A Portrait of an Artist

Painting mounted against a Timber Frame Building Based on Botticelli’s Fortitude Artists add color to our tiny rural community. They do so in a myriad of ways that don’t fit into established ideas of great art and “true culture.” For instance, my husband’s stepfather, Mike Robinson, immerses himself in painting reproductions of works deemed “great art.” Sometimes, I’ve heard people

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Milkmaid: Sweet Herald of Spring

Cardamine californica Fresh and blushing pale pink like an English Milkmaid, Cardamine californica is the first wildflower to bloom on our land.  Every year around the middle of February, I find this dainty foreteller of spring.  This year, I found it the earlier than ever before.   Difficult to photograph, this lovely little flower nestles in light woods and partial

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