakes there. . . : ) And two, there was a small roadside stand so much like that one in your pictures right next to a GIANT candy store named Gene and Boots. A large Pink building and candy-making workshop. So we would get our hot dogs and onion rings and then go candy/fudge shopping once every summer too!

    I will miss our summer garden too. We're still getting some strawberries from our ever-bearing varieties! :)

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    1. It is funny, I didn't realize those shacks were not all over the country! They are still very much alive and well here in the summer.... well maybe fewer than when I was young but still there. I just went to the one pictured on Friday because I thought I would get a burger one last time before they closed and I was too late, they had already packed up for the year!!! Luckily I had taken the photos earlier. I have no idea why they close so early. We get warm weather all of September, and I am sure people would still eat lunch there or get ice cream. It is supposed to be on the 80's here the next 2 weeks. And I don't think where they are located that it could possibly be tourists who keep them in business. Who knows? Glad they stirred happy childhood memories for you.

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    2. Haha, I think that another part of the tradition. Closing before the weather gets bad. :) I recall that from the little stands back in PA and OH too. Going in September and finding them closed. Looking back, maybe it was because they were primarily staffed with high school and college kids. . . but maybe not. I am trying hard to recall ever seeing one here in OR or up in WA but I cannot think of one. There are the occasional old diners around though. There were two in this little town when we moved here 6 yrs ago. The cutest one, right on the highway, was already closed for two years before we got here and it's since been torn down but the other one down along the bay, complete with the old stool lined counter, is still going strong! I may need to go and take some pics and create a post before they close up for the winter. :)

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  4. Gorgeous cabin paintings .... Love the fantasy element.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it, the fantasy part made it suddenly more fun for me!

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  5. Wow you really really need to write childrens books... Your work is just way too special to be only for you!! It needs to be out in the world!! Happy Autumn with all the gorgeous colours!!I love how you injected colour into that second cabin.. wow... amazing work!

    Peace Giggles

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  6. Thanks so much, well that is totally my dream... writing children's books. I have a ton written, waiting for someone to pay me to publish them!!! Ha ha, I need to manifest it to make it so!

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  7. ooh all those books :D

    so many great textures on your cabin in the woods paintings :)

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  8. I love your paintings. I love the style and the colourwork is lovely. Very inspirational.

    I'm afraid I can't commiserate with you on the loss of summer. Well, not until March, since when it leaves you, it comes down here and I so love it. We are just now getting some of the warmer weather and I am so happy to feel the sun on my face again. Sorry :) But yes, I will mourn it in March and you can have it back then :D Summer is hot and lovely, thank you for sending it back to us :D

    Thank you for sharing your art and your photos. From the other side of the planet, it is interesting to see the day to day (and that tomatoes photo is stunning with colour). As a librarian, I'm loving the books as well. What is a book barn? Library, shop or swap?

    Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes,
    Liz

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  9. Love how this piece is progressing. Nice tomatoes. I can't grow them here, too much strong wind all summer. Well if you want to call one month of warm sunshine summer. I like this little corner of your world.

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