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I love our rich rainy days here on the Island and how the heavy grey clouds hug us close–we’re shrouded in a cloak of sweet fog, the only morning sound, the blast of the distant ferry warning “we’re coming through, watch out!!”

The high-pitched screech of the eagle cuts through the drip of the raindrops. They’re looking to nest and  fighting off a seagull coming too close. The robins are everywhere, so busy, busy, busy. And the hummingbirds, so tiny but so loud as they swoop and forage. Everyone’s building nests.

We can’t wait for the swallows to return to us. Their three grey simple wooden houses are waiting, perched up above the the beach rock first floor to the safety of the grey shingled second story. They come back every year but we always wait with bated breath and wonder, “will they come back?”

Here comes Spring.

The daffys, a little wet and bedraggled have pushed through the damp soil in the little garden behind our old stone house, sunny and yellow. The age old camellias are a-blooming, red and pink and another pink right on cue.

On the porch,  the purpley blue hyacinths in their purpley blue hand hewn wooden planters waft their perfume into the front hall every time we open the door.

“After The Rain, A Spring Serenade,” my new painting on frescoed panel, inspired by the rain and the garden and bird friends!

I’m delighted to be part of Museo Gallery’s beautiful Garden Show-my 5th year. It opens April 5.

Please join me in celebrating Spring and all the wonderful artists at this joyous show!

Kathe Fraga - After The Rain, A Spring Serenade

After The Rain, A Spring Serenade, 36×24 inches, acrylic on frescoed panel

My paintings "Garden Dance" and "Cherry Blossoms" on Trophy Wife, episode 3 - with Bradley Whitford!

My paintings “Garden Dance” and “Cherry Blossoms” on Trophy Wife, episode 3 – with Bradley Whitford!

I was very honored and appreciative to see two of my paintings featured on ABC’s “Trophy Wife” with one of my favorite actors, Bradley Whitford! The two pieces, “Garden Dance” and “Cherry Blossoms”, reflect my love of soft green with pink and orange.

This is the third time my work has been featured on a TV series and I give a huge thanks to my art publisher, Grand Image, located in Seattle. Merci mille fois! It is so much fun to see my work included in these shows!

The two other shows that added my artwork to the set are “Is That You, Chelsea” with my turquoise painting “Chez Nous” and “The Office” — in Roseanne’s Barr’s “office” along with another favorite actor, Ed Helms! These “twin” paintings are cream with soft pink, titled  “Remembering I” and “Remembering II”.

Kathe Fraga's "Chez Nous" on the set of NBC's new show "Are You There, Chelsea?"Office 1

Three of my new pillow designs.

Three of my new pillow designs.

Happy News! The new “Kathe Fraga Home” pillow collection makes it debut this December at Museo Gallery, Langley, Washington!

Here’s a quick picture I took yesterday, (because I couldn’t wait to share it with you), but we’ll be headed to the photo studio for more professional shots of every design.

It’s taken over a year to introduce the new line based on my paintings. (Lots of color tweaking, design decisions, size discussion. Who knew that there would be so many details to consider?)

The pillows are available in either luxurious silk or lovely linen with plump down/feather inserts and best of all, they’re all made in the USA.

I was happy to donate a painting to Luxe Magazine’s recent “Battle of the Chefs” event to benefit a college scholarship fund for deserving young women.

What a good cause! And the “Battle” was fun too–groups of architects, designers and others competing in teams to cook up dishes with “secret” ingredients just like “Iron Chef” on TV.

Thank you Luxe Magazine publisher Debby Steiner for placing the winning bid on my painting–it couldn’t have gone to a better home!

Luxe Cover

I’m thrilled to be a part of the upcoming DIFFA GLAM: Tablescapes! It’s my third year of being involved with this very worthwhile event. And it’s fun! Fabulously decorated tables, auctions for fine wines and dining at some of the Seattle area’s best restaurants, and new this year — custom decorated wine buckets. I’ve created one of these unique buckets, along with Valley & Co, Heather Christo, Watson Kennedy, Amanda Pearl, The Gracious Girl and Masins Fine Furnishing.

I’ve painted my wine bucket to reflect my “French Wallpaper” series of paintings based on aged murals and papers from the 17th and 18th century grand manors and castles of France. My work is also influenced by my love of vintage chinoisserie—so lots of pinks, oranges and blues.

In addition to my hand-painted, one-of-a-kind wine bucket for DIFFA, I’m also including a 12×12″ painting, “Pink Kiss” (with one of my favorite motifs–hummingbirds!) along with a bottle of pink champagne and two sets of Kathe Fraga greeting cards-16 total, all with a different look based on my paintings. (My painting is valued at $500.)

If you’d like to know more about my work, please visit my website.

I’m also very happy to announce that I’ll be giving away two pairs of VIP tickets to attend DIFFA Glam valued at $150 per pair. Please leave a name and comment on this post by October 4 and I’ll pick the lucky winners’ names from a hat!

The DIFFA GLAM: Tablescapes event will take place at the beautiful Masins Fine Furnishings & Interior Design in Bellevue on Thursday, October 10 at 6:00 pm. You can find out more about the event here.

If you haven’t heard about DIFFA and the important work the organization is doing, here’s a little background information: DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk.

Hope to see you there! Happy bidding!

I had the opportunity (and fun!) of painting a variety of platters/dishware for the upcoming “Art of the Table” auction (see previous post) to benefit the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. More than 20 artists were invited to contribute hand-painted pieces and the results were wonderful to see. Thank you to Margaret Stine and BIMA for hosting a lovely reception at the museum last night for the grand unveiling and display of the finished work, all fired and glazed. Here are a few shots of my work.

What a joy! Recently I was asked by the wonderful Margaret Stine, business partner and wife of artist and author Richard Stine, to participate in a terrific cause: a benefit for the newly opened Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

The event: “Art of the Table II,” a special waterfront dinner party and auction for 100 (by invitation only), coming up in September at a private home on Bainbridge Island.

The artist’s challenge? Painting on porcelain/pottery blanks–platters, bowls, plates etc. at Bainbridge Island’s Heart and Soul.

(The fun has been sitting side by side, working away with fellow Bainbridge Island artists and everyone one else who loves to paint–Heart and Soul is a hub of creativity and fun for all ages with birthday parties and summer camps.)

Little tables that dot the sunlit space and small bottles of paints and scraping tools and brushes with fine tips line each spot, ready to go.

Painting on ceramics is new to me. The colors in the wee bottles are a mere shadow of what they’ll be when fired in the kiln. So Peek-A-Boo pastel pink, so lovely and soft at first glance, might turn into something more vibrant and much more pink!

I’ve painted two platters with many layers of blues and turquoises, adding in the pinks I love with a dash of vibrant orange. I’m also painting a big platter with a very soft blue background and deeper hued blue botanicals.  And, last but not least, a pink dinner plate to be added to the collection of 10 unique dinner plates–each one painted by a different Island artist. (Oh, I almost forgot about the “Bunny Bowl” with its multi-colored flowers and teensy little white 3D bunnies lining the rim!)

Anway, stay tuned–once the pieces are glazed and fired in the kiln, all the colors will roar to life! I’ll post the pics

It’s been really fun  to be part of the group of artists painting on ceramics to benefit our lovely Island Museum: Richard Stine, Max Grover, Karen Sprague, Michael Pontieri and more.

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