"Slip and Slide" ©Ruth Armitage, Acrylic and Collage 11x15" $395

“Slip and Slide” ©Ruth Armitage, Acrylic and Collage 11×15″ $395

I always feel like this time of year spins way too fast! Our favorite summer activity as kids was the slip & slide… and that inspired this painting. I used some of the monotypes I made using the gelli-plate on this, and also printed directly onto the painting.

I originally painted this last summer but had never framed it. I didn’t feel like it was quite complete. You can view the original before the collage & gelli-plate additions here.

Pulse!

The silent auction items for "Pulse" 210 Commercial St, Salem, OR. Tonight (5/16) is the final night!

The silent auction items for “Pulse” 210 Commercial St, Salem, OR. Tonight (5/16) is the final night!

I spent time this week in the garden and also at Pulse, Mary Lou Zeek’s pop-up gallery and benefit for the Medical Foundation of Marion & Polk counties.

When Mary Lou and some of the other artists saw my gelli prints, they were eager to sign up for my workshop in Keizer! You know you have a good thing when other artists are so enthused about learning it. I think I will be including this technique in my upcoming classes, but those in Keizer will have extra time on it! Register soon for any of my workshops– they are filling fast.

I also want to encourage you to see James Kirk’s retrospective at River Gallery. I attended the opening reception and loved seeing the huge crowd assembled. Professor Kirk has a wide circle of influence.

James Kirk

James Kirk

Yesterday I slowed down enough to take some shots of my rock garden. It really is filling in nicely!

Rockery

Siberian Iris, Elderberries and Weigelia

rockery from below

The rock garden from below

I had a fun opportunity to tour another garden in Estacada yesterday. Laurel Hedge specializes in Garden Ornaments and Design and they have a fabulous eye. If you live in the Portland Metro area, they are worth the drive. They are planning an open garden on May 25, 2014 from 11-4. You won’t be disappointed!

Here are a few teaser shots:

Laurel Hedge Rhodies

Statuary, trees and blooming shrubs ornament much of the garden

Laurel Hedge planter

A beautiful combination in a re-purposed bird bath

laurel hedge magnolia

This sweet magnolia was covered in blooms!

Laurel Hedge Koi Pond

I wish you could see the enormous koi in this pond!

Laurel Hedge Knot Garden

Beautiful Knot Garden

Laurel Hedge Iris

Great way to incorporate Bearded Iris in the Garden

Laurel Hedge Garden Art

Fun & Funky Garden Art

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