I never expected Portland to be so color-full.
I mean, one hears a lot about the rain . . . an awful lot!
But the skies were the clearest deepest blue!
The weather warm and fine.
The sun brought out more smiles and mischief seekers than I'd seen in a very long time.
Not that I'd have any part of mischief seeking . . .
Nope not me.
Oh I digress.
Back to the color.
There was moonshine too . . . Super Moon shine!
And 10 pm rooftop-tribal gathering-laughter-filled sunsets.
I'm fortunate to have been part of a small "tribal" gathering
in town to visit artist Sabrina Ward Harrison.
Sabrina lives in a gorgeous loft in the heart of Portland's most creative village.
We gasped when we were invited in.
"Handmade Life" is Sabrina's mantra - and it's beyond any imaginings.
(Flowers for teacher.)
Sabrina is a beloved and gifted artist.
As I told her then (and want to remind her again),
"the vulnerability you express in your art is a key to unlock women's hearts."
Few may know that her teaching style can unleash our OWN poetry.
I heard others share such soul stirring words and remembrances in response to her prompts -
that I was left spellbound.
I've not stopped writing since.
Sparkles and magic I tell you.
Sparkles and magic.
Here's Sabrina and I back in December - before she moved away to Portland.
We're doing a jig to celebrate . . .
that is, celebrate my hubby and I acquiring this painting!
OH YES WE DID.
I pretty much still dance around it!
Okay, I confess it did rain one of our three days together.
But my friend Jennifer provided all the sunshine and color I needed!
We've now hit THREE art retreats together in the past couple of years!
I think we're getting really kind of good at it.
So I expect there'll be more.
Go visit her here - she's a ray of southern sunshine and charm!
Can't you just see that?
Oh I miss that drawl.
Hoping to see you again soon dear Portland.
Until then . . .