My Solstice Gift to You

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Astoria Oregon, even in the dead of winter, is full of so many gifts. That we can be on the edge of the continent – a Columbia River estuarine blend of salty ocean and mountain snow. That the sun is shining on this shortest day of the year. That the hawk just visited our birdfeeder, but the little birds saw him first, so he settles on wire with a grumpy shake of his tail before he flies back into the forest. That on a winter morning we can see dawn reflected off the windows of our neighbor across the river, but the color shows up only in the water; the windows above stay dark-filled. That there are places downtown that invite us in to draw all winter long, maybe even a little pot-bellied fire for warmth.

I love this town. Its gritty, rusty, creosoted and moldy beauty. I wish it a peaceful Solstice, and you as well.

All Hallow’s Eve

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Every 2 weeks our drawing group meets for 2 hours at various locations in our community. If the weather is good, oh boy, an outdoor plein air location is great. But there are plenty of sites for us indoors – and as it rains, a lot and year round – that’s where you’ll usually find us.

Vintage Hardware is one of the best. Chock full of more than you can imagine, located in the very old lobby of what was once the John Jacob Astor Hotel, so far we have never tired of meeting here. They even hang things from the ceiling! Eyes Wide Open has her work cut out for her.