18″x18″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.

Lots of Nubian goats at the fair this year. I love it when they interact with me and my camera.

12″x12″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.


I love a Belgian hare, and they show up so rarely at the fair. Maybe because they have no purpose other than being a hare? Not good to eat (so thin there’s not enough there), and their fur appears more sparse than other rabbits’. So people who raise them do so purely (I would guess) because they love them. And that’s good enough for me.


8″x8″ oil on stretched canvas, available in my etsy shop.

I am in love with this little guy. He might show up in a larger painting later this year. Oh, I always think I will revisit some characters but rarely do. Some I think I could do in different colors, or some just in a different size. This guy might just need to be painted LARGE. But for now, a very petite 8″x8″. What a character.

fun at the fair

Did I mention that the first day of the fair my camera broke? I looked up the issue on the internet, and the shutter needed servicing. So since I knew how much it cost just to send the camera to the factory to LOOK at it for diagnosis, and I needed a camera much quicker than that, I just bought a new camera. A Coolpix S9600 (Best Buy only), and I am in LOVE with this camera! I doubt my old camera will ever be fixed, and I loved that one too. But technology has improved, and I have GREAT photos for paintings for next year. I am SO fortunate there are TWO fairs in driving distance! The camera arrived just in time for the second one.

Actually, I’m not as in-love with the photos taken in indoor settings without flash. Those ones aren’t great. But for outside, the camera is fantastic.

As long as you don’t push the button too slowly.


Set up your shot quick, and be certain. Press that button!


Still, sometimes you get lucky.


I mean, REEEAALLY lucky.


Yeah, he’ll be showing up in a painting pretty soon.

Today I went to the fair and photographed so many horses I ran out my camera battery! Well, I snapped a few rabbits and goats, too, but mainly horses. Every year I say, “There were more animals last year.” And this year it was certainly true of goats. Sixty percent of the goats were Boer goats, and those just aren’t as popular as Nubian or Alpines. And this year the rabbits were overwhelmingly destined for “market.” It just breaks your heart.

But the horses were amiable, and the day was not hot, and I think I even saw a few faces from last year! This appaloosa for instance:


I just know I saw that same horse again this year. The above painting is 10″x20″, oil on stretched canvas, available in my etsy shop.

This year there were zero sorrel horses, though. I guess that makes every year fun, seeing who will be new. I’m glad I snapped a few photos of this sorrel horse last year.


18″x18″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.

This year there were a bunch of chocolate brown horses, I always love to paint them because it’s easy to translate the browns into multi-colors.


18″x18″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.

I can’t wait to download my new photos and see what’s there! New faces and colors and poses!

We had company last week, so I didn’t get any painting done at all. I *did* list these paintings on etsy, though.

Sorrel Horse, 10″x20″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.

A lionhead rabbit, 8″x10″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.

A sorrel horse eye, 12″x12″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.

A Doberman dog, 12″x12″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.

And the Eiffel tower, just for something a little different. 6″x12″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here.


This shop has been open in our town for several years, and would you believe I had not stopped in? I had driven past, but wasn’t really sure what was inside, so did not stop. It’s a block over from the post office, if you are looking, so very easy to find.


What an interesting shape for the building, you can’t miss it. I believe the owner said it was surplus WW2.

Inside, everything is an homage to the 1930s.


The shop is set up to reflect the rooms of a house, so you wander from the bedroom, to the kitchen, to the living room….


There’s sewing notions, trims, and fabrics, too. I will certainly stop back in to pick up more fabric for my 1930s quilt!


Back to the kitchen wares. I love how she used the refrigerator door racks to display the dishes!


I didn’t take a photo of all the linens, there are soooo many.


We stopped in twice, and Bailey the Collie was there relaxing behind the counter.


If you are driving through Hermiston, C&R Mercantile is right off 395, two blocks north of the post office. Very fun to visit the past!


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