Friday, December 19, 2014

Milan, Italy (2014/12/19)

19 December 2014 - Milan, Italy
12" x 16", acrylic on hardboard
Especially since the home renovation is taking a while and will take a while more, I decided it was time that I unearthed my box of painting supplies from all the other boxes waiting to be opened, and painted a "real" painting again.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Milan, Italy (2014/12/14)

14 December 2014 - Milan, Italy
8" x 10", digital art

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Milan, Italy (2014/12/11)

11 December 2014 - Milan, Italy
12" x 16", digital art

Saturday, December 6, 2014


6 Nigel 2014. Nigel poses before our new bread machine (and cooling loaf of bread)
Here's a less interesting shot of the bread maker.
From 4 December 2014.  My first loaf of bread.  A failure (doughy ickiness).  The black bits in it are olives.
6 December 2014.  My second loaf of bread, a "basic white bread" recipe provided by the bread machine company. Fallen but not inedible.  Actually tasted like bread.
And tasted quite good with some Nutella on it.  My husband refers to the bread as a Nutella delivery vehicle.

6 December 2014.  In other news, my husband assembled a DIY beverage carbonator today!  We still need to try it out.
I was inspired to get the bread machine and beverage carbonator in part after reading Plastic-Free. How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry.  Hope the plastic components that went along with these acquisitions, including the PTFE coating in the bread machine, aren't as deleterious to the environment as the accumulation of plastic bags, clips, caps, and bottles would be.

My husband was game about building a DIY carbonator rather than us buying one of those ready-made ones, with the proprietary and ultimately more expensive and wasteful refill components.  After researching what it would entail, he set off on a quest for the supplies, obtaining the components and advice through the local Portland U-Brew and Pub and F.H. Steinbart Co.  We still need to get a plastic bottle (ironically enough) so we can test it out.

The Great Remodel of 2014 plods on

1 December 2014.  Still waiting for quite a bit more to happen upstairs....

24 November 2014.  In the meantime, downstairs, dry wall was put up around the bit of stairs jutting out into the kitchen.

2 December 2014.  The drywall was then painted over (sorry there's no Nigel in this picture). 

6 December 2014.  The underside of the new stairs was also drywalled up and painted.
It's safe to say that the Great Remodel of 2014 will become the Great Remodel of 2014-2015 (though I hope not beyond that).  Since the last update, we've had the company of plumbers, electricians, and the heating and cooling technicians coming to say hi to Nigel then vanish upstairs, making lots of noise.  We've also had the drywaller cover up the exposed walls created by the new stairs.  There's been lots of downtime, too.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Turin, Italy (2014/12/04)

4 December 2014 - Turin, Italy
12" x 16", digital art

Monday, December 1, 2014

Eugene, Oregon (2014/12/01)

1 December 2014 - Eugene, Oregon
12" x 16", digital art

paintings at Coffee Time

Sean Kalley, curator for Coffee Time art, helps me hang my paintings.
Sean Kalley

Coffee Time, Portland, OR
Nigel patiently waited in the car while we hung paintings.
Thank you, Sean Kalley and Coffee Time, for allowing me the opportunity to show my art!  Some of my paintings, mostly of Northern Italy (and one of Barcelona, Spain), all done late 2013-2014, will be hanging there for the month of December.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

near Avigliana, Italy - 7

25 November 2014 - near Avigliana, Italy
12" x 16", digital art

Monday, November 24, 2014

Turin, Italy - 43

24 November 2014 - Turin, Italy
12" x 16", digital art