Please join me next Thursday, November 3rd from 5 to 7pm for the opening reception of my exhibit of watercolors and prints at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.
Come and enjoy wine and refreshments in the beautiful space of the Miller Library. In addition to new framed and unframed paintings and prints, I'll have the 2017 Birds calendar there for sale, as well as many of the other notecards and books published by Pomegranate Communications. I'll be donating 25% of the sale proceeds to the Library. The exhibit continues through December; Miller Library hours are Monday: 9am to 8pm, Tuesday through Friday: 9am to 5pm, Saturday: 9am to 3pm. Check for special holiday hours. On Friday, December 2nd, from 5 to 7pm the Miller Library will be hosting a holiday gift sale and I'll be there on that evening, too.
The Miller Library is located at the Center for Urban Horticulture, part of the University of Washington's Botanic Gardens: 3501 NE 41st ST, Seattle 98195. Phone (206) 543-0415.
I recently returned from a short vacation in Bend, Oregon; we decided to avoid the predicted flooding on the wet side of the mountains and drove down on highway 97. On the way, past Yakima, Satus Pass and down towards Goldendale we observed a remarkable landscape of small oaks growing alongside the highway on grassy foothills. They were especially stunning in their brassy fall colors. On our return trip we determined to stop at Brooks Memorial State Park, where we met two rangers who gave us alot of helpful information about the oaks. Many thanks to ranger Adam Fahlenkamp, who told us where to hike to see one of the larger specimens in the park. And to his colleague, who located the oak brochure in the park office! It was a rare experience for those of us who live on the rainy side of the Cascades! I know there are some great old specimens near JBLM in Olympia, as I always admire them when I drive past on Interstate 5, but these small dry side specimens were unique, much more gnarled, perhaps a bit more stressed by the dry conditions and the encroaching Douglas firs which give them too much shade and end up crowding them out.
On Saturday and Sunday October 29 and 30th I'll be teaching a watercolor workshop on northwest flora and fauna in northeast Seattle at the Mountaineers facility at Magnuson Park. We have a beautiful classroom there, and the program director, Katie Roloson, will be bringing down specimens from the North Cascades Institute's Environmental Learning Center: skulls, bug boxes and other natural subjects. I'm borrowing mounted specimens from the Burke Museum and woodpecker skins from Seattle Audubon. In addition we'll paint local flora, ferns, salal, and trees and I'm also sharing some fun materials for students to try out. The cost for the 2-day workshop is $215. Time is 10 to 4:30 each day. You can read more about it and register at this link.
Seattle Audubon's Nature Shop on 35th AV NE in Wedgwood carries many of the cards, books and calendars that Pomegranate Communications has published of my block prints, including the new Birds 2017 calendar, pictured here. Stop by and say hello, pick up some bird suet and seed and check out all the great gifts (I buy puzzles there for the dark rainy months in Seattle!) Many thanks to Nature Shop buyer and manager David Garcia!
I'm working on sharing block prints, both new ones and older ones that I haven't yet had the chance to post. I don't often make prints from birds I haven't seen or photographed myself, but I heard all about these jays from my daughter, who observed them for several weeks outside her apartment.
A few weeks ago I had plans to put several new block prints up on my blog/website, and I'm now getting to that. In the last month I created a few new images for Pomegranate Communications' holiday card offerings for 2017 and those I'll put up very soon. For now, I'll just work on putting up prints I made earlier in 2016. This first print is the cover image for Pomegranate's 2017 Birds calendar. The calendar is available at Pomegranate's online store, as well as at several local outlets in Seattle, like the University Bookstore, Seattle Audubon and Seward Park Audubon.