Saturday, October 30, 2010

not such a bad friday after all

Fridays are tough. They seem like they stretch on forever, and I'm antsy to get out of the dark and windowless photo studio and see the big picture view of the world...sky and trees and fresh air. 


My morning commute starts before dawn, through the cold fog. (Figurative and literal, since I haven't had coffee yet, my brain is as foggy as the highway)



Then I spend my day on details. (I'll explain this part of my job some other day)


On the commute home I take a different, more idyllic route. It calms me down and reconnects me with the outside world.

When I got home, I grabbed my camera and tripod and spent the evening at one of my favorite places:




It's a century-old farmhouse situated on an acre of land in what is now SE Portland, about 10 minutes from downtown.


The house and garden have been restored by two amazing artists and their friends into an delightful showcase for their pottery and other designs.  


A couple of times a year they open it to the public and sell their pottery and let people tour the garden.


I love seeing it in the spring, but I think their Halloween sale is the best!


Happy Halloween!


Friday, October 22, 2010

fall: tying up loose ends edition

I think it very fitting that fall is hurricane season. Autumn always seems to sweep in and hurl me about in 120 mph mind-storms, leaving me dizzy with excitement and soaked in a creative downpour of ideas. It also really stresses me out, making it really hard to keep track of all the irons I've put in the fire, which are suddenly all hot at the same time.
Since there aren't enough hours in the day, or brain cells in my head to process all this energy, I have to let a few things slide here and there. This blog is one of those things.  I'm not giving up just yet, but since it's not a money making endeavor, and since our finances and the rotten economy seem to be the only things in sync these days, I just have to focus on the bottom line: keeping the refrigerator stocked and the wolves from the door. So my posts here will be few and far between for awhile (I really don't know who I'm talking to, either. It's not like I have millions of faithful followers, but I know there are one or two of you who check in from time to time. )

Anyway, here are a few photos of my fall so far:


here's the galette I made with the plums from the last post


 we went to a fun surprise birthday party here for a dear friend


 with incredibly colorful and really tasty seasonal food


the grapes were almost ripe


and the wine was fantastic, of course


the evil hops growing on our fence have had a very good season


but they seem bent on taking over our neighbor's driveway...
too bad I'm not a home brewer!




drawing classes continue in my studio


and the spiders have set up housekeeping across every path and doorway 


making everyone walk around waving their arms out in front of them like lunatics,


lest they end up with spider webs across their faces and creepy crawlies in their hair.

All in all, things are pretty normal around here for hurricane season.  I'll check in again whenever I can. Thanks for stopping by.
Cheers,
Petunia

Sunday, October 3, 2010