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“Morning Coffee” by Julie

Carol and I have been packing and cleaning all day!  Heading home, back to winter.  We have a  couple more painting to share.  “Morning Coffee” was from when we went downtown to 1842 Cafe to have our morning scones and tea, and this was our view from our table.

“Florida Rental”, pastel by Carol

This cool old building is tucked behind what used to be a cafe downtown, now a dentist’s office.  It looks like it used to be a small cottage for guests.

Oyster gatherer and shucker Bob from Virginia

We headed over to the back bayou to look for Roseate Spoonbills, non were there, but Bob was at the fish cleaning station cleaning and serving less-than-an-hour-picked fresh oysters.

Just picked oyster. Yummo!

“Sunday at the Beach” by Carol

We did our last plein air Sunday.  We plopped down on a picnic table at the city beach in the midst of playing children and families barbecuing, and reveled in the family time shared.

“Palms at the City Park”

Back to Michigan!

Julie

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February came and we were waiting for a baby boy. The annual trip to Florida was postponed a bit this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greeting William Taylor Deiss on his second day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In Florida at last, enjoying lovely mornings with sun and no snow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dawn, and clam boats head out.

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From beautiful reflections on the bayou, to feeding the wild gulls from the balcony, we so appreciated the warmth of Florida, compared to the Michigan winter.

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April and home again — and how Will has grown!

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I’m just keeping it warm for baby . . .

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Happy baby, happy Mama.

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Four generations celebrate an April birthday.

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Where am I going? The high rooks call: “It’s awful fun to be born at all.” Where am I going? The ring-doves coo: “We do have beautiful things to do.” – A.A. Milne

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Carol has been very busy of late painting for the Beulah Art Show!

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Inspired by seasonal flowers and scenes around her, she has worked feverishly!

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So come see her at her usual spot by the pavilion, 10-4:30.

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See you there!

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We have been busy painting (and trying to stay warm!), just want to share some of our progress.  Some you might recognize from other visits, but we just handed out a bunch of cards to new folks here, and wanted them to see, too!

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Celebrating Women

 

"Sarah Putnam"  watercolor by Carol

“Sarah Putnam” watercolor by Carol

 

Don’t miss “Celebrating Women” art show at the Oliver Art Center starting this Friday, March 8th-April 7th.  Opening reception Friday 5-7.   These are the works Carol and I entered.  Hope you get out and see the show!

 

 

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“Girls Night” pastel by Julie

"To Market"  pastel by Carol

“To Market” pastel by Carol

"Plein Air Afternoon"  pastel by Julie

“Plein Air Afternoon” pastel by Julie

 

 

 

 

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A Trip West

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    We left cold chickadees and watchful dogs to fly to Oregon and enjoy dawn on the Colombia River.P1050037 This was the destination of Lewis and Clark and is now the small town of Astoria , Oregon.  The river meets the Pacific here and “crossing the bar” makes it one of the most dangerous ports in the U.S. P1050041P1050061 The town itself was named after John Jacob Astor and his lumbering though he was never there!
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       There was sunshine as we walked to the Pacific shore.  Can you see the rainbows on the waves? P1050053
     We went inland to a huge bay where the oystermen and crabbers have their homes and piers. P1050063 Of course we had to buy some seafood.  The oysters shooters and salmon were wonderful.P1050032
      Astoria is home to a fishing fleet and sailboats alike.
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P1050082  In the summer the docks are full of the sea lions who become pests but I enjoyed hearing their barking and hooting all the way up the hill at Caz’s house.
    On another day Caz took us south of Astoria to see a beautiful waterfall.  These eagles stayed on their perch undisturbed by me as I took their picture.
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        The Oregon climate—mostly mist and rain—coats all the landscape with a mossy coat of green.  Great place for a “Hobbit” movie.  We found it beautiful.P1050119
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        On the way back through the valley we stopped at Olney’s General store and tavern for lunch.  One side groceries and the other food and bar.  We had the day’s special, Beef Stroganoff, and it was very good and filling.
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“Caz” Watercolor by Carol

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Signs of the Season!

All the leaves are off the trees, and just after Thanksgiving, we woke up to 6″ of snow that Sunday!GE DIGITAL CAMERA

Of course, that was the day we left to visit relatives in the South!  18 hours one way, thank goodness for audio books!

We arrived, and the next day our granddaughter and I were busy making gingerbread houses and cookies.

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We visited family, listened to stories told and retold, and shared treasures from past generations.

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GE DIGITAL CAMERAWe got home safe, and back to work.  Real estate is still going, but not at the frantic pace of last summer and fall!  I am just now being able to paint after 6 months, and have a lot of paintings floating around the brain.  I am working on a Christmas card, so let me know your thoughts, the first painting at the top, or the next one below (or should I keep trying…..).  Hope you enjoy the short blog,  JulieGE DIGITAL CAMERA

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