Monday, November 30, 2009
It wouldn't be Christmas without a gingerbread house. A couple of years ago I was asked to build a gingerbread house as a fundraiser for the La Quinta Arts Foundation. A number of artists were asked to participate and build a village. Since I love to paint flowers it was natural for me to build a flower shop. It was fun and I learned a lot about making flowers and other tricks of the "sugar trade". The silent auction went well and mine was one of the top sellers.
"Floreria" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Even the dogs get special treatment in New Orleans. This cocker spaniel was all decked out and walking it's master when I came upon them at the corner waiting to cross. Don't you just love the holiday neckpiece? Bright and festive.
"Christmas in New Orleans" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
"Before the Pie" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
"Nap Time" © Kathy Dunham 2009
"'Tis the Season" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
"Poppy @ Sunset" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"Summer Whites" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
"Passion Flowers" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
"Paris in the Rain" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
These beautiful flowers are true to their name, they only last one day. A definite loss to us since we can't cut them for the house or other use. This ruffled variety is more interesting with all the additional petals.
"Golden Daylily" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Japanese Tea Gardens are so serene and peaceful. The design that goes into them to elicit specific feelings is quite an art. My first visit to a tea garden was when I was young and visiting my Grandmother in San Francisco. Golden Gate Park is home to a small but beautiful garden. This scene is in Portland at their Japanese Tea Garden.
"Solitude" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This summer I decided to take a road trip to the Pacific Northwest with a friend. It was time I see part of the U.S. I hadn't seen before. And wouldn't you know it, I pick the week of the record breaking heat Portland. Luckily, these daisies near the famous rose gardens are actually heat lovers and were doing fine. But the poor roses were having a tough time.
"Portland Daisies" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
"Ricki" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Artist friends, Tim and Rick Vigallon, created these beautiful galloping horses in metal. The entire panel is 8' long and makes a dramatic statement. These talented brothers design a myriad of subjects in metal, some just burnished and others coated in exciting colors. If you're interested in their work you can see it at http://www.vigall-art.com/
Saturday, November 14, 2009
"Can I Take Your Order?" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
The French take the game of Bocci very seriously. No "gimmees" in this group. I don't know if there was any money on the line but I have a feeling there was with measuring going on like this.
"A Matter of Inches" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
"Veteran's Day in the Park" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
"Study in Red and White" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
It'll be holiday season before we know it so I thought I'd get an early start with this shot from the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, Spain. The city comes alive at night and they have lights hung everywhere in the narrow streets of the old part of town.
"Christmas in Barcelona" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Every weekend there's a street fair with vendors selling everything from flags to hardware items. It's a great way to get some exercise as you have lots of aisles to roam if you want to see everything. This metal fish was waiting for the right person to take him home.
"Fish for Sale" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
"Light at the End of the Tunnel" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
"Desert Pinks" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
"Out for an Afternoon Drive" © Kathy Dunham 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
For the past two years I've had lunch the day I arrive at my favorite bistro "Cafe de Flore" on the Left Bank of Paris. And across the street sits this bookseller and his dog. Occasionally he gets up and walks around but always winds up at the feet of his master.
"Bookseller and Pooch" © Kathy Dunham 2009