Truth.... isn't it strange?

" Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities . Truth isn't "

Mark Twain

Friday, December 28, 2012

Almaz and I walked into a salon in Oslo and got new do's.  

Almaz holding her pony tail that she donated for wigs. I brought it back with me and sent it off to Pantene Beautiful Locks.... a charity that creates free wigs for cancer patients.

Almaz after the cut.  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Almaz at the Vigalund park in Oslo, doing a little imitation before getting all her hair cut off

Almaz with her zodiac at Vigalund

With Karin Ingar at the Lundeby farmstead, Norway

park around an ancient Viking castle

Viking castle ruins enclosed in glass to protect it.

This is Oct. beautiful day!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

I call this the spotted owl mirror

Just finished today

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Just hung this one up. 6 in. x 8 1/2 in. Just plain fun

Go to the etsy button on the top left to see more pics of mirrors

Sunday, November 25, 2012

This is the work of one of the newer artists in my gallery. She has many purses here, I'm working on getting them all on-line. Each has its own personality.

this one is called Green Power

"Zebra Tote" by Pat Rollins

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The latest mirror I'm working on . Not done yet. Soon

One of Andrea Mull's story book birdhouses. It is in my gallery's on line store. You can come into the gallery and see it for real along with all the others . They are more amazing when you see them up close. lots of surprising details.

Willy Wonka's chocolate factory birdhouse. See more pics of this in the on line store site.

Western bottle cap birdhouse

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

fun mirrors

6 1/2 inches. another little accent piece. always a challenge to paint up these little ugly ducklings I find in the dump heap.

A tiny mirror with a big frame. A fun little accent piece. Only about 5 inches square

Just finished this last week

found this smile face mirror at the local 2nd hand shop and gave it a little more umph! More sunshine needed!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Gallery is carrying baby rattles! Made from all non toxic woods and sealed with bees wax.  

Maple rattle. These are just right for a baby's hand . Sell for 15.00 each

Some edible finger paints for baby. Everything in the gallery is made locally. These two entrepreneurs both happen to be child care providers saw a need for healthy and creative baby toys. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Almaz posing in front of the shed that is behind my grandmothers home. Note the reindeer antlers! 

Old fishing cottage to house the fishermen when the seas were rough. 

Amazing and beautiful. This is what you see everywhere you turn when traveling through the Lofoten Islands.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Almaz doesn't look too excited about the prospect of eating whale burger!

cousin Gunhild hosted us while visiting the homestead lands of my Grandmothers family.... near the Lofoten islands.

this was the landscape in every direction! Amazing but alas I am not the best photographer. I guess I need to do some painting

This is the view from my guest bedroom balcony at the site where grandma Anna grew up. this was taken Oct 7th. Weather not unlike Oregon. Mild even though we are across the arctic circle here. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

floor cloth repair

8X10 floor cloth with the business logo. this cloth has had thousands of feet on it since it was displayed at the Eugene home show more for several seasons. I was happy to see that there was no damage or even wear from all the traffic, but rather is strictly due to improper storage. The heat caused softening of the sealer and since it was rolled tightly, the layers stuck together and pulled some of the paint up. 

I often add a touch of tromp l' oeil artwork to a floor piece , especially if it is for a business where you want to draw attention. I felt 10 penny nails would be fitting for this contractor. 
I'm currently repairing a floor cloth that was rolled up and stored in an attic.... probably 110 degrees plus. This is a rug I had done for a contractor to have on the floor of his booth space at home shows. Typically floor cloths are always in use and not stored.  I can give some tips on storage if you have a floor cloth that you want to roll up and store for whatever reason.

Always roll the rug around a hard tube like a carpet tube, right side up so that when you put the rug back down the curl is downward on the floor. Use some cloth to tie around the rolled rug at rope may crimp the rug. Keep the rug in a room or basement that is room temperature. Not under 50 and not over 90. Pretty much the same as how you store your paint cans. The products I use are extremely durable and last a lifetime but when they get heated up or wet they respond like most surfaces.... not well. Actually floor cloths hold up better than any other form of floor rug . One more thing.... I would recommend putting the rolled up floor cloth in a plastic bag and seal it tightly with tape to prevent moisture from getting into it.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

artist reception

Friday, Aug 17th 5:00-8:00
Come and meet the artist Gil Harrison. A larger display of his work will be shown. 

Lesley Strother will be here also and is displaying works in her collection that aren't often seen at shows. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Canvas totes


Print from the 7x6 foot floor cloth that was completed to accent a retro red and white enameled dinette

print from entrance floor cloth on canvas tote 

"pink lady" print turned out nice on the canvas totes also

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Floor cloth prints

11X 8 floor cloth sold through the In Color Gallery

each of my floor cloths are signed originals and never reproduced except for .....

Printing on a canvas shopping bag. I like to hold onto a piece of the design originals. You can find this bag in  my Etsy store.  The Rugs on the other hand are forever one of a kind. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Painted floor

Finished painting my guest room floor after ripping out the old carpet. Almost no cost and cleaner, and more style than i could get with any other flooring. Now I plan to put down a nice soft cloth rug next to the bed.