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The creativity we are seeing is astounding!  It must be something in the air…  oh, wait – that’s smoke.



“Here’s the third painting from my little Surrealism detour. Untitled 8” x 10” oil on canvas board. As well as a digital photo-montage. Thanks!” -John Langdon

“Hi Etty: Thanks for keeping everyone’s spirits up with fresh art, garage sales, and art supplies.  This one captures the wonder of the world from a child’s perspective. A Child’s World: Suminagashi Ink on Mulberry paper.” – Kabe Russell

“Working on Trees this month. Who knew there were so many types and so many greens you need with pastel!! Thanks Etty, and hugs to you.”  – Lia Anisgard

“I enjoy your emails! Here are some soft pastels I did, you are welcome to use  them in your virtual gallery.  The first is Trees Along Highway 1. Second is Grand Tetons, WY. Third is Horseshoe Bend, AZ. Last is Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, CA.
I have been having fun doing pastels! Will need more!” – Ginny Murtaugh

“Hi, Etty: Here are two images for your Virtual Gallery:  “A Peaceful Place”, Pastel  16 x 12″   and “The Rock”, Pastel   9 x 12″ (plein air) Glad to know you are still hanging in there during these “Dog Days”…pandemic, fires, smokey/haze.  I’m afraid to say, “What’s next” for fear it will happen.  Keep the faith.  You are doing an amazing job staying open, being flexible and NOT losing your mind!  THANK YOU FROM ALL ARTISTS!!” – Bobbye West-Thompson

“Lollipop Girls” by Linda Hammer

“Hometown Kansas City” and “Chadwick Boseman”
by Linda Hammer

“We bought a new expensive dishwasher when we moved from Cayucos to Morro Bay.  They said it was silent and since this is a small house it seemed like a good idea.  We wanted a white one but it was black with holes in the door to put a cover on it to match the cupboards.  The cabinet maker wouldn’t wouldn’t make one.  So my husband made one. The first one I painted with a copy of Mondrian but but it was made of 3/4″ plywood and was over weight for the dishwasher.  This one is 1/4″ and much lighter.  I painted my favorite birds on it, acorn woodpeckers.  Their coloring reminds me of little clowns.  Bobbye Thompson suggested that I add acorn holes on the tree so I did.. I still need to paint the frame a dark blue.  I have also been painting with the Wednesday Irregulars when air quality permits.  Here is a watercolor of the Estuary on a foggy day.  That pigeon is supposed to be a buzzard.”  – Ardella Swanberg

Hi Etty,
Another tree project: 
“Under the Old Oak Tree” – Lia Anisgard

As always, please keep sending us your art!  Send us images of artwork created since March 19th, so that we can include them in our blog! It helps inspire us and others to keep creating and try new things! We want to see what you are creating 🙂
When you send images, PLEASE don’t reply to this e-mail. It is a “DoNotReply” e-mail, and images just won’t attach.  Don’t know why, but they don’t. 

PLEASE E-mail your images and stories to

In response to our “Dog Days Of Summer” post, some more information about “Dog Days” – from our resident astronomer and talented pastel artist, Tom Frey:
“Hi Etty, Thanks for the Friday Special. The astronomer in me can’t resist an addendum to your “Dog Days” clip. The dog days of summer from a historical point of view occurred from about the first of July to mid-August, corresponding to the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius in the constellation Canis Major, along with the Sun at sunrise, signaling all the lethargic conditions you mentioned. Just me being me.” – Tom Frey

(Thank you, Tom!)  

Aside from the craziness that is back-to-school we have a few NEW things to show you! Check out these BEAUTIFUL new colors we got in from R&F Oil Sticks and Encaustic Cakes.

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As Autumn approaches, with cooler weather & hopefully a decline in fires and other natural calamities, please start thinking about little creative gems that you might wish to offer in our “Little Treasures” exhibit, starting the last week of November.  We hope you’ll participate!

Stay safe and creative!


One Comment

  • Susan Kounanis says:

    Hi!   This is sooo great!   Thank you for doing this weekly virtual gallery! 🤗 Just wondering, I submitted a photo for this yesterday.  Maybe I sent it to the wrong email or was too late!  Is there a day that we need to have it submitted?   Thanks so much can’t wait to be a part of it next week!!   Susan

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