Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mt. Hood

 Mt. Hood Obscured
 Mt. Hood Revealed
Mt. Hood Winter

Three views of Mt. Hood, the first from photographer Kary Stewie, the second from a photo by Tim Young, the last one from my own view from Mt. Tabor.
Mt. Hood Obscured is part of a show at the Pittock Mansion, "Mt. Hood Perspectives", opening January 31 and running until July 5.  There is plenty of time to tour the elegant Pittock Mansion, see (and purchase) artworks by local artists, and stroll the grounds with expansive views of the city of Portland with Mt. Hood in the distance.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Coast Trip

 Alsea Bay, Waldport 9" x 12"
 On the Rocks, Yachats, 11" x 14"
Bob Creek Beach, 16" x 20"

Spent a lovely few days at the coast in September with artist friends in Waldport and Yachats.  Unexpected warm weather, no fog or wind, perfect for plein air!   Painted one morning at Alsea Bay, Waldport, then the afternoon at Smelt Sands State Recreation area near Yachats.  Later, I painted from a photo of Bob Creek Beach.    There were incredible views from Cape Perpetua, and a wonderful dinner in Newport, looking out at the boats in the sunset, all possible future paintings.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

July plein air Columbia Gorge

A gathering of Alla Prima artists painting plein air at the Womens Forum at Chanticleer Point, with views of Crown Point and the Vista House on a bright, hot day July 12.  I painted one horizontal 11" x 14" and a second vertical formal 9" x 12".  Fresh raspberries from the Corbett Market on the way home.  Beautiful drive, beautiful day!

July plein air at Kat's

Lovely day painting plein air at Kat Sowa's "Windy Creek" on the Nehalem River near Vernonia.  Lots of artists there, plenty of inspiring sights for future paintings, horses, barns, relaxing lunch on the patio...It was tempting to grab a kayak and float away but I stuck to my easel!

Monday, October 1, 2018

September paint out

 Powell Butte, 11" x 14"

Last Thursday was sunny at Powell Butte Nature Park, with a large gathering of Alla Prima Portland painters fanned out around the park.  Mt. Hood was barely visible, a pale blue snowless triangle against the slightly hazy sky.  I chose to compose my plein air painting around the contrasting dark firs and light walnut trees, the dried grasses glowing gold in the sun.

Monday, September 17, 2018

September plein air

On sunny afternoons, I've been setting up my easel at Mt. Tabor, near an off leash dog park and playground.  The low angle of the sun in the west back lights the trees and creates dappled shadows on the grass.  I've been painting daily for the Strada Easel challenge.  A lucky winner will receive a Strada Easel, which would probably be a big improvement over my battered gear.  I intend to return to this place at different times of day, and later there will be more Fall color.

September Big Paint out

 Sauvie Island Dike, 11" x 14"

The first Thursday in September was the Alla Prima "Big Paint out", where we brought larger than usual canvases or supports.  Mine was 14" x 18" instead of the usual 11" x 14", but I had no trouble filling in the space and completing in a few hours.  (I intentionally left some of the orange toned background unfinished).  The morning started out gray, cold and windy, then partly cloudy for a moment, then boom, clear and sunny! It was also a big paint out in terms of attendance, over 30 artists on the dike on Sauvie Island, close enough to the dog kennel to hear the barking chorus.