May/June Update


May was a busy month with getting the exterior of the house painted. The house was a light grey stucco with darker grey stained cedar, and accents of mostly cobalt blue tile mosaics. One can only stand grey for just so long. I have been unable to get a decent photo of the house front as a whole for a variety of reasons. Hopefully these progress photos will give you an idea of how the house looks now.



The intense blue covers the back and both sides of the house, and there are 3 different orange colors on the front. The lightest orange isn’t visible in any of these photos, but I’ll catch it when I do some overall shots. We were extremely fortunate to have had great weather for most of the painting month. As all this work was done by one person, it was a huge job. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with the results!

June has been a relatively wet month so work has moved indoors. I’m still trying to get my print studio operational. It is very close… It’s been raining all morning but the sun has just broken through. That’s my signal to get ready to go out to a friend’s barbecue. Considering the change in weather, I’d say he must be doing something right!

weekly photo challenge : purple

So many purple things to choose from…. where to begin? The first photo shows 3 of my friends in the garden. I painted them several years ago and they’ve lived outside since. I love their weathered look, but they might need another layer of color this summer.

painted yard ornaments

The second photo is a piece of Chihuly glass from the Seattle exhibition. Most interestingly the outside of the form is completely different in color and pattern from the inside.

Chihuly glass

This next photo shows a section of tile mosaic from the side of our house. You’d better believe that it is hard to find a decent selection of purple tile to work with, unless you want to invest a small fortune for imported tile. I even resorted to flipping some small tiles upside down just to add some variety!

red, black and purple mosaic

The last two photos are also from Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle. I love the contrast between the day and night photos of the same section of purple glass. (I’m still plugging to get you to go see this for yourself. No, I’m not on commission, though that would be a good idea…) This is a magical place – no other way to say it. Do not visit the Seattle area without going there or else!

purple in Chihuly garden

purple glass at nightI have a plethora of purple flower photos, but I think I’ve shown enough to show you that I love the color!