Category Archives: inspiration

winter beauty

Skiing this weekend and loving it. The view from the lift is always captivating for me. No better way to spend a day. 49 Degrees North


Amaryllis Blossom#1

amaryllis01   We now have about 4 Amaryllis plants in our kitchen window that were from Mom’s plants. This past week it has been very wintry and cold but amazingly during this cold period outside, I have witnessed a wonderful floral transformation warming my kitchen window. Our Mom, “Dorothy” was known for her Amaryllis talents and it seems that her son Peter has also inherited her talents.

Entering Contests

When I first started doing art commercially, I tried everything to get a better recognition and increase consignments. One of the things I did all the time was enter every art contest that I could reasonably afford to pay the entry fee.  I created a portrait at a Lavender Farm for the Newport WA Lavender Festival contest. The festival committee had a contest for the poster art each year with prizes. I entered this about 3 years in a row it was a summer extravaganza attended by many, held in the community park but is no more.  For this portrait I prepared by going to a local lavender farm not far from my house. The owners are wonderful people and I am now friends with them. I took pictures of their fields and then afterwards while looking at family photos I found a wonderful picture of their grand daughter picking lavender which they gave me permission to use to paint from. Their farm is a wonderful place and the lavender is heavenly. Truely a great place to spend a day  in the country.

Camden Creek Lavender Farm
 2051 N Willms Rd, Elk WA 99009
(509) 292-1620
If you go visit tell them Hi! from me.



ORIGINAL ART For that special person on your list at heavily discounted holiday prices…

Contact me here… or simply go to our website Valerie Woelk original art to see more pictures and descriptive information about today’s special or any other art you may want. There are many paintings available for immediate shipment or pickup.

On The 7th Day of Christmas…

Storm Approaching H0309 – $95 (unframed), $195 (framed)


24″w x 18″h oils on canvas board. Oil rub-out technique of the darkness of a seaside storm coming to shore.