The photograph for December’s postcard was taken on film last December, behind a noisy, completely un-picturesque gas station on I-5. But the golden light of dawn and the hoar frost on the tangle of blackberry brambles managed to turn the ugly beautiful. I’m so happy I had my camera with me.

Seattle artist Nikki Frumkin is an avid climber and hiker, who often carries along paint supplies as she explores the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. I came across Nikki many months ago on the Washington Trails Association’s Instagram feed. The exact piece slips my mind, but I’m guessing it was a starry night painting, possibly of Mt. Rainier or Mt. St. Helens. Take a quick moment to follow that link over to Nikki’s website and you’ll see why I’ve fallen so in love with her work. Gorgeous, right? Her enchanting paintings embody the love I feel for this small corner of the world.

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SIX QUESTIONS FOR NIKKI

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an artist, even as a little kid. I remember hoping I would be covered in paint all the time, which has turned out to be fairly true! For a while I didn’t think it would work out. I had a professor in college who told me I should give up on art because it would never happen. I am really glad I didn’t listen to him!

Do you consider yourself an introvert, and extrovert, or somewhere in between the two?

That’s a tough one, I’m not sure. I love being with people, but I bring a quieter energy in groups. On the flip side, I have a really hard time hiking and climbing alone. I need people around me!

What are your top three Seattle restaurants?

My favorite place to eat in Seattle is Araya’s Place, which is vegan Thai food! I live a few blocks away from it, so I go way too often. Although usually we cook at home. My favorite Backcountry dinner is MaryJane’s dehydrated NW Garden Couscous. Or for lunch, crackers, cheese, hummus and avocados (eaten by an alpine lake or on a summit). Yum.

Do you have a favorite book?

My favorite book… That’s so tough! I love reading about outdoor adventures and expeditions, but I think my favorite book is about something different. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Or any of Junot Diaz’s books like his collection of short stories, Drown.

What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

I recently read Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun, who is a friend of mine. It is a really engaging and funny book even if you don’t plan on doing any public speaking. I loved it! (Plus now I am a better public Speaker:))

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Thank you so much Nikki, for being a part of Post Art Northwest!

Find Nikki: website | Instagram | Facebook

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This beautiful family! I love their photos so much.  I feel like I’m talking about the weather nonstop, but really, it’s been so strange. The day we met, at the beginning of November, was warm enough that the Max and Evie were barefoot by the end. Especially unexpected after all that rain in October, but I’ll take it. It was a wonderful reprieve. Seattle friends, if you haven’t been to Cottage Lake Park in Woodinville, consider putting it on the list of places to visit for an afternoon or morning visit.  It’s a lovely park with a playground and trails, and is not too far from Molbak’s.

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You wouldn’t know it from these photographs, but I met this beautiful and hilarious family at Discovery Park on one of the many many rainy days we’ve had in Seattle this year. Have I mentioned that on the blog yet? Okay, yes. But seriously, So Much Rain. Which I am hoping turns into So Much Snow this winter.  But I digress. After nearly rescheduling our session, we ended up going ahead with it, which I’m so happy about.  The rain stopped for a little bit, so between that and umbrellas and the porches of the boarded up military houses at Discovery, we had no problem getting gorgeous photos.

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Five things that are making me happy right now:

  • Soulful gazes and golden autumnal light.
  • Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie Bars: I made them without the skillet and the bar.
  • #SPLWeekly: While the public library in my small Oregon hometown is struggling desperately to stay afloat, here in Seattle we have the most wonderful library system that I hope to never take for granted. We go to the library weekly, and I’ve started a hashtag on Instagram documenting our visits.
  • Jem Nut Butters: This line of Pacific Northwest made nut butters are a delicious little splurge.  I’ve found them locally at Whole Foods, but you can also purchase them online.
  • Nikki Frumkin: The December artist for Post Art Northwest. If you aren’t yet familiar with her work, take five minutes and check it out now.

 

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I’m thrilled with the photos from this wonderful session a few weeks back. Sweet kids, beautiful mama, great location, silver rain boots, what’s not to love? You wouldn’t believe the ridiculous number of times we had to reschedule due to the string of abnormally wet days (months) Seattle has had. Or maybe you would, because sheesh–that was a lot of rain. Of course now, in November (November!), it suddenly feels like late spring. Crazy, but nice, and I’m surely not the only Seattleite savoring the break from rain.

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