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New Adventure & Farewell

New Adventure & Farewell

The Move

Trumpets! Drum roll! My new adventure has started … I’m moving to Mexico! For a tour of the Lake Chapala, Jalisco sample this video. In above journal entries you’ll see reflected my new home’s brilliant colors, relaxed attitudes, soaring swallows, buzzing art community – and a painting around EVERY corner. I intend to resume teaching classes and … revive my women’s retreats. When things are more stable, I hope you’ll travel down to join me.

The Sale

I’ll be hosting a sale of ALL my remaining fine art work, handcrafted books, prints at half price as well as art supplies and studio furnishings to purchase. A great opportunity to take home my artwork or add to your studio at a good price. And … I’d love to say “g’bye” if you can drop by.

DATE  :   July 11th-12th, Saturday & Sunday
TIME   :   11am – 4pm
PLACE:   1109 Lithia Way, Talent, OR 97540

I will be following CDC requirements including face masks, social distancing, and allowing no more than 8-10 people in he large living room and garage at a time.

More Tangents, More Fun

These three Paintings are part of a series exploring a new painting surface as well as new ways to use the layered painting process . They are on wrapped canvas instead of watercolor paper which alters the way of the interactions of surface and paint. It also nudged me to follow the process with exciting new curiosity and awe; keeping the excitement fresh.


To Be Clear -12×24

Heavy Metal 18×18

Various Tangents

These 3 images are part of an experimental tangent of the serendipitous  following of random threads layered onto paper: layered onto underpainting or by creating a new and vibrant base for further exploration.


Thicketed Moon 24×30

Fog in Sunrise- 6×9

Cracked Foundation- 6×9

Land That I Love: Scenes From the Cascade Siskiyou

Purchase artworks featured in the show here. Artwork can be picked up or delivered locally after July 13. Contact Sarah at [email protected] with questions. Shipping available.

Photograph Bobcat in tree

“Bobcat 23”

Framed Photograph by Dan Elster
Framed dimensions 39” x 27”


“Trying to Help” Gopher Snake

Framed Photograph by Dan Elster Framed size 19” x 23”


“Looking Toward the Light” Northern Spotted Owl

Framed Photograph by Dan Elster
Framed size 19” x 23”



Screen print by Amy Godard
Ready to hang
17” x 20”


Rose Hip

Woodcut Print by Amy Godard
17” x 20”
Ready to hang


Red Cedar

Framed Woodcut Print by Amy Godard

Framed dimensions 12” x 14”


Garry Oak

Framed Silkscreen Print by Amy Godard
Framed dimensions
16” x 18”


Mount Shasta California

Framed Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns
16” x 20”


Vesper Meadow with Mount Pitt

Framed oil painting by Sarah F Burns
20” x 35”


Plant Diversity In the Siskiyou Mountains

Oil Painting by Deb Van Poolen


Spring Buttercups at Vesper Meadow

Oil on Canvas by Jeanine Moy
10” x 10”


Old Juniper

Framed photograph by Matt Witt framed dimensions 13″ x 17″


Flowers at Horseshoe Ranch

Framed Photograph by Matt Witt
13” x 17 “ frames dimensions


View From Soda Mountain Range

Framed Photograph by Matt Witt


View Toward Grizzly Peak

Framed photograph by Matt Witt
Framed dimensions 13” x 17”


“The Sentinels”

Gouache and Varnish on Panel, Framed Painting by Katy Cauker 11″ x 14″


“Rock to Mountain”

Gouache and Varnish on Panel, Framed Oil Painting by Katy Cauker 12″ x 9″


“Peak to Peak”

Acrylic on Canvas Framed Painting by Katy Cauker, 18″ x 36″


“Hi-Lo Country”

Oil Painting by Nikolai Klein 40″ x 60″


“Juniper Along the PCT” Oil Painting by Sarah F. Burns SOLD

The Corona Muse

The muse has a sense of humor. I think.

Exhibit A, “Vintage Typewriters”. I was more than half way in on this painting, enjoying myself enjoying the subject matter, taking my time with each still life piece working my way around the canvas. I arrived at the vintage black typewriter, one of my dearest possessions, that sits right across from my easel and started painting in the name: CORONA. Really??  I couldn’t have noticed this before I started? But I didn’t…or it didn’t click or I’ve seen it so many hundreds of times I never thought of…the other Corona.  For a split second, I thought of painting it out, changing the typewriter or changing the name. But I didn’t. This is part of the creative process. The happy (weird?) accidents. I left in the Corona because that’s what it is, a Corona Typewriter and that’s what we’re living through, a Corona Virus pandemic. Other than the temporary “huh”, I loved capturing these plants and marbles and pots and things that make my side table happy.

What else is new in the land of painting and greeting cards and small business? Painting lots. A new Carmel-by-the-Sea collection is available at elizabethW Carmel (online and in their shop). Also hot off the easel is a fun new series for Watson Kennedy

Painting, writing, cooking and baking, all things creative, have helped me so much during this strange season. I’m ready to emerge but also not ready. Is it possible to become used to this? No, it isn’t. But there is something about a sustained period of creativity that helps with momentum. That, I like.

What else fun and juicy? I’ve been designing and ordering new Carpe Diem Papers greeting cards, Fancy Envelopes and sending snail mail like a turn of the century (last century, the old one) tea drinking lady. I’ve also been getting terrific reviews and response on my book so that makes me happy.  I promise, a book party or release or something, when things are more “normal”.  Maybe I’ll rename it, “Don’t Launch Your Book in a Pandemic”.  No, I’ll save that for the sequel.

Anything else…? It’s summer where I am, hotter than hot, the way summer is supposed to be but i’m melting. I still don’t know when I’ll be allowed or want to travel. Trade shows are cancelled for the summer. I’ve started running again. Not far, mostly on a treadmill, but it feels good.  I’ve read and listened to some very good books, this one stopped my world for several days, and this one I just started and I’m already hooked. Suggestions always welcome…my love of books surpasses my time to read and listen but I’m always hopeful.

Happy weekend, friends. Hope the muse finds you or you find it or both. xo

“Vintage Typewriters” 18×24″ SOLD

New Small Works

These images are just completed. I’m attempting to move away from cutting mats, dealing with heavy glass and framing my work. I’m too old to deal with it. These are lightweight! I like the immediacy of the images. All are acrylic on paper adhered to wood panels.They are sealed and UV treated for easy care. I’m all for easy these days and am loving the exploration.

New Small Works

“Earth Protectors” 15″X11″

New Small Works

“Red Flash” 15″X11″

New Small Works

“Coral Reef” 15″x11″

New small works

“Eb and Flow” 15″X1″

Solstice Eve

Solstice Eve
On the longest
day of the year,
I want to choose
the shortest path
to joy—the one
with no distance,
no time. The one 
we can know
as close as our skin
& in any season. 
I want to go to sleep
& come awake
to this lengthy day, 
to sun—to all 
that’s possible
in hours of light. 
But may I remind
myself of all I can also 
do when darkness 
begins again—when 
joy will dress in shadow
but still glow, 

Beach Day

Well, not sure where you are, but where I am, it is most definitely NOT a beach day! Where I live in Ashland, OR we get summer weather: big storms, thunder, lightning, the actual bolts like Zeus is throwing a javelin, extreme heat and some nice frosty days with hail thrown in for good measure. The heat is on today. But the AC was on early in the week.

But what remains? Painting. Staying at the easel. Working, Emailing, Paperwork for business. More painting. Keeping close track of the news and openings so I can follow where my customers are finally opening their stores. One of my first customers and my longtime friends at the elizabethW shop in Carmel opened this week. It’s a big deal. We’ve all been sheltering in place since mid March and between that and George Floyd’s murder and the subsequent long overdue social changes and systemic racist conversations that are happening out loud, we are coming out of this period different than when we went in. Better? I’m not sure. But we’re coming out. One of the pandemic truths that I have learned is that it’s a privilege to both enter society again and to shelter in place as “punishment” or national directive. No going to war, just staying inside. This is the year we’re waking up. Maybe next year we’ll look back and see how 20/20 our vision needed to be for things to change….??

But in the meantime, painting and creating and trying to stay on course when the news cycle is begging me to to stop. One of my motivations is knowing my friends are opening their shop, the walls need new art and we all need uplifting whatever that looks like for you. For me, it’s the beach. Carmel Beach in particular is one of my favorites. No superlatives do it justice. It’s just that postcard perfect rugged wild northern California patch of ocean and sand.

This piece and more (soon to be revealed) headed to elizabethW Carmel early next week.

Wishing you all a weekend of peaceful kindness and simple pleasures.


“Carmel Beach View” 16×20″

P.S. Sending snail mail and Fancy Envelopes now that the pace of life has slowed down? You might like these. I know my postman gets a kick out of my outgoing mail.

Curtis Keeler Featured Artist at South Stage Cellars

Curtis Keeler Featured Artist at South Stage Cellars

SOAR member Curtis Keeler is the featured artist for June at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville. His mixed media paintings are dimensional, colorful, and have a consistent dose of humor you will love. We adore the way he lifts key elements off the canvas by rendering them with recycled bits of metal. See them for yourself — Join him for a reception on 6/13! The Cellar’s receptions are generally from 5:30 – 8pm, but you might want to call to make sure.

South Stage Cellars is located at 125 S. 3rd Street in Jacksonville, Oregon. You can call them at 541-899-9120. Contact Curtis at 541-621-0667.

Curtis Keeler Gallery Exhibit Announcement Wonderfully whimsical mixed media painting by Curtis Keeler


I’m in the mosaic zone! Collage, mosaic, patchwork, creative anthems, painted stories, whatever they’re called, I’m IN.

I want to write about these came about for a couple of reasons. The primary being, in creativity, nothing is lost. Things you do or create now that seem like nothing or not satisfying, will most likely pop up somewhere down the road in a new way that lights you up. Exhibit A: Lemonade.

Years ago, 10 at least, I worked a lot with paper ephemera and collage. Like, alot alot. It was my career. I worked for a company as creative director who’s primary aesthetic was vintage ephemera and I, also a personal collector, would create art on the side using the scraps. My most common theme was this blocky patchwork collection of ephemera all glued together, letters, music sheets, old maps, ticket stubs, you name it. I’ve always had a soft spot for paper goods. These ephemeral collages never really went anywhere–they were backgrounds on journal pages, the starts of paintings that couldn’t get lift off, ideas for stationery products and often just fun ways to use all my beloved paper. And envelopes. Of course, always making envelopes!

Cut to movie montage soundtrack to 2020. Pandemic. Sheltering in place. All the ideas and inspiration in the world have left my heart and brain. Forever. More montage, more small violin….and boom. I went for a long walk and on that walk, I “saw”, literally saw, the large canvas I had been struggling with,  in completion like a flashback to my paper collages. Except this time it was paint. And they were themes. They were stories within stories and a series of them bubbled up through me like I was taking art dictation. I’m five in now and loving the process and how they “appear” before I start them.

This one is “Lemonade”. Inspired by the global health crisis we’re going through, turning lemons into lemonade. How in 24 hours, homemade lemon bars appeared on my doorstep, Meyer lemons were collected from a friend’s tree, a webinar I watched had a funny turning lemons into lemonade story and every where I looked, had some kind of lemon theme. And yes, I believe in signs.

So if you’re doodling or baking or doing something that isn’t “working”…my guess is that it is, just maybe not yet. When I think of the piles and piles of paper collages I did, I find it so funny that this “idea” didn’t come to me earlier. It’s not new or original. I’m sure there are many painters who have worked in this format. But it was new to me and that lightning bolt from Zeus himself is hard to catch.

Lemonade. May we all be turning some of the pandemic hardships into something a little sweeter and softer and maybe even inspired.

P.S. Still sending out lots of mail these days. New batch of Fancy Envelopes up on the site as well as a variety of new greeting cards. One of my nice lemons into lemonade this season has been sending way more mail than normal! And…receiving mail!! How about that! (And as always, free shipping on everything on my website.) Happy Thursday friends! xo