Monthly Archives: February 2014

Hawthorne Bridge, Portland

Hawthorne Bridge by David Gadient, 2014

David took this photo while we waited to board the Portland Spirit. Taking a relaxing cruise on the Willamette River is a great way to see the area.


Filed under Family, Holiday, Landscape, Oregon, Photography, Travel, Vacation

Weird and Wonderful Portland

Portland PDX 2014 by Karen Gadient, 2014

We spent the last week in Portland, Oregon. Truly one of my favorite places. While there, we had the fortune to spend time with many good friends and explore some fun Oregonian locations.

David takes the best photos; I only snap cell phone shots. I’ll post some of his photos soon, once he’s organized them. For now, some of mine:

[ Clockwise from top left ]
Pied CowReally Good StuffVoodoo DonutCape Meares


Filed under Food, Friendship, Holiday, Inspiration, Journal, Landscape, Life, Nature, Oregon, Photography, Sea, Travel, Vacation

Chihuly Blue

Chihuly Blue by David Gadient, 2014

Another vivid photograph taken by my husband David Gadient. This is part of the Chihuly exhibition at Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix, Arizona. We’re members and proud to support. Whether you’re local or visiting, the Garden is a wonderful place to explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.


Filed under Arizona, Color, Nature, Phoenix, Photography

Graffiti Angel

Graffiti Angel by Karen Gadient, 2014

Don’t worry, you can blink. Had to say that, given I’d just finished this artwork and ended up watching Doctor Who [“Blink”] that same night. Odd timing.

Angels. Yep, some of them are scary. I’ve done (not scary) art with them before. Well, I don’t suppose an angel in graffiti could come to life and getcha

Anything’s possible: so, don’t blink. 😉

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. — Michelangelo

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Filed under Art, Color, Digital Artwork, Imagination, Quotes, The Unknown

Flood in the Factory

Flood in the Factory by Karen Gadient, 2014

Flood in the Factory. Digital markers, created with Corel Painter.

I had this powerful dream the other night. In it, I freed myself from an immense labyrinthine factory—levels and levels of alien pipework and and not a soul in sight, although I felt pursued—by calling the waters. Strangest thing. I rode them out and found myself on an alien shore with two suns rising.

So, here’s the factory. Maybe next I’ll paint the shore and suns. Instead of always writing down my dreams, I figured it might be an interesting experience to recall the visuals in color.

Do you keep a record of your dreams?

They say dreams are the windows of the soul—take a peek and you can see the inner workings, the nuts and bolts. — Henry Bromel


Filed under Art, Color, Creativity, Decisions, Digital Artwork, Dream Stories, Inspiration, Psychology, Quotes, The Unknown

Utopia Canyon

Utopia Canyon by Karen Gadient, 2014

I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
— Lillian Smith

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Filed under Art, Color, Digital Artwork, Imagination, Nature, Quotes

Sketchbook Roses

Sketchbook Roses by Karen Gadient, 2014

Sketchbook Roses. Created in Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes


Filed under Art, Color, Digital Artwork, Nature, Quotes, Sketchbook