Dizzy Swallows

“Dreaming” Show Reception

October 11th, 2013

Last week’s artist reception for the Brackenwood Gallery show, “Dreaming,” went off swimmingly. Here are a few looks from what was a truly lovely evening. Thank you again to all who came, it was a great turnout! Your love and support means so much.

Once again, the show features five new paintings by moi, as well as works by a four local artists, and will be up through October 28th.

All photos taken by Jacob.

Fun with reflections:

One of my beautiful models…

…and the other gorgeous gal.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend.… Continue reading

Summer Scenes

August 17th, 2011

Knowing the long, hot days are waning makes me savor the small moments of glorious summer abandon all the more. The bright, saturated colors, the sweet, soft fruit, the crab…oh the crab, the romps and the hikes.

We’ve been making a concerted effort to fill every remaining summer weekend with something special. Last weekend it was a trip to Portland to visit my brother. A long walk through the city delivered a classic British car show.

…and nearly doughnuts. Damn you cash-only.

Ah, will I miss the cherries when they’re gone. Until next year my beauties.

The discovery of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust has returned that glorious dish to our table. Glory hallelujah, and layer on more sun-dried tomatoes.

The thicket of raspberries on the farm has produced more than can be eaten this year. Though we did do our best.

I should have kept a tally … Continue reading

On Fresh Fava Beans and Summer Pasta

July 22nd, 2011 4 Comments

Glorious weather not withstanding, summer is a feeling. It is that sense of freedom engrained from our schooldays, of long hours wiled away in hedonistic pursuits. Blue skies and golden sunshine certainly help, loosening limbs and warming faces. Sadly, as myself and others have noted, Seattle is having rather a dismal showing in the seasonal department this year. But summer be damned, at least the family farm is in full force.

On a recent visit we were presented with several beds of fava beans, ready for harvest. They are the strangest bean, growing resolutely towards the sky like so many impudent, fat, green fingers. The leaves are pliable and tender and, according to my mother, can be used to make a very pleasant pesto!

We harvested about a third of the crop, easily filling a large storage bin. I must admit, hitherto my only reference for fava beans came from … Continue reading

Weekend Snapshots

June 7th, 2011

Hello my darlings! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! My apologies for my silence yesterday, I spent a long weekend on the island with my family, the sunshine, and the barbeque. Saturday dawned gloriously, dazzlingly sunny, reminding us all in Seattle just how beautiful our emerald city can be. We spent most of the morning dashing madly up and down the street for our neighborhood’s annual multi-block garage sale. I could not believe the treasures that some families were practically giving away in front of their gorgeous Queen Anne homes. My sister is in town from NYC, and we celebrated with a family day of croquet, beer, and feasting up on the farm. Here are a few of the sights, smells, and tastes:

Our triumphant haul including a vintage bunt pan, mixing bowl, dutch oven, serving plate, brass vase, and a solid steel block plane for Jacob.

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At the Manor

December 8th, 2010

Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to share just a bit about how I’m spending my days of late.

Some of you may remember this post from the summer in which I mentioned my ridiculously driven and multi-talented mother and NWLA. There is always something that needs doing at the academy, particularly with the recent upgrade/relocation to The Cultural Center in Langley. This is a huge undertaking, both physically (the space is a revamped B&B, complete with 6 guest rooms, a giant restaurant-grade kitchen, several living rooms, dining room, and new offices) and philosophically (the grand purpose of The Center is to bring cross-cultural understanding and dialogue through events, exchange programs, and classes). I am currently helping out with this grand endeavor on a part-time basis and will be spending the remainder of my time painting (once I have unpacked my studio, oh Lordy).

Meanwhile, Jacob and I are … Continue reading