Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Handmade Basket from Jan

On my recent trip to Portland, I got a chance to spend some time with friendsc, including Jan.  Jan hosted me in her very nice Pearl District condo ,and also gave  me a beautiful basket that she crocheted from t-shirt yarn.  It is very versatile.  It has apples in it now---I'll use it many ways.  Thanks, Jan.  It is beautiful and warm.  Nice!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thank you Nancy

When I was in Portland, I got the treat of a luncheon with a group of friends who I really miss now that I have moved to Portland.   Readers of my blog may have guessed that we have a dragonfly theme.   Nancy is one of that group, and she had the lunch at her house.  We had a lot of fun catching up on news with each other and generally just enjoying ourselves.  One of our "traditions" is that the hostess gives everyone a small gift.  Nancy gave us all these dragonflies that can hang from car mirrors....or just hang out around the house, like mine is doing.  This is my little painting of it.  Thanks, Nancy, for this sweet reminder of my friends, and of you.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ted's Bulletin Family Restaurant

Now, THIS is one of my favorite restaurants on Barrack's Row.  It's got a solid menu with good variety, special meals for kids, and a great atmosphere.  It takes its cue from 1930's newsrooms, or at least that's my take.

I could go on and on about the food---home-made Pop Tarts, "adult" milkshakes, grilled cheese sandwiches on home-made bread, and so on.

This  is another one of my little paintings.....getting ready for the Barracks Row Fall Festival Saturday.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Commandant of the US Marines

One of my neighbors is the Commandant of the US Marines.  This is his home.  I made an ink and watercolor drawing of it for the Barrack's Row Fall Festival.  It is quite an impressive building, and dates back to 1806.

If I go by last year, the Marines are very supportive of the Fall Festival.  They did a full color guard and a short band program last year, and I remember it.  My booth will be pretty close to their bandstand, so I hope to hear it again.   As part of the color guard, they have an American flag with banner ribbons from every campaign the US Marines have been involved in.  That is something to see.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cafe 8

Another little painting in preparation for the Barrack's Row Fall Festival.

This is kind of a new place.  I've never been in it and am not sure why I chose it, other than I kind of like the umbrellas.  Actually, the umbrellas are not green, but I like them green...I used my "artistic license."   It is not only a cafe, but also a hookah bar....I'm guessing it attracts a young crowd.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Barrack's Row Clock

This kind of speaks for itself.  A clock on Barrack's Row..  Still working on more paintings.  They are small and matted, not framed, so they will be inexpensive.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Barrack's Row Fall Festival

I'm excited to be a vendor in my neighborhood Fall Festival.  I'll have a booth with small paintings and prints and lots of cards...and it is just a block from my house.

Barrack's Row gets its name from the Marine Barracks that are right on 8th St.  I looked up a little history and learned that in 1999 it was establish as a National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street.  Of course, the neighborhood is much older than that.  The Marine Barracks site was selected in 1801.  According to Wikipedia, it was selected because it was within marching distance of the Capitol and also the Navy Yard.  Marines are still marching today, and they do a "Parade" Friday nights.  From my backyard, I hear them practicing on Friday mornings.  I have never gone, though!

To get ready for the Fall Festival, I am making some small paintings around the neighborhood.  The one above is Senart's Oyster and Chop House, which is one of my favorite places.  It is very long and narrow inside, with 3 fireplaces along the wall.  It has been remodeled but has a real historical feel. This painting was late afternoon.....just before opening for business at 4 p.m.