Sunday, May 31, 2009

ART IN THE GARDEN-KATHERINE CLANCY

 

Katherine Clancy

Katherine has dabbled in art for most of her life. She began a serious pursuit in learning watercolor painting in 1992, taking private lessons with Linda Wallace. While Kat still does predominantly watercolor she also likes to experiment and challenge herself with other mediums. She is a member of the Palouse Watercolor Socius, Idaho Watercolor Society and Women’s Caucus for the Arts. Her work has been juried into the Idaho Watercolor Society annual show and the Spokane Watercolor Society Show.

“I paint watercolors because I enjoy the loose, impressionistic style that can be the result. My personal challenge is always to be ‘loosen up’! I experiment in other mediums to stretch myself creatively and find new approaches and techniques I can apply to my watercolor paintings. I paint for my own enjoyment and hope my paintings tell the viewers a story or touch them in a meaningfully way.”

Kat currently shares a studio at the Artisan Barn in Uniontown, WA. Her work is showcased in the studio and she and all of the artists at the Barn welcome visitors to observe the creative process. The Barn is open Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information go to:  www.artisanbarn.org

Friday, May 29, 2009

ART IN THE GARDEN- ELLEN VIETH

I have known Ellen and admired her talents for years.  She used to own the coolest floral/gift shop called Maiden America.  It was where I went for inspiration and retail therapy.  Ellen just received (earned!) a masters degree in Fine Arts at the University of Idaho.  I have one of her paintings in the shop and would be sitting at my beach villa if I could have sold it to everyone who wants to take it home.  Ellen will be setting up a space at our "sugar shack" and I am sure it will be smashing.

Artists Statement:

We are all animals. We emerged from the landscape-and the voices of the silent Others are still out there. Some are noticeable, some less so; reminding us through sound, wind, scent and song.
They have names and spirit-the trees, rabbit and the hawk, mourning doves,  the basalt, the hedge between the fields alive and listening. My sincere desire was to hear their voice.

Recognizing them as a way to measure the depths of ones nature, a way to find a pathway to the soul. It is my belief that we have moved farther and farther off the path to understanding our nature-and we need to reconnect. I f I have any obligation as an artist, it could be only be to remind others that those "thin places" that Thomas Merton talks about-the diaphanous Edens- are celebrated.  Making art is often an egocentric undertaking-acknowledging that we need to change our pace-maybe a pathway to a greater good.

Caspar David Freidrich an early nineteenth  century German Landscape painter said it best, "a painter should not merely paint what he sees in front of him, he ought to  paint what he sees within himself. " Through an elimination of ego, and a reconciliation with the universal spirit we become the medium.

Thank you.

Ellen Vieth






Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ART IN THE GARDEN-LAUREL MACDONALD

Saturday June 6 we are hosting our 2ND Annual event called "Art in the Garden".
There will be 8 local artists showing/selling their wares and demonstrating their technique.
In addition there is a local women's art group called the Palouse Women Artists, they are doing a project they are calling "Madam Chair" where each member put her unique spin on a chair. They are using Art in the Garden as their venue for this project. I am very excited about this as we plan on displaying chairs on the living roof or hanging in the trees or off the sitting still hut....I don't know, the chairs will tell us where they wants to be.
I thought I would spotlight each artist in the days leading up to the event. Today is Laurel Macdonald. Laurel participated last year and we fell in love with her work and with her. 

Laurel Macdonald

Artist statement

FLOWERS:   I have always drawn, painted, printed flowers.  They’re an endless source of enjoyment, especially here in the Palouse when we get so little time to enjoy them.  I grew up on a farm and love to work in the dirt; I’m constantly working on my flower gardens.

LINOCUTS have given me an easy way to duplicate my drawings.  The process is simple:  I transfer my drawings onto linoleum, cut out the negative space, roll ink onto the linoleum and press paper onto the ink, thereby creating a print that I can share with my friends.  I hope you enjoy your print!

 




Sunday, May 24, 2009

Well, it could have been worse..



Thursday our well pump went out!  What a feeling.  We were dipping water out of any no-hole pot that had a drop of water in the bottom and drained our camping van  of fresh water.

As you can see our well head is right in the middle of our display lot.  We called on friends who came right away and helped us move plants so the pump truck would have access.

Friday morning Larry and Curtis came pulled the old pump, set the new and we had water by noon. By closing time we had all the benches back where they belonged and were ready for a VERY BUSY memorial weekend Saturday.   We are so grateful the pump failed on a work day and not in the middle of a 3 day weekend...

We are wiped out today but so happy!


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A hot sauna sounds good right now

We ordered a barrel sauna.  I've wanting one of these babies for a year and I have been saving my pennies.  We are getting our Sauna from Superior Cooperage in Rice Minnesota. 

As they state on their web site: " We have been able to continue the almost lost art of Coopering (barrel making)  and applied it to the age old cleansing tradition of the sauna.  Our 2" cedar staves are hand milled with an arc and a bevel, then steamed and held together with iron hoops that are hand swedged to a slightly curved shape, no nails or glue is used.  The white cedar gives them the distinct sauna scent.  Unlike traditional square saunas our unique barrel shape allows condensation to run down the walls and drain, making it easy to keep clean. "

The one we ordered is 8' long, 6' tall and 5'3" wide.  We will put it down by the house finishing the landscape and pond ( that hole we dug 12 years ago) at the same time. The really cool thing is we are going to Minnesota to pick it up this summer after we close.  As you can see from the photos the dang thing fits on a trailer.  So we plan on hitting the National Monuments on the way over and Canada on the way back. We think it would be funny to pull in to a full hook up RV site and plug the thing in..hmmm, might be a way to earn gas money?
photo credit: Superior Cooperage, Rice Minnesota



Monday, May 11, 2009

IT'S 'GONNA FREEZE TONIGHT


Better cover up your tender plants with an old sheet or towel.....

according to Weather.com it's gonna freeze tonight


Issued by The National Weather Service
Spokane, WA 
1:43 pm PDT, Mon., May. 11, 2009

... FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPOKANE HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

UNDER CLEARING SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS TUESDAY NIGHT TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO FALL TO BELOW FREEZING LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZE WATCH MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.



Friday, May 8, 2009

Dwarf Evergrees

photo Scott Thompson
photo credit: Iseli Nursery, Inc

We just received a shipment of  very cool dwarf evergreens. Very hardy and suitable for planting in our frost proof pottery, or in the rock garden.   These are true dwarf varieties that grow at a very slow pace. They are pushing a flush of new bright green foliage and just have to be seen, I think you will fall in love like we did... I am planning my new dwarf evergreen front yard!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Okay, what's with the weather?


This year is the first time in my life that I realized that the weather is not in my control column.
Being a "farmer" I daily and sometimes twice a day look at 2 different web weather forecasts, ever watchful for a frost prediction.
I recently found the NOAA  site that has longer range predictions for both weather and precipitation.   It's kinda nice to know ahead of time if it's going to be say... wetter than normal. 

Monday, May 4, 2009

breathe

It's May.  I was wondering if I would be able to keep up with blog posts in May.... NOT.

Last week for a new experience, I went to an intuitive reader. 
She told me I needed to breathe. The instruction was, every time I walk by my favorite plant "breathe deep"
I thought " If that's the instruction, I am going to hyperventilate".  
Funny thing is she's right about the breathing thing . 

I was wondering if the United States is the only country where it's fairly easy to buy a rock or wall plaque or vinyl letters in fancy script that say the word BREATHE. Do the French hang a sign RESPIREZ?  I used to love the feeling of being way too busy, It was a buzz that I enjoyed, now I am paying $100.00 hour to be told to breathe.  sheesh.