Away From Home

Low-Commitment Projects: Yaddo Map Paintings

August 15, 2016

This is a series of paintings (and one drawing) I began while in residence at Yaddo.  I spent days walking along each path and road, using a running app to track my movements.  I used this and google satellite view to create a new Yaddo map, then started the paintings based on that landscape.  See Yaddo […]

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Low-Commitment Projects: Pool Patterns

August 1, 2016

Pool Patterns is my latest Low-Commitment Project.  I created these painters and masking tape patterns on the fence surrounding the pool at Yaddo.  The sad part was the removal–it took longer to take the tape off than to put it on.

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Low-Commitment Projects Workshop at the Honolulu Museum of Art

November 28, 2015

The Honolulu Museum of Art invited Tae and me to lead a Low-Commitment Projects workshop, and I happily flew to Hawaii last week for the event.  Our participants created their own cut paper words and phrases, then mounted them on mat board for framing.  We set up each station in the classroom with cutting mats, practice […]

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Hot Springs National Park, Tile Details

November 21, 2015

We were really wowed by the tile at the Fordyce Bathhouse at Hot Springs National Park.  Look what you can do with a bunch of tiny squares–amazing.  Here are photos of a few favorites.

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Hot Springs National Park, Bathhouses and the Grand Promenade

November 14, 2015

    After we hiked at Hot Springs National Park, we visited the Bathhouse Row and the Grand Promenade.  The bathhouses are stunning.  Some serve park functions and some are leased to private businesses.  The lighting in some of my photos is weird because it was evening.  I’ve arranged the photos in the order we […]

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Hot Springs National Park, Hiking

November 7, 2015

This is our sixth annual national park visit, and we went to Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas (so far, we’ve done Olympic, Glacier, Crater Lake, Redwoods, and Acadia as well).  We didn’t have much time to spare this year, but we did have frequent flyer miles, so we decided to visit this, the smallest park […]

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Eats in Slovenia

September 30, 2015

This post is a follow-up to the prior one about our recent travels.  Here’s the Slovenian portion.  FYI, we want to move to Slovenia now (I’m not kidding), so you can tell how much we enjoyed it. Above is kremsnitte, the famous dessert of Lake Bled.  From bottom to top:  pastry, custard, whipped cream, pastry, […]

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Eats in France, Croatia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina

September 23, 2015

We recently traveled to France for Michael to ride the Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1200 kilometer bike ride from Paris to Brest (at the coast) and back to Paris.  The ride must be completed in 90 hours or fewer, inclusive of sleep breaks, food breaks, and checking in at controls.  It is a historical event that happens […]

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Stuff I Like or Love: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

April 29, 2015

It never fails.  When guests visit, you learn more about your own town and see things you never would have noticed otherwise.  When my aunt and uncle came to Portland last week, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was high on their to-do list (and I hadn’t even registered its existence).  Since then, I’m telling everyone:  go […]

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Mini-Ecosystem Tour at My Parents’ Place

April 24, 2015

My parents live on a piece of property in the foothills of the Coastal Range, and my dad works to maintain it as part of a wildlife habitat conservation and management program.  This means he’s constantly battling invasive species, and when he ousts one threat (say, blackberry vines), it is replaced by natives (and usually […]

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