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November FLAVORS: Cranberry-Orange Relish

For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration.  This month I’m featuring the story and recipe of artist Gretha Linwood. I told her that I wanted to…

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Huckabee, the Bernese Mountain Dog

Just wrapped up another pet portrait commission–how lucky am I? I am absolutely loving having the chance to get to know these wonderful animals. I took a picture of beautiful Huckabee at Farmers Market this summer. His beautiful coloring and luxurious fur caught my eye right away. These big beauties were originally working dogs on farms–and even pulled…

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October FLAVORS – Pecan Pie

For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration.  This month I’m featuring artist and dear friend, Jo Reimer, who gave me her friend Novella’s recipe for Pecan…

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Why Don’t We Play More?

I’ve been participating in the 3 Dimensional Coaching online program.  It’s a teaching tool to encourage and educate the coaching community. I got involved because my husband is a coach and we’ve coached football, volleyball, and basketball together. The framework of the program helps coaches become more: Fundamentally sound (1st Dimension)  Skilled at coaching the mind…

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September FLAVORS – Dutch Pancake

Learn how to paint glass and reflections

For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and used the ingredients for the recipes as my inspiration. This month I’m featuring the story and recipe of artist Christy Stephens. Christy sent in a recipe…

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Stroke Update – Scooter

I am so lucky and blessed to have so much going for me: My kids are happy and successful and all doing well, and I have a husband who loves and supports me. My stroke could have been much worse and I am so grateful that it wasn’t. BUT today was hard. And I feel foolish as I…

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August FLAVORS – Fruit Kuchen

Learn about the 2018 FLavors calendar and one of its recipe contributors

For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration. This month I’m featuring the story and recipe of artist Sarah Peroutka. Here is the still life I painted…

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Painting Lovable Louie

Learn about portrait commissions

I had the privilege of making a painting of this adorable dog, Louie, for a Mother’s Day gift this spring. People often ask me the process I use when I am commissioned to paint a pet. Here’s how it works: After we talk about the pet and what makes him or her so special, I ask…

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July FLAVORS: Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad by Annie Salness

For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration. This month I’m featuring a story and recipe (Cucumber Salad) from artist Carol Marine. It’s a perfect dish for July…

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Making Art at the Farmers Market

We find still life props at the farmers market

This past Saturday was the first Farmers Market class of the summer at the wonderful Cedar Mill Farmers Market. We met at a local Starbucks for coffee and then walked over to the market. There we enjoyed the morning sun, music, and people, and each participant chose a colorful vegetable, fruit, or flower to paint.…

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