Coming soon…

in the flower garden

Stopping by to say hello —
we’ve had lots of rain here lately,
but today brought such lovely sunshine and
happily a chance to work in the garden among the flowers.
Hope you have sunshine or rain, whichever you need.
(still doodling with my Copic markers — wait till you see what’s up!)
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doodle morning

Just a little doodling to play with my Copic markers.



  • LeanneMay 28, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    So pretty — I confess to doing a double take and wondering if I was reading Pam Garrison’s blog instead.

    So here’s my question (as my doodling currently is minimal and not so pretty so can’t answer your question): what paper do you use so the Copics don’t bleed through to the other side?ReplyCancel

  • LuLu KelloggMay 28, 2011 - 3:51 pm

    I have never tried drawing before but I sure would love to try! This page is looking great! I love the colors you are using!


  • Korie B.May 28, 2011 - 9:35 pm

    Truly inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • SueMay 31, 2011 - 5:53 pm

    Your talent never ceases to amaze me! Just gorgeous! I will be heading out to Jenny’s in August for Amy Hanna’s jewelry workshop. You’ll have to fill me in on things to see and do in Santa Ana!


  • bethiejwMay 31, 2011 - 7:51 pm

    Those are beautiful illustrations.ReplyCancel

  • AnonymousMay 31, 2011 - 11:31 pm

    It is absolutely beautiful!!!
    Now I’m a bit intimadated about July.It is going to be awesome! I need to get busy.
    See you soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Sandra EvertsonJune 1, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    Wow! Really gorgeous, the colors a fabulous!
    Sandra EvertsonReplyCancel

  • Susan BarnhartAugust 28, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    Your “doodling” is awesome!!ReplyCancel

surprise auction on eBay

Last week, during our family Thanksgiving celebration, a friend in Germany emailed me some surprising news. He’d been involved in my painting years there and wanted to alert me. An old 1981 exhibition catalog from a group art show called “American Artists in Berlin” (Amerikanische Künstler in Berlin) was being auctioned on eBay. That show had featured 6 young American artists then living in Berlin, including Lynn Bowers, Jimmy Clark, Gary Rieveschl, John Schuetz, Christina Viera, and me. In the eBay bidding window was a two-page spread from the catalog, showing Jimmy Clark’s pottery and one of my paintings (both a bit cut off).

Since my painting career preceded the internet access we so enjoy now, you’ll realize what an unexpected glimpse this was to see a work of mine online from almost 30 years ago. My large paintings were very colorful, as were the works of the other artists included in the show. But the exhibition catalog, funded by the Amerika Haus in Berlin, was printed in black and white, an indicator of the expense of mounting shows before artists could help their own publicity using home printers and a free and expansive internet. The critical reviews were printed in both German and English, adding another expense.

I didn’t bid on the catalog, but I should have. Although my own copy resides somewhere in my archives (I hope), my youngest son wishes he had known in time to buy this one. Although he had grown up in my peripatetic studio, nevertheless he had missed those early years of my career. Already it’s hard to remember which of my paintings were in that Berlin show. The large painting shown on eBay was “Femme Nue.” I think there was a huge painting called “Berlin Boogie.” Another painting, “The Odd Couple,” was purchased by the State Department. I hope my records show who bought the rest. I do remember how young I felt then, exhibiting next to Lynn who also had his New York studio, Gary who made vast Lifeforms following his Harvard/MIT studies, and Christina who was probably at RISD when I was there but had already exhibited in Greece, Great Britain, and Italy, while I, as a military wife, simply moved often.  🙂

  • Korie B.December 3, 2009 - 6:06 pm

    Oh my! Weren’t you just beautiful? Nothing’s changed…

  • SandyDecember 7, 2009 - 9:20 am

    How neat that a bit of your history has hit the net! So beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • karlascottage.typepad.comDecember 9, 2009 - 7:13 pm

    I’m glad to see some of your work, wow! And wow to you too, you look just as gorgeous then as you do now!ReplyCancel

  • Heather ~Pretty PetalsDecember 15, 2009 - 5:18 pm

    Pam… this is wonderful!!! So fun to get a peek at your work from the past. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Debby SchuhDecember 15, 2009 - 6:55 pm

    Catching up on my blog reading! I love this photo of you! How cool to see your art appearing online!

  • Talking to StonesJanuary 29, 2010 - 12:10 pm

    Mom —

    I’ve got some photos I took of some of your paintings (in color, no less); I think I’ve even got some in electronic form. And I have a copy of the Amerika Haus book, so if you don’t have yours any longer, don’t worry. They aren’t lost.

    -Your oldestReplyCancel

60+ days

A come-as-you-are “self-portrait in a bathroom mirror” photo, complete with bad lighting and bad focus, to mark 60+ days till my 66th birthday. (At least I’m IN the photo, which was no easy task.)

Dinner with friends on Saturday evening provided an interesting statistic to contemplate. Heidi, the young mother of a 3-year-old daughter, remarked that, among girls now 3 years and younger, one out of two is predicted to live to be 100 years old. Imagine!!

  • LiLi M.September 13, 2010 - 3:46 am

    I’m counting down to 49 (in about 3 weeks) and I guess I would need that time to make one decent photo! The other day I was photographing a hat, that I brought from the States. Now wouldn’t it be nice when I was wearing that hat on the photo? I took about 40 photos, all of them dreadful. Why cannot the camera reveal what I see in the mirror?
    You look great, don’t worry, I think nobody believes that you are almost 66, right? Have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherSeptember 13, 2010 - 8:12 pm

    I am digging the picture! I love to “see” people and it makes it so much easier for me to read their blogs knowing what they look like. I am sure that I sound like a freak, but it’s true! You seriously don’t look like your on the road to 60 much less 66! I would have said 40’s….hope you are living it up on the way to good ol’ route 66!!ReplyCancel

  • SueSeptember 18, 2010 - 10:14 pm

    Can I just say this is a totally awesome picture of you? Looking forward to celebrating your big day with some cupcakes!

  • Something SublimeOctober 19, 2010 - 4:59 pm

    I like it! And, we’ve met in person…66 in NOT what I would have guessed!ReplyCancel

old photos

Passports are fun reminders of where we’ve been.  In one old passport, I’m pictured with a tired and none-too-happy infant in my arms on my way to live in Germany.  This is my passport photo from my early 30’s, when I was on my way to live in the Middle East with three little kids.

The other photo is my younger brother’s high school graduation photo.  When IBM came to interview me during my senior year in college, I declined their job offer.  But my brother became a nuclear engineer — smart guy! 🙂



  • StephenieAugust 5, 2009 - 5:40 pm

    I really can see the family resemblance… I love that picture of you… You look so happy…

  • JeanetteSAugust 6, 2009 - 10:55 am

    I love your photo! And it sounds like you had a fun-filled and creative experience in Europe. We must catch up one day. I’d love to hear all about it.ReplyCancel