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A couple of weeks ago I was able to do some sketches, one at work that I used watercolor pencil with and one at Washington Park. I may add color, but I haven’t decided.

Pen and water color pencil


After that it snowed. I could only get shots of it at night.

The corner of SW 21st and Burnside

And then I got slammed with homework. A LOT of homework. Here’s one of them. We had to create a mood board for a classmate we hadn’t met until that day. We had 30 minutes to interview each other and come up with an idea of what to do for them as far as styling an outfit. I used lots of mixed media and Polyvore to create the Owl Sweater outfit. I’ll find out tomorrow if I got her style right or not. Eek!

Mood Board for Intro To Apparel Design


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In the Night…

So I have been searching daily for a job doing anything that will pay rent, car, and school and possibly a meal every now and then. I have yet to find someone to hire me, but I know I’ve got a pretty amazing Provider and so I’m not going to stress about it. But it has made me think of stories that I love and how the nights in those stories are always the deepest and darkest nights ever. But there’s always a morning after those nights and that deepest and darkest black seems rather foolish in the light of the sun. I think there was only one real darkest night and that was two thousand or so years ago.

Recently, I went up on the roof of the apartment at night to photograph the city lights. It was amazing to see all the bustle even so late at night. It was a little overcast, so I couldn’t see any stars and I wondered if you’d be able to at all anyway.

Portland Lights

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City Life

I am now living in Portland and enrolled at the Art Institute in Apparel Design. I’ve been spending the last week looking for work like crazy and trying to learn the ins and outs of living in a real city. It’s sooooo easy to get distracted here! Oh something shiny! Oh pretty flowers! Oh cool graffiti! There seems to be a bit of every thing and every one here.I need to start painting it all!

From the roof garden

I find that I love the look of the professionals here. I could really lose who I am if I’m not careful. I’m not the stiletto heels type girl. I’m the Keens or Toms type girl. So I’ll just concentrate on designing styles I like other people wearing and stick with my more outdoorsish look. 🙂

I’ve done some sightseeing here, some of it not so much by choice as I get lost super easy. The guys at Best Buy at Cascade Station were great tho. “The best way to figure out the city is to just get lost!” It’s true. I found an amazingly beautiful church with an abbey-like garden by getting lost.

From the Lamp Post to Cair Paravel…

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I’ve spent the last few days on the west side of the Cascades dog sitting Shadow, a cocker spaniel rescue dog.


It’s been nice getting out of Ellensburg for a bit, though I think I would not want to move to the Seattle area. Too many places to spend money. Eburg is nice because the places I want to spend money are too expensive for me, unlike over here where I can spend stupid money on cheap stuff. I guess you could say I have some buyers remorse over a couple of “luxury” items I shouldn’t have procured. I’m thinking now that I could have gone to the Pacific Science Center and seen the Star Wars exhibit instead of buying $25 worth of rusty orange linen. Or spent the sunny day today at the beach at Alki Point instead of hanging out at The Commons and Goodwill.

Spring Blossom

White Flowers

Moss House

I did get two purses (one for me and one for the shop) and a dress sewn. And some knitting done while watching Project Runway reruns and catching up on my laundry.

Black and Teal purse

Inside: The fabric is slippery polyester and much more difficult to work with than cotton.

Before I left Eburg, I decoupaged an art box Dad and Doreen had given me awhile ago. It had a crazy wild boar on it that someone had colored in with lime green marker. So I covered it up with some pretty paper and added some embellishments, just leaving the black boarder that says Art is long-Life is short. I think I’ll continue to add different stickers and stuff to it over time and see what happens.

Art box

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Passing Time

Spending Saturday morning at the Kittitas Valley Diabetes and Wellness Fair. I’m supporting HopeSource, my last venture with them as my last day was yesterday.
Brought along a Victoria magazine and am sketching photos of Ireland from it in my notebook to pass the time. I brought knitting along as well.
It’s sunny and beautiful outside. Gonna open the windows when I get home and do some spring cleaning!

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Bird Morning

Last week, when there was still some snow on the ground but the morning was warm, the birds all assembled in the side yard below my studio window. There were robins, jays, nut hatches, doves, and a Northern Flicker pecking at the ground as it warmed up with the early morning sun. As I was painting, I’d catch several of them fly by the window out of the corner of my eye. I did have a moment when the movie The Birds came to mind, but really I just wished they’d buzz the window when I had my camera in hand and pointing the right direction.

Several birds resting in the tree on the far side of the yard.

The Norther Flicker holding quite still for this photograph. He's fluffed up against the cold. Or he just ate a lot of worms and seeds!

A Robin chilling out on a branch.

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For I was like one asleep, a dimmed lamp in a dark world. You awakened me to Your light and made me shine.

Got out the color pencils I was given one Christmas in high school when I was in love with the medium. I still love the medium and how layering the colors create such interesting effects.

Light in the Dark

March: The beginning of March has been a whirlwind of opposites. Snow most of last night, then 55 degrees and sunny all day today. Joy and sorrow mixed together as old things fade away and new dreams are given birth.

These sheep stand at the door in expectation. What does God plan for this next moment?

March Sheep


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