Raford Inn

raford1“Hen Nobility”, watercolor

Last week I hung some of my paintings at Raford Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast inn on a hill overlooking the vineyards not far from my house.  I certainly couldn’t have shown my current series of colorful abstract paintings at this venue with the flowered wallpaper and antique furniture. But I still have some original paintings and prints that harken back to my days as a watercolor painter and they looked like they belonged on these walls.  Of course I’m hoping that some wine country tourists will want to take them home!



The setting is phenomenal.  You feel like you’re inside a picture postcard with the roses everywhere and the tapestry of vineyards unfurling below and the family of red headed woodpeckers working away on the stately palm tree out front, not to mention the Orioles in another tree.

raford4I just stood for a while and watched a baby woodpecker at the foot of the palm and listened to his plaintive call to his parents, who were too busy drilling to respond to his cries.

raford3“Rose Persimmon Quartet”

5 Responses to “Raford Inn”

  1. May 12, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Hi Susan,
    Looks like a great setting for your representational work. Isn’t it amazing how we have these “previous lifetimes,” represented by different stages or modes of our work. I have old work, including seascapes and scenic work, that has stacked up in my studio. It is very different from what I’m doing today, but my “handwriting” is still there.


  2. May 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Charming, Raford Inn. Would be a great place to do some plein aire painting I think. I love your representational work in watercolor! Your vision, in all your various styles, is inspiring! Miss coming to Muse groups. May have to come back at some point. <3


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In conversations with the Muse I mix paint with vision, collage with story, word with meditation and prayer. And out of the mixture comes a release of energy and healing and a lightening of the load of everyday living. You'll find most of it here, where I've been showing up for the past few years, along with collectible paintings, travel sketchbooks, figure studies and an invitation to join me in art play and discovery!

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