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Portland, Oregon area
A graphic designer + art director + surface pattern designer + author/illustrator living in the Pacific Northwest looking for creativity and inspiration wherever she can find it.
Interests: Equestrian, skiing, sewing/stitching/loom knitting, archery, photography, children's literature, surface pattern design.
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So one day not so long ago I was out at the barn and I was wondering why my feet were wet. I understood why the rest of my body was wet because rain was pouring down on me while I was trying to shore up a downspout by my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2022 at Spot On
Right now the Oregon is doing the "Wearing O' The Green" thing everywhere. It's all showers and sunshine and rainbows. Recently I had to take a trip down to Southern Oregon University this week and in between those bursts of showers and sunshine the hills and fields were all giving... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2022 at Spot On
Oh, Spot On, my poor neglected little blog! I started you way back in 2011 as a creative outlet to write and share my photos. At the time I felt like a plant that was leaning towards a very thin beam of sunshine. You are my own private/public space to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2022 at Spot On
It’s that time of year again. The time in between Christmas and the New Year. Bleech! And I try really hard not to feel discouragement and that general malaise that lays itself over everything. I’m not sure what it is, but I have some theories. A big part of it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2021 at Spot On
My Sorrow, when she's here with me, Thinks these dark days of autumn rain Are beautiful as days can be; She loves the bare, the withered tree; She walked the sodden pasture lane. Her pleasure will not let me stay. She talks and I am fain to list: She's glad... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2021 at Spot On
leaves knocked down from sudden storms + blackened skies with bright sun + red maples on fire in slivers of light + the feel of an embroidery needle sliding perfectly through fabric + tea with friends who are moving far away + tea with friends who are staying put +... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2021 at Spot On
BEHOLD! I have a new website up! Let’s see a show of hands: Who has a hard time doing work for themselves? I had to rein myself in. It wasn’t pretty. The hardest part in doing this new website was arranging the work that has come through my door; as... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at Spot On
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at Spot On
{{{ tiny horses }}} afternoon at the coast + windblown + sunshine + pouring down rain + waves + first scenic drive in years + Pacific City + sand dollars and seashells + Cape Kiwanda + horse riders in the dunes + rip tides + square waves/cross seas (!!!) +... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2021 at Spot On
“Some years ago, I was lucky enough invited to a gathering of great and good people: artists and scientists, writers and discoverers of things. And I felt that at any moment they would realise that I didn’t qualify to be there, among these people who had really done things. On... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2021 at Spot On
On today’s episode of “Walk Me or My Spots Will Fall Off” we encountered something really special. On some days we walk past a lone grove of oak trees in the middle of a field. It’s sort of remarkable that someone has held onto this property with homes around it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Spot On
It's fine. We're fine. Everything is fine. A brutal divorce kept me from writing or creating anything here. And then selling our home of 26 years to sanctimonious people that nobody liked while local wildfires threatened to burn it all down anyway, and finally moving (which is a hell unto... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at Spot On
Yes, I know. It's been a while. I'll explain later. First, let's have Bobby Burns give 2020 the old Scottish boot, shall we? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot And auld lang syne! For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Spot On
snow gently comes down seen only against fir trees welcoming Monday Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at Spot On
Ahhh... every January the First United Methodist Church in Portland showcases their quilters. You can see a past year here. They do not disappoint. Most of these were newer creations with a few well loved and well worn ones included. It's a bright spot of color to brighten up anyone's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Spot On
As we transition from one year to another let's raise a glass to New Beginnings. Wishing you a Happy New Year in 2019. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Spot On
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Spot On
If you're able to zoom in on this photo you'll see these sisters are smiling and laughing. I loved this photo as soon as I picked it up. I suspect there was even more laughter with the person who took the photo. Can you feel the cold snow when it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2018 at Spot On
Wowza. Abundance on Labor Day. Last year the two (semi-dwarf) Bartlett pear trees I have produced seven pears between the both of them. Having planted them as saplings quite a few years ago I really haven't expected much out of them since then. This year? 114 pears. How do trees... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Spot On
Ah... well, they don't look too hot for the amount of clothing they have on in this photo-postcard from August 1911, now do they? She is sending it from the Bay Area to Hammon, Oregon. From what I can read of her handwriting she asks how Mr. North is doing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Spot On
Hola, amigos! We went to a family wedding a week or so ago in Southern California. Took a ton of photos because: so incredible. (Also, thank you airline/hotel/and rental car mileage programs! #freeisaverygoodprice) What is it about palm trees that it is such a balm for northern souls? You see... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Spot On
Went to meet a lonnnnnngggg time friend at some local lavender fields and hang out with her while she painted. She's a professional fine artist and does a lot of plein art competitions. This particular farm had a certain charm so it's the place she has been coming back to.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Spot On