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!

Every year the Umatilla County Fair kicks off with a parade. Lots of cowboys on horseback for me to snap photos of, and this year we had an overcast sky so the photos turned out particularly well (not such strong shadows as usual). The temperature was still in the 90s, but every now and then a little breeze would blow.

Here are a few of my favorite moments.


This is a good “I’m on my way” view. May show up in a painting one day.


The Corvaire club showed off a few cars.

This year there were a lot of skewbald horses. I love to paint them!





I love the bells over the mules. Where would you even buy that today? You’d have to hand your bells down to the next generation of mule-teamers….



I painted this gentleman’s horse last year, I love he just has the rope bit through the mouth.


Can you see all the beadwork on these ladies’ saddle gear? So pretty. And I mean those dresses, too. So pretty.


I took the photo because of the guy riding the mechanical bull. I can’t imagine twirling on that thing while the truck is simultaneously moving. I know how sick I would get just being on the bull, but BOTH….


Tillamook guy pulled a face for me.



Hermiston is famous for its watermelons. This year has been extra hot, so I bet the watermelon crop was a success.


Look at that cheerleader up in the air! This was done over concrete, about every 30 steps. Would you trust your team? Wow.


I snapped photos of this piece of equipment because it’s bending to one side. Can you see? And then hydraulics lifted it up and bended it over to the other side. Why would it even need to do that?

So that’s all the photos in no particular order. Another great parade!

I love the energy of this Boxer pup, his ear flying out and his excitement. I think I did a great job with the color contrasts, bringing him to life. Personally, I think he looks like a pit bull pup!

Boxer dog, 10″x20″, oil on stretched canvas, available here.

And we all know I love painting gathered horses. The appaloosa in the rear has been making it into a lot of my paintings lately!
18″x18″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.


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