April 22, 2014
My studio sale is over for another year, and my attention turns to my garden.
My daffodils are blooming like crazy, just in time for Earth Day - Spring is my favorite time of year!
I feel revitalized, energized and I fly out of bed each morning to see what’s new.
Right now a new daffodil opens each morning! Beautiful colorful sunny daffodils.
I love variety – color, size, plain and fancy; and a variety of bloom times.
Daffodils emerge from a bulb, and are also called narcissus and jonquils.
As you can see I have a lovely collection. These are just my early varieties.
Other spring bulbs are also blooming - fritillarias, hyacinths, and more. A few of my early tulips are showing color but not open yet.
Today I’ll just show you daffodils. When my daffodil clumps are large enough I divide them and plant them in empty spaces throughout my garden.
I don’t always wait until they die off. I’ve moved them while blooming so I know what variety I’m planting and can see where they belong!
Large and small, tall and short. Multi-stemmed and regal tall singles.
I love them all and when I see them smiling like this, I smile back!
Happy Earth Day everyone!!
April 17, 2014
I entered my ‘Sun Setting Over the Columbia River Gorge’ photo in the Daily Depictions of Nature weekly challenge. I would be ever so grateful if you’ll take a moment and vote for it. Here’s the link: http://dailydepiction.com/nature/?page_id=396
You only have until Sunday. It’s a quick, easy vote & you can only vote once. Thank you!
April 15, 2014
March 31, 2014
My annual studio sale is coming up on April 11, 12 & 13 in the hills above White Salmon Washington. I’ll open my studio for three fun-filled days along with 40 other artists juried into the Gorge Artists Open Studios. It’s the only time ALL my work is unpacked and displayed in one setting. Enjoy a stroll through my garden on your way down to see my photography and art glass in my little cabin.
I just ordered new metal prints and all occasion greeting cards from my nature & landscape photographs. My kiln has been reloaded with MORE art glass garden art. Last night I finished cold-working new earrings and bracelets. I have a feeling I’ll be finishing them between guests as there’s still so much preparation left to do!
You can find maps of the tour at Mt Adams Chamber of Commerce or download a pdf from our website, http://gorgeartists.org onto your iPad or similar device.
If you’re in ~ or will be in ~ the Pacific Northwest, I’m happy to send you directions, just send me a message.
Until then, I’ll be scouring out my studio & unpacking all my work to show you!
March 12, 2014
Officially we have about a week before Spring and my garden is budding with color. Most of my garden is still underground but the sun has been out the last few days inviting my spring plants to wake up. And inviting me outside to play. I’m calling it unofficially spring!!
I’ve been buried in my studio in spite of the gorgeous weather lately because my annual studio sale is just around the corner and I still have much to prepare for it. I’ve opened my studio for the last 15 years or so, and joined the Gorge Artists Open Studios 4 years ago. Now I’m down to the wire with only a month left to finish all the work I’d planned and clean up my garden because people like to walk through it while they’re here.
After a long studio day I managed to get a couple hours of clean up done outside late this afternoon. I could no longer walk by the debris of fallen limbs and branches from winter snow and ice. I managed to get quite a bit raked up in a short amount of time. Of course it’s not picked up, just raked into piles along my paths.
I decided to trim and weed as I raked each section so that I could slowly acclimate to all those tasks that my back hasn’t done all winter. It felt wonderful sitting in the warm sun, listening to the birds sing as I cleaned up each bed and pulled dead leaves away from tender shoots sprouting up.
I’m grateful to have been outside. In the sun. I’m grateful to have only had a couple of hours because my back was not ready to work that hard. My plan for tomorrow is to repeat today. Maybe not as long. Or maybe I’ll just sit and enjoy the sun and birds a little longer.
If you’re in the Northwest, I’d love to have you stop by my studio sale to see what I do. In my studio and in my garden. April 11, 12 & 13. You can send me a message here or via email if you’d like directions.
Our resident deer are also happy to see the sun, and my plants popping out of the ground.
Thanks for stopping by!
October 29, 2013
I know autumn has arrived, but It still feels like summer in the Pacific Northwest. We’re enjoying sunny days close to 70º, calm with no wind or rain. I will not like saying good-bye to my daily hikes in the Columbia River Gorge where I live and work as these lovely days finally come to an end.
The photos in this post are from my daily bird sightings in the forest behind my garden and along the Columbia River. Many birds have migrated south but many remain here through the winter. Above, a Pileated woodpecker flies overhead.
On the wings of change…eagles have returned to the Columbia River while osprey have left.
Herons are more easily found along many of our rivers right now. I don’t know if this heron was dancing for joy because he caught a fish…or looking for a mate.
I’ve enjoyed the challenge of photographing a pair of Red-breasted sap suckers all summer in addition to several woodpeckers….
…like this Lewis’s Woodpecker – an exciting first sighting for me.
Another first sighting this summer for me was a Townsend’s Solitaire that I saw in September.
I managed to catch up to this flicker before he flew off – the top photo shows him flying away.
I think the western bluebirds may be gone now, but for awhile they were plentiful.
I’ve fallen behind in my garden blog but I’ll catch up – when dreary weather forces me back indoors.
Thanks for stopping by!
July 26, 2013
Earlier this month I was photographing my garden and planning blog posts. Then one of my favorite friends was in a horrific accident and all my attention went to her: http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2013/jul/13/local-artist-hospitalized-after-motorcycle-acciden/ We had just finished a meeting for an August art show and as we stood on the corner chatting afterwards, I remember thinking how cute Kathy looked in her motorcycle leathers & helmet. Everything changed less than an hour later.
Her friend Dana set up a calendar of tasks for friends to help with, like feeding her cats and watering her garden. Once a week I water her garden and pet her cats, filling up the food bowl if it’s empty. I gathered some photos of our mutual friends to paste on her hospital wall so no matter where she looks, she’ll see someone who loves her. It doesn’t feel like enough. Kathy has many friends that are thinking of ways to help, to show our love and support. Along with many other artists, I’m donating my work for upcoming fundraisers and I don’t know if that’ll be enough.
I decided to give 20% of my sales towards Kathy’s fund. If you’ve been thinking about buying a gift of glass, garden art, or something for your home; notecards or photograph prints on metal or canvas, you’ll also be contributing to Kathy’s fund and I thank you in advance! http://www.zibbet.com/SteiderStudios No, this is not a plug to get you to buy something….I’m simply looking at any possible way to help my friend & her family.
Kathy is one of those people who everyone loves. She’s full of life, energy and effervescence. She sits on many committees with me and keeps a beautiful garden as you can see in these photos. I’ve been her student & she’s been mine. She is a sports enthusiast, skiing and snowboarding during winter months & windsurfing in summer. I could go on and on about her but I think you get the idea. She smiles at everyone and they can’t help but smile back. She radiates positive energy.
It was my honor to spend a day with her in the hospital, tending to things staff has little or no time for. Misting her face, helping her eat, holding her hand, turning her fan, getting more ice…anything she asked of me I did. It was one of the hardest days I’ve ever spent because of the circumstance, yet I witnessed her joyful spirit courageously fighting.
I already adored her husband, but I have renewed admiration for him in watching how he lovingly tends her.
If you can send a prayer or positive energy with healthy vibes, they’d be appreciated.
If you’re in the Columbia River Gorge, watch for announcements of opportunities to help.
I don’t know when Kathy will be back in her lovely garden, but perhaps the best way to show support later will be to purchase her enamel jewelry, wall art and switch plates. I’ll post a link to her on-line shop when she’s ready to return to work. In the meantime, if you’re in the Columbia River Gorge, you can purchase her jewelry now at Columbia Arts in Hood River. She’s also one of the featured artists for First Friday in August with her enamel wall hangings. The show, ‘A Glass Act’ runs through the end of August, so you’ll have all of August to look for Kathy’s work!