Monday, December 12, 2005

Art Is Everywhere

In summer 2005, Daniella & I repaired to Whidbey Island (Washington) for 3 months. We rented our Santa Cruz home to a couple of actors from Shakespeare Santa Cruz, which worked out beautifully. We never met them, but they left our place in perfect condition. As many of you know, our summer was broken up by the many art shows in which Daniella participated – in Portland, Bellevue, Sausalito, and other places. We also went to the East Coast for my beloved niece, Amy’s wedding to her sweet Carson.

We had a sensational trip, with side-trips to Martha’s Vineyard (lots of my cousins), Cape Cod (friends), and the Hudson Valley (an art class for Daniella at R & F Paints, where she gets her encaustic supplies). Of course the time at Whidbey was delicious – such a restful and beautiful place to be. The dogs especially love the long walks on the nearly-empty beaches.

We made many new friends this year, artists from the Pacific NW, and so much of the summer was shared with them. We even had an "art camp" for several days where we and two other women artists taught each other new techniques and skills. Here we are, up before breakfast, beginning to paint!

Lin made an amazing triptych, in oils, looking out our windows at the lake.

Shane became a new "best pal". We were addicted together to Six Feet Under, and all cried together when it ended. It was always sad to say goodbye to Shane. Here she is, with Daniella, at the Port Townsend ferry.

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