The theme for this month’s Sketchbook Challenge is “houses and hideaways”. It’s a great opportunity to do a follow up on the last blog post, a visit to the treehouse.

We spent a long weekend there, returned Tuesday. It was as always, therapeutic.

The interior space is quite small but the decks are expansive. Here are some views and details. Perhaps you will see how the place got  its name. From inside, every window looks out to panoramic landscape as well as the branching of the log supports.


the kitchen window
e-deckSouth East deck     morning

looking out to the “driveway”

    butte.nwdaybreak secorner west-dusk



In the morning the grey jays fly into the deck for treats: bird seed or bread, or dog kibble in a pinch. Unlike the more showy Stellar Jays, they are not shy birds. This past visit we saw a lot of elk and moose sign but no animals.The dogs may have had something to do with that.

Visit the Sketchbook Challenge Blog to see other interpretations of this month’s theme, and drop in on the personal blogs of other hosts for tutorials, videos, giveaways.

Leave a comment here for the chance to win a pdf of my “Idea to Image” workbook. A name will be drawn at random on October 4.


p.s., with any luck at all, the GeoCounter will be back before this posts – that’s an ugly space without it.

37 Responses to “hideaways”

  1. Good Morning from California. Today is another very special autumn day…sky is a beautiful blue, the air is clear — the smoke from the fires has been blown away and the beautiful colors of autumn are beginning to develop on the trees. A lovely time of year. Thank you for your visit to your tree house. Just seeing your pictures and reading your journal has allowed the serene environment to be shared. Thank you so much. Take care and stay well.

  2. Gill says:

    Thank you for sharing – I would love a treehouse like yours!!

  3. Kate says:

    Your hideaway looks wonderful. A peaceful home away from home. Thank you for the chance to win your workbook. Fingers crossed!

  4. Diana says:

    I have always enjoyed your work and it was a great pleasure over your last two posts to see glimpses of your retreat space. I find myself a bit jealous that you have such a haven at your disposal.

  5. Jo Murray says:

    I can feel the tranquillity. Oh for a hideaway like yours. Mind you, my suburban home is ‘semi’ rural and, if not for the traffic sounds would be just birds, and the breeze in the trees.

  6. Karen Jo says:

    You’ve provided an intriguing glimpse into your process of getting from idea to image. I’d like to learn more. Thank you.

  7. Laurie says:

    The idea of a tree house sounds ideal as a Hide-away. Just the thought of it calms the mind.

  8. Lynda says:

    What a great place to getaway to! Thanks for the opportunity to win your book.

  9. Penny says:

    I live in the country, but in Australia so a very diffeent view to yours, thank you for an opportunity to win your work book pdf.

  10. Kristin Freeman says:

    Laura, What a wonderful place to nourish your soul, to be peace-filled with the quiet of the woodland and mountains…serenity from hearing the breezes, the birds, bees and others when they want to be heard. Your sketches are full of design possibilities…and you have rested..Yes and yes, this is the best gift you could ever give to yourself. It would be a thrill to win the workbook. Thanks so much for opening up a window for a peek at your special, secluded spot.

  11. Edith says:

    This looks exactly like how I imagine the landscape of my soul to be, and feel! The peace and serenity imaged here in your photos quietens my soul! 🙂

  12. Chris says:

    Wow wonderful place, so peaceful and with a wonderful sense of renewal.

  13. Alice says:

    What a lovely description. It brings a peaceful and tranquil feeling just sharing your experience through your words and photos.

  14. CC says:

    Wow! What a beautiful spot! And what a wonderful opportunity you’ve given us to perhaps win that pdf! Sounds wonderful, like your work!

  15. Rose says:

    How lovely to have a tree house for retreat. I look forward to seeing how you develop your ideas in a sketchbook….
    Adios from Arizona!,

  16. Polly says:

    The Treehouse looks like a wonderful refuge and a peaceful place. Thank you for sharing some of your inspiration!

  17. Lesley says:

    Hello from Victoria, Australia. How lucky are you. Thank you for such an opportunity.

  18. mjkasz says:

    I would enjoy time in your tree house the setting is so beautiful. I believe we all need a peaceful place to revitalize our creativity.

  19. J East says:

    Coyotes, jays, and deep quiet — takes me back to my years off-grid in the high desert near Santa Fe. You almost don’t realize how much noise you’re surrounded with until you unplug like that, and it does help reduce the mental chatter and give you a fresh perspective as well. I’m trying to get back to jounaling in various forms, around and between the patchwork of jobs, elder and animal care, and commuting, rather than waiting for “someday” to find myself again. Thanks for the inspirational visit.

  20. Jeannie says:

    You do live in one of the most beautiful spots in the US. At one time we were going to be transfered to Kalispell or Missoula and I was looking forward to being in the mountains again. Your treehouse hideaway is divine. Who needs “rooms” when you have all those wide open spaces. Thanks for always inspiring.

  21. Lisa Calvert says:

    Love your blog and the opportunity to possibly win you PDF. Thankyou

  22. Marjorie says:

    Your hideaway is a lovely respite, and I am inspired by reading about the way you have rediscovered new routines and roots. I can see some wonderful artwork in the log supports and vistas beyond.

  23. Jill says:

    The treehouse looks lovely, would love the deck space .

  24. Lynn says:

    I love the beautiful, elegant colors and shapes in your work, and the subtle shift from nature’s images nature to your abstract forms.

  25. Dot in NC says:

    What an amazing place to go for renewal–your sketchbook pictures and finished small pieces are truly inspiring

  26. Linda Kelly says:

    What a lovely hideaway – a place for renewal and inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

  27. Laura says:

    dear All, so glad you are enjoying the treehouse! thanks for the comments (and the kind words).

    Now that October is near, colors are changing, temperatures dropping. There will be more snow. In the next 4-6 weeks I’ll be making the last trip up for the year. sigh.

  28. Joanne says:

    Thank you for sharing your “tree house”…your process of inspiration to art is so helpful for those of us that struggle with “interpretation” into an art medium. Joanne

  29. genie holt says:

    Got back to sketching outdoors yesterday. I think my blood pressure drops 20 points sitting outdoors. Enjoyed your tree house and your blog.

  30. Your hideaway looks wonderfully relaxing and restful. Inspires me to find one of my own. I very much enjoyed your pictures and your sketches you shared. Looking forward to more!

  31. How wonderful to have such a beautiful hide-away to escape too when life gets too busy. It being off the grid is such an advantage. No temptation to go online! Just peace and quiet.

  32. Marilyn Clulow says:

    your place is so peaceful and tranquil. A good place to meditate and create . Thank you for sharing.

  33. Nancy Shuey says:

    Wow, what a peaceful hideaway! I would love that! I would also love to win your workbook, anything to help me create.

  34. Merrie Jo Schroeder says:

    Thanks for sharing Love your work.

  35. What a beautiful spot! Really enjoyed your blog post and am looking forward to exploring your blog a whole lot more. Thank you for the opportunity to win your PDF.

  36. Linda Armenti says:

    That was so beautiful to see, thank you for sharing.

  37. Sharon says:

    A wonderful place to enjoy and let your mind travel to that creative spot. Thanks for sharing.

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