These first months have also been full of babies, puppies, and wedding festivities! After moving from Durango to Denver last spring, we've been adjusting to city living -- but love, love, love being close to our family!
I've enjoyed painting the six grandchildren of a dear friend, over the past 6 years. Little Aiden is the last one . . .
|Portrait of Aiden, watercolor by Pat Howard|
This portrait of Lily was commissioned by another dear friend (and my husband's cousin), as a gift for her wife. Lily had been her very favorite dog . . . and the portrait was a surprise for her birthday!
|Portrait of Lily, watercolor by Pat Howard|
|I think she liked it!|
My son, Zach, and his bride, Michelle, asked me to design and paint their ketubah (the Jewish marriage contract), and I happily agreed. They were married on March 10, and the ketubah was a big part of the beautiful ceremony.
I drew the flowers with metallic ink (bronze), and then painted with watercolor. They had printed the text (half Hebrew and half English) in a circular format, on watercolor paper, which had been mounted on a board.
Zach and Michelle were very pleased with it (okay, they loved it!) and will be framing it for their bedroom.
|Setting up for the wedding ceremony, with the ketubah on an easel under the chuppah.|
|Sunflowers in a Jar, watercolor by Pat Howard|
|Aspen Falls Estate, the site of The Painted Prism Art Retreat in Estes Park|
I was up in Estes last weekend, and was able to check out the progress of the new "cabin" on the property, as well as the resident elk.
This guy, and 8 of his buddies, were also checking out the place -- and acting like they owned it.
|the new cabin|
Seven ladies have already registered for the retreat. We have room for about 6-8 more people.
For more information about this retreat, click HERE.
Here is a lovely testimonial from one of our last year's participants:
Pat is a talented artist and a patient and professional teacher. Her personal warmth and creativity drew out the best in each participant. I always felt encouraged and inspired as we worked through each day of the workshop...I learned a lot and met so many happy fellow attendees...exceeding my expectations. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. ..the setting was magnificent and the meals were exceptional. I hope I can return next summer. - P. Sanchez, AZ
New grand baby and new puppy . . .
Getting familiar with our new neighborhood, on our daily walks . . .
|Golf balls on ice.|
|Peregrine Falcon? or Northern Goshawk?|
Wedding weekend . . .
|The bride and groom at the Rehearsal Dinner|
|Alan and I, with our sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren, all dressed up and ready for the wedding. |
Just missing the bride and groom, little Lochlan, and of course, Todd.